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A man is dead, apparently the victim of a vampire attack. But is it truly some random crime of violence? Or is it, as his daughter believes, an elaborate ruse, designed to draw attention away from the real culprit? And can X-Factor separate fact from fiction?

Story by Peter David
Art by Valentine De Landro & Pat Davidson
Colors by Jeromy Cox
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover by David Yardin & Sonia Oback

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  1. Peter David is a machine.

  2. I feel like they finally have some consistently solid art between De Landro and Lupacchino.  It also seems to be shipping a lot this year.  Two issues last month and they’ve got two issues scheduled in March.  Not a bad thing.

  3. Agreed.

    Would sort of prefer to keep vampires out this book, since I’ve mostly avoided it in the other X-books (Wolvering & Jubilee excepted, obviously), but I’m confident Peter David’ll handle it in a way that doesn’t suck.


  4. This book is now firmly ensconced as one of my all time favorite X-runs.  Good thing too because the state of the rest of the X-universe is pretty sad.

  5. I loved this issue. It took the “Vampire’s everywhere!” Thing and turned it on its head. If it had beeen just another vampire it wouldn’t have been interesting but what they did do was fun.

    I just realized that this has become a primarily magic based bood. And I’m alright with that.

  6. ….book.

  7. What was up with the art in this issue? It looked more or less fine, but the storytelling was way off-kilter. A whole lot of shitty transitions had me confused and turning the pages back and forth several times.

  8. @Diabhol  Really? I didn’t find it particularly confused?

    Which parts in particular?

  9. The vampire-esque plot was perfectly fine for a single issue story but it was really an excuse to come back to Jamie and Layla’s relationship.  And that’s where this issue, and the series in general, shines.  I’m always reminded, “oh yea, I care about these characters.”

    I’ve been thinking recently it’s a shame the book was renumbered.  I know it’s trivial and doesn’t affect the story but the run has been so distinctly its own thing that it’s a shame the numbering doesn’t reflect it.  I don’t know that it had any long term sales impact after #200 and now it just confuses things.

    I suppose that goes for a bunch of recent/current Marvel runs.  PAD’s X-Factor, Brubaker’s Cap, Fraction’s Iron Man, JMS’ Thor – all interupted by silly renumbering.  Difference here is I’m not sure anyone ever cared about the 200th published X-Factor comic like they did the 500th or whatever of those other ones.

  10. I think Peter David wanted the renumbering to the 200s. It makes the book feel more established. More of an X-cornerstone and not a 50 issue series that has run its course. And of course, David has written X-Factor since the 90s of the previous series (in the 1990s, no less), so he feels the connection as well. Of course, in the end the numbering means little. Really early numbers help pull in new readers, but once you get past 15 or so I suspect it doesn’t matter if it is 20 or 200. And Marvel wil cancel the book if sales are bad, 220 issues or not.

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