PACO PEREZ

Real Name: Paco Perez

Identity/Class: Human mutant (Bastronan)

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Saint Anna's father, X-Force (Anarchist/Tike Alicar, Doop, Orphan/Guy Smith, Phat/Billy Bob Reilly, Saint Anna, U-Go Girl/Edie Sawyer, Vivisector/Myles Alfred)

Enemies: Bastronan government, various pharmaceutical companies, the United States government

Known Relatives: Unidentified parents (deceased)

Aliases: "Pablo" (called by Coach)

Base of Operations: Buenos Aires, Argentina;
formerly Bastrona; San Diego, California, USA

First Appearance: (seen on a television screen): X-Force I#117 (August, 2001);
(fully seen): X-Force I#118 (September, 2001)

Powers/Abilities: Paco Perez was essentially a "walking medicine cabinet." His body could produce cures for nearly any disease.

He was also capable of creating large craters in the ground when in a panicked or scared state.

Height: 3'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 40 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: (Marvel Atlas I#2 - Bastrona entry - BTS) - Young mutant Paco Perez was born in Communist Bastrona. Over time, Paco's parents sought to escape the dire conditions and economic hardships of their poor country.

(X-Force I#117 (fb) - BTS) - Paco Perez was brought into the United States by his parents, who were killed by a truck as they tried to make it across the border. Held up in a home in San Diego, California, Paco Perez was apprehended by the United States government so that he could be returned to his home country of Bastrona. The day after being returned to Bastrona, a mysterious crater appeared not far from where Paco was being held, which the Bastronan government claimed was a meteor landing.

(X-Force I#119 (fb) - BTS) - Learning that Paco Perez's body contained possible cures for some of the most deadly diseases, the unidentified financiers of the mutant celebrity X-Force group became determined to capture Paco for the United States, hoping to make money off of the medical cures they could produce from his body.

(X-Force I#117-BTS)- As the new members of X-Force sat down for a briefing on their upcoming mission, the Coach informed them on Paco Perez, whom X-Force was to bring back to the United States from his captivity in Bastrona at the request of their financiers.

(X-Force I#118) - After Coach briefed X-Force on their priority to rescue Paco Perez, whom their informant Diego Ardilles claimed was having lots of scary stuff done to him, X-Force invaded Bastrona. Once there, X-Force met with Diego Ardilles and asked where Paco was being held but Ardilles double-crossed X-Force by leading them into a trap set by the Bastronan government. Apprending Ardilles and escaping the trap, X-Force forced Ardilles to take them to Paco, figuring they would decide what to do with Ardilles afterward, and Ardilles led X-Force into a medical experimentation lab where Paco was hooked up to various machines. Battling more Bastronan soldiers inside, X-Force nearly caused the roof to collapse atop Paco until X-Force's Phat was ordered to pad the fall of the collapsing roof to prevent Paco's death. X-Force team leader Orphan then prepared to disconnect Paco from the machines but the surgeon experimenting on Paco warned that if the wires from removed from Paco in the wrong order, Paco would die. Before the surgeon could be forced to assist in disconnecting Paco, he was shot dead, leaving Orphan to question what the safest action would be to ensure Paco remained alive.

(X-Force I#119) - The Orphan wracked his brain over how to properly remove the wires connected to Paco Perez, worried that he might kill the boy, and Diego Ardilles begged the Orphan to leave Paco there, claiming he might be better off in Bastrona. Ultimately deciding to disrobe to better utilize his sensitivity powers to determine the correct order of wires to pull out of Paco, the Orphan successfully removed the wires connected into Paco's brain and ordered U-Go Girl to teleport them all home. Exhausted, U-Go Girl accidentally teleported X-Force and Paco to her childhood, where Paco regained consciousness before a panicked U-Go Girl teleported them to California's Sunset Boulevard. Unsure of what was going on, Paco then took the opportunity to run for it but the Orphan stopped him and assured Paco everything would be ok. After returning to X-Force Tower, the Orphan was interrogated by team manager Coach about Paco Perez's subsequent whereabouts and Coach revealed the truth as to why Paco had to be taken back from Communist Bastrona. Angry that Paco would be used by the government, the Orphan demanded to know what sort of state Paco would be in after the pharmaceutical companies finished with him but his threats against Coach were met by Coach's bodyguards, Smoke and Succubus, who attacked the Orphan. Surrounding the Orphan with Smoke and Succubus, Coach revealed that Paco Perez would be dead once all cures could be extracted from his body. The Orphan outright refused to turn Paco over to Coach and X-Force soon arrived to back up the Orphan's decision but the Orphan halted the fight, feigning compliance. The Orphan subsequently visited Bueno Aires, Argentina to deliver news of his teammate Saint Anna's death to her father and he secretly brought Paco along for the trip. Upon meeting Anna's father, the Orphan sneezed, releasing Saint Anna's remnants (in gaseous form) onto her father, allowing him a final goodbye from his daughter, and the Orphan then introduced Anna's father to Paco. Explaining that Paco had went through some very bad things and had not spoken a word since, the Orphan asked Anna's father to provide Paco with a new home, name and family. Anna's father happily accepted Paco, pleased to repay the Orphan for Anna's final "gift."

(X-Force#118-119)- X-Force invaded the small country holding Paco Perez on a mission to bring him back to the States. They discovered their purpose in doing this is was so that the U.S. government could experiment on him and harness his powers for medical science. They found him in a medical experimentation lab. After successfully removing the wires in Paco's brain, the Orphan turned him over to the father of deceased team member Saint Anna, rather than having the government do the same thing that was being done to Paco in the first place.

Comments: Created by Peter Milligan and Michael Allred.

This story was obviously partially inspired by the story of Elian Gonzalez, right down to the Castro-esque dictator on the cover of issue 118 (seen above). Though to my knowledge, Elian didn't have any nifty mutant powers.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Paco Perez should not be confused with:

X-Force should not be confused with:


images: (without ads)
X-Force I#119, p18, pan4 (Paco Perez, main image)
X-Force I#118, front cover (Paco Perez being fought over by the Bastronan dictator & X-Force, main image)
X-Force I#119, front cover (Paco, hooked to experimental machines)
X-Force I#119, p9, pan5 (Paco Perez in experimental suit)


Appearances:
X-Force I#117 (August, 2001) - Peter Milligan (writer), Michael Allred (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
X-Force I#118 (September, 2001) - Peter Milligan (writer), Michael Allred (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
X-Force I#119 (October, 2001) - Peter Milligan (writer), Michael Allred (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel Atlas I#2 (2008) - Michael Hoskin (head writer, coordinator), Anthony Flamini, Stuart Vandal, Eric J. Moreels (writers), Eliot R. Brown (cartographer), Jeff Youngquist, John Denning (editors)


First Posted: 07/20/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2019

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