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Review: All-New X-Factor #4

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
03/12/2014 - 6:21pm | Updated: 40 weeks 1 day Ago
Writer: 
Peter David,
Art: 
Carmine Di Giandomenico,
Colors: 
Rachelle Rosenberg,
Letterer: 
VC's Cory Petit,
Cover: 
Kris Anka and Jared Fletcher,
Publisher: 
Marvel Comics
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
March 12, 2014
I have a real love for all iterations of Peter David's X-Factor. I'm trying to love the all-new, all-different version, but something is amiss.
 
I certainly have enjoyed the uniformity of the book under artist Carmine Do Giandomenico, and the fact that the book has not changed artists. Everything has a nice look, the panels are engrossing and carry the script well, and even the characters look fresh and new. I love the lighter color palette that extends from cover to interior.
 
I am equally approving of the way the new mag is packaged, how it is "sponsored" by Serval Industries and their involvement, and Peter's bringing back of certain threads from old X-Factor issues.
 
So what is the matter? I don't know, and that's what has me perplexed.
 
I love all these characters, but for some reason they're not cooking together, certainly not the same way as Jamie Madrox and his group did. This just does not have the "feel" of X-Factor, even the older book of which Polaris and Quicksilver were members.
 
And in this issue, Danger does nothing for me. It all seems contrived, everything seems mechanical (no pun intended) and things just sit and do not gel.
 
I don't know if PAD has loat his magic or if he's just going through the motions in this newest issue.
 
Something is wrong.
 
As a fan of Peter's work, I certainly want X-Factor to continue and succeed and I am in hopes that maybe things will pick up when Warlock comes. But for now, I'll buy the mag but it isn't that great.