There was a time when Marvel’s X-Force was one of its hottest properties. As drawn by Rob Liefeld, the book chronicled a group of hard-hitting mutants who believed in preemptive strikes against the bad mutants of the world, and likewise for not being so gentle and leaving them to walk away. The original line-up has gotten a lot of mileage at Marvel, with many of the characters appearing in various X-books since the team first premiered in 1991.
In the late 80’s/early 90’s unless you were wearing a red and blue spider suit, nothing was as big as the X-Men for Marvel. With the collector boom in full swing, issues were selling millions of copies. Artists like Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and (shudder) Rob Liefeld were making their mark and establishing the popularity that would allow them to later launch Image Comics. And an animated series was released that would become one of the most honored and celebrated this side of Batman: The Animated Series.
The writers, artists and editors of the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe also had the related title crossovers nailed. Whereas now we seem to wait for each company wide event, at that time is was more a question of what the next X-crossover would be? Inferno, X-Tinction Agenda, X-Cutioner’s Song, Age of Apocolypse to name a few. While some would crossover into other titles, these were X-Events to the core.
In this post we’ll look at a couple of books inspired by those crossovers (Inferno #1, X-Tinction Agenda #1), a continuation of that animated series (X-Men ’92 #1) and one outlierfrom the early 80’s that really set the stage for all X-crossovers to come (Years of Future Past #1).