I really like Peter David's writing. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the whole Madrox/Layla future thing, but it felt light-hearted and honest, and I liked the humour Ruby used and how much wiser old Cyclops is. This is proving to be interesting and the solicits to August's X-Factor seems like a good indication of things to come and I greatly look forward to it.
With the Monet, Darwin, Longshot, Siryn, and Lenore story, I had doubts about Siryn being written to a more destructive path, but after reading this, it was good to see her learning to cope a little, and it really helped she had someone to relate to in her current situation, it was something I really didn't expect from spoilers:
end of spoilers M was funny this issue, she was a bit more sexual, though the ending of this issue may prove why she is being that way, but it was a great cliffhanger and I am definitely looking forward to next month's X-Factor. The story is really excellerating in the future, and the present, with Rictor and Guido, though it was not shown this issue, and with M, Darwin, Longshot, and Val.
The issue got me warmed up to Ruby a bit more, which is a good thing and can't complain about a shirtless Madrox, beard or not. Val Cooper, though she's not in a lot of stories, often playing a minor role, I really liked her role in this story. Keep up the good work Peter David, loving every bit of it. Looking forward to Siryn vs M, judging from next month's cover, though who knows what to expect?