Let’s start with what appears to me to be an inside reference: In a Danger Room session, we see Rusty pull and break the Morlock Skids’ pearl necklace, which causes her to flash back to a similar incident from her childhood.
Pearls breaking and falling. Art by David Mazzucchelli. A traumatized child. This is a Batman Year One reference, right?
The story focuses on Rusty, whose power is flame-based. He enlists Masque, a Morlock who change other peoples’ appearances, to help him heal the burned face of a woman he injured years before he met X-Factor.
In the end, the woman is now a nun and she agrees to join the Morlocks—but not to heal her face, to convert them to Christianity.
Very interesting story.
Creators: Louise Simonson and David Mazzucchelli