This graphic novel, which reprints X-Factor #71-75, takes place as Peter David and Larry Stroman took over the struggling book. Giving the team a line up of Quicksilver, Strong Guy, Havok, Polaris, Maddrox, Wolfsbane, they have the group working for the government, with Val Cooper as a liaison.
This arch has several subplots, but the main plot featuring Multiple Man's powers spinning out of control is the most amusing. Several other subplots are not wrapped up before the end of the graphic. The writing itself is not David's strongest work. In the first half of the graphic, you get the feeling he's still trying to find the character's voices and mannerisms, with nothing really gelling until much later in the book. There's humor, but most times it feels forced, and the villains are either overused or asinine.
The art work is staggering, and I think Mr. David would have been better served had this been called X-Factor Visionaries (Larry Stroman, Vol. 1) Mr. Stroman's art, sense of style, and composition make even the most mundane instances appealing and his art alone saves the book from a rating of 3 stars.
So if you get this book, just know that it's nothing amazing that will change your life or the way you see comics. But, the art is staggering, and worth the price of admission alone.
This could be read by a newcomer to comic books, but they might think `Is this all there is to comics?' Buy them Watchmen instead.
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The name wasn't changed to protect the innocent, but everything else was as Peter David took over the series from the founding X-Men! Alumni of the X-Men, the New Mutants and the Avengers join refugees from odd corners of the X-Universe as the government's latest super-effort, but Mister Sinister and his Nasty Boys don't want this team to survive long enough to get its roster straight! Featuring the historic first meeting of the cast of Marvel Knights' Madrox! Collects X-Factor #71-75.