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    Q104: What was X-Corporation?

    A104: 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:

    Amsterdam

    • No employees of X-Corporation’s Amsterdam office were mentioned by name when the office was listed in New X-Men (vol. 1) #128.


    Hong Kong
    • Domino (Neena “Beatrice” Thurman)
    • Risque (Gloria Dolores Munoz)


    Los Angeles
    • Sunspot (Roberto DaCosta)
    • Magma (Amara Aquilla)
    • Empath (Manuel de la Rocha)
    • Skids (Sally Blevins)
    • Skitz (???)
    • Stringfellow (???)


    Melbourne
    • No employees of X-Corporation’s Amsterdam office were mentioned by name when the office was listed in New X-Men Annual 2001.


    Mumbai
    • Warpath (James Proudstar)
    • Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida)
    • Feral (Maria Callasantos)
    • Thornn II (Lucia Callasantos)


    Paris
    • 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.
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    Q105: What were the Exiles?



    A105: 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.
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    Q106: What was “X-Statix” X-Force, or X-Force II?



    A106: 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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    Q107: What was Academy X/New X-Men?



    A107: 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.
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    Q108: What were the teams/squads from Academy X?



    A108: 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

    Corsairs Squad:
    Advisor: Cyclops
    Members: Dryad, Quill, Specter, The Stepford Cuckoos (Celeste, Mindee & Phoebe)

    Hellions Squad:
    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)

    Paragons Squad:
    Advisors: Wolfsbane, Karma
    Members: DJ, Match, Pixie, Preview, Trance, Wolf Cub

    Gambit’s Unnamed Squad:
    Advisor: Gambit
    Members: Bling, Flubber, Foxx, Onyxx, Rain Boy

    Rogue’s Unnamed Squad:
    Advisor: Rogue
    Members: Six unnamed characters

    Lower School: (these were the classes for children under the age of fifteen at Academy X)
    Advisor: Karma
    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

    Omega Gang:
    Advisor: As they were not an official “squad”, none.
    Members: Quentin Quire, Glob Herman, Tattoo, Radian, Redneck
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    Q109: What is NYX?



    A109: 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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    Q110: Who were the Young X-Men?




    A110: 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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    Q111: Who were the “Dark” X-Men?



    A111: 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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    Q112: Who were some of the new additions to the X-Men roster from 2006-2012?

    A112: 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:

    • Angel
    • Anole
    • Ariel
    • Armor
    • Avalanche
    • Beast
    • Blindfold
    • Bling!
    • Bliss
    • Boom Boom
    • Cannonball
    • Cloak
    • Colossus
    • Celeste Cuckoo
    • Mindee "Irma" Cuckoo
    • Phoebe Cuckoo
    • Cyclops
    • Dagger
    • Dazzler
    • Diamond Lil
    • Domino
    • Dragoness
    • Dust
    • Elixir
    • Emma Frost
    • Empath
    • Erg
    • Ernst
    • Frenzy
    • Gambit
    • Gentle
    • Graymalkin
    • Hellion
    • Hope Summers
    • Husk
    • Iceman
    • Indra
    • Madison Jeffries
    • Martha Johansson
    • Karma
    • Leech
    • Legion
    • Litterbug
    • Loa
    • Magik
    • Magma
    • Magneto
    • Masque
    • Match
    • Meld
    • Mercury
    • Moonstar
    • Namor
    • Nekra
    • Dr. Nemesis
    • Neophyte
    • Nightcrawler
    • Northstar
    • Omega Sentinel
    • Onyxx
    • Outlaw
    • Oya
    • Pixie
    • Primal II
    • Professor X
    • Psylocke
    • Random
    • Dr. Cecilia Reyes
    • Rockslide
    • Rogue
    • Scalphunter (X-Brig, let out during "Second Coming")
    • Shadowcat
    • Sack (X-Brig, let out during "Second Coming")
    • Sebastian Shaw
    • Stinger
    • Storm
    • Sunspot
    • Surge
    • Toad
    • Trance
    • Transonic
    • Vanisher
    • Velocidad
    • Warpath
    • Evangeline Whedon
    • Wolfsbane
    • Wolverine
    • X-23
    • 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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    Q113: What is the X-Club?



    A113: 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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    Q114: What is the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, who makes up its faculty, and who has been shown to be a student there?



    A114: During the storyline X-Men: Schism, Wolverine and Cyclops had a confrontation regarding the latter’s willingness to have Oya use lethal force, even though she was still a girl in her early teens. Wolverine, obviously willing to kill himself as an adult for the safety of mutants, felt that not every member of their species should have to do so, and the incident, to him, seemed to be the most glaring example of how far Cyclops had deviated from Professor Charles Xavier’s dream of a world where mutants and humans could live together in peace.

    As such, in X-Men: Regenesis #1, Wolverine and a large contingent of X-Men left Utopia, returned to the grounds of the Xavier Estate, and opened their new school for mutants there, the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Beast provided much of the scientific engineering to construct the facility, using a great deal of Danger Room technology in its framework, thus allowing for easier rebuilding after any attacks, as well as safe rooms to escort students to during moments of danger. Charles Xavier himself gave the school his blessing in Wolverine and the X-Men #1, and with Kitty Pryde serving as its co-headmaster with Wolverine, it opened to allow its students a simple education in their powers and abilities, rather than require them to end up serving in a conflict for their species survival.

    The faculty includes:
    • Wolverine- Headmaster
    • Kitty Pryde- Headmaster
    • Beast- Vice Principal
    • Iceman- Senior Staff Member
    • Rachel Grey- Senior Staff Member
    • Rogue- Senior Staff Member
    • Storm- Senior Staff Member (joined after leaving Utopia after AvX
    • Cannonball- Junior Staff Member
    • Chamber- Junior Staff Member
    • Karma- Junior Staff Member
    • Deathlok- Junior Staff Member
    • Frenzy- Adjunct Staff
    • Doop- Adjunct Staff
    • Lockheed- Junior Staff Member
    • Angel- School Recruitment
    • Warbird II- Originally the bodyguard of Kid Gladiator, now Adjunct Staff
    • Mimic- Junior Staff Member (left the school)
    • Dr. Cecilia Reyes- School Physician
    • Husk- Junior Staff Member (was dismissed due to unresolved psychological problems she refused to seek counseling for, now works at Hellfire Academy)
    • Toad- Janitor (quit to work for the Hellfire Academy)


    The student body at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning has included:
    • Angel (made a student due to amnesia he was suffering, promoted to head of School Recruitment)
    • Angel (past version, now transferred to adult Cyclops’ New Charles Xavier School)
    • Anole
    • Armor
    • Beast (past version)
    • Blindfold
    • Bling!
    • Broo
    • The Stepford Cuckoos (briefly, transferred to Cyclops New Charles Xavier School)
    • Cipher
    • Crosta
    • Cyclops (past version)
    • Dust
    • Ernst
    • Eye Boy
    • Face
    • Genesis (Evan Sabah Nur)
    • Gentle
    • Glob Herman (expelled, now a student at the Hellfire Academy)
    • Graymalkin
    • Hellion
    • Iceman (past version)
    • Indra
    • Marvel Girl (past version)
    • Karasu
    • Kid Gladiator (left the school to return to the Shi’ar Empire)
    • Kid Omega
    • Krakoa III
    • Martha Johansson
    • Match
    • Mercury
    • Oya
    • Pixie III
    • Primal II
    • Rockslide
    • Shark Girl
    • Sojobo (deceased, was possessed and killed by Luca Aldine)
    • Sprite (Jia Jing)
    • Surge
    • Trance
    • Transonic
    • Velocidad
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