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The X-Factor Crossover Issue That X-Factor Was Barely In!

X-Factor #85 is the most infamous of them all, as you can see from the cover, the book was essentially an attempt to get Jae Lee (one of Marvel's top young artists at the time) to draw three of their most popular characters - Wolverine, Bishop and Cable...none of whom were members of X-Factor!

The main plot of the issue was Wolverine and Bishop trying to capture Cable...

In the end, Cable convinced them that he was not the guy who tried to kill Xavier...

The actual X-Factor members teamed up with the X-Men and X-Force to fight against Stryfe's Mutant Liberation Front.

The only TRUE X-Factor plot was a one-pager where we check in with the X-Patriots...

I'm sure David had to fight for that one page.

X-Factor #86 was also barely about X-Factor, telling mostly the story of Archangel fighting against getting revenge on Apocalypse while the evil mutant was helping the X-Men to save Xavier's life...

There was TWO X-Patriots check-in pages. One, with Madrox telling Havok about the attack in the previous issue...

and later, when people find the knocked out Madrox dupe (while we get a funny bit where Cable, Bishop and Wolverine hang around Cable's space station before going into action again)...

The whole thing must have been madly frustrating for David.

If any of you have any suggestions for other good examples of comic book writers having to alter their stories to adjust to major comic book crossovers, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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