Thursday, August 9, 2007

Book of the Week 8/8/07 X-Factor #22

Written by Peter David
Art by Pablo Raimondi
Coloring by Brian Reber
Letters by Cory Petit

I haven't really talked about this book since we started the podcast and the last couple of issues have been kind of a letdown but this was a great issue and reminded me why I love this book so much.

Peter David is revisiting his X-Factor team from the 90's and while that team never seemed to be a serious or even an important team, David has made his new X-Factor team more of the street level X-men and shows just how much mutants need that right now. David can write Madrox than anyone else and let's just be clear that this is a Madrox and Friends book and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, it's great seeing a character like Jamie Madrox go from being in the background, to taking on the leadership role of the team.

But the best part of this book is Layla Miller and that's why I picked this as the book of the week. I was big fan of House of M and I have loved what David has done with Layla afterwards but I really want to know more about her. When Bendis was doing House of M, he stated that Layla Miller would have a big impact on the world post House of M and that never happened so I would like to know more about that. I'm not going to ruin anything for people who haven't read this book yet but Layla has been struggling with her powers for a while and in this issue.....well it's not looking good for her.

So kudos to David for striking lighting twice in the same place and giving us an unbelievably character driven X book, if you're not reading this, go pick up the trades now and tell everyone that you know. After Astonishing X-men, this is the best X-men book out right now.

And Endangered Species part 7 was in this book, I had mixed feelings about that so check out the podcast to hear more on how this story is going