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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