HELL's BELLES

Membership: Briquette, Flambé, Tremolo, Vague
    formerly Shrew

Purpose: Mercenaries

Affiliations: Cyber (Silas Burr), unidentified drug cartel

Enemies: Shrew (Marilyn Maycroft), X-Factor (Havok/Alex Summers, Multiple Man/Jamie Madrox, Polaris/Lorna Dane, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Strong Guy/Guido Carosella, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: (mentioned) X-Factor I#79 (June, 1992);
    (seen) X-Factor I#80 (July, 1992)

History:

(X-Factor I#79 (fb) - BTS) - The Belles worked alongside Cyber for an unnamed major drug cartel. When teammate Shrew quit and made a deal to testify against the cartel in exchange for immunity against prosecution, the other Belles were sent to kill her. The US government assigned X-Factor to protect Shrew.
    Cyber ambushed Polaris, beating her, breaking her jaw, and sending her to the hospital.

(X-Factor I#80) - Flambé forced a government agent to tell her where Shrew was being hidden, after which she killed him. The Belles them ambushed Shrew, Havok, Strong Guy, and Wolfsbane in the Barclay Hotel in Virginia. Wolfsbane caught Vague's sent and exposed her, but Flambé stopped Wolfsbane and Havok from chasing her. Briquette confronted Strong Guy, and their fight carried them through the floor, all the way to the basement, leaving Shrew to face Tremolo. Though Strong Guy recovered more quickly than Briquette, Cyber then exposed him to a lethal poison.

(X-Factor I#81) - The basement boiler exploded due to contact with Briquette, and both groups fled. Cyber instructed them to surrender Shrew or else he would not give the antidote to the poison, but a US toxicologist managed to cure him. X-Factor (joined by Multiple Man and Quicksilver) met Cyber and the Belles at his instructed meeting place. X-Factor overpowered the Belles, and Shrew knocked Cyber into the path of an oncoming train.

(New Avengers#16-19 - BTS) - Flambé, Tremolo and Vague lost their powers on M-Day and the energies removed from them were combined with a number of other mutant energies to empower the powerful being Michael.

(Domino Annual I#1/4) - Briquette took part in the first "Mindfulness for Mutant Appearances" meeting, a support group created by Nightcrawler and Domino to help mutants with non-humanoid appearances cope with their negative body images.

(X-Force VI#9 - BTS) - Briquette was one of many mutants who accepted the invitation to come and live on Krakoa, the sovereign mutant island nation, ruled by the Quiet Council.

(X-Force VI#9) - Briquette was seen in Krakoa's Green Lagoon where she was getting intimate with Emplate (Marius St. Croix).

Comments: Created by Peter David, Larry Stroman, and Al Milgrom.

Profile by Snood

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Hell's Belles have no known connections to


Briquette

 

 

 

She twice fought and was twice defeated by Strong Guy.

(Domino Annual I#1/4) - Briquette took part in the first "Mindfulness for Mutant Appearances" meeting, a support group created by Nightcrawler and Domino to help mutants with non-humanoid appearances cope with their negative body images. When Domino was late, the group started with their sharing circle Briquette listened while the others talked. Kylun expressed unease about the presence of villains like Briquette, Thumbelina and Toad. Nightcrawler quickly explained the group was a safe space for everyone, adding that he, as a highly decorated X-Man could deal with anyone in the room. The dust hadn't even settled when Briquette questioned why the gorgeous, regular looking Miranda Leevald was there. Briquette watched in awe as Miranda revealed herself to be the depowered former X-Man Stacy X. After losing her mutant powers, she'd been hanging on by a thread to find a reason not to give up. As if on cue, Domino showed up, assuring Miranda of her place amongst them. The meeting ended with the group affirmation they deserved to be alive.

(X-Force VI#9 - BTS) - Briquette was one of many mutants who accepted the invitation to come and live on Krakoa, the sovereign mutant island nation, ruled by the Quiet Council.

(X-Force VI#9) - Briquette was seen in Krakoa's Green Lagoon where she was getting intimate with Emplate (Marius St. Croix).

She has red hot, rock-like skin, and possesses superhuman strength and durability.

--X-Factor I#80 (81, Domino Annual I#1/4, X-Force VI#9

 

 

 

 

 


Flambé

 

 

 

She killed a government agent, fought Havok, and was later punched out by Wolfsbane. She appeared to by Cyber's second-in-command.

She can project flame from her mouth, but seems to require the presence of flame to manipulate it. She carries flaming pokers to initiate her flame blasts.

(New Avengers Most Wanted Files - BTS) - Flambé was reported as having remained in prison since her initial capture.

She can fly and project sonic waves.

--X-Factor I#80 (81, New Avengers Most Wanted Files - BTS, New Avengers#16-19 - BTS

 

 

 

 

 


Tremolo

 

 

 

 

She was initially driven off by Wolfsbane, and was later punched out by Quicksilver.

She can fly and project sonic waves.

--X-Factor I#80 (81, New Avengers#16-19 - BTS

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vague

 

 

 

She worked primarily by ambush, and upon being discovered would flee from a fight.

She can turn invisible.

--X-Factor I#80 (81, New Avengers#16-19 - BTS


 

 

 

 

 

 


images: (without ads)
X-Factor I#80, cover (main image)
X-Factor I#80, p17, pan1 (Briquette)
Domino Annual I#1, p30, pan6 (Briquette at MMA)
X-Factor I#80, p16, pan1 (Flambé)
X-Factor I#80, p18, pan1 (Tremolo)
X-Factor I#81, p4, pan1 (Vague)


Appearances:
X-Factor I#81 (August, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
New Avengers Most Wanted Files (December, 2005)
New Avengers#16 (April, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers#17-18 (May-June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers#19 (July, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Domino Annual I#1/4 (September, 2018) - Leah Williams (writer), Natacha Bustos (pencils, inks), Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editor)
X-Force VI#9 (March, 2020) - Bejamin Percy (writer), Joshua Cassara (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Chris Robinson (editors)


First Posted: 05/03/2004
Last updated: 02/22/2021

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