THE RIGHT

Membership: Commander Cameron Hodge (leader);
Formerly Nanny

Purpose: To exterminate mutants

Affiliations: Animator, Bastion, N'astirh, Purifiers

Enemies: Bird Brain, Boom-Boom, Cable (Nathan Summers), Rusty Collins, Hope, Leech, Artie Maddicks, Magik (Illyana Rasputin), Marauders (Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Riptide, Prism, Sabretooth, Scalphunter, Scrambler, Vertigo), New Mutants (Cannonball, Cypher, Karma, Magma, Moonstar, Sunspot, Warlock, Wolfsbane), Rictor, Skids, Candy Southern, S'ym, Thor, X-Factor (Archangel (Warren Worthington III), Beast (Hank McCoy), Caliban, Cyclops (Scott Summers), Iceman, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)), X-Force (Archangel, Domino, Elixir, Wolverine, X-23)

Base of Operations: Arlington, Virginia

First Appearance: X-Factor I#17 (June, 1987)

History:

(X-Factor I#22 (fb) - BTS) - Hodge started an organization called the Right, utilizing Worthington's funds to do so. He designed powerful suits of armor, holographic technology, and helmets designed to block the powers of X-Factor and their known associates. They made one of their primary bases in the Arlington Interactive Museum of Science. Members of the Right captured Mexican mutant Rictor, who they tortured until his vibratory powers were out of control.

(X-Factor I#40 (fb) - BTS) - Nanny was a scientist and inventor pioneering the field in cyborg technology when she was recruited by the Right, an anti-mutant organization. She aided the Right in creating things, but soon learned they used her technology to create super-soldiers to destroy all mutants. A telepathic mutant herself, she tried to stop the Right, but they locked her in one of her own cybernetic designs to keep her working for them. It drove her a bit crazy and she managed to escape the Right.

(X-Factor I#17) - X-Factor and Hodge saw Thor deliver Iceman, whose powers were out of control, back to headquarters. Hodge soon spoke to Tilby and the press about Angel's intentions to rid the public of mutants, disgusting the other mutants at Angel's funeral. Hodge soon staged a call from the governor of California, claiming that the X-Terminators themselves were threatening to use a mutant named Rictor to shake San Francisco into the ocean. He hung up the call, feigning concern for X-Factor, but they rushed off to handle the threat anyway. Hodge called to warn the Right, who had one helicopter shut down as they escaped from the building. X-Factor managed to save Rictor, leaving only the Right's building to collapse. Iceman spoke to the media, telling them the X-Terminators were not responsible for the destruction and that mutants were good, too. Hodge was disgusted and planned to drive Cyclops insane in return.

(X-Factor I#21) - When Cyclops prepared to reveal the truth about X-Factor, Hodge had soldiers from the Right, claiming to be mutants, open fire on the crowd. Tilby and several other humans were wounded as the Right fired repeatedly and X-Factor struggled to defend themselves. The Right's bazookas bounced off Marvel Girl's shields and Cyclops, whose optic blasts reflected off the armor, managed to hit one of the soldiers in an arm joint. The Right soldiers flew away as did X-Factor, and Hodge told the media that mutants were obviously far too dangerous to normal humans. The Right then attacked X-Factor's remaining wards, Artie, Leech, Skids, Rusty, and Rictor.

(X-Factor I#22) - The Right soldiers fired on the mutants, taking Artie and Rusty down first, though Rusty downed one with a fiery blast. Rictor's powers went out of control and knocked portions of the ceiling onto the soldiers, who were quickly bolstered by reinforcements. When Leech's powers cancelled out Rictor's and Skids, the other mutants were knocked out as well and specific power helmets were used to block the powers of each. When Caliban tried to stop the soldiers, they easily defeated him, then shot him full of enough tranquilizers to kill him. The Right soldiers loaded the captive mutants into their plane and headed back for Virginia while Commander Hodge discussed the dangers of mutants on the news. When a small explosion went off, the Right soldiers went to investigate, not knowing Boom-Boom was sneaking aboard their ship; assuming it was a backfire, they proceeded with their trip. In Arlington, the Right soldiers loaded the mutants on to a school bus, treating them cruelly and taking them to the museum, where on of the soldiers scared off Boom-Boom. The Right's scanners soon revealed her to be a mutant and they stopped her from calling X-Factor, but she escaped into the vents. The Right began testing and prodding the mutants, beginning with Rusty and continuing with a despairing Rictor. Boom-Boom managed to free Rictor and his powers caused a bridge to collapse; the two mutants surrendered to Hodge and the Right rather than fall to their deaths.

(X-Factor I#23) - X-Factor (Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl) stormed the museum and tried questioning one guard, whose implanted device killed him before he could reveal any information. They continued fighting their way inside. Hodge told his captives of how he'd exploit their talents for himself and beginning experiments on them before learning that X-Factor had arrived. Pleased to see his enemies go down once and for all, Hodge went to take care of them, ordering the young mutants to be killed if he wasn't back in ten minutes. A group of Right soldiers fought X-Factor, their armor resistant to Cyclops' optic blasts. The mutants were briefly locked in a low pit trap, when the floor sank to trap them, and a hologram of Hodge in ruby quartz armor addressed them, justifying his actions. He flooded the mutants with knockout gas, but they only feigned unconsciousness and attacked the guards who came to restrain them. The kids managed to escape while X-Factor fought an army of mutants. The kids opened fire on the soldiers and one placed a power dampener on Iceman, removing his powers. Hodge knocked Rictor out with a blow, then he attacked Cyclops directly; Cyclops' blasts couldn't get through Hodge's armor. They traded blows as they argued about evolution and Iceman managed to break out of his restraints as his power had changed. He cracked Hodge's armor, then Cyclops destroyed the armor by releasing his blasts inside it. Hodge revealed he'd only been a robot and he set the building to self-destruct. The mutants narrowly escaped.

(New Mutants I#60 (fb) - BTS) - Hodge liberated a maddened scientist from jail and employed him to find a way to stop all mutation from taking place. The scientist, calling himself the Animator, took refuge on Paradise Island and began experimenting on animals there.

(X-Factor I#34 (fb) - BTS) - When Candy Southern, Angel's former girlfriend, threatened to expose Hodge to the media, he took her captive. Despising her for loving a mutant, he kept her alive to experiment on her until she was a veritable vegetable, kept alive by machines.

(New Mutants I#60) - When Hodge saw the Animator had run a search on the New Mutants, he called to check in the Animator, who lied to him about his progress. Sensing the lie, Hodge ordered the Right to investigate the island. They soon found Animator dressed madly and struggling to escape after a battle with the New Mutants. Hodge had the mutants captured and he backhanded Animator for lying to him. The Right soldiers opened fire on some of the Animator's experiments, including Bird Brain, who escaped and soon lead an army of Animates to free the New Mutants. A battle broke out, quickly joined by Sunspot and Warlock, and one of the Right soldiers was transported to Limbo, a dimension of demons, by Magik. Though the Animator killed Cypher, Hodge decided to cut his losses. He ordered his men aboard the ship and they razed the island with bombs before flying away. An octopoid Animate grabbed the ship and pulled it underwater, however.

(Uncanny X-Men#231) - The Right soldier served S'ym. After S'ym had seemingly been destroyed the Right soldier tried to take control of S'ym's army, but S'ym returned and destroyed him.

(X-Factor I#30) - Archangel investigated the disappearance of Candy Southern at Worthington Enterprises. He trapped a guard and demanded the computer access codes.

(X-Factor I#31) - In their Chicago base, Hodge and the Right reviewed footage of Archangel's attacks on Right facilities, looking frantically for Candy Southern.

(X-Factor I#32) - Using an obtained arcane ritual written by Belasco in the fifteenth century, Hodge read an incantation to contact the demon N'Astirh in Limbo. Hodge offered his soul and the locations of infant mutants, including a group in an orphanage, if N'Astirh would grant him immortality as well as success for the Right.

(X-Factor I#35) - Archangel fought through members of the Right and an army of N'Astirh's demons before killing Hodge, though it was too late to save Southern. More members of the Right attacked him as he tried to leave.

(X-Terminators#2 - BTS) - Hodge spoke with N'Astirh through a pentagram and the demon assured him that the Right would prosper from the demonic invasion.

(X-Factor I#57) - Members of the Right, in new armor, attacked X-Factor (minus Archangel, who was off on his own) in New York City. Their armor naturally repelled Cyclops' optic blasts and Marvel Girl's telekinetics, and was even strong enough to avoid being torn by the Beast, and melted Iceman's ice before it could form around them. The mutants used a combination of surprise tactics and teamwork to hold the Right off, but the Right soon rushed to attack Archangel, who was madly involved in a bank robbery, not fully mentally competent at the time. He slashed into them repeatedly and they soon teleported away. Hodge monitored the battle from afar.

(Cage I#2 - BTS) - The racist terrorist group called the Hammer used cast-off Right armors.

(X-Force III#7) - Resurrected by Bastion, Hodge opened crates to find old Right armor suits inside.

(X-Force III#10 (fb) - BTS) - At Bastion's orders, the Right soldiers, under Hodge's command, stormed several of Mr. Sinister's bases to retrieve vials of the Legacy virus.

(X-Force III#9) - At Hodge's command, the Right soldiers attacked Sinister's warehouse in Japan to liberate more vials of the Legacy Virus. They found X-Force (Archangel, Domino, Elixir, Wolverine, X-23) and the Vanisher battling clones of the Marauders (Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Riptide, Prism, Sabretooth, Scalphunter, Scrambler, Vertigo).

(X-Force III#10) - The Right soldiers quickly tore through the remaining Marauder clones. While battling X-Force, one of the Right uploaded the Legacy Virus into X-23's system. They sought to kill her and return the body to Hodge, but X-Force killed the soldiers. Hodge was ordered to replicate the other three vials and pass them on to the Leper Queen.

(X-Men: Second Coming#1) - When Cable and Hope appeared from the future at the old Westchester school, the Right leapt to attack. They moved to kill Hope while Cable returned fire, killing them all before Hodge could send backup. Bastion checked in with his soldiers, and heard Hodge's report that Right divisions were ready to deploy.

(New Mutants IV#12) - Cameron Hodge ordered his hundreds of armored Right soldiers to prepare for battle, and they eagerly armored up, excited to kill mutants. Before they could join the Purifiers in battle, however, the New Mutants (Cannonball, Cypher, Karma, Magma, Moonstar, Sunspot, Warlock) attacked. Karma forced some soldiers to turn on the others, killing several. Knowing he could now justify his armor under Bastion's orders, Hodge had his head and spinal cord attached to his old armored form. The New Mutants jumped to attack, batting Sunspot aside. When Karma tried possessing him, Hodge savagely drove a blade through her leg.

(X-Men: Legacy#235) - Before Hodge could kill Karma, Cannonball knocked him back, but Hodge soon had both mutants defeated as the Right was brutally dismantled by the remaining New Mutants. When the transmode virus-wielding Warlock entered the battle, however, he drained the life from the remaining Right soldiers, then from Cameron Hodge himself.

Comments: Created by Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Bob Wiacek.

Since anti-mutant terrorists rarely demonstrate more "conventional" forms of racism, it might be interesting for the Right to go after the Hammer for abusing their technology.
--Ronald Byrd

Thanks to John Kaminski for scanning help! Thanks to Ronald Byrd for pointing out the appearance in Uncanny X-Men#231 and Cage I#2.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Right has no known connections to


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X-Factor I#21, p22 (main)
X-Factor I#57, p3, pan1 (2nd)


Appearances:
X-Factor I#17 (June, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#21 (October, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#22 (November, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#23 (December, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#60 (February, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Bret Blevins (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#231 (July, 1988) - Chris Claremont (writer), Rick Leonardi (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
X-Factor I#31 (September, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#32 (October, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Steve Lightle (penciler/inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#33 (November, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Terminators#2 (November, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Jon Bogdanove (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#34 (December, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#57 (August, 1990) - Louise Simonson (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Allen Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force III#7 (November, 2008) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Mike Choi (penciler/inker), John Barber (editor)
X-Force III#9-10 (January-February, 2009) - Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost (writers), Mike Choi (penciler/inker), John Barber (editor)
X-Men: Second Coming#1 (May, 2010) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), David Finch (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Nick Lowe, Jeanine Schaefer (editors)
New Mutants IV#12 (June, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Ibraim Roberson (pencils/inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Legacy#235 (June, 2010) - Mike Carey (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)


Last updated: 05/28/10.

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