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Issue:	X-Factor 125
Date:	Aug-96
Story 1:	The Ticking Clock (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Random, Jean Grey (Phoenix)
Villains:	Onslaught (basically Magneto's homunculus in Xavier's mind) and his
Sentinels, Post, the Dark Beast, Fatale, Havok
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of Onslaught Impact 1.
	The Dark Beast tries to ally with Onslaught, offering him the services of
Fatale, Random, and Havok.
	X-Factor defends their base against a Sentinel, the one they destroyed in iss.
117 and Forge put back together, supposedly with failsafes.
	Mystique and Sabretooth contemplate killing each other, and are then abducted
by Fatale, who also ports away with the Sentinel. Random stays with X-Factor.
	Phoenix had tried to send a message to X-Factor, but Fatale disrupted their
communications.
	X-Factor trace the Sentinel to a Brand Corporation building, where they find
Havok a villain. He blasts Lorna, who shields herself, until Random shows his
colors and threatens to kill Kyle unless they all surrender. They do, and Fatale
orders Random to kill them anyway, but Forge breaks through the wall with Post
and warns them that the building is full of Sentinels about to be sent against
New York City.
	Lorna tries to blast Havok, but can't bring herself to do it. Before he can
kill her, Random interferes, gets blasted, and has to reconstitute himself in his
true, boyish form.
	Lorna approaches Havok, believing he won't kill, and then tries to contain him
in a magnetic bubble, but he breaks free. Post points out that X-Factor has
failed, since the Sentinels successfully launch.

Story 2:	Free Fall (16 pages)
Feature Characters:	Mystique, Sabretooth, Forge
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Henry McCoy (the Beast)
Villains:	Dark Beast, Havok, Onslaught
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Stefano Raffaele
	Inks: Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver, Kevin Somers
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Sabretooth and Mystique find themselves falling down a shaft, and are
rescued by the Dark Beast, who explains that he is not the "real McCoy" and
offers to let them join Onslaught. He neutralizes their restraints and has Fatale
port Forge over so they can kill him. Instead, they attack the Dark Beast, who is
forced to port away, courtesy Fatale.

Issue:	X-Factor 126
Date:	Sep-96
Story:	The Beast Within (23 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Random, Hank McCoy (the Beast)
Villains:	Havok, Fatale
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Layouts: Trimpe
	Pencils: Stefano Raffaele
	Inks: Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is part of Onslaught Impact 2.
	Forge reactivates Mystique and Sabretooth's restraints, angering them, of
course. He takes Sabretooth, and sends Wildchild and Mystique, and try to find
Hank; Polaris and Shard stay with the captive turncoats Random and Havok. Random
explains that the Dark Beast took him in and helped him control his body, so he
was willing to work for him, until ordered to hurt Lorna, whom he loves. He warns
her that Havok is not brainwashed, and when Havok claims to be back to normal, he
morphs large guns from his hands and tries to stop Lorna from freeing him. Havok,
with powers boosted by the Dark Beast, attacks Random, who discorporates and
oozes down the sewer drain, chased by Shard. Havok then turns on Lorna; he
genuinely wants to be a villain, now.
	The rest of the team find a captive Beast, and Mystique drops Kyle on Fatale.
They free the Beast, but Sabretooth, and soon Kyle, realize that he is the Dark
Beast. Sabretooth breaks through a brick wall and discovers the real Hank, and
who bounces on the Dark Beast's back side awhile.
	Dark Beast and Fatale secured, the team then finds Lorna in need of a hospital
after being blasted by Havok.

Issue:	X-Factor 127
Date:	Oct-96
Story:	Darker Destiny (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	the Friends of Humanity's Larry and two other punk friends; Bowser;
Graydon Creed
Other Characters:	Trevor Chase (once mistakenly referred to as Tyler); Agents
Lanning, Daniels, Banyon; Sgt. Frank Vitali; Donna (as a template for Mystique)
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Enhancements: Malibu
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Trevor is a young mutant whom Mystique has secretly been trying to
help. He is chased down an alley by the Friends of Humanity, beaten, and
hospitalized.
	The government has put X-Factor in restraints for a debriefing, but Mystique
has sneaked away. She goes to Trevor's bedside in the shape of a doctor and
swears vengeance. We learn that Onslaught has polarized society (even the nurse)
against mutants. Mystique finds the "Friends," who are just a trio of punks, and
terrorizes them, then impersonates one of them, and finds that her son Graydon is
to blame for the attack on Trevor.
	Bowser interrogates each of the team members, who all refuse to admit the
existence of Shard.

Issue:	X-Factor 128
Date:	Nov-96
Story:	Night of the Hounds (20 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Graydon Creed, Harper
Other Characters:	A sheriff and his lynch mob including Beau; Sen. Ralph
Brickman
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	A sheriff is tracking "killer" mutants through the woods with dogs.
X-Factor arrives, and tells the sheriff this is now a federal matter, but they
are restless, seeing themselves turned into government hounds.
	Harper warns Creed to follow orders, or else.
	Shard is now an independent photon-based life form (since Uncanny X-Men '96
Annual).
	X-Factor tracks the mutants to a town and captures each of them, who turn out
to be Jamie (thought dead since iss. 100, last seen iss. 111).

Issue:	X-Factor 129
Date:	Dec-96
Story:	Playing with Fire (20 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Saint John Allerdyce (Pyro); Radha Dastoor (Haven, in flashback);
Havok (in flashback)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Al Milgrom
	Special Thanks: Jaime Mendoza
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Val is angry at Forge for not turning the prisoner over to her. Forge
is angry at Val for sending them to hunt down Jamie, but she didn't know. She
tells them they will be arrested if they don't turn Jamie over, and Mystique
therefore has to impersonate him, since he is really being held in a safe house
by Kyle and Shard.
	Mystique quickly overcomes her guards and goes off to make plans with Pyro,
who is dying of the Legacy Virus.
	Jamie explains: after the death of his infected dupe, he lost his memory and
wandered until taken by the government to be trained as a  one-man army. Then
Havok helped him escape and asked him to join the Brotherhood, all creepy-like.
He declined, ran, and got captured by X-Factor (last iss.). He doesn't like the
new team or their role as government hounds.
	Val sends X-Factor to retrieve Mystique, and they learn she is going after
Graydon (her son by Sabretooth and current anti-mutant presidential candidate).

Issue:	X-Factor 130
Date:	Jan-97
Story:	A Mother's Eyes (20 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	Samuel Guthrie (Cannonball)
Villains:	Saint John Allerdyce (Pyro), Graydon Creed
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writers: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Eric Battle
	Inks: Al Milgrom
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Enhancements: GCW
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Val forces Graydon to accept X-Factor as security against Mystique.
She, meanwhile, has hacked through Forge's restraints and morphed into Val's
form, then blended into the crowd that has gathered to hear Graydon's speech.
X-Factor grabs her and doesn't let her explain but just takes her away in bonds.
	Mystique claims the government has set them all up, that Graydon is going to
die and she was trying to stop it. Forge and Polaris capture Pyro, and just then
Graydon is blasted into ashes. The anti-mutant hysteria is immediate, but
X-Factor gets a message from the real killer, who is targeting Mystique next.

Issue:	X-Factor 131
Date:	Feb-97
Story:	Brotherhood (20 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Prof. Xavier, Cyclops (in nightmare); the Fantastic Four, Captain
America, Iron Man (in flashback)
Villains:	Havok, the Dark Beast, Fatale; Magneto, the Living Pharaoh, Mr.
Sinister, Malice (all in nightmare); Onslaught, Graydon Creed (in flashback)
Other Characters:	Barnes
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Separations: GCW
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Havok has a recurring nightmare about all the people who have
controlled his life in one way or another. He wakes, blasts a wall, and finds the
Dark Beast's lab, in the Morlock tunnels beneath New York City.
	The Dark Beast is captive in a government facility, spending his time
tormenting his guards. Havok arrives, and the Dark Beast assumes he wants to kill
him. But instead he frees Fatale and him and has them join his Brotherhood. He
plans to actively force humans and mutants to stop killing each other.

Issue:	X-Factor 132
Date:	Mar-97
Story:	Breakaway (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	Prof. Xavier (in flashback)
Villains:	Bowser (Val's boss), the Hound (in flashback)
Other Characters:	Trevor Chase and his parents Justine and Cole
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Separations: GCW
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: X-Factor Underground begins here.
	Forge and Polaris, ordered to deliver Mystique to Bowser, instead announce
that X-Factor quits. They no longer trust the government nor want to be their pet
mutants. But they know the government won't just let the walk away.
	Jamie visits his own grave and talks to Shard. they find Kyle spying on them,
evidently jealous. Shard yells at him, but after Jamie leave reveals that she is
under orders from Forge to develop a trusting relationship with Jamie.
	Forge takes Mystique as Raven Darkholme to visit Trevor's home. She learns he
has been kidnapped, and gets a phone call there telling her to leave the house or
the boy dies. She does, and is nearly killed by an energy blast.
	Polaris, Kyle, Shard, and Sabretooth are observed walking into their HQ, which
then explodes.
	Forge and Mystique speed away in a car, shot at all the while. Forge then runs
the car off a bridge and into the Potomac.

Issue:	X-Factor 133
Date:	Apr-97
Story:	Down Under (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man; Strong Guy
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Bowser, the Brotherhood: Havok, Dark Beast, Fatale; Radha Dastoor
(Haven, in flashback)
Other Characters:	
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils & Inks: Eric Battle, Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Separations: GCW
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Val has no explanation for Bowser as to why X-Factor has broken ties
with the government. Forge and Mystique's bodies have not been recovered from the
Potomac, nor have the rest of the team been found in the remains of the Falls
Edge base. Bowser orders a team into the base to secure Forge's technology for
the government. One by one the team is killed by Forge's security, and Bowser
finally lets Val order the building sealed when a biohazard starts leaking out.
	Turns out it is all a put on, because Forge wants the government to stay away
from the base, while X-Factor starts policing mutants on their own.
	Jamie visits Guido in the hospital and is accosted there by Havok, who again
asks him to join the Brotherhood, and is again rejected.

Issue:	X-Factor 134
Date:	May-97
Story:	Child (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man; Strong Guy
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Bowser
Other Characters:	Smith, Bowser's wife Jasmine (as a template for Mystique),
Dr. O'Donnell, Agent Jennings, Trevor Chase
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Eric Battle
	Inks: Art Thibert, Sam Parsons, Hackshack Studios
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Color Separations: GCW
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Bowser forces Smith to play Forge's CD. He wants to learn X-Factor's
secrets, but instead the disk provides X-Factor with access to all government
systems. Forge first uses this access to make his team invisible to government
spy satellites.
	Kyle ticks everyone off and bounces off everyone. Guido wakes from his coma,
demands to see X-Factor, and has to be sedated. X-Factor are meanwhile busy
terrorizing Bowser in his home to get information about the attack on Trevor.
They find him bound in the house, but Bowser denies all involvement. The boy is a
mutant with the ability to warp reality, and X-Factor soon finds themselves
fighting monsters from the boy's imagination who swallow Bowser. Trevor is
satisfied that justice was done and reveals that he knows Raven Darkholme is
Mystique. We see Bowser trapped inside the boy's glaring stare.

Issue:	X-Factor 135
Date:	Jun-97
Story:	A Virtual Reality (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard, Sabretooth,
Multiple Man, Strong Guy
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Trevor Chase, Bowser
Other Characters:	Cole and Justine Chase
Credits:	Writers, Pencils & Inks: Howard Mackie, Jeff Matsuda, Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Mystique as Raven Darkholme visits the Chases; Justine is evidently
Destiny's daughter. Trevor is jealous of X-Factor, that they take Mystique away
from him, and he uses his video game to attack them.
	Val tells X-Factor the government is moving Guido; Jamie is ahead of them and
hijacks the pizza truck they are moving him in.
	Kyle has growing pains; Mystique returns to help X-Factor; Forge almost kisses
her. Guido and Jamie have a group hug; the government shows up to recapture
Guido; he thumps the ground to knock them off their feet and has another heart
attack. Jamie and he surrender, but the government stooges intend to kill them;
X-Factor arrives and rescues Guido, giving him a Strong-Guy-sized pacemaker.
Jamie has run off.
	Angry that X-Factor has won, Trevor smashes his video game.

Issue:	X-Factor -1
Date:	Jul-97
Story:	A Summers Tale (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Stan Lee, Scott Summers
Villains:	the Brotherhood: Havok, Dark Beast, Fatale; Mr. Sinister, Vince
Other Characters:	the Blandings: Haley
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Jeff Matsuda
	Inks: Art Thibert
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Glynis Oliver
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Note: this is a Flashback issue.
	Forge and Mystique share an intimate moment. Stan breaks in. He warns the rest
of the team to never trust Sabretooth, and starts the flashback to Havok's
boyhood.
	Alex's adoptive parents wish he could replace their all-American boy Todd, who
died. But he can't be who he's not.
	His dad the football coach is trying to make him the quarterback, but he's no
good, and his teammates resent him. Haley defends him, but Sinister, from the
shadows, incites Vince to kidnap him and Haley.
	They put them in a warehouse and hunt them. Vince admits he threw the rock
that hit the car that hit Todd; now he has a gun, shoots Haley in the leg, and
goes off to kill the Blandings. Alex catches him just before he shoots the
propane tank at their house, and blasts him with his plasma energy, horribly
killing him, and Alex is in shock. Sinister appears and explains to him that he's
a mutant, erases his memory, and puts a lock on his genetic potential, since he
is the inferior, uncontrolled Summers.

Issue:	X-Factor 136
Date:	Aug-97
Story:	Nothing Lasts Forever (22 pages)
Feature Characters:	Polaris, Mystique, Wildchild, Forge, Shard
Regular Characters:	Val Cooper
Guest Stars:	Aurora (as a template for Mystique)
Villains:	Sabretooth, Bastion, Gen. Perkins
Other Characters:	Capt. Harlan Robins, Gray
Credits:	Writer: Howard Mackie
	Pencils: Jeff Matsuda
	Inks: Art Thibert, Sean Parsons
	Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
	Colors: Kevin Somers
	Editor: Kelly Corvese
	Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras
Synopsis:	Bastion returns to a remote military outpost, learns that Operation:
Zero Tolerance is in progress, and orders the hounds released. He learns that the
"sleeper" hound, Sabretooth, is missing, and demands they find him.
	Sabretooth uses pills to increase his tolerance for pain and gets his collar
off.
	Gray, a government agent who disagrees with the persecution of mutants, warns
Val that Sabretooth is a plant. She races to Falls Edge.
	Mystique impersonates Aurora to drive Kyle nuts. Forge berates her, then
kisses her, then has second thoughts. Polaris and Shard work out and female-bond.
	Kyle goes to feed Sabretooth and finds his collar. Then he bleeds.
	Sabretooth goes after Polaris next; Shard intervenes and gets depixelated.
Forge and Mystique are quickly felled, as is Kyle for a second time.
	Val arrives to find her team, bloodied and blaming her, and Sabretooth on the
loose.

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