Credits: Louise Simonson (writer), Rob Liefeld and Co. (pencilers), Joe Rubinstein and Co. (inkers), Brad Vancata (colors), Joe Rosen (letters)
Summary: Storm, Rictor, Boom-Boom, Wolfsbane, and Warlock are teleported to Genosha by Pipeline. Warlock is severely weakened by the transport and near death. Cameron Hodge has the mutants placed in power-dampening bodysuits and takes Warlock captive for experimentation. Warlock sneaks away as Hodge argues with Dr. Moreau and frees his teammates. They’re forced to leave him behind, but Wolfsbane soon returns to rescue Warlock, who's taken captive once more. She witnesses Warlock turn into ashes as Hodge futilely tries to steal his powers. Meanwhile, the remaining members of the X-Men and New Mutants contact X-Factor.
- This story is continued from the first chapter of “X-Tinction Agenda,” Uncanny X-Men #270.
- Storm at this point is an adolescent after being de-aged by Nanny.
- Rictor and Wolfsbane share their first kiss, paying off the romantic subplot that’s been building for a few issues.
Creative Differences: The united X-Factor, X-Men, and New Mutants team gets a call from Washington at the story’s end. An altered word balloon establishes that the caller is Val Cooper, speaking on the President’s behalf, asking them to travel to Washington.
Approved By The Comics Code Authority: Pipeline’s teleportation leaves the team naked, forcing the artists to cover them creatively for much of the issue.
“Huh?” Moment: Wolfsbane suddenly disappears after Hodge invades the New Mutants’ cell and taunts them. (Her disappearance is even confirmed by Boom-Boom’s dialogue.) Five pages later, Wolfsbane is back in their cell, with no explanation.
Review: Who doesn’t have nostalgic memories of “X-Tinction Agenda?” Just look at those hand-lettered chapter numbers on the covers; they’re adorable. Actually, even as a kid, my main interest in “X-Tinction Agenda” resided in the Claremont/Lee Uncanny X-Men issues. I thought the art was too inconsistent in the X-Factor and New Mutants chapters and simply lost interest in the story after a certain point. Nine issues seemed excessively long for a crossover back in those days.
This was one of the earliest Rob Liefeld comics I purchased as a kid, and because I didn’t understand that this was a last-minute jam issue, I had no idea what to make of his art. Some pages have an admirable amount of polish, others just look like a muddy collection of shadows. You never know when a character will look recognizably human, or devolve into some kind of hunchbacked monster in-between panels (like Dr. Moreau, for example.) The story isn’t served by the inconsistent art, but Louise Simonson is able to extract some humanity out of the events. Warlock’s sacrifice for the team, and their willingness to do the same for him, is well played, and there’s certainly the sense that the stakes have been appreciably raised in this adventure. Warlock’s actual death scene isn’t nearly as emotional as his other scenes in the issue, however, and it’s sad to see that this is an early case of an established character being killed off in order to sell the significance of a crossover.