Tuesday, January 22, 2008

X-FACTOR #94 – September 1993

Evening Where
Credits: Scott Lobdell (plot), J. M. DeMatteis (script), Paul Ryan (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Janice Chiang (letterer), Glynis Oliver (colorist)

Guido accompanies Wolfsbane to Muir Island, where Moira Mactaggert will attempt to undo the effects of the Mutate bonding process. Madrox tries to reach out to Quicksilver. Havok and Polaris have dinner and confront an anti-mutant bigot. A riot breaks out and they’re arrested. When released, Polaris gives a speech about tolerance, as Random watches, lamenting the fact that he has to kill her.

Another issue that seems to be killing time while the other books are involved in the big crossover. Even if the storylines are moving very slowly, it’s actually not a bad issue. DeMatteis already has a handle on the characters and can write believable dialogue, the two qualities you need for a “quiet” issue to work. I do wish something was advanced, though. Over a third of this issue is dedicated to Wolfsbane flying to Muir Island with Guido; basically establishing that she’s scared of turning back into a Mutate and that she understands Guido’s hidden pain. That’s fine, but it seems as if more could’ve been done with her subplot (which started over six issues ago). Paul Ryan is the latest fill-in artist, doing a decent job that doesn’t really fit in with the house style of the time.

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