X-FORCE

 

 

 

 

Membership: Colossus/The Wall (leader), Dazzler, Havok /Bedlam, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm/Tempest, Wolverine

Purpose: Survival, escape attempts on their lives by Blaisdell and the M Branch; formerly intended to serve as superhuman agents of the US government

Affiliations: M Branch (funded their creation); Cloak and Dagger (allies), Dr. Ilsa Moon (ally and caretaker)

Enemies: Roland Blaisdell (leader of M Branch), M Branch, Rogue (traitor)

Base of Operations: currently unknown: formerly the Mid Town Hospital, Manhattan, New York City; formerly an unnamed US government research facility.

First Appearance: (BTS) Cloak and Dagger III#9 (December, 1989), Cloak and Dagger III#10 (February, 1990)

History: (Cloak & Dagger#10 (fb) ) - During the Acts of Vengeance, the US government was given reason to question the loyalty of Freedom Force, their agents at the time. As a result, a fanatical faction of the government (which was behind the failed super-powers registration act) formed a scientific offshoot called M Branch. The group appointed Roland Blaisdell to head M Branch. Blaisdell handpicked eight recruits from the ranks of patriotic volunteers, eager to serve their country.

The scientists at M Branch subjected the enlistees to cosmic rays, gamma rays, and combinations of both in an effort to produce mutagenic changes like those which empowered the Fantastic Four and the Hulk. The group was christened X-Force, issued uniforms, and assigned the names of the X-Men (Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, and Wolverine) who had recently appeared to have died in battle against the Adversary.

However, during the training period, all began to exhibit signs of radiation poisoning to various degrees. Blaisdell brought them to Mid Town Hospital in Manhattan to receive care under Dr. Ilsa Moon. Despite her efforts, the subjects continued to deteriorate, and Longshot, Psylocke, and Wolverine died. Blaisdell then made it clear that he was no longer interested in trying to prolong the lives of the others, but instead wanted Dr. Moon to collect data on their progression and eventual death, so that he might make other attempts in the future.

(Cloak & Dagger III#9 - BTS, 10) - The remaining members of X-Force refused to allow themselves to die just so the government could learn from their mistakes. Under the direction of the Wall, the five remaining members attempted to break out of the hospital. Cloak and Dagger were in the hospital visiting Father Delgado and heard the struggle. They initially believed the members of X-Force to be criminals, and so they sided with the soldiers of M Branch. Blaisdell arrived and decided to terminate the entire group, and ordered his soldiers to open fire. Dazzler and Rogue were shot, but Cloak and Dagger realized their mistake and transported the last three, Colossus, Havok, and Storm to safety on the roof of the hospital. Dr. Moon joined the fleeing members of X-Force.

After Dr. Moon explained the group's origins, Cloak and Dagger were quite sympathetic. Blaisdell and his soldiers located them, along with Rogue, who had survived the glancing head wound, and remained loyal to M Branch. Cloak and Dagger helped fight off Rogue and the soldiers and teleported Dr. Moon and the other three to the Holy Ghost Church, where the soldiers could not find them. Dagger used her powers to clear the drugs and radiation from their systems, apparently curing them. They then took new names, the Wall, Bedlam, and Tempest, and decided to go out on their own. Dr. Moon joined them, planning to provide them with medical and financial assistance as they attempted to elude M Branch

COMMENTS: Created by Terry Austin and Mike Vosberg.

The original picture of the first seven members showed Wolverine, who was mentioned as the second to die. Psylocke was not shown initially, but was mentioned in their origin, and was mentioned as the first to die. Another time, Longshot was listed as the first to die. Longshot and Psylocke were listed as the two dead on their hospital file, while Wolverine was still listed as alive at that time. I'm saying they're all dead. Although...there is a character, Wolverina, from the Carnage: It's a Wonderful Life one-shot with an unexplained origin. (in X-Force's handbook profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2 it was speculated that Wolverine was Wolverine's...somehow femizined)

The next issue blurb stated, "The Hunted and Betrayed X-Force will return!" I guess they really like to build that suspense.

X-Force did make one more appearance: Marvel Age#102 (July, 1991), in Fred Hembeck's page: Hembeck had Bedlam and Tempest on to discuss their new series, X-Force. they were both excited, but surprised that no one from Marvel had called them, with the first issue due out any day. Cannonball showed up and revealed that the series would be about the former New Mutants. A rumble nearly ensued, until Hembeck called in Phyllis Twombly, aka Origin, to settle the dispute. She revealed that Marvel had requested that she turn the name over to the new group, and she had complied.

I'm thinking there are probably 4 or 5 people reading comics today who remember these guys.

Connection between the original X-Force and the Exemplars? Probably not, but it would be a good story.

Comic science is comic science, but in case you care, if you actually decalcified bones without removing anything else (as per Rogue's powers), the bones would become like rubber, but wouldn't turn into a gelatinous pool. If you don't believe me, put a steak bone in vinegar for a few days.

Real names for Longshot, Psylocke and Wolverine were revealed in X-Force's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.

CLARIFICATIONS:
(take a deep breath)
X-Force has no connection to:

The Wall, formerly known as Colossus, was patterned after the X-Man Colossus, Piotr Rasputin, @ Giant-Size X-Men#1
He has no known connection to:

Dazzler was originally patterned after the X-Man Dazzler, Alison Blaire, @ Uncanny X-Men#130
She has no known connection to:

  • Dazzler, Burt Worthington, the uncle of the Angel, who sought to usurp his family fortune @ Ka-Zar Quarterly#2/2

Bedlam, formerly known as Havok was originally patterned after the X-Man Havok, Alex Summers, @ X-Men I#54, 58.
She has no known connection to:

  • Bedlam, the Department H project gone awry @ Alpha Flight I#52
  • Bedlam, Jesse Aaronson, of X-Force @ X-Force I#82
  • Bedlam, Olisa Kabaki, of the Exemplars @ Thor II#17

Longshot was originally patterned after the X-Man Longshot, @ Longshot I#1

Psylocke was originally patterned after the X-Man Psylocke, Betsy Braddock, @ Captain Britain I#8, New Mutants Annual#2

Rogue was originally patterned after the X-Man Rogue, @ Avengers Annual#10

Tempest, formerly Storm , was originally patterned after Storm, Ororo Monroe, @ Giant-Size X-Men#1.
He has no known connection to:

  • Tempest, aka Flashfire, of the Imperial Guard, @ X-Men I#107
  • Tempest, the pilot for The Team, @ Ghost Rider III#58
  • Tempest, Nicolette Giroux, of the Exemplars, @ Iron Man III#22

Wolverine was originally patterned after Wolverine, James Howlett aka Logan, @ Incredible Hulk II#180, 181

and that's not even counting all of the alternate earth counterparts, etc.

 


Bedlam, Pvt. Bermuda Schwartz (I kid you not), aka Havok, was one of the three to stay with the group. She could intensify already existing mental states, as well as cause hallucinations.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Bedlam as a potential Initiative recruit.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dazzler, Kimberly Schau, was shot and reportedly killed during the group's escape from Mid Town Hospital. She could project electricity, primarily as bursts of brilliant light.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Longshot(Pvt. Roger Welton) his abilities are unknown. He was one of the first to succumb to radiation poisoning.


Psylocke(Pvt. Matt Coris). He was one of the first to succumb to radiation poisoning.


Rogue, Pvt. Victor Barlow, remained loyal to Blaisdell and the M Branch, despite their lack of concern for his survival, and even shooting him. He had only a superficial gunshot wound, and recovered almost instantly. He felt that the other members had turned traitor to their country, and so he agreed to oppose them and assist in hunting them down. He could leech the calcium from one's bones, causing severe pain, and theoretically cause the skeleton to have the consistency of rubber.

 

 

 

 


Tempest, Pvt. William Read, aka Storm, was one of the three to stay with the group. He could intensify already present atmospheric conditions. He could even transform water running out of a drainpipe to a full torrential downpour from the skies. He was the most volatile of the group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Wall, Sgt. Lemuel Sullivan, aka Colossus, is the leader of the group and one of the three members still with the group. He's a good 7 to 8 feet tall, and possesses superhuman strength (Class 10?) and durability, as well as advanced training in strategy, and in armed and unarmed combat.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wolverine(Pvt. Ryan Laporto) He was one of the first to succumb to radiation poisoning. He possessed claws, and possibly other feral powers and/or enhanced healing (if so, it didn't work so well).

 


Roland Blaisdell is a former presidential advisor, and was chosen to run M Branch. He cared only about the final result, and nothing about those involved in the process. He was more than willing to sacrifice the entire group if things weren't proceeding as planned.

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Ilsa Moon is an expert on the effects of radiation. She was chosen to try to reverse or retard the deterioration of the group, but was unsuccessful. She was infuriated at Blaisdell's absence of concern for the group, and decided to stay with the group when they fled the hospital.

 

 

 


Appearances:
Cloak & Dagger III#9-10 (December, 1989 - February, 1990) - Terry Austin (writer), Mike Vosbur (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)


Last updated: 12/05/13.

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