Wave two of Marvel’s Dawn of X relaunching of the X-Men line, following the major status quo shifting of House of X/Powers of X, is preparing to begin rolling out in the very near future. One of the books on the way is X-Factor, by Leah Williams & David Baldeón & Israel Silva, which focuses on a team of mutants that leap into the world of investigations and missing persons to make sure that the massive ressurection protocol that is being used to conquer death keeps on track.
Since they are one of the first really ‘official’ teams on Krakoa (in the sense of them working a very specific purpose on a regular basis), it makese sense they’ll be the first to have sort of matching costume asthetics which we have now seen. Marvel shared the first look at X-Factor’s costumes develoed by Baldeón along with a first look at Baldeón’s variant cover as well as Ivan Shavrin’s cover for the second issue.
Each of the members is donning a team logo on their version of the costume, including team leader Northstar’s twin sister and former Alpha Flight member Aurora who had not been previously announced as part of the main team lineup.
“I hadn’t originally planned on having Aurora be a part of the field team,” Williams explained in the Marvel.com interview. “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.”
As showcased in the concept art and in Baldeón’s variant above, the new logo for the team is a very dominant feature and Baldeón explained in the Marvel.com article just where that concept came from.
“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,” Baldeón said. “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!”
X-Factor #1 goes on sale on April 22.