X-Factor #40 (1989): The kids leave; Liefeld’s 1st issue

Introducing Rob Liefeld on art—a constantly controversial dude.   This is a “mop up” issue, post-Inferno.  We get the funeral of Madelyne Pryor, the young ‘uns going back to school, and the return of Nanny and Orphan Maker, who are defeated.

Their return to school means the kids are no longer on the team.

The pair try to steal baby Cable, but lose and abandon their kidnapped babies.  So, it looks like there’s no need for these characters any more.  They’ll return, though.  The babies are turned over to Mystique’s Freedom Force, for reasons I didn’t really follow—and this is the last appearance for most of the babies.

Except for Cable, of course.

This is really just an issue to transition back to serialized stories after a linewide event.  It’s not bad, but it is what it is. Level-setting issues are hard to do well, and Liefeld’s art is…Not his best.

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