What is the point of this comic? Why does it exist? The first two issues were great, genuinely filling in a gap in X-Men continuity that has bugged people for decades. The second arc was less good, and felt less necessary, but there was a slight gap to fill and it filled it, sure…and, you know, who’s going to say no to a few more issues of Simonson X-Factor. But, this? Just…why?
There’s so much wrong here. First and foremost, we get a lot of talk about all the lives that are at stake, all the people within the Latverian embassy that X-Factor are saving. But we never see them. We only see the Latverian mutants who’ve taken them hostage. This means that the stakes are entirely abstract and, honestly, we couldn’t care less whether X-Factor succeed or fail.
Then there’s those Latverian mutants who’ve taken over the embassy. The comic flatly refuses to decide whether they’re in the right or not. They’ve been experimented on by Doom against their will, but ultimately X-factor go and fetch Doom to come and deal with them. Then, on the final page, it’s heavily implied that Rahne just walks away while letting Doom flat out murder them all.
This comic is incredibly strange. I don’t understand why it was made. I don’t know who this is for. I just don’t get it.
Next month we have Wolverine and Jubilee. Let’s hope that’s better, eh?
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