Unfortunately, because the whole of the Inferno crossover is split between two omnibus collections, I’m inevitably reading these stories out of order (even though I’ve hopefully ordered these posts to be in order before they get published). As such it’s been forever since I last read an X-Factor comic. I completely forgot that Candy Southern got killed, but looking through my old posts my memory is refreshed and I see that yeah, she just got the shit killed out of her during Warren’s battle with Cameron Hodge, who himself we know is only MOSTLY dead right here, thanks to N’astirh’s foreshadowing and the knowledge that he comes back to life during the upcoming Extinction Agenda storyline. (X-Factor #36 – Jan 1989)
Oh great. It been not so long since Beast reverted to his monstrous hairy form, and in doing so we find out that Trish Tilby is a speciest. She only likes her men to be big, dumb, and get this… HUMAN looking. #TrumpsAmerica (X-Factor #36 – Jan 1989)
After years of buildup, many prologue issues, and crossover chapters priming the pot, we’re finally getting into Inferno proper and the mutant shit is really about to start to hitting the mutant fan. The original X-Men reunite in Manhattan in time to confront all of the carnivorous skyscrapers, possessed fire escapes, and demon hordes of the Inferno invasion, and at the same time the possibility of the old and the new X-Men teams meeting up during the melee is becoming more and more likely. Sparks are going to fly!!! (X-Factor #36 – Jan 1989)
In which we explore the aftermath of Multiple Man’s death; X-Factor has a lot of feelings; it probably sucks to grieve with Charles Xavier; neither power nor responsibility is particularly fun; we finally find out who was trying to kill Polaris; Professor Power makes it to the big leagues; and the ‘90s were one long leg day.
Vectors of Malice transmission
X-Factor Annual #9
The aftermath of Jamie Madrox’s death
Several ways to grieve
Captain Capitalism and Plucky the Girl Wonder
A foiled robbery
Several guest stars
Multiple Man’s Muir Island years
Several assassination attempts
Some shady government shenanigans
Beatrice Conners (sort of)
A surprisingly muscular astral projection
Haven’s deeply dubious origin story
A surprisingly muscular android
One way to clean a room
Creative uses of mutant powers
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Scott and Jean finally find Scott’s baby in the basement of his old orphanage, but N’astirh’s demon underlings kidnap him again while Scott and Jean are distracted fighting off Nanny and the Orphan Maker. Then, to my surprise, Jean realizes that one of the Nanny’s child soldiers is her niece Gailyn, which suggests that when Jean’s sister Sara disappeared she was actually probably one of the Orphan Maker’s victims.
I didn’t even know Jean had a niece!! Did she even know?? Seems like she’s been dead for about how old that kid is. Well anyway, N’astirh and the demons of Inferno now have their grubby little mits on Scott and Maddie’s son, making him one of the 13 babies of power N’astirh needs to open a portal between Earth and Limbo and begin the Inferno invasion, and as he’s kidnapped, he lets lose the psionic scream that his sister Rachel could feel all the way over in the pages of Excalibur (I haven’t gotten to that issue yet, but I’ll try to remember to link it when I do).
Well of course you have to save the fucking baby!! FROM THE DEMONS. Instead of Marvel Girl, her codename should be Captain Obvious. (X-Factor #35 – Dec 1988)
Laurel and Hardy… I mean Scott and Jean actually manage to find Scott’s kid, who will grow up to be Deadpool straight man Cable, for a hot second before they get attacked by Nanny and the Orphan Maker and lose him again. Another god damn fine mess you’ve gotten yourselves into, nerds. (X-Factor #35 – Dec 1988)
The hunt for Cyclops’s kid leads Scott and Jean to the basement of Scott’s old orphanage where they find a whole bunch of babies in tubes like in an old episode of V. Hey remember that old show? That shit fucked me up. That one chick was dating one of the aliens and she didn’t know the aliens were actually lizard people so she had sex with him and she got pregnant and for like 2 years we were all like is she going to have a human baby or some kind of fucked up lizard baby and then her god damned water broke and it was a huge sploosh of green amniotic fluid and she finally had the baby and at first it was all cute and cuddly and human looking but then it killed the doctor with its fucked up lizard tongue and the music turned all scary and the she popped out a second baby because she was pregnant with twins and nobody knew and the second one was a hideous lizard baby. Fucked me up. (X-Factor #35 – Dec 1988)
Jesus Christ is there any chance we can get simple minded Beast back? At least he wasn’t whipping out his vocabulary penis and slapping me in the face with it every 5 seconds. (X-Factor #35 – Dec 1988)