Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

433 – Looking Back at Looking Back

In which we take a retrospective look at X-Factor and Excalibur: where the series began, where they went, and what’s in store after the ends of their first volumes.


  • What Rictor’s been up to
  • X-Factor
  • Excalibur

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The visual companion to this episode is scattered through the last eight years of visual companions, mostly under the X-Factor and Excalibur tags.

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  1. Ironically, I can give an update for the anonymous listener from tumblr’s question. I say “ironically” because I am said anonymous listener from tumblr. Rusty Collins, aka “Rusty,” was revived in an issue of one of those Unlimited series you were talking about. Probably the X-Men one, but I don’t care enough to look up the exact issue; it’s Rusty. He has since gone on to do what he did for most of the early 90s: not appear in anything.

    On a related note, Louise Simonson did a couple issues of X-Men Legacy a year or two back that told a new story with the post-Inferno New Mutants and my absolute favorite part was how she immediately wrote Rusty and Skids out of it. I will never stop being amused by the sheer apathy that everyone ever involved in writing the X-Men has towards these two characters.

    1. You’re totally right! I did a bit of digging, and it looks like that was in X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #62, the first issue of the Xavier-starring Age of Apocalypse / It’s a Wonderful Life mashup story. And poor Rusty doesn’t even get a single line of dialogue in the one panel in which he appears.

  2. Before reading the comment where it says he was resurrected, I was just picturing that Rusty’s egg was always next in the queue whenever someone came in interrupting the five with a super priority new resurrection and it just gets passed over somehow when they go back to work. Like Spectacular Spider-man running gag with Hobie getting interrupted every time he’s about to actually say something.

    Also, speaking of forgotten X-Factor characters. *Ahem* CALIBAN.

  3. The X-Men have had almost every bad guy on the team. There should be an x lineup one time that has Cameron Hodge on it lol. In his spider-body & cardboard cut-out suit-facade hanging!

  4. I always go back to Technet and Gatecrasher as my sweet spot for Excalibur, even more than the Cross Time Caper. They’re so silly, and grotesque, yet beautifully drawn. A perfect “something happens” in the foreground for the regular cast to act off of. Still mystified how those issues ended up in the 25 comics for ~$10 bundles when I was a kid. Practically criminal. And I just learned that they also date back to Captain Britain…how difficult is tracking down those issues?

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