Tuesday, October 9, 2007

X-FACTOR # 82 – September 1992

Sittin’ By The Dock Of The Bay

Credits: Peter David (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Glynis Oliver (colors), Richard Starkings (letters)

The X-Patriots, a group of mutants that fled Genosha months ago, are trying to enter America but the government refuses to grant them asylum. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants attempt to recruit the X-Patriots, but they’re stopped by X-Factor. Havok tries to convince the X-Patriots that Genosha is now safe, and pledges that X-Factor will travel back with them to prove it.

I Love the ‘90s
Madrox is wearing a Ren & Stimpy t-shirt.

Continuity Notes
Sauron was in a “regenerative state” after getting shot in X-Force. He revives himself by feeding on a bum at the bay. For some reason, Sauron made quite a few appearances during this time after living in obscurity for years.

The letters page explains that Madrox is able to duplicate his clothing because it’s made out of unstable molecules, and that he cannot duplicate objects he’s holding. This contradicts the current portrayal of the character, which has Madrox duplicating anything within the field around his body.

X-Factor continues to move in a more conventional direction with this issue, but it’s still enjoyable. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are a natural choice for villains when you consider that Quicksilver used to be a member, and that Pyro and Blob used to be in Freedom Force, the government-sponsored mutant team before X-Factor. This version of X-Factor never developed an opposing team to act as a recurring threat, but I think it should have been this incarnation of the Brotherhood. As opposed to their X-Force debut, the Brotherhood actually seem threatening, and all of the members have something to do.

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