Credits: Scott Lobdell (plot), J. M. DeMatteis (script), Greg Luzniak (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Richard Starkings (letterer), Glynis Oliver (colorist)
Random attacks Polaris, and after a lengthy fight, reveals that he was hired by the US government to kill her. Forge tells Havok that Quicksilver is on a leave of absence, and asks him to justify why every other member of X-Factor should be on the team. When Havok finishes, Forge tells him that he’s now in charge of X-Factor, leaving Forge to deal with the government. Finally, Wolfsbane escapes from Muir Island, claiming that she can’t stand to be away from Havok.
I had no idea DeMatteis scripted so many issues without plotting them. For some reason, I thought Lobdell only plotted one of his issues. Anyway, this is yet another issue that only moves the storylines incrementally. The main purpose of this issue seems to be spotlighting Random, a character Marvel really, really wanted to be popular. I don’t remember how big he actually got, but reading this issue just reminds me of how tedious he was. The rest of the issue is devoted to re-introducing the cast, which is a little weird. This isn’t the start of a new direction, storyline, or creative team, really. Do we need half of a comic reminding us that Wolfsbane is young and innocent and Guido is wacky? Greg Luzniak shows up as artist, beginning a series of fill-ins. Quesada obviously had a large impact on the look of this title, since Luzniak’s the second artist brought in to do an impression of that style. He even follows Quesada’s odd tendency to give everyone, even Havok, crazy medusa hair. The overall look is very ‘90s, to say the least.