- Posted by Johanna on February 26, 2006 at 1:36 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Peter David; pencils by Ryan Sook and Dennis Calero; inks by Wade von Grawbadger and Dennis Calero
- PUBLISHER: Marvel; $2.99 US
X-Factor #3 continues the title’s excellence. I become more and more impressed by writer Peter David’s use of Layla Miller as a kind of future-seeing force of destiny.
The comic rewards careful reading… it wasn’t until the third time through that I realized the significance of what I was seeing on page one. The humorous approach to Siryn’s dreaming of Ewan McGregor and the accidents that occur, given her powers, when she’s unexpectedly awakened, camouflaged just how Layla set it all in motion with a simple action. She’s the embodiment of the “for want of a nail” principle.
I still find David’s characterization of Madrox fascinating. Here’s a guy who knows almost anything, because his duplicates have spent years trying new things and gaining skills, but it’s such a double-edged gift. It’s as though he’s simply found himself with the knowledge without the pain or experience or wisdom behind it. He’s lost himself, who he is, in his multitude of memories. I really like this take on him.
The dialogue is witty, snapping back and forth in the way that only teammates who trust each other can do. Ryan Sook’s art is gorgeous, creating lovely ladies and attractive men. It’s a shame that he’s leaving so soon, but I am happy that Dennis Calero’s backup artwork is better integrated this issue, without the jumps in style I found disturbing previously.
On top of all the scenes revealing more about the cast and their interactions and setting, there’s also a mystery that gets further advanced every issue. (Nice to see a writer who doesn’t forget to balance long-running plotlines, interesting dialogue, AND reason to pick up individual issues every month.) I don’t really care, though, because I love this cast. In addition to those I’ve mentioned, Monet’s unflappability, Rictor’s low-key depression, and Layla’s lethal know-it-all-ness make for great combinations. I haven’t even gone into the bigger-cultural-picture storyline with Guido and Wolfsbane.
This title is the successor to Giffen and deMatteis’ Justice League at its peak: superheroes living realistic lives and helping people in a well-done combination of comedy, drama, and adventure. Heck, I even like the letters page! It explains some behind-the-scenes decisions with grace, apologies when necessary, and like the rest of the book, good humor.