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Issue: X-Factor Annual 6 Date: 1991 Story 1: King of Pain (41 pages) Feature Characters: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, Archangel Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Captain America, Red Guardian, Captain Britain, Moira MacTaggert; Polaris, Madrox, Legion; New Warriors: Night Thrasher, Namorita, Nova, Firestar, Speedball, Marvel Boy, Silhouette, Chord; X-Force: Cable, Domino, Shatterstar, Siryn, Boom Boom, Cannonball, Warpath, Feral Villains: Proteus (an amalgam of Moira's son Kevin MacTaggert and Harness's son Gilbert Benson/Piecemeal); A.I.M. personnel including Erika Benson (Harness); Mortimer Toynbee (Toad), Gideon Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Terry Shoemaker Inks: Al Milgrom Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Brad Vancata Asst. Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis This story part 3 of the Kings of Pain cross-over. X-Factor flies to Edinburgh, where Proteus has transformed the land and people into computer graphics. He defeats them and transports them to an area where the New Warriors and X-Force are being held. They explain how A.I.M. used Piecemeal to recreate Proteus, and Jean uses Legion's telepathic personality Jemali to show all of them Proteus's state of mind. Scott realizes that Proteus was only happy when he was dead and suggests they convince him to suicide, but some of the others sympathize with him and want to help him turn good. His mothers also have opposite attitudes: Moira nurturing and Harness criticizing. Proteus decides he will never be happy in this disordered, painful, human world and dissolves himself. A.I.M. observe the failure of their plan to use Proteus as a weapon and plan their next move. Gideon and Toad play chess to a draw. Story 2: Sacrificial Lambs (10 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Freedom Force: Crimson Commando, Blob, Pyro, Avalanche, Super Sabre (deceased) Villains: Desert Sword: Sirocco, Aminedi, Arabian Knight, the Veil, Black Raazer Other Characters: Reinhold Kurtzmann (deceased) Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Steven Butler Inks: Joe Rubinstein Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Mike Thomas Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis This story part 3 of the Killing Stroke cross-over. Locale: occupied Kuwait. Freedom Force, having been sent to rescue or assassinate Kurtzmann, have accomplished the latter. They fight Desert Sword, killing Veil. The Commando and Avalanche are airlifted out, but Blob and Pyro are captured. Story 3: Tribute the Third (10 pages) Feature Characters: Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Mystique, Destiny (deceased) Villains: Other Characters: Capt. Kirk (no, just a cruise ship skipper) Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils: Guang Yap Inks: Joe Rubinstein Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Steve Buccellato, Marie Javins Synopsis On a cruise ship, Mystique reads a note from Destiny and reminisces about a previous cruise they had taken together. Destiny had encouraged her to enjoy life and had promised to one day make her laugh. The prophecy has been unfulfilled, and Destiny is dead. But when Mystique tries to scatter her friend's ashes overboard, they blow back in her face. Mystique finally laughs, and sings a Beatles' song. Issue: X-Factor Annual 7 Date: 1992 Story 1: The Historians of Tales to Come (42 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver. Regular Characters: Val Cooper Guest Stars: George Bush Villains: Mojo, Major Domo, Ricochet Rita (Spiral) Other Characters: Arize (Toymaker) Credits: Writer: Fabian Nicieza Pencils: Joe Quesada Inks: Joe Rubinstein Letters: Richard Starkings Colors: Kevin Tinsley Managing Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: NOTE: this issue is part 3 of the Shattershot crossover. Mojo's media monopoly is being threatened by a pirate network. He decides to convince Spiral to catch Arize for him, and broadcast the execution. Val simultaneously asks X-Factor to catch Spiral for her (they were both in Freedom Force, the previous government-sponsored mutant team). Arize, in South Dakota, has set up hardware to collect all the broadcasts from earth to show Mojoworld what freedom is like. He explains that he created the bipeds on his world and wants to inspire his fellow spineless ones to better themselves. Spiral tracks him, and X-Factor tracks Spiral and captures her after somewhat restrained resistance. She relates her history: she was once Ricochet Rita, and fell in love with Longshot (see his limited series). Mojo and Arize reshaped her, giving her the ability to dance through time and space, and giving her cybernetic implants, then forcing her to do Mojo's will, dancing backwards through time and capturing herself for Mojo. She transports Arize to Mojoworld to break the cycle, mentioning that Mojo will be brought down by Shatterstar (see X-Force) a hundred years hence. NOTE: a pin-up of Pietro follows. Story 2: Drowning in Paperwork (13 pages) Feature Characters: Multiple Man, Wolfsbane Regular Characters: Val Cooper Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Baldrick Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils: Darick Robertson Inks: Andrew Pepoy Letters: Dave Sharpe Colors: Gina Going Managing Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Val tries to avoid filling out all the government paperwork that has piled up. Jamie calls her, impersonating President Bush, and convinces her to work late, so she can't user her tickets to the Kennedy Center's Motown concert, so she gives them to Jamie and Rahne. She nods off at her desk and dreams that the papers become monsters. Jamie wakes her, confesses, and gives the tickets back. NOTE: a pin-up of Guido follows. Story 3: Cal & Guido (9 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver. Regular Characters: Val Cooper Guest Stars: Hobbes Villains: Moe Other Characters: Cal, Sue Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils: Joe Madureira Inks: Andrew Pepoy Letters: Dave Sharpe Colors: Kelly Corvese Managing Editor: Suzanne Gaffney Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: In a Calvin and Hobbes homage, Cal hired Guido to beat up Moe, the schoolyard bully. Instead, he just intimidates him. A few weeks later, he realizes that Cal is now the bully, and lectures him in front of the other kids. NOTE: a pin-up of Alex and Rahne follows. Issue: X-Factor Annual 8 Date: 1993 Story 1: Charon (38 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver. Regular Characters: Val Cooper Guest Stars: Phil Donahue Villains: Charles "Charlie" Ronalds; Marshall Evan Stone, III (Random); Cloot; Prof. Vic Chalker, Rich Chalker (Number One Fan), Dick Chalker (Carnivore) Other Characters: Harry and Mrs. Ronalds, policemen including Terry, schoolteachers including Clarice; Charlie's foster father Joey and Donna Credits: Writer: Peter David Pencils: Terry Shoemaker Inks: Mark McKenna Letters: Lois Buhalis Colors: Joe Rosas Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Group Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Charlie, as a boy, witnesses the shooting deaths of his parents by a mutant (Random, apparently). Bounced around foster families, he is in Guido's school when his power first manifests (he is hit by a school bus, see iss. 87). Charlie lashes out at Guido and gets worse than he gave. After a hospital stay, he has to use a cane. He turns to the dark side, killing a cat and becoming generally spooky. Alex, Pietro, Rahne, and Jamie work out in X-Factor's Danger Room, which because of government budget cuts, consists only of Val shooting at them with a machine gun. They stop to watch Guido and Lorna interviewed on Donahue, defending mutancy as "normal." Charlie recognizes Guido on TV and summons the demon Cloot to destroy him. Instead, he is forced to make a deal: he must turn X-Factor to allegiance with Cloot, and he is transformed into Charon, ferryman of the dead. He gets the deceased Chalkers (see issues 77, 83, 89) to help him attack X-Factor, who have never even heard of the Chalkers but easily defeat them. (Lorna pushes Vic into Rick so they slice each other apart, and Jamie makes a dupe inside Dick's stomach, killing him.) Charon decides to just kill Guido, but Cloot sends him to hell for reneging on their deal before he can try. Story 2: What Have You Got to Hide? (16 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver. Regular Characters: Val Cooper Guest Stars: X-Men: Prof. X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, Beast, Storm, Colossus, Wolverine, Jubilee, Nightcrawler; Avengers Captain America, Hawkeye, Crystal, Thor; Inhumans Black Bolt, Medusa; the Fantastic Four: Reed and Sue Richards, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm; Luna; Moira MacTaggert and her team: Banshee, Legion, Forge, Sunder; New Mutants Cannonball, Psyche, Sunspot, Karma, Cypher, Warlock; Cable; Fallen Angels Siryn, Boom Boom Villains: Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Scarlet Witch, Toad, Mastermind; Sentinels; Mesmero; Krakoa; Malice; Zaladane; the Shadow King; the Living Pharaoh/Living Monolith; the Z'nox; Proteus; the Adversary; Cameron Hodge; Rev. Craig Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Skip Dietz Pencils: Buzz Inks: Al Milgrom Letters: Dave Sharp Colors: Carlos Lopez Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Group Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Guido realizes that the government is evaluating the team, including their personal files. Pietro, with his sister Wanda, was first a member of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, then reformed and joined the Avengers. After a near-fatal encounter with a Sentinel, he married Crystal, and they had a baby, Luna. The marriage soon broke down, and Pietro learned that Magneto was his father. He has been emotionally unstable since. Lorna was Iceman's girlfriend, and was kidnapped by Mesmero who brought out her latent magnetic powers. After a brief tenure with the X-Men, she fell in love with Alex, and they both went back to college. She was at various times possessed by Malice, transformed by Zaladane, and controlled by the Shadow King. Whew! Then Xavier asked her to join X-Factor. Guido's power appeared when he was hit by a school bus, permanently and painfully distending his body. He worked as Lila Cheney's bodyguard before joining X-Factor. Alex and his brother Scott were orphaned and separated. Scott became an X-Man, while Alex came under control of the Living Pharaoh, whom the X-Men defeated. Alex joined his brother's team until Krakoa, when he and Lorna went off together. Proteus and the abduction of Lorna by Malice instigated him to return to the X-Men, with whom he died in Dallas. He reemerged, amnesiac, as a government enforcer in Genosha, until the X-teams broke his conditioning. Jamie has been splitting into dupes ever since the doctor slapped him on the behind. After a fight with the Fantastic Four, he was introduced to Xavier and placed with Moira on Muir Island. One of his dupes was killed by Proteus, and another joined the Fallen Angels. After the Shadow King incident, he joined X-Factor. Rahne was rescued from a mob and adopted by Moira, who placed her in the New Mutants, where she witnessed the deaths of Cypher and Warlock and was made into a mutate in Genosha. Val is seen as the one reading these files, and she acts real sinister-like. Story 3: Crawlin' from the Wreckage (8 pages) Feature Characters: Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver. Regular Characters: Val Cooper Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Skip Dietz Pencils: Chris Batista Inks: Jeff Albrecht Letters: Pat Brosseau Colors: Joe Rosas Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Group Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Guido is sent to a train wreck, where he opines on the waste of human life. He finds the only survivor: a lap dog, and is accused by the crowd of inhumanity for not having done more. He feels really bad until the doggie licks his face. Issue: Spider-man and X-Factor: Shadowgames 1 Date: May-94 Story: Shadowgames Part 1 (31 pages) Feature Characters: Forge, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Havok, Polaris, Multiple Man; Peter Parker (Spider-man) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Captain America, the Fantastic Four: Reed and Sue Richards, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm; the Hulk, Speedball (as flashbacks); Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson Villains: Shadowforce: Airborne, Oversize, Ambush, Firefight, Mirrorshade, Hardtime; Happersen; Gen. Macauley Sharpe Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Kurt Busiek Pencils: Pat Broderick Inks: Bruce Patterson Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Tom Smith Editor: Danny Fingeroth Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: While helping Thompson at a Boys' Club, Spider-man is attacked by Shadowforce. They defeat and capture him, and Mirrorshade adopts his temporary irritation at Thompson. Thompson is unable to get anyone but X-Factor to help. From the crime scene evidence, they are able to identify six suspects, but they are all in jail. Federal agents try to take Thompson's pictures of Spider-man from Jameson, but he refuses. A drugged Spider-man is able to free himself, and he finds himself in a military research base. Sharpe heads Project: Homegrown, experimenting on criminals to create super-heroes. Spider-man realizes that Mirrorshade is off to kill Thompson, and X-Factor arrives to rescue him. Shadowforce attacks. Issue: Spider-man and X-Factor: Shadowgames 2 Date: Jun-94 Story: Shadowgames Part 2: Shadowclash (30 pages) Feature Characters: Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Havok, Polaris, Multiple Man; Peter Parker (Spider-man) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Flash Thompson Villains: Shadowforce: Airborne, Oversize, Ambush, Firefight, Mirrorshade, Hardtime; Gen. Macauley Sharpe Other Characters: Tonio Credits: Writer: Kurt Busiek Pencils: Pat Broderick Inks: Bruce Patterson, Sam De La Rosa, Williams Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Tom Smith Editor: Danny Fingeroth Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: While Spider-man goes after Mirrorshade, X-Factor tries to keep Shadowforce occupied and is overcome. Sharpe orders Shadowforce to track Spider-man, who has a computer diskette that exposes his project. Sharpe tries to order X-Factor to stand down, but Alex disobeys. Mirrorshade, Spider-man, Shadowforce, and X-Factor each wend their way back to New York. En route, Shadowforce attacks Spider-man on board a train. Spider-man first makes sure the passengers and engine crew get away safe, then confronts them. He is just about to be captured again when X-Factor arrives by plane, and Shadowforce simultaneously gets out of range of Sharpe's mental commands. They break away from X-Factor, heading to New York, a bunch of out-of-control super-villains. Issue: Spider-man and X-Factor: Shadowgames 3 Date: Jul-94 Story: Shadowgames Part 3: Shadowfall (31 pages) Feature Characters: Forge, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Havok, Polaris, Multiple Man; Peter Parker (Spider-man) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: J. Jonah Jameson, Mercado, Flash Thompson Villains: Shadowforce: Airborne, Oversize, Ambush, Firefight, Mirrorshade, Hardtime; Gen. Macauley Sharpe Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Kurt Busiek Pencils: Pat Broderick Inks: Sam De La Rosa Letters: Joe Rosen Colors: Tom Smith Editor: Danny Fingeroth Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Spider-man prevents Mirrorshade from killing Thompson. X-Factor arrives, and Airborne arrives and zooms away with Mirrorshade. All head back to Washington. Shadowforce has demands: commuted sentences and free passage out of the country. They blame the government for brainwashing them, and the government (Sharpe) is blaming them as terrorists. Spider-man realizes that Shadowforce needs to be re-energized from their base, and plans with X-Factor to destroy the power core. Shadowforce arrives and attacks to stop them. Spider-man gets to the core and realizes Shadowforce has already set themselves up with battery packs and rigged the core to start a chain of explosions throughout the base. Jamie fools Mirrorshade into trying to create a dupe of himself, and it kills him. Polaris destroys the battery packs, felling all but Hardtime, who chooses to extend his hard air shell and save all of them from the exploding base. Forge orders the team not to expose Sharpe, but Spider-man is not a federal employee, and he tosses the computer diskette to the press. Sharpe is dishonorably discharged and faces criminal charges. Issue: X-Factor Annual 9 Date: 1994 Story 1: Contact (48 pages) Feature Characters: Forge, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Random, Polaris Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Prof. Charles Xavier; Multiple Man; the original X-Men: Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Marvel Girl, Angel Villains: Radha Dastoor (Haven); Mr. Sinister, Magneto, Apocalypse; Professor Power, Chuck Rose Other Characters: Agent Daniels Credits: Writer: J.M. DeMatteis Pencils: Matt Broome Inks: Steve Moncuse, Terry Austin Letters: Janice Chiang Colors: Glynis Oliver Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Group Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Xavier, investigating Haven, is dragged by her into the astral plane, where they observe X-Factor escorting a canister from a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility under the Roosevelt Foundation to Utah. Xavier and Haven discuss Jamie's death, and whether or not Haven is a villain. She relates her origin in India, a rich girl whose parents were educated, religiously open-minded philanthropists. He psychic gifts made it impossible for her to ignore the poverty and suffering around her, and she vowed to help. She founded a children's hospital named Haven, but went off track when she fell in love with a man who dumped her. Depressed, she listened to an inner voice which told her all humans will make the genetic leap to mutancy. She lectured and gathered a following. X-Factor's truck is attacked by androids which are soon defeated. Meanwhile Professor Power emerges from the canister (last seen in Spectacular Spider-man 199) and attacks. Xavier accuses Haven of killing Jamie and others, and refuses to buy into her vision of humanity's future. He knows she is keeping a secret, and he wrests it, jumbled, from her mind: she is human but carries a mutant fetus, who can never be born. Rose, the truck driver, turns out to be allied with Power, who is a dead man inhabiting his son's dead body, and who escapes. Haven admits that she had Power released to kill Xavier, since he would not ally with her. Story 2: Cleaning House (10 pages) Feature Characters: Forge, Polaris, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Multiple Man; "Buds Bunny" Villains: Radha Dastoor (Haven) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Matthew Friedman, Amy Meyer Pencils: Kerry Gammill Inks: Hilary Barta Letters: Richard Starkings Colors: Ashley Posella Asst. Editor: Jaye Gardner Editor: Kelly Corvese Group Editor: Bob Harras Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco Synopsis: Guido cleans out Jamie's room, as an act of mourning, regretting that he didn't do more to help him. In his grief he makes a greater mess, which Rahne helps him clean up. NOTE: pin-ups follow: X-Factor, Quicksilver and friends, X-Factor, Alex and Lorna
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