All-New X-Factor #1

All-New X-Factor #1

Writer: Peter David Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 8, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 7
7.0Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

"NOT BRAND X" Part 1
X-FACTOR IS BACK...LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Serval Industries, one of the world's most trusted names in electronics and leader in cutting-edge internet and weapons technology, has just unveiled their newest contribution to society...the All-New X-Factor. Led by mutant mistress of magnetism, Polaris, the team uses its corporate backing for the betterment of society. With her half-brother Quicksilver, notorious thief, Gambit, and more by her side, can Polaris trust that her corporate masters really have good intentions?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jan 7, 2014

    Its not exactly a secret that X-Factor was one of my favorite books of the last ten years, and that I wasnt PRECISELY sad to see it go because it seemed to get such a loving, perfect send-off. Normally such an ideal afrewell would have me seething at a revival this soon afterward, but two things must be considered. The most important is that, as mentioned previously by yours truly, these seeds were sown in the pages of the final X-Factor issues AND we have the series original writer back at the helm. The second is that no one in their right mind would put the words X-Factor and shameless cash-grab in the same thought process, so this issue is far more a return of old friends, and I cannot wait to see more from this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover Jan 10, 2014

    It's a strong first issue with some great character interaction and a good setup. Now, let's see if they can keep up the level of quality. I do find it interesting that the superhero team that is being put together is made up of all mutants or those who hang out with mutants. Polaris' call or is there something else at work here? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jan 8, 2014

    Peter David is one of those names in comics that you automatically take notice of when you see his name on a book, and here, he seems right at home, giving us almost a spinoff of the series that made him a comic writer's writer. Coupled with a stellar art team and an unlikely team, we are getting something that is wholly different than the standard X book that we are used to seeing on the shelves. I may not have been an X-Factor fan during its original incarnation, but you can bet that I am a fan of them now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jan 8, 2014

    There’s nothing overtly midblowing about the debut of the All-New X-Factor team, but it’s fun, entertaining, and hilarious without seeming camp so let’s chalk it as a win, and see how David pulls off his first arc with his new team and Serval Industries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jan 7, 2014

    I welcome the addition ofAll-New X-Factorwith welcomed arms. This looks to be a fun team dynamic with a unique direction that opens the door to all sorts of story possibilities. With an up-and-coming artist inGiandomenico and a veteran writer in David, this book has a bright future in front of itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 10, 2014

    So it's a surprisingly average start for this new version of the long-running series. But we'll have to reserve judgment until we get a little more mileage on the new vehicle. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Jan 8, 2014

    For a debut, this comic isn't bad. The plot is certainly lacking, and the whole situation seems a bit lackluster compared to other Marvel conflicts currently. But still, Gambit and his supporting characters make this book by being such enjoyable and human characters. The art and cover are also quite awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jan 12, 2014

    Overall this is a solid first issue where we'll get to see David write not only some great super hero dramatics, but also explore how Serval Industries will fit into the larger Marvel Universe. Peter David's writing has always been consistently good, it looks as though he's done it again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Dan RyeFleur Jan 12, 2014

    I will absolutely pick up the next issue. The first issue isn't the most exciting start to a new series, but Peter David has set the stage for a comic that will certainly stand out from the rest. Can we trust Several Industries or do they secretly have sinister motives? Will this team of dysfunction be a success or will it quickly fall apart? I guess we'll have to keep reading, and I am excited to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jan 21, 2014

    At its core, All New X-Factor #1 sets up a new business plan for X-Factor. It's like a company that is being restructured in order to enter a new industry. Apple did it when they entered the cell phone business. Now X-Factor is doing it with Serval. It brings together several characters that are in need of a new outlet for being X-men while not getting too bogged down in emotional baggage. As a business model, it remains to be seen whether it will be profitable in a literal or figurative manner. But it succeeds in presenting a novel approach into a series that has already distinguished itself in that field. X-Factor is still a long ways from being the next iPhone, but it's off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 8, 2014

    So how's Gambit? Well, he's certainly not offensive yet. Having Logan run him down like a dumb child helps deflate some of that lame LeBeau "mystique." and making it seem like he's stumbling into something way out of his league also negates that 'too cool for school' malarkey that made him so unappealing. So Peter David and his talent for interesting character work may actually be able to do the unthinkable – make me like a book that stars Gambit. That is some of the highest praise I can offer. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 10, 2014

    All New X-Factor is mostly set up but definitely worth the read. As someone who never really got into the previous volumes of X-Factor, I was not lost. It's very accessible and does feel like a totally new series. With some issues involving the artwork and costume designs, the story is still very good. There was a perfect balance of humor, action and drama. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    GoCollect - @TonyTheGamerDad Jan 9, 2014

    The story in this book is top notch. Peter David writes these characters as if he truly understands them and it is no surprise as he has written successful runs on X-Factor in the past. The art, while not my favorite style, is not bad and may just appeal to your taste. The grouping of Gambit, Quicksilver, and Polaris is interesting and very appealing as they have a power set combination not often seen in group books. Fans of any of these characters or of Peter David should pick this book up ASAP. Anyone else who is vaguely interested in the idea of Corporate sponsored superheroes will not be disappointed if they grab this title. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 14, 2014

    All-New X-Factor #1 successfully introduced us to the new team in grand fashion. Peter David did a great job executing a first issue that welcomes in new readers and long-time readers to the new series. The character interaction was done in a way that you know that there is already history between Polaris, Gambit and Quicksilver but its something that you dont need to know it to understand what is going on. You just have to know that they have been brought in as the new X-Factor team by Serval Industries and move forward with the story. With all that was set-up in this first issue I am ready to continue reading this series on a monthly basis instead of in trades. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 10, 2014

    All New X-factor feels just like the X-factor of old, it simply needs to get comfortable with its new direction. Peter David knows how to take mutants from the fringe of the Marvel Universe and make you fall in love. It deserves a fair shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 8, 2014

    Carmine Di Giandomenico provides a new look and feel to go with the new direction and status quo. Everything is light and angular, befitting a corporate-led mutant team. Di Giandomenico's storytelling shines best early on, during Gambit's botched robbery attempt. The coloring is the one visual flaw right now. Between the wardrobes and odd lighting choices, characters often appear almost monochrome in many panels. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jan 11, 2014

    This first issue as you'd expect is pretty much all setup, we didn't even get introduced to all of the characters yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Jan 13, 2014

    The story is well written and the main characters are spot on, the story doesn't reveal everything that's happening and leaves you wanting to know more. The art while not being spectacular is good and the artist can draw great facial expressions. It is a very different book to the last X-Factor but is a strong first issue and with little links to the old teams can make a good jumping on point for new readers and will satisfy old fans too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - D.S. Randlett Jan 10, 2014

    All New X-Factor doesn't feel quite as fresh as its predecessor did at first blush, and its voice isn't quite as assured, but there's more than enough here to entice one to see what David and company will be driving at in this series' future. Long may it run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jan 9, 2014

    Some coloring issues drag the book down and it needed just a little bit more to hook the audience, but All-New X-Factor has a fantastic premise, a proven writer, and some very pretty art. Only time – and Serval's stock price – will tell where David's newest group of ragtag mutant heroes will land, but they're off to a fine start. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jan 10, 2014

    "All-New X-Factor" is really taking its title to heart. If you're a fan of the "X-Factor Investigations" era, then be prepared for the fact that this series is an entirely new beast. Compared to the Madrox agency, there's a heightened sense of nobility here, even if they are working for a potentially evil corporation. In a lot of ways, this could be seen as a tonal merger between the two previous series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Barron Network - Robber Barron Jan 8, 2014

    I am also not a fan of the X-Factor uniform. I dont get why they look like bananas or why Gambit would just join them so quickly? Is it really that easy to recruit an X-Man?! The idea behind X-Factor is pretty interesting so I am not willing to throw in the towel just yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comicosity - MJ Feuerborn Jan 9, 2014

    Despite its stumbles, this issue was still bursting with potential, as none of its contributors failed the book so much as just failed to meet their potential. With an intriguing premise, a great cast revealed thus far, and the advantage of a barely-touched slate, All-New X-Factor still has the ability to run strong. This issue might just have been the pre-run stretching. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Jan 9, 2014

    Overall, your enjoyment of this one is going to depend strongly on your feelings about Peter David. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 9, 2014

    All-New X-Factor #1 was a huge disappointment on every level. As you can see from my rant, I don't think there was one aspect I liked about the comic. It's a subpar outing from one of my favorite comic book writers. PAD had every opportunity to come up with something new and exciting, with a real focus on some interesting characters. But he delivers a generic, boring superhero story, like a million others being churned out of Marvel these days. All-New X-Factor #1 has no heart. And that's going to cost it in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Jan 14, 2014

    All-New X-Factor #1 is a slightly sub-standard comic for three bucks. For four, its a total disappointment. If Marvel wants customers to pay premium prices, they must deliver premium content. Unfortunately, there is little in the pages of All-New X-Factor #1 to place it above the pack of crowded superhero comics. Perhaps when the crew is properly filled out, the old David magic will be wrought on this book. If the corporate concept is fully explored, there will be something identifiable about this team. But as this issue stands, I can only recommend All-New X-Factor #1 for Polaris diehards and fans who wish their superheroes wore futuristic Puma tracksuits. Actually, Im definitely in the latter camp, so I might stick around for another issue. If it were $2.99, Id probably stick around longer. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 9, 2014

    "X-Factor" had a slightly troubled final year as David started to wrap up plotlines, but I was hoping that "All-New X-Factor" #1 would be a fresh start for the title, free of backstory and moving forward in a smart new direction. And while I give David and Di Giandomenico credit for presenting a brand-new beginning, here, "All-New X-Factor" #1 comes across as a problematic-at-best relaunch. Ultimately, a big disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shahriar Mowla Jan 31, 2014

    Peter David is one of my favorite authors and there wasn't a shadow of a doubt that this book would end up to be one of my favorites. PAD pulls it off brilliantly: focusing the entire issue from Gambit's point of view, he brings the fan-favorite cajun to the limelight again with a team that's inevitably heading for some family drama, as we have the half-brother-sister relationship of Polaris and Quicksilver. We catch a bit of that soap opera with David's usual dash of humor. David also manages to give the CEO and president of SERVAL the exact amount of mystery required at the moment, making us wonder what he might have up his sleeve. Gambit's monologue makes the reading certainly enjoyable. By meshing corporate world to that of the mutants this time (whereas in the previous series it was detective agency + mutant world), David is taking us out on another enjoyable ride. When I looked at the preview of this issue, I was lukewarm about the art. But my opinion soon changed when I turned over the pages. Carmine di Giandomenico handles the art duty all by himself, without the help of an additional inker. He captures the body movements and facial expressions magnificently (though in page 4 panel 2, Wolverine looks like doing a catwalk, but that's just a detail) and his panoramic views are quite impressive, perspective wise and detail wise. Awesome sauce!

  • 9.0
    M Jan 10, 2014

    As a first issue this one had quite a bit more punch (both physical and verbal) than I would've thought but that actually helps give the book a good pace. The art is enjoyable, though the coloring was simply average to my eye. Considering this is the 1st issue of a new cast of characters with a new backdrop (Serval Industries) dripping with potential there's not much more that could be done here. Entertaining with lots of unanswered questions hanging in the air. 9+

  • 4.0
    Synthozoid Jan 9, 2014

    This book made me sad. Hard to believe this is Peter David. Very generic and boring.

  • 8.5
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