Marvel recently began hinting at a storyline to rescue Havok, Polaris and Marvel Girl from the depths of space in the aftermath of Age of X. In X-Men Legacy, Rachel, who had been trapped in space alongside Havok and Polaris since the Emperor Vulcan storyline, appears to Rogue and asks her a favor. Upon making contact with Rachel, Rogue receives an image of where Havok and the company are located.
It was clear from the beginning that Marvel intended to bring the characters back from space, but thankfully they chose to take their time doing so. This definitely is not a complaint. Had they rescued Havok earlier, it would have seemed rushed and diminished the storyline. Besides, the longer Havok stays away, the more story material they have to allude to in future issues.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the return of Havok is, what happens to Multiple Man? Jamie Maddrox has been a staple of X-Factor since it’s relaunch back in 2005, acting as the team’s unofficial leader. Are we supposed to assume that Maddrox will just roll over and allow Havok to run the show, as the teaser implies? Does something bad happen to Maddrox, allowing Havok to step in and fill his role as leader? Or is Marvel just trying to get fans excited about Havok coming back to the regular line-up, while working for X-Factor on a mission or two? The possibilities are endless.
It certainly seems like Peter David is trying to recreate his government superteam. The return of Havok (and possibly Polaris) to X-Factor brings the team almost entirely back to its 1991 roster. Multiple Man. Strong Guy. Wolfsbane. All that’s missing are Quicksilver and Valerie Cooper and the team’s complete. Seeing as how David’s initial run was met with high praise, one can understand his intentions. But will the “new” X-Factor have the same charm as it did twenty years ago?
I really hope so.
Written by Peter David and illustrated by Emanuela Lupacchino, X-Factor #230 ships in January.