Belles & Whistles
Credits: Peter David (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Michael Heisler (letters), Glynis Oliver (colors)
With Polaris in the hospital, Havok, Wolfsbane, and Strong Guy guard Shrew, a former member of the Hell’s Belles. The Hell’s Belles (Flambé, Vague, Briquette, and Tremolo) are revealed to be working for Cyber, who hospitalized Polaris last issue. X-Factor tries to prevent them from capturing Shrew. While fighting Briquette, Strong Guy is scratched with Cyber’s poisoned claw.
I Love the ‘90s
Rahne has a dream that she’s the host of a TV show called “Rahne’s World”. Party time, x-cellent, this will never get old.
This issue introduces the Hell’s Belles, an all-female group of mutants. To put it mildly, these characters never caught on (although I was surprised to find out that they apparently showed up in New Avengers). A lot of people complain that there aren’t enough villains in the x-canon, so I’m not sure why Hell’s Belles and the Nasty Boys just disappeared after their initial appearances. Just like the Nasty Boys, I wonder if Hell’s Belles were considered not “serious” enough to be believable villains. I like their designs and think their powers would make them a credible challenge for any of the X-teams. It would have been interesting to see someone like Chris Bachalo’s interpretation of the characters. This is the middle part of a storyline so there’s not a lot to say about this specific issue. Another well-written, well-drawn issue of X-Factor.