Writer Leah Williams and artist David Baldeon will launch a 'Dawn of X'-era volume of X-Factor focusing on "The Five" - the mutants who collectively resurrect dead mutants.
Announced through Polygon, X-Factor brings together a team of Prodigy, Polaris, Rachel Grey, Eye Boy, and Daken under the leadership of Northstar, whose husband Kyle will also play a key role in the story. The team will report to The Five, investigating how and why a given mutant died before resurrecting them - and enforcing what X-Factor #1's solicitation calls "the rules of reincarnation."
“We’d already planned on having X-Factor report to the Five for obvious resurrection work reasons,” Williams told Polygon, “but I asked [Jonathan Hickman and X-Men editor Jordan D. White] if we could focus a significantly greater concentration on the Five to not only help develop their evolving group dynamic, but also how they come to establish each resurrection protocol.”
What's more, Williams will use the 'Dawn of X' line's inclusion of backmatter to tell a side story centered on a mystery to be unpacked in the extra pages.
“In X-Factor #1 we present a kind of game via the data pages, and I want to encourage reader participation in figuring it all out because I love all y’all’s questions," Williams explained. "I made a love letter in the form of our new X-Factor Investigations; which is full of intrigue, action, sexiness, and secret bread-crumb trails for you to find. The entire series is layered with clues about mutant resurrection’s ultimate end-game, but you’ll have to keep reading to figure it all out.”
Here's the solicitation for X-Factor #1, along with a first look at interior pages by Baldeon and a cover by Ivan Shavrin.
LEAH WILLIAMS (W)
DAVID BALDEON (A)
Cover By IVAN SHAVRIN
VARIANT COVER BY DAVID BALDEON
VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
VARIANT COVER BY TOM MUELLER
VARIANT COVER BY OTTO SCHMIDT
MUTANTS HAVE CONQUERED DEATH!
By the grace of The Five, the resurrection protocols can bring back any fallen mutant. But such a huge enterprise isn’t without its problems and complications… When a mutant dies, X–Factor is there to investigate how and why to keep the rules of reincarnation. Writer Leah Williams (AMAZING MARY JANE, X–TREMISTS) and artist David Baldeón (DOMINO, WEB WARRIORS) take Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-boy, Daken and Prestige into the world of murder and missing persons…