HENRIETTA HUNTER

Real Name: Henrietta Hunter

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: X-Statix leader/charity worker/U. S. Secretary of Defense;
    former pop star

Group Membership: X-Statix

Affiliations: Spike Freeman, Lacuna, X-Statix (the Anarchist, Dead Girl, Doop, El Guapo, the Orphan, Phat, Venus Dee Milo, Vivisector)

Enemies: Dicky, Euro-Trash, Mister Code, Reggie

Known Relatives: Unnamed ancestors

Aliases: “the Taliban Slayer” (joke name given to her by the Anarchist)

Base of Operations: X-Statix HQ in Santa Monica, California;
    formerly Hawthorne House, ancestral home of the Hunters, in Europa

First Appearance: X-Statix#13 (October, 2003)

Powers/Abilities: Originally, Henrietta was a mutant gifted with empathy, the ability to read and feel the emotions of others. She could sense the pain of others.

After the first time she returned from the dead, she not only regained her empathic abilities, but also the ability to communicate with ghostly spirits.

After the second time she died, Henrietta once again returned as a zombie-like form. In this form, she, like other zombies, did not appear to require food or oxygen to survive. She also appeared to be able to cause unlikely events to happen that would cause death to those who sung her song. It is unknown whether she retained any of her previous powers, as she did not display any as a corpse.

History: (X-Statix#13 (fb)) - When Henrietta Hunter was a young girl, she dreamed of becoming famous. As she grew up, she became Europa’s hottest young pop star, until she was electrocuted and killed by a microphone that someone had sabotaged.

(X-Statix#13) - Henrietta’s ghostly spirit returned to Hawthorne House, the ancestral home of the Hunters. Her spirit levitated towards her body and re-possessed it, resurrecting her with a happy “ta-da!” X-Statix eventually arrived and saved her from the Europan government agents, who had recently arrived to make sure Henrietta stayed dead. Upon saving her, X-Statix returned to their HQ in Santa Monica, where Henrietta revealed that she was a mutant, gifted with empathy. Soon after her return, she appeared on “Lacuna & the Stars” to announce her comeback. After her show, Henrietta met with Spike Freeman in Los Angeles to discuss the merchandising of her name, where she was attacked by an assassin hired by Europan agents Dicky and Reggie. The assassin’s plot was foiled by Doop and Spike Freeman then announced on television that Henrietta was joining X-Statix. To announce her membership, X-Statix appeared in New York with a red carpet arrival. While in New York, Henrietta was attacked and kidnapped by the Euro-Trash.

(X-Statix#14) - The Euro-Trash retreated to an X-Statix Store in New York, while X-Statix fought with themselves over whether or not to save her. They eventually decided to save her and they teleported inside the store and killed all the members of Euro-Trash. After saving Henrietta, X-Statix held a press conference, where Henrietta revealed many of her charitable ideas. Later, Henrietta visited young Jesus Diaz at the hospital, whose legs had been amputated due to a landmine. Upon seeing her charitable spree, X-Statix decided that they must kill her.

(X-Statix#15) - Henrietta relaxed aboard a yacht, when X-Statix appeared. Lacuna tagged along on Venus’s teleportational coattails and warned Henrietta that they were there to kill her. She then convinced X-Statix to rethink the idea of killing Henrietta and they decided against it. Henrietta later joined X-Statix on a mission to Afghanistan, where she took out several members of a Taliban sect. When they returned to Santa Monica, X-Statix held a press conference, where Henrietta was announced the new team leader and U. S. Secretary of Homeland Defense.

(X-Statix#16) - After a modeling shoot involving her designs, Henrietta led X-Statix on a wild goose chase in an attempt to locate Mister Code, a mastermind responsible for various random sniper killings. Not having any luck finding him, Henrietta returned to the X-Statix HQ and used her abilities to communicate with ghostly spirits to aid her in throwing a dart to Mister Code’s location on a giant map of the U. S. As she asked for help from the spirits, Dead Girl also spoke with the deceased in an attempt to throw Henrietta off course and further ruin Ms. Hunter’s image. When Henrietta appeared on television, she was pelted with fruit and other trash due to her faltering public image associated with her lack of locating the random killer.

(X-Statix#17) - Henrietta led X-Statix as they broke into Lacuna’s lawyers’ offices to retrieve the incriminating evidence against them. Unfortunately, her lawyer had turned the evidence over to the press, ruining X-Statix’s image. In order to fix their image, X-Statix decided that they had to stop Mister Code. Determining his location thanks to Dead Girl communicating with Spike Freeman’s corpse, Venus teleported X-Statix into battle against Mister Code. During the battle, Mister Code broke Henrietta’s neck and he himself was killed by the Orphan.

(X-Statix#18) - After Henrietta’s second death, her record company released a single entitled “Back from the Dead,” which mysteriously killed anyone who sang the song aloud. A young boy named Jamie sang the song and was killed almost instantly after singing it. Also, a man named Chester and his son Ethan were both killed after singing the song. Following the death and funeral of X-Statix member Phat, another X-Statix member, El Guapo, sang the song and briefly saw the reanimated corpse of Henrietta, causing him to fly his skateboard off course, crash into a plate glass window, and impale himself on his own board. In order to get to the bottom of the deaths caused by Henrietta’s single, X-Statix had Dead Girl sing the song. She was instantly destroyed and as she was reforming herself, she too saw Henrietta’s corpse. After speaking a bit with Henrietta’s corpse, Dead Girl discovered that Henrietta was taking her revenge on those who wanted her dead by killing any who sung her song aloud. X-Statix decided to travel to Europa and confront the president of Europa. They then forced the president to sing her song. As he did, Henrietta’s form once again reappeared and X-Statix left the president to Henrietta’s wrath.

Comments: Created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred.

As originally written this character was to be Princess Diana, and the storyline involving her was to be titled "Di Another Day". However someone higher up in Marvel (rightly, imho) felt this would be seen as extremely poor taste and garner a lot of bad publicity. So late in the day the story was swiftly re-written and redrawn/recolored to change the character to Europan popstar Henrietta Hunter. The last minute nature of the change means certain story points don't make much sense, as they are holdovers from the original plan. However, if you read the story again knowing who she was meant to be, the visiting of landmine victims and the reasons why government officials should want her to stay dead, become much clearer. - Loki

Profile by Proto-Man

Clarifications:

The character, Ethan, has no known connections to

This character, Henrietta Hunter, has no known connections to

The character, Omar, has no known connections to


CHESTER & ETHAN

Chester and Ethan were a father and son who locked themselves in their panic room. When Ethan asked why they locked themselves in, Chester replied that he had accidentally started singing Henrietta’s post-death single and to prevent himself from mysteriously dying afterwards, he locked himself in the panic room. While inside, Ethan began to sing the song and when Chester’s wife found them, they had choked each other to death.

- X-Statix#18

 

 


JAMIE

Jamie was a young boy who listened to Henrietta’s post-death single. When he sung the song aloud, a flower pot crashed down upon his head, killing him.

- X-Statix#18

 

 

 

 

 

 



JESUS DIAZ

Jesus Diaz was a young boy who lost his legs to a landmine left behind from a war fought in his country. While in the hospital, he was visited by Henrietta Hunter, where he claimed he wanted to join X-Statix.

- X-Statix#14 (X-Statix#14(fb), 16

 

 

 


JUSTIN

Justin was one of the workers aboard the yacht in which Henrietta Hunter relaxed upon.

- X-Statix#15

 

 

  



OMAR

Omar was a cruise worker aboard Henrietta’s yacht. He arrived in time to rub some suntan lotion on Henrietta’s back, but was quickly knocked overboard by Phat when X-Statix arrived to kill her.

- X-Statix#15

 

 

 


 


images:

X-Statix#18, p14, panel 4 (Zombie look)
X-Statix#14, p18, panel 3 (Headshot, out of costume)
X-Statix#15, p15, splash page (X-Statix costume)
X-Statix#18, p7, panel 3 (Chester & Ethan, her victims)
X-Statix#18, p5, panel 3 (Jamie)
X-Statix#16, p3, panel 2 (Jesus Diaz)
X-Statix#15, p8, panel 3 (Justin)
X-Statix#15, p8, panel 4 (Omar)


X-Statix#13-18 (October, 2003-March, 2004) - Peter Milligan (writer), Mike Allred (pencils), Mike Allred (#13) & J. Bone (#14-18) (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)


Last updated: 11/13/13

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