X-Factor #5

Marvel Comics

Written by Leah Williams

Art by David Baldeon

Colors by Israel Silva

Letters by Joe Caramagna

The Rundown: In the wake of the battle for Krakoa, X-Factor must determine whether its safe to resurrect a fallen mutant.

The five get to finally see the events that led to the death of Wind Dancer and with that confirmation, the resurrection process can begin. Unfortunately, the fallout of the failed resurrection of Rockslide still weighs on the minds and hearts of everyone. This makes them reluctant to want to try again until they have some answers. Rachel offers to get answers by going into Rockslide’s mind but she discovers that there is something wrong with the mutants memories.

As more resurrected mutants rejoin the island, Emma Frost has a heart to heart with Dani about the events that led to their deaths. With some downtime on the island, the mutants get closer to each other and begin to enjoy their lives again. Unfortunately, a murder on the island will bring X-Factor back into action to find out why and how it was done.

The Story: A great plot and an even better twist ending from Leah Williams. I like the quiet nature of the story and how it concentrated on the characters and their relationships with each other. There are some great moments with the team where they get to know each other better and exhibit a camaraderie that is both natural and entertaining. The story then pivots into a pair of mysteries that are both compelling and interesting enough to keep the reader invested.

The Art: David Baldeon consistently delivers stellar art and this issue is no exception. The lighter quality of the plot gives the art the ability to be both energetic, beautifully detailed and fun to look at. Baldeon does great work with the facial expressions of these characters and you get a sense of real emotion from them throughout.

X-Factor #5

8.9

8.9/10

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