Real Name: Crule

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: (Formerly) Nazi death camp employee

Group Membership: The Externals (Absalom, Burke, Candra, Gideon, Nicodemus, Saul, Selene)

Affiliations: (Loosely) The Externals, Gideon

Enemies: The Externals, Hydra (Lt. Cassandra Romulus, Lt. Saltz), Selene, S.H.I.E.L.D. (G.W. Bridge, Nick Fury, Kate Neville, Alexander Goodwin Pierce), X-Force (Boom Boom, Cannonball, Feral, Rictor, Shatterstar, Siryn, Sunspot, Warpath)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Krule (see comments)

Base of Operations: (Formerly) Madripoor
                                     (formerly) Germany

First Appearance: X-Force I#12 (July, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Crule possessed superhuman strength and durability. As an External, he also enjoyed an unnaturally long life.

History: (X-Force I#12 (fb)-BTS) - Crule was employed by the Nazis during World War II, operating the death ovens.

(X-Force I#10-BTS) - As the other Externals/High Lords discussed the "awakening" of Samuel Guthrie as one of them, Gideon offered to contact Crule to retrieve him.

(X-Force I#12) - Gideon found Crule in a bar in Madripoor, where the External was destroying a bar.  The two fought briefly before Gideon convinced Crule to do his bidding: find Cannonball (Guthrie) and kill Cable.  The two returned to Gideon's home, where they were met by Roberto DaCosta, aka Sunspot.  Crule watched as Gideon severely beat Sunspot.

(X-Force I#14) - Crule attacked X-Force on their aircraft.

(X-Force I#15) - Crule fought X-Force to a stand-off, but after revealing that Gideon had turned on Sunspot, Rictor used his powers to knock the External out of the plane and he fell miles to the Earth.

(X-Force I#23) - Trying to find the Externals, X-Force was forced to retrieve Crule from St. Anthony's Hospital, where he was recovering from his injuries.  Filled with anger towards his fellow High Lords, he led them straight to Gideon's base of operations.

(X-Force I#24) - Still encased in a full-body fiberglass cast, Crule was dropped into the Pacific Ocean by nervous members of X-Force, where he was seen floating in the water.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#46) - Crule was reunited with Gideon at his base in Denver, and Gideon was surprised to see that he had survived his fall.  Crule's bones were still knitting, but he was eager to have his revenge upon X-Force. However, the two Externals were interrupted when a team of Hydra agents led by Lt. Saltz and Lt. Cassandra Romulus broke into the building, and declared that Gideon either join Hydra or die. Crule was offended, and went into battle against them, only for Lt. Romulus to break one of his still-mending legs. The
battle was joined by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury, Kate Neville, G.W. Bridge and Alexander Goodwin Pierce, but they were as unwelcome to the Externals as Hydra, and Crule attacked them as well. The Hydra agents were soon defeated, but Gideon then ordered Crule to contain the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#47) - As Crule mopped up the last of the Hydra agents, Fury prepared to pull out, deciding that since Gideon and Crule had nothing to do with Hydra that they shouldn't bother with them. Crule was determined to continue fighting them, but Gideon brushed him aside, not wanting any further fighting that day.

(X-Force I#53-54) - Crule believed Sunspot and Cannonball to be responsible for the death of Gideon and, along with Absalom, attacked them.  The rest of X-Force arrived and joined the battle. However it was Selene, also an External, who was revealed as Gideon's killer. She then killed Absalom and Crule.

Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, Mark Pacella and Dan Panosian.

Much thanks to Prime Eternal for the Nick Fury issues.  By the way, these came out just prior to the X-Force I#23-24 appearances, but chronologically look like they follow them, as Crule is further along in his recuperation (which is acknowledged) than he was in the X-Force issues.

Crule's name was spelled "Krule" throughout X-Force I#10, but by the time he actually appeared, it was changed to "Crule." This was a common blight on early issues of X-Force, where names of new characters constantly changed without explanation.  The Toy Biz action figure of Crule (yes, they made figures of just about every X-character during the 1990's) has his name spelled Krule as well.

The Externals are listed as group membership, affiliation and enemy. This is because they are a group by nature, not by choice. Also, while they, or some of the members, often work together, they do not like each other and often plot against one another.

Crule actually invoked Mitra (X-Force I#23) and Ishtar (X-Force I#12).
--John McDonagh

Profile by Madison Carter


Crule has no known connections to

X-Force I#12, page 1, panel 2
X-Force I#53, cover

X-Force I#12 (July, 1992) - Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Mark Pacella (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#14-15 (September-October, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Terry Shoemaker (#14) & Greg Capullo (#15) (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#23-24 (June -July, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Harry Candelario (#23) & Richard Bennett (#24) (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Nick Fury : Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#46-47 (April-May, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), John Heebink (pencils), Don Hudson (#46) & Brian Garvey (#47) (inks)
X-Force I#53-54 (April-May, 1996) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Adam Pollina (pencils), Mark Morales (#53) & Bud LaRosa (#54) (inks), Bob Harras (editor)

First Posted: 09/28/2005
Last updated: 09/28/2005

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