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X-Factor 202 by davidyardin X-Factor 202 by davidyardin
Pencils and inks by me, colours by Nathan Fairbairn.

Inked version is here: [link]

X-FACTOR #202
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by BING CANSINO
Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Special Variant by TBA


It's all been building toward this: A suicidal assault on Castle Doom in the heart of Latveria as the unlikely trio of Monet, Shatterstar and the Thing go head-to-head with the guy who has his own complete country. Meanwhile, who or what exactly was buried in that lonely grave? And did Madrox arrive in time to make a difference? Plus, Franklin and Valeria Richards are on the run from the most unexpected enemy of all, and the only person who can defend them is...Strong Guy? Part 3 of "The Invisible Woman has Vanished!" Get it before it vanishes off the shelves!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
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Biondello Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of (if not) my favorite X-Factor covers. Awesome work dude.
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davidyardin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional
Thank you.
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Aang-The-Great Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
That is an AMAZING Doctor Doom! The composition here is incredible. I love the slight Kirby-crackle effects, too..

No offense to anyone else on the book, but your covers are what made me pick it up again. CHEERS!
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davidyardin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional
Thanks, that's flattering.
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Aang-The-Great Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
no, thank YOU
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cajun884 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
oooh nice new uniform for Shatterstar....fresh look...congratulations!!
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davidyardin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional
Thank you, although I did base my re-design somewhat on his last revamp.
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Phandagart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
I will stick to my opinion that guys with blades never work in comics if they are not allowed to actually damage people severely (Dark Reign - The List: Punisher, one exceptional exception). Wolverine gets his chance sometimes but in comics blades generally cut nothing but air or clothes or leave mere scratches, no matter how hardcore or precise the blade wielder is. Even worse if the wielding hand comes so close to an object that only the editorial mandate keeps the extended blades from slicing this object in two, ignoring all laws of logic and physics.

The cover is great, David, no doubt about it and I'm a big fan of your covers for X-Factor(!), but it saddens me that an otherwise great piece of art suffers from Marvel's illogical design decisions.
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davidyardin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional
Thanks.

I think you're reading a little too much into it the blade thing though. I wasn't given editorial mandate saying no impaling of Doom, or anything like that; the design decisions were made by me.

The reasons Shatterstar isn't doing any real damage to Doom is because I wanted to keep the characters on an equal standing in the fight, and also I don't know what exactly happens inside the book, so there's is no real point in me having Shatterstar carve up Doom.

I have no objection to characters cutting, slicing, carving, impaling, chopping, or otherwise butchering each other... as long as there is a valid reason for doing so, and it works.
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Phandagart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Thanks for the clearifying reply.
What I mean with "editorial mandate" is rather the general censoring of T+ books by Marvel and other publishers that prohibits cutting and slicing. It's so irritating an idea that you have to have characters with any kind of blades in comic books but you can't have them actually do damage in 90% of the cases due to age rating. Energy blasts always work because of their ambivalent physical nature but if you get to the real-life scenario of a knife fight universal censoring makes it, actally, comical in most cases.

It looks like you have a pretty free reign over your covers. I recall covers with villains standing over piles of lifeless heroes, while those scenes do not happen in the books themselves. There it seems that the artists altered the "reality" of the books quite a bit, be it due to request or their own sense of marketing.
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