Numbers next to each title are the cumulative ranking of the latest issue out of a total of 40. Numbers in parentheses indicate the previous issue’s rating. Blue indicates a raise in the chart from last issue; red indicates a drop; green indicates the book stayed put.
1. New Avengers: 34 (33)
2. X-Factor: 30 (25)
3. Avengers Vs. X-Men: 28 (33)
4. Wolverine & the X-Men: 27 (31)
5. X-Men Legacy: 26 (21)
6. Age of Apocalypse: 28 (26)
7. Uncanny X-Force: 25 (29)
8. Avengers: 25 (20)
9. Astonishing X-Men: 24 (20.5)
10. AvX: Vs: 22 (31)
11. Gambit: 22 (21)
12. New Mutants: 16 (25)
13. X-Men: 15 (15)
14. Uncanny X-Men: 14 (24)
15. First X-Men: 13 (20)
16. X-Treme X-Men: 9 (10)
17. Wolverine: 7 (8)
First X-Men #2
Writer(s): Christos Gage & Neal Adams
Artist: Neal Adams
There’s a lot of potential for this story to be awesome when you think about it’s set up. A story that reaches back in time and puts Logan in one of his first teaching roles and fighting along side some new faces and one very old and familiar one. However, there’s not much about this issue that reinforces why it’s on the shelves right now. The team that has been introduced these past two issues doesn’t seem too interesting nor does their journey. Even when they attempt to recruit Magneto into their ranks it just seems forced to put a large action scene in the story. Neal’s artwork carries the story pretty well and it was good to see that he toned down Wolverine’s feral look and oversized canine teeth that were a bit annoying in the first issue. The large scale fight we do get in this issue could have been a much better sequence had it been more than Magneto just hurling car parts.
Again, I can’t say that this series has been fun but I’m sure there’s someone, somewhere actually enjoying it. It’s just not me. – IS
Cover: 3/10 Writing: 3/10 Art: 5/10 Relevance: 2/10 TOTAL: 13/40
This issue of X-Factor could prove pivotal in the Polaris mythos. Her origin has always been clouded in mystery. Is she Magneto’s daughter? Did Magneto really kill her mother? Peter David addresses this with Breaking Points: Day 3.
Seeing PAD tie-up so many loose ends with his Breaking Points story arc is actually a little unnerving. Part of me fears that he’s working towards a conclusion of his run on this title, although there has been no rumor of this being the case. The more likely scenario is that he simply feels that it’s time to do some spring cleaning and really get things tidied up and ready to move forward with something new and fresh. I’m certainly hoping for the latter.
Without spoiling it for you, Polaris faces her secret past with Longshot and Monet and the reveal may change the character forever. The truth is believable in its simplicity. There’s no intricate, muddled story or scenario. It’s served straight up and proves viable.
Leonard Kirk’s art felt inconsistent yet again. While some panels were flawless in their detail, others felt rushed. Overall, the panel layouts, inks and colors still manage to tell the story with high quality.
Not much else can or should be said about the issue. Polaris fans need to included it in their collection and the cover is absolutely striking. –SG
Cover: 9/10 Writing: 7/10 Art: 6/10 Relevance: 8/10 TOTAL: 30/40
Most X-Cellent Pick of the Week:
Jeff: AoA was great, but I was so excited that X-Factor #243 finally revealed what happened to Lorna’s parents.
Infinite Speech: Age of Apocalypse #7 was a definite hit his week!
SpidermanGeek: X-Factor #243 for me.