VESSEL

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Terrorist

Group MembershipGene Nation (Charm, Fever Pitch, Hemingway/Pain, Loss, Marrow, Marilou, Maverick (Chris Bradley), Membrain, Reverb, Sack/Glass)

Affiliations: Dark Beast, Mikhail Rasputin

Enemies: Agent Zero, Callisto, Glenn Chen, Graydon Creed, Charlotte Jones, X-Men (Beast (Hank McCoy), Cannonball, Colossus, Cyclops, Gambit, Phoenix (Jean-Grey Summers), Storm, Wolverine)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Snow

Base of Operations: New York City, New York;
Formerly Hill dimension

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men#323 (August, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: Vessel had the power to absorb remnant energy (psychic and physical residue) from the recently deceased and transmute it into physical power and bulk. Vessel was a muscular green mutant with orange tendrils cascading over his body. He possessed super strength, depending on the amount of remnant energy absorbed.

History:

(Uncanny X-Men#325 (fb) - BTS) - Mikhail Rasputin transported the Morlocks to an alternate dimension, called the Hill. After the first generation of Morlocks lived in peace, the young grew up disenfranchised, angry, and full of rage that their elders had abandoned Earth so easily.

(Uncanny X-Men#374 (fb)) - In the Hill dimension, time passed quickly as decades would flow by in a matter of Earth months. The children were kept in a stony citadel, where they grew.

(Uncanny X-Men#374 (fb)) - Life for the Morlock youths was one of constant combat as they struggled and fought to make it to Mikhail's citadel at the top of the Hill. When young mutants manifested their powers, they were immediately required to enter the combat. Those that reached the top of the Hill were required to continue fighting for their place there, even when they became Mikhail's personal guards.

(Uncanny X-Men#325 (fb) - BTS) - They found a way to return to Earth so that they could get revenge on the humans.

(Uncanny X-Men#322 (fb) - BTS) - Gene Nation attacked a disco, killing dozens of humans there in the name of mutants.

(Uncanny X-Men#323 (fb) - BTS) - Sack took over the body of forensic investigator Glenn Chen.

(Uncanny X-Men#323) - When Charlotte Jones brought Cannonball, Storm, and Wolverine to Chen to learn more about the bodies, "Chen" told them that 33 had died from mysterious circumstances. Wolverine smelled Sack on Chen, though, and sliced him open. Sack emerged, impressed that Wolverine had smelled him, the Vessel burst into the room as well.

(Uncanny X-Men#324) - Jones tried placing Sack and Vessel under arrest, but Vessel stated that if the Morlocks couldn't keep them down, neither could the X-Men. Wolverine attacked Vessel, who explained his powers as he batted Wolverine aside. Storm blew Vessel into a wall, then Vessel attacked the nearby political rally of Graydon Creed, shaking off their gunfire and throwing a rock at Creed, who was narrowly saved by Beast, who Vessel mistook for Dark Beast. Vessel shook off attacks from Storm and Wolverine, though he started losing the remnant energy he'd absorbed. Storm hit Vessel with a mighty lightning blast that drained the rest of the remnant energy, sending all the souls sprawling out of him, but Vessel escaped.

(Uncanny X-Men#325) - On the anniversary of the Mutant Massacre, Marrow led Gene Nation in capturing an entire subway full of humans. Callisto returned from the Hill to recruit the help of the X-Men, claiming that the former attacks had only been tests by Gene Nation on the X-Men. They used advanced technology to block themselves from the X-Men's Cerebro. Callisto soon led Colossus, Storm, and Wolverine into the Tunnels, where they found a human murdered with his bicycle and a message painted in blood to the X-Men. Reverb tracked the X-Men's thought-prints, revealing the roster to Marrow and Sack, shocked at Callisto being there. Marrow, uncaring, told Reverb to tell the others telepathically. Vessel punched Wolverine aside, more powerful than when the X-Men last fought him. Storm managed to defeat Marrow, who had a bomb strapped to her heart, by seemingly killing her.

(Storm I#3) - Back in the Hill dimension, Mikhail kept several members of Gene Nation as his personal guard. He kidnapped Storm and introduced her to Pain (Hemingway), Snow (Vessel), Loss, Glass (Sack), and Charm. He told Storm that they were being sent to Virginia to destroy X-Factor headquarters. When Storm vowed to stop them, the attacked, slashing her back with a knife as Callisto rushed in. Mikhail involuntarily began opening a gateway to Earth as someone was performing the Ceremony  of Light as Storm downed the Gene Nationals with a whirlwind. Callisto threatened to kill Mikhail as he'd killed Marilou (to fake Storm's corpse), but the Gene Nationals told Mikhail that if he did as Storm asked, they would detonate the bomb there.

(Storm I#4) - Loss reminded Storm of the bomb as they waited for her decision. At Storm's prompting, Mikhail moved the entire Hill population to New York City, shocking the Gene Nationals. They landed in the old Tunnels, where Cable waited, and Storm ensured that Mikhail got every last mutant there. As Cable struggled to figure out what was going on, Loss reminded them of the bomb, still threatening to detonate. Storm kept Cable under control, though he punched Mikhail once the transport was complete, and Storm held Callisto off with lightning.  Callisto departed, meeting up with Marrow, and Storm seemingly killed Mikhail, causing the Gene Nationals to respect her, not knowing Mikhail had only teleported away. As the X-Men (Cyclops, Gambit, Phoenix, Wolverine) arrived, Storm determined she would send the Gene Nationals to a struggling village in Africa, where they would have to work and strive to survive. She promised to keep a close eye on them.

(Generation X#50) - Acting on Dark Beast's orders, Membrain disguised himself against the wall of the Massachusetts Academy, eavesdropping on students and telepathically relaying the information back to his leader. Dark Beast ordered Membrain, Fever Pitch, Vessel, and Hemingway to attack. Hemingway and Vessel attacked Jubilee, Husk, and Gaia aboard the monorail; Hemingway stopped the train while Vessel broke inside. Vessel shook off Jubilee's fireworks, threw Husk into the water, then, with his teammate, moved in on the other two. As Jubilee hit Vessel with a blast in the face, Gaia turned a train car into a giant arm and grabbed Hemingway with it. Hemingway broke free and knocked Gaia out while Vessel knocked out Jubilee. Husk, in a steel form, managed to defeat Vessel, then turned to fight Hemingway, who she managed to nearly defeat until Vessel awoke and defeated her. They took Husk and Jubilee, leaving Gaia behind, thinking she was dead. The other students 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, light bent around to turn himself invisible, defeated Vessel. The others were swiftly defeated as well.

(Weapon X II#19 (fb) - BTS) - Using the resources obtained from Cable, Marrow reorganized Gene Nation and initiated attacks on known Weapon X facilities. Vessel and Hemingway aided her in her new operations.

(Weapon X II#19) - Gene Nation bombed a Weapon X facility in New York, killing 32 people. They wondered what happened to Cable, about the name change, and about their intense new tactics, though they trusted Marrow to lead them. Marrow was shocked when Maverick held her at gunpoint, but he was quickly restrained by Vessel and Hemmingway. Maverick quickly released himself, so Marrow convinced him that working with her was in his best interests. Maverick agreed to join Gene Nation as they had a common goal.

(Weapon X II#20 (fb) - BTS) - Gene Nation continued their attacks on Weapon X in Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. Marrow assigned Maverick to lead an attack on Grand Central Station.

(Weapon X II#20) - Vessel and Hemingway burst through the wall with others in their facility to stop Agent Zero's attack against Marrow, but Zero quickly departed, promising to be back.

(Weapon X II#21) - Marrow, Vessel, and Hemingway monitored reports of Zero's attacks on Gene Nationals everywhere, slaying all he came into contact with. Days later, he attacked Marrow's headquarters again, easily killing Vessel and Hemingway.








Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Bryan Hitch, and Cam Smith.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Vessel has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Uncanny X-Men#324, p5, pan3 (main)
X-Man#50, cover (2nd)


Appearances:
Uncanny X-Men#323 (August, 1995) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Bryan Hitch (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#324 (September, 1995) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Roger Cruz (penciler), Townsend, Russell, Milgrom (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#325 (October, 1995) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Joe Madureira (penciler), Townsend, Ryan (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Storm I#3-4 (April-May, 1996) - Warren Ellis (writer), Terry Dodson (penciler), Karl Kesel (inker), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
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)
Weapon X II#19 (May, 2004) - Frank Tieri (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Don Hillsman II (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Weapon X II#20 (June, 2004) - Frank Tieri (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Don Hillsman II, Dexter Vines, Karl Story (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
Weapon X II#21 (July, 2004) - Frank Tieri (writer), Roger Robinson (penciler), James Pascoe (inker), Mike Marts (editor)


Last updated: 09/17/08

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