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X-Men Regenesis

Still reeling from the shocking death of one of their own, how can the X-Factor team possibly take down the one responsible — the deadly Bloodbath?

Then, in issue 229: Layla Miller. Jamie Madrox. Husband and wife. Lying murdered in their honeymoon suite. The moment you thought would never come is here, and not only are you a witness to it, but so is Jamie Madrox himself. We feel safe in saying that this is X-Factor as you’ve never seen them before in the first part of what has to be the trippiest arc in the history of Marvel.

Story by Peter David
Art by Leonard Kirk
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover by David Yardin

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 1.8%


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  1. I was wondering when PD would come back to this thread (oops … in issue #229) …

    So was the Jamie who has been leading the team for who knows how many months actually a dupe? I still don’t get the twist at the end of #227 …

    Loving this cover too, BTW …

    • I don’t think we’ll quite get what happened in 227 until the end of this arc. As far as I can guess, Bloodbath reanimated the dead dupe of Jamie and made him kill Jamie Prime… Which led him to jump through time or something??

      It’ll all make sense in the end. πŸ™‚

    • @markish: That’s why I’m wondering if the Jamie we have been thinking was Jamie Prime really wasn’t and the one the story jumped to was … but then … in the thread PD references in the solicit above both Layla and Jamie end up … well … I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone …

      Actually, can’t spoil anything because it’s all misdirection with PD.

      I agree with you. It won’t make sense until it makes sense. πŸ˜‰

  2. So last issue, we got a plot-point call back god-knows how many issues in the making. As a superfan of this series, it was quite amazing to see. I honestly thought that PAD forgot about that whole “Wolfsbane kills adult-Layla and Madrox” snip-it from around the third arc of this entire series.

  3. Righteous cover.

  4. I know what my pick of the week is.

  5. I also love this cover, it’s very anime cinema. Can anyone else kind of see Akira or Ghost In The Shell in this artwork?

  6. Jesus, this might be my favorite book to pick up from Marvel. I dunno what my POTW will be because there are so many good things coming out this week. ASM, DC, AC, and this… it’s tough.

  7. We can’t let this comic get canceled, it’s so good.

  8. It does the heart good to see so many comments on this book. πŸ™‚

    Consistently very good/great for a LONG time now! PAD being allowed his own corner of the X-Universe is just perfick.

  9. I’ve been wanting to jump on this title for a while but I don’t know where to start… any suggestions?

    • Well, personally I would go get some of the trades. There is a great 4issue mini about Madrox starting the new X-Factor. I started back when there was Desamation in the X-books (right after House of M). The thing that both work for and against this books, much like Walt Simionson’s Thor, is this is one story being told over the years. Actions are taken place that will not show the consiquesnse for a long time, but when it does, your jaw tends to drop in shock. Which is great for those who have been reading this book, but new people might not get the same feeling from it. You could jump in with this issue, and see what you think.

    • I agree with JoeCom. This is a tough series to read without reading from the very beginning. I would suggest that you just get them all if you really want to appreciate PD’s work on X-Factor. There’s the downside of being a fan of a relatively obscure book, eh? You gotta go back to the beginning to really enjoy what is happening now.

      Well, I recognize that may not be practical … πŸ˜‰ So here are some other suggestions …

      In single issues, I would back up to 224.1, 225, 226, and 227.

      TPB Volume 3 contains the issue MOST relevant to this current arc: the analysis session each team member had with Doc Samson. I won’t offer any spoilers beyond that. So if you buy only one TPB, I would start there:

      These next three volumes might be fun but aren’t absolutely necessary. They are the most recent in the series:

      9. Volume 9 shows the team’s return to NYC. I’m not sure the arc in this volume is exactly relevant to the current events being developed, but I thought it was a fun story and set the stage following the first year-long arc (I think):

      10. I don’t recall Volume 10 being anything spectacular. I think this was a crossover volume, but X-Factor was ancillary to the story so it just ended up muddling the longer narrative:

      11. The fact that Volume 11 is the most recent TPB I can find (vol 12 is set for release in February) is the only reason I can think of to suggest it. I thought it was also a fun story, but it won’t win an Eisner —

      To reiterate, I suggest beginning with: single issues 224.1, 225, 226, and 227; and TPB volume 3.

    • I think the best thing to do is hit up your local comic convention and find these issues for less than a dollar. That’s how I got my X-Factor collection from 2006 to current. I’m only missing 2 issues right now (22 & 23). It’s cheaper than buying in trades, although sometimes you can find trades for 1/2 off at conventions as well.

    • No wonder no comics ever pick up readers with cheerleaders like you lot. Just pick up this issue.. .

    • @NodNolan: huh? What wasn’t helpful about folks’ comments up until now? No … wait … don’t answer that … go flame elsewhere please.

    • I appreciate the input! ill try to get all the trades if i can but it might take a while

    • @cahubble09

      I’m just saying when a comic has one of the lowest readerships of all continuing Marvel readerships (although admittedly it is static and not declining), given the opportunity of someone new picking up an issue….just get them to pick up the next issue. GET THEM ON BOARD.

      While your post is more than helpful. You’re insinuating you can only enjoy the book if you’ve read copious amounts of back-matter. When in fact Peter David puts a decent recap at the beginning of THIS ISSUE that contains all you need to know.

    • @NodNolan: It is unfortunate that you took that impression from my post. I don’t recall ever suggesting that new readers MUST read “copious amounts of back-matter”. In fact, I was being slightly tongue-in-cheek about it, to which I would have thought the emoticon near the top of my post would have tipped off most readers. And I’m pretty sure I narrowed my suggested reading list down to the bare minimum back story. And I certainly wasn’t critical of the “get them on board” strategy. With that said, the original point is cogent, I believe. Get on board, but read backward as well. You won’t be disappointed.

    • @NodNolan: p.s. I don’t disagree with your main point either …

    • @NodNolan: p.s.s. Back issues of #13, #224.1, #225, #226, and #227 can be found easily for <$20, a rather reasonable cost.

    • @whitespyder9: I hope you enjoy them … at whatever pace works best for you. πŸ™‚

  10. A friend of mine jumped on at 224.1 and has been loving it, so I’d say that’s a good place to start.

    Then I’d go with what cahubble said if you like what you read. As someone who has been on since the Madrox series (hell, since PAD’s original X-Factor series) I really can’t recommend it enough.

  11. I took the jump on test myself. The last issue of X-Factor I read was around issue #5 or #6 or the current series pre-renumbering.

    I had absolutely no problem understanding this issue, or enjoying this issue. In fact I’m pretty sure I’m up for next issue #2.

  12. reading now …

  13. that was cool … X-Factor, shades of Supernatural … definitely 5/5 …

  14. That’s an awesome cover.

  15. I was enjoying this issue as I was reading it. It was a long fight with a villain I don’t care much about (I did get a kick out of his ridiculous jokes) but the main draw of X-Factor is always the team itself. Hangman meeting his son and his little redemption was sweet. Then I got to the end and saw the exact same cliffhanger as the last issue. I call shenanigans on that. The next issue better have some serious pay off.

    • The mystery factor has me completely hooked. I can’t believe SPOILER ALERT that you-know-who is really dead. Looking forward to learning the twist. Can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with you-know-who not really being a mutant.

  16. In the shop yesterday me and the owner were trying struggling to find words to explain why X-Factor was awesome to someone… This is just a flat out crazy book. And I love it.

  17. I want to give this book a try. To bad Marvel skips from issue #27 to #228 digitally. At least give me the beginning of the current story arc.

  18. This and x-force are my favourite x books, they’re both consistantly great and just leave you wanting more the second you put them down. This issue was no exception, I can’t wait to see how this all washes up and I look forward to all the new mysteries that will surely spin out of this arc.

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