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X-Factor, Vol. 1: The Longest Night (X-Factor, Volume III #1)

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In the fallout from House of M and following the surprise film-noir hit Madrox, a new mutant team is forged X-Factor is an investigative mutant agency that includes Madrox, the Multiple Man; Guido, the Strong Guy; Wolfsbane, the shape-shifter; Siryn, the chorus girl; Rictor, the living earthquake; and Generation X's Monet, the pompous witch. Drawn together in the heart of ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 7th 2007 by Marvel (first published August 16th 2006)
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
PAD returns to X-Factor and it's awesome. There's some lovely artwork here too. Moving straight on to vol. 2 now...
James DeSantis
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit...I mean I liked Vol 0 (Madrox story) but goddamn, talk about captivating from beginning to end huh?

So here we have the X-Factor group coming together. They are basically a Mutant group trying to work together as a detective agency helping people. So think almost like Angel but darker and hits some great surprise twist as it goes. From issue 1 onward I knew we were in for a treat and once we get into the thick of things, the themes that go so well with X-men (Such as racism and sexism
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leído en las 6 revistitas editadas por Panini, las cuales me prestó mi amigo y comiquero de confianza Federiken Masters.

El primer número es tan bueno que opaca a los 5 restantes. El diálogo entre Madrox y Ric, mientras el primero intenta convencerlo al otro de que no se suicide, es de los mejores diálogos que haya leído, como también el dialogo interno de Jamie. El número se sostiene por sí solo sin ningún tipo de problemas. El final del arco también me convenció como así también la investigació
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
Back in '91 the X-titles had that big ol' shakeup in the midst of their popularity's peak. The one title that initially looked like it got the short end was X-Factor. A group of mostly no name or secondary characters filled out the entire roster of what used to be the original X-Men. And yet one could argue it turned out to be the best of those series while Peter David manned the ship.

So now (or a few years ago) Peter David restarts the title following a successful Madrox miniseries and he retur
Krystl Louwagie
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Madrox. I love Layla Miller. I love Peter David! Which is why I really want his "how to write comics" book, 'cause I'd love to take advice from him.

The art in these is greatly constructed together, the story is interesting and relevant, the characters are well fleshed out and relate able and lovable. And funny. I love Peter David's X-Factor universe, and I just order the prequel to this, which I'm super excited for (and which is semi expensive due to not being in print anymore. :( ) X-Fa
This volume collects issues #1–6 of X-Factor (vol. 3), which marked Peter David's return to the team and many of the characters on which he had worked in the '90s. This newer series, however, is much darker, both in tone and actual colouring, and presents an all new X-Factor, lead by none other than Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man. Functioning as detective agency in Mutant Town in the aftermath of the big X-event Decimation (in which Marvel apparently de-powered 90% of their overly expanded mutan ...more
Paul Mirek
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a bummer. It turns out there's been a series that combines the darkly comedic noir world of Angel with the shining diamond at the core of what makes the X-Men franchise work: persecuted heroes rising beyond prejudices in the name of a nobler cause. Of course, the influence of the former reveals all the ugly little realities of the latter. Ryan Sook's art is sharp and modern and a perfect fit for this story, which sees the private investigation team protecting a woman accused of murdering he ...more
One Flew
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first reaction Peter David's X-factor was a sense of annoying that it was more noir fodder. I quickly realised that I was wrong, more elements constantly added to the main plot. Even the small changes to characters like Madrox pay off big as the series progresses. David's vision for the X-factor line is one of the most impressive interpretations that i've seen in the superhero genre. The story is so interesting and it gets better issue by issue. Usually crossover events (in this case the M-Da ...more
Feather Mista
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi todo el mundo
Hacía años que no releía esta saga, que la tengo en capítulos en las seis primeras revistas de la edición española de Panini. Y recién hoy noté que nunca los había leído de corrido y en orden.
Si bien en la relectura me hicieron ruido algunas cositas (sobre todo, irregularidades en el dibujo por culpa del baile de dibujantes), el promedio sigue siendo altísimo.
Y aunque no es un comic perfecto, el hecho de tener el mejor #1 que jamás haya leído de cualquier colección que recuerde, amerita bajar un
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trades-read
The plot in this book is interesting, but the main draw of X-Factor is the character interactions. The fact that I had little to no knowledge of these characters when I initially read X-factor, yet came away caring about them all (well most of them -- Rictor is a cry baby) after just 6 issues should speak volumes about Peter David's ability to make you care about characters. Now, rereading the series, the interactions are as fun and charged as I remembered them being.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Info: This collection contains X-Factor issues #1-6.


On the heels of the mutant decimation, a violent activist movement has traumatized Mutant Town, and divided it's residents on the issue of whether M-Day was a blessing or a curse. But all this commotion must be set aside by Jamie Madrox and his crew at X-Factor Investigations – a private investigator agency recently established by Jamie within Mutant Town – while they tackle a dangerous security outfit responsible for killing an informan
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Pas toujours méga super fan du dessin, mais holyshit ça c'est de l'histoire ! Je suis hyper intriguée par la suite...
Timothy Villa
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic from the first page to the last. The writing by Peter David is, as per the norm, top notch filled with moments of humor and dread equally, and always with character development at the front. The Ryan Sook art is beautiful. I admit, however, to thinking the art by Pablo Raimondi, who did the art in X-Factor Volume 0: Madrox was slightly better.

The story here, one long night for X-Factor Investigations that involves multiple murders, a riot in Mutant Town where X-Factor is loc
Arno Callens
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Retaining the noir-ish atmosphere of the Madrox-mini-series, Peter David uses these first six issues with the full X-Factor-line-up to introduce the team. Siryn, M, Rictor, and Layla Miller prove to fit in well with Jamie, Strong Guy, and Wolfsbane; each sharply defined over the course of this story.

Which brings me to my main quabble with this collection: there is no overarching narrative. Instead there are various conflicts and mysteries with resolutions still to come, and only a few, if excell
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't know a great deal about this run of X-Factor, other than it involved the Multiple Man and M. I enjoyed earlier editions of X-Factor, including the ones that included several of the characters featured here, and was a huge fan of Generation X back when that was a thing, so that sounded appealing, but was always on the back burner for me. I finally got around to checking it out, and it starts just after House of M. As a consequence, it's rather dark in tone, and surprisingly violent. Stil ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
So far I'm really enjoying this. I prefer ensemble casts than casts that just focus on one character and while there is a slight focus on Jamie, the other characters still get time to shine. We see little characterizations here and there that make it an easy comic to pick up even if you don't know anything about the characters - which, I know a decent amount about Rictor and Siryn but I know next to nothing about everyone else and I was never confused about anyone.

I liked how respectfully Rictor
Christopher Munroe
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Long-running comic/graphic novel series' are tough to review, because so much of your enjoyment depends on your knowledge of what comes before. I could say this is an interesting ongoing mystery story featuring a detective agency that may or may not someday save the world, where the dark tone of the art perfectly compliments the noir-ish nature of the narrative, and that'd be true so far as it goes, but it wouldn't matter.

What matters is, fundamentally, this is an excellent X-book featuring a co
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel, x-men
Peter David continues his reinvention of Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man with a surprisingly great story set in Decimation, an otherwise depressing and slow Marvel story line.
Madrox adopts the X-Factor monitor for his P.I. agency, which now employs other X-Men cast offs (Rictor, Wolfsbane, Siryn, M, and, my favorite, Strong Guy). This team sort of solves one mystery (about a missing sister), but mostly protects its own, and the former mutants of Mutant Town.
Ryan Sook (who was great on the Zatanna
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
gettin' real tired of your shit, Monet.

Everybody is mad about M-Day. Mutants who lost their powers are angry they lost their powers, humans are angry they were mutants in the first place, and everybody just in general acts like the huge doucheweenies they are. Marvel just loves to write a populace who are bigoted and hateful, when holy frickin' crap man, if mutants really existed, the majority of people I know would be all OH MY GOD MUTANTS THIS IS SO AWESOME.

So yeah, Layla is all "I know thin
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
The characters here are not your "usual suspects" in the Marvel Universe, or even the X-Men. Even though most of them have been around for quite some time, they haven't been the focus, so they seem like fresh faces but not "throwaway characters." The atmosphere is a bit "Noir," and the focus is on character development and interaction. I rolled my eyes when I first saw Guido, or Strong Guy, but even he has a personality that will draw you into reading about him. Multiple Man is not just a guy wh ...more
Mike McQuillian
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, comics

I'm a sucker for stories about the other guys. The merely average players. The consistently good (but not spectacular.

X-Factor are "the other guys." A group of characters who have been kicking around the X-Men universe for years, rarely making waves. They come together to form a private detective agency dealing with mutant-related cases.

This volume of the story is dark, in tone and its visuals. Peter David writes a setting full of murder and distrust. The art team (Ryan Sook on pencils, Wade Vo
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-book, marvel
Один из любимых икс-тайтлов, и просто отличная серия. После неё, узнал о творчестве, замечательного сценариста и писателя Питера Дэвида.
Первые номера(а так же своего рода пролог "Мэдрокс") своего рода, ода жанру нуар.
Действительно интересные персонажи, отличные диалоги, загадки, и неожиданные повороты сюжета. Чем то напоминает первые сезоны тв-шоу Джосса Уэдона "Ангел"(но в отличие от онного, главгерой тут не ходит с каменным лицом, и постоянно отжигает).
Первые 6 номеров вводят в курс дела, а т
This is one of the first series that I remember starting. These were al characters that had history but I didn't feel like it was absolutely necessary that I know it all to enjoy this story.

Layla Miller may have been created by Bendis but David gives her life. Maddrox is a great character and he's flawed in the best way. He's so unsure of himself that he can't really lead this team. Strong Guy is funny here but I know he gets more depth. Rahne and Theresa are strong female characters who aren't
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, x-men
Peter David makes his triumphant return to X-Factor, and it's glorious. His X-Factor run from the '90s was fantastic, and this one might be even better. It's got his standard strong characterization, using a lot of characters no one else wanted. Multiple Man, Monet, Wolfsbane, Strong Guy, Rictor, Siryn - not exactly A-list X-Men. But that allows David to do pretty much whatever he wants with them, and he has a lot of fun exploring them all. The art is solid - nothing spectacular, but more than a ...more
David Edmonds
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
A pretty solid introduction to the characters for new readers, and a pretty good start for the series as a whole, X-Factor is written in a film-noir style with an art style to match. The team, based out of District X, the former 'mutant town' until the events of House of M negated the X-gene in almost every mutant on Earth, wants to know what happened and why. And who is Layla Miller, and how/why does she she 'know stuff' and why doesn't she want X-Factor to learn the truth about the Decimation? ...more
Roman Colombo
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel
I can't believe that I hadn't read this yet. I've read every X-Factor volume in this run all the way until the end...but not the first! How did that happen! I even have this trade signed by Peter David.

And yeah, it's brilliant. Especially the end, which might have actually been better knowing where it went and seeing the first sign of Layla Miller's true power.
I didn't dig the art %100, but it had that good Noir feeling that David was going for here.

So happy I read this. I reread the e
Maheen Masroor
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Layla's introduction to this series as I read about the after-math of House of M has enamored me to this series in a boundless way. And the revelation of all the characters in the first issue helped me a lot along the way so, thank you, authors. I loved Rhage's ferocious protectiveness of the former mutants and Madrox's double that tried to kill Riktor and Sigyn's mind-blowing banshee power along with her sassiness.
I was in love with Layla from the first issue when she showed up mysteriously and
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2011
I'm really enjoying the stories about a team that doesn't always work together. Sometimes they don't even like each other. The mood of the book is lessened somewhat by the TPB format - because I read "The Longest Night" in about half an hour, it didn't feel that long to me, but over the course of six months I'm sure it would have been much more strenuous. One thing is for sure: Layla Miller is creepy as hell.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic start to a supposedly great series. Lots of characters that are well distinguished. Throw in mutant powers and you have a crime drama on steroids. Focus on Jamie Madrox or "Multiple Man" and his team of investigators. A good amount of action and use of dialogue. Beautiful dark grimy art style. A great read so far with more than a couple cliff hangers. I look forward to reading the next book.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set during Decimation, Jamie continues his detective agency. Lyla is a creepy little girl that has something to do with House of M, you get the feeling shes important. Also there's a rival detective firm who want to get rid of X Factor. This book deals more with character than plot and is stronger for that.
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