The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading order on collecting X-Factor comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting X-Men: A Definitive Guide. Last updated June 2016 with titles scheduled for release through April 2017.
Marvel launched X-Factor in 1986 as an outlet for the original X-Men team of Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel – and, in a late-breaking decision, the return of Jean Grey.
That incarnation lasted for half-a-decade, but it would never return after those X-Men were permanently reabsorbed by the main flagship books. In their wake, they left the team that would come to define X-Factor for over 25 years – a gathering of cast-offs including the 6th and 7th X-Men, Havok and Polaris, a little-known mutant named Jamie Madrox – The Multiple Man, New Mutants refugee Wolfsbane, an overgrown bouncer generically named Strong Man.
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- X-Factor, Vol. 1: The Original Five – #1- 70 (1986 – 1991)
- X-Factor, Vol. 1: Havok’s Reign – #71 – 149 (1991 – 1998)
- X-Factor, Vol. 2: Limited Series (2002)
- X-Factor, Vol. 3: Peter David’s Jamie Madrox & Co. (2004 – 2013)
- All-New X-Factor: Peter David’s Serval Industries Squad (2014 – 2015)
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The first five years of X-Factor saw the introduction and initial development of Apocalypse, the transformation of Angel to Archangel, and the genesis of Cable. It also served as a sort of home-base for many line-wide storylines such as Fall of the Mutants and Inferno – both played out central elements of their stories in X-Factor.
The team was increasingly incorporated into the Uncanny X-Men continuity until the five members eventually merged back to the core pair of X-books.
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#1-16: Essential X-Factor, Vol. 1 (b&w) (ISBN 0-7851-1886-1)
Also collects Annual #1, Avengers #262, Fantastic Four #286, Thor #373-374, and Power Pack #27.
#17-35: Essential X-Factor, Vol. 2 (b&w) (ISBN 0-7851-2099-8)
Also collects Annual #2 & Thor #378
#36-50: Essential X-Factor, Vol. 3 (b&w) (ISBN 0-7851-3078-0)
Also collects Uncanny X-Men #239-243 to present an intact core of the Inferno arc.
#51-59: Essential X-Factor, Vol. 4 (b&w) (ISBN 0785162852)
This primary issue range is small, but it also includes a slew of other issues – Annual 4-5; X-Factor: Prisoner of Love; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #50; and material from Fantastic Four Annual 23, New Mutants Annual 6, & Uncanny X-Men Annual 14.
#60-70: Essential X-Factor, Vol. 5 (b&w) (ISBN 0785163530)
This crossover-packed final sequence of X-Factor overlaps heavily with the UXM essential volume of the same period. Collects X-Factor (1986) 60-70 and Annual 6; Uncanny X-Men 270-272, 280, and material from Annual 15; New Mutants (1983) 95-97 and material from Annual 7.
#51-125: Not collected as Essentials at this time.
#1-8: Not collected in this format
#9-11: X-Men: Mutant Massacre Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785102248)
Not a true “Marvel Omnibus” – it’s not quite long enough for a $99 price tag. However, it’s printed at that size and quality. Collects Uncanny X-Men #210-214, X-Factor #9-11, New Mutants #46, Thor #373-374, Daredevil #238, and Power Pack #27.
#12-17 & Annual 2: Not collected in this format. Annual 2 fits at the end of this run. Boom Boom departs from X-Factor for Fallen Angels and then New Mutants after #17.
#18-26: X-Men: The Fall of the Mutants Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785108254)
This massive tome collects the entire Fall of the Mutants crossover, including a spectacular and tense run of X-Factor stories! New Mutants (1983) #55-61, Uncanny X-Men #220-227, X-Factor (1986) #18-26, Captain America (1968) #339, Daredevil (1964) #252, Fantastic Four (1961) #312, Incredible Hulk (1968) #340, and Power Pack (1984) #35.
#27-32 & Annual 3: X-Men: Inferno Prologue Oversize Hardcover
Collects the disparate stories from Uncanny X-Men (1981) #228-238 and Annual 12; X-Factor (1986) #27-32 & Annual 3; New Mutants (1983) #62-70 and Annual 4; and material from Marvel Age Annual 4 and Marvel Fanfare #40.
Annual #3: Evolutionary War Omnibus Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785155473)
Presents the Marvel-wide Evolutionary war event in chronological order, including X-Factor Annual #3, Punisher Annual #1, Silver Surfer Annual #1, New Mutants Annual#4, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22, Fantastic Four Annual #21, Uncanny X-Men Annual #12, Web of Spider-Man Annual #4, West Coast Avengers Annual #3, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8 ,and Avengers Annual #17.
#33-40 & Annual #4: X-Men: Inferno Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785137777)
Not officially an Omnibus, but just about the right size! Collects the entire Inferno crossover: X-Factor #33-40, X-Terminators #1-4, Uncanny X-Men #239-243, New Mutants #71-73, and X-Factor Annual #4.
X-Men: Inferno Crossovers Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785146717)
A companion Inferno tome that collects the tie-in issues from through-out the Marvel Universe. Collects Power Pack (1984) #40 & #42-44, Avengers (1963) #298-300, Fantastic Four (1961) #322-324, Amazing Spider-Man (1962) #311-313, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #146-148, Web of Spider-Man #47-48, Daredevil (1964) #262-263 &265, Excalibur (1988) #6-7, and Cloak & Dagger (1988) #4.
Annual #4: Atlantis Attacks Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785144922)
Presents the Marvel-wide Atlantis Attacks event in chronological order, which includes excerpting back-up stories into their own separate sequence. Collects Silver Surfer Annual #2, Iron Man Annual #10, Marvel Comics Presents #26, Uncanny X-Men Annual #13, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23, Punisher Annual #2, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9, Daredevil Annual #4, Avengers Annual #18, New Mutants #76, Annual #5, X-Factor Annual #4, Web of Spider-Man Annual #5, Avengers West Coast #56, Annual #4, Thor Annual #14, and Fantastic Four Annual #22.
#41-48: Not collected in this format. Annual 4 occurs prior to #47.
#49-50: Acts of Vengeance Crossovers Omnibus Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785144889)
Collects the disconnected Acts of Vengeance storyline, which featured villains crossing over from other books. X-Factor faces villains from Thor, including Loki. Collects Fantastic Four #334-336; Wolverine (1988) #19-20; Dr. Strange (1988) #11-13; Incredible Hulk #363; Punisher #28-29; Punisher War Journal #12-13; Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8-10; Daredevil #275-276; Power Pack #53; Alpha Flight (1983) #79-80; New Mutants #84-86; Uncanny X-Men #256-258; X-Factor #49-50; Web of Spider-Man #64-65; and the Damage Control mini-series. A main Acts of Vengeance book collects additional issues, though none are from X-series.
#51-59: Not collected in this format. Annual 5 fits between #58-59.
Annual 5: X-Men: Days of Future Past Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785184422)
Collects the original Days of Future Past story in X-Men #141 and Uncanny X-Men #142; the Days of Future Present 1990 crossover from New Mutants Annual 6, X-Factor Annual 5, Uncanny X-Men Annual 14, and Fantastic Four Annual 23; and Excalibur’s foray into Ahab’s future from #52 and 66-67; plus Wolverine: Days of Future Past and Hulk Broken Worlds #2.
#60-62: X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda Oversize Hardcover (IBSN 0785155317)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #235-238 and #270-272, New Mutants #95-97, and X-Factor #60-62.
#63-70: X-Men by Claremont / Lee Omnibus, Vol. 2 Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785159053)
An utterly classic collection of the stories leading up to the launch of X-Men, Vol. 2. Because Claremont and Lee plotted the post-X-Tinction issues of X-Factor leading into the Muir Island Saga, they are also included here! Collects Uncanny X-Men 273-280; X-Factor (1986) 63-70; X-Men (1991) 1-9 & 10-11 (A-stories only); & Ghost Rider 26-27.
#1: X-Men: Phoenix Rising Hardcover (ISBN 0785139486)
Acts as a prelude to X-Factor, collecting all of the books connected to Jean Grey’s revival – Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, X-Factor #1, and Classic X-Men #8 & #43. There is also a forthcoming paperback edition.
#1-9 & Annual 1: Epic Collection: Genesis & Apocalypse (Epic Vol. 1) (ISBN 978-1-302-90068-7)
Collects Avengers (1963) #263; Fantastic Four (1961) #286; X-Factor (1986) #1-9 & Annual 1; material from Classic X-Men #8, 43. Annual 1 fits between #4-5.
#5-6: The Rise of Apocalypse out of print (ISBN 0785105867)
Collected as background material to this muddled limited series about Apocalypse’s origin in ancient Egypt.
#9-11: X-Men: Mutant Massacre (ISBN 0785167412)
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) 210-214, X-Factor (1986) 9-11, New Mutants (1983) 46, Thor 373-374, Power Pack (1984) 27, Daredevil 238. An older paperback version omitted UXM #214 and Daredevil #238.
#12-14, 16-17, & Annual 2: Not collected. Annual 2 fits at the end of this run.
X-Factor’s appearance in issue #2 of Mephisto Vs… fits in after #12.
#15, 24-25: X-Men: Mutations (ISBN 0785101977)
Collects the reintroductions of Psylocke along with older “mutations” of Beast and Archangel, from Uncanny X-Men #256-258, Amazing Adventures #11 & 17, and X-Factor #15, 24-25, respectively.
#18-26: X-Men: Fall of the Mutants, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785166858)
Collects X-Factor (1986) 18-26, Incredible Hulk (1968) 336-337, Power Pack (1984) 35, Daredevil (1964) 252, Captain America (1968) 339, Fantastic Four (1961) 312. Volume 1 did not include X-Factor issues.
#24-26: An out-of-print paperback version of The Fall of the Mutants collected Uncanny X-Men # 224-226, X-Factor #24-26, and New Mutants #59-61.
#27-32 & Annual 3: Not collected. Annual 3 occurs around #30.
#33-40 & Annual 4: X-Men Inferno ISBN 0785102221)
Collects the entire Inferno crossover: X-Factor #33-40, X-Terminators #1-4, Uncanny X-Men #239-243, New Mutants #71-73, and X-Factor Annual #4.
#33-36: X-Men: Inferno, Vol. 1
Collects Power Pack (1984) #40, 42-43; X-Factor (1986) #33-36; X-Terminators #1-4; Uncanny X-Men #239-240; and New Mutants (1983) #71-72
#37-40: X-Men: Inferno, Vol. 2
This pads itself out with issues that were not contained in the Inferno Omnibus: Collects Uncanny X-Men #241-243, Excalibur #6-7, X-Factor #37-40, New Mutants #73 (but not material from X-Factor Annual #4?), Cloak & Dagger #4 and Power Pack #44.
#41-42: X-Men Legends Volume 3: Arthur Adams (ISBN 0785110496)
Collects a number of Arthur Adams illustrated comics – Web of Spider-Man Annual #2, Cloak and Dagger #9, Fantastic Four (1st series) #347-349, New Mutants Special Edition #1, Uncanny X-Men Annuals #10 and #12, X-Factor #41-42, and possibly Uncanny X-Men Annual #9.
#43-59: Not collected. Annual 5 fits between #58-59.
Annual 5: X-Men: Days of Future Present (ISBN 0871357399)
Collects Uncanny X-Men Annual #14, X-Factor Annual #5, New Mutants Annual #6, and Fantastic Four Annual #23.
#63-64: X-Factor Forever
Depicts a story by Louise Simonson that was set up but left untold when she left the title. The continuity of this limited series is treated as an alternate universe, branching from issue #63-64.
Annual 6: New Warriors Classic, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785142630)
Part of Kings of Pain. Collecting New Warriors (1990) #7-10, Annual #1; New Mutants Annual #7, Uncanny X-Men Annual #15, and X-Factor Annual #6. This features the full post-#100 team. Also in New Warriors Omnibus, Vol. 1.
#65-70: Not collected in this format
At the same time Marvel launched its marquee adjectiveless X-Men title, X-Factor was re-launched with a pack of cast-off characters – sporadic X-Men members Havok and Polaris, New Mutants castoff Wolfsbane, sometimes-Avenger Quicksilver, and random supporting characters Strong Guy and Multiple Man.
While wholesale relaunches are typically a sign of book in its death-throes, here it was an unmitigated success. The critically-acclaimed writing of Peter David along with art from Larry Stroman and Joe Quesada helped to re-define this sextet of characters until David’s run on the book ended, at which point it descended to more typical satellite X-book plots.
Still, David’s character developments are felt to this day – as are the themes of his volume. Forge later joined the title, along with Mystique and Wild Child.
#71-75: X-Factor Visionaries – Peter David, Vol. 1 (ISBN 0-7851-1872-1)
#76-78: X-Factor Visionaries – Peter David, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0-7851-2456-X)
Collects crossover with Incredible Hulk #390-392
#79-83, Annual 7/1992: X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 3 (ISBN 0-7851-2457-8)
Annual 7/1992 is part of a crossover to other X-annuals, and actually may fit between #76-77 in the prior volume.
#84-89, Annual 8/1993: X-Factor Visionaries – Peter David, Vol. 4 (ISBN 0-7851-2745-3)
Yes, this collects the X-Cutioner’s Song issues with none of the other crossover material. Annual 8 occurs at the end of this run, but prior to #92.
#84-86: X-Cutioner’s Song Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785156100)
A beautifully produced hardcover that collects the entire crossover: X-Factor #84-86, Uncanny X-Men #294-296, X-Force #16-18, and X-Men #14-16 – plus the epilogue in Uncanny X-Men #297, and Stryfe’s Strike File. Previously collected in an out-of-print paperback.
#87-92: X-Men: Fatal Attractions Oversize Hardcover (ISBN 0785162453)
A massive collection focusing on the core of the Fatal Attractions story from Uncanny X-Men and X-Factor. Collects Uncanny X-Men 298-305, 315, & Annual 17; X-Factor 87-92; X-Men Unlimited 1-2; X-Force 25; X-Men 25; Wolverine 75; & Excalibur 71.
#92: X-Men Fatal Attractions TPB (2016 version)
Collects UXM #298-300 & 303-304, X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, X-Men Unlimited #2, X-Men Vol. 2 #25
#92: X-Men: Fatal Attractions
Collects all of the anniversary hologram cover issues, which were loosely connected: Excalibur #71, Uncanny X-Men #304, Wolverine #75, X-Factor #92, X-Force #25, and X-Men #25.
#93-105, Annual 9/1994: Not collected. Annual 9 fits inside of #102.
#106: X-Men: Phalanx Covenant Oversize Hardcover
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #306, #311-314 & #316-317; Excalibur (1988) #78-82; X-Men (1991) #36-37; X-Factor (1986) #106; X-Force (1991) #38; Wolverine (1988) #85; & Cable (1993) #16
#106: X-Men: Origin of Generation X (Phalanx Covenant) (ISBN 0-7851-0216-7)
The “Generation Next” crossover that launched Generation X; collects X-Factor #106, X-Force #38, Excalibur #82, Uncanny X-Men #316-317, X-Men #36-37, Wolverine #85, Cable #16, & Generation X #1.
#106: X-Force: Phalanx Covenant Hardcover (ISBN 0785162712)
Collects X-Force #38-43, Excalibur #82, and X-Factor #106
#107: Not collected
#108-109: The Complete Age of Apocalypse, Prelude (ISBN 0785155082)
Buyer beware! A paperback with incredibly low reproduction quality on newsprint paper. It’s unclear on whether this collects the entirety of these three issues, or just portions relevant to the crossover. Collects X-Factor #108-109, Uncanny X-Men #319-321, X-Men#38-41, Cable #20, and X-Men Age of Apocalypse Ashcan Edition.
#110-111: Not collected
(Here X-Factor becomes Factor X #1-4 for four months as part of the Age of Apocalypse crossover, which does not interrupt the numbering of X-Factor.)
#112-124: Not collected. In this run the team is reduced to Havok, Polaris, and Forge. It immediately adds Mystique and Wild Child, and later Shard and Sabretooth.
#125-126: See Uncanny X-Men: Onslaught for collection information.
#127-149: Not collected
Issues #1-4 of this mini-series about an FBI team investigating anti-Mutant crimes was collected in a hard-to-find TPB with the ISBN 078511016X.
The third volume of X-Factor returns Peter David to the helm and resumes the concept of the latter half of the first volume of X-Factor, where the team is a less-violent, investigative facet of the X-Men universe.
The volume begins with Jamie Madrox renting an office along with Rahne (AKA Wolfsbane) and Strong Guy, who are joined by the hilariously bitchy pair of Siryn and M, a recently depowered Rictor, and mysterious House-of-M moppet Layla Miller. Quicksilver loiters on the sidelines, and Longshot and Shatterstar later join the fray.
Despite the unherioc tone and staying mostly clear of X-book storylines, the book’s many arcs plays close to the center of Marvel’s continuity, particularly through the inclusion of House of M’s deux ex machina Layla Miller.
Peter David and the editorial staff execute an impressive amount of control over the book, keeping the look and feel consistent across multiple pencilers – partially due to a carefully cultivated pallette of colors. Clearly David has some sway at Marvel, possibly due to the fact that his old partner Joe Quesada is now editor-in-chief!
As of issue #50 it was re-numbered to #200 to rejoin the numbering of Vol. 1, which ended at #149.
The first #24 issues of X-Factor were recollected into a pair of extra-long “Complete Collection” hardcovers.
#1-12: X-Factor by Peter David: The Complete Collection Volume 1
Also includes the hard-to-find Madrox – Multiple Choice limited series that acted as a prequel to this series.
#13-24 & 28-32: X-Factor by Peter David: The Complete Collection Volume 2
Also collects X-Factor: The Quick and the Dead and X-Factor Special: Layla Miller One-Shot. Omits Messiah Complex crossover issues.
The series was originally collected in 22 editions – plus participation in a major X-Men crossover.
#25-27: X-Men: Messiah Complex (ISBN 0785123202)
Collects X-Men: Messiah CompleX One-Shot, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-207, New X-Men #44-46, X-Factor #25-27, and X-Men: Messiah CompleX – Mutant Files. Also available in hardcover.
#33-38: X-Factor Volume 6: Secret Invasion (ISBN 0-7851-2865-4)
Also collects She-Hulk #31. Longshot and Darwin join the team. This volume is not a fan favorite – readers considered Secret Invasion to be an interruption of a strong succession of arcs. Also available in hardcover.
#213-219: X-Factor Volume 12: Scar Tissue (ISBN 0785152849)
Focuses on the aftermath of X-Factor’s Las Vegas adventure, including two issues focusing on Darwin (who departs the team), and a job protecting Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson. Also available in hardcover.
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (ISBN 0785135499)
While X-Factor does not appear until halfway through this story (in #6-9), it winds up being a pivotal one for one member in particular! Collects Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1-9, which re-introduces Scarlet Witch after a half-decade away from the spotlight. Also includes the B-story from Uncanny X-Men #526 and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade -Young Avengers. Also available in oversized hardcover.
X-Men: Schism (ISBN 0785156887)
Collects the Schism mini-series, X-Men: Choosing Sides, and X-Men: Regenesis. This event reshapes the X-Men line. X-Factor is absent from Schism, but events in the Regenesis one-shot will effect the next book of X-Factor. Also available as an oversized hardcover.
#229-232: X-Factor Volume 15: They Keep Killing Jamie Madrox (ISBN 0785160612)
Havok and Polaris rejoin the team, while Madrox tries to find his way back. Available in hardcover.
At this point, X-Factor is no longer solicited in hardcover.
#233-236: X-Factor Volume 16: Together Again for the First Time (ISBN 0785160639)
#237-240: X-Factor Volume 17: The Road to Redemption (ISBN 0785164138)
#241-245: X-Factor Volume 18: Breaking Points (ISBN 0785165126)
#246-249: X-Factor Volume 19: Short Stories (ISBN 0785166998)
#250-255: X-Factor Volume 20: Hell on Earth War (ISBN 0785167005)
Heavily featuring Rahne and Guido.
#256-262: X-Factor Volume 21: The End of X-Factor
It’s sad but true – this is the final volume of Peter David’s X-Factor!
From here, the cast splinters:
- Jamie Madrox & Layla go into a hiatus enforced by Peter David
- Monet continues to X-Men, Vol. 4 around issue #7
- Havok stars in Uncanny Avengers since Issue #18
- Polaris continues to All-New X-Factor, below
- Guido has apparently been claimed, but has yet to make a reappearance
- Longshot continues to his four-issue mini-series, Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe
- Richtor, Shatterstar, Rahne, and Darwin have yet to be claimed by other writers
- Siryn is still missing in action
Peter David relaunches X-Factor as a corporate squad for Serval Industries lead by Polaris and featuring Gambit, Quicksilver, Danger, Cypher, and Warlock – and perhaps some others yet to be announced!
#1-6: Vol. 1: Not Brand X
#6-12: Vol. 2: Change of Decay
#13-18: Vol. 3: Axis