Random Violence/Time Out
Credits: Peter David (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ariane (colorist), Richard Starkings (letterer) /Peter David (writer), Chris Batista (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Ariane (colorist), Lois Buhalis (letterer)
The X-Patriots have taken over the emergency ward of a hospital, demanding treatment for Taylor, who was beaten by an anti-mutant mob. Random, the mutant bounty hunter, is hired to apprehend the X-Patriots. After a brief fight with X-Factor, Havok doubles Random’s salary if he just goes away. X-Factor soon leaves with the X-Patriots to fly to their homeland of Genosha. On the plane ride, Wolfsbane attempts to seduce Madrox. Meanwhile, Quicksilver attempts to reconcile with his wife Crystal. Their remote cabin in the woods is being bugged.
This is the first appearance of Random, a mutant with the ability to alter his powers to suit his needs. Random was intended to be a parody of the “tough guy loner” stereotype, but I don’t think editorial picked up on that.
The Statement of Ownership in this issue has average sales at 448,558 and the most recent number at 324,100. Most likely, this was filed before the X-Cutioner’s Song crossover began.
X-Factor finally moves on with the X-Patriots storyline, over six issues after it began. Unless I didn’t pick up on something while reading the X-Cutioner’s Song issues, there’s no reason for the X-Patriots to take Taylor from one hospital to another to demand treatment. He was given a hospital room right after his attack (that’s why X-Factor was already at the hospital when Xavier arrived). When the X-Patriots snuck out of the hospital, it was because they were under watch (since they’re not American citizens and the government was working to deport them), not due to Taylor’s lack of treatment. Now, they’ve left one hospital and have taken over another to get the treatment that Taylor was already receiving. Anyway, at least this storyline is moving again and the characters are finally going to Genosha. It’s not a bad issue, but it’s not as good as the earlier issues of the “All-New” era. This will turn out to be Peter David’s last storyline, as Scott Lobdell takes over the final installments. Just as one crossover interrupted the start of this story, another one will speed up the end of it.