Uncanny X-Men #243 and X-Factor #39 (1989): Inferno

Honestly, I had kind of forgotten that the whole architect of Inferno was Mister Sinister, since we haven’t seen much of him throughout this big event.

But with Madelyne Pryor and N’astirh dead (and Cyclops sad), and S’ym defeated, Sinister is what’s left.

He smashes through Jean Grey’s psyche and starts destroying the elements of Madelyne’s psyche that were merged with Jean’s when the Phoenix Force destroyed Maddie’s body last issue.

Jean fights to retain Madelyne’s memories, because otherwise she will effectively be wiped out of existence, and the two X-teams go after Sinister, who is still protected by his Marauders team.

Havok kills Blockbuster (above), then Wolverine disables Sabretooth with his “fast draw special.”

I guess there’s just three Marauders, because then it’s everyone against Mister Sinister and Malice-who-is-possessing-Polaris.

Sinister knocks the entire team out, and then Beast and Longshot—who had been putting baby Cable in a safe place—return to the battle and manage to hold their own until the others start waking up.

Sinister seems to be immune to most of their powers (Cyclops is unable to eye-blast him, Havok’s blasts just bounce off, Rogue’s brain is overwhelmed when she tries to absorb him, etc.)

Meanwhile Malice/Polaris uses her magnetism power to completely humiliate Colossus (question: Why doesn’t she just kill him?)

We then get into a whole series of Cyclops recovering memories of how Mister Sinister abused him when he was a child at the orphanage, and he has to overcome that childhood trauma in order for his optic blasts to affect Sinister.

Which of course he does, and fries off all of Sinister’s skin.

The repressed memory angle feels a little forced, but overall a solid conclusion to a decent line-wide event.  Not great, but good.  And lots and lots of killing.  And none of it is by Wolverine (who could have killed Sabretooth but instead just knocked him out).

X-Factor forgives the X-Men for letting them think they’d died, and the two teams go their separate ways again.

Of course, Kitty still thinks Colossus is dead.  I wonder how they’ll take care of that issue?

Creators: Uncanny X-Men #243: Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri.  Grade: B-
X-Factor #39: Louise and Walt Simonson.  Grade: B-

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