Sunday, April 18, 2010

X-Factor Forever #2 - Marvel

This series picks up back when X-Factor consisted of the original members of the X-Men. Much like X-Men Forever, it starts at a point in the team's history . . and goes in just a little different direction. This one starts when the team is living in Manhattan in Apocalypse's ship, 'Ship'. It's sentient, and, I guess, that's it's name. Anyways, we find out that before Apocalypse used it as a base, it was actually a product of the Celestials, and is in constant contact with them. Which is why Apocalypse has sent Cameron Hodge, in his new role as Master Meld, after the team . . to create a diversion. Apocalypse wants to find out just what information 'Ship' has been sending back to it's creators. In X-Men Forever they're dealing with the extinction of the mutant race through 'burnout'. In this series, it looks like it's going to be because of another reason. After reviewing 'Ships' information, Apocalypse starts putting a couple of things together. First of all, of all the mutants out there none of them are children of mutants. He also finds out from Caliban that of the hundreds of mutants living in the 'alley', there were never any children born. In fact, in all of Caliban's days as a 'hound', he's never seen a child born of 2 mutant parents. Which points to Scott and Madelyn's child, Christopher, as being unique in all of creation . . 'His birth . . may be the result of genetic manipulation by the villain who cloned his mother in the likeness of Jean Grey.' And at the end of this issue we see that the Celestial, Gammenon the Gatherer, has returned to Manhattan. I'm sure he's armed with the same knowledge that Apocalypse just gathered. Louise Simonson, who was writing the series at it's point of divergence here . . is also writing this series. I remember reading all those books. It was a great time to follow the X-Men. Although it seems that the common factor here . . between both of these series, is that eventually the mutant population is doomed . . in one way or another. The survival of thier species is definitely not in their own hands. Dan Panosian and Eric Nguyen are responsible for the art. Overall I enjoyed the book. I think it'll be interesting to see how Christopher's future changes in this time-line.

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