X-Factor is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Since its February 1986 inception, the book has been cancelled and relaunched several times, each relaunch featuring a different superhero team semi-related to the team featured in the book's previous run. A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a Fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do All of the teams featured in X-Factor are spin-offs of the popular X-Men franchise. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new Organization or Entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a Television series based on a pre-existing The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics.
The first X-Factor, launched in an eponymous series in 1986, features a team consisting of the five original X-Men, but the series also features several young “wards” of the team. In 1991, the founding members were incorporated back into the X-Men. However, X-Factor continued, focusing on a second X-Factor team, a U. S. government-sponsored team incorporating many secondary characters from the X-Men mythos. It was cancelled in 1998.
In 2006, a new X-Factor series was launched, following the mutant detective agency X-Factor Investigations. Detective fiction is a branch of Crime fiction in which a Detective (or detectives either professional or amateur investigate a crime usually Murder X-Factor Investigations is a fictional detective agency created by writer Peter David for the Marvel Comics Comic book series ''X-Factor'' (volume
Cover to X-Factor #1. Art by Jackson Guice. Jackson "Butch" Guice is an American comic book artist.
|First appearance||X-Factor #1 (February, 1986)|
|Created by||Bob Layton|
utilizing characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
|In story information|
Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)
Each member of the original X-Factor debuted in X-Men #1 (1963) as the original X-Men, teenaged students of the telepathic Professor X. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc In Comic books and other stories with a long history first appearance refers to the first occurrence to feature a Fictional character. Bob Layton is an American Comic book Artist, who has worked for Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, DC Comics, Future Jackson "Butch" Guice is an American comic book artist. Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; December 28, 1922) is an American Writer, editor, creator of comic book characters Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 &ndash February 6, 1994) was an American Comic book The fictional AI entity originally known as Ship has appeared in several incarnations in the Marvel universe. Warren Kenneth Worthington III is a Fictional character, a Comic book Superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Cyclops ( Scott Summers) is a Fictional character, a Superhero that is the field leader of the X-Men in the. Iceman ( Robert Louis "Bobby" Drake) is a fictional Marvel Comics Superhero, a member of the X-Men. Jean Grey-Summers ( née Jean Grey is a Fictional Comic book superheroine appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. Telepathy ( Greek τηλε tele meaning "distant" and πάθεια patheia meaning "to be affected by" describes the purported transfer Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero known as the leader and founder of They included:
The founding of X-Factor hinged upon the reunion of the original X-Men, an event complicated by the extensive histories of the characters following the initiation of a new team of X-Men in 1975.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Angel, Beast, and Iceman wandered through various superhero teams. By 1985, all three were members of the Defenders, whose monthly series was shortly cancelled which freed the trio. The Defenders is a name of a number of Marvel Comics Superhero group — usually presented as a "non-team" of individualistic "outsiders" each
The returns of Cyclops and Jean Grey were more difficult. In the late 1970s, Grey had bonded with a cosmic entity called The Phoenix and Jean Grey/Phoenix died in the seminal Dark Phoenix Saga. The alias of Phoenix has been used by several fictional Comic book characters published by Marvel Comics. The Dark Phoenix Saga is an extended X-Men storyline in the fictional Marvel Comics Universe, focusing on Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force Future Marvel writer Kurt Busiek suggested a solution to this problem, which became one of the most notorious examples of retconning in comic book history: Jean Grey had never actually been the Phoenix. Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is a Comic book Writer. Retroactive continuity is the deliberate changing of previously established facts in a work of serial fiction Instead, the Phoenix entity copied Grey's identity and form, keeping her safe in a cocoon-like structure beneath Jamaica Bay. See also Geography and environment of New York City Jamaica Bay is a Lagoon that lies in the shadow of New York City 's skyscrapers and is adjacent Busiek related the idea to Roger Stern, who related it to John Byrne. Roger Stern (born September 17 1950) is an American Comic book Author and Novelist. John Lindley Byrne (born July 6 1950) is a British -born Canadian - American author and artist of Comic books Since the Byrne wrote and illustrated Fantastic Four #286 (1985), in which Jean was discovered and the truth revealed. The Fantastic Four is a fictional Superhero team appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics.
In order to reunite the rest of the original X-Men, Cyclops walked out on his new wife Madelyne Pryor, an Alaskan pilot who bore a strange resemblance to Grey, and their son Nathan. Madelyne Pryor is a Fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. Alaska ( Аляска Alyaska) is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent Cable is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Cyclops' uncharacteristic behavior and the resurrection of Grey were highly controversial with fans. Since being so 'out of character', it was later retconned in the 'Inferno' cross-over that Mr. Inferno was the name of a Marvel Comics company-wide crossover that mainly involved the Marvel titles in 1989. Sinister was manipulating Cyclops to walk out on his wife so she could become the Goblyn Queen. Even though Jean Grey learned this secret, Cyclops did not, and his actions still haunt him to this day.
The original X-Men disassociated with the current team because Professor X had placed their old nemesis Magneto as its leader. Magneto (alias Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, born Max Eisenhardt) is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel The five set up a business advertised as mutant-hunters for hire, headquartered in downtown New York City, posing as "normal" (non-superpowered) humans to their clients. The City of New York The mutants X-Factor captured were secretly trained to control their powers and reintegrated into society. Through their "mutant-hunting" they recruited a group of young wards:
The team would also go into action in costume, posing as mutant outlaws known as the "X-Terminators. Arthur "Artie" Maddicks is a fictional Comic book character in Marvel Comics ' Shared universe, the Marvel Universe. Tabitha Smith is a Fictional character, a Comic book Superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Russell "Rusty" Collins, formerly known as Firefist, is a Fictional character, a Superhero from Marvel Comics. Leech is a character in the Marvel Comics Universe Leech made his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men as a Morlock, a group of mutants Rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR, also known as RICTOR, is a human Gene. Skids ( Sally Blevins) is a Marvel Comics mutant. Created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice, she first appeared " Eventually, the team decided that the "mutant-hunter" ruse did more harm than good by inflaming hatred. Not only was the concept rejected, but it was blamed on X-Factor's original business manager, Cameron Hodge, who was revealed as a mutant-hating mastermind. Cameron Hodge is a Fictional Comic book Supervillain and opponent of the X-Men, as seen in Marvel Comics.
Bob Layton and Jackson Guice wrote and illustrated, respectively, the first few issues of X-Factor. Bob Layton is an American Comic book Artist, who has worked for Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, DC Comics, Future Jackson "Butch" Guice is an American comic book artist. They soon turned over creative duties to married collaborators Louise Simonson (writer) and Walt Simonson (artist). Louise Simonson (born Mary Louise Alexander, September 26, 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia, formerly Louise Jones, when married Walter "Walt" Simonson (born September 2 1946) is an American Comic book writer and artist Louise Simonson introduced in X-Factor #6 (1986) Apocalypse, who would go on and become X-Factor's arch-nemesis. The Simonsons placed the series in line with the darker tone of most X-Books. In X-Factor #10, The Marauders, a group of savage mutant mercenaries, severely injured Angel's wings and they were later amputated. The Marauders are a Fictional group of Supervillains that appear in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Despondent, Angel attempted suicide by detonating his airliner mid-flight, but Apocalypse rescued him from the wreckage and transformed him into Death, one of his Four Horsemen. The Horsemen of Apocalypse is a team of Fictional Supervillain characters that appear in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Death was a fearsome creature that possessed metal wings and blue skin. Angel escaped Apocalypse's control, but the physical changes to his body remained. He became known as Archangel and became a much darker character. Angel's replacement on X-Factor, Caliban, also later turned to Apocalypse for more power.
In the 1989 crossover Inferno, Madelyne Pryor was revealed to be a clone of Jean Grey created by the nefarious mutant geneticist Mister Sinister. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) A fictional crossover is the placement of two or more otherwise discrete Fictional characters, settings or universes into the context of a single Inferno was the name of a Marvel Comics company-wide crossover that mainly involved the Marvel titles in 1989. Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a Human being human cell, or human tissue. Jean Grey-Summers ( née Jean Grey is a Fictional Comic book superheroine appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. Mister Sinister is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Demons had used Madelyne's pain at Scott's rejection of her to manipulate her into becoming the Goblyn Queen. The Marvel Comics universe hosts a number of Demons All possess varying degrees of mystical power and are inclined towards dark or “black” magic - Madelyne planned to sacrifice Nathan to open an interdimensional portal and to hurt Cyclops and Sinister as much as possible. X-Factor teamed up with the X-Men to rescue Nathan, bridging the gap between the two teams. Madelyne suffered a mental breakdown upon discovering she was a clone and killed herself.
During Inferno, X-Factor's teenage wards, along with a young paraplegic mutant named Taki Matsuya, starred in the X-Terminators miniseries and shortly after folded into the X-Men's junior team, the New Mutants. Paraplegia is an impairment in motor and/or sensory function of the lower extremities Takashi "Taki" Matsuya or sometimes called the Wiz Kid is a fictional mutant character from Marvel Comics. The New Mutants is the name of two defunct Marvel Comics Superhero teams as well as the title of two series featuring those teams
In the last major storyline of the first X-Factor, published in early 1991, Apocalypse kidnapped Nathan Summers, sensing that he would grow up to be a powerful mutant and possible threat. X-Factor rescued Nathan from Apocalypse's lunar base, but found him infected with a "techno-organic" virus that could not be treated in the present time. A clan of rebels from the future, known as the Askani, sent a representative to the present time to bring Nathan 2,000 years into the future to be treated. The Askani are Fictional characters a fictional organization in the Marvel Universe in the future/alternate timeline designated as Earth-4935 also known as Earth Fully grown, he would return to the 20th Century as the anti-hero Cable. Cable is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Shortly after this, X-Factor, X-Men and several minor characters teamed-up to fight the telepathic Shadow King in another crossover event, The Muir Island Saga. The Shadow King is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Muir Island Saga is a five-part Marvel Comics crossover event involving the X-Men and X-Factor, published in 1991 Afterwards, the original members of X-Factor rejoined the X-Men and several minor characters from various X-Men-related series became founding members of the all-new X-Factor.
The era of the original X-Factor had lasting effects on the X-Men mythos. It introduced Apocalypse and the Archangel version of Angel and explained the connection between Apocalypse, Cable, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Pryor, and Sinister. All of these elements continued in future X-Men series.
|X-Factor (Government Team)|
The 1990s X-Factor. Art by Joe Quesada
|First appearance||X-Factor #71 (October, 1991)|
|Created by||Peter David|
|In story information|
|Base(s)||The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.|
Rather than end the series, Marvel hired writer Peter David and illustrator Larry Stroman to recreate X-Factor with new members, all of whom were already allies of the X-Men. Joseph "Joe" Quesada (born December 1 1962) is an American Comic book editor writer and artist Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc In Comic books and other stories with a long history first appearance refers to the first occurrence to feature a Fictional character. For the Grenadian politician see Peter David (politician. Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23 Larry Stroman is an American Comic book artist best known for his pencils for Epic Comics ' Alien Legion (vol The Pentagon is the Headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D For the Grenadian politician see Peter David (politician. Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23 Larry Stroman is an American Comic book artist best known for his pencils for Epic Comics ' Alien Legion (vol The new X-Factor worked for the Pentagon making them the only salaried mutant team. The Pentagon is the Headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. Their relationship with their benefactors was often strained and complicated. The new X-Factor, debuting in issue #71, included:
Although X-Factor was not as flashy or wildly popular as other X-Books, David was applauded for his use of humor and cultural references and his ability to flesh out characters that had previously only been background characters.
David left in 1993. The series continued under writer J. M. DeMatteis and artist Jan Duursema, but struggled to distinguish itself among other of X-books. John Marc DeMatteis (born December 15 1953) is an American Writer of Comic books. Jan Duursema ( October 27, 1954 – is an artist who has produced illustrations for many Star Wars Comics She was the creator Shortly before David's tenure on the book ended, Forge, a former government weapons contractor whose mutant powers were his brilliant engineering skills, was added to the group, first replacing Cooper as their liaison after she had been compromised by one of Magneto's Acolytes, and later as an active member. Forge is a Fictional character in the, a Superhero associated with The X-Men. The Acolytes is a team of Comic book mutant Supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. Cooper later became an active member as well, her marksmanship and athletic skills compensating for her lack of superhuman powers.
By 1995, Multiple Man had apparently died of the Legacy Virus, a deadly illness that attacked mutant genes, which was later revealed to have killed only one of his duplicates. In the fictional Marvel Universe, the Legacy Virus was a devastating plague that ripped through the mutant population killing hundreds and mutating so Strong Guy was put into suspended animation after suffering a heart attack caused by the stress his extra mass put on his body. Wolfsbane, who had been cured of her fake love for Alex, transferred to the European mutant team Excalibur. Excalibur is a Marvel Comics Superhero group an offshoot of the X-Men, usually based in the United Kingdom. Havok left to infiltrate a mutant terrorist ring.
Afterwards, writer Howard Mackie injected more political and espionage elements into the series, a trend that culminated in the team's secession from government sponsorship. Howard Mackie (born January 22 1958 is an American Comic book editor and Writer. Multiple Man and Strong Guy appeared again at the same time. Despite Forge managing to fix Strong Guy's problems, he did not rejoin the team. The popularity of X-Factor continued to dwindle and Mystique and Sabretooth, two popular X-Men villains, failed to draw in more readers. Wild Child mutated out of control, Mystique hunted down Sabretooth (who had kidnapped young Tyler Trevor Chase) and Forge wanted nothing to do with X-Factor.
In 1997, Marvel attempted yet another revival. After various stories focusing on individual characters, a new team was gathered consisting of Havok, Multiple Man, Polaris, Shard and several other members of the X. S. E. ; Archer, Fixx and Greystone; brought to the 20th Century. Devlin Greystone is a fictional Māori character in the Marvel universe who was part of the second incarnation of X-Factor. But this version of the team was disbanded the issue they debuted. In that issue, #149 (1998), Greystone built a time machine meant to take him and his compatriots back to the future. This article details time travel itself For other uses see Time Traveler. However, the device exploded, killing Greystone and apparently Havok. Afterwards, X-Factor disbanded.
In fact, the time machine transported Havok to a parallel world, populated by twisted versions of Marvel characters. Parallel universe or alternative reality is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with one's own He explored this strange world in the series Mutant X, which lasted from 1998 until 2001. Mutant X was a Comic book published by Marvel Comics featuring Havok, a mutant and former member of the X-Men, who Although Marvel planned to revive X-Factor after Mutant X ended, this never happened.
As of stories published in 2007, Multiple Man, Strong Guy, and Wolfsbane have formed a new X-Factor (see below), Havok and Polaris are members of the Starjammers, Mystique has joined the Marauders, Sabretooth and Shard have died, and Archer and Fixx were never seen again. The Starjammers are a Fictional team of space pirates from the pages of the X-Men Comic books published by Marvel Comics The Marauders are a Fictional group of Supervillains that appear in Comic books published by Marvel Comics.
The X-Factor issues #71-75 were collected in a paperback called X-Factor Visionaries. Recently, Marvel released Essential X-Factor Volume 1, which chronicles the resurrection of Jean Grey in Avengers and Fantastic Four, and contains issues 1-16 and Annual #1 of the first X-Factor series.
A four-issue X-Factor limited series was launched in 2002. This series focused on the government's new Mutant Civil Rights Task Force, humans who investigated anti-mutant hate crimes and inadvertently discovered an anti-mutant conspiracy within their own ranks. Hate crimes (also known as bias motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain Social group, usually defined In a political sense conspiracy refers to a group of persons united in the goal of usurping or overthrowing an established political power This series focused heavily on the "mutants as a metaphor for minorities" aspects of the X-Men concept.
X-Factor Investigations is a detective agency run by Jamie Madrox, formerly known as the costumed superhero Multiple Man. X-Factor Investigations is a fictional detective agency created by writer Peter David for the Marvel Comics Comic book series ''X-Factor'' (volume Jamie Madrox, also called the Multiple Man, is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Superhero, associated with the X-Men The agency was originally named XXX Investigations, but team members thought that it sounded too much like Madrox was investigating pornography. Pornography or porn is the explicit depiction of Sexual subject matter with the sole intention of sexually exciting the viewer The new name is taken from the government-sponsored mutant supergroup former team the three founders had previously served on.
The initial staff consisted of Madrox's best friend and special enforcer, Guido Carosella (Strong Guy) and former teammate Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane). Strong Guy is a Fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. Following the House of M, Madrox newfound wealth from winning a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-style game show allowed him to recruit several of his former colleagues of the Paris branch of the now defunct X-Corporation. House of M is an eight-issue Comic book Limited series and crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics in 2005. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a Television Game show which offers very large Cash prizes for correctly answering successive multiple-choice Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city The X-Corporation ( X-Corp) is a fictional institution from the X-Men Comic book series by Marvel Comics. New members include M, a powerless Rictor, Siryn, and Layla Miller, who has inserted herself into the group to keep them from discovering the truth behind the mutant Decimation. M ( Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St Croix) is a fictional Comic book superheroine, a mutant who appears in the X-Men Rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR, also known as RICTOR, is a human Gene. Siryn ( Theresa Rourke Cassidy) is a Marvel Comics superheroine, associated with the X-Men. Layla Rose Miller is a Fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe.
The members of the team, as constituted in early 2007: Guido, Jamie, Layla, Monet, Rahne, Rictor, and Siryn. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. An eighth member was acquired temporarily a little later in 2007, when Monet rescued (or abducted, depending on your viewpoint) a French orphan girl named Nicole (with the reluctant help of Siryn and the clandestine help of a mysterious hooded personage of great power) and took her back to America. M ( Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St Croix) is a fictional Comic book superheroine, a mutant who appears in the X-Men Nicole was supposedly the orphaned daughter of ex-mutants lynched by a mob. Monet felt personally responsible for Nicole because she had tried, but failed, to prevent the pogrom. A pogrom is a form of Riot directed against a particular group whether ethnic religious or other and characterized by destruction of their Homes Businesses Nicole, in an attempt to kill Layla, is later revealed as a robot and hit by a train. Nicole's cover story was a total fabrication. She had been manufactured as a tool to destroy X-Factor.
Peter David has put a noir spin on the mutant series and has dealt with the former Multiple Man, Jamie Madrox as the central character. The new series spins directly out of House of M and opens with a suicide attempt by Rictor, who has lost his powers in the Decimation that has caused 90 percent of all mutants to lose their powers. House of M is an eight-issue Comic book Limited series and crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics in 2005. The series deals with the attempt by the group to unravel the truth behind the decimation and its aftermath, getting involved with the events of Marvel's crossover Civil War, fighting with Singularity Investigations, and dealing with Madrox's powers and the consequences of it.
The team also attempted to protect Professor Xavier when the Hulk attacked him and the New X-Men.
In the first half of 2008, Jamie and Layla travel to a hideous future in which mutants are persecuted and imprisoned. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Jamie manages to escape, and to return to the early 21st century, but Layla is still trapped in that undesirable future. Rahne believes she knows that Layla will return and will marry Jamie when she grows up. However, she fears (because of a glimpse she has had of the future) that she (Rahne), while in her wolf shape, will murder both Jamie and Layla. To prevent this, she quits the team. Rictor also quits. The team is down to only four members: Jamie, Guido, Monet, and Syrin. They are attacked by a villain with a plan to kill all Mutants.
In Ultimate War, X-Factor is a US operated prison camp for mutants in Cuba, which appears to have been named after Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay. Ultimate War is a Comic book Limited series produced by Marvel Comics featuring the Ultimates and the Ultimate X-Men. The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la Camp X-Ray was a temporary detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp of Joint Task Force Guantanamo on the U The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is a controversial United States Detention center operated by Joint Task Force Guantanamo since 2002 in Guantanamo
The X-Factor appeared in the X-Men animated series episode "Cold Comfort. For the newer X-Men animated series see X-Men Evolution. For other uses see the X-Men (disambiguation page " Its lineup consisted of Lorna Dane (not yet Polaris), the modern-day Forge, Havok, Multiple Man, Quicksilver, Strong Guy, and Wolfsbane. Iceman broke into their facility to find his girlfriend Lorna Dane and ran afoul of the X-Men. When it came to a battle against the X-Factor, Forge said it was to boost his team's confidence.