Marvel Comics has revealed David Baldeon's new character designs for the upcoming X-Factor comic, launching this April from writer Leah Williams and Baldeon. In an interview on Marvel.com, Baldeon explained the new X-Factor logo that adorns all the costumes:
There were many different ideas and concepts I wanted to include in the designs, one of them doing an homage of shorts to the original Jackson Guice designs. I love those big bold X decals all aver the suits! While trying to integrate the X motif into the new suits, this little idea went into my head: these guys are not so much Super Heroes as investigators looking for missing mutants. "Missing mutants", or "missing X's", perhaps? That took the shape, after some sketching, of this "empty set," "non-X" logo that I really like, that worked like a charm on the suits, and that went great as a contrast to the classic X and its Dawn of X reinterpretation.
So I included it in the designs, and suggested to Jordan [D. White], Annalise [Bissa], and Leah [Williams] that it could be used, in-universe, as the "badge" of this investigative team. Lucky for me, they liked the idea… Because I already had designed the whole team around that logo!
In addition, as you may have noticed in the image, Marvel announced that Alpha Flight's Aurora will be joining the team alongside her twin brother. Here's what Williams had to say about that:
I hadn't originally planned on having Aurora be a part of the field team. She was destined to have a role more along the lines of operations and intel around the Boneyard, which is the name for X-factor's Krakoan headquarters. Like Polaris, I need Aurora to have a lot of additional bandwidth to do individual character work with her—so keeping her untethered to explore her growth without Northstar overshadowing her was my goal. But then," the writer pauses, "I saw David's design for her X-factor uniform and changed my mind."
What's consistent with my original plan is that Aurora becomes a part of the X-factor family in a shockingly roundabout way, considering her twin brother is the new team leader. And also consistent—the reason she's not a part of the team line-up in the beginning is a big mystery that I want readers to try and solve over the course of the first arc. There's already some clues in the unfinished preview pages.
X-Factor's investigations kick off in April!
(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ivan Shavrin
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 Baldeon (DOMINO, WEB WARRIORS) take Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-boy, Daken and Prestige into the world of murder and missing persons…
In Shops: Apr 22, 2020