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FAMINE

Real Name: Autumn Rolfson

Identity/Class: Depowered human mutant

Occupation: Mother;
                    formerly student

Group Membership: Clan Akkaba (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Dark Beast/Henry McCoy of Earth-295, Ozymandias), Horsemen of Apocalypse (Death/Warren Worthington III, Death/Caliban, Pestilence/Plague, War/Abraham Kieros)

Affiliations: Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Mr. Sinister (Nathaniel Essex)

Enemies: Captain (Steve Rogers), D-Man (Dennis Dunphy), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Nomad (Jack Monroe), X-Factor (Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Marvel Girl/Jean Grey), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Hank McCoy, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Storm/Ororo Munroe)

Known Relatives: Genocide (William Rolfson, son), unidentified parents

Aliases: "Ungrateful brat" (nickname used by her father), "Ugly skeleton girl" (nickname used by War), "Bag-of-bones" (nickname used by Nomad)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                   formerly Akkaba Metropolis, North Pole;
                                   formerly Apocalypse's chalet, San Diego, California;
                                   formerly a warehouse near Chesapeake Bay, New York
                                   formerly Apocalypse's remote mountain hideout;
                                   formerly Apocalypse's Celestial Ship;
                                   formerly her family home, Cleveland, Ohio

First Appearance: X-Factor I#12 (January, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Autumn Rolfson possessed no known superhuman powers. Before she was depowered, she had two specific supernatural abilities. She could disintegrate organic matter, shooting energy rays that immediately withered all it hit. She could also induce extreme hunger pangs in humans, which forced whoever she afflicted to instinctly stuff themselves with food. If she touched people, she could cause an extremely emaciated state which invariably led to her victims' death. However, if she used this power on someone immune to hunger, she was forced to feed on her already starved form. Apocalypse enhanced her mutant powers, teaching her how to melt human flesh as well. Rolfson suffered from anorexia nervosa, a mental condition that caused her to develop a systemic aversion to eating, deathly afraid of gaining weight and feeling she was already morbidly obese when, in fact, she was severly malnourished.

Height: 5'2"
Weight: 65 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

History:

(X-Factor I#12 (fb) - BTS) - Ohio teenager Autumn Rolfson grew up with dominating parents who controlled every aspect of her life. Eventually, she started to suffer from anorexia. The eating disorder started to affect her life. Her grades started to slip, which worried her parents who wanted her to get into a good college so she could have a better life than them.

(X-Factor I#25 (fb) - BTS) - When Autumn's mutant powers manifested themselves, her parents were horrified and ashamed, worried what the neighbors might say if they found out.

(X-Factor I#12) - Apocalypse, in search of people worthy of becoming his Horsemen, learned of Autumn and decided to pay her a visit just as she was sitting down to dinner with her parents. Autumn refused to eat and even disintegrated all the food on the table. Her father became furious at his daughter's refusal to eat. Apocalypse's arrival stunned her folks, but Autumn happily accepted the villain's offer to become one of his Horsemen.

(X-Factor I#15 - BTS) - Apocalypse used the technologies of the Celestials to transform the skinny teenage girl into his servant Famine. The precocious teen also met En Sabah Nur's new recruits: the elderly Morlock Plague who became Pestilence and the paraplegic veteran Abraham Kieros who adopted the War identity.

(X-FactorI#25 (fb) - BTS) - Apocalypse taught his horseman how she could use her abilities to affect human flesh. Autumn found it was just as easy to melt away as food, it just took a little longer. She became convinced that only Apocalypse truly loved her (which might also have been a side effect of the drugs Apocalypse used to cloud the minds of his Horsemen).

(X-Factor I#15) - Apocalypse's Celestial ship hovered over Manhattan, rendered invisible thanks to Space God technology. Apocalypse summoned Famine and the others, telling them the time was ripe to pluck their fourth member.

(X-Factor I#15 - BTS) - Apocalypse secretly abducted Warren Worthington, who had become traumatized in recent times after losing his wings following a fight with the Marauders.

(X-Factor I#17) - Famine and the other Horsemen watched Warren on board Apocalypse's Celestial Ship. She wasn't too impressed with this latest recruit, commenting that he looked like a drowned cat. Apocalypse shot back that appearances can be deceiving, after all not many would see an instrument of destruction in her when she was still a skinny teen. But Apocalypse did and he now saw similar potential in Worthington.

(X-Factor I#19) - Famine and War got into a heated argument when Kieros was sitting down to eat and his anorexic teammate warned him that he'd soon be too fat to squeeze into his armor, let alone walk. She then added that she could hardly believe Apocalypse chose him for a Horseman which angered Abraham tremendously. He smashed the dinner table and threatened that "no ugly skeleton girl" was going to stop him. Furious at being called ugly, Famine used her powers to rot away the hamburger War was about to have. In retaliation, Kieros clapped his hands at her. Apocalypse encouraged Pestilence to intervene and break up the fight, which she did with a mere touch. Not eager to have half of his underlings die, Apocalypse injected them with the antidote. He then sent all three to face off against X-Factor, while he continued work on the fourth Horseman, Death. The three Horsemen mounted their flying beasts and attacked X-Factor in their New York headquarters. War thought himself in command, barking orders as they approached their enemies. However, Famine told him he wasn't the boss of them and attacked on her own. Annoyed, he used his hand claps to cause part of the builing to collapse on Beast, Iceman and the visiting Caliban. War broke off one of Iceman's iceslides, and when Iceman, Beast and Caliban aimed their fall for a tree, Famine fired a beam that turned it to dust, causing the mutants to fall to the floor Figuring the odds were against them, Cyclops ordered Iceman to push his power to the limit and flash freeze Famine and the other two Horsemen. He complied but moments after that, all the Horsemen were teleported back to Apocalypse, who figured this encounter had taught his underlings the benefits of teamwork far better than he'd ever could. Soon, with the fourth and final Horseman joining them, they'd try again.

(X-Factor I#21) - Apocalypse and his Horsemen, including Death, watched from the undetectable Celestial ship how X-Factor's former public relations manager Cameron Hodge openly denounced mutants on live television. Apocalypse was delighted, calling Hodge a human of rare conviction, narrow passions and poisonous hatred... all in all an adversary worthy to test the strength of mutantkind.

(X-Factor I#22) - Famine, Pestilence and War attended the first full test of Death's capabilities since the construction of his new wings had been completed. Famine and the others weren't too impressed at first, figuring that wings merely meant he could fly, which is what they all could do on their beasts in addition to their actual powers. Just then, Death took wing and destroyed the obstacle course Apocalypse had set out for him within seconds. En Sabah Nur was more than satisfied, though the other horsemen were visibly taken aback by Death's destructive potential.

(X-Factor I#25 (fb) - BTS) - Apocalypse promised Famine that if she served him well, she was allowed to destroy America's bread basket, to melt the fat off this land forever.

(X-Factor I#23) - Apocalypse monitored X-Factor's struggle against Cameron Hodge and the Right, realizing that while the anti-mutant group was indirectly serving his goals by testing the mutants' mettle, they might inadvertently end up killing them. He then turned his attention to another matter: in order to determine who of his four horsemen would be allowed to lead the group, he had them fight each other. Within moments, War, Pestilence and Famine were overcome and defeated by Death who used his strength, speed and techno-organic wings to achieve victory. Pleased, Apocalypse announced Death was the horsemen's new leader. Not too long after the leadership battle, Apocalypse decided it was time to make his move: he ordered his horsemen to stand ready for X-Factor's true testing. He then used Celestial technology to kidnap the mutants, including Caliban, teleporting them to his Celestial Ship.

(X-Factor I#24) - The members of X-Factor were surprised to suddenly find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. Apocalypse showed himself to offer insights on their present location, as well as a brief account of his origin, before attacking X-Factor. Following a brief, violent battle Apocalypse ended the confrontation by officially introducing Pestilence, War and Famine who donned their golden masks and attacked. X-Factor first managed to beat War, while Apocalypse observed and commented that it was a natural cycle. Then, Famine tried to defeat Iceman only to wind up flash frozen. Pestilence finally faced Beast, surprised he had survived their previous encounter. Beast managed to knock out Pestilence from a distance, using a piece of pillar he had broken off. But the team was ill prepared for the arrival of Death, who they almost immediately recognized as their old teammate Warren. Death knocked X-Factor out with considerable ease. And, while the mutants were put in restraints aboard Apocalypse's ship, Famine and the other Horsemen readied themselves to begin the Apocalypse mandated culling of Manhattan.

(X-Factor I#25) - The helpless X-Factor team was forced to watch how Famine and the other Horsemen rained death and destruction on an unsuspecting Manhattan. High up in the sky, astride on her mount, Famine fired her emaciation blasts.

(X-Factor I#25 - BTS) - Beast managed to free X-Factor by disabling the belt buckle that kept Iceman's powers in check. Bobby instantly and rather inadvertently produced enough ice to free himself. After briefly fighting off Apocalypse, X-Factor escaped and started to pursue the Horsemen.

(Daredevil I#252) - The arrival of the Horsemen in Manhattan was noticed by a great number of New Yorkers. In Hell's Kitchen, the effect of Famine's emaciation powers were felt as well.

(X-Factor I#25) - In Central Park, Famine blasted people near a hotdog cart, cursing them for being fat. She was opposed by Marvel Girl who tried to fight her, but also fell prey to her hunger generating powers. Jean couldn't resist the urge to blindly stuff herself with hotdogs while Famine yelled to Apocalypse to keep his promise: she had beaten Grey and now deserved to destroy America's breadbasket. In response, she was teleported away to the heartland.

(X-Factor I#25 - BTS) - With Famine missing and Pestilence dead, X-Factor eventually gained the upperhand as they faced Apocalypse and the Horsemen aboard the Ship. In the end, En Sabah Nur teleported War away and flew off with Caliban who had agreed to serve him. Apocalypse left X-Factor his ship as a parting gift, figuring the mysteries of the vessel would test the team.



(Captain America I#339) - Famine considered herself unopposed in the heartland, spending the better part of the day flying over the midwest, destroying corn, wheat and barely as she encountered it. However, a chance encounter with the Captain and his allies Nomad, D-Man, Falcon and Redwing led to her eventual defeat. Apocalypse teleported her away.

(X-Factor I#26) - Famine found herself reunited with Apocalypse, War and Caliban in another one of En Sabah Nur's strongholds. Together, they watched how X-Factor attempted to cope with being in command of the giant Ship they'd "inherited". The vessel only allowed mutants to enter it, which Apocalypse was sure would lead to strife and conflict. However, in the days that followed, Apocalypse was surprised to learn X-Factor had won mankind's trust and that they were being honored with a parade for their assistance in protecting New York City. Still, he was sure that the Ship's power would ultimately corrupt the team and make the common man envious.

(Uncanny X-Force I#14 (fb) - BTS) - Famine had an affair with Apocalypse and became pregnant. Fearing Apocalypse might consider the child a threat, she kept quiet. When her son William Rolfson was born, she raised him in secret.

(X-Factor I#27) - Apocalypse, War and the others continued to observe X-Factor from their remote mountain hideout. En Sabah Nur was especially delighted when the Ship finished its self repair sequence on Christmas Eve, remarking that the vessel had improved itself in the process. He ominously mentioned that X-Factor would soon be tempted to explore his "gift", before leading War and his other Horsemen in raising a glass and wishing the team a merry Christmas.

(Uncanny X-Men I#294 - BTS) - Eager to get his hands on Cyclops and Phoenix's DNA, Mr. Sinister posed as the recently deceased Apocalypse and sought out his Horsemen War, Famine and Caliban, now known as Death. He ordered them to retrieve the two mutants.

(Uncanny X-Men I#294) - Caliban used his tracking ability to locate Scott and Jean in Salem Center's pub Harry Hideaway. He immediately attacked them, which caught the attention of  Colossus and Iceman who had just finished grocery shopping. Before they could aid their teammates, War and Famine arrived on the scene and attacked the mutants. Famine tried to use her starvation powers on Colossus, but because the Russian powerhouse doesn't require food in his armored form she was forced to feed on herself. War grew enraged and charged Colossus, who knocked the Horseman out with a single blow. Caliban meanwhile had overpowered Jean and Scott, their objective completed, the Horsemen were teleported away.

(X-Factor I#84) - War, Famine and Death delivered Scott and Jean to "Apocalypse", he thanked them and sent the Horsemen away.

(X-Force I#16 - BTS) - War, Famine and Death returned to a warehouse near the Chesapeake Bay where they were soon "visited" by the X-Men who traced them down using Cerebro. They quickly defeated Famine, Caliban and (presumably) War (see comments).

(Uncanny X-Men I#295 - BTS) - The X-Men, convinced Apocalypse was behind the kidnapping of Scott and Jean, took War, Famine and Death along with them while they travelled to San Diego where the villain had a chalet.

(Uncanny X-Men I#295) - As luck would have it, the X-Men did not have to wait long for Apocalypse to show up in his San Diego hideout. They presented the severly weakened Apocalypse (he had been forced out of hibernation prematurely) with his henchmen before attacking him. In the end, they were convinced En Sabah Nur had nothing to do with the abduction of their teammates.

(House Of M I#8 - BTS) - Autumn lost her mutant abilities when the Scarlet Witch warped reality and shut off the mutant gene in all but roughly 200 mutants worldwide.

(Uncanny X-Force I#14 -  BTS) - Archangel, after taking over leadership of Clan Akkaba and determined he was the new Apocalypse, learned of Rolfson's son and had her and the super powered teenager brought to the Clan's hideout on the North Pole.

(Uncanny X-Force I#14) - Autumn was reunited with Archangel when he came to meet her son. The two former Horsemen briefly reconnected, thinking back on the time they both served Apocalypse. Archangel confirmed that Autumn did the right thing by hiding her son for En Sabah Nur, because he most likely would have killed him.

(Uncanny X-Force I#16) - Autumn was furious with Archangel for using her son for evil (now known as Genocide, Archangel had him kill an entire town). She pulled a gun on him, but in response Worthington flicked his wing and tore Rolfson apart without giving her death a second thought.

Comments: Created by Louise Simonson (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks).

Apart from the fact that Famine, as a person, really was little more than an annoying brat, what's truly offensive is the allusion that Apocalypse impregnated her when she was barely 15 years old. To quote that immortal line from Golden Girls: "Just because the plumbing is in, doesn't mean the house is ready to occupy." Amen, Bea Arthur.

Also, while anorexia is a serious affliction and by no means a laughing matter, one can't help but smile when Nomad punches her in the face, yelling "have a knuckle sandwich". Delicous irony, really.

Famine and Death were the only two Horsemen who faced the X-Men in X-Force I#16, but War was there as well, as seen in the next chapter of the X-Cutioner's Song crossover.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Famine should not be confused with


images: (without ads)
Captain America I#239, p2, pan1 (main image)
X-Factor I#12, p15, pan6 (recruited by Apocalypse)
X-Factor I#15, p17, pan4 (first outfit)
X-Factor I#24, p8, pans5&6 (transformed from Autumn to Horseman)
X-Factor I#25, p11, pan5 (takes a stand against fastfood)
Captain America I#339, p13, pan4 (has a knuckle sandwich)
Uncanny X-Force I#14, p4, pan4 (reunited with Archangel)
Uncanny X-Force I#16, p12, pan4 (killed by Archangel)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89#1, Apocalypse's Horsemen entry (Famine Handbook image)


Appearances:
X-Factor I#12 (January, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#15 (April, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#17 (June, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#19 (August, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#21 (October, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)

X-Factor I#22 (November, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#23 (December, 1987) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#24 (January, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#25 (February, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Captain America I#339 (March, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Tony DeZuniga (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#252 (March, 1988) - Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
X-Factor I#26 (March, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#27 (April, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#294 (November, 1992) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Bob Harras (editor)  
X-Factor I#84 (November, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Jae Lee (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
X-Force I#16 (November, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (pencils), Harry Candelario (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#295 (December, 1992) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Force I#14 (October, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opeña (pencils & inks), Jody Leheup (editor)
Uncanny X-Force I#16 (December, 2011) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opeña (pencils & inks), Jody Leheup (editor)


Last updated: 12/01/14

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