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I love Peter David's X-Factor. I hate that its sales figures are always so dangerously low for such a critically acclaimed, beautifully constructed, thoughtful, fun comic. And yet right now I want to slap upside the head all the people on forums who are saying they'll definitely pick up the book now that Havok and Polaris are in it, as if the core cast, the characters David has done so much awesome development with and woven so many excellent stories around, are just an annoying add-on that they're tolerating. Part of me wants to say no, please, just stay with your big proper X-books and leave X-Factor out of your rabid following-characters-without-caring-who-writes-them thing; if you didn't appreciate this book before then it's wasted on you. But then, sales. Hmph.

Date: 2012-01-10 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Totally agree. On the other hand, I honestly picked up the book for RicStar, and expanded into a huge fan of the whole thing. With luck, these people will pick the book up for Havok and Polaris and then figure out how awesome it is.

Date: 2012-01-10 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*shifty eyes* Yeah, I kind of sort of only jumped on board after I read about this internet-smashing kiss in #45 and thought 'oh, looks interesting...' *sits in glass house and merrily throws stones at the Havok/Polaris fans* :)

I suppose I'm just pessimistic about whether those fans, who never got into X-Factor all these years before now, will actually grow to like the book, and not wail about their faves Havok and Polaris not being given centre stage the whole time. I'm also slightly terrified that sales will go up so dramatically that editorial will think 'aha, we have to keep this going' and X-Factor's whole tone will change to suit the latecomers. Whinging fangirl is whinging XD

Date: 2012-01-10 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eeeee, your icon! I'm rereading Nextwave right now, because I got a non-digital copy for Christmas and it's such fun. Tabby's totally my favorite.

Date: 2012-01-10 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I decided I needed a grumpy icon and pissed-off Tabby fitted the bill :) I love Nextwave so much. So very much.

"Nextwave are in your room and touching your stuff" XD

Date: 2012-01-11 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know what you mean, but I guess everyone needs a jumping-on point, and Havok/Polaris might just be it for some people. ::shrugs::

For me it was general X-Men obsession originally, and then I got back into it because I heard about TEH GAY KISS that broke the internet. ;)

Date: 2012-01-11 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh. I realised after I wrote my little rant that I was sounding a lot like those insufferable fanboys who think they're the gatekeepers of some comic because THEY LIKED IT FIRST THEY'RE THE REAL FANZ!! *laughs at self*

Yep, I only got into it after #45 too. I remember thinking 'I am officially a fangirl' as I bought an issue of a comic I'd never even heard of before because of a gay kiss :) I remember the first thing that struck me, after the kiss itself, was how scruffy Ric was and what a cool trenchcoat 'Star had on - I'd never gotten into any Marvel or DC before, and I honestly didn't know Big Two comics could have people who didn't walk around dressed like Superman all the damn time. No-cape Rictor sold the comic to me nearly as much as 'Star smooching him :lol:


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