X-Factor: Super Unnatural
written by Peter David
illustrated by Leonard Kirk and Valentine De Landro
X-Factor has always been a fascinating mutant team. Originally begun as a series to showcase the reunited original X-Men team, it long ago shifted into something far different: a showcase for a lesser-known team of mutants with a hearty sense of humor despite a whole bunch of terrible setbacks.
Those setbacks can be more than a little bizarre. Take this description of Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane’s recent pregnancy: “A horrified Rahne gave birth to her son by means of it crawling out of her mouth and promptly, brutally killing Rahne’s captor…. This caused her to freak out somewhat….” You can imagine.
As horrifying and bizarre as that may sound, X-Factor, written for a very long time by Peter David, is actually a quite cohesive story, one that mingles the outrageousness of superhero comics with real characterization. David never takes things too seriously (the strong guy in the super group is named Strong Guy), but he gets the important parts dead on right, so whenever any I-can’t-take-this-seriously bells are going off in your head, you are immediately pulled right back into a compelling and intriguing storyline.
This particular story is all about a demonic bloodbath that occurs in the hometown of X-Factor member Jamie Madrox. It leads to a chilling battle, one far more serious and intense than readers may expect (but still fine for older teen readers and older). It’s bloody and violent, and sometimes scary. I loved it.