10-09-2012, 05:04 AM
Q102: What was X-Corporation?
A102: The X-Corporation, or X-Corp for short, was a worldwide organization founded by Professor Xavier in New X-Men (vol. 1) #128 as an extension of his X-Men. It had offices set up in various nations all over the world. The purpose of the X-Corp was to watch over mutant rights and help mutants in need. Basically, they fought for Xavier‘s dream, more in the way the United Nations tackles problems. The X-Corporation should not be confused with the similarly named X-Corps, the now defunct paramilitary outfit Banshee ran in Europe from Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #401-406.
The six locations known to have X-Corporation offices, and the mutants working within them were as follows:
- No employees of X-Corporation’s Amsterdam office were mentioned by name when the office was listed in New X-Men (vol. 1) #128.
- Domino (Neena “Beatrice” Thurman)
- Risque (Gloria Dolores Munoz)
- Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta)
- Magma (Amara Aquilla)
- Empath (Manuel de la Rocha)
- Skids (Sally Blevins)
- Skitz (???)
- Stringfellow (???)
- No employees of X-Corporation’s Amsterdam office were mentioned by name when the office was listed in New X-Men Annual 2001.
- Warpath (James Proudstar)
- Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida)
- Feral (Maria Callasantos)
- Thornn II (Lucia Callasantos)
- Cannonball (Sam Guthrie)
- Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna)
- Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox)
- M II (Monet St. Croix)
- Siryn (Theresa Cassidy)
- Rictor (Julio Richter)
- Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph)
For any other details, there is an article with further links at uncannyxmen.net about X-Corporation written by their user Peter Luzifer back in 2004.
10-16-2012, 10:15 AM
Q103: What were the Exiles?
A103: When a group of insectile scientists discovered a crystal palace outside of time called the Panoptichron, they accidentally damaged time itself by manipulating the palace's systems. To redeem themselves, these "Timebreakers" gathered teams of agents from across the Multiverse to visit alternate realities (in other words, any one of the Marvel Universe’s “alternate universes”) and repair broken chains of events caused by their actions, "healing" the timelines by putting them back on their proper path.
Using an interactive avatar dubbed the Time Broker, the bugs convinced their agents they had each become "unstuck in time", and by fixing other realities they could create a domino effect that would restore their individual place in the time stream. Each team was given a Tallus, a device which informed them of their mission in each reality, and governed their jumps between worlds (this all got revealed in Exiles (vol. 1) #63). The Exiles were one such team, appearing in their own series from Exiles (vol. 1), continuing in New Exiles, and then finally, a third series, Exiles (vol. 2).
For the first 66 issues of Exiles (vol. 1), the Exiles operated under a strict "one in, one out" policy, with a new member materializing to replace one who died or was incapacitated. From that point on, however, the Exiles made their way to the Crystal Palace and took control of the Timebreakers' system, giving them more control over their own team membership and travels. By the time Exiles (vol. 2) came about, a few of the original team members were now running things from within the Panoptichron, with Morph serving in place of the Timebroker, briefing operatives on their missions, while Blink-295, Nocturne-2182, and Sasquatch-3470, worked back within the Crystal Palace.
It has yet to be explained how Sabretooth-295 escaped from the walls of the Panoptichron to return to his own reality in the Age of Apocalypse ongoing series, or the fate of several other characters seen in its walls in Exiles (vol. 2) #6, such as Sage, or how exactly Psylocke was returned to the mainstream Marvel Universe, as well.
Characters from throughout the Multiverse who have been Exiles include:
- Blink (Clarice Ferguson) of Earth-295- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #1. She was taken off the team due to injuries incurred by the Vi-Locks in Exiles (vol. 1) #22, but returned to the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #37.
- Nocturne (Talia Josephine Wagner) of Earth-2182- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #1. Left the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #48. Returned to the team after X-Men: Die by the Sword #5.
- Mimic (Calvin Rankin) of Earth-12- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #1, died when killed by Proteus- in Exiles (vol. 1) #73.
- Morph (Kevin Sidney) of Earth-1081)- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #1.
- Magnus of Earth-27- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #1, died containing a nuclear explosion in Exiles (vol. 1) #2.
- T-Bird (John Proudstar) of Earth-1100- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #1, fell into a coma battling a version of Galactus on Earth- in Exiles (vol. 1) #10, remained in stasis in the walls of the Panoptichron until X-Men: Die by the Sword #1.
- Sunfire (Mariko Yashida) of Earth-2109- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #2, died in Exiles (vol. 1) #37 when a building collapsed on top of her as she battled a Brood-infested Mimic.
- Sasquatch (Heather Hudson) of Earth-3470- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #10 to replace Mimic. Left the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #58. Was brought back onto the team by Beak in Exiles (vol. 1) #66.
- Magik (Ilyana Rasputin) of Earth-4210- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #22, died in Exiles (vol. 1) #44 when she had her neck snapped by King Hyperion of Earth-4023.
- Namora of Earth-2189- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #44, killed by King Hyperion of Earth-4023 when blasted with his heat vision in Exiles (vol. 1) #64.
- Beak (Barnell Bohusk) of Earth-616- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #48, left the team to return to his own reality in Exiles (vol. 1) #72.
- Sabretooth (Victor Creed) of Earth-295- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #59.
- Holocaust of Earth-295- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #60. He was killed by King Hyperion of Earth-4023 in Exiles (vol. 1) #62.
- Longshot of Earth-616- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #74.
- Spider-Man (Miguel O’Hara) of Earth-6375- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #76.
- Power Princess (Zarda Shelton)- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #78.
- Proteus (Kevin MacTaggert) of Earth-58163- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #82, after he tried to take over the body of Morph, and the personalities of the two merged into one being.
- Psylocke (Betsy Braddock) of Earth-616- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #90 .
- Cat (Katherine Pryde) of Earth-TRN020 - Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #96. Died from wounds sustained battling Empress Hydra and Black Cloak in New Exiles #17.
- Rogue of Earth-1009- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #99.
- Mystiq (Raphael Raven-Darkholm) of Earth-797- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #99.
- Sage (Tessa ???) of Earth-616- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 1) #100.
- Gambit (Remy ???) of Earth-6706- Recruited onto the team in New Exiles #2.
- Polaris (Lorna Dane) of Earth-8149- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 2) #1.
- Beast (Henry Philip McCoy) of Earth-763- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 2) #1.
- Panther (T’Chaka) of Earth-1119- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 2) #1.
- Forge of Earth-2814 - Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 2) #1.
- Witch (Wanda Maximoff) of Earth-8823- Recruited onto the team in Exiles (vol. 2) #1.
- Witch II (Wanda Maximoff) of Earth-TRN036- Took the place of her Earth-8823 counterpart on the team in Exiles (vol. 2) #3.
10-24-2012, 04:22 AM
Q104: What was “X-Statix” X-Force, or X-Force II?
A104: In 2001, the X-Men family of titles were being revamped, with the aim to make the titles more critically and commercially successful. One of the books to undergo a major change at the time was X-Force (vol. 1), which would have writer Peter Milligan and artist Mike Allred take over as the new creative team, starting with X-Force (vol. 1) #116. Milligan and Allred completely revamped the series, designing a team that consisted of heroes that were more akin to corporate-sponsored pop stars or reality television contestants. The title was laced with Milligan's satirical take and general cynicism toward the entire superhero genre. Milligan and Allred would regularly kill off the title characters: In their first issue, they wiped out the entire team with only two exceptions.
X-Force (vol. 1) was canceled after X-Force (vol. 1) #129 in 2002 and relaunched under the name X-Statix. X-Statix carried on the same themes as Milligan and Allred’s X-Force. Low sales prompted the title's cancellation after X-Statix #26, in 2004.
Marvel Comics later published a 5 issue miniseries titled, X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl in 2006. In it, Dead Girl teamed with Dr. Strange to combat villains who have returned from the dead. The storyline (which featured the return of The Anarchist, The Orphan, and U-Go-Girl on the other side) parodied the manner in which death is handled in comic books, with popular characters often brought back from the dead and others left forgotten.
Characters who were members of X-Force II/X-Statix include:
- Anarchist (Tike Alicar): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and had the power to convert his sweat into acid, that he could disperse in corrosive, burning energy blasts. He was killed in X-Statix #26.
- Battering Ram (???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and died in the same issue. He was a goat/human hybrid mutant who was killed in the Boys R Us Massacre.
- Doop (???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and is a floating, protoplasmic mutant blob that possesses a throat cavity that is an extra-dimensional void from which he can produce a variety of objects.
- Gin Genie (Beckah Parker): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and could metabolize alcohol to create seismic-induced energy blasts. She was killed in the Boys R Us Massacre.
- La Nuit (Pierre Truffaut): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and could manipulate Darkforce Energy. He was killed in the Boys R Us Massacre.
- Plazm (???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and was composed of a biological liquid that allowed him to manipulate metabolic reactions upon physical contact, either when by direct touch or through a pressurized spray from his hands. He was killed in the Boys R Us Massacre.
- Sluk (Byron Spencer): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and had a squid-like head. He was killed on a covert mission overseas.
- U-Go Girl (Edith Constance Sawyer): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and was a narcoleptic teleporter. She was killed in X-Statix #26.
- Zeitgeist III (Alex Cluney): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and could spew acid. He was killed in the Boys R Us Massacre.
- The Coach (???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #116, and had red eyes and once possessed an arm with mutant super-strength. He was killed in X-Force (vol. 1) #120.
- Bloke (Mickey Tork): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #117, and had the power of enhanced strength and durability, as well as a chameleon factor to blend into his surroundings. He died in X-Force (vol. 1) #118.
- The Orphan (Guy Smith aka Mr. Sensitive): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #117, and had the mutant powers of heightened strength, agility, reflexes, levitation, and an over-stimulated sensory reception system that gives him a resonant feeling of everything in his environment. He was killed by a helicopter gunship in X-Statix #26.
- Phat (William Robert Reilly): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #117, and had the ability to expand and stretch the fat deposits in his body. He was killed in X-Statix #18, when he jumped on top of a bomb to save his teammates.
- Saint Anna (Anna ???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #117, and had the psychokinetic ability to levitate and manipulate objects, as well as heal others. She was killed in a hail of gunfire in X-Force (vol. 1) #119.
- Vivisector (Myles Lee Alfred): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #117, and was a transmorph able to assume a feral body with razor edged claws. He was killed by a helicopter gunship in X-Statix #26.
- Spike II (Darian Elliott): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #121, and had the ability to extend spines from his skin, and even fire them as projectiles. He was killed in X-Force (vol. 1) #128.
- Dead Girl (Moonbeam ???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #125, and had the ability to become intangible, as well as read the residual thoughts left in corpses, or rejuvenate herself from even the most severe injuries.
- Venus Dee Milo (Dee Milo): First appeared in X-Statix #1, and was a sentient energy being able to discharge bursts of destructive force, enhance healing processes, and teleport herself and others from place to place. She was killed in X-Statix #26.
- Fan Boy (Artie Lunt): First appeared in X-Statix #1, and could cast psychic illusions, manipulate matter in order to create violent explosions, rearrange molecular structure, heal and repair injuries, animate corpses, and disrupt the biological functions of living beings. He was killed when Lacuna stabbed him through the heart with a syringe to cause his weak heart to give out in X-Statix #5.
- El Guapo (Robbie Rodriguez): First appeared in X-Statix #9, and had the ability to levitate, and project his skateboard through the air. He was killed in X-Statix #18.
- Henrietta Hunter: First appeared in X-Statix #13, and was killed in X-Statix #17.
Allies or sponsors of “X-Statix” X-Force included:
- Spike Freeman: First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #117, and was the human public relations director for X-Force II. He was killed in X-Statix #16.
- Lacuna (Woodstock ???): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #121, and had the power to create a temporary ripple in the timestream that she could move through freely.
Mutants who auditioned for “X-Statix”/X-Force II included:
- Anti-Matter (Arlo Summers): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #129, and was an energy-manipulator who appeared as a skeleton in a containment suit.
- Lightning Bug II (Matt Corbin): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #129, and was a human/insect hybrid.
- Mant (Thomas Williams): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #129, and was a human/ant hybrid.
- Sycamore (James Hutchinson): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #129, and was a human/tree hybrid.
- Washout (John Lopez): First appeared in X-Force (vol. 1) #129, and was a hydromorph who went on to join Malcolm Colcorde’s Weapon X program.
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10-29-2012, 05:12 AM
Q105: What was Academy X/New X-Men?
A105: In September of 2001, in New X-Men (vol. 1) #116 (written by Grant Morrison), at the conclusion of the “E is for Extinction” storyline, Professor Xavier (or in any event, Cassandra Nova revealed that about him, while possessing his body, but the result is the same) revealed to the world that he was a mutant. Not long thereafter, New X-Men (vol. 1) #117 (written by Grant Morrison), the gates of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters were opened up to over a hundred teenaged mutants, seeking to find ways to control their developing powers, or find an environment where they could attend school without having their mutations be cause for any distraction to themselves, or their fellow students, as they would in an ordinary school.
Numerous new mutant characters debuted in this era in Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men (vol. 1), and it would eventually lead to a title being developed about the newer students, specifically, named New Mutants (vol. 2) (written by Nunzio DeFillipis & Christina Weir) which was launched in July of 2003 where Dani Moonstar, Karma, and Wolfsbane would serve as professors to this new generation of students at Xavier’s. After that title was cancelled after New Mutants (vol. 2) #13, it was relaunched under the name New X-Men: Academy X. The series ran until New X-Men: Academy X #19, and after the “Decimation” storyline, with its twentieth issue, the series was renamed New X-Men (vol. 2), and Craig Kyle and Chris Yost took over as its writers, shocking many fans by the number of characters they were willing to have lose their powers on M-Day, or be killed off in its wake. The series continued until New X-Men (vol. 2) #46, and then was cancelled at the end of the “Messiah CompleX” crossover, when the X-Men left the school at Westchester, New York, to move to their Marin Base in San Francisco.
10-29-2012, 06:30 AM
Q106: What were the teams/squads from Academy X?
A106: There is an outstanding reference article written by Binaryan (Ryan Jones) over at uncannyxmen.net about the Academy X squads that were created during that era at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, with the Professors who were known to have been assigned students, the squad names, and the members of those squads.
Alpha Squadron:Advisor: Northstar
Members: Anole, Indra, Loa, Rubbermaid plus two unnamed members
Members: Dryad, Quill, Specter, The Stepford Cuckoos (Celeste, Mindee & Phoebe)
Advisor: Emma Frost
Members: Dust, Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, Tag, Wither
Former Members: Icarus (see New Mutants Squad)
New Mutants Squad:
Advisor: Dani Moonstar
Members: Elixir, Icarus, Prodigy, Surge, Wallflower, Wind Dancer
Former Members: Wither (see Helliions Squad)
Advisors: Wolfsbane, Karma
Members: DJ, Match, Pixie, Preview, Trance, Wolf Cub
Gambit’s Unnamed Squad:
Members: Bling, Flubber, Foxx, Onyxx, Rain Boy
Rogue’s Unnamed Squad:
Members: Six unnamed characters
Lower School: (these were the classes for children under the age of fifteen at Academy X)
Members: Jeffrey Garrett, Leong Coy Manh, Nga Coy Manh
Undesignated Students: (These students never had their Academy X squad revealed, but could have been members of Beast’s “Exemplars” Squad, or Iceman’s “Excelsiors” Squad, that were never shown.
Members: Aero (Melody Guthrie), Becky ???, Blindfold, Carter Ghazikhanian Cephalapod, Choir, Contact, Crytpid, Esme Cuckoo, Sophie Cuckoo, Forearm II, Flood, Gloom, Greg Van Meter, Hothead, Nancy ???, Hydro, Armor, Longneck, Saurus, Silicon, Skylark, Slick, Spike III, Spirit, Squeal, Squidboy (Samuel Pare), Tantra, View, Wing, X-23
Students that were merely mentioned, but never shown on panel:
Skywalker, Devon, Eve, Jane, Jenna, Melissa, Robert, Susan and Tommy
The “Special” Class:
Advisor: Xorn I.
Members: Angel, Basilisk, Beak, Dust, Dummy, No-Girl, Ernst
Advisor: As they were not an official “squad”, none.
Members: Quentin Quire, Glob Herman, Tattoo, Radian, Redneck
11-06-2012, 04:22 AM
Q107: What is NYX?
A107: In November of 2003, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada began writing a new series, that would feature a group of mutant teenagers trying to survive in the Marvel Universe, while trying to come to terms with the unusual circumstance of one day becoming a mutant. No X-Men to save them, no Brotherhood to recruit them, just trying to survive their extraordinary circumstances in the seedy city life of New York City, primarily as runaways. The title of the series would be, simply, NYX, and Quesada boldly wrote characters participating in drug use, sadistic prostitution, and school violence.The most noteworthy event of the series, perhaps, was the first appearance of X-23 in NYX #3, who had previously only been a character on the X-Men: Evolution cartoon series on television, created by Craig Kyle.
The cast of NYX included:
- Kiden Nixon: First appeared in NYX #1, and had the power to slow time itself to a crawl, and move around her environment as if she had frozen the rest of the time stream in place.
- X-23 (Laura Kinney): First appeared in NYX #3, and had a healing factor, as well as two adamantium claws that she could extend from either of her wrists, or her feet.
- Catiana (Tatiana Caban): First appeared in NYX #4, and could assume the physical form of any creature, or human being, whose blood she touched.
- Felon (Bobby Soul): First appeared in NYX #6, and could possess another individual’s body, but whilst knocking himself out and when he would return to his original body, he would wake up with amnesia.
- Lil’ Bro (???): First appeared in NYX #6, who was able to form psionic holograms out of his imagination, mentally pinpoint people or events from a distance, and project them with his images.
While the original series was cancelled after NYX #7, its cast all retained their powers after the Decimation. They still have remained mostly intact, other than X-23, and appeared since in a six-issue miniseries, NYX: No Way Home, since, as well as the X-23 One-Shot.
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11-11-2012, 06:27 AM
Q108: Who were the Young X-Men?
A108: After “Messiah CompleX” the title that chronicled the students at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters was cancelled with New X-Men (vol. 2) #46. While many fans of these new students were originally upset by this turn of events, they were given hope when it was announced a new title to continue their adventures would be launched after the crossover, titled Young X-Men. Written by Marc Guggenheim, the title was to feature the return of Dani Moonstar and Sunspot as mentors to the younger mutants in the care of the X-Men after the team had moved to San Francisco. However, as previews began to be released, many New X-Men fans were upset to learn that their favorite students would be absent from this title, and it would feature just Blindfold, Dust, Rockslide, Wolf Cub, and three new characters, Ink, Cipher, and Graymalkin. As fans clamored for other New X-Men characters to be added to the cast, and Anole was brought onto the team in Young X-Men #6. However, the book never caught steam, and was cancelled after just a dozen issues, with Young X-Men #12. Since its cancellation, Ink, Cipher , and Graymalkin have only appeared in few panels, usually in the background, and have not been featured.
The roster of Young X-Men included:
- Blindfold (Ruth Aldine): First appeared in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #7, and has precognitive abilities.
- Dust (Sooraya Qadir): First appeared in New X-Men (vol. 1) #133, and can explode her body into large amounts of high-velocity silicon particles, then reconstitute herself back into human form.
- Rockslide (Santo Vaccarro): First appeared in New Mutants (vol. 2) #3, and is a psionic consciousness that can form a body out of rock or stone to serve as his body, that is super-strong and durable.
- Wolf Cub (Nicholas Gleason): First appeared in Chamber #1, and was a lupine/human hybrid with enhanced reflexes and sharp claws. He would be killed by Donald Pierce in Young X-Men #5 .
- Ink (Eric Gitter): First appeared in Young X-Men #1, who is, in fact, not a mutant, but a human granted various superhuman abilities such as super-strength and telepathy by a mutant tattoo artist, who could place tattoos on others to grant them those superhuman abilities.
- Graymalkin (Jonas Graymalkin): First appeared in Young X-Men #1, who has reflexes, strength, and vision that proportionately improves based on how shadow he’s in.
- Cipher (Alisa Tager): First appeared in Young X-Men #2, who has the mutant power to become inaudible, invisibile, and psionically invisibile, unless she wishes to be detected.
- Anole (Victor Borkowski): First appeared in New Mutants (vol. 2) #2, who has a lizard-like mutation that gives him green skin, enhanced agility, an elastic tongue, a spikey skullcap, hyper-regenerative abilities, wall-crawling powers, a superhumanly strong right arm, and the ability to blend in with his surroundings to become virtually invisible.
- Dani Moonstar: First appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #4, who formerly had a multitude of different iterations of psionic powers to generate psionic illusions of the greatest fears or desires of others, or psionic arrows, but after the Decimation and during her time with the Young X-Men, was a baseline human.
- Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta): First appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #4, who has the mutant power to absorb heat and solar radiation, converting it into superhuman strength, dark solar plasma blasts, infrared heat, and the ability to fly.
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11-12-2012, 04:39 AM
Q109: Who were the “Dark” X-Men?
A109: From April 2008 to December of 2008, the crossover event that was at the forefront of the Marvel Universe was “Secret Invasion”, where the Skrulls had placed an undetectable impersonator on every one of the Iniative teams organized by Tony Stark, the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as throughout other key strategic government and superhuman positions to effectively prepare to take over the Earth. After their invasion resulted in widespread panic, and many deaths, the heroes of the Marvel Universe mounted a counter-offensive, and met the Skrull Princess, Veranke, in Central Park of New York. However, her death came not at the hands of the heroes, but due to the actions of Norman Osborn, at the time the head of the Thunderbolts, who shot her with a laser rifle.
As a result of the failure in intelligence, and preventing the invasion, Tony Stark was stripped of his role as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Norman Osborn quickly usurped a similar role after his act of visible public heroism, to become the director of a new agency to organize superhuman resources on behalf of the government, called H.A.M.M.E.R. Uniting several of the Marvel Universe’s less-than-scrupulous power-players, such as Doctor Doom, The Hood, Loki, Emma Frost, and Namor onto a cabal to plot how to control the globe, the period in the Marvel Universe became known as “Dark Reign”. And with the ability in his position to command most of the world’s superhumans, as he saw fit, Norman Osborn began to make his own version of the Avengers, with several villains impersonating the heroes, and pressured Emma Frost and Namor to form his own version of the X-Men, who were known to fans as the “Dark” X-Men. Everyone he picked was either an outright villain, lied to in order to convince them to join the team, or extorted to become a member by Osborn. The only one who managed to reject his offer was Aurora, formerly of Alpha Flight.
Osborn’s original draft of individuals was gathered in the three issue Dark X-Men: The Beginning miniseries, and included:
- Emma Frost: First appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #129, and has the mutant powers of telepathy, as well as the ability to morph her body into a nearly indestructible diamond body.
- King Namor of Atlantis (Namor McKenzie): First appeared in Marvel Comics (vol. 1) #1, and is a human mutant/Altantean hybrid possessing superhuman strength, speed, endurance, reflexes, vision, hearing, and durability, amphibious traits, radar sense, and winged ankles.
- Dark Beast (Henry Philip McCoy of Earth-295): First appeared in X-Men: Alpha #1, and has the mutant abilities of heightened physical strength and agility, clawed hands, and enhanced intelligence.
- Mystique (Raven Darkholme): First appeared in Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #16, and is a mutant metamorphic shape-shifter capable of altering her physical features to mimic existing people, assume unique identities, generate clothing organically, blend in with her surroundings, create genetic enhancements such as claws, wings, additional arms or hardened biological armor.
- Mimic (Calvin Rankin): First appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #19, and possesses a mutagenic proximity field that performs a full-spectrum genetic and psychomimetic scan on anyone nearby, causing him to assimilate their strength, intelligence, personal skills, and any superhuman endowments, including, on a permanent basis, the power templates of all five of the original X-Men.
- Weapon Omega (Michael Pointer): First appeared in New Avengers (vol. 1) #16, who has the ability to harness mutant energy signatures for bio-electric assimilation, rechanneling the absorbed power as energy bolts, a protective aura, and thrust for flight, also capable of manifesting the individual powers from the bio-signatures he's tapping. The Guardian suit regulates his power levels and remotely transmits energy signatures to him.
- Cloak (Tyrone Johnson): First appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 1) #64, and while Cloak was lied to by Norman Osborn about being a mutant, he still has a Darkforce connection that enables him to manipulate his cloak and open it into an ebon void, allowing levitation, intangibility and teleportation, and can expose those swallowed into his cloak to sensory deprivation and inner fears.
- Dagger (Tandy Bowen): First appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 1) #64, and while Dagger was lied to by Norman Osborn about being a mutant, she still has excess lifeforce that heightens her agility, reflexes, and radiates as living light to illuminate, project positive empathic waves, purge others of poison or drugs, generate a protective aura, and create light-knives which can shock an opponent's metabolism.
- Daken (Akihio Howlett): First appeared in Wolverine: Origins #4, and possesses enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, and reflexes, hyper-keen senses, a healing factor, two retractable claws from the back of each hand and one from underneath, as well pheromone excretions that can influence the emotions of others.
During the “Utopia” crossover between the Dark Avengers and Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) titles, Mystique was publicly impersonating Professor Xavier, to help attack the current leadership of the X-Men, led by Cyclops, on Norman Osborn’s behalf. Four members of the “Dark” X-Men, however, proved to be turncoats during the storyline, when Emma Frost, Namor, Cloak, and Dagger abandoned Osborn’s cause and rejoined the X-Men.
After that crossover, Daken no longer served as a member of the “Dark” X-Men, and only Mystique, Dark Beast, Weapon Omega, and Mimic remained on the team. They were featured in a five issue Dark X-Men mini-series, where Mystique had begun impersonating Jean Grey publicly, as a way to annoy both Wolverine and Cyclops. The Dark X-Men were sent to investigate a widespread psychic phenomenon on Osborn’s orders, only to have to deal with Nate Grey, whose psychic energies coalesced, returning him to the Marvel Universe. Not long after this story, Osborn’s time as Director of H.A.M.M.E.R. came to an end during the crossover event “Siege” where he unilaterally attacked Asgard, without the permission of the President of the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Congress, and was dismissed and imprisoned as a result. Once that happened, the Dark X-Men all went their separate ways.
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11-12-2012, 04:51 AM
Q110: Who were some of the new additions to the X-Men roster from 2006-2012?
A110: 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. We’ll do a quick rundown of who was in San Francisco, or on Utopia, and thus an X-Man from that era.
Among those seen on Utopia:
- Boom Boom
- Celeste Cuckoo
- Mindee "Irma" Cuckoo
- Phoebe Cuckoo
- Diamond Lil
- Emma Frost
- Hope Summers
- Madison Jeffries
- Martha Johansson
- Dr. Nemesis
- Omega Sentinel
- Primal II
- Professor X
- Dr. Cecilia Reyes
- Scalphunter (X-Brig, let out during "Second Coming")
- Sack (X-Brig, let out during "Second Coming")
- Sebastian Shaw
- Evangeline Whedon
- Zero II
Utopia Non-Powered Mutant Residents (confirmed):
- Hepzibah (Mephistoid alien)
- Prodigy (David Alleyne, depowered mutant)
- Danger II (sentient artificial intelligence)
- Dr. Kavita Rao (human scientist)
- Dr. Takaguchi (human scientist)
- Various Depowered Mutant Russian Sex Workers (rescued by Colossus during the "Lovelorn" arc)
Utopia Other "Suspected" Mutant Residents:
- Leong Manh (Karma's brother, was with her in San Francisco)
- Nga Manh- (Karma's sister, was with her in San Francisco)
- Cipher - (seen in San Francisco at the start of the "Utopia" storyline)
- Glob Herman - (seen in San Francisco at the start of the "Utopia" storyline)
- Thunderbird III- (seen in San Francisco prior to the "Utopia" storyline)
- Timeslip- (seen in San Francisco prior to the "Utopia" storyline)
- Persuasion- (seen in San Francisco prior to the "Utopia" storyline)
- Lorelei Travis- (broken out of Alcatraz during the "Utopia" storyline)
- Kid Omega (was in a stasis tube in the X-Men's possession, eventually escaped during "Schism")
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11-21-2012, 04:48 AM
Q111: What is the X-Club?
A111: After the events of “Decimation”, the majority of the world’s mutants were left without their X-Genes, and the mutant species faced potential extinction. While the Beast consulted with some of the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds about finding a solution that would reverse the effects caused by the Scarlet Witch, both hero and villain alike during the “Endangered Species” crossover, he apparently had not yet given up all hope of saving mutants from being wiped out.
With Angel accompanying him, Beast began seeking out some of the Marvel Universe’s more eccentric geniuses starting in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #504, to return with him to the X-Men’s Marin Base to specifically tackle the problem of curing the Decimation. While this storyline seemingly was closed with the team’s time-traveling excursion in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #512, where they went back to San Francisco circa 1908 to try and acquire blood samples from the family of one of the X-Club, Dr. Nemesis. After they requested the samples be buried in Golden Gate Park, they returned to the present, only to discover the Dreaming Celestial was standing on the spot where the samples were buried. No attempts were made to tunnel beneath it, and no further attempts were made by Beast’s science team to directly reverse the events of M-Day.
The X-Club, however, stayed together, and helped the X-Men to raise one of Magneto’s Asteroid M bases from the floor of the Pacific Ocean to serve as their new island home through the “Utopia” crossover. While Beast took a leave of absence from the X-Men, after multiple disagreements with Cyclops in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #519. The X-Club, however, remained on the X-Men’s new home of Utopia, continuing to serve as the de facto “science team” that would handle all investigative inquiries, as well as well as technological solutions to threats that Utopia, and Earth’s remaining mutants upon it faced.
The X-Club includes:
- Beast (Dr. Henry McCoy): First appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #1 and has the mutant powers of enhanced intelligence, strength, agility, and a blue-furred leonine mutation.
- Dr. Nemesis (Dr. James Bradley aka Dr. Death): First appeared in Lightning Comics #6 and has the mutant power of enhanced intelligence.
- Madison Jeffries (aka Box IV): First appeared in Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #1 and has the mutant power to psionically restructure metal, plastic, and glass.
- Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi: First appeared in Godzilla #1 and is a baseline human. He died in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #515 of natural causes, on Utopia.
- Dr. Kavita Rao: First appeared in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #1 and is a baseline human.
- Danger II: First appeared in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #9 is a bio-mechanical entity capable of self-repair, elaborate body reconfiguration for new shapes, weapons and devices, advanced tactical analysis and counter-maneuvers, and the projection of holographic avatars and environments.
The X-Club often have been given two one-shots, and one mini-series since their inception. During the “Curse of the Mutants” storyline, they had the X-Men: Smoke and Blood #1 one-shot, and during “Second Coming”, they had the X-Men: Blind Science #1 one shot. Additionally, they had a five issue miniseries, simply titled, X-Club.
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11-27-2012, 05:48 AM
Q112: Who is Magneto?
A112: For years, Magneto was known simply by that moniker, or Magnus. Eventually, his name was revealed to be Erik Lensherr, but this was also revealed to be an alias. Magneto’s true name would be revealed as Max Eisenhardt in the Magneto: Testament miniseries in 2008 (written by Greg Pak). In that story, Magneto’s family life under the Nazi regime was revealed, as well as when he first met his wife, Magda. It primarily expanded on his story of survival as a member of the Sonderkommando as Prisoner #214782 in the concentration camp known as Auschwitz, which had been revealed in numerous X-Men comics previously, most notably Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #161, Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #199, Classic X-Men #12, and New Mutants (vol. 1) #49 (all written by Chris Claremont).
The aforementioned Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #161 revealed the first meeting of the man who was calling himself Erik Magnus Lensherr and Professor Charles Xavier, in Haifa, Israel. Xavier would explain his theories about mutants being the next step in evolution to Magneto, and while he was optimistic about building a future where humans and mutants would coexist, Magneto’s own experiences in the Holocaust led him to believe that with humanity’s long history of persecution, that mutants must hold the reins of power in order to survive.
This philosophical rift about the future of their species would drive a wedge between the two men, and eventually lead to Magneto becoming a main antagonist of Xavier and his students, the X-Men, from the original students’ first mission to defend the U.S. military installation known as Cape Citadel from him in X-Men (vol. 1) #1. After his attack was foiled by Xavier’s young charges, Magneto would return to attack the South American nation of San Marcos with a group of his own mutants, under his command, called the Broterhood, in X-Men (vol. 1) #4. In light of those attacks, most of the world’s governments deemed him a terrorist, and criminal. Through the years, he's led various mutant terrorist organizations, including several incarnations of the Brotherhood, to the creation of the Savage Land Mutates, and eventually the fanatical followers to his cause known as the Acolytes.
Through the decades of X-Men stories, Magneto has often been portrayed as a villain in the story, but the first time he was portrayed in a sympathetic light was in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #150 (written in August 1981 by Chris Claremont), when after striking Kitty Pryde with a nearly lethal electric shock, he froze in his tracks, instantly feeling remorse over having harmed a child, one of the mutants he had sworn to protect. In Marvel Graphic Novel #5 (written in 1982 by Chris Claremont), Magneto would actually ally himself with the X-Men against the threat of Reverend William Stryker and his Purifiers, and help them rescue Professor Xavier from him. From there, Magneto had a few sympathetic appearances in Avengers comics, such as Vision and the Scarlet Witch #4 (written by Bill Mantlo in 1983), and Avengers (vol. 1) #234 (written by Roger Stern in 1983), where after learning he truly was the father to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, he tried to make right on how he’d treated them as members of the Brotherhood.
Magneto allied himself with Professor Xavier the X-Men in both the original Secret War (written by Jim Shooter in 1984), and Secret Wars II against the Beyonder, before during a long leave of absence of Professor Xavier, that Magneto was named the headmaster of the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, beginning in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #200 (written by Chris Claremont in 1985). He continued in this role until New Mutants (vol. 1) #75 (written by Louise Simonson in 1989).
Eventually returning to his role as an antagonist to the X-Men through most of the 1990s, but a contingent of fans of the character would continue to make the case that Magneto was an anti-hero. Through the 1990s, he had three miniseries published, Magneto (written by Peter Milligan in 1996, which was actually about Joseph, following in the footsteps of the man he was cloned from), Magneto Rex (written by Joe Pruett in 1999), and Magneto: Dark Seduction (written by Fabian Nicenza in 2000), as Magneto rose to power as the de facto leader of the mutant nation of Genosha.
It would be some time after this role was rendered moot by the mass genocide there executed by Cassandra Nova in New X-Men (vol. 1) #115, and then the Decimation at the end of “House of M”, that Magneto would regain his powers and find himself allied with the X-Men again in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #515-516, when he would return to Genosha, and pledge himself as a follower of Cyclops, the leader of Utopia. He has since remained in an advisory role to Cyclops, causing strife amongst some of the X-Men, due to his, at best, morally grey past with the team. He had his own miniseries again, Magneto: Not a Hero (written by Skottie Young), published in 2011-2012, indicating that wherever he falls between the line of hero and villain, he’s still decidedly not the former.
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12-05-2012, 12:22 AM
Q113: Magneto’s origin indicate is well into his 80s, if not older? Why does he look so young?
Q113: In various comics, Magneto has been established to have been in his early teens while a prisoner in the Sonderkommado at the Auschwitz concentration camp, and Excalibur (vol. 3) #14 (written by Chris Claremont in July of 2005) specifically mentions his age as having been fifteen at the time. As the prison camp was liberated on January 27, 1945, that would place Magneto’s birth date, at the latest, as 1930. Subtracting that from the current year, and Magneto cannot be younger than 80 (as of the time of this post).
However, Magneto’s actual age and his physical age are certainly no longer equal, because of the events of a particular Silver Age Marvel Comics story. In Defenders (vol. 1) #16 (written by Len Wein in October of 1974), Magento’s own creation, Alpha the Ultimate Mutant, used some of his vast superhuman powers to revert Magneto and the Brotherhood’s age to that of infants. However chronologically old he was at the time, he physically was now less than a year old.
Magneto was taken to the Muir Island Research Facility, under the care of Dr. Moira MacTaggert, off panel, where she began trying to slightly alter his genetic code to eliminate potential mental illness that she felt was caused by his mutant powers effecting his central nervous system. She believed the “infant” Magneto might thus not have such villainous tendencies when he again grew to adulthood, as was revealed in X-Men (vol. 2) #2 (written by Chris Claremont in November of 1991).
It was there the “infant” Magneto remained until he was aged back to “adulthood” to menace the X-Men again, by Erik The Red, as a distraction to his own plots against them in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #104 (written by Chris Claremont in April of 1977). Keep in mind, however, that the quotation marks around “adulthood” are due to the interpretation of the term by modern editors, out of convenience. At no point has Magneto’s physical age ever been specified to have been returned to “exactly as old as he was before Alpha made him an infant”. “Returned to adulthood” simply means he no longer was a baby. Whether Magneto from there was moved to 25, 35, 45, 50, or anything else has never been specifically stated. And given his romance with Rogue, even in the 1990s, let alone in comics published in 2011, it seems more logical for him to be physically in middle age, currently, rather than still geriatric.
However, there are some indications that not even the incident with Alpha the Ultimate Mutant is the final word on Magneto’s “physical age”. Through the years, in a handful of stories, Magneto was killed and believed dead, be it within a fiery molten volcano, in a crash of Asteroid M, in Cassandra Nova’s Mega-Sentinel attack on Genosha, or the incident where Magneto attacked New York City and was eventually confronted by the X-Men and decapitated by Wolverine in New X-Men (vol. 1) #150 (written by Grant Morrison in February of 2004). Mind you, that last one was retconned back and forth to be Magneto or Xorn I, (see FAQ Question #121 for more details)… But the point is, somehow, Magneto has returned from what seemed like certain death.
During the “Disassembled” crossover, it was revealed that the Scarlet Witch’s hex power had advanced to a point where she could alter reality itself, subtlely, and often even subconsciously for years. She had begun to lose what was becoming a tenuous grip on actual reality over this, which led to her being confronted by all the Avengers, and eventually taken by Magneto in Avengers (vol. 1) #503 (written by Brian Michael Bendis in December of 2004) to Genosha to be treated by Professor Charles Xavier, in the hopes she could be restored to mental health. This decision would regretfully lead to the “House of M” event, and then the Decimation. However, in House of M #7, (written by Brian Michael Bendis in November of 2005) there was a scene where Dr. Strange found the Scarlet Witch, and began confronting her over the changes she had made to reality to cause the “House of M” Universe. There, Strange asked her, point-blank, whether she had re-created her father after his recent reported death (and it was unclear if this referred to his death in New X-Men (vol. 1) #115 in Genosha, or the death of Magneto/Xorn in New York City in New X-Men (vol. 1) #150). While Wanda seemed not to understand what he meant by his question, or at least had no interest in answering. The question then becomes, if Wanda DID somehow subconsciously bring Magneto back with her powers, as is hinted there, what age did she bring Magneto back from the dead at?
So in either instance, Magneto’s real physical age at this point is unknown, but is roughly believed to be late middle age.
12-05-2012, 02:53 AM
Q114: Who has been a member of the Brotherhood?
A114: Starting in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #4, and then through the years, there have been various Brotherhood of Evil Mutants teams with different line-ups, as well as Brotherhood of Mutants (without the “Evil” in the name) teams. Their group philosophy is to push for worldwide mutant supremacy, in contrast to the X-Men’s vision of peaceful coexistence between human and mutant. Below is a list who’s been a member of all the groups, their leaders, and characters that they may have attempted to recruit (with the groups listed chronological order) here, with links to pages with more info about each group, where possible.
- Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I
Membership: Magneto, Toad, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Mastermind, Astra IV,
Candidates for recruitment: Sub-Mariner, Blob, Unus, Lorelei, Vanisher, Whisper
- Brotherhood of Evil Mutants II (A.K.A. Mutant Force A.K.A. The Resistants
Membership: Magneto, Burner, Lifter, Peeper, Shocker, Slither
Candidates for recruitment: Mister One, Mister Two
Later Members who joined Mutant Force/Resistants: Mandrill, Quill II, Rust, Mist Mistress, Think Tank (Mentallo)
- Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III (A.K.A Freedom Force)
Membership: Mystique, Destiny, Pyro, Avalanche, Blob, Rogue, Blindspot
Candidates later recruited to join Freedom Force: Crimson Commando I, Stonewall I, Super Sabre, Spider Woman III (Julia Carpenter), Spiral
- Brotherhood of Evil Mutants IV
Membership: Toad, Blob, Sauron, Phantazia, Pyro
Major Allies: Masque, Thornn, Portal, Empyrean
- Brotherhood of Mutants I (A.K.A. the Dark Descendants)
Leader: Dark Beast or Havok
Membership: Fatale, Dark Beast, Havok, Ever
Recruits who later joined: X-Man
Major Allies: Aurora, Random
- Brotherhood of Mutants II
Leader: Professor Xavier, Mystique, Blob
Membership: Toad, Professor Xavier, Post, Blob, Mimic
- Brotherhood of Mutants III
Membership: Mystique, Avalanche, Blob, Sabre, unnamed female (unconfirmed Crimson Commando II), Toad, Sabretooth, Post, Mastermind III
- Brotherhood of Mutants IV
Leader: Xorn I (posing as Magneto)
Membership: Angel, Basilisk, Beak, Esme Cuckoo, No-Girl, Toad, Xorn I/”Magneto”
Candidates for recruitment: Dust
- X’s Brotherhood
Leader: X (A.K.A. Marvin Hoffman)
Membership: X, Michael Asher, Bryson Bale, Bela, Chela, Clive, Explosa, Fagin, Fiona, Marabeth, Marshall, Ms. Fingers, Orwell, Oswald, Malon Reeves, Phisherman, Scales, Slaughter, Spud, Trois
- Brotherhood of Mutants V
Membership: Exodus, Sabretooth, Black Tom Cassidy, Avalanche, Mammomax
Traitors in their ranks: Juggernaut, Nocturne
- Brotherhood of Evil Mutants V
Membership: Daken, Shadow King, Sabretooth, Mystique, Skinless Man, Dukes (A.K.A. Blob-295), Omega Red II, Omega White, Omega Black
Candidates for recruitment: Genesis II (Evan Sabah Nur)
At the time of this posting, that’s everyone who’s been a member of the Brotherhood, as near as can be told.
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12-05-2012, 03:59 AM
Q115: Which writer was "X"; the person writing "The Brotherhood" comic for Marvel?
A115: The Brotherhood comic was published from July 2001 to March 2002 by Marvel Comics with the credits being given to writer “X” and artist Esad Ribic. In its finale, almost every featured member of X’s (Martin Freeman’s) incarnation of The Brotherhood was killed off by Peter Milligan’s X-Force team, and no mention of this paramilitary mutant terrorist group has ever been made since, by any character in a comic published by Marvel comics, as of the time of this posting.
There has previously been a discussion thread on the X-Forum in regards to the mystery of the identity of the writer known as "X", if you’d like to further contribute or speculate. It’s a lot of posters just speculating about it, because as of now, a decade later, Marvel Comics has still not revealed who it was. Most guesses seem to be Howard Mackie, although, this is not confirmed, whatsoever.
12-10-2012, 04:56 AM
Q116: What was Asteroid M?
A116: Magneto and his followers have, on a number of occasions, operated out of an orbiting an orbiting base on asteroids in Earth’s orbit known as “Asteroid M”. Douglas Mangum at uncannyxmen.net wrote an article about the many different Asteroid M bases, their layouts and technological capabilities, and their fates.
There are a few addendums to this article catalogued here, that have occurred regarding "Asteroid M(s)"" since that article was written in September of 2007.
- The first Asteroid M that Magneto operated out of, he had Astra help him construct (confirmed in a flashback in X-Men Forever #4). It was destroyed in X-Men (vol. 1) #5, when the self-destruct protocols were accidentally set off.
- Magneto returned to Asteroid M (or at least, pieces of it) to begin rebuilding it from the original pieces in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #112-113, while still operating out of several secondary bases.
- The alien Technarch, Warlock III, while fleeing from his father, Magus, crashed into Asteroid M while heading for Earth, and crippled it in New Mutants (vol. 1) #21.
Pieces of the station crashed to Earth and fell in a lake in Ohio, and in Cambodia (confirmed in X-Men vs. Avengers #2).
- In West Coast Avengers #57, Magneto was revealed to have managed to completely rebuild the station. Magneto captured the X-Men with the Acolytes in X-Men (vol. 2) #1-2, and held them captive upon Asteroid M. In the chaos of the battle that ensued as the X-Men escaped, Fabian Cortez fired a plasma cannon at the station, damaging it enough to send it hurtling out of orbit, and crashing to Earth in X-Men (vol. 2) #3. When the largest piece of Asteroid M was found in Kuwait in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #299, the bodies of several Acolytes were found on board, but not Magneto’s.
- During the “Assault on Weapon Plus” storyline in New X-Men (vol. 1) #143-145, Wolverine, Cyclops, and Fantomex pursued Weapon Fifteen (a.k.a. Ultimaton) to an orbiting Weapon Plus base on an asteroid. Wolverine destroyed Weapon Fifteen by setting off a self-destruct device on the station, and while he was trapped on it, drifting in space towards the Sun, Cyclops and Fantomex managed to flee in an escape pod. Jean Grey would take an X-Plane into space to locate and save Wolverine, as the drifting space station headed into the sun’s gravity well. During this time, Wolverine would reveal to Jean what the Weapon Plus base actually was built upon… some of the remnants of Asteroid M (unclear from which one of the listed stations that were destroyed, or which time). In any event, this Asteroid M was burned up in the sun in New X-Men (vol. 1) #148, as Jean and Logan escaped.
- ADDENDUM 1: During the Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1)/Dark Avengers crossover known as Utopia,
the X-Club were shown to be have gone from San Francisco during the opposition against Norman Osborn’s Avengers, Dark X-men, and H.A.M.M.E.R. to the floor of the Pacific Ocean in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #514. In Dark Avengers #8, it was revealed what they were up to, on Cyclops’ orders. The X-Club, with all their scientific and engineering ability, managed to find a remnant of one of Magneto’s Asteroid M bases on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, and raise it above the surface of the sea to serve as the X-Men’s new island home of Utopia, eventually stabilizing it so it wouldn’t sink.
- ADDENDUM 2: Utopia was ravaged by the battle between Cyclops while he was possessed by the Dark Phoenix, and the collective Avengers and X-men who stood against him in A v X #12, and it was cordoned off by S.H.I.E.L.D after that conflict. The prisoners in the X-Brig upon it were revealed to have been released by Danger II in Uncanny X-Men (vol. 2) #20, leaving it completely abandoned.
As of this post, that's all there is on the subject of Asteroid M.
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