Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, gets her very own collection. But this is a rather strange one – in a good way. The comic opens with a collection of her debut issues as we get to see Lorna in action for the first time as she wields powers similar to Magneto. The second arc deals with the all-new X-Factor which sees the team reformed as a tactical ops group working under the direct command of a corporate giant known as Serval.
The second arc is very enjoyable but it is strange as the story mainly focuses on the new team recruits; Quicksilver and Gambit. With the majority of this arc feels like it is a Gambit story. The art in this arc is simply amazing and the new costume designs work great, giving the team a truly unique look that is clearly not the traditional X-factor. Not Brand X deals with a few missions which the tactical ops team is tasked with by Serval’s CEO Harrison Snow. He purchased the X-Factor name from The Multiple Man and formed his very own task force that acts in the best interest of his company. The first mission sees Gambit heading back to his people to find out who hacked into Serval’s network. Quicksilver plays a major role. He is yet again a double agent working under the direct command of Polaris‘ ex – Havok. All-New X-Factor makes for an entertaining read that will leave you wanting more.
The art in this graphic novel is great. Both the classic collection and the more modern X-Factor offer some great art. The All-New X-Factor has some of the strongest contrasting colours yet it makes for a spectacular read. The art is easy to follow, even when Quicksilver is doing what he does best. The level of detail is impressive as well as each page is highly detailed yet easy to follow.
Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Graphic Novel Collection #41 is definitely a great read. Polaris is there for each mission, however, you can’t help but feel that she is more of a support character and the story only portrays her as being mentally conflicted, which she usually is. Unfortunately, there is no character development here, even if this is a Polaris collection.