Fingers On The Trigger
Credits: Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark
Pennington (inker), Lois Buhalis (letterer), Marie Javins (colorsit)
X-Factor and the X-Men monitor Xavier's status at the mansion. They
divide into two groups; Quicksilver and Beast join the gold team of
the X-Men to find Apocalypse, while X-Factor and the X-Men's blue team
search for X-Force and Cable. Bishop and Jubilee stay at the mansion
to look after Xavier. Meanwhile, Mr. Sinister trades Cyclops and Jean
Grey to the MLF for a mysterious genetic matrix. Cable returns from
the future to discover that he has been framed. In Egypt,
Apocalypse's Dark Riders awaken him early from his healing sleep to
tell him about his imposter. At the mansion, Sinister breaks in and
holds Val Cooper and Stevie Hunter hostage. In Texas, X-Force crash
lands and are confronted by the X-Men and X-Factor.
This is part three of the X-Cutioners' Song crossover. It comes with
an Apocalypse trading card. It's probably the only trading card in
history to talk about "congealed, dry-caked ichor" on the back.
The recap says that Scott and Jean have been kidnapped by the Four
Horsemen of Apocalypse, even though there were only three of them.
Siryn and Sunspot have rejoined X-Force since they crashed in Texas.
They were left in Arizona during the last chapter.
The X-Cutioners' Song now seems to bringing in every conceivable
character from the X-canon (even Stevie Hunter!). This issue mainly
serves to divide up all of the X-teams and send them on their
missions, while checking in on the various villains. Nicieza keeps up
the somber mood of the story, but his scripting it sometimes too
melodramatic. It's interesting that he hasn't taken this theatrical
approach to X-Force so far, but immediately lays on the purple prose
This is also Andy Kubert's debut as regular artist. As a kid, I
didn't like Kubert's early issues. After reading so many smooth
looking issues by Lee, Williams, and Thibert, I considered these
issues too murky and rough. Looking back on this issue, it doesn't
seem that bad. The inking doesn't have the polished look of the main
X-Men titles of this time, so maybe I was reacting to that. Kubert
does seem to have an aversion to drawing feet, though (was this an
epidemic in the early '90s?).