X-Factor (comics)

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X-Factor is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics. It is a spin-off of the popular X-Men franchise, featuring characters from X-Men stories. The series has been relaunched several times with different team rosters, most recently as X-Factor Investigations.

X-Factor launched in 1986, featuring an eponymous team composed of the five original X-Men. In 1991, the founding members were incorporated back into the regular X-Men series, and X-Factor relaunched as a U.S. government-sponsored team incorporating many secondary characters from the X-Men mythos. The series was canceled in 1998.

In 2005, a new X-Factor series was launched, following the mutant detective agency X-Factor Investigations.


X-Factor (1986–1991)

History and formation

X-Factor launched in 1986 featuring an eponymous team composed of the five original X-Men that debuted in X-Men (vol. 1) #1 (1963):

  • Angel - A millionaire heir, capable of flight by means of two feathery wings extending from his back.
  • Beast - A brilliant scientist possessing bestial strength and agility.
  • Cyclops - Former X-Men team leader, with the ability to emit powerful "optic blasts" from his eyes.
  • Jean Grey (Marvel Girl) - Cyclops’ long-time love, possessing psychic abilities.
  • Iceman - A brash jokester, gifted with cryokinetic abilities.

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