Covering Issues #1-6
Aside from the name, there is little direct connection to the previous incarnation of the team, despite the presence of Polaris. There’s a heavy handed look at corporate responsibility on the part of Serval, but there’s not much about exactly what the company stands for, leading to a lot of misgivings on the part of at least one of the team’s members, as well as outside factors. The dynamic between the team members really makes the title, with conflicts of interest, personal dynamics being overshadowed, and a desire to find themselves working away from the usual mutant/anti-mutant schism that has fueled much of the main X-Men titles over the years. The choices, however, for some of the members leave a little something to be desired; at least one of the superheroes is someone that I personally dislike, mostly because of their recognizable speech patterns, though I do admit that he brings some interesting aspects to just how X-Factor will perform..
One of the best aspects of the title is the writing. I’m a fan of Peter David’s work, especially on the previous X-Factor title, and he certainly brings his “A” game to this one. His way of filling out aspects of character interaction that I hadn’t seen before is both hilarious and well thought out, especially the bickering and tiny, little comments that need to be carefully read so as to not gloss over them. I believe that without him at the helm, the switchover from the previous title to this one would not have been as smooth, or even moderately connected. He plans ahead, and while I have no idea what exactly is going to happen in the future, I am sure that David will surprise me—to a degree.
Given the foreshadowing that is being shown, I can, however, predict that there will be a conflict between the more well-established—and sanctioned—members of the mutant community and this team at some point in the future. There’s also going to be a point at which the members of the time are going to want to know exactly what Serval is up to, and why having a team of superheroes is so important to them. Corporate image is certainly something to think about, but given the level of anti-mutant hysteria that has plagued the Marvel Universe since the inception of the X-Men, there are other superheroes to consider with a more sellable aspect to the public (and shareholders). All in all, the series is very enjoyable, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.