Wednesday, February 06, 2013
X-Factor, reminding me why I like superheroes
Posted by Lee
So how did I come to this conclusion? It started when I read X-Factor 241 -246, which comprised the ‘Breaking Points’ storyline. I realized that while there was nothing wrong with the story, there really wasn't anything really new either.
In X-Factor #241, Strong Guy gets the boot. Apparently he’s no longer happy go lucky guy. Now he’s moody and depressed guy because he sold his soul. When? Couldn’t tell ya. Why? Couldn’t tell ya. The book neither explained it, nor gave me a hint as to where to go look to find the answer. Honestly, I liked old Strong Guy better. There's enough grim and gritty in the real world, I really don't need yet another hero acting that way. And then the villains were just alternate universe versions of the core characters. I know creators don’t like to give up intellectual property but this is the best they got? So, I had character growth which was good, but in a direction I didn't like and I had villains that were only sorta new.
In X-Factor #242, Rahne gets the boot. Apparently she’s had a baby and Darwin tries to kill him. It was well executed but since we’re writing characters out it’s really hard to care. Not to mention, it appears to be variation #247 of Days of Future Past.