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For me I guess the main spotlight characters would be Madrox, Syrin/Banshee, Rictor, Shatterstar, M, and Longshot, with the perma-background characters being Strong-guy, Wolfsbane, Layla, Havoc, and Polaris.
I'm LOVING the Havok Vs Multiple Man rivalry, cuz both characters have come leaps and bounds development-wise. These two should be butting heads, but I think when it's all said and done Alex will fall back though. But I am willing to ride it out lol
I don't like the large cast because the addition of Polaris and Havok takes away from screen time for the characters that I like. I know it's not popular to like Longshot, but I actually love the way PAD writes Longshot and want to see more of it. But he's in a coma now and is likely to stay there for a prolonged period of time. There's also likely to be an arc or two that focuses on the old-school team of Polaris, Havoc, Wolfsbane and Strong-guy. This I will likely skip which is also a bummer because X-Factor is one of my favorite books.
It's just my opinion. I'm not a fan of bringing Alex and Lorna into the team and Strong-Guy and Wolfsbane are the core X-Factr members I'm least interested in. That's all.
Do you think that Havoc and Polaris' inclusion on the team was editorially mandated, or was it a decision that PAD came to on his own?
The reason it worries/bothers me is that, as an X-Factor fan, I worry about the title's survival and Havoc is just plain old box-office poison.
Maybe it's blind optimism, but despite X-Factor's low sales I don't think it's really that close being on the brink of survival. It has a very consistent fan-base that tend not to shy away from double-shipping.
I don't think that the rights to the name were ever discussed in earlier volumes. What we have seen is that Madrox personally visited the Mayor of New York City when he was setting up X-Factor, so it would seem like he's done his due diligence.wasn't the name X-Factor government owned at some point, though? maybe Val Cooper should sue. or maybe Madrox could go back to XXX Investigations.
That agreement, btw, is probably what PAD will end up using to switch between leadership status quos. I'm looking forward to seeing Havok and Polaris command their first Wolverine-sponsored job.
That makes sense then.true, but Havok is my favorite X-character, so yeah, the interactions alone make it more interesting for me.
As I said previously: PAD can balance his cast better than any other author. I love X-Factor, I just love certain players in it more than others, and so the prospect of having them focused upon is naturally attractive. At the same time, I don't advocate trimming down the cast so much as enjoy discussing it as a thought exercise.
Primary pulls: X-Factor, Hawkeye, Young Avengers, Avengers Arena, X-Men: Legacy, Uncanny X-Force, FF, Archer and Armstrong
There's no need to trim down the X-Factor cast. PAD rotates the characters well to give everyone the spotlight. Removing characters just means one less possible plot or story idea or team-ups or character interactions. If PAD doesn't need a character for a story, then they just don't appear in that story. There's no point in writing them out of the book permanantly.
Exactly. The character in his cast have had more development then the "background" of any other cast because he knows how to rotate. NO ONE in Fraction's x-men did anything aside from 4 characters. PAD has all his cast constantly doing stuff, even if it's one line or two reminding you of a subplot. That's how comics work best in my opinion.