Real Name: Marilyn Maycroft

Identity/Class: human mutant

Occupation: currently unrevealed;
    former mercenary/assassin

Group Membership: formerly Hell's Belles

Affiliations: X-Factor (Havok, Multiple Man, Quicksilver, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane);
    formerly Cyber and an unnamed drug cartel

Enemies: Hell's Belles

Known Relatives: none

Aliases: none

Base of Operations: unrevealed

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


Powers/Abilities: She can transform into a rodent-like form with enhanced strength, speed, agility, and senses, as well as razor sharp claws and teeth.

(X-Factor I#79 (fb) - BTS) - Shrew formerly worked as one of Hell's Belles, trained by Cyber, and employed by a drug cartel. Tiring of this existence--perhaps after being arrested--she turned in evidence against her old allies in exchange for being given immunity from criminal trial. She was to enter the witness protection program after her testimony, but when her old allies came after her, the US government commissioned X-Factor to protect her.




(X-Factor I#80) - While Havok, Strong Guy, and Wolfsbane watched over Shrew at the Barclay Hotel in Virginia, Hell's Belles and Cyber came after her. While X-Factor was occupied against her former teammates, Shrew was left to face Tremolo.

(X-Factor I#81) - X-Factor managed to temporarily drive off Hell's Belles, but Cyber had poisoned Strong Guy and demanded Shrew in exchange for an antidote. The US government's toxicologist provided his own antidote, and X-Factor and the Shrew confronted Cyber and the Belles. X-Factor--joined by Multiple Man and Quicksilver--overpowered their attackers, and Shrew herself gathered the courage to knock Cyber into the path of an oncoming subway train.



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

    Another lost mutant I'd like to see again.

No known connection to:


X-Factor I#80, p29, panel 1;
    p27, panel 6;
    #79, p30, panel 3


First Posted: 05/02/2004
Last updated: 09/17/2023

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