FEVER PITCH

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Terrorist, criminal

Group Membership: None;
Formerly 198 (Arclight, Beautiful Dreamer, Caliban, Collective Man, Johnny Dee, Diamond Lil, Erg, Karma, Leech, Lorelei, Magma, Mammomax, Mister M, Outlaw (Inez), Peepers, Sack, Scalphunter, Skids, Toad), X-Corps (Abyss (Nils Styger), Banshee, Blob, Husk, Jubilee, M, Mastermind (Martinique Jason), Multiple Man, Radius, Surge/Mystique), Gene Nation (Hemingway, Integer, Iron Maiden, Membrain, Opsidian the Dark, Vessel)

Affiliations: Apocalypse, Dark Beast/Wynter, Domino, Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Death (Gambit), Famine (Sunfire), War (Gazer)), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Ms. Marvel (Danvers), O*N*E, Shatterstar, X-Men (Angel (Worthington), Beast, Bishop, Cyclops, Iceman)

Enemies: Armed Resistance Movement, Johnny Dee, General Lazer, Generation X (Chamber, Gaia, Husk, Jubilee, M, Skin, Synch, White Queen), Leper Queen, Sapien League, X-Man, X-Men (Archangel, Beast (Hank McCoy), Bishop, Cannonball, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Havok, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Shadowcat, Stacy X)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Generation X#50 (April, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Though he burned his own body away, Fever Pitch wields a high intensity organic flame that surrounds his skeleton and makes him capable of flight and firing fiery bursts.

History: (Generation X I#50 (fb) - BTS) - Once a young and handsome man, Fever Pitch's powers manifested and burned all his skin away over time, leaving him looking like a flaming skeleton. At some point, he was recruited by the Dark Beast into joining Gene Nation.

(Generation X#50) - Dark Beast ordered Membrain, Fever Pitch, Vessel, and Hemingway to attack members of Generation X. Fever Pitch attacked Chamber and Skin in a boat, setting it on fire and sending a crowd running and screaming away. Chamber knocked Fever Pitch into the water, then he and Skin helped the nearby humans escape. Fever Pitch jumped from the water, knocked out Chamber, and convinced Skin to surrender, threatening to harm other humans if Skin didn't. Husk, Jubilee, M, and Synch were captured as well.

(X-Man#50) - With their captives being experimented on by Dark Beast, Gene Nation waited to follow his instructions. Membrain waited outside their fortified sewer base and telepathically relayed the arrival of White Queen, Gaia, and X-Man back to his leader. White Queen hit Membrain with a powerful psi-blast, scattering him through the tunnels. They blasted through the specially reinforced door, only to find the captives and the Dark Beast's army. Dark Beast controlled a robot named Wynter and led Fever Pitch, Hemingway, Integer, Iron Maiden, Opsidian the Dark, and Vessel against the intruders. X-Man immediately held them back with a telekinetic wall, but the villains hit it with their combined powers and shattered it. White Queen freed the students one at a time while X-Man fought the others, who were defeated one at a time. Fever Pitch hit Skin and M with a fiery blast, then another blast reflected off Husk, who'd taken on a reflective form. Fever Pitch fired as Synch, who, mimicking Husk's powers, reflected it into Opsidian, knocking him out. Fever Pitch then hit X-Man with multiple blasts, but he used psi-armor to repel the energy attacks, knocking Pitch's non-burning skeleton to the ground. The heroes then surrounded Wynter, dismantling him. A hard light projection of Dark Beast laughed at the heroes before dissipating.

(Uncanny X-Men#402) - Seeking to capture the mutant Abyss and sell him to a geneticist, Fever Pitch found his target in Berlin. As they fought, they were surrounded by human militiamen from A.R.M. (Acculturated Resistance Movement) who sought to contain the situation, but Avalanche knocked the militia off its feet. Another mutant, Surge, tried breaking up the fight, but Fever Pitch blasted him with fire. Finally, Blob was dropped on Fever Pitch and Abyss, knocking them both out. They soon learned they'd been ordered captured by Banshee, who was running a new X-Corps program. He inspected them, with Nightcrawler standing by, and congratulated his operatives on the new acquisitions. Back at X-Corps headquarters, Sunpyre studied the captured Fever Pitch, learning about his powers. She recommended that he not be used for field duty as Fever Pitch was rather unstable, but Banshee considered brainwashing him anyway.

(Uncanny X-Men#403) - Their wills submitted by Mastermind, Abyss and Fever Pitch joined the X-Corps members in following Banshee's orders. Multiple Man led some of them, including Fever Pitch, Radius, Surge, and M, into saving a mutant in Zurich from the ARM. While Multiple Man held off X-Men Archangel and Stacy X, Fever Pitch scattered the militia with his flames.

(Uncanny X-Men#404) - When some of the X-Men tried infiltrating the X-Corps building, Fever Pitch, Avalanche, Blob, and Surge worked to protect Mastermind's room from Chamber.

(Uncanny X-Men#405 (fb) - BTS) - Surge, revealed to be Mystique, and Mastermind influenced several of the X-Corps to go rogue. Avalanche, Fever Pitch, and an army of Multiple Men attacked Paris.

(Uncanny X-Men#405) - Determined to show the world how dangerous mutants really were, Fever Pitch set several landmarks on fire and destroyed others. He radioed in to Banshee to brag about what they were doing.

(Uncanny X-Men#406) - Archangel, M, the prime Multiple Man, and Iceman arrived to defend Paris. When Fever Pitch tried destroying the Louvre, Iceman encased him in a block of ice, stopping him.

(X-Men II#183 (fb) - BTS) - When M-Day hit, most of the world's mutants lost their powers. Many of those who remained rushed to the X-Men mansion for safety, and were placed in a camp together. The mutants, including Fever Pitch, called themselves the 198. They were surrounded by Sentinels run by the O*N*E* (Office of National Emergency), who were meant to protect the mutants. 

(X-Men II#183) - Fever Pitch and the others at the camp were forced to choose sides when the X-Men (Beast, Cannonball, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Havok, Iceman, Rogue) and Apocalypse both vowed they could protect them better. When Apocalypse's horseman Famine (Sunfire) hit the 198 with extreme hunger, many of them were tempted to drink an elixir Apocalypse offered in exchange for allegiance to him. Some gave in while the X-Men fought War (Gazer).

(X-Men II#184) - Fever Pitch, Scalphunter, and Skids willingly joined Apocalypse and stood by him as he held off the X-Men, revealing his newest horseman, Death (Gambit).

(X-Men II#185 (fb) - BTS) - As Apocalypse's conflict with the X-Men continued, Fever Pitch and the others were gone, potentially dismissed by Apocalypse. 

(X-Men: The 198#1) - Fever Pitch grew frustrated with conditions at the 198 camp, surrounded by O*N*E* agents and Sentinels.

(X-Men: The 198#2) - Fever Pitch and Sack complained when Cyclops gave Magma and Outlaw a personal tour of the camp. With Erg, they tried leaving the camp for a walk, but the O*N*E* agents refused to let them, telling them the ten miles within the compound were big enough. Erg knocked the guard aside, Sack covered another with his ectoplasm, and Fever Pitch tried blasting through the gate. When the Sentinels moved to stop them, Fever Pitch and Erg opened fire as other mutants surrounded them. Mr. M broke up the fight with a force field and helped calm the situation.

(X-Men: The 198#3) - Fever Pitch, Sack, and the other camp members listened to Valerie Cooper's announcement that the O*N*E* would be keeping all mutants contained while they built more permanent accommodations. Claiming it was for their own safety, they planned to give the mutants each a tag, stating it was required if they wanted to leave. Fever Pitch grew angry and started the podium on fire, making the government agents and the X-Men furious. Despite their frustrations, most of the mutants in the camp got the tags implanted. They took a "field trip" into Westchester and discovered the tags had a neural feedback when Mammomax was taken down after trying to attack a civilian.

(X-Men: The 198#4) - Back at camp, Erg united the others in wanting to get out of the camp. When they tried to storm the gates, the X-Men and O*N*E* blocked the way. The government activated Erg's tag to make him stand down and Sack found him unable to get the tag through the ectoplasm. Mr. M revealed that he could remove the tags peaceable and did so one by one, starting with Sack. He then, with Lorelei at his side, announced his intentions to lead the refugees outside the gates. They headed out into the woods, Mr. M turning the water solid and blocking the way of the X-Men.

(X-Men: The 198#5) - Mr. M announced his ability to protect the refugees, but Cyclops didn't believe him. From afar, Johnny Dee used his puppetry powers to force Fever Pitch into firing a blast, but Iceman shielded it. Fever Pitch shook the effects off while battle broke out. The Sentinels got involved, Mr. M was killed, and Johnny Dee was exposed before the refugees returned to camp. Later, Mr. M's body hatched butterflies.

(Civil War: X-Men#1) - Fever Pitch participated in a riot led by Caliban against O*N*E* soldiers. But this was just a diversion until Domino and Shatterstar arrived to take down the Sentinels. The X-Men failed to stop them which led to the escape of Fever Pitch and other 198 members alongside Domino and Shatterstar in a cloaked aircraft.

(Civil War: X-Men#2 - BTS) - Fever Pitch and the other escapees arrived at a base in the Nevada Desert that became their new home.

(Civil War: X-Men#3 - BTS) - General Lazer actvitated from his office a self-destruct protocol in the Nevada Desert base to kill everyone within it.

(Civil War: X-Men#4) - Fever Pitch and other mutants tried to open the base's locked door, but they failed. The X-Men, O*N*E and Avengers worked together to open the door from the outside. They succeeded and Fever Pitch and the other mutants were brought to safety before the base exploded.

(X-Force III#12) - Fever Pitch was captured by the Sapien League, led by the Leper Queen. They injected him with a vial of the Legacy Virus and set him loose near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he exploded and killed hundreds of civilians.

(X-Force III#13 (fb)) - X-Force investigated the casualties.

Comments: Created by Jay Faerber, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson.

Despite his being with Gene Nation, it is unknown if Fever Pitch was born on the Hill dimension like many of the others. He may have been recruited by Dark Beast on Earth. After Apocalypse recruited Fever Pitch, it is unknown why FP wasn't around for the rest of the story. He was soon among the 198 again.

Thanks to Markus Raymond for adding Civil War: X-Men.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Fever Pitch has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
X-Men: The 198#5, p2, pan1 (main)
X-Man#50, p28, pan5 (2nd)

p30, pan3 (skeleton sans fire)


Appearances:
Generation X#50 (April, 1999) - Jay Faerber (writer), Terry Dodson (penciler), Rachel Dodson (inker), Frank Pittarese (editor)
X-Man#50 (April, 1999) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Luke Ross (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Frank Pittarese (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#402 (March, 2002) - Joe Casey (writer), Ron Garney (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#403 (April, 2002) - Joe Casey (writer), Aaron Lopresti (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#404-405 (May-June, 2002) - Joe Casey (writer), Sean Phillips (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#406 (July, 2002) - Joe Casey (writer), Aaron Lopresti (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men II#183-185 (March-May, 2006) - Peter Milligan (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler/inker), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men: The 198#1-5 (March-July, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Jim Muniz (penciler), Kevin Conrad (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Civil War: X-Men#1-4 (September-December, 2006) - David Hine (writer), Yanick Paquette & Aaron Lopresti (#3) (pencilers), Serge LaPointe & Jay Leisten (#3) (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Force III#12-13 (April-May, 2009) - Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost (writers), Clayton Crain (penciler/inker), John Barber (editor)


Last updated: 07/05/14

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