DISCLAIMER: This thread is not about me.
In honor of the greatest day of the year, I believe it is time that we honor one of the late, great X-heroes.
John Lopez, aka Washout, aka X-JLO, was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred during their amazing run on X-Force, but he was deemed too much of a big loser to join their squad.
Washout used to just be able to make things wet when he touched them (and don’t we all wish we had this ability?), but then he met Malcolm Colcord (who is really ugly). Colcord brought him to the Weapon X program where John’s powers were upgraded to super-awesome water powers. He was like the Hydro-man of the X-World. As a member of the Weapon X squad (See Frank Tieri’s Weapon X), he did some bad things, but he always wanted to be a hero like X-Force. His confidence grew, and he met Cable. Cable used him as a distraction to help Cable’s Underground break into the Weapon X compound. John began boiling Colcord’s blood, but he didn’t know that his new awesome powers were killing him, so he died. He was a washout, in name and in life, but according to Cable:
“John Lopez died a hero.”
Oh, and Mr. Sinister took his remains, so hope is abound!
Necrosha is happening now, and this would have been the perfect opportunity for the X-writers to hop back on the X-JLO bandwagon, but alas, Chris Yost told me yesterday that he will not be appearing in Necrosha. I have hope that one day, the X-books’ Hydro-man will return to us in all his glory.
Please discuss this aquatic wonder!
PS – this is a POSITIVE devotion thread, if you wish to be a hater, start your own “I hate Washout thread.”