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Appearing in "Many Brave Hearts..."

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Avengers #262.

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Synopsis for "Many Brave Hearts..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #262.

The Avengers look for another place to launch their quintets since the FAA prevents them from launching them from Avengers Mansion. They meet up with Stingray and his wife who show off the Hydro-Base in hopes of having the Avengers rent the island. Namor shows up, but he's feeling down due to events in his life. Hercules engages him in battle and cheers him up. Cap offers Namor membership and he accepts. Meanwhile, the Enclave are reunited and they put their latest scheme into motion.

Appearing in "Like a Phoenix!"

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Fantastic Four #286.

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Synopsis for "Like a Phoenix!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #286.

Story continued from last issue and Avengers #263

The Fantastic Four are returning from their mission in space, and the team spends some time relaxing on the trip home. When they request permission to land at JFK airport, they are denied due to a clean-up operation involving the Avengers and are requested to land at La Guardia instead. When they finally arrive home at their temporary headquarters, Avengers Mansion,[1] they find Captain America and Hercules waiting for them.

Cap explains to Mr. Fantastic about the strange object they recovered from the bottom of Jamaica Bay earlier that day[2] and how it has a living creature inside. When Reed decides to check it out for himself, he places a hand on it but some force attacks him and throws him back. Reed's fall is cushioned by a forcefield projected by the Invisible Woman. On Reed's direction, Sue uses her powers to make the capsule turn invisible, revealing the unconscious body of Jean Grey inside. However, due to the brevity of their glimpse of the woman inside the capsule, nobody present can identify her. After discussing who the woman could be, the Human Torch and She-Hulk decide to go and reunite with their loved ones leaving Reed and Captain America to try and solve the mystery.

Things being to get strange when suddenly objects begin levitating all over the Mansion, waking Sue from her sleep and startling a fatigued Reed Richards and Captain America after they have spent eight hours working on trying to open the capsule. To their surprise, the woman inside the capsule finally breaks free. Jean, still thinking that she is a prisoner of Stephen Lang and his X-Sentinels[3] believes that Reed, Sue, Cap and Hercules are more Sentinel constructs of heroes and attempts to attack them. When Sue restrains Jean with a forcefield, both Cap and Reed realize that who she is, and that as Marvel Girl she was a member of the X-Men who has been missing for many months. Telling Sue to lower her forcefield, Reed asks the confused Marvel Girl to explain what happened to her.

Jean recalls how she and her fellow X-Men were captured by Sentinels built by Stephen Lang and his anti-mutant operation Project: Armageddon[4] and forced to fight X-Sentinels, robotic version of the original X-Men.[5] While she remembers that they beat Lang and his creations, she doesn't recall what happened afterward. When she suggests they contact the X-Men and find out, they tell her the grim news that the X-Men are considered outlaws and have associated themselves with Magneto.[6] This horrifies Jean and she asks to be taken to her parents instead. When Reed doesn't think that is a good idea, Jean begins to have a mental breakdown. Sue, being able to relate to Marvel Girl's grief[7] convinces Reed and the others to allow Jean at least that. While Reed, Sue, and Hercules take Jean there, Cap elects to stay behind and do some research in the Avengers' databanks to see if he can find out what happened to Jean.

Arriving at the Grey home, Jean finds that her parents aren't there and, after Hercules unthinkingly smashes through the front door, they investigate and find a holomatrix globe of Jean.[8] As Jean reaches out for the globe, back at Avengers Mansion, Captain America watches a report filed by his old teammate (and Jean's fellow original X-Man) the Beast to learn what happened to Jean Grey. He explains that after the mission in space, Jean was reincarnated as the Phoenix[9] was corrupted into becoming the Dark Phoenix[10] and died on the moon.[11] This leaves Captain America and the Avengers' butler Jarvis to wonder who exactly is the woman the Avengers pulled out of Jamaica Bay.

Back at the Grey home, Jean grabs the globe and suddenly her mind is flooded with memories of the rescue mission from Lang's space station. The others witness the memories unfold around them, but are unable to interact with the images. Jean recalls how she sent her fellow X-Men into the radiation shielding area of the shuttle after having cribbed all the space flight knowledge she could from Peter Corbeau so she could land the shuttle. As she flew the space shuttle through a radiation storm, the radiation slowly killing her, Jean was confronted by the Phoenix Force and how, in order to save her life and those of her friends she agreed to allow the Phoenix Force to take her shape and form and pose in her identity. As Jean begins to struggle with the influx of memories, Reed deduces that while the Phoenix took Jean's place it must have placed her in stasis until her body healed from its exposure to cosmic radiation. Captain America arrives on the scene and corroborates this theory by confirming everything Jean experienced with the Beast's story. They all come to the conclusion that it was ultimately Jean's humanity that helped put a stop to the Dark Phoenix. With the mystery of her miraculous resurrection explained, Jean wonders what she will do with her life next.

The next day, after Jean relates the story to a astonished Jarvis, Reed and Sue begin to wonder how they can help Jean get her life back together. While they still think the current team of X-Men are out of bounds, Reed realizes that there is someone else he could call on Jean's behalf.... This story is continued in X-Factor #1....

Appearing in "Whose Power -- ?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Power Pack #27.

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Synopsis for "Whose Power -- ?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Power Pack #27.

The Power children and Franklin Richards are up later than usual watching television with James and Margaret, hoping to see a news story about the spaceship that abducted them[12], however instead the news covers yet another story about the X-Terminators attack on the X-Factor Complex the day before[13] instead. After the story, the children quietly talk amongst themselves about how rotten X-Factor is, being mutant hunters when most of their friends in the super-hero community are mutants. Alex's teasing of Jack causes the Jack to chase Alex into the other room. He uses his newly acquired gravity powers[14] on him. Alex scolds him for openly using his powers because even though his parents can not see from the living room, he warns Jack that someone else might and call someone like X-Factor, thinking they are mutants. The Power parents then take the children off to bed and tuck them in. Franklin wants his parents, however Margaret tells them that his parents might not be home until the next day.

The children are awoken from their sleep when a sudden image of their Morlock friend Leech cradling his injured comrade Caliban in his arms. When it turns out to be an illusion, Alex wakes up Jack, Franklin Julie and Katie and they all switch into their costumes and decide to sneak out of the house to go into the Morlock tunnels and investigate what's going on down there. When they fly down to the ground, Alex points out that when he had Jack's gravity powers he could fly with the wings he made for his costume. Although Jack thinks the wings are stupid, Alex forces him to take them anyway before they go down into the sewers.

There they hear the sound of screams and follow them deep into the Morlock's domain. There the Marauder known as Scalphunter is opening fire on a group of harmless Morlocks as part of their plan to wipe the weak mutants out. Some of the bullets pass through the pipes almost hitting Leech and the unconscious Caliban, whom he is trying to drag to some help. Elsewhere in the tunnels, the Power Pack start finding bodies and are horrified to learn that someone is killing the Morlocks. Before they can travel further they are attacked by Sabretooth. Despite the mutants savagery, the Power Pack manages to hold their own against them until they can flee, with Destroyer firing an energy bolt to collapse the tunnel between them. They end up running into Wolverine, who tells them that there is a massacre going on down in the sewers and that they are not safe here. When they tell them where Sabertooth is, Wolverine goes off to fight him, making the children promise that they are going to get back to the surface as soon as possible. However, they only say this to appease Wolverine, and when he's gone they continue their search for Leech. As they search the tunnels, they come across the dead bodies of Annalee and her children.[15] The children are horrified by this grisly discovery, and Jack grimly considers that X-Factor is likely behind the murders.

Jack is wrong, as unknown to him X-Factor are secretly the original X-Men posing as mutant hunters and at that moment Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast and Iceman are arriving at the complex with surviving Morlocks Ape, Erg, and Tarbaby. Their newest guest Skids is happy to see some of their friends alive. After the Morlock survivors are safely dropped off, Cyclops decides to go back into the tunnels to search for Angel and find Artie Maddicks[16], he is joined by Marvel Girl who tells him that he shouldn't go down alone.

While back in the tunnels, the Power Pack find Leech and Caliban and run into Marauders Arclight, Scrambler and Harpoon. Although the Marauders do not pull any punches, the young group of heroes still manage pretty well against them, with Jack being able to knock out the super-powerful Arclight for a moment. The battle is anyone's game until Cyclops and Marvel Girl arrive and send the Marauders into retreat. Safe for a moment, the Power Pack have to break the sad news to Leech that his adoptive mother Annalee is dead. Leech howls in sorrow, which strikes a chord with Cyclops who wonders if this is how his son feels after he abandoned Nathan and Madelyne to join X-Factor[17]. Scott comforts Leech, and cheers the boy up by telling him that he is going to reunite him with the other surviving Morlocks. Cyclops sends Leech and Caliban off with Iceman and Beast, and they recommend that the Power Pack head home themselves. Before going, Jack wants to know if X-Factor is behind the massacre, Cyclops tells him that it's being done by a group called the Marauders. Satisfied, the children return to the surface, however before heading home, Jack shows off a new ability her learned from using his new powers, and then to add insult to injury for Alex who never thought to use his old powers in such a way, Jack takes off the ruined wings given to him earlier and hands them back to Alex telling Alex that he does not need them.

Appearing in "The Gift of Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #373.

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Synopsis for "The Gift of Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #373.

Thor is on his way back to Earth following his most recent trials in Asgard, along the way he is struck by some mystical force. Finding his attacker unseen and uncertain of the effects of the attack, Thor decides to continue on and travels the rest of the way across the dimensional gulf between Asgard and Midgard. Arriving above New York City, Thor heads toward Brooklyn where he maintains an apartment in his civilian guise of Sigurd Jarlson. As he lands he considers his previous mission in finding Odin in Hel[18]. Deciding to check Surtur's realm of Muspelheim, he tries to use Mjolnir to transport him there, but finds that some magical force blocks him, and so he decides to go back to his apartment to think. Finding nothing but a matrice there he decides that it is no fit home for him and need to think elsewhere. Finding that company would ill suit him right now he decides to ponder things on the Empire State Building. There he spots a mugging happening in Central Park, and quickly defuses the situation until the police can come and take the mugger away. Thor muses about how humans face death every day and wonders how they can do it when compared to a god to whom death is almost impossible.

While back in Asgard, as Heimdall and the other Asgardians work to build a new sheath for the Odinsword as part of the recovery process of the powerful weapon, young Mick and Kev wake up to find themselves in a strange home. They are greeted by Volstagg, whom Thor had placed the boys in their care. The volumious Volstagg has the unfortunate duty of telling the boys that their mother is dead, and as expected the boys find this impossible to believe[19].

On Earth, Thor has resumed his mortal guise of Sigurd Jarlson, having decided to renew his mortal ties on Earth. He stops at the Lower Manhattan construction site of his old friend Jerry Sapristi whom he has not seen in some time[20]. Sigurd explains to Jerry that he has had to deal with the death of his father and Jerry soon realizes that Sigurd does not have any family or many close friends to whom he could share his grief with. Jerry decides to call it a day early and insists that Jarlson join him and his family for dinner. Taking Sigurd to his Cobble Hill home, Thor is surprised by the sheer size of Jerry's family when he's introduced to them all: his wife Tin, and his children Ernesto, Pietro, Giovanni, Maria, Rosa and Gabriella. Jerry quickly explains to his wife that Sigurd is an old friend and she is soon welcomed into their home. Although Tina has her misgivings about the stranger, Sigurd quickly bonds with her youngest, Ernesto and after a hearty meal he helps with the dishes. With the hour drawing late, the Sapristi family invites Sigurd to stay the night, and after a little convincing he agrees much to their delight.

Asgard: Muninn returns to the royal throne room with a black feather for Balder, the king since Odin's death. Seeing the single black feather as a bad omen, he calls Heimdall and has him watch over Asgard while he investigates his hunch about the the feather.

The next day, Sigurd takes the Sapristi children out to Central Park where they spend the day at the zoo. After they sit in the park and he tells them a story about Thor's youth. How one day after slaying Frost Giants he came across a frozen lake where a boat being piloted by a ferryman named Harbard was working. Harbard would refuse to give him passage, when Thor would threaten him with violence the old ferryman would warn him as his magics and strength have wooed women, turned prince against prince and vanquished all his enemies. Thor would get fed up and take the long way around, and would later learn that Harbard was really his father in disguise. He explains to the children that his father was seeking to teach him that at the end of the day, the only person you can rely on is yourself.

Sigrid's storytelling is interrupted by the arrival of Puddlegulp and some of the other Frogs of Central Park. The children are astonished by the fact that not only are the frogs coming to Jarlson, but they also talk to him as well. Jarlson explains that these frogs are old friends of his[21]. The frogs tell Jarlson something troubling indeed and when he tells the children he has to leave they tell him that they know he's really Thor. He's astonished, however they say that their father figured that Sigrud was some super-hero, and that they got a peak at Mjolnir that he's been carrying in his gym bag while he was sleeping. When they promise to keep his identity a secret, Sigrud transforms himself into Thor and rushes off into the sewers below.

Having been told by Puddlegulp that there is a massacre going on down there, Thor has decided to investigate. Thor is completely unaware of the fact that his travels are being watched in Hel by none other than Hela. Hela is the one who attacked him with a spell the day before, one that Thor will soon learn the effects. As Thor travels further down the sewers he finds the corpses of many slain Morlocks. Not far away, X-Factor's Angel screams in pain as he is helplessly has his wings pinned to the walls of the sewers by the Marauder Harpoon. To increase his agony, Blockbuster is causing him more pain by painfully plucking his feathers. Angel's screams sends Thor running to his rescue and he is soon attacked by Blockbuster, Vertigo and Harpoon. However, they prove to be no match for Thor who sends them fleeing by calling down the lightning. Seeing Angel in the shape that he is in is a horrifying sight indeed, however Thor notices that Angel is still alive. Before Thor can get Angel down, he hears the Marauders coming back to counter attack and he turns to face them ready to battle for Angel's life.

Mutant Massacre
Uncanny X-Men #210 X-Factor #9 Uncanny X-Men #211 X-Factor #10 New Mutants #46 Thor #373 Power Pack #27 Uncanny X-Men #212 Thor #374 X-Factor #11 Uncanny X-Men #213



Appearing in "Fires of the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #374.

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Synopsis for "Fires of the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #374.

Continued from last issue...

Thor has found the broken, but still living body, of Angel with his wings harpooned into the walls of the Morlock Tunnels. Before Thor can free him, Angel's attackers, the Marauders known as Blockbuster, Harpoon and Vertigo return to try and kill Thor. Despite their mutant abilities, Thor is able to ward them off by summoning lightning from Mjolnir. When they flee, Thor frees Angel. Regaining consciousness, he asks Thor if Artie Maddicks got to safety. Thor doesn't know, and Angel doesn't think so because he can't seem to get anything right[22]. Angel tells Thor to leave him to die, but Thor will not comply. When the structural integrity of the tunnel begins to falter, Thor carries Angel away as the tunnel collapses.

In distant Asgard, Balder is travelling through the endless desert, following the path being led by Munin. When he senses the one he seeks in the area he calls out to them, and they appear to him as a giant sand serpent. When Balder doesn't flinch as the creature pretends to strike, it shows it's true form: One of the Sisters of Fate. She knows exactly what he has come for, water from the Well of Life and she gladly gives it to him but tells him to use it wisely as it is a gift that can only be given once. Taking the vial of water, Balder explains that Munin went down into the realm of Muspelheim with his brother Huginn with him, but the bird came back alone. Pulling out the single feather given to him by Munin at the beginning of their quest, Balder pours the water on it causing Huginn to be resurrected. With the two birds reunited, Balder turns to thank the sister of fate, but finds that she is gone. With their quest over, Balder orders the birds to return with him to the city of Asgard.

Back in the Morlock tunnels, the Marauders have almost completed their mission to slaughter the Morlocks. As Harpoon tells Sabretooth about their encounter with Thor, they both mock their teams strong man, Blockbuster, for his success against Morlocks but being pathetic against someone like Thor. This irks Blockbuster and he decides to wander off deeper into the sewers to seek out a rematch with Thor to show them just how strong he really is. Thor and Angel are not far away and they soon come across young Artie Maddicks. Thor convinces the boy to come with him back to the surface when they are suddenly attacked from above by Blockbuster. When Blockbuster lands on Thor's arm, the Thunder God is painfully shocked when his arm actually breaks under the pressure. This gives Blockbuster the upper hand and he begins pounding on Thor. When Angel comes around again he jumps Blockbuster from behind, however this leaves him open to have his wings injured even more. When Blockbuster doesn't relent in his efforts to kill Angel, Thor has but no choice but to slay the Marauder by striking him directly in the face with Mjolnir. With the fight over, Artie uses his powers to show Thor an image of Cyclops and Marvel Girl. Thor gets Artie's meaning that he is seeking out these people, Thor can't help but find them familiar but can't place it.

While back on Asgard, Mick and and Kev are still trying to cope with the fact that their mother is dead and they are comforted by Volstagg. He takes the two boys downstairs where they meet Volstaggs wife Hildegund and his children, Alaric, Rolfe, Gudrun and Fosi who are all excited to meet mortals from Midgard. The instant acceptance turns out to be exactly what the boys need to begin to cope with the loss of their mother.

In the sewers on Earth, Thor, Angel and Artie come across Cyclops and Marvel Girl. When Thor turns Angel over to them, the winged mutant tells them that he's not worth it, but they refuse to believe it. Thor finally recognizes them as members of the original X-Men he fought alongside with against Lucifer many years earlier[23]. When they notice that Thor's arm is broken, Cyclops uses his optic blast to make Thor a make-shift sling. With Thor seen after, the members of X-Factor tell Thor that there is a lot of bad news about them on the surface and that it's not true[24], Thor understands and sends them on their way, telling them that he is going to give the dead Morlock's a vikings funeral in the sake of dignity. After X-Factor have departed, Thor muses about how his arm could have possibly be broken. Hela then appears and tells Thor that she has gotten her revenge for her previous defeat at his hands[25]. She explains to him that she cursed him so that his bones are brittle but will never heal if broken and that he will never die with that she disappears in a gale of laughter.

Furious, Thor slams down his hammer calling a massive amount of lightning that travels throughout the Morlock tunnels incinerating the dead Morlock's left behind to rot by the Marauders. With all the bodies burned away to ash, Thor stands silently in the darkness and wonders what fate has in store for him next.

Mutant Massacre
Uncanny X-Men #210 X-Factor #9 Uncanny X-Men #211 X-Factor #10 New Mutants #46 Thor #373 Power Pack #27 Uncanny X-Men #212 Thor #374 X-Factor #11 Uncanny X-Men #213



Appearing in "Grand Design"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor Annual #1.

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Synopsis for "Grand Design"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor Annual #1.

After a week of non-stop cases, X-Factor returns home from another mission to find their public relations advisor, Cameron Hodge, eagerly waiting for them. He tells them that there are two representatives from the Russian embassy who have come to see them. As they freshen themselves up for their meeting, X-Factor all privately muse what the Russian government's interest in X-Factor could be. Soon they are introduced to diplomats Sasha Yasinov and Major Nikoli Uzbek. They learn that they have come to study X-Factor's methods in detecting and capturing mutants so that they can implement similar tactics in the Soviet Union. When Scott tries to wriggle out of offering assistance to keep their cover safe, he's told that the US State Department approved of the exchange of information. Scott tells them that his team will have to mull it over and Cameron politely escorts them from the building. With the diplomats gone, all the members of X-Factor agree that this would attract too much attention because in reality the operation they pretend to have is only a cover. However, before they can all agree to decline the offer, Cameron tells them that a friend of his called from the Senate Committee on Mutant Affairs who wants to meet with them before they make a decision as it will have an impact on the lives of hundreds of mutants behind the Iron Curtain.

While somewhere deep behind the Iron Curtain, there is a secret prison that has been specially built for the detention of Russia's many mutants. One such mutant has managed to escape from his cell and is about to use his powers to break through the wall outside when he is shot dead by the prison's head guard: The Crimson Dynamo.

Back in the States, the members of X-Factor meet with Senator Thompson by meeting in a secret elevator in the World Trade Center. Seeking privacy, the Senator stops the elevator between floors so that he can tell them of the information he's gathered. He tells the group that he knows about X-Factor's secret.[26] While this is shocking he also reveals something even more so: That behind Soviet lines they are dissecting and experimenting on mutants in order to learn how to manipulate the "x-factor" gene in human DNA to create mutations that they can use to create super-soldiers for use in the Russian military. He provides X-Factor with all the information, telling them that their insider was killed before he could reveal the location of the camp. He tells them that the Soviets have hired geneticist Wolfgang Heinrich, born in East Germany during 1932. His father was one of Adolf Hitler's greatest geneticists and Wolfgang has followed in his fathers footsteps. Thompson asks X-Factor to accept the Russians offer and try and find the mutant prison and shut it and Heinrich down. Hank is reluctant to aid Thompson because the Senate Committee on Mutant Affairs has been hounding mutants over the years, however Thompson tells them that he's met with them in secret due to his sensitive position in the committee and that their secrets are safe with him, and he is now trusting them with his. X-Factor agrees to take the case in their mutual desire to help all the Russian mutants that are being slaughtered in the name of military science.

When X-Factor accepts the offer from the Russian government they are flown in and upon their arrival they are attacked by two Russian mutants. One of them grabs Bobby and tries to fly away, but is shot down and the other is captured. When Bobby angrily tells off the soldier for shooting the mutant, Scott tells him to calm down. While the group realizes that they might be in for more than they bargained for, Sasha Yasinov finds their reactions very interesting. X-Factor then are escorted to their hotel room and cautioned not to go out alone for their safety. Once inside their room, Scott has Bobby use his ice powers to lower the temperature in the room to freeze up any KGB bugs that might be recording their conversations so that they can discuss their mission. They talk about how they have secretly sent Warren out to scout for the location of the mutant prison, and Scott cautions them from keeping away from the mutant rebels and the importance of maintaining their "anti-mutant" charade. While out in the eastern region of Russia, the Angel flies through the air, scouting for the facility. As he searches he considers how scared he is about what can go wrong with the operation when he is attacked by two military helicopters. With his keen flying skills and some explosive charges though Warren manages to lose them and continue his search for the prison.

Meanwhile, the other members of X-Factor sit down to a dinner before their presentation to the Russian government. During their dinner they are introduced to Wolfgang Heinrich who is secretly a mutant himself. When he shakes Scott's hand he detects that Scott is a mutant and begins to wonder what X-Factor's true agenda is. After X-Factor's presentation, Wolfgang probes X-Factor for answers and finds nothing that hints what he seeks to learn. He then tricks Bobby into following him into the back room promising to introduce him to a young lady. Instead Bobby, is drugged by men in Heinrich's employ. Heinrich then uses his mutant powers to not only assume Bobby's form, but also mimic his powers so that he can infiltrate X-Factor. He then orders his men to kill him, unaware that one of the wait staff is spying on them and that he is part of the mutant resistance in Russia. When the goons take Bobby outside, they are subdued by a mutant priest who has hypnotic powers and they take Bobby back to their headquarters to see what sort of information they can get out of him.

Back at the party when Heinrich joins X-Factor, they immediately tip him off to the fact that they are seeking his mutant prison and that they intend on freeing his captives, he decides that he will allow them to find it's location but insure that they will never leave it alive. While at the secret hideout of the mutant rebels, Bobby finds himself bound and tied. When he revives he uses his mutant powers to break free, making the rebels realize that he too is a mutant. He explains to them what X-Factor's true agenda is, and he is introduced to the Exiles and it's members: Blind Faith, Mentac, Concussion, Iron Curtain and Siberian Tiger. Iceman's hopes perk up of smashing the Russian's operations, however this is quickly quashed when Blind Faith tells about Wolfgang being a mutant and how he has infiltrated X-Factor by posing as Bobby, and that they will need to rescue his friends before they do anything else.

While back at the hotel, X-Factor gets word back from Angel about the location of the mutant prison and they all sneak out of the hotel and change into their X-Terminators uniforms in order to sneak into the facility, completely unaware that they have a doppleganger in their midst. Wolfgang aids X-Factor breaking into the facility and the team is horrified when they find the main experimentation room where hundreds of mutants are being experimented on. When examining the bodies, Beast points out that they are all brain dead and kept alive for Heinrich's sick experiments. Cyclops orders them to scope out whatever records they can find. When Cyclops and "Iceman" find the file room, Heinrich breaks his cover by calling security and attacking Cyclops. When Marvel Girl, Angel and Beast find them, the Crimson Dynamo then arrives and he and Heinrich attack them. As the battle rages, Heinrich is confident that they will defeat X-Factor and if they try to escape they are too deep in Russian territory to escape.

Outside, the real Iceman and Sieberforce has arrived and with their combined powers the assault the facility, smashing through it's security with ease. Inside, Crimson Dynamo and Doppleganger have the upper hand until Bobby arrives. While Iceman and Heinrich pit their mutual powers against each other, the other members of X-Factor take on the Dynamo, while the members of Siberforce free the mutant prisoners who are still alive. Iceman is fairing poorly against Wolfgang, who is able to utilize Bobby's powers in ways he has never tried. However, his lack of training in these abilities turn out to be his downfall and when he creates a mountain of ice to stand on, it's weight causes the floor to shatter seemingly sending Wolfgang falling to his death. Bobby catches up with Beast who gives him a crash course in saying Heinrich's command codes for the Crimson Dynamo to call off his attack and send him away.

With the battle won, X-Factor meets up with the mutant underground and realize that by now the KGB will know they are missing and make a connection between X-Factor and the X-Terminators. Blind Faith comes up with a solution, and knowing that the idealistic members of X-Factor would not willingly allow him go through with it, he uses his powers to force their compliance. With a hypnotic suggestion, when X-Factor returns to their room with Blind Faith and Iron Curtain, they are promptly arrested. Their alibi: That they saw these two mutants snooping around the hotel and used their mutant hunting methods to capture them. After turning them over to the KGB, claims that the military activity is "only a drill" and escort X-Factor to the airport for their flight back to America.

On board the plane, Scott and the others watch as Angel flies past the plane and note how the passengers are reacting in fear. Unknown to them back further in the flight is Wolfgang Heinrich, alive and well and riding the flight with them.

Appearing in "Third Genesis"

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X-Factor #1.

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Synopsis for "Third Genesis"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #1.

Anchorage, Alaska: Scott Summers is outside chopping wood with his optic blasts when he's asked to come inside by his wife Madeyline Pryor so that he can watch their son Nathan while she runs some errands. However, upon entering their family home, Scott is distracted by a television report about the possible Mutant Menace and the government considering the idea of making all mutants register. When Maddie notices this she becomes angry and berates her husband for worrying over mutants and reminds him that he is no longer an X-Man[27] and that he should be focusing more on his family than on the fates of mutant kind. That night when she notices Scott standing outside on the balcony brooding again, Madelyine goes out and apologizes for snapping at him earlier. She expresses her frustrations at the problems their marriage has been having, especially in light of the fact that Scott wasn't there when she gave birth to Nathan.[28] When she asks Scott if their troubles have anything to do with Jean Grey, when he says yes she says no more and grimly returns to bed.

The next day in the New Mexico rockies, Angel, Iceman and Beast are preparing to move on with their lives after the disbanding of the Defenders.[29] With Hank accepting a position at Empire State University and Bobby accepting a job at a new accounting firm it looks like Warren and Candy are going to be left alone, despite Warren's attempts to get his friends to stay and try a new super-hero team, and possibly going back to their roots as X-Men and try to improve human/mutant relations. After saving some construction workers fixing Warren's home, Beast and Iceman pay their leave. No sooner have they left then there is a call on the phone for Warren, on the other end of the line is something that Warren finds almost impossible to believe. With no time to explain things to Candy, Warren flies off on a direct line to New York City.

While in San Diego, a Navy ship pulls ashore and Chief Fisher decides to take one of his young crew members, Rusty Collins out on the town and teach the underage young man what it's like to be a man. While out drinking, Fisher introduces Rusty to a "friend" of his, Emma La Porte, a prostitute who takes Rusty out into the alley for a "good time", when she tries to make out with him, his mutant pyrotechnics powers suddenly kick in and accidentally flare out of control, horribly burning La Porte. Horrified by what he has done, Rusty flees off into the night.

When Angel arrives in New York, he meets with Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. In his urgency he reveals his wings and almost gets whacked with a can tossed by a mutant hater but is pulled out of the situation by Mr. Fantastic. Taken back to Avengers Mansion, [30] and taking Angel to the lab below, he warns Warren to take it slow when meeting Jean again after so many years.

Back in San Diego, the military has managed to capture Rusty Collins and contain him. As he is being led into a prisoner truck, Fisher tries to rush the boy. As the guilt ridden Collins is being led into the truck, Fisher tells the boy that Emma was horribly burned and could possibly die and vows to get revenge against him for his actions, cursing him for being a mutant freak.

While back in New York City, in his hotel room at the Waldorf, Warren mulls over the fact that Jean wants to reunite with all her old X-Men allies and considers getting into contact with Scott and telling her about Jean's miraculous return. Finally, he decides that he has no other choice and calls Scott. When Scott answers the phone the news of Jeans survival totally shatters his world and he decides that he has to go to New York. When he tells Madelyne and that it's important that he goes, she tells him that if he leaves to never come back. Scott tells her he has no choice and leaves his crying wife behind.

Days later when Scott arrives in New York, he finds that Warren has hired security at his hotel room to insure that thy have the utmost privacy. When he meets Jean for the first time, Jean is happy to see him and shows a great deal of affection. When Scott attempts to tell her that he is married, he breaks down into tears and tries to get it out when Warren walks in on them, quieting any explanations that Scott could possible give her. Warren and Jean then explain the facts of Jean's resurrection: How when the X-Men were fleeing Stephen Lang's space station, Jean had been replaced by the powerful Phoenix Force which took her form and masqueraded as her,[31] and that it was the Phoenix Force who became Dark Phoenix and in the end sacrificed herself out of love for Scott.[32] Jean goes on to explain how she was placed in stasis on the floor of Jamaica Bay until her body was discovered by the Avengers[33] and revived by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.[34] With her explanation done, Scott is shaken more than ever before.

Jean then begins talking about how she has been doing research on the years she's missed and that Xavier's dream of human/mutant coexistence is at a crisis point and with the X-Men working with Magneto[35] she thinks their focus on the state of things is more important then ever. When Scott tells her that he's retired from the X-Men and doesn't provide an explanation his and Warren's apparent apathy over the situation angers her and she uses her telekinesis to smash open a wall and leave. When Warren tells Scott to accompany him in following her, Scott can't bring himself to do it. When Warren catches up with Jean, he admits that she is right however he tells her that he has gotten an idea.

Elsewhere, the Beast is at Empire State University for his interview, only to learn that he has been turned down due to the fact hat he is a mutant. Furious at this racism, Beast strips off his shirt and leaves the building in his own unique way. On his way out he is greeted by Angel who offers him a proposition for a new project. Meanwhile, Bobby Drake slaves over his accounting work when a call comes in from Warren. Changing into Iceman he rushes out of the office eager to return to his adventuring days.

A week later when Bobby and Hank arrive at a new complex that Warren has bought by the New York waterfront they are reunited with Jean. After an explanation of what happened to her, they are told that Scott has gone missing for the past few days and Warren sends Hank and Bobby out to find him. They find Scott out by the docks and learn that he has spent the past few days wandering around and finding all their old haunts as teenagers are no longer there. When Scott tries to explain to them the difficulties he's having dealing with Jean's resurrection and how it might impact his marriage to Madelyne, Beast tells Scott that when he tells Jean she is sure to understand. The two men manage to convince Scott to come back with them and hear out Warren's new idea, telling him that it will be great to have the old gang back together again.

When all together, they meet with Warren's old school friend, advertising and public relations expert Cameron Hodge to explain their new business model: The group would pose as human mutant hunters called X-Factor who would take on clients to hunt down and capture dangerous mutants. However this would work as a secret front for them to train mutants to control their powers. The group would also operate in their mutant identities as a group of mutants known as the X-Terminators whenever their powers are required up front. While the team is a little put off by the fear mongering ad campaign they decide to give the operation a shot.

In San Diego, Rusty Collins has been locked up in a naval prison and to his horror Chief Fisher has been assigned guard duty over the cell block that Rusty is locked up in. When Fisher attempts to shoot Collins in his cell, his powers flare up again, burning the chief's hand and allows Rusty to break out of his cell and escape. Later, when Fisher enters a bar after the ordeal and tells the bartender what happened, the barkeep suggests that he calls X-Factor after seeing their advertisement on TV.

In New York, X-Factor gets the call to go to San Diego, and when Jean goes to get Scott, he is less than sure about the idea but she convinces him to go along with it for her. When they arrive in San Diego, they meet up with Fisher at the bar and they have him lead them to the site where the military has already tracked down Rusty. Slipping away, the original X-Men switch into their X-Terminator guises and use their powers to drive the military off and follow Rusty into a cave. There the boy lashes out at them, thinking that they are going to experiment on him. His surging powers cause a cave-in, but the X-Terminators save him and themselves and Cyclops blasts a hole through the roof of the cave. Upon becoming free, Rusty agrees to go with them and when they change back into their X-Factor guises, they give Fisher his bill for $42,000. Fisher balks at the price until they threaten to "release" Rusty once again, and the Naval Chief accepts the bill, which gives X-Factor a good laugh after they leave. With Rusty agreeing to accompany them back to New York for training to control his powers, Angel finds their first mission a success and tells Jean that X-Factor is going to continue to operate.

Meanwhile, in far off Alaska, Madelyne Pryor sits at home during the early hours of the morning crying as she looks on at a photo of her husband who had just walked out on her. In the background, the television mutely plays an X-Factor advertisement.

Appearing in "Bless the Beasts and Children"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #2.

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Synopsis for "Bless the Beasts and Children"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #2.

Jean Grey awakens from a nightmare where she relives the night the Phoenix Force replaced her and took over her life years ago.[36] Waking to a snowy night, she reflects how things have changed since her return from the "dead",[37] her without her telepathic powers, Xavier gone, Magneto supposedly leading the X-Men,[38] and Scott strangely distant from her. She also reflects on the new direction in her life, being a member of X-Factor -- posing with her friends the original X-Men as mutant hunters in order to teach mutants to control their powers, and how their first mission in recovering the young mutant Rusty Collins was a complete success.[39] While elsewhere in the complex Jean is not the only one having a sleepless night: Scott and Warren are up late as well. Warren is trying to be there for Scott and tells him that he needs to tell Madelyne that Jean is alive and Jean that Scott is married to Madelyne. Despite the fact that Scott knows he has to do this, he doesn't know how he feels about the situation and can't bring himself to talk to either woman about it. When Warren presses on the subject, Scott tells him to butt out and Warren leaves him be. Warren meets up with Cameron Hodge, their public relations man at X-Factor. He reports that Hank and Bobby are still out apartment hunting and points out a pitfall to their operation: At least 48% of the calls to their hotline are obvious crank phone calls.

Out in the rain, Bobby and Hank decide to take some time away from apartment hunting to pay a visit to Hank's old girlfriend Vera Cantor. When Bobby rashly uses his freezing powers to prevent himself from being splashed by a puddle, Beast scolds him for not being more discrete about using their powers and warns that they could potentially blow their cover as X-Factor. When they arrive at Vera's apartment, Hank and Bobby are shocked by Vera's sudden change in appearance. As a shocked Hank tries to make sense of Vera's "New Wave"[40] appearance, she tells them that she decided to change her life around and live more on the wild side, and that now she is attending pop culture classes at Columbia University.

Back at X-Factor headquarters, Scott and Jean put Rusty through a training routine to get him to slowly learn how to control his pyrokinetic powers. When Rusty flubs the test he believes he'll never learn how to control his powers and walks out. When Jean tries to stop him, Scott reminds her of Professor Xavier's teaching methods and cautions her from pushing Rusty before he is ready. Jean asks Scott to talk about their situation, however Scott sheepishly changes the subject by telling her that he has to go and check on Rusty.

Hank and Vera's reunion is interrupted when they are attacked by a size changing mutant named Tower who has come seeking the Beast. Before the can do anything, Tower knocks out all three of them and takes Beast hostage and takes him into a getaway car that is waiting for him outside. In the driver's seat is Carl Maddicks, Hank's old colleague from his Brand Corporation days who commends Tower on a successful capture. At X-Factor headquarters, Scott is brooding over his situation in his room and decides that Warren is right. When he attempts to call Madelyne to tell her what's going on, he is shocked to find that the phone number to the house is no longer in service. Furious at his lot in life, Scott lashes out at the phone with his optic blast. Soon, Scott and Jean are called to the ready room and they mobilize as X-Factor to Vera's apartment, called there by Bobby. After pushing away the press, they learn from Bobby what happened to Hank and the Scott suggests that they all find Hank as soon as possible.

Hank has been taken to a secret laboratory operated by Maddicks, deep under the headquarters of Ryan Research Inc. There Maddicks tells Hank that he has sought him out due to Hank's previous work on isolating the chemical cause of mutation.[41] Hank refuses to work with him, blaming him for his current furry state and warns Maddicks that he has friends that will come looking for him. Maddicks tells Hank that he has just the thing to deal with that. Ironically, the solution is to hire X-Factor to capture his operative Tower, thus eliminating anything that will link Hank's disappearance to Maddicks.

As X-Factor fly toward Atlanta to follow up on Maddicks' "anonymous tip", they remark how the mutant's description matches the very mutant that kidnapped Hank, and wonder if they are not walking into a trap, and consider the possibility that their cover as mutant hunters may already have been compromised. With it being the only possible lead to finding out what happened to the Beast, they decide to investigate the lead either way.

Back at the lab where Hank is being held prisoner, Maddicks leaves his note for Beast to go over. What Hank doesn't know is that Maddicks' own son Artie is a mutant who, other than being deformed, can project thoughts. Carl knows that Hank's curiosity would not keep him from looking at the notes, and Artie could project the thoughts in Beast's head so that the can make the necessary corrections to his formulas. While in Atlanta, X-Factor arrives outside the home of Tower and see that the mutant is packing up to go somewhere. Deciding to stop him, they change into their X-Terminator uniforms and attack him head on. As X-Factor easily over powers Tower and knocks him out, Maddicks tranquilizes Hank and puts him on a table for experimentation for his intended project: A chemical means to eliminate mutation.

In Atlanta, Tower suddenly realizes that there is a double-cross going on, and cuts the X-Terminators a deal: If they let him go, he will tell him who took Hank and where. While down below in the Ryan Laboratories, Beast has gone into cardiac arrest due to Maddicks' experimentations. Carl is trying desperately to revive Hank so that he can continue with his experiment.

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Appearing in "Regression Obsession"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #3.

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  • Mitch, Mr. Vallencourt, Mathews and other unnamed guards
  • Dr. Dannemann, a medical doctor
  • The Secret Empire - (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "Regression Obsession"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #3.

Story continued from last issue...

While attempting to experiment on the Beast in order to learn how to reverse human mutation, Carl Maddicks puts his guinea pig under cardiac arrest. Fearful for losing any success in his project, Maddicks manages to restore Beast's heartbeat and decides to attend to his son before beginning phase 2 of the procedure. Visiting his son Artie, he tells the young mutant to project an image of the man they hired to capture Beast,[42] when Artie shows him the battle between the X-Terminators and Tower, he warns his son not to let Tower tell them where they are hiding out -- telling the boy that they intend to hurt his kitten if they come. Artie, who loves his pet, agrees and when Tower attempts to tell the X-Terminators that he was hired to capture Hank and take him to the Ryan Research Laboratories, Artie uses his powers to mindlock Tower.

When Carl begins the next phase of his operation, it causes Hank to scream out in pain. Hank's screams break Artie's concentration enough for Tower to break free and tell his comrades where he is located and what Maddicks intends to do. When Tower begins to leave, Marvel Girl offers him a place to train how to use his powers with X-Factor. Tower, laughs at this offer and departs, telling Jean that she is out of her mind. With a lead on Hank's location the group heads out to try and save their friend.

While back in New York, Vera Cantor arrives at X-Factor headquarters to ask Cameron Hodge if he has hard any news about Hank, when he tells her that he has heard nothing he meets with Senator Thompson. Thompson has come to see Hodge at great personal risk to his political career but has come to ask him one important question: If he's realized that X-Factor could be doing more harm than good.

Back at the Ryan Bio-Labs, the next phase of Beast's operation is complete and Carl has wrapped him up head to toe in bandages and has left him alone for the nonce. When Artie enters the room he curiously scans Hank's mind and finds nothing but pain and feels deep sympathy for the man his father has been experimenting on. When X-Factor arrives outside the facility, Cyclops suggests that hey split into two teams. With Marvel Girl and Iceman breaking through the main fence, Angel and Cyclops would fly in from above. As Scott uses his optic blast to break open the door, Angel once more asks Scott about telling Madelyne about Jean's resurrection. After some pressure, Scott tells him that he tried to call Madelyne on the phone but found that the number was disconnected, Warren gives him his apologies. Telling Warren he'll deal with it later, Scott bursts through the door to find that there are a number of armed guards waiting for them.

As the X-Terminators fight their way through the complex's security, Artie detects their presence to his father. Carl tells his son not to worry as he is just finishing the third and final phase of his experiment on the Beast. As Hank's teammates make it the ground level with security following after them, the X-Terminators confront Maddicks. They see Hank all bound up in medical bandages and fear the worst. Maddicks explains that he met Hank years earlier while working at the Brand Corporation and how he worked for the Secret Empire until his failure led to them attempting to assassinate him.[43] He explains after he recovered in hospital he was reunited with his son who's mutant nature manifested shortly thereafter. Stuck with a deformed son who cannot speak but only manifest images from peoples thoughts, he sought to find his son a cure for his mutation so that he could live a normal life.

When security arrives, Maddicks tells them that because he is in a top secret section of the facility the soldiers have orders to shoot to kill. Fearing for his sons protection, Maddicks sends the X-Terminators away with Hank and Artie while he attempts to hold security off with a gun. However, he doesn't fare very well as security guns him down and he dies before his sons eyes. Before security can continue their attack the X-Terminators escape with Artie and Beast and return to the X-Factor headquarters.

Scott returns to his room to brood about the state of his life when he is once more confronted by Jean Grey. Jean demands that Scott talks to her about what's going on. However, before Scott can tell them they are called to the infirmary and are told that Hank has come out of his coma. When they arrive they are shocked to find that Maddicks' experiment as at least partially successful as Hank's mutation has been reversed to the point before he had blue fur. Despite this regression, his friends are glad that he has pulled through. Hank is completely perplexed and wonders how he is going to explain this to Vera.

Appearing in "Trials and Errors"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #4.

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Synopsis for "Trials and Errors"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #4.

Spotting Tower snooping around X-Factor headquarters, the team decides to confront him in their guise the X-Terminators. In order to protect their double lives, they attack Tower under the pretense that he is a traitor to mutants for being seen around the headquarters of known mutant hunters. However, they find few answers and Tower gives them the slip by shrinking down in size and escaping. Getting to safety, he panics about what he is going to do when his employer learns that he failed to capture their target when he is confronted by his field leader Frenzy. Frenzy is not impressed by Tower's failure, and decides to deal with the capture herself.

While back at X-Factor headquarters, the Beast -- back on his feet after being reverted back to his non-hairy form[44] -- is exercising in the training room where he finds that his abilities are still at their peak. In the locker room, he runs into Rusty Collins who is off to yet another training session with Jean Grey. When Rusty admits that he is having a hard time getting used to Hank's "new look", Hank reminds him that they are mutants and will always be considered different. When Rusty goes off to his training session, Hank notes that the boy is not adjusting very well. In his training session, Jean has Rusty use his powers to fend off attacks from Iceman. When Scott and Artie's entrance into the training room distracts Rusty he powers flare out of control almost hurting them. Jean scolds him for his distraction, and the already emotional Rusty yells at her for apparently knowing what's good for him and storms out of the training room.

Elsewhere in the headquarters, Cameron Hodge gets a phone call from his former headmaster at Ferreden Boys School, seeking the services of X-Factor. Meanwhile, Scott decides to run some tests on Artie to learn how his powers work. Hooking the boy up to a machine he has the boy pull out and images from his mind. First he pulls out a memory of Scotts early days with the X-Men, and then a picture of him and his wife Madelyne having an argument. The image upsets Scott so much he cancels the test and once more tortures himself with the conflicting emotions he's having in telling Jean that he is married. At the same time, Jean is visiting Warren's private quarters to ask about Scott's recent bout of brooding since her return. Angel lightens up the mood by asking her when Scott wasn't brooding about something leading them both into peals of laughter. When the two are about to confide feelings for one another, the phone rings and it's Warren's girlfriend Candy. Candice wants Warren to go over some of his business operations that he's neglected since starting up X-Factor, however Warren tells her that he trusts her judgement and terminates the call. Before Jean can totally convince him not to let his business hurt from his full devotion to X-Factor, they are called into a meeting with Cameron Hodge.

Flying to Boston, they meet with Headmaster Woodley, Hodge's former headmaster. Woodley tells X-Factor that one of his students admitted to him that he is a mutant telepath and had threatened to blackmail him or risk exposing an affair that he is having with one of his staff which would ruin his reputation. Not liking this assignment, the members of X-Factor agree to see the boy and give him a good scare. The boy admits that he is not really a mutant and that he had used spying devices to bug the headmasters phone. Fearful of being hunted down by the "mutant hunters", the boy admits that he hates it at the school because his parents have already determine his future without asking him and that he'd gone around telling people that he was a mutant to scare them. This makes Jean realize the mistakes she has been making with Rusty and when she comforts the crying boy, she realizes what sort of fear X-Factor is putting into the public and begins to wonder if what they are doing is the right thing.

Back at X-Factor headquarters, Rusty has packed a bag and is in the process of running away from home when he is spotted by Artie. Rusty snaps at the boy and leaves, telling him that he isn't coming back, when Artie reaches into Rusty's mind to find what's there he sees that Rusty feel alone and is afraid of his powers going out of control. Realizing that Rusty could get into trouble, Artie rushes off to do something about it. Artie's hunch is right as shortly after leaving the X-Factor compound, Rusty makes the mistake of walking through a dark alley and almost gets mugged, but uses his powers to fight off the mugger. Rusty is then confronted by Frenzy, she explains that she had come to spring him from X-Factor's headquarters and offer him a position with her employer. When Rusty refuses, she attempts to force him, forcing Rusty to defend himself with his powers.

Around this time, X-Factor returns from their mission and when reporting in to Cameron, they notice Artie trying to sneak out of the compound in a disguise. Learning from the boy that Rusty is in trouble, the team dresses in their X-Terminator costumes and attack Frenzy. Despite her super-strength, Frenzy is no match for the combined numbers of the X-Terminators and flees the scene. Iceman then convinces Rusty to come back to their compound, and although the boy is still confused he sees no other choice. There Rusty confides in them and tells them that he doesn't feel like he belongs and feels like a freak. After Jean apologizes for pushing Rusty to hard, Scott tells him that all of them once felt the same way until they were brought together by Professor Xavier as the original X-Men and they learned to control their powers and use them to defend the world from evil mutants such as Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Rusty is encouraged by this and agrees to give it another try, and thanks Artie for being there and helping him out.

While not far away, Frenzy is contacted by one of her fellow minions named Timeshadow who tells her that her time is up and that the master has ordered her to return to base. She agrees to do so, and thinks about how her employer has control over her for now, however once she finds a way to beat this control she will insure that all her enemies will die.

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Appearing in "Tapped Out"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #5.

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Synopsis for "Tapped Out"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #5.

Southern California: Mike Nowlan flees from a large coast-side mansion with the a group of mutants chasing him: They are the Alliance of Evil and they consist of Tower, Frenzy, Stinger and Timeshadow. Mike is a junky going through withdrawal, however this does not stop him from getting to his car and pulling a getaway. As the Alliance watches Mike speed off, Stinger begins to develop the shakes and she is worried that without Mike's mutant powers they will all begin to suffer from withdrawl.

While in New York City, the members of X-Factor are involved in their regular exercising regiment, when Jean begins discussing the negative impact their activities posing as mutant hunters might be having on mutant/human relations. The mood is lightened up when Iceman uses his powers to freeze the Beast's feet, however in retaliation the Beast hangs Bobby from his underwear on a post high off the ground, necessitating Jean to rescue him. As they goof off, Scott remarks how they are all acting like they did back in the day when they first worked together as the original X-Men.

Back in California, Nowlan has gotten a room in a cheap motel and desperately calls his ex-wife Susan to try and score off her. She is upset that her ex-husband is calling and tells him that she's gotten clean and no longer deals and hangs up on him. When she sees an X-Factor commercial on television, she picks up the phone and gives them a call. When the call goes through, Cameron Hodge pages the various members of X-Factor: He calls Bobby and Hank out of clothes shopping for designer threads for Hank. Scott is talking with Artie and Rusty when he is called in, when Rusty wonders why Scott is so glum, Artie pulls out an image of Scott's internal conflict over his feelings for Jean and Madelyine leaving the two boys to wonder who the other woman is. Warren is noting that Jean has taken up night classes in psychology at Colombia University, and they are called in just before Jean can start pressing him for answers about why Scott is acting so strange. When they meet with Cameron, despite the fact that Susan Nowlan's call is sketchy and her background checkered, they agree to check it out under in their mutant hunter guises.

While in California, Susan smells trouble and is packing a back when her home is invaded by the Alliance of Evil who have come seeking Mike. When they realize that he isn't there, they decide to take her captive and force the location of Mike out of her. X-Factor meanwhile arrives at the motel where Mike has been holed up in, and with Jean telekinetically picking the lock they enter in and find Mike sprawled on the floor. Upon searching the man's room they find a used needle and realize that he is a drug abuser. Putting the man in bed they wait for him to wake up. To their surprise when Mike's powers flair out of control it boosts their own natural mutant abilities revealing to Mike that the members of X-Factor are really mutants, and the group is forced to reveal to Mike their true cause right away, stripping off their X-Factor costumes and switching to their X-Terminator outfits. After calming Mike down they learn his story: He was a drug user before being sent off to Vietnam to fight the war, and when he came back the military put him in detox. He was never aware that he was a mutant because the drugs nullified his powers, however when he met a man who would later become the Alliance of Evil's Timeshadow, his mutant abilities would activate the latent abilities in the man, making him realize he was a mutant. Since then he never kicked the habit in order to keep his powers in check. With his origins told, Cyclops suggests that they keep him high to keep his powers in check until they can get him under control. Beast suggests an alternative, synthesizing the reactant in the heroin that nullifies his powers. Not wishing to become a test subject again, Mike tries to make a break for it.

Before they can stop him the Alliance of Evil smashes into the room and attacks the X-Terminators. When they try to fight back, Frenzy and the others threaten to harm Susan if Mike doesn't use his abilities to boost their powers and return to them. Mike complies and boosts the Alliances mutant abilities and they easily trounce the X-Terminators, knocking them all out and leaves with Mike and Susan.

Taking Mike back to his headquarters, he is brought before their leader who tells Mike that he will go back to their testing or his ex-wife will be killed. The man in the shadows swears that Mike's talents will be used in his war against humans swearing by his own name: Apocalypse.

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Appearing in "Apocalypse Now!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #6.

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  • 'Monitor Machine'

Synopsis for "Apocalypse Now!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #6.

Continued from last issue...

The battle at the Tomahawk Motor Lodge has attracted the attention of the police and the National Guard. When an officer attempts to get close enough to investigate, the owner stops him and tells them that the mutant hunters known as X-Factor went inside and his thoughts that they are likely dead.

Inside, X-Factor (in their X-Terminator guises) have revived from their battle against the Alliance of Evil. Cyclops is furious that the group could be betrayed by the Mike Nowlan -- the junkie mutant they came to help -- and be trounced by the Alliance like rank amateurs. His scoldings leads to an argument between him and Marvel Girl, and Jean expresses her frustrations towards Scott's attitude towards her and wonders is it because she isn't the Phoenix or that she lost her telepathy, not hinting at the true reason.[45] When Warren tries to comfort Jean telling him that it's Scott who is the problem and suggests that their leader tell her the truth, Scott lashes out at Warren for getting them together as X-Factor on what he things is a failed endeavor to clandestinely recruit mutants under the guise of mutant hunters. When dodging Cyclops's blast, Angel dives outside of the wrecked motel, and frightens the people outside. With their cover blown, X-Factor makes a quick escape through a hole in the roof. After Warren leaves a bundle of cash behind to pay for the damages, Jean begins focusing on Warren in a more flirtatious manner. Once safely away from the motel, they begin trying to track down Mike Nowlan.

Mike is once more a prisoner of the Alliance of Evil, who are busy terrorizing him and his ex-wife Susan for the trouble caused when Mike escaped from their clutches. They pressure him to reveal who the mutants that they faced were, and Mike lies, telling them that they are a group of mutants that fought off X-Factor. Not completely buying it, they stop focusing on Mike since all he wants is another fix and threaten to hurt Susan until she gives up the information they seek. Enraged by the threats to his ex-wife, Mike's powers flare out of control and as a result boosts their powers to uncontrollable levels. When Stinger's powers flare out of control they blast through the roof of their mansion headquarters, the explosion tipping X-Factor off to their location. When Frenzy threatens to harm Mike if he doesn't shut off his powers, Apocalypse intervenes and tosses her aside, and then forces Mike into a device that nullifies his power and leaves him in a stupor. Apocalypse reminds them that they are gathered together to show the world that mutants are the stronger species before lowing himself and Mike into his underground lab.

When X-Factor arrives at the mansion it is full dark, and Cyclops sends Beast to prowl around the premises and Angel and Marvel Girl to check the roof. Left alone for a moment, Iceman asks Scott when he plans on telling Jean about Madelyne, Scott is more frustrated than ever telling Bobby that being torn between the two women he loves is driving him mad. While above, Angel and Marvel Girl inspect the damage done to the roof of the building. Jean has come to the conclusion that Scott must be in love with Phoenix because of her power and can't settle for ordinary Marvel Girl anymore. Warren tells her that's not it and as he tries to tell her the truth they almost share a kiss when they are ambushed by the Alliance of Evil. Jean just barely has time to put up a forcefield to protect them from one of Stinger's blasts. The sound of battle sends Cyclops and Iceman rushing to their aid, while the Beast locates Mike. Smashing into the lab, the Beast begins trying to figure out how to free him when he is attacked by Apocalypse. No match for Apocalypse's mass altering powers, the Beast is easily knocked out.

While above, Cyclops and Iceman join Angel and Marvel Girl in fighting off the Alliance of Evil. Their battle is interrupted when Apocalypse arrives with Mike, Sue and Beast as his prisoners. Apocalypse has his device remove the drugs from his system and orders him to boost his minions powers or risk the death of his wife. Mike begins to do so, but X-Factor resumes their fight against the Alliance. In the confusion, Sue tries to flee the scene and is struck by a stray bolt fire by Stinger, killing her instantly. Horrified by witnessing his ex-wife being killed, Mike's powers flare out of control, bombarding everyone in the room with power boosting energy. As the battle rages, Cyclops takes a moment to watch Marvel Girl fend off Stinger's bolts, and is almost convinced that the telekinetic energy around her is in the shape of a phoenix.

Beast revives, and as Mike's powers being to flare down, X-Factor manages to fight off the Alliance of Evil. Apocalypse, seeing failure in the midst takes the time to flee the scene, vowing he will return to destroy all of humanity. When the police begin arriving on the scene, the Alliance makes a break for it. As the Alliance escapes, the members of X-Factor are pulled back to Mike, who is now dying, he assures them that while the Alliance guessed there was a connection between X-Factor and the X-Terminators, he never told them the truth. He also goes on to tell them that he wasn't worth the help and that they are doing the right thing trying to help others, then dies. Placing a blanket over Mike's body, X-Factor decides to leave the scene. In the aftermath of everything, Cyclops thinks back to the image of the bird he saw earlier and wonders how it could be possible, more confused than ever he wonders if Jean Grey and Phoenix really are one single being.

Appearing in "Fall Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #7.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Tower - (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Morlocks

Other Characters:

  • Unnamed human protesters
  • Unnamed reporters

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Vehicles:

Synopsis for "Fall Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #7.

Continued from last issue...

San Diego, California: As the members of X-Factor sneak onto the air-field where they parked their plane. They seek cover so they are not spotted in their X-Terminator's uniforms. They overhear a television broadcast where reporters interview Tower following his capture after their battle. Tower tells the press that there is some connection between X-Factor and the X-Terminators because both groups have appeared almost practically together every time he encountered them. The Beast causes a distraction for the personnel on hand so that they can board their jet unseen. When pressuring Jean to open the hatch of the plane, Scott in his frustration with her accidentally calls her "Maddie". When Jean asks Scott who Maddie is he angrily boards the ship. Aboard the plane, Jean considers this new person after she thought Phoenix was her rival for Scott's love, and Scott broods over how he thought he saw the Phoenix form shape around Jean during their battle against the Alliance of Evil and how this complicates things even more. Iceman turns on the television and begins watching the media frenzy trying to make a connection between X-Factor and the X-Terminators.

When X-Factor returns to New York, they have changed back into their X-Factor uniforms to greet the throng of press, and protesters that have gathered around the X-Factor Compound. They arrive just as Beast's girlfriend Vera is talking to inquisitive reporter Trish Tilby, Hank manages to pull her away before she can say anything that can incriminate X-Factor and pull her back into their headquarters. As they enter, Cameron Hodge goes outside to address the media, his tone and choice of vocabulary to describe the X-Terminators as "mutant murderers" make the group once more wonder if what they are doing is truly helping mutants. When Rusty and Artie offer lunch to the returning heroes, Scott snaps and tells them that he has to make a phone call. As Scott resolves to finally bite the bullet and tell Jean about Madelyne, Jean wonders what could cause such a behavior from the man she loved.

Meanwhile, in a New Jersey garbage dump, two mutants named Glow Worm and Bulk are scavenging for a refrigerator coil for the well learned Glow Worm to use. Bulk instead finds a mouse that the slow witted mutant wishes to keep as a pet. They are soon chased off the property by guards with guns who try to shoot them. As Glow Worm holds them off with an energy blast, they retreat into the sewers. There, Bulk notes that his new pet has just died, Glow Worm points out that the radiation that the two emit from their body is a threat to any living things around them and is threatening to kill them as well. Bulk wonders why they must hide and after seeing a flier for X-Factor, Glow Worm is inspired that they must do something inspiring to get back at the humans that hunt and persecute them in some profound way.

As the protests outside the X-Factor compound continues, Scott tries to track down where Madelyne may have went and comes up with no leads. While down in the training room, Jean suggests that she, Bobby, Hank and Warren play a game of tag. This is actually just an exercise to distract her teammates into accidentally revealing what big secret Scott is trying to keep. Although none of her comrades out right says it, Jean manages to deduce that Scott is married to some woman named Maddie and storms out of the room in tears.

While down below, Glow Worm and Bulk pass by Skids, a new Morlock whose force field powers prevent Masque from disfiguring her face. She warns them that they are not welcome among the Morlocks as they are dangerous. Glow Worm has only come to tell the Morlocks to stay away while they commit their final heroic acts for mutant kind: destroying X-Factor.

Back in the compound, Rusty confronts Beast and Iceman and tells them that the government is still looking to arrest him for injuring a woman[46] and wonders if it would be any good to talk to the press outside and tell them why he is here, however Hank and Bobby don't think it's such a hot idea. Just then Artie bursts in and shows them an image of Glow Worm and Bulk. Realizing that these two mutants mean trouble, the rush to find Scott and see him looking out the window with Warren as Glow Worm and Bulk attack the crowd outside. With the press outside they cannot appear both in their mutant costumes and operate as X-Factor without arousing suspicions if there are not enough X-Factor members present. With Jean not answering her pager, Scott, Hank, and Bobby decide to go out in their mutant guises while the others try and come up with a means to encounter Bulk and Glow Worm as X-Factor.

Finding Jean in the training room, Warren manages to convince her to forget about her issues for now and help out because Scott could be in trouble. Outside, Cyclops, Beast, and Iceman come up from the sewers to "aid" Glow Worm and Bulk in escaping, chanting the term "X-Terminate X-Factor!", causing Trish Tilby to angle the story dubbing the two "mutant terrorists" as the "X-Terminators". They pretend to "help" Glow Worm and Bulk, when in reality their "bungling" trips up the two mutants until they learn their plot: Glow Worm reveals that the two of them had been contaminated by toxic waste and they intended on infecting X-Factor with radiation poisoning. Seeing them as a threat to everyone, Cyclops orders Iceman and Beast to try and co-ordinate a means to get the dangerous mutants away. Just then, Warren, Jean, Vera, Cameron and Rusty come out of the complex in X-Factor uniforms to give off the appearance that X-Factor is getting involved in the battle.

With Jean and Rusty manipulating their powers to make it look like they are using high-tech weapons, Cyclops manages to convince Glow Worm and Bulk to retreat with them back into the sewers. There they try to convince Bulk and Glow Worm that they can go some place where they can learn to control their powers and live a normal life. However Glow Worm points out that they are so hideous that they could never pass for normal humans, and that not even the Morlock's will accept them thanks to the fact that their bodies are contaminated. With no other choice, Cyclops, Iceman, and Beast realize they have nothing that they can practically offer them. Thanking them for nothing, Glow Worm and Bulk head into the sewers to continue their bleak and measured lives. Upon returning to the surface, Cyclops commends the ground for their teamwork in helping convince the press and the public that X-Factor and the X-Terminators are two separate groups. Jean isn't so happy about the situation and tells Scott that they are in need of a serious talk.

Appearing in "Lost and Found"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #8.

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Other Characters:

  • Unnamed New York mayor's worker
  • Bulk - (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Glow Worm - (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
  • Madelyne Pryor - (Photo)
  • Nathan Summers - (Photo)

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Synopsis for "Lost and Found"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #8.

Story continued from X-Factor #7...

Cyclops and Marvel Girl are in the sewers under the X-Factor Compound decontaminating the area of radiation left by Glow Worm and Bulk. When Scott talks about how he wishes there was more they could do for the two outcasts, Jean points out that they were too dangerous to have around, especially since Scott is married and that at least they will die together. Jean then asks to see a picture of Scott's wife Madelyne, when Scott hands over a photo Jean also learns that Scott has had a child, a boy. While Jean can understand that he would move on while he thought she was dead,[47] she is upset that he knowingly kept the truth from her for so long. She assumes that it's because Scott was taking advantage of the fact hat she lost her telepathic powers and storms out on him before he can explain things.

While above in the rec room of the complex, the other members of X-Factor along with Rusty and Artie watch the news coverage of their battle against Glow Worm and Bulk. Beast gets a good laugh out of Vera's interview with Trish Tilby and comments about how he had a terse set of words with Tilby himself about sensationalizing anti-mutant sentiments for ratings. As Artie and Rusty go to get ready for their day, they are walking down a hallway where the windows have been shattered during the battle. They happen to overhear Cameron Hodge talking to a representative from the mayor's office, and when Cameron's anti-mutant rhetoric to defend X-Factor's standing with the city, Rusty understands that it's to maintain their cover, but still doesn't think it feels right. Rusty goes to watch Angel and Iceman training. As they go through a routine where Warren flies through ice obstacles made by Bobby they wonder how Scott's conversation with Jean went. When Angel bungles, he reminds himself that he is in a relationship with Candy, however Rusty points out how anyone couldn't possible love Jean. Rusty begins wishing that he could have someone to love but doesn't trust his powers after he burned a woman in San Diego.[48] When Rusty remembers that the accident has made him a wanted criminal by the government, he worries about the possibility of being recognized for his involvement in the counter attack against Glow Worm and Bulk when he posed as a member of X-Factor. Bobby and Warren assure the boy that he has nothing to worry about.

However, the two former X-Men could not be anymore incorrect as he has Rusty is being investigated by none other than the government run super-team known as Freedom Force. As Mystique briefs her teammates on the fact that Rusty is in X-Factor's custody, the Blob and Avalanche express their interest in fighting the "mutant hunters", and Blob provokes a fight with his partner which is broken by by Pyro and Spiral. Spider-Woman then notices in the footage of X-Factor's most recent battle that Rusty Collins is among their members, making them wonder why the group is allowing a wanted criminal pose as one of their members. While they comment on the difficulties of being a mutant in these times, Mystique reminds her team that they formed Freedom Force with the government for their own protection from the anti-mutant sentiment and that when they are attempting to capture Rusty Collins to play it by the rules or their deal with the government gets revoked.

Back at the X-Factor Compound, Cameron meets with X-Factor and tells them that the mayors office has asked them to break up a clash between mutants in Central Park.[49] Cameron suggests they do it to make up for the Glow Worm fiasco, however Scott realizes that they have to go and remain as X-Factor, not use their powers and not show up as the X-Terminators for fear of being lumped in as more mutant terrorists, and tells the team to get ready to get into action. Shortly, Warren confronts Jean about the situation between her and Scott. He tried to explain to her Scott's side of the problem, however when Scott overhears them he figures that Warren is making a move on Jean in a move that he considers poor taste. When Rusty approaches Scott to join them, he snaps at the boy. When Bobby and Hank suggest Scott's idea is a good one, Rusty storms off telling them that he's only exchanged one prison with another. When X-Factor leaves, Artie shows Rusty an image of the Freedom Force's helicopter, Rusty realizes that Artie is trying to warn him of danger and decides to sneak out and try to help his friends.

When X-Factor arrives on the scene at Central Park, they are confronted by Rusty, however before he can warn them of the danger they are attacked by Freedom Force, who have come to collect the boy. Spiral, detecting that her attention needs to be focused to the battle raging in the park teleports away,[50] and Destiny is shocked when her powers have a blind spot around Jean that is a nexus of probabilities. When Freedom Force attempts to collect Rusty, X-Factor stand in their way, and when Rusty tries to flee the scene he is caught up in one of Spider-Woman's webs. However, Rusty is freed by the young Morlock named Skids, and thanks to her force-field powers they manage to escape. Avalanche uses his powers to knock down the members of X-Factor so the Freedom Force can go after Rusty. Things get hairier for the young mutant when he is identified by Trish Tilby, causing the spectators to turn into a mob that chases after him and Skids. However, Rusty and Skids manage to use their powers to protect themselves and send the mob fleeing in fear. However, in this gives Freedom Force enough time to catch up to them. As X-Factor regroups, they charge after Rusty, with Scott telling them that if Rusty is captured, or worse, he'll have nobody to blame but himself.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "Spots!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #9.

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Synopsis for "Spots!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #9.

This story is continued from last issue...

Following their clash with X-Factor in Central Park, the Freedom Force have cornered wanted mutant Rusty Collins and his new friend the Morlock known as Skids. However, the refuse arrest and Rusty and Skids flee as Rusty explains to her that X-Factor is trying to help him. X-Factor meanwhile leaves Central Park and finds them cornered by adoring fans of their "mutant hunting" exploits and Trish Tibly's news crew asking questions. When a police officer thanks them for helping out, they ask why the Avengers weren't called in when they were down the street, and the officer tells them that he considers them as much a menace as mutants. As Scott and the others work their way in the direction that Rusty had fled and they realize that what they are doing as X-Factor appears to make people more fearful of mutants than ever before. As they go, they recognize Magneto as he is entering the Hellfire Club building. With Rusty a more important concern they are forced to leave, wondering why Magneto (now affiliated with the X-Men) would be going to visit some of their most brutal foes.[51]

Meanwhile, Rusty and Skids are once more cornered by Freedom Force who attempt once more to try and capture them. However, another angry anti-mutant mob arrives and begins attacking Freedom Force, seeing them as another mutant menace. While Mystique attempts to calm the mob and keep her teammates from attacking them, Rusty is led by Skids down into the sewers, they are held up even more by the arrival of X-Factor who use Jean's telekensis to make it appear that they used technological means to entrap Freedom Force. Mystique explains to them that they are federal officers working on government business. X-Factor is forced to let Freedom Force go, and Destiny's powers pick up Rusty's location, and the feeling of death. Before X-Factor can leave, Hank is confronted by Trish Tilby who asks him what X-Factor's stance on mutants when one moment they are acting as bounty hunters and the next championing mutants. When it's clear that Hank isn't going to be able to defend X-Factor in a positive light for the media-spinning Tilby, Scott orders the group to regroup at their headquarters.

Before they arrive, Artie picks up images of Rusty and Skids and of a massacre that is going on in the Morlock Tunnels and decides to go for help,[52] but leaves a crude drawing as a note to X-Factor. When they arrive and see it, Warren realizes that Artie had gone after Rusty in the Morlock Tunnels. X-Factor then changes into their X-Terminators uniforms and goes after them. As they rush to their charges aid, Artie runs into the young Morlock named Leech and they become instant friends. Leech takes Artie to meet Caliban who introduces himself to Artie as well. Caliban's greetings are cut short when he hears a blood curdling scream coming from elsewhere in the sewers. It's Rusty and Skids who have come across the charred remains of a murdered Morlock. Before they can go further they are attacked by Freedom Force who resume their task of trying to take Rusty in.

Freedom Force is countered by the X-Terminators, who gain the upper hand in battle due to the fact that they no longer have to conceal their powers. Mystique notes that Warren Worthington III is among them.[53] As the battle rages on, Destiny cannot eliminate the premonitions of death the longer they stay down there and convinces Mystique to call Freedom Force into a full retreat. With Rusty injured in the battle, Cyclops orders Marvel Girl and Angle to bring him and Skids back to the X-Factor compound while he, Iceman and Beast continue their search for Artie. As they begin their search, their thoughts about Freedom Force are cut short when they hear blood curdling screams from the tunnels -- screams that also reach Caliban, Artie and Leech.

Meanwhile, a short time later, Freedom Force returns to the Pentagon in Washington to report back to their liaison, Valerie Cooper. When Mystique tries to explain what happened, Cooper wants to hear none of it and orders them to go back out there and capture Collins. As they are leaving, Mystique tells her comrades that she found it interesting that Worthington would side with a bunch of mutant terrorists and decides that she should leak the information to Trish Tilby, feeling confident that the ambitious reporter could dredge up what a millionaire playboy is doing operating as a so-called evil mutant.

Mutant Massacre
Uncanny X-Men #210 X-Factor #9 Uncanny X-Men #211 X-Factor #10 New Mutants #46 Thor #373 Power Pack #27 Uncanny X-Men #212 Thor #374 X-Factor #11 Uncanny X-Men #213



Appearing in "Falling Angel!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #10.

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Locations:

Items:

  • Harpoon's harpoons

Synopsis for "Falling Angel!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #10.

Continued from last issue...

Deep in the Morlock tunnels, the Morlocks are going about heir daily routine when it's interrupted by the sound of screams and gunfire. Before they can ponder on the cause of such noise, the Marauders are upon them to carry out their mission to exterminate each and every last one of them. While elsewhere in the sewers, X-Factor is recovering from their battle with the Freedom Force. With Rusty injured, Cyclops sends Marvel Girl and Angel back to the compound with him, and Rusty's new friend, the female Morlock named Skids accompanies them. Cyclops, Beast and Iceman stay behind to search for Artie Maddicks, who ventured down into the tunnels to find Rusty earlier and is now lost. Hearing the carnage happening ahead they go to investigate and witness, to their horror, as Morlocks are being slain by the Marauders Harpoon and Arclight. By engaging the two Marauders, Cyclops, Beast, and Iceman save the lives of Morlocks Erg and Beautiful Dreamer. However, when Beast is injured, they are unprepared for the Marauders' capacity for murder, Cyclops collapses part of the tunnel when they are overpowered so that they can regroup and come up with a plan.

Meanwhile, as Angel, Marvel Girl and Skids bring Rusty to the compound, Skids tries to make sense of the connection between the X-Terminators and X-Factor. Ultimately when Angel and Cameron Hodge are preparing medical attention for Rusty is Skids told the true secret behind X-Factor. Not liking the idea of the idea of mutants posing as mutant hunters and it's effect on human/mutant relations, Skids tries to flee back to the Morlock Tunnels. Knowing something terrible is going on down below, Marvel Girl stops her by using telekinesis to block the exit. While down below, Artie, Leech and Caliban try to seek safety when they are attacked by Sabretooth. While Artie and Leech manage to make it into a sewer pipe, Caliban is slashed by Sabertooth. However, Cyclops, Iceman and Beast happen by, not noticing Artie and the others Cyclops blasts Sabretooth and they keep on going. When Artie tries to go out to them, Leech (not recognizing them) figures they're dangerous and stops the mute boy from being reunited with the people trying to rescue him. They manage to pull Caliban into the pipe just before Sabertooth revives and just barely misses them, but having picked up their scents he tells them that he will track them down and kill them yet.

Washinton D.C.: Freedom Force sits back and watches Trish Tilby's news coverage with satisfaction as their leaked information connecting Warren Worthington III to X-Factor.[55] Tilby's research into this allows her to report on television that Worthington is secretly funding X-Factor. News travels quick, Candy Southern is advised during a board of directors meeting at Worthington Enterprises, while at the X-Factor Compound, Warren learns the truth himself as he and the others provide medical attention to Rusty.

As the Morlocks continue to be slaughtered by the Maraduers, one of their number, a woman named Plague is saved from Harpoon and Sabertooth by Apocalypse. Apocalypse tells her that he has great plans for her in his future schemes and teleports her away.

Down below, the Marauders Blockbuster and Vertigo attack Morlocks Ape and Tarbaby before Cyclops, Iceman and Beast arrive. While the team initially is unprepared for the two evil mutant's abilities, they injure Vertigo enough for Blockbuster to flee with her, saving Ape and Tarbaby's life. Elsewhere, Artie realizes that if Caliban doesn't get medical help soon he will die and uses his powers to try and track down Cyclops and the others. Meanwhile in the X-Factor compound, with Rusty's recovery touch and go, Angel realizes that the idea of operating X-Factor under the guise of mutant hunters was the wrong way to go about things and as a result his enterprise is going to fail. Jean however, takes the blame for this nightmare, breaking into tears over the how her return is really to blame, due to the trouble it's brought to everyone, especially Scott's, lives. Warren comforts her when Candy walks in and seeing the two hugging each other, she gets the wrong idea and calls her relationship and business dealings with him quits and storms out. Angel is about to go after her when he realizes that there are more important things. When Jean tells him that she's going back into the tunnels, he decides to go along with her.

The Morlock Tunnels: Cyclops, Beast and Iceman come across Arclight, Scrambler and Prism and attempt to battle them. During the fight, Cyclops and Beast are knocked out and before Prism can slay them, Marvel Girl and Angel arrive and uses her telekinetic powers on him shattering the fragile mutant into pieces, killing him. They send Scramble and Arclight fleeing, but Iceman is blinded in the process. With no other choice, Angel sends Iceman, Beast, Cyclops, Marvel Girl and the surviving Morlocks alone while he continues his search for Artie and any other survivors.

Angel hits luck and finds Artie a short time later, but this luck is short lived as they are found by Harpoon, Blockbuster and Vertigo. Telling Artie to run for it, Angel stands his ground but is easily overpowered. Blockbuster grabs him and begins breaking his wings until Harpoon takes his energy charged weapons and pins Angel to the wall by his wings. With the winged mutant incapable of escaping, the two Marauders close in for the kill.

Mutant Massacre
Uncanny X-Men #210 X-Factor #9 Uncanny X-Men #211 X-Factor #10 New Mutants #46 Thor #373 Power Pack #27 Uncanny X-Men #212 Thor #374 X-Factor #11 Uncanny X-Men #213



Appearing in "Redemption!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #11.

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Synopsis for "Redemption!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #11.

This issue follows the events of Thor #373, Power Pack #27 and Thor #374...

As Beast and Iceman bring the injured Leech and Caliban through the Morlock Tunnels to the X-Factor Compound they are attacked by a group of Morlocks consisting of Blow-Hard, Scaleface, Berzerker and led by Masque. The group of survivors mistake them for Marauders and attack. Initially their fight is hampered due to Leech's close proximity nullifying everyone else's powers. With being outnumbered, Bobby sends Leech away so that they can at least have the advantage of using their mutant powers.

Elsewhere in the Morlock tunnels, Cyclops, Marvel Girl and Artie Maddicks are carrying the injured Angel following their ordeal with the Marauders that saw Angel seriously injured, and Scott and Jean encountering both the Power Pack and Thor before finding Artie and Angel.[56] Artie fills them in on his side of the story by showing them images of his ordeal in the Morlock tunnels. Artie then picks up an important image from Angel's mind and shows it to Scott and Jean. Scott is immediately jealous when it turns out to be Jean and Warren embracing in a hug, however Scott quashes it, reminding himself that he's married to Madelyne and blames himself to putting Warren in this situation. Scott tell a concerned Artie that he's going to be fine.

They then come across the battle between Beast, Iceman and the surviving Morlocks. Cyclops uses his optic blast to break up the fight and everything gets sorted out. When Scott invites them to join the other Morlocks that they have rescued. They reject the offer, and X-Factor learns that there are two factions the Drain-Dwellers (the Morlocks they rescued) and the Tunnelers, the that are before them. The Tunnelers initially reject the offer, however when Masque points out that when the Marauders attacked they had their losses just like the drain dwellers. Berserker concedes and agrees to accept the X-Terminator's offer. They learn that the Tunnelers learn about the outside world because Berserker can pick up radio and television transmissions with his powers and they ask if X-Factor were the Marauders. However, before Cyclops can explain anything further Caliban wakes up and remembering the slaughter of his people tries to go back and is stopped by Beast. Caliban vows that he will get revenge against the Marauders for killing his friends. They then have to make a run for it when a cleansing lightning storm passes through the tunnels incinerating the dead.[57]

However, upon arriving in the X-Factor Compound, Berserker and the other Tunnelers learn that the X-Terminators are really X-Factor. Before they can attack again, they are convinced by the Drain Dwellers and the other members of X-Factor that they are really posing as mutant hunters in order to train mutants to use their powers properly. Later, as a media circus and the police gather outside following the revelation that Warren Worthington III has been secretly financing X-Factor, Warren is taken out of the compound by ambulance much to the viewing publics astonishment. Inside, the Tunnel Dwellers decide that they do not want to stick around, and using Masque's powers they make themselves appear as cleaning staff to get past the police block aid so that they might start a new life elsewhere.

They stop at a dilapidated pier on the Hudson River where they decide to try to cross over to New Jersey. However, they are confronted by muggers prompting them to doff their disguise in the hopes of scaring them off by revealing their mutant natures. This proves to be a fatal mistake as one of the muggers shoots down Blow Hard. Furious, Berserker and Masque kill the three muggers before they can get away. At St. Vincents hospital, Scott and Jean arrive at the hospital with Angel. As Angel is rushed into emergency surgery, Jean and Scott catch a news report about the gangs murder and that the police have cornered the mutant attackers on the pier. They rush off changing into their X-Terminator costumes in the hopes of saving the remaining Tunnel Dwellers before there are anymore fatalities.

Interlude: At the paraplegic ward of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Abraham Kieros is about to spend his last day living in an iron lung following a military injury. Apocalypse appears before him and offers him the greatest honor: To be his newest Horseman, dubbed War. As soon as Apocalypse appears, he disappears, taking Abraham with him.

Back in New York, Cyclops and Marvel Girl arrive on the scene and Jean keeps the police at bay with a telekinetic shield while Scott orders the Tunnelers to surrender. Berserker refuses, and Scaleface tries to escape by transforming into her giant lizard form and gets gunned down by the panicked police. As she dies she reverts back into human form, sending Berserker into a frenzy. Vowing to kill every human he sees and blaming the X-Terminators for brining them out on a tunnel he unleashes his powers to their fullest fury. With no other choice, Cyclops blasts him off the pier and into the water, causing an explosive overload of his powers that kill him. Jean tells Scott that he had no choice, however Scott still doesn't feel comforted because of the loss of life this day that could have been avoided. With Masque just barely alive, Scott and Jean carry him away with Jean's mental powers. As the officers approach Scaleface's dead body, the officer who shot her dead is horrified when he realizes that she was just a girl.

Meanwhile, in a loft just past Time Square, young mutant thief named Boom Boom turns over a purse she has loaded with one of her mutant time bombs to her boss, Vanisher. When Vanisher is unimpressed with the prank, Boom Boom finds him unable to take a joke, unlike her friend the Beyonder.[58] She decides to call it quits with Vanisher and leaves, warning him to stay away from her or she'll report him to X-Factor.

Scott and Jean finally return to St. Vincent hospital where they learn from the doctor the terrible news: Despite their best efforts to save Warren, he tells them that Warren's wings are going to have to be amputated.

This story is continued next issue...

Mutant Massacre
Uncanny X-Men #210 X-Factor #9 Uncanny X-Men #211 X-Factor #10 New Mutants #46 Thor #373 Power Pack #27 Uncanny X-Men #212 Thor #374 X-Factor #11 Uncanny X-Men #213



Appearing in "Boom Boom Boom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #12.

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  • Unnamed New Yorkers
  • Autumn Rolfson's parents
  • Sara Grey (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "Boom Boom Boom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #12.

Continued from last issue...

Warren Worthington III is told his doctor at St. Vincent that as a result of his injuries sustained during the Mutant Massacre of the Morlocks,[60] his wings are going to have to be amputated. Warren is of course devastated and when Scott and Jean ask if it's necessary the doctor explains that none of their doctors were specialized to treat his unique mutant physiology and even the effort of calling in a bird specialist proved no help. He explains that the wings have to be amputated because the broken bones in Angel's wings were hollow and that splinter fragments are scattered and causing infection that the antibiotics cannot fight off. Simply put, if they don't amputate Warren's wings, he will die. However, when the doctor tries to hand over the consent papers, Warren refuses to sign them, telling the doctor that he'd rather die than lose his wings.

At the X-Factor Compound, Hank and Bobby prepare breakfast for the recovered Rusty, Artie and the surviving Morlocks Caliban, Ape, Erg, Tarbaby, Leech and Skids. While eating, they learn that Skids cannot turn off her force field and that it deflects even objects that pose no threat, with some effort she is able to push food through the force field. Things get disastrous when Leech gets to close to Ape and Tarbaby while they are trying to put dishes away, nullifying their powers and causing the dishes to crash to the floor. In the racket, Hank hears the phone ring and answers it. On the other end of the line is young Boom Boom. As she had threatened, she is calling X-Factor in the hopes of sending them after her employer, the thief known as Vanisher. After she tells them to come to the Fun-O-Rama arcade, she hangs up and uses his powers to blast open the pay phone to get access to the quarters inside so that she can play arcade games while she is waiting for her trap to spring, however Vanisher arrives earlier than she planned. Although Bobby thinks it's a crank call he goes out with Hank anyway. On their way out the door, Caliban offers his mutant tracking abilities to their cause. While Hank appreciates the offer, he tells Caliban that he can't pass for human and it would compromise X-Factor's cover, and recommends that he stays and rest. Caliban responds by telling them he will never rest until he gets revenge against those who murdered his fellow Morlocks.

Back at the hospital, Jean and Scott are watching the news when they hear a story about a firebombing of a home belonging to relatives of mutants.[61] When Jean's sister Sara appears on television and Jean learns that her sister is a mutant rights activist even after the Dark Phoenix incident.[62] Worried that her sister might become a target, Jean realizes that she hasn't called her family since her "resurrection".[63] When Scott tries to convince her to do so, Jean also tells him that he has to call his wife Madelyne. Scott explains that he's attempted to contact her for some time but without luck.[64] Jean tells him that he should still try, and although she thinks that her family must have moved on like everyone else she still can't help but call but finds that nobody is home at Sara's or her parents home. Scott convinces her to go check on her sister, telling her that he'll come along as thanks for saving him in the Morlock tunnels.[65]

At the Fun-o-Rama arcade, Vanisher is trying to convince Boom Boom to come back and steal for him, and she stalls for time until X-Factor arrives. When she spots Hank and Bobby coming she points it out to Vanisher and admits this was one of her jokes that she played on him. She tells Vanisher to hide while she deals with X-Factor, and when she points them in the wrong direction she drops one of her time bombs down the back of Bobby's uniform, causing a small explosion that does nothing more but wreck his outfit. As Boom Boom flees through the crowd, Hank and Bobby chase after her, Hank is mildly amused by Boom Boom's little joke, but Bobby is furious. Boom Boom leads them back to Vanisher, who teleports away when they recognize him, but they manage to nab Boom Boom. The people in the arcade however are less than impressed, thinking that they are mutant hunters picking on a teenage girl and in the mob struggle, Boom Boom manages to get away.

Hank and Bobby realize that if they're going to try and take Boom Boom in, they'd be better off using their powers. So in secrecy they change into their X-Terminator uniforms and go out hunting for her. They find Boom Boom once more using her powers to crib change from pay phones and give her chase again. While Hank laments over the fact that the girl has full control over her powers, Bobby points out that while she can control her powers, she has no self control.

Interlude: In Cleveland, Ohio, young and emaciated Autumn Rolfson sits down to dinner with her family, however she refuses to eat. When they demand that the girl eat her mutant powers flare up, turning all their food to dust. Her father sends her up to her room where she finds the mutant Apocalypse waiting for her there. Apocalypse tells Autumn that he has grand designs for her and she agrees to accompany him as he teleports away.

Hours later at the home of Sara Grey, Jean and Scott arrive and knock on the door and find no answer. Fearing for her sisters safety, Jean uses her telekinetic powers to unlock the door and look inside. The house is empty they find, and then the phone rings. On the other end of the line is an anti-mutant bigot who warns "Sara" that mutie lovers like her should be hunted by X-Factor also. Before Jean can get anymore information out of the caller the house explodes. Jean and Scott manage to save themselves thanks to a telekinetic shield and they are thrown clear from the property.

St. Vincents Hospital: Cameron Hodge visits with Warren telling him that stock in Worthington Enterprises is plummeting and that there is word that the government might be investigating his dealing with X-Factor. Warren tells Cameron to change his will, leaving X-Factor as the sole beneficiary of his remaining fortune, hoping that after he dies they can continue their operation.

Boom Boom continues to run away from Iceman and Beast, taking them on a merry chase through a fancy restaurant until they corner her at a chain link fence overlooking a construction yard. Boom Boom creates a giant time-bomb and threatens to blow them all up, but Beast kicks it away and Iceman creates an ice barrier to protect them from the blast. When the time bomb doesn't go off, they realize it was a dud and now that they have her, they get the girl to talk. She's figured out that the X-Terminators and X-Factor are really the same group, and she realizes that they don't intend to kill her. She explains how she ran away from home and hooked up with the Beyonder while trying to find a school for mutants up in Westchester County but was scared away when they ran off to fight the Beyonder,[66] and ultimately became a thief working for Vanisher. Hank and Bobby explain to Boom Boom what X-Factor's true agenda is and convinces her to come back with them to the compound to live.

Robert Drake (Earth-616) from Extraordinary X-Men Vol 1 1 001
Iceman (Bobby)
Listen, Boom-Boom! X-Factor isn't what you think it is! We have a place where mutants can come and be safe and learn to use their powers... ...where they won't have to live on the streets or rely on villains or thievery....
Conversation Tail
Tabitha Smith (Earth-616) and James Howlett (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 517 0001
Boom-Boom
I heard about a school in Westchester... I tried to go there but they ignored me an'...an' scared me...an'... -sniff-
Conversation Tail
Robert Drake (Earth-616) from Extraordinary X-Men Vol 1 1 001
Iceman (Bobby)
Yeah! That place used to be good, but now... Look, we're not like that! You'll love it with us!
Conversation Tail
Henry McCoy (Earth-616) from A + X Vol 1 7 001
Beast (Hank) (mocking sing-song)
"You'll love it with us!"
Conversation Tail
Robert Drake (Earth-616) from Extraordinary X-Men Vol 1 1 001
Iceman (Bobby)
Cut it out, Hank! She needs us! There's a couple of kids a little older than you and a couple younger, already! Please come...?
Conversation Tail
Tabitha Smith (Earth-616) and James Howlett (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 517 0001
Boom-Boom
If you want me to! Gosh, I can't remember the last time somebody asked me please...!
Conversation Tail

After some consideration, she agrees, and Hank begins to regret it when the troublesome Boom Boom jokingly blasts part of Iceman's ice slide that he is riding on while on their way back to the compound.

Back at St. Vincents hospital, Scott and Jean have returned to find Warren sleeping. Scott tells her that in light of the events of the day he has decided to go back up to Alaska to find Madelyne and try to make their marriage work. While this wounds Jean, she keeps it to herself and she encourage Scott to go.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Ghosts!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #13.

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Vehicles:

  • Starcore 1 space shuttle - (Photo)
  • Madelyne Pryor's 747 - (Photo)

Synopsis for "Ghosts!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #13.

Continued from last issue...

Prologue: After some time in space, the inert body of Master Mold comes crashing to Earth,[67] splashing down in the Bering Strait of Alaska, seemingly inert, it's menace ended... Or is it?

In Manhattan there is a heavy rainfall hitting the city, and at the X-Factor Compound, Artie, Leech and Caliban are playing ball when Scott is heading out. When they ask him where he is going, he tells them that he's going back to Alaska to find his wife and everyone wishes him luck. Taking a cab from the compound he tells it to go to St. Vincent hospital so he can say good-bye to Jean and Warren before leaving. He begins looking at pictures of Jean and Madelyne and begins thinking over the relationship that he's had with both women, and how Jean's return and the formation of X-Factor has caused possibly irreparable damage to his already strained marriage. His thoughts are derailed when traffic forces the cabbie to swerve, causing Scott to crumple his photos.

At the hospital, Warren and Jean are discussing how Candy accused Jean of having the power to make men fall in love with them. Warren tries to pass it off as Candy being angry at Jean when she misunderstood his comforting her when she was trying to come to terms to her lot in life during the Mutant Massacre.[68] Jean blames herself, and for all of X-Factor's current woes. As Warren convinces her that it's not her fault, neither of them notice Scott is overhearing them. When Jean goes to hug Warren, he leaves. Jean hears him and realizes that he left without making his presence felt. Using her telekinetic powers to keep the cab from pulling away, Jean rushes down to the ground floor. When she confronts Scott, he tells her that he saw that Jean and Warren were happy and he didn't want to spoil it and that he's going to find Maddie. Jean tells him it's okay, she was just coming to say goodbye and kisses him before sending him on his way.

Meanwhile, in Alaskan waters, a fish swims up to too close to the wreckage that was once Master Mold, and is destroyed by the Sentinel when it suddenly springs to life. Back in New York, as Scott's flight heads for Alaska, at St. Vincents Cameron Hodge pays a visit to Angel. He has bad news: He shows them a subpoena for Warren to appear before a federal judge, as they want him to answer about his involvement with X-Factor or face being charged with fraud. Cameron tells him the threats are serious, however he tells Warren that fraud is not his specialty and hopes that Worthington Industries has some tough lawyers to get him out of this mess. When Warren wonders what good he's done with X-Factor, Jean reminds him that without X-Factor, they could not have saved the lives of Rusty, Artie and the Morlocks.

Hours later, Scott arrives at the home he shared with Madelyne in Alaska and begins thinking about how he's been alone most of his life, since his parents left and he was put in an orphanage. Scott thinks about his son Nathan and wonders if he is going to grow up the same way. Trying the door, he finds that the locks have been changed and uses his optic blast to force entry into his home. Unknown to him, the use of his mutant powers are detected by Master Mold some miles away and the massive robot begins to stir. When Scott enters the house he is shocked to find that everything is gone and wonders where his wife has gone, and wonders if Maddie was driven off like Jean's sister. Hours later in his hotel room, Scott gets a call from Hank to update him on happenings in New York, and they are bleak: Warren's wings are not healing, and the scandal that has arisen around X-Factor is going to put him before the courts. Scott tells Hank that Maddie has gone missing and that he can't come back until he finds her and trusts them to be able to sort things out without him. While out on the Bering Strait, Master Mold rises like a leviathan out of the water. He attacks a nearby oil rig and uses it for spare parts so that it can repair itself of damages it sustained in space.

Scott's investigation into the disappearance of his wife leads him to the Anchorage Wilson Realty Company where he learns that his house is up for sale, and that someone posing as him put the house up on August 5 -- the same day he left Alaska to join X-Factor. When he begins demanding the real estate agent answer questions about his wife, she triggers the silent alarm and Scott is picked up by Officer Higgins. Higgins takes him to the police station to sort out the story and see if there are any reports. Nothing turns up, and after Scott leaves one of Higgin's fellow officers notes that there are no records on file of Scott and Maddie ever living in Anchorage. While somewhere not far away, Master Mold lurches across the state and attacks an office that has a computer with a modem. Killing the people in the office with it's newly reconstructed blasters, the robot then plugs himself into the terminal to update all his data banks regarding mutants.

Scott meanwhile goes to Northstar Airways, the freight company that his grandfather owns. To his shock, it was apparently bought by a large company and his grandfather had left on a cruise. Corporate headquarters then fired all the old staff and replaced them. When Scott presses them for details about his wife's location after the termination of her employment, the new boss at the company tells him they have no record of her on file. When Scott loses his temper and tries to rough up the owner, he's tossed out and told not to come back. His search ends up being fruitless as everywhere he calls, nobody has any record of his wife on file. The Anchorage hospital even claimed they had no record of his son's birth on file. Not believing this, Scott decides to investigate himself and uses his mutant powers to break in. As this use of his powers allows Master Mold to pinpoint his location and head toward Anchorage, Scott finds that there are no records of Madelyne or the birth of his son in the hospital records.

Realizing that someone has been erasing all records of Madelyne, Scott decides to check out the library. He pulls up an issue of the LA Times that contains the story of the 747 crash in Los Angeles that Maddie told him that she walked away from. To Scott's surprise, the newspaper story does not mention Maddie at all. He begins to wonder, and putting together the fact that Maddie's plane crash in LA happened on the same day that Phoenix died, he beings to consider that if the Phoenix Force was able to hide Jean from him all these years, then it could have hidden Maddie from him as well.

Scott goes back to his house where he is haunted by delusions of Maddie and his son. These delusions try to fortify the idea that perhaps Maddie was the Phoenix all along, however Scott lashes out against these visions with his optic blasts, trashing his home. However, this outburst uncovers at least some kind of evidence that his family used to live there: One of Nathan's rattles, hidden behind a radiator giving him some hope that his wife and child are out there somewhere and vows to find them.

However, this might be a slim hope, as not far away the police are dragging the body of a heavily decomposed red-haired woman who just might be Madelyne. If this isn't bad enough, Scott's optic blast allows Master Mold (via the brain engrams of Stephen Lang that comprise of his memory) to identify the mutant he is tracking, which increases its desire to eliminate him.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Mutant Program!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #14.

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Synopsis for "The Mutant Program!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #14.

Continued from last issue...

Master Mold continues on its path to track down Cyclops whom it has detected in Anchorage, Alaska, and identifies him as one of the "Twelve", twelve powerful mutants that will shape the way of things to come in the future. Master Mold has programmed itself to destroy everything that gets into its path, including a hapless truck driver carrying a load of gasoline, which Master Mold destroys with a single laser blast.

Meanwhile, the home that Scott Summers lived in with his wife Madelyne has been reduced to rubble thanks to Scott's raging delusions of his wife. His fractured mind is visited by a hallucination of Professor Xavier who makes Scott realize what a mess he's made of his life and tells him to sort himself out. When the police arrive, they decide to take him into custody and Scott allows them to cuff him. Searching his pockets they find pictures of both Jean and Madelyne in the photographs, and are surprised when Scott tells them that they are two different people. When they remark on how hard it is to tell, Scott agrees before bursting into tears.

Back at the X-Factor Compound, Boom Boom tells Rusty and Skids that she is going to skip out on her training session because she thinks she doesn't need any help controlling her powers, however she changes her tune when she hears that Iceman is the one who going to be doing the training session. Out in the hallway they see that Jean has returned and told the bad news about Warren's condition to Bobby. This prompts a discussion among X-Factor's young charges about Scott's complicated marriage to Madelyne and his feelings for Jean. Boom Boom insists that Warren and Jean are in love, or at least Warren loves Jean at least when she notices that Bobby is leaving the room with Jean. When she tries to go down to remind him that they have a training session, Hank butts in and tells Boom Boom that he will be filling in for him, much to Tabitha's dismay. However, Hank manages to convince her to come along.

In Alaska, Scott is being taken away by police when the squad car is suddenly attacked by Master Mold. The crash causes Scott's glasses to get knocked off and when one of the officers tries to shoot at Master Mold, the robot kills him. Scott tries one uncontrolled blast from his optic blast and succeeds in severing one of Master Mold's hands. Scott asks the surviving officer to give him the visor he confiscated from Scott earlier, however the officer refuses to give them up since Scott is under arrest for destroying the house. When Scott tries another uncontrolled blast to try and help them, it bounces off Master Mold and almost strikes some by-standards. Scott insists that the officer give him his visor because it allows him to control his powers. Seeing no other choice in face of the menace of Master Mold, the officer undoes Scott's handcuffs and gives him his visor. However, as soon as Scott gets into action, Master Mold manages to blast him.

Back in New York, at St. Vincent hospital, Bobby and Jean are visiting with Hank when suddenly Trish Tilby bursts into the room demanding an interview with Warren regarding his involvement with X-Factor, the subpoena to face a federal court on fraud charges, the fact that his wings are getting gangrene and a court order that is currently in motion when Jean gets in the way. They demand Trish and her camera crew to leave, but when they refuse Jean secretly uses her telekinetic powers to disable the camera and hospital security then escorts them out. Warren begins to fear that this is just the beginning of bad times for him and X-Factor when he suddenly collapses on them, prompting Jean to call for the doctor.

In Alaska, Scott survived Master Mold's initial blast, and when the office comes to his aid, Scott manages to recover and uses his optic blast to totally incapacitate Mastermind's body. However, to their shock, Master Mold reconfigures his body so that his head can move independently of its body and chases them into an oil refinery. When the officer refuses to leave Scott's side, Cyclops knocks him out and drags him off to safety while he goes to deal with Master Mold. Master Mold grabs Scott with its one remaining hand, however Scott manages to blast free boasting that he has disarmed Master Mold's last weapon. This proves to be wrong as Master Mold opens his mouth revealing a blaster in his mouth. Pinned under Master Mold's severed arm, Cyclops can do nothing as Master Mold fires a blast from it. It hits an oil tank that causes a massive explosion and while Master Mold is destroyed, Scott survives -- ironically thanks to the arm that he is pinned under.

Scott mutters to himself that he is worthy of being an X-Man, having proved the hallucination of Xavier wrong. He is pulled free by the officer who now believes that Scott's house was destroyed by Master Mold and won't be arresting him anymore. When Scott mentions resuming the search for his wife, the officer tells him that he has something at the police station that he has to see.

While back in New York, Warren is being carted away by a team of surgeons. When Jean and Bobby ask the doctor what's going on, he hands them a court order that has ruled Warren as incompetent, and that the government is forcing the hospital to amputate his wings so that he can survive to stand trail.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Whose Death is it, Anyway?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #15.

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Items:

  • Daily Bugle newspaper

Vehicles:

  • Warren's jet
  • X-Factor's helicopter

Synopsis for "Whose Death is it, Anyway?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #15.

Continued from last issue...

Deemed incompetent by the courts, and with gangrene in his damaged wings threatening to kill him, Warren Worthington III has had emergency surgery done on him to amputate his wings. The surgery is a success and Warren is expected to live. As Jean and Bobby sleep in his hospital room, Warren awakens and finds that his wings are gone and goes on a rampage in his room. When Jean tries to calm him down and tell him that the doctors saved his life, he asks why they let the doctors destroy him.

While in Alaska, the police take Scott to the morgue where they show him a body that appears to be the corpse of his wife. Scott blames himself for the apparent death of his wife and child because he left. However, he vows not to leave until he's found their killers and brought them to justice.

While at X-Factor headquarters, Hank gets a call from Scott who tells them about Maddie's death, and Hank has to tell him over the phone that the doctors are going to amputate Angel's wings. This is overheard by Artie, Boom Boom, Rusty and Skids. Artie blames himself, however the children comfort him and tell the boy that it isn't. They are then confronted by Masque who tells them that X-Factor got what they deserved for being "do-gooders", leading to a fight where Masque attempts to change Boom Boom's face. Tabitha defends herself by making a time bomb to blow Masque up. Hank kicks it out of the way, and warns her never to create her time bombs in such a reckless way and sends his charges on laundry detail as punishment.

At St. Vincents Hospital, Jean walks in on Warren as he watches news reports and reads newspapers about his current situation. Jean shuts off the TV and tries to comfort Warren, however, not liking her sympathy, he freaks out and tells her to leave.

In Alaska, Scott has a funeral arranged for Maddie which he attends alone. He gets a collect call from Jean asking him to come back and help Warren. However, Scott refuses telling her that he needs to stay and find Maddie's killers and that he won't fail her in this at least and slams down the phone.

Back at the compound, the Morlocks that were rescued by X-Factor prepare to return to the sewers, having learned there were other survivors. When Hank tries to convince them to come back, Skids tells him off for punishing Tabitha without hearing her side of the story. When Hank decides to confront Masque with this, the embittered Morlock uses his powers to alter Hank's face. Angry at this Caliban orders Masque to turn Hank back and Masque attacks him next. Before Masque can alter Caliban's face, Leech steps in and nullified Masque's powers allowing Caliban to easily subdue Masque and strong arm him in restoring Hank to normal when Leech backs away. With the altercation over, the Morlocks decide to leave, deciding that they are better off looking after themselves than seeking protection from others. Skids, however, has decided that she is going to stay among X-Factor.

In Alaska, Scott stands over Maddie's grave and vows to kill the people that apparently murdered his wife and child. An image of Madelyne appears before him and points out that while he's going out to kill her murderers, his friend Warren is busy starving himself to death. Scott realizes that he's abandoned a friend in need for some vendetta and realizes what he's doing and rushes off to New York. At St. Vincents, Angel waits for his nurse to make her rounds and then sneaks out of the hospital, wanting air and space to think. He grabs a cab and orders the cabbie to head toward Kennedy Airport.

Interlude: In a cloaked ship above New York City, Apocalypse has prepared his new minions, his Horsemen from the mutants he has gathered over the past days. He rechristens them War, Pestilence and Famine.

X-Factor Compound: Hank and X-Factor's charges say goodbye to the Morlocks as they return to the sewers. The saddest departure between the two groups are Artie and Leech who have forged a strong friendship in the time that they have been together. As they are saying goodbye, nobody notices Bobby suddenly being teleported away.[69] The next morning, Hank is trying to guide Skids into learning how to control her forcefield by having her do something so simple as picking up a pebble. The session is interrupted when Jean suddenly bursts in and tells Hank that Warren has gone missing from the hospital. Learning from a nurse who overheard getting into a cab to Kennedy Airport, they both rush to their helicopter to get there.

They arrive just as Scott is getting off the plane from Alaska and he spots the chopper touching down. Scott goes to join them and they rush to where Warren keeps his private aircraft. They are too late to stop him as he takes off, and they watch in horror as Warren flies off into the air. Warren, blaming himself for everything that has gone wrong with X-Factor decides the best option for everyone is death, and activates the self destruct on his plane, causing it to explode seemingly killing him.

Witnessing from the ground, Scott, Jean, and Hank are horrified by what they see. Scott instantly blames himself, and Jean comes to his comfort telling him that it's nobody's fault at all.

Appearing in "Playing With Fire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #16.

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  • Matilda & Bill, Skids' parents - (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "Playing With Fire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Factor #16.

During a training session between Rusty and Skids, Rusty accidentally snags himself on Skids' pearl necklace, this causes it to break and sends pearls scattering across the room. It also triggers a memory in Skids' mind about her abusive childhood. Skids freaks out at Rusty until the situation is defused by Jean, Jean asks Skids to pick up the pearls, however when her forcefield prevents her the girl bursts into tears and runs out of the room. Rusty decides to go and cheer her up and leaves Scott and Jean to clean up the pearls. While Scott and Jean do so, the two wonder if X-Factor is actually truly doing any good for anybody, including the charges they take in.

Rusty follows Skids into the Morlock tunnels and learns that the girl is deciding to go back to the Morlocks. Rusty tries to tell her that they are trying to help her be able to control her powers so that she can be amongst normal people. Remembering how abusive her father was, Skids rejects this idea and continues to go, until the pursuing Rusty trips and tumbles in the watery sewers. She goes back to him, unaware that Masque is spying on them. Rusty tells her there is at least one reason she should try to control her powers. When she asks what that is, he tries to kiss her but his powers flair out of control, this causes another flash of memory in Skids but nothing more. When Rusty laments that he can't control his powers and decides not to touch her for fear that she might get hurt, like the woman he burned in San Diego. Skids assures him that he can't hurt her with his forcefield. Masque gets the drop on them and attempts in vain to use his powers to alter her face. Rusty fights him off, and when Masque attempts to alter his face, Skids warns him that he'll tell Erg who's taken up leadership of the Morlocks of what he is doing and Masque allows them to leave.

Later, while Rusty is reading Warren Worthington III's obituary in the paper, Artie points out an article about Emma La Porte, the prostitute in San Diego that Rusty horribly burned. The article is about how the woman is being transferred to a hospital in New York for treatment. Still feeling guilty, he tries to see what he can do for the woman. Rushing into Cameron Hodges office he sees if he can use some of the money was Worthington willed to X-Factor to pay for her medical treatments. Hodge tells him that there isn't much money left after all the legal troubles Warren had previously, and that any medical benefit would be very costly and accomplish almost nothing.

Rusty leaves Hodge's office more disappointed than ever, however he comes up with a better idea. Going into the Morlock tunnels alone, Rusty seeks out Masque and convinces him to make a bargain: If Masque uses his powers to repair the damage done to Emma's face, he will in turn allow Masque to make him hideous. Without telling his friends, Rusty leads Skids, Boom Boom, and Artie along with Masque through the sewers to the hospital where La Porte is being treated. Going to the surface without Masque, they find Emma in her room.

The confrontation with the woman he hurt is a bit of a shock for both parties, but to Rusty's surprise, Emma has embraced religion and forgives Rusty for what happened, seeing her burns as the lords punishment for her life as a prostitute. She even hugs him and thanks him for putting her on the road to salvation. Despite this, they make their offer and she accepts. Taking La Porte down into the sewers, she learns that Masque has the ability to alter everyone's face but his own. When La Porte offers sympathy, the Morlock lashes out and tries to make her face match his own, when Rusty stops him and reminds him of their bargain. Masque complies and uses his abilities to repair the burns to Emma's face.

Rusty sends the others to take Emma back to her hospital room, telling them that he and Masque have other business to settle. However as they are leading Emma away, Skids realizes what he wagered and rushes back. She arrives too late and finds that Masque has already altered Rusty's face into a hideous form. When Emma catches up, she tells Masque that Rusty's sacrifice is too much to pay for her beauty, and Masque not only restores her burns but also lashes out at Rusty and makes him look more hideous than ever before. Skids is furious and tries to attack Masque, but finds she can't even strangle him with her forcefield. She recalls back to her childhood, the last beating her father ever gave her because her powers kicked in and protected her. She remembers finding her mother, beaten within an inch of her life telling her daughter to pick up the spilled pearls on the floor and run before dying. Just then, her forcefield shuts off allowing her to choke her foe. However, this leaves her vulnerable to Masque's power, and as Masque alters her face as well Rusty lights his cloak on fire. Skids's force field restores itself reversing Masque's effects on her, but this has convinced him to restore Rusty back to normal and flee into the sewers.

With the altercation over, La Porte thanks Rusty for his efforts but tells him that she will live with her scars and that the experience has given her new meaning in her life. Thanking him she returns to the hospital leaving Rusty and Skids alone. After the evenings events, the two decide to remain with X-Factor and learn how to control their powers -- knowing that the idea of having intimacy together is something worth striving for.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. The Baxter Building was destroyed in Fantastic Four #279
  2. See Avengers #262
  3. See X-Men #100
  4. See X-Men #98 and X-Men #99
  5. X-Men #100 again
  6. See Secret Wars Vol. 1 and Magneto joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men #200
  7. following her clash with Psycho-Man in Fantastic Four #280 through Fantastic Four #282
  8. given to the Grey's by Lilandra of the Shi'ar in X-Men #138
  9. in X-Men #101
  10. X-Men #135
  11. X-Men #137
  12. Power Pack #26
  13. X-Factor #7
  14. the Power children switched abilities in Power Pack #25
  15. They were murdered by the Marauders in Uncanny X-Men #211
  16. X-Factor has been looking for Artie in the sewers since X-Factor #9 they left Angel behind to find him in X-Factor #10
  17. back in X-Factor #1
  18. Where Thor thought his father was since he battle with Surtur back in Thor #353
  19. it really happened, check out Thor #371
  20. not since Thor #341
  21. Since Thor #364 and Thor #365
  22. Check out X-Factor #10 to see what he's talking about
  23. Waaaay back in X-Men #9, Thor's got some good memory
  24. see X-Factor #10
  25. in Thor #360, Thor #361 and Thor #362
  26. Likely told to him by Cameron Hodge behind the scenes in X-Factor #3
  27. since Uncanny X-Men #201 to be exact
  28. Yep, Scott was far away back then also, he was too busy fighting Storm for leadership of the X-Men, again in Uncanny X-Men #201
  29. see Defenders #152
  30. The Fantastic Four at the time were operating out of Avengers Mansion after the Baxter Building was destroyed in Fantastic Four #279
  31. see X-Men #100
  32. As tragically depicted in X-Men #137
  33. Avengers #262
  34. Fantastic Four #286
  35. since Uncanny X-Men #200!
  36. See X-Men #101
  37. Fantastic Four #286
  38. Check out Uncanny X-Men #200
  39. X-Factor #1
  40. ask your parents
  41. back in Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #11
  42. See X-Factor #2
  43. Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #11
  44. see X-Factor #3
  45. You know, that Scott is married to Madelyne Prior, and hasn't told her yet since they were reunited in X-Factor #1
  46. see X-Factor #1
  47. In reality it was the Phoenix Force who took her place in X-Men #101 and died in X-Men #137, Scott and Maddie got married in Uncanny X-Men #175 and their son Nathan was born in Uncanny X-Men #201
  48. X-Factor #1
  49. the X-Men and Hellfire Club are battling Nimrod, check out Uncanny X-Men #209
  50. Spiral joins the action in Uncanny X-Men #209
  51. check out Uncanny X-Men #210
  52. see Uncanny X-Men #210 again
  53. Warren's true identity as the Angel was publicly revealed in Champions #1
  54. 54.0 54.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  55. The public has known that Worthington is the mutant adventurer known as the Angel since Champions #1
  56. see X-Factor #10, Thor #373, Power Pack #27 and Thor #374, in that order
  57. thanks to Thor in Thor #374
  58. Boom Boom is being very liberal about that, actually the Beyonder was pissed when she pulled a similar stunt when they met in Secret Wars II #5
  59. 59.0 59.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 3 #3
  60. See the X-Factor #10, Thor #373 and Thor #374 for all the grisly details
  61. New Mutants #46
  62. when the Phoenix Force posed as Jean Grey and ultimately went insane, the whole story spans from X-Men #95 through X-Men #137
  63. Avengers #262
  64. Since X-Factor #2 it's appeared as though Maddie has walked out on Scott with no trace since he abandoned her and their son Nathan in X-Factor #1
  65. Power Pack #27
  66. This all happened in Secret Wars II #5, where were you?
  67. See Incredible Hulk Annual #7
  68. See X-Factor #10
  69. Check out Thor #377 to find out what happened!



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