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Byron Brewer

Exclusive Interview: Peter David Discusses The Final Days Of His Mutant Detectives: X-Factor

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In the stormy and every-changing sea of Marvel’s X-titles, there has for years been one calm harbor where the characters lived and breathed almost in a world of their own, a world of our own. X-Factor.

Written for over 100 consecutive issues (and that is not counting his ‘90s run!) by Peter David, better known to his fans as PAD, abandoned and little-known X-supporters banded together to investigate super-crimes, protect mutantkind and apparently fight demons.

In a corner of what used to be known as Mutant Town, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer sat down exclusively with David, currently recovering from a stroke, and discussed his coming “End” arc that will close the comic as well as all things X-Factor.

7820 Cosmic Book News: First off, PAD, how are you feeling? Both your fans and your peers seemed to have been very supportive of your recovery.

PAD: I'm feeling much better. For starters, I'm responding to these questions via typing instead of using a dictation program, so that indicates that my hand is improving. I'm walking fine and my brain is working. So that should tell you something. And I have to thank everyone -- fans, pros and the folks at Marvel Comics -- for being so helpful and supportive.

CBN: It's hard to believe X-Factor is ending. You gave it such a unique place among the X-titles. What brought you to the decision to end it?

PAD: It just seemed the opportune time. The "Hell on Earth War” seemed to be a culmination of so many themes and plots that I didn't think I could top it. So after discussion with the editors, we decided to bring it to an end.

CBN: You had an extraordinary run on the mag, over 100 issues ... and that is not counting the 1990s! What does that achievement feel like?

PAD: I think it's great that Marvel gave me the opportunity to stick with it.  I feel fantastic that I was provided all this room and time to explore the characters

CBN7821 : So can you tell us just a hint or two about what will be happening to these characters we love in "End of X-Factor"?

PAD: After the end of “Hell on Earth War,” all the characters are spread all over reality. And I'm doing a series of stories that has them dealing with their individual situations.

CBN: There are some plot threads left regarding Quicksilver. Will we see him in the book?

PAD: Yes. He shows up in the Polaris issue, which will be #260. I thought it would be interesting to explore their brother/sister relationship.

CBN: Of course, the elephant in the room has always been the mysterious relationship between Longshot and Shatterstar. Will you solve this long-standing thread before the curtain falls?

PAD: I absolutely do. That's in issue #259. I got permission from editorial to tell explicitly what the relationship between the two of them is.

CBN: Will we find out what happened with Shatterstar and Layla in Latveria?

PAD: Mmmmaybe.

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CBN: Now that it is ending, was "Hell on Earth War" all that you had envisioned over all these years?

PAD: Not really. I would have liked it to impact other titles in the Marvel line. But the opportunity to do a company-wide crossover didn't present itself.

CBN: Can you tell us anything about the new project you're working on for Marvel? It doesn't involve an X-Factor relaunch, does it?

PAD: Mmmmaybe.

CBN: Anything you'd like to say to the fans who've supported X-Factor over the years?

PAD: I hope that they enjoy what's coming up.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Peter David who took time out of his writing schedule and physical recuperation to answer our questions, and we wish him well on his next comics project (X-Factor relaunch anyone?). CBN also thanks Marvel Comics’ own Arune Singh and James Viscardi who helped make this interview possible.

“X-Factor” #256 is on stands now!

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