07-04-2012, 04:58 AM
Q87: Who were the “All New, All Different, X-Men?”
A87: Well, the short answer is the team that was introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1. The long version...
The original run of “X-Men (vol. 1)” lasted 66 issues, from 1963 through 1970, and featured the adventures of the original X-Men, Professor X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, Angel, then later Mimic, Havok, Polaris, and in a roundabout way, Changeling. It was technically cancelled after that point due to low sales, and X-Men (vol. 1) #67-93 were reprints of that teams adventures from the original 66 issues.
In 1975, writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum teamed up to create Giant-Size X-Men #1, and in a story titled “Second Genesis”, Cyclops and Professor X put together a new group of X-Men, a group of mutants from around the entire globe, to rescue the rest of the original members from a mission gone bad on the island of Krakoa. Beginning with the next issue, Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #94, legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont began his sixteen year run on the title, working with Dave Cockrum, and then later, other big name artists like John Byrne, Paul Smith, and John Romita Jr. through the “All New, All Different” era, which is generally considered to have been from 1975-1986.
The team assembled as the “All New, All Different” team in Giant-Size X-Men #1 was:
- Professor X (Charles Xavier)- The founder of the school, and the X-Men’s leader, returning with his immense telepathic powers.
- Cyclops (Scott Summers)- The X-Men’s original field leader, back to resume that duty with his power of optic blasts.
- Banshee (Sean Cassidy)- A former ally of the original X-Men from Ireland, with the power of a sonic scream.
- Sunfire (Shiro Yashida)- A former acquaintance of the original X-Men from Japan, with radiation-related fire powers.
- Colossus (Piotr Rasputin)- A young Russian mutant with the power to transform his body into organic steel, granting him immense strength and durability.
- Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)- A young German mutant who looked like a demon with the powers of teleportation, a prehensile tail, the ability to cling to walls, and the ability to become invisible in shadows.
- Storm (Ororo Munroe)- An African mutant with the power to control the weather.
- Thunderbird (John Proudstar)- A Native American mutant with super-strength and agility.
- Wolverine (aka Logan, and much later revealed to be James Howlett)- A Canadian mutant with a healing factor, enhanced senses, an unbreakable adamantium skeleton, and adamantium claws that could cut through any material.
In Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #94,, after rescuing Jean Grey, Angel, Beast, Iceman, Havok, and Polaris from Krakoa, most of the original team went their separate ways, with Jean getting an apartment in New York City with Misty Knight, Beast joining the Avengers, Iceman and Angel moving out to Los Angeles to form the Champions, and Havok and Polaris choosing to go off to college together. Sunfire immediately returned from Japan in that issue, as well. From there, the roster of the “All New, All Different” X-Men would remain mostly stable, until right around the time of the “Mutant Massacre”.
The following changes to the team roster did occur through Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #94-210:
- Thunderbird was killed attempting to stop Count Nefaria from escaping on his plane in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #95.
- Moira MacTaggert, Xavier’s longtime ally, would come to the school in person in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #96, and remain for a time as most over-qualified housekeeper in the history of the Marvel Universe.
- Jean Grey effectively re-joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #98, when she was kidnapped by Sentinels sent by Stephen Lang while out on a date with Cyclops around Christmas Eve. The real Jean would of course, go missing after Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #100, placed in a cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay by the Phoenix Force, who would replace her.
- The Phoenix Force would take Jean Grey’s place on the team, posing as Jean, but calling herself Phoenix in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #101.
- Banshee would leave the team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #129 to remain on Muir Isle with Moira MacTaggert, due to injuries sustained to his vocal cords to stop the threat of Moses Magnum while he was attempting to sink all of Japan into the ocean in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #119.
- Kitty Pryde was recruited by the X-Men to come to Xavier’s school in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #129, and was active as an X-Man in Danger Room exercises for the first time in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #139.
- The Phoenix Force, posing as Jean Grey, would commit suicide on the Blue Area of the Moon at the end of the “Dark Phoenix Saga” in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #137.
- Cyclops would leave the team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #138, after the funeral for Jean Grey. Storm would take over as the team’s field leader from that point. Cyclops would still cross paths with the team in that interim, including a battle with Magneto in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #150, and the manipulations of Mastermind in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #174-175. His marriage to Madelyne Pryor would be in jeopardy when he would attempt to retake his position as the team’s field leader in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #200-201, but he would return with Madelyne to Alaska.
- Carol Danvers, after being stripped of her powers by Rogue, became a guest of the Xavier’s School in Avengers Annual (vol. 1) #10.
- Lockheed, the alien Kitty would adopt as her pet “dragon”, first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #161 on the Brood homeworld, and he followed her home, saving her as she encountered the young offspring of the Sidrian Hunters, and remained her pet and an honorary X-Man in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #168.
- Rogue would leave the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III, reform her criminal ways, and join the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #171, seeking to find a way to control her powers at the Xavier Institute. Obviously, this led to Carol Danvers leaving the school, as well.
- Rachel Summers first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #141, during the “Days of Future Past” storyline, and returned from the future again later, being taken in by the team officially in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #184. She stayed with the team until disappearing after a dispute with Wolverine, over killing Selene, in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #209.
- Katie Power would be made an honorary X-Man in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #195, after helping the X-Men rescue her siblings from the Morlocks, but not permanently join the team.
- Professor Xavier would depart from the Xavier’s School in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #200, leaving for the stars with the Shi’ar Empress, Lilandra, to find a means to avoid dying using the advanced medical technologies and scientific resources of her empire.
- Magneto, during a period where he sought to reform his villainous ways, would be given the position of headmaster at Xavier’s School for Higher Learning by Professor X when he departed in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #200.
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07-08-2012, 07:44 AM
Q88 Who were the “Outback X-Men?”
A88: The “All New, All Different” X-Men's roster was mostly stable from Giant Size X-Men #1 to about the “Mutant Massacre”. When several X-Men were wounded in that battle, they would go to Muir Isle, and be replaced with new characters on the team. After the events of “Fall of the Mutants”, that team would allow the world to believe they were still dead after their battle with the Adversary at Eagle Plaza, and operate in secret out of the base once used by the Reavers in the Australian Outback. Thus, the “Outback Era” X-Men. This team was active through the “Inferno” crossover, and remained mostly intact until Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #251 when the majority of the team would end up being scattered across the globe by their escape from the Reavers through the Siege Perilous. The team during the “Outback Era” included:
- Storm- Remained after “Mutant Massacre”, until she was kidnapped and reduced to childhood by Nanny in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #248.
- Wolverine- Remained after “Mutant Massacre”.
- Rogue- Remained after “Mutant Massacre”, and was lost from the team for awhile after being pulled into the Siege Perilous by Master Mold during their battle in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #247.
- Colossus- Recuperated from injuries after “Mutant Massacre” on Muir Isle, rejoining in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #225, when he asked Magik to come to Muir Island and teleport him back to the team. He would remain on the team until he went through the Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #251, turning up again in New York City in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #259, where he was partially amnesiac, and starting a career as an artist.
- Psylocke (Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock)- Freed from Mojo in New Mutants (vol. 1) Annual #2, the telepathic Psylocke remained at the Xavier Mansion for some time as a guest, and is considered to have joined in full capacity during the “Mutant Massacre” in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #212, when her telepathy became an asset to the team. She would go missing after her trip through the Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #251, turning up as Lady Mandarin in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #256.
- Longshot - Arrived in the Danger Room, unknowingly as part of a trap devised by Mojo, in Uncanny X-Men Annual (vol. 1) #10,
and stayed as a guest before being put on the roster to replace X-Men injured in the Mutant Massacre in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #215. He would leave the team to “find himself” in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #248.
- Dazzler (Alison Blaire)- Dazzler, with her power to convert sound into light effects, had been offered a place on the X-Men more than once, but after she was possessed by the Marauder known as Malice, and was saved by the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #214, she finally did join the team. After her trip through the Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #251, Dazzler would be found on the beach in Malibu, California, and remain there with Lila Cheney and Strong Guy, effectively leaving the team at the time.
- Havok (Alex Summers)- Seeking to warn the X-Men of a Brood ship that he found in the desert in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #218, Havok returned to New York to seek out the X-Men. Because the team wanted to remain hidden in secret to hunt for the Marauders, Psylocke attempted to use her telepathy to erase his memory of having found them. The psi-shields placed in his mind by Professor X were too strong, however, so instead, he offered to join the team again in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #219. His departure would come after a trip through the Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #251, where he would not be found until Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #270, amnesiac, and serving as one of the Genoshan Magistrates.
- Madelyne Pryor- After Cyclops left Alaska to form the superhero team, X-Factor, she would be attacked by the Marauders in San Francisco in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #206. Madelyne would survive, awakening in a San Francisco hospital from a coma in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #215. She would contact the X-Men, who would narrowly rescue her from the Marauders again in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #221-224. She remained with the team as an ally until “Inferno”, when her infernal bargain with the demon S’ym would transform her into the Goblyn Queen in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #241.
Those that left the X-Men team during the “Mutant Massacre”, or after it did so under the following circumstances:
- Magneto: Remained headmaster of the Xavier School, watching over the New Mutants.
- Nightcrawler- Nightcrawler would have his teleportation power affected adversely while in battle against Nimrod in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #209, and not long thereafter, as the X-Men fought the Marauders in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #211, Riptide injured him severely and he was left comatose for weeks. Kurt would be taken to Muir Isle to recuperate under the care of Moira MacTaggert, eventually becoming the leader of a new superhero team, Excalibur.
- Kitty Pryde- During the “Mutant Massacre”, in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #211, Kitty would jump in the path of one of Harpoon’s energized weapons, trying to shove her clear, and then allow it to phase through her. However, as an unexpected side effect, Kitty began to become permanently intangible, and could not return to a solid state. The X-Men sought the help of Reed Richards to save her in the Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men mini-series, where Dr. Doom ended up curing her condition. She moved to Great Britain with Nightcrawler and eventually form the new superhero team, Excalibur.
Other key allies of the X-Men during this period include:
Forge- The inventor and shaman would appear for the first time in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #184, become a love interest for Storm in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #186, and later, aid the X-Men in battle against the Adversary in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #225-226.
Callisto- The leader of the Morlocks would end up allying with the team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #211, eventually going to Muir Isle to serve as Moira MacTaggert's bodyguard. She would return to New York in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #253, prior to the Reavers' attack on Muir Isle.
Gateway- The enigmatic mutant teleporter would first appear in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #229, and accompany the X-Men through their time both in the Outback, and later at the Xavier School before going to the Massachusetts Academy in Generation X #1.
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07-15-2012, 05:21 AM
Q89: Who were the “Muir Island X-Men?”
A89: After the “Outback X-Men” escaped the fury of the Reavers through the Siege Perilous in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #251 (except Wolverine, who would escape after a brief capture thanks to Jubilee in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #252-253), an enraged Donald Pierce decided to strike at any place where Wolverine could possibly flee to. And the most likely place, he felt, was Moira Mactaggert’s Muir Island Research Facility. The Reavers attacked Muir Island in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #254, forcing Moira and Banshee to throw together a patchwork team of mutants and their allies to fend off the murderous cyborgs, especially considering the island’s residents included several Morlocks still recovering from being attacked by the Marauders during the “Mutant Massacre”, and the radically altered children known as the Warpies. Valerie Cooper and the United States government would receive word of the attack and immediately send in Forge and Freedom Force to provide additional support, eventually forcing the Reavers to retreat. The characters united in this team would be featured in stories often through the “Muir Island Saga”.
The team of “Muir Island X-Men” included:
- Moira MacTaggert- The human geneticist and long-time ally of the X-Men, who had first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #96.
- Banshee (Sean Cassidy)- The former X-Man, who lost his powers defeating Moses Magnum in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #119, but briefly got them back in Marvel Comics Presents (vol. 1) #17-24, when he was infected with the Retribution Virus, albeit not at their full potentcy. He began the Reavers’ attack without his sonic scream, but after he was shot with a sniper rifle in the chest by Cole, and then teleported back to Muir Island, he was cured by the Morlock, Healer, and his powers were fully returned to him as well.
- Polaris (Lorna Dane)- Polaris would be freed of Malice’s influence when Zaladane would use a device created by the Savage Land Mutate, Brainchild, to drain her of her magnetic powers in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #250. In lieu of her magnetic powers, Polaris developed the ability to convert negative emotional energy into super-strength and invulnerability. She was on a freighter after escaping from the Savage Land in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #253 when the entire crew went crazy and started attacking her. After being rescued by Banshee, she was taken to Muir Island, and she utilized her new powers in battle against the Reavers in defense of the island when they attacked.
- Legion (David Haller)- Professor Xavier’s son, who first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #26, suffers from a form of borderline personality order where as he develops new superhuman abilities, his mind develops a new fractured personality attributed to it. While Legion’s original power was telepathy, he also has a pyrokinetic power with a personality named Cyndi, and his telekinetic power is linked to a personality named Jack Wayne, who is decidedly more sociopathic.
- Sunder (Mark Hallett)- The Morlock with the power of super-strength first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #169, and was shot and killed in the battle against the Reavers in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #254, when, as he was trying to escort the Warpie children to safety behind Legion’s telekinetic shield, the Jack Wayne persona took over Legion, and removed all of the shield, save what was protecting himself.
- Brigadier Alysande Stuart- Alysande Stuart first appeared in Excalibur (vol. 1) #6, and was a human member of the British Weird Happenings Organization (W.H.O.) that investigated paranormal and superhuman activity. She had arrived on Muir Island with Amanda Sefton, searching for Excalibur while they were lost on alternate Earths during the “Cross Time Caper”, and was meeting with Banshee to see if any insight could be gained into Excalibur’s disappearance when the Reavers attacked. She suited up in an X-Man uniform and helped defend the island using her military training.
- Amanda Sefton- Amanda Sefton, the human sorceress, first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #98, and is Nightcrawler’s adopted sister and sometimes lover. She had arrived on Muir Island with Alysande Stuart, searching for Excalibur while they were lost on alternate Earths during the “Cross Time Caper”, and was meeting with Banshee to see if any clues could be gained into Excalibur’s disappearance when the Reavers attacked. She suited up in an X-Man uniform and helped defend the island using her magical abilities.
- Tom Corsi- Tom Corsi first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #19, and was a human member of the Xavier’s School staff. During the “Demon Bear Saga, he was charged with magical energy, which granted him superhuman strength, agility, and durability in New Mutants (vol. 1) #20. He and Sharon Friedlander had accompanied the wounded Morlocks and Magneto to Muir Island after the “Mutant Massacre”, and suited up in an X-Man uniform and helped defend Muir Island during the Reavers’ attack.
- Sharon Friedlander- Sharon Friedlander first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #19, and was a human member of the Xavier’s School staff. During the “Demon Bear Saga, she was charged with magical energy, which granted her superhuman strength, agility, and durability in New Mutants (vol. 1) #20. She and Tom Corsi had accompanied the wounded Morlocks and Magneto to Muir Island after the “Mutant Massacre”, and suited up in an X-Man uniform and helped defend Muir Island during the Reavers’ attack.
- Forge- Forge arrived with Freedom Force to help defend the residents of Muir Island from the Reavers’ attack in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #255, and in the wake of that battle, suggested to Banshee that they should team up and begin searching the globe for the missing X-Men.
- Siryn (Theresa Rourke Cassidy)- Banshee learned he had a daughter named Theresa, a fact that had been kept from him by his cousin, Black Tom Cassidy, in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #148. She, much like her father, has the power of a sonic scream. She would be confirmed as one of the children on Muir Island in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #278.
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07-18-2012, 09:41 PM
Q90: Who were the Gold Team and Blue Team X-Men of the early 1990s?
A90:Alright, here’s how the X-Mean team got to that incarnation…
In the 1980s, the X-Men Franchise had already branched out into several titles, other than Uncanny X-Men, and the concept of the “crossover” had already begun to become an annual practice by the end of that decade. The X-books would come back together into one story that tied the X-Universe back together. These stories became, at the time, the moments where the roster would most often change. The late 1980s had examples such as “Mutant Massacre”, then “Fall of the Mutants”, and then “Inferno”. Prior to the next big crossover, two new characters were introduced to the X-Men team:
- Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), an orphaned runaway, half-Chinese American immigrant with the power to produce plasmoid fireworks from her hands first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #244, following the women of the X-Men’s Outback Team at a Beverly Hills Mall, fascinated with them. She jumped through Gateway’s portal back to their Australian base, and soon become Wolverine’s “sidekick”, of sorts, after saving his life from the Reavers, and declaring herself to be an X-Man.
- Gambit (Remy LeBeau), a Cajun thief with the ability to charge objects with kinetic energy until they exploded made his X-Men debut in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #266, and quickly became an ally of Storm, rescuing her from the Shadow King’s proxies at a point where she had been reduced to the age of a child by Nanny, and did not have her powers.
That next big crossover would be the “X-Tinction Agenda”, where all of the X-Men team, the New Mutants, and X-Factor (the Original X-Men) would battle against the corruption of the leaders of Genosha, the Genoshan Magistrates and Cameron Hodge, as well as a brainwashed Havok, who they would rescue. In the wake of that event, the roster of the team would shift to the following line-up:
- Storm (now returned to adulthood)
The next crossover, the “Muir Island Saga”, would bring even more of the lost X-Men like Rogue and Colossus back together on Muir Island to battle the Shadow King, led by Professor Xavier, now returned from his time away in the Shi’ar Empire, alongside X-Factor (the original X-Men). And in the wake of that battle, under the leadership of Professor X, X-Factor’s members joined the X-Men. Several characters on Muir Island would become the new government sponsored X-Factor team, under Havok’s command. But the X-Men’s overall team roster ballooned its ranks to fifteen total members.
- Professor X
- Jean Grey
Two members would soon depart, however, as Forge would propose to Storm in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #290, and frustrated that she did not immediately answer, would leave the team with Mystique, still distraught over Destiny’s death, in tow. Banshee, similarly, would leave the team after X-Men (vol. 2) #5 to seek out Moira MacTaggert before being placed on either of the two X-Men squads. A new X-Man would arrive from a bleak future for mutants, however and end up being brought onto the team to help prevent it from coming to pass:
Finally, the X-Men were reorganized into two squads in X-Men (vol. 2) #1, and the two titles followed each of those squad‘s adventures more closely. The Blue Team was the focus in X-Men (vol. 2) and the Gold Team was the focus in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1).
X-Men- Blue Team
X-Men- Gold Team
- Jean Grey
In addition, the X-Men had a few mutant “guests” at the Xavier Mansion in the early 1990s, who were not members of either X-Men squad, but were allowed to stay in some cases even in spite of past antagonism towards the team.
- Mystique (Raven Darkholme)- The former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III, as well as Freedom Force was a guest at the mansion after the “Muir Island Saga” in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #289, leaving in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #290 to go to Eagle Plaza in Dallas with Forge.
- Mikhail Rasputin- The cosmonaut brother of Colossus who could manipulate matter at the subatomic level was rescued from an alternate dimension where he was trapped in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #285, before leaving in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #291, eventually leading to him flooding the Morlock Tunnels and taking the surviors with him to the alternate dimension known as “The Hill“, where they would become Gene Nation in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #293.
- White Queen (Emma Frost)- The telepathic member of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club was brought to the Xavier Mansion while she was comatose after Trevor Fitzroy’s attack upon the Hellfire Club that took the lives of her students, the Hellions in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #281, arriving in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #283 and she eventually awoke, and remained there until she ultimately left in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #318, eventually to return to the Massachusetts Academy and re-open it as co-headmaster with Banshee.
- Ilyana Rasputin- While Ilyana was a guest of the school earlier, after the “Inferno” crossover had undone the advanced aging caused in her during her time in Limbo, and apparently freed her from demonic influence, she was originally sent back to Russia to live with her parents. However, after her parents were murdered and Colossus rescued her when she was kidnapped by the Soul Skinner in X-Men (vol. 2) #19, she was brought to stay at the Xavier Institute in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #300. Sadly, she would die of the Legacy Virus in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #303.
- Revanche (Kwannon)- The Hand assassin experimented on, and genetically altered with Psylocke came to the mansion in X-Men (vol. 2) #20 to reveal the truth about Betsy Braddock. She had already caught the Legacy Virus, and was allowed to stay at Xavier’s until X-Men (vol. 2) #32, when she passed away from the disease.
- Sabretooth (Victor Creed)- The mass-murdering feral mutant and former Marauder was brought to the school in X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #3, and Professor Xavier decided to allow him to stay, in the hopes he could rehabilitate him of his murderous rages. He escaped captivity in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1)#328.
That about covers the team changes from the early 1990s.
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07-25-2012, 03:26 PM
Q91: What were the mid-1990s roster changes to the X-Men team?
A91:The X-Men’s main roster began rapidly changing in the mid-1990s with long time mainstays taking leaves of absence while other new characters joined for the first time. Similarly, other characters would join other teams of mutant superheroes, and others would come back for the first time. This would probably best be handled by a chronological timeline. I‘ll underline the names of new characters to the team…
- Colossus left the X-Men to join the Acolytes at his sister Ilyana’s funeral in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #304. After spending some time with them, and questioning their methods, he disembarked from their company, and would eventually join Excalibur on Muir Isle, in Excalibur (vol. 1) #92.
- Psylocke and Archangel left the team to recuperate from traumatic injuries in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #331. Psylocke had been eviscerated by Sabretooth in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #328 and was treated with the mysterious Crimson Dawn to save her life, and Archangel’s wings were damaged by Sabretooth while the X-men were hunting him down after his escape in Sabretooth: In the Red Zone.
- After the events of the “Phalanx Covenant”, Jubilee and Banshee left the X-Men in Generation X #1, and went to the new school opened for mutants at Emma Frost’s Massachusetts Academy.
- Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), the long time member of the New Mutants, and then X-Force, was promoted to the main X-Men roster in X-Force (vol. 1) #44.
- Beast would be kidnapped by his doppelganger from Earth-295, the Dark Beast in X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #10, and be held captive while Dark Beast infiltrated the X-Men. He would not be freed until he was found by Mystique and Sabretooth in X-Factor (vol. 1) #126.
- Iceman would take a leave of absence from the X-Men to tend to his father, who was grievously injured by members of the Friends of Humanity in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #340.
- Joseph, the clone of Magneto, would first appear in X-Men (vol. 2) #46, and would battle alongside the X-Men and join the team in X-Men (vol. 2) #55.
- Bishop would go missing from the X-Men while they were adventuring in space in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #348, adventuring for a time with Deathbird. He would not end up returning to the team until X-Men (vol. 2) #92.
- Gambit was briefly removed from the X-Men when they learned he assembled the Marauders for Mr. Sinister prior to the “Mutant Massacre” in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #350, when Rogue left him behind in the cold of Antarctica. He would return to the team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #361.
- Iceman would return to the X-Men during “Operation: Zero Tolerance” in X-Men (vol. 2) #66.
- Dr. Cecelia Reyes would be saved by Iceman while under attack from Prime Sentinels in X-Men (vol. 2) #66, during “Operation: Zero Tolerance" and would become a reluctant member of the X-Men team.
- Marrow (Sarah ???), the former member of Gene Nation, would join the X-Men in X-Men (vol. 1) #68, during the chaos of “Operation: Zero Tolerance”, and would remain on the team until she left for unknown reasons during the “Six Month Gap”.
- Maggott (Japheth ???), a mysterious South African mutant with the mutant power to have his digestive system leave his body in the form of two giant slugs that could eat anything, first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #345. He would join the X-Men in X-Men (vol. 2) #70.
- Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, and Colossus would re-join the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #360, after Excalibur disbanded during the “Hunt for Xavier” storyline.
- Maggott would leave the X-Men in X-Men (vol. 2) #79, going to the Massachusetts Academy to supposedly join Generation X. However, he only was at the school for two issues of that comic, Generation X #48-49, before departing to hunt for the villain Slaughter.
- Cannonball would take a leave of absence from the X-Men to take care of his sick mother back in Kentucky in X-Men (vol. 2) #79.
- Joseph would apparently be killed while trying to prevent Magneto from destroying the magnetosphere in X-Men (vol. 2) #87.
- Wolverine was replaced by a Skrull imposter in X-Men (vol. 2) #90, and was brainwashed by Apocalypse to become his new Horseman of Death in Wolverine (vol. 2) #145. The Skrull imposter infiltrated the team successfully until Wolverine, as Death, killed him in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 2) #3.
- Both Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers) and X-Man (Nate Grey) joined the X-Men prior to “The Twelve” in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 2) #1.
In addition, guests at the Xavier mansion, or important temporary allies of the X-Men included:
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07-25-2012, 03:27 PM
Q92: Who were the “Eve of Destruction X-Men?”
A92: In the year 2001, a four issue X-Men crossover was published between Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1), and X-Men (vol. 2), entitled “Eve of Destruction”. Prior to this story, Storm took a team of X-Men to search for Destiny’s diaries, and various other team members left the team for personal reasons. Most importantly, however, the Legacy Virus was cured in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #390, and as a result thousands upon thousands of mutants suffering from the disease in Genosha were cured, overnight. Magneto, ruling Genosha at the time, immediately began preparing for his final war on humanity, which he felt he could win with how much his ranks had swelled. However, simply executing his plan to rule humanity was going to be realized wasn’t enough for Magneto, who kidnapped Professor X, and tried to force him watch his conquest while he would be chained to a cross in Magda Square in Genosha.
At the time, the “rest of the X-Men” was technically Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine, the latter two of whom were already working undercover in Genosha to help refugees flee into neighboring Wakanda through underground tunnels. That left Jean Grey alone to storm Genosha and mount a rescue for Professor Xavier, and thus, in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #392, she assembled the “Eve of Destruction” X-Men, who included:
- Dazzler (Alison Blaire)- Dazzler returned to Earth from the Mojoverse, without Longshot, and not wanting to talk about what happened in that realm.
- Frenzy (Joanna Cargill)- The super-strong and nearly indestructible Acolyte of Magneto, and longtime enemy of the X-Men was not a willing member of the “Eve of Destruction” X-Men, and was telepathically forced to join the team by Jean Grey, after Jean rescued her from imprisonment at the hands of American authorities.
- Sunpyre (Leyu Yashida)- The sister of the X-Men’s old ally, Sunfire, who had her own radiation powers.
- Northstar (Jean-Paul Barbier)- The super-speedster from Alpha Flight was recruited by Jean, in spite of Northstar having retired as an adventurer for the rescue mission.
- Omerta (Paulie Provenzano)- Paulie was impervious to all physical harm, and had the defining character trait of being particularly homophobic, which was pretty well exhibited in his dealings with Northstar.
- Wraith (Hector Rendoza)- Wraith was a mutant with invisible skin, who could touch others and temporarily make their skin invisible to others observing, which would also disorient whomever he touched, as a side effect. Wraith was saved from an angry mob out to kill him by Jean Grey.
In spite of the fact that their mission ended up being successful, the “Eve of Destruction” X-Men were disbanded immediately after this story. While Northstar, Dazzler, and Frenzy currently are serving on X-teams at the time of this posting, the newer recruits didn’t fare so well. Sunpyre was killed by Mystique, who slashed her throat while she was working for Banshee’s X-Corps in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #405. Omerta was apparently killed at the Neverland Prison Camp in Weapon X (vol. 2) #5, but due to a colorist’s error, the character appearing who was meant to him had completely different colored hair. He’s still believed to be deceased, however. And finally, Wraith… has not appeared in one comic since the “Eve of Destruction” storyline. He was listed as one of the many mutants who lost their powers due to the Decimation on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s computers in New Avengers (vol. 1) #18.
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07-29-2012, 04:56 AM
Q93: Who were the New Mutants?
A93: While the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters started as a place where Professor X would teach young mutants how to control, and use their mutant powers to bring about a world where humans and mutants could coexist peacefully with the original X-Men, the team would soon, instead, have many adult mutants in its ranks, after Giant-Size X-Men #1. As Xavier’s team of X-Men would be feared dead after an encounter with the alien Brood in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #161-166, he would fall into a deep depression. It would be in Marvel Graphic Novel #4, that Xavier would be forced to come out of it, when various young mutants began to be sent to him, in need of help with their powers with nowhere else to turn to. These characters would be known as the New Mutants, and after that story, included:
- Karma (Xi'An Coy Manh): Karma, a Vietnamese mutant with the power to psionically dominate others.
- Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair): Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant who was brought to Professor X by Moira Mactaggert, had the power to metamorphose into a lupine form or that of a human/wolf hybrid.
- Mirage II (Danielle Moonstar, aka Psyche): Mirage, a Native American mutant who could generate astral energy to access the mental impressions of others, manifesting it as their intense fears or desires, as well as animal telepathy.
- Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta): Sunspot, a Brazilian mutant who had the power to absorb sunlight and metabolize it into bio-energy that permeated his body to increase his strength, endurance, and resilience.
- Cannonball II (Sam Guthrie): Cannonball, a mutant from Kentucky, has the mutant power to release thermochemical energy as an impenetrable blast field around his body, that could rocket him through the air at the speed of sound while making him impervious to physical harm and able to extend that invulnerability to whatever he carried.
Their adventures were soon featured in their own title, New Mutants (vol. 1). Over time, more characters joined the New Mutants, including:
- Magma (Amara Aquilla): First appearing in New Mutants (vol. 1) #8, Magma hailed from Nova Roma, and has the power to assume an energized state that allows her to ignite and direct flames, manipulate tectonic plates, cause seismic upheavals, summon volcanoes to the surface, and telekinetically propel bedrock. She joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #12.
- Magik (Ilyana Rasputin): Ilyana first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1, and soon developed the mutant power to produce teleportation portals native to Limbo, which allowed her to teleport through time and space. She was kidnapped by the lord of Belasco for a time, and trained as a sorceress, as well. She joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #15.
- Cypher (Doug Ramsey): Cypher first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #180, and has the power to psionically interpret, and speak any language. He joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #21.
- Warlock II: Warlock, the alien Technarch, first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #18 when he fell to Earth near the Xavier Institute. He joined the team for the first time in New Mutants (vol. 1) #21.
- Bird-Brain:One of the Ani-Mator’s Animates, Bird Brain was rescued by the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #56, and remained in their care until New Mutants (vol. 1) #61, when he chose to remain on Paradise Island.
- Rusty Collins[/U]: Rusty, a pyrokinetic mutant, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #1, and joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #76. His tenure with the team ended in New Mutants (vol. 1) #82, when he was arrested by Freedom Force.
- Skids (Sally Blevins): Skids, who had the mutant power of a protective, frictionless force-field around her, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #7, and joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #76. Her tenure with the team ended in New Mutants (vol. 1) #82, when he was arrested by Freedom Force.
- Boom Boom (Tabitha Smith):Boom Boom first appeared in Secret Wars II #5, and had the mutant power to create explosive concussive “time bomb” blasts. She joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #76.
- Rictor (Julio Richter): Rictor, a Mexican mutant with the power to create vibrational force that could cause shockwaves and earthquakes, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #17, and joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #76. He remained on the team until New Mutants (vol. 1) #98, when he left for Genosha to check up on Wolfsbane.
The New Mutants would be converted into X-Force by Cable after New Mutants (vol. 1) #100, with only Cannonball and Boom Boom as members from any incarnation of the New Mutants.
There’s a great detailed multi-page article about the original New Mutants team, over on uncannyxmen.net by their users, Peter Luzifer and sixhoursoflucy that I highly recommend, that covers the team under each of their mentors, starting with Professor X, then Magneto, and finally, Cable.
The New Mutants would often be reunited through the 1990s in the pages of X-Force (vol. 1), and in 2002, a new X-title was published under the name New Mutants (vol. 2) (written by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFillipis), that followed Dani Moonstar, Karma, and Wolfsbane, primarily, as they began careers as instructors at the Xavier Institute. This title was cancelled after 13 issues, and relaunched as New X-Men: Academy X, which would eventually come to be known as New X-Men (vol. 2). The focus quickly moved away from those from the original New Mutants team, however, and onto their students.
In 2008, New Mutants (vol. 3) was published (written by Zeb Wells), where the majority of the original New Mutants were placed onto a single team of mutant heroes by Cyclops, to handle threats to Utopia together. Originally, that team included Cannonball, Moonstar, Sunspot, and Magma, but in the first issue Magik would return from Limbo and aid them in capturing Legion. In New Mutants (vol. 3) #7, during “Necrosha”, the team would end up adding a resurrected Cypher to their ranks, as well as Warlock, who returned to Earth from space. The team would remain stable for some time, until New Mutants (vol. 3) #25, when after a change in writers from Wells to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the roster would lose Cannonball and Magik, and over the next few issues, add Nate Grey in New Mutants (vol. 3) #27 and Blink (albeit intermittently) in New Mutants (vol. 3) #34. They would be tasked with handling “loose ends” that the X-Men had left behind. The title’s cancellation was announced after New Mutants (vol. 3) #50.
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08-01-2012, 07:45 AM
Q94: What is X-Factor?
A94: With the formation of the “All New, All Different X-Men” in 1975, most of the original X-Men left the team, except for Cyclops, who stayed to help train the new members. Jean Grey moved to New York City, sharing an apartment with Misty Knight, before returning to the X-Men for a time. Beast would end up with the Avengers. Meanwhile, Iceman and Angel moved to Los Angeles, founding the Champions, before later joining the Defenders. Cyclops would eventually leave the X-Men, himself, after what he believed was the death of Jean Grey during the “Dark Phoenix Saga”, periodically returning to the X-Men. Soon he fell in love with and married Madelyne Pryor, and when she became pregnant, they moved to Alaska together.
In 1986, in Avengers (vol. 1) #263, the Avengers discovered a mysterious cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay. The story continued in Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #286, when the cocoon opened to reveal Jean Grey was not dead, but just placed in stasis by the Phoenix Force in between Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #99 and Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #100.
The Avengers informed Jean that the X-Men were under the leadership of Magneto, and advised her to call Angel, whose identity was publicly known. Jean did so, and Angel contacted the rest of the original X-Men to meet and form a new mutant super-hero team, X-Factor. Their goal was to operate under the guise of a mutant-hunting organization called the X-Terminators, and as X-Factor, in secret they would aid any mutant they “captured” when they would be contacted by the public about that mutant. Their adventures would be chronicled in X-Factor (vol. 1).
The team, of course included:
- Cyclops (Scott Summers)
- Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)
- Angel (Warren Worthington III)
- Beast (Hank McCoy)
- Iceman (Bobby Drake)
They did not realize at first, that their public relations officer, Cameron Hodge, was doing little to aid the public’s perception of mutants, but instead, was enflaming anti-mutant hysteria. By X-Factor (vol. 1) #9, after a battle with Freedom Force over Rusty Collins, Mystique figured out who the “X-Terminators” really were, and leaked their identities as the original X-Men to the media. In X-Factor (vol. 1) #15, Angel had apparently attempted suicide in light of his wings being amputated through the manipulations of Cameron Hodge, after his injuries during the “Mutant Massacre”, and due to the public embarrassment of his ruse being exposed. With their identities exposed, and several young mutants, as well as displaced Morlocks in their care, X-Factor from then on operated publicly in New York City.
Through their early adventures, they picked up a few younger mutants who they began to train in their mutant abilities. Those mutants included:
- Rusty Collins: Pyrokinetic mutant, saved by X-Factor in X-Factor (vol. 1) #1.
- Artie Maddicks: Mute mutant who could communicate through holographic images he created with his mind, rescued in X-Factor (vol. 1) #3.
- Skids (Sally Blevins): Former Morlock with a frictionless force-field, taken in during the “Mutant Massacre” in X-Factor (vol. 1) #10.
- Leech: Former Morlock with the power to negate other mutants' power, who was taken in during the “Mutant Massacre” in X-Factor (vol. 1) #10.
- Boom Boom (Tabitha Smith): Mutant with the ability to create concussive, explosive “time bombs” of energy, taken in by X-Factor in X-Factor (vol. 1) #12.
- Rictor (Julio Richter): Mexican mutant with the ability to create vibrational shockwaves, rescued by X-Factor from The Right in X-Factor (vol. 1) #17.
These wards would leave X-Factor prior to the events of “Inferno”. Leech and Artie were sent to a St. Simons’ School, Rusty surrendered to authorities for earlier offenses and was sent to prison, and the rest of the kids were sent to Phillips Exeter Academy. They would end up forming the X-Terminators with Wiz Kid, and later, Rusty, Skids, Boom Boom, and Rictor joined the New Mutants.
The original X-Men continued operating as X-Factor, occasionally teaming up with the X-Men during crossovers like "Muir Island Saga” and “X-Tinction Agenda”. They returned to the main X-Men team in X-Men (vol. 2) #1, officially, and starting in X-Factor (vol. 1) #71, X-Factor was completely overhauled, as a superhero team sponsored by the U. S. government with Valerie Cooper as their liaison. The new roster included:
- Havok (Alex Summers)
- Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)
- Polaris (Lorna Dane)
- Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
- Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox)
- Strong Guy (Guido Carosella)
Over time, the government-sponsored X-Factor would have characters leave, and others join them, including:
- Wild Child (Kyle Gibney)
- Shard (Shard Bishop)
- Random (Marshall Evan Stone III)
- Mystique (Raven Darkholme)
- Sabretooth (Victor Creed)
With the government insisting on the addition of those last two characters, X-Factor’s relationship with the them became strained, and they faked their own deaths and went “underground” in X-Factor (vol. 1) #132. Before the series would conclude, three members of Xavier’s Underground Enforcers, from Bishop and Shard’s future would return to the past, and join the team in X-Factor (vol. 1) #140.
- Archer (Jude Black) - Could transform his entire body into an energy form that could fire energy blasts.
- Fixx (Jane Doe) - A telepath whose powers were expressed through “psychic sprites”.
- Greystone - Possessed size-altering abilities and enhanced strength.
However, X-Factor (vol. 1) would be cancelled after X-Factor (vol. 1) #149, when Greystone would go crazy, and attempt to build a time machine to return to his own future. In trying to stop him as the device exploded, Havok would be propelled into the Mutant X universe, and the rest of X-Factor disbanded.
While there was an X-Factor (vol. 2) mini-series published in 2002, it was the story of a pair of F.B.I. agents working on cases as part of a Mutant Civil Rights Task Force.
In 2006, after the success of the Madrox mini-series, writer Peter David continued telling the story of Jamie Madrox and his mutant detective agency, “X-Factor Investigations” in New York City’s “Mutant Town” district. The new title, featuring their adventures in X-Factor (vol. 3). It starred:
- Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox)
- Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)
- Siryn (Theresa Rourke Cassidy)
- M (Monet St. Croix)
- Rictor (Julian Richter)
- Strong Guy (Guido Carosella)
- Layla Miller
Over time, Madrox’s detective agency would have some employees come and go, including:
- Darwin (Armando Munoz)
- Havok (Alex Summers)
- Polaris (Lorna Dane)
- Pip the Troll
X-Factor (vol. 3) was re-numbered after X-Factor (vol. 3) #50 and resumed the following issue as X-Factor (vol. 1) #200. It is currently ongoing.
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08-09-2012, 02:45 PM
Q95: Who were the Fallen Angels?
The Fallen Angels, also known at the Beat Streat Gang, were a team of superhumans featured in the Fallen Angels eight-issue mini-series in 1987, written by Jo Duffy. Originally, they were a group of superhuman pickpockets led by the mutant teleporter known as the Vanisher. His gang also had a cyborg named Gomi with two cybernetic ally-enhanced lobsters named Bill and Don, as well as the mutant alien from Coconut Grove named Ariel, and the young Korean mutant named Chance.
Soon, they had an influx of other mutants to their ranks, when Sunspot would run away from the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters after injuring Cannonball in a soccer game. Sunspot was accompanied by Warlock, and was eventually trailed to Beat Street by Siryn and Jamie Madrox (or at least one of his duplicates) in the hopes of bringing Sunspot back. Another mutant runaway, Boom Boom, would also join the group.
And before their many misadventures came to a close, the team accidentally teleported to the realm of Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy, who also joined their ranks.
After the miniseries ended, the gang all went their separate ways.
- Vanisher: Returned to his criminal ways.
- Chance: Not seen since.
- Ariel: Missing for many years, eventually joined the X-Men on Utopia.
- Gomi and Bill: Mentioned as potential Initiative recruits after the Civil War over SHRA.
- Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy: Returned to the Savage Land.
- Sunspot and Warlock: Returned to the New Mutants.
- Siryn and Madrox: Returned to Muir Island.
- Boom Boom: Taken in by X-Factor.
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08-13-2012, 04:49 AM
Q96: Who are Excalibur?
A96: After the “Mutant Massacre”, Kitty Pryde, and Nightcrawler went to Muir Isle to recover from injuries inflicted by the Marauders. In Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn, Rachel Summers returned to Earth after escaping the Mojoverse, with both the bounty hunters known as the Tech-Net, and the Warwolves attempting to reacquire her for Mojo. Rachel's path would cross with Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler, still grieving for the X-Men, and Captain Britain and Meggan, who were also coming to terms with the death of Psylocke during “Fall of the Mutants”. After fighting off Rachel’s pursuers, the quintet decided to form Excalibur, to fill the void left with the (supposed) deaths of the X-Men. Their adventures would be chronicled in Excalibur (vol. 1) which ran for 125 issues.
- Captain Britain (Brian Braddock)
- Meggan (Jamie Madrox)
- Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)
- Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner)
- Phoenix (Rachel Summers)
Other characters who would join the team included:
- Widget- A robot from the “Days of Future Past” timeline containing Kate Rasputin’s consciousness joined the team in Excalibur (vol. 1) #1. Widget left after Excalibur (vol. 1) #67.
- Kylun (Colin McKay)- Kylun joined in Excalibur (vol. 1) #46, and left in Excalibur (vol. 1) #71 to seek out his missing parents.
- Cerise II- A member of the Aerie race of Shi’ar from the planet Shaskofrugnon, Cerise possessed the ability to create solid projections of red photoplasmic energy. She joined in Excalibur (vol. 1) #47, and left after being found guilty of the deaths of the crew of a Shi’ar cruiser, to prevent the genocidal campaign being led by C’efn in Excalibur (vol. 1) #70.
- Feron- A magic user, Feron joined in Excalibur (vol. 1) #48, but was lost in Excalibur (vol. 1) #70, after being washed away from a waterfall.
- Micromax (Scott Wright)- Micromax joined in Excalibur (vol. 1) #49-50, but left to get a job with the Brand Corporation.
- Moira MacTaggert- Moira became a regular cast member starting in Excalibur (vol. 1) #71, when Excalibur began operating out of the Muir Island Research Facility.
- Daytripper (Amanda Sefton)- Amanda, a sorceress, joined in Excalibur (vol. 1) #75, and left the team in Excalibur (vol. 1) #108, deciding to assume the responsibility of ruling over Limbo to protect the Earth in
X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #19.
- Douglock- Douglock joined the team in Excalibur (vol. 1) #78.
- Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)- Wolfsbane joined in Excalibur (vol. 1) #90,
to care for Moira MacTaggert while she was dying from the Legacy Virus.
- Pete Wisdom-Formerly of the British spy agency Black Air, Pete Wisdom had the mutant power to create sharp razors of thermal energy out of his fingers. He first appeared in Excalibur (vol. 1) #86, joining in Excalibur (vol. 1) #91, leaving after breaking up with Kitty Pryde in Excalibur (vol. 1) #120.
- Colossus (Piotr Rasputin)- Colossus left the Acolytes and returned to Muir Island in Excalibur (vol. 1) #92, and joined the team.
Allies of Excalibur included:
- Alistaire Stuart- Head of the Weird Happenings Organization (W.H.O.).
- Alysande Stuart- Brigadier of the Weird Happenings Organization (W.H.O.), killed by Jamie Braddock in Excalibur (vol. 1) #55.
- Rory Campbell- A scientist working on Muir Island destined to one day become Ahab.
The final issue of the series, Excalibur (vol. 1) #125, was the wedding of Captain Britain and Meggan, featured every member of Excalibur from the series as wedding guests. Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, and Colossus returned to the X-Men thereafter, and the rest of the cast remained in the United Kingdom.
Excalibur (vol. 2) was a four-issue series launched in 2001 that featured Captain Britain leading a team of heroes who battled against the computer Mastermind, who had supplanted Roma, on Otherworld. The story featured:
- Captain Britain (Brian Braddock, Marvel-616)
- Psylocke (Betsy Braddock)
- Black Knight (Dane Whitman)
- Captain UK (Linda MacQuillan, of Earth-238)
- Crusader X (Bran Braddock of Earth-2122)
- Sir Benedict
Excalibur (vol. 3) launched in 2004, and took place in Genosha, after the genocide of the majority of its citizens at the hands of Cassandra Nova’s Sentinels. The book centered around the two most prominent leaders amongst mutants, Professor X, and Magneto, worked together to rebuild Genosha together. The cast included:
- Professor X (Charles Xavier)
- Magneto (Erik Magnus Lensherr)
- Wicked- A young woman with the mutant power to summon, and speak to ghosts.
- Freakshow- A survivor on Genosha with the mutant power to morph into a giant, super-strong monster.
- Callisto- The former Morlock allied herself with Magneto and Xavier in Excalibur (vol. 3) #2.
- Shola Inkosi – A telekinetic who first appeared in Mekanix #1, Shola was a Genoshan by birth who was in Chicago when Cassandra Nova’s Sentinels attacked, and returned to the island in Excalibur (vol. 3) #3-4, allying himself with Xavier and Magneto.
- Omega Sentinel (Karima Shapandar)- Formerly a police officer from India, Karima was forced to become Bastion’s Omega Prime Sentinel during Operation: Zero Tolerance, first appearing in X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #27. She was found in a stasis pod on Genosha in in Excalibur (vol. 3) #4, and recruited by Magneto and Xavier.
Excalibur (vol. 3) was cancelled after fourteen issues, as the Decimation hit and rebuilding a nation for mutants was no longer a concern for the dwindled mutant population.
New Excalibur was a title featuring a new Excalibur team that was forged together while several X-Men (including the rest of the original Excalibur) visited Captain Britain after Meggan went missing after the House of M. They would soon end up investigating the mystery of Shadow-X, a group of evil X-Men from an alternate Earth, who had apparently nearly murdered Dazzler. Pete Wisdom notified the visiting X-Men of the attack, and they battled Shadow-X together. Most of this group of heroes would unite as the New Excalibur team, hired by the British government with Pete Wisdom as their liaison, featuring:
- Pete Wisdom
- Captain Britain (Brian Braddock)
- Sage (Tessa)
- Juggernaut (Cain Marko)
- Dazzler (Alison Blaire)
- Nocturne (T.J. Wagner)
New Excalibur was cancelled after twenty-four issues, and the team was disbanded after the X-Men: Die By the Sword miniseries.
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08-21-2012, 05:31 AM
Q97: Who were the X-Terminators?
When X-Factor (vol. 1) launched in 1986, the Original X-Men were aiding mutants by masquerading as a team of “mutant-hunters” called the X-Terminators who would supposedly apprehend mutants who the human populace would notify them about by a hotline number. This façade only lasted nine issues before the truth was exposed to the media by Mystique and Freedom Force, after she recognized their powers and combat abilities through their disguises in X-Factor (vol. 1) #9.
As X-Factor began to rescue many young mutants, they would take them in as their wards at their headquarters, and over time, their X-Terminator personas would be forgotten. Over time, X-Factor would send Artie Maddicks and Leech off to the St. Simon’s School (which was supposed to be for dyslexics, but whatever), and Boom Boom, Skids and Rictor off to the Philips Academy, the prestigious boarding school after X-Factor (vol. 1) #33. Rusty Collins would serve his prison sentence for injuring Emma LaPorte in X-Factor (vol. 1) #1, as well.
The kids’ crazy life with X-Factor would hardly be at an end, however, as during “Inferno”, demons serving N’astirh would arrive at St. Simon’s and kidnap Artie and Leech, as part of a human sacrifice they were going to attempt to gain more power for N’astirh. A classmate of the two young mutants at St. Simon’s, Taki Matsuya (who called himself Wiz Kid), used his own mutant technoforming power to create a flying airship out of his wheelchair, and flew off to find the rest of the kids from X-Factor at the Philips Academy to save his friends, when his teachers didn’t believe his story about demons. Rictor, Boom Boom, Taki, and Skids went and broke Rusty out of prison, and the quintet went off to rescue Artie and Leech from N’astirh. This adventure was chronicled in the X-Terminators four-issue limited series, and the team of teens was referred to by that moniker when the story is discussed. However, after “Inferno”, Rusty, Skids, Boom Boom, and Rictor all joined the New Mutants in New Mutants (vol. 1) #76, while Wiz Kid, Artie and Leech were soon returned to St. Simon’s.
More details on the team:
- Rusty Collins[/U]: Rusty, a pyrokinetic mutant, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #1.
- Skids (Sally Blevins): Skids, who had the mutant power of a protective, frictionless force-field around her, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #7.
- Artie Maddicks: Mute mutant who could communicate through holographic images he created with his mind, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #3.
- Leech: Former Morlock with the ability to negate the mutant powers of others, who first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #179.
- Boom Boom (Tabitha Smith):Boom Boom first appeared in Secret Wars II #5, and had the mutant power to create explosive concussive “time bomb” blasts.
- Rictor (Julio Richter): Rictor, a Mexican mutant with the power to create vibrational force that could cause shockwaves and earthquakes, first appeared in X-Factor (vol. 1) #17.
- Wiz Kid (Taki Matsuya): Wiz Kid, with his technomorphic powers, first appeared in X-Terminators #1 .
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09-05-2012, 02:15 PM
Q98: What is X-Force?
A98: In New Mutants (vol. 1) #87, Rusty and Skids were being held in custody when they were broken out of prison by the Mutant Liberation Front. Pursuing the MLF was the enigmatic Cable. Unable to overcome his foes, Cable encountered the New Mutants, and recruited them to fight alongside him in battle against Stryfe and the MLF in New Mutants (vol. 1) #89.
Moving into the sub-basements below the Xavier Mansion in New Mutants (vol. 1) #90, the New Mutants began applying their powers in offensive ways, for combat. By the end of the “X-Tinction Agenda”, Warlock had apparently been killed, and Rictor, Wolfsbane, and Sunspot all left the team. The New Mutants would take on three new members, and soon became known as X-Force. Their mission was to pursue the dream of Charles Xavier, but to do so by proactively taking the fight to those who would work to prevent it. The original roster included:
- Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers): Cable first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #89, and possessed psionic powers that were kept in check by the techno-organic virus.
- Boom Boom, aka Boomer aka Meltdown
- Domino’s doppleganger (???): “Domino” was introduced in New Mutants (vol. 1) #98 as an old mercenary ally of Cable’s. However, this was actually Copycat disguised as Domino.
- Warpath (James Proudstar): First appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #16, joining the soon to be X-Force in New Mutants (vol. 1) #99 .
- Shatterstar: A refugee from the Mojoverse, Shatterstar had the power to create blasts of concussive force from his swords. He first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #100.
- Feral (Maria Callastanos): A mutant with a feline-mutation, Feral was a runaway Morlock who joined X-Force in New Mutants (vol. 1) #100.
Changes to X-Force through the years included:
- Siryn (Theresa Cassdiy): Siryn joined in X-Force (vol. 1) #5.
- Rictor (Julio Richter): Joined after defecting from Weapon PRIME in X-Force (vol. 1) #15.
- Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta): Joined after being rescued from the Damocles Corporation in X-Force (vol. 1) #15.
- Copycat (Vanessa Carlyle): was exposed as an impostor and left after X-Force (vol. 1) #15.
- Feral left in X-Force (vol. 1) #28.
- Domino (Neena “Beatrice” Thurman): The real Domino, with her probability-altering powers, first appeared as a captive of Tolliver in X-Force (vol. 1) #11. She was rescued by Cable in X-Force (vol. 1) #15, but she did not officially join X-Force until X-Force (vol. 1) #29.
- Cannonball left in X-Force (vol. 1) #44, to join the X-Men.
- Caliban: Joined in X-Force (vol. 1) #44.
- Rictor left in X-Force (vol. 1) #44 to dismantle his family’s gun-running empire in Mexico.
- Dani Moonstar: DanI defected from the MLF, with whom she was working undercover for S.H.I.E.L.D., and joined in X-Force (vol. 1) #68.
- Shatterstar left to go to Mexico to aide Rictor in X-Force (vol. 1) #70.
- Caliban: Caliban was kidnapped to serve as Apocalypse’s Horseman of Pestilence in X-Force (vol. 1) #70.
- Bedlam (Jesse Aaronson): Bedlam, with the mutant power to scramble minds, or technological equipment, first appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #82 and joined in X-Force (vol. 1) #85.
- Siryn left after having her vocal chords damaged by Feral in X-Force (vol. 1) #90.
- Pete Wisdom : Pete Wisdom recruited X-Force to perform black-ops missions, serving as their leader in X-Force (vol. 1) #102.
- Pete Wisdom faked his own death and left in X-Force (vol. 1) #105.
- Dani Moonstar and Domino left in X-Force (vol. 1) #106.
The rest of the original X-Force disbanded after X-Force (vol. 1) #115. Starting with X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and through X-Force (vol. 1) #129, the team was re-imagined as a media-sponsored superhero team created for the purpose of improving public opinion of mutants. For more on that incarnation of the team, see the FAQ #104 for “X-Statix” X-Force.
X-Force (vol. 2) was a six issue series that was a reunion for Cable, Domino, Caliban, Cannonball, and Boom Boom, where they united to battle against the alien threat of the Skornn.
During “Messiah CompleX”, in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #493, Cyclops assembled a team full of the X-Men’s best trackers to locate Hope, as a new X-Force. That team included:
Caliban would be shot and killed in New X-Men (vol. 2) #45. Cyclops would secretly begin to send the four remaining members on further strikes against the enemies of Utopia, during X-Force (vol. 3).
The team’s roster grew to include:
Cyclops ordered Logan to disband X-Force in X-Men: Second Coming #2, but Logan opted to continue to run his own team in secret, that included:
That team’s adventures would be chronicled in the new title, Uncanny X-Force.
Other members who later joined:
- Deathlok-Prime (???)- Joined in Uncanny X-Force #8 after being liberated by X-Force.
- Darkholme- The version of Nightcrawler from Earth-295, joined in Uncanny X-Force #19, choosing to remain on Earth-616 to hunt down any villains who had escaped Earth-295 to bring their evil to Earth-616.
- E.V.A.- After Fantomex was killed in Uncanny X-Force #27, E.V.A. gained full sentience and began serving on the team.
09-12-2012, 11:07 AM
Q99: Who were Generation X?
A99: In 1994, Scott Lobdell began laying plans for his first crossover, the “Phalanx Covenant”. The four issues of X-Men (vol. 2) and Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) dedicated to the “Generation Next” arc introduced several mutant teenagers struggling to survive against the threat of the Phalanx while being aided by Banshee and Emma Frost. These issues were a launching pad towards the formation of a new team of mutants who would be taught at the Massachusetts Academy, under the tutelage of Banshee and the White Queen, and their adventures would be chronicled in a title named after the team, Generation X.
Generation X featured:
- Banshee I (Sean Cassidy): Banshee, with his sonic scream, served as one of the headmasters of the school. He first appeared in X-Men (vol. 1) #28.
- White Queen (Emma Frost): The White Queen, with her telepathic powers, served as one of the headmasters at the Massachusetts Academy. She first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #129.
- Husk (Paige Guthrie): A metamorph with the ability to peel off her epidermis and reveal a new enhanced form underneath first appeared in New Mutants (vol. 1) #42.
- Jubilee (Jubilation Lee): First appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #244, and had the power to produce energy plasmoid “fireworks”.
- Synch (Everett Thomas): Synch, with his mutant synchronistic aura first appeared in X-Men (vol. 2) #36. He was killed by a bomb set by Adrienne Frost in Generation X #70.
- Claudette and Nicole St. Croix (a.k.a. M I, a.k.a. Penance II) : The St. Croix twins first appeared fused together, and impersonating Monet as M in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #316. The twins left the school with Carter St. Croix after Generation X #58.
- Monet St. Croix (a.k.a. M II, a.k.a. Penance I) : Monet first appeared as Penance, with super-dense skin and razor sharp claws in Generation X #1. She would be revealed to be her true self in Generation X #40, and wield the powers of telepathy, enhanced strength and durability, and flight.
(For the whole explanation of M, Penance, and Hollow, check FAQ Question #83.)
- Skin (Angelo Espinoza) : Skin, with his six extra square feet of controllable epidermis, first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #317.
- Chamber (Jonothan “Jono” Starsmore) : Chamber is a psionic bio-kinetic who is able to produce energy discharges from within his own body who first appeared in Generation X #1.
- ”Mondo” (???) The real Mondo’s first appearance was in Generation X #3, and he had the ability to absorb the physical properties of whatever he touched… but the real Mondo never joined Generation X. Instead, a plant simulacrum of him was used to infiltrate and spy on the team, placed there by Black Tom Cassidy, that was killed in Generation X #25.
(For more details about this, see FAQ Question #84.)
- Gaia: Gaia, an extra-dimensional mutant with reality warping powers first appeared in Generation X #37. She enrolled in the Massachusetts Academy in Generation X #44, but left in Generation X #51.
Wards, allies and employees of Generation X who stayed at the Massachusetts Academy included:
- Artie Maddicks: Artie Maddicks was brought to the school in Generation X #5-6, He was sent to stay with Carter St. Croix in Generation X #69.
- Leech (???) : Leech was brought to the school in Generation X #5-6, He was sent to stay with Carter St. Croix in Generation X #69.
- Chevy ???: One of Dennis Hogan‘s killers, Chevy was trying to “lay low” in Snow Valley. He was hired as groundskeeper at the school in Generation X #16, but never appeared again after Generation X #20.
- Mr. Bumpkin: Emma Frost's limo driver, who first appeared in Generation X #17.
- Franklin Richards: Brought to stay at the school in Generation X #20, after his parents were lost in battle to Onslaught. He remained until Generation X #25, when Man-Thing appeared to rescue the young wards of the school from Black Tom Cassidy.
- Tana Nile: A Rigellian alien who was found by Artie and Leech and kept at the school in secret in Generation X #20. She remained until Generation X #25.
- Howard the Duck:Visited the school in Generation X #23 who left in Generation X #25.
- Beverly Switzler: Visited the school in Generation X #23, and left in Generation X #25.
- Maggott (Japheth ???): Arrived at Massachusetts Academy in Generation X #48, but instead of enrolling, he left in Generation X #49 to pursue Slaughter.
- Adrienne Frost: Possessed psychometric abilities. First appeared in Generation X #48. She became the school’s headmistress in Generation X #49, when Emma Frost had to take out a loan from her to keep the school open. She remained until Generation X #56, when she fled after trying to kill Emma Frost in a Danger Room scenario that recreated the deaths of the Hellions. When she had a bomb placed at the school later, Emma shot and killed her in Generation X #70.
- Tom Corsi: Hired as the gym teacher at the school in Generation X #52. He was not seen at the school after Generation X #60 until the end of the series.
- Penance III (a.k.a. Hollow) : The St. Croix twins were separated from the shell of Penance in Generation X #57, and the entity remained separate from any of the St. Croix sisters. She remained at the school until being sent to stay with Carter St. Croix in Generation X #69. (For more on this, see FAQ Question #83.)
Generation X was cancelled after Generation X #75. Emma Frost apparently fled the United States after having killed Adrienne Frost on school grounds to avoid a police investigation, next appearing as a teacher in Genosha in New X-Men (vol. 1) #115 as the Sentinels unleashed by Cassandra Nova attacked. Chamber joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #398. Banshee still grieved for Moira MacTaggert until he reappeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #401-406, as the leader of the para-military police force for mutants, X-Corps. That team also featured Jubilee, Husk, and Monet as members. Skin returned to Los Angeles, where he worked as a fast food cook when he next appeared in X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #34.
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09-26-2012, 04:16 AM
Q100: Who were some of the new additions to the X-Men roster from 2000-2006?
A100: This is where the lines to discern who was, and was not an X-Man start to get blurred. Let’s try and take a look:
- Thunderbird III (Neal Sharra): Debuted as an X-Man in X-Men (vol. 2) #100, with the power of using his body’s cells as solar plasma reactors. Hewas already initiated, off-panel, by the other X-Men during the “Six Month Gap”. He quit the X-Men after X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #19.
- Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers): Cable, with his powers of telepathy and telekinesis, officially joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #381.
- Moonstar (Dani Moonstar): Dani, with her psionic power to channel the fears or desires of her foes, became an X-Man for the first time in X-Men (vol. 2) #102.
- Sage: Sage, with her mutant computer-like brain and ability to activate latent mutations, was drafted onto Storm’s team of X-Men in X-Men (vol. 2) #109, as part of the team that would search for Destiny’s Diaries.
- White Queen (Emma Frost) : After surviving the destruction of Genosha by Cassandra Nova’s Sentinels, Emma Frost joined the X-Men in New X-Men (vol. 1) #116.
- Xorn I (Kuan-Yin Xorn): The energy-wielding mutant known as Xorn was rescued by the X-Men from China, and recruited to the team in New X-Men (vol. 1) Annual 2001.
- Chamber (Jonothan Starsmore): Chamber, with his power to was brought onto the main X-Men team officially in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #398.
- Stacy-X (Miranda Leevald): After rescuing her from the Church of Humanity’s attack on the X-Ranch, the pheromone-manipulating mutant known as Stacy-X was recruited by the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #400.
- Lifeguard (Heather Cameron): Lifeguard, who had the power to bio-morph to adapt to stimuli was recruited to join Storm’s X-Men team in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #10.
- Slipstream (Davis Cameron): Slipstream, who had the power to create a teleportation “warp” wave, was recruited to Storm’s X-Men team in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #10.
- Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier): The long time member of Alpha Flight with the powers of super-speed and flight was recruited by Professor Xavier to teach at Academy X, and serve on Havok’s X-Men team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #414.
- Husk (Paige Guthrie): Husk, who could shed her epidermis and reveal a new metamorphic form underneath was placed on Havok’s X-Men team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #423.
- Juggernaut (Cain Marko): Looking to redeem himself for years of wrongdoing, the unstoppable Juggernaut was invited to stay at the mansion by Professor X, and joined Havok’s X-Men team in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #425.
- Xorn II (Shen Xorn) : The brother of the original Xorn, with similar energy powers, was discovered in China, and recruited to join Havok’s X-Men team in X-Men (vol. 2) #162.
- Mystique (Raven Darkholme): The mutant shape-shifter, Mystique, first took up the X-Men on an earlier offer to join them in X-Men (vol. 2) #174, arriving to join the team for the first time in X-Men (vol. 2) #181.
- Warpath (James Proudstar): Warpath, with his enhanced physical abilities, was drafted on to a team of X-Men being taken on a mission in the Shi’ar Empire by Professor X in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #475.
- Lady Mastermind (Regan Wyngarde): Lady Mastermind, with her psionic illusion powers, was recruited onto Rogue’s X-Men team in X-Men (vol. 2) #192.
- Sabretooth (Victor Creed): With his immense strength, claws, and healing factor, Sabertooth was recruited onto Rogue’s X-Men team in X-Men (vol. 2) #192.
- Omega Sentinel (Karima Shandipar): The Omega Prime Sentinel, Karima, was recruited onto Rogue’s X-Men team in X-Men (vol. 2) #192.
- Armor (Hisako Ichiki): Wolverine deemed Armor, who possesses the power to manifest psionic exo-armor, to be an X-Man for the first time in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #20.
- Hepzibah: The Mephistoid alien, and long time Starjammer known as Hepzibah joined the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #487.
Now, honestly, after 2005, after the “Decimation” storyline, it became a bit more difficult, and/or pointless to continue to keep track of who was a “true X-Man” and who wasn’t. With certain members of the Academy X students sometimes referred to as X-Men after that point, that line became blurred. By the time the X-Men moved to San Francisco in the X-Books in 2008, the roster and anyone mutant staying in the Marin Base became practically interchangeable. With the formation of the X-Club it became even further hard to differentiate who was on the team, and who was just in a support role. The final indicator, perhaps, was that on several occasions before big battles against those who would attack the X-Men’s new home on Utopia, that Cyclops declared every mutant on the island fighting for the survival of their race an X-Man (most notably in Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus #1 and during the climactic battle of “Second Coming”, in New Mutants (vol. 3) #14. Past that point, a character’s status as a “true X-Man” could probably be up for debate, if they were just living on Utopia, at all.
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10-08-2012, 08:24 AM
Q101: What was the “X-Treme X-Men” team?
A101: In November of 1999, in X-Men (vol. 2) #94, writer Alan Davis penned the first mention of Destiny’s Diaries, also known as the “Books of Truth”. In that issue, Kitty Pryde was sneaking around Mystique’s apartment while she slept, and she found one volume of the precognitive Irene Adler’s journals of cryptic accounts of future events that would come to pass inside a painting (later revealed to be the third volume of a set). The journal even made mention of Kitty one day discovering the diary, itself, under those circumstances, as well as referencing twelve powerful mutants known as “The Twelve”, who were part of a prophecy, of mutants who would oppose the ancient mutant Apocalypse.
During the storyline “Apocalypse: The Twelve”, the X-Men attempted to gain the advantage over Apocalypse by using Destiny’s books of prophecy to their advantage, and warn those who were targeted by the villain for capture. After that conflict was over, there would be thirteen such diaries penned by Destiny, as revealed during the “Dream’s End” crossover. Mystique had been driven to assassinate Senator Kelly, and attempt to unleash a strain of the Legacy Virus that would kill all the humans on Earth, based off of what she had learned from Destiny’s Diaries.
In X-Men (vol. 2) #109, Storm and several X-Men discussed the diaries, and believing that knowledge of the predestined future was an asset that would potentially corrupt even the noblest who might come into their possession, decided to form a team of X-Men dedicated to hunting them down, and preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.
The team formed would be known as the X-Treme X-Men, and their adventures were chronicled in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1).
That team’s original line-up was:
- Storm (Ororo Munroe)
- Rogue (Anna Marie)
- Sage (Tessa)
- Beast (Hank McCoy)
- Psylocke (Betsy Braddock)
- Bishop (Lucas Bishop)
- Thunderbird III (Neal Sharra)
The roster would change in various ways during their adventures, as well as their focus and mission.
- At the end of X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #2, Vargas ran Psylocke through with his sword, killing her.
- In X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #3, Beast was forced to leave the team due to grave injuries dealt to him by Vargas.
- Gambit was located by Rogue, and joined the team in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #5.
- Lifeguard and Slipstream first appeared in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #6, and officially joined the team in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #10.
- Slipstream left the team in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #18 after learning of his sister’s half-Shi’ar heritage.
- In X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #19, Thunderbird III, Lifeguard left the team to find Slipstream, and Rogue, and Gambit left the team to take a league of absence while their powers were not working to begin a personal life together. From this point on in the series, no mention was made of Destiny’s Diaries, whatsoever, and the team began dealing with threats to mutants around the globe, but still separate from the X-Men at the Xavier Institute.
- In X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #24, Storm recruited Cannonball to join her team.
- Wolverine and Shadowcat had a brief working with the team during an encounter with Reverend Stryker in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #25-30, but were not officially members of the team.
- Rogue and Gambit rejoined the team in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #31.
- In X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #36, the team officially became known as X-Treme Sanctions Executives.
- In their final mission together battling Elias Bogan, the team united with allies such as Shadowcat, Magma, Lila Cheney, Sunspot, and Skids in X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #40-45.
X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) would be cancelled, and end after X-Treme X-Men (vol. 1) #46.
In 2012, a new title came out called X-Treme X-Men (vol. 2), that featured a group of mutants who mostly debuted in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #44-47 from alternate Earths, teaming up to defeat the threat posed by evil versions of Charles Xavier in different alternate realities. The roster consisted of:
- Dazzler (Alison Blaire)- From Earth-616.
- Emmaline Frost- A version of Emma Frost from Earth-889
- General James Howlett- A version of Wolverine from Earth-208.
- Kurt Waggoner- A version of Nightcrawler from Earth-209.
- Professor X’s Head- From Earth-216.
The title is currently ongoing.