X-Factor 71 is one of those classic “trap” quarter-bin books: a big flashy cover, taglines like “A NEW Beginning” and “1st” being bandied about. A new lineup of X-Factor, with Havok, Polaris, Wolfsbane, and the brilliantly named Strong Guy and Multiple Man form the “new” X-Factor, along with Valerie Cooper. Except it’s not, as the cover puts it, their first “adventure”, as they spend most of the issue sitting around. Throw in a subplot about a mayonnaise jar, a flashback to when something interesting happened, a star-studded crossover with Quicksilver and Lockjaw, and a setup for their actual first adventure (next issue), and you realize this “event” issue is a non-event. I suppose, with a plethora of issues available around 1.00 on eBay, a legit quarter-bin find is technically a steal (which this was for me), but unfortunately X-Factor 71 is one in the long line of “important” issues churned out by the Marvel “event” mill of the early 90s (especially in the X-universe) that’s in no way, shape, or form actually collectible. So when you’re quarter-bin diving, remember, all that glitters is not gold; it’s likely just another copy of Ravage 2099 #1 (FOIL!)
Also, Strong Guy’s head is a thing to behold in this issue. I think his power isn’t super strength, it’s the ability to distort the geometry of his body.