Review: ‘X-Factor’ #9 Is A Triumphant Climax

by Tony Thornley

X-Factor’s journey is nearing an end. However, there’s still a lot of ground to cover, and limited space to do it in. Can the creative team do it?

Cover by Ivan Shavrin

It’s the penultimate issue of the series. The Hellfire Gala is on the horizon and X-Factor still needs to save the day. It’s a great issue by Leah Williams, David Baldeon, Israel Silva and Joe Caramagna.

The Morrigan has her claws in Krakoa and Siryn. X-Factor is desperate to save their friend and protect their home. The solution appears to lie in the most unexpected of places: Mojoworld, and its greatest star SHATTERSTAR!

What Williams does here is a masterclass. She is able to take every major outstanding plot in the series, give it the page time to give it due, and create a satisfying ending to each of the series’ major plots, all in a standard length issue. The Mojoverse captives are freed, Shatterstar gets a big hero moment, X-Factor fulfills their mission, and the day is saved. It never feels rushed, it doesn’t feel overstuffed. Williams nails it, and does it all with her signature flair for strong character moments and great humor.

Baldeon has a tough task right from the beginning. He balances the surreal horror of X-Factor’s psychic battle with the Morrigan with the bombast of Mojoworld. His characters feel authentic, as they all move across the page differently, they all have their own body types, and visual personalities. He and Silva also make sure their powers are depicted in different ways, and gives them all a cool, unique flair. 

It’s disappointing to see a story like this getting cut short. It’s made me care about characters I never even liked before, such as Akihiro, or given me a deeper understanding of ones I’ve known my entire life, like Polaris. It’s inventive, it’s fun, and best of all, I look forward to it each and every month. I’m going to miss it after next month’s issue.

X-Factor #9 is available now from Marvel Comics.

Overview

The penultimate issue of series sees action, mystery and satisfying emotional conclusions for everyone on the team. The writing has great emotional depth, while the art team completely cuts loose. We need more comics like this.

Overall
9/10
9/10
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