X-Factor #10 Hellfire Gala Review

by Ryan.L on June 30, 2021

Script: Leah Williams
Story: Leah Williams, David Baldeon
Artist: David Baldeon, David Messina, Lucas Werneck
Colorist: Israel Silva
Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Well it is finally here, the last issue of X-Factor. This is bittersweet though as X-Factor has been my favorite of all the x-books. What the team has done in this run has been nothing short of groundbreaking! Also the diversity of the mutants chosen in this book was inspiring and I hope to see more books like this in the future.

This issue was a fun read. It was a great cap to the stunning Hellfire Gala, while also providing us with a very touching look at Prodigy and Eye-boy's friendship. We finally get some closure to Prodigy's story though it is a very real and sensitive subject so be aware. In that story though we see how much Eye-boy showed up for Prodigy and that was amazing.  Their friendship really truly touched me on so many levels. That's what was great about this series. It really brought true and heartfelt relationships to the forefront. 

Another character that really shined in this issue was Aurora. She really stepped up and took charge. I would not want to get on her bad side that's for sure. This is something that this creative team has mastered during this run. Getting me to become a big fan of characters I didn't really pay attention to before. Now I'm huge fans of Daken and Aurora. I can't wait to see what these two get up to in the future.

This book also leads us right into the trial of Magneto with a big shocking ending. I don't know if I was more shocked or was actually cheering. Relationships between the mutants and humans is going to be even more strained now. Things are about to get interesting. Could we finally have some closure to an almost two decade story? We will have to wait and find out. One thing is for sure, people will be talking about this issue. Some will be outraged but some like me more of a feeling of retribution.

We have a few artists on this book this time but everyone manages to keep the magic that been delivered to us since the start of the series. Every page, every panel is so engaging and beautifully laid out and just oozes with emotions. 

Overall X-Factor leaves us with a great friendship, nods to the future and a shocking ending that takes us right into the Trial of Magneto. It's bittersweet to say goodbye to one of the best series we have gotten in a long time. Though for the most part this was a nice way to say goodbye.

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