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X-Factor: Madrox – Multiple Choice by Peter David


Collects Madrox #1-5

Published April 13, 2005
Marvel Comics
ISBN: 0785115005
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I went into this comic knowing very little about what I was getting myself into. I knew it was the prequel of sorts to the X-Factor series and that the X-Factor series is one that has been talked about a lot on tumblr. So I gave it a chance.

The main thing that kept me reading this comic was all the fantastically amusing wit and banter. I enjoyed the little bits of humor and the sarcasm of the main character, Jamie Madrox. Especially when he was interacting with his dupes, I loved how they brought out his inter conflicts through the dupes created.

The plot itself isn’t anything to be raving over, however. It’s a simple detective type story filled with mob bosses and a good mystery to keep things rolling. I loved the over all pacing of the story, it revealed everything in good time and closed up rather nicely.

One of the biggest highlights for me was the art, which tends to either drag the book down or carry it to fantastic heights. The art in Madrox was never distracting to the story, but rather acted as a way to enhance it as good comic book art should do. On it’s own I found the art to be beautifully done.

Madrox was definitely one of those types of stories you should pick up if you’re looking for a quick contained read. It has enough adventure and mystery to hold you tight until the end, with a conclusion that wrapped up nicely while making you want to find out more about the characters involved. Needless to say, I will definitely be picking up the rest of the X-Factor series.


3 responses

  1. It doesn’t sound like you’re necessarily the expert but I’ve been meaning to check Madrox out as a character. Would you suggest using this as a way to get my feet wet?

    December 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    • This was actually my first comic with Madrox and I honestly didn’t know anything about him when I picked up this comic. So I’m no where close to being an expert. xD

      That being said as a complete newbie, I wasn’t confused at all by starting with this comic (especially compared to other superhero comics I’ve jumped into). I felt like it gave a very good set up for the character and his powers.

      Mileage may vary, but I think I would definitely suggest it. :]

      December 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      • Thanks. I’m looking to do some writing with him and I’ll need research.

        December 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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