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4.0 out of 5 stars After the end of the world, 6 Mar 2014
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This review is from: X-Factor Volume 21: The End of X-Factor (X-Factor (Numbered)) (Paperback)
The stories running through issues #257-262 of X-Factor are collected as X-Factor Volume 21: The End of X-Factor (X-Factor (Numbered)). These recount the adventures of the various members of the team after the end of the world in the previous volume - X-Factor - Volume 20: Hell on Earth War (X-Factor (Numbered)). Apparently, no-one noticed it, and now the team-members are scattered around the world (and in some cases, other dimensions (and times)) following the resolution of that story. It is also the end of the team, as the series comes to an end with the beginning of the `Marvel Now!' renumbering and relaunch of the Marvel stable of titles. There are a number of happy endings, along with secret origins of Longshot and Shatterstar (It appears that Zaphod Beeblebrox wasn't the only one with a time machine and a faulty [spoiler]), and there is little or no interaction between the team members in these issues; it is a collection of solo (or team-up) stories. However, the collection really does provide a conclusion, or at least a resting-place for most of the characters, apart from one or two who look like they could be getting a job in Marvel Now! - there are a couple of text pieces from Peter David at the back that say as much, without naming names.

Anyway, if you have been a follower of X-Factor, then you will be happy with this volume; until a new X-Factor comes along...

THE SPOILER ZONE
Issue 257 sees Layla Miller is search of Jamie Madrox, who was turned into a demon in the previous story. He is still a demon, but some people in Marrakesh think he's a Djin, and are going to use him to retrieve a dead family member from the Other Side. Layla knows that it won't work of course, and tried to retrieve Jamie from their rite. Unfortunately, it does...

Issue 258 sees the reverend John Maddox holding a Sunday service, when two unhappy locals decide to turn the church into a shooting range. Enter a werewolf, stage left... sent by Guido, along with his regards for Johnny...

Issue 259 sees Rictor working for Mojo in his arena, providing violent entertainment for the viewing masses. One day, his opponent turns out to be Shatterstar, who doesn't recognise him... Then the proceedings are interrupted by the rascally Rebels, led by Longshot, who doesn't recognise him... Eventually, the local Mad Scientist explains everything. And I mean everything, as he happens to be using the real Shatterstar as a source of genetic material for cloning experiments, who, once awakened, takes Rictor into the future, where they meet up with a pregnant Dazzler (then married to Longshot), deliver her baby, and take it into the future for it to be adopted by Shatterstar's parents...

Issue 260 sees Lorna Dane in a bar in New York getting drunk and causing a public disturbance. The police are called, and it escalates from there, until Quicksilver turns up to quieten things down. Unfortunately, Lorna has a few issues to get off her chest, which involves her spend in the night in jail, where in the morning a man comes to offer her a job in a new project called "X-Factor"...

Issue 261 sees Darwin looking for Hela's home in Las Vegas, but finding Monet and true love instead...

Issue 262 sees Layla Miler holed up in Jamie Madrox's family farm, when Tryp turns up to inform her that he's about to be killed by a `good' version of himself from a parallel dimension, but before he goes, he's go time for one last piece of malevolence, as he's informed the local police that Layla and the demonised Madrox are hiding out in the farm. They duly appear, armed with high-tech weaponry that can overcome Layla's force field. Meanwhile, however, Jamie has had a visitor, one Theresa, who comes to wave her magic wand and make everything better...
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