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HACK

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant (depowered, Genoshan)

Occupation: Former freedom fighter

Group Membership: Chimère's gang (Hub, Purge)

Affiliations: "Excalibur" (Book/Annika, Broadband, Callisto, Freakshow/Kevin, Shola Inkosi, Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Omega Sentinel/Karima Shapandar, Professor Charles Xavier, Wicked), Luna Maximoff, Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Unus' gang (Caiman, Glamour, Shocker/Randall Darby, Toad, Toad-In-Waiting, Unus the Untouchable/Gunther Bain)

Enemies: Genoshan Magistrates, Inhuman royal family (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystalia Amaquelin, Gorgon, Karnak, Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin), Major Lazer and O*N*E, Stripmine & his trolls

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                  formerly Hammer Bay, Genosha 

First Appearance: Excalibur III#3 (September, 2004)

Powers/Abilities: Hack was a powerful mutant technopath who could interact with technology as easily as he could read and manipulate human minds. He was able to communicate with multiple people who were miles apart. Hack was able to project an astral image of himself to observe and interact with others.

Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History:

(Excalibur III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways, the mutant known only as Hack came to reside on Genosha, joining up with strongman Purge and teleporter Hub as members of a gang led by the mysterious Chimere.


(Excalibur III#3) – Hack telepathically picked up the imminent arrival of an Omega Sentinel (Karima Shapandar, trapped in a stasis pod and a prisoner of the Magistrates along with the telekinetic Shola Inkosi). He telepathically contacted Hub (who was undercover, posing as a member of Unus' gang) to act. She teleported the both of them to Chimere's base, hoping to get advice from their enigmatic leader.   When Chimere proved unavailable, Hack and Hub got Purge to help out. Hub teleported them to the cargo hold of the plane where they checked out the two stasis pods. Hack used his powers to confirm the identity of the pods' inhabitants, though they were in such deep stasis he couldn't actually read their minds. When it became clear they couldn't teleport out with Shola's pod, they decided to take over the plane instead. When they discovered there were Magistrates on board, they took a moment to consider their options. Even the ever eager Purge wasn't looking forward to fighting Magistrates, calling it a suicide mission. Before they could get reinforcements, the trio was discovered by the Magistrate striketeam who attacked. Hub was shot within seconds and while Purge lunged at the soldiers, Hack tried to make his way to the cockpit. Purge held his own against the Magistrates who nevertheless managed to void the cargo hold, dropping both the pods and Hub in Genoshan airspace. By the time Hack had taken over the minds of the pilots, forcing them to crashland into the island's giant Magneto monument, Hub had recovered to save him and Purge. However, the Magistrates were so furious about losing their precious cargo, they mounted a full scale attack on the island to get the pods back.

(Excalibur III#4) - Believing the battalion of Magistrates attacking Genosha were trying to regain control of the island, Unus led his gang against them. Purge and Hub joined in on the fun, fighting several Magistrates and encountering Callisto, Wicked and Freakshow on the way. Before they could make his acquaintance, Hack chimed in telepathically to announce their leader Chimere had ordered them to retreat and stick to her plan.

(Excalibur III#6) - Hack and Purge waited for Hub to return from her reconnaissance run, checking on the Xavier compound where Charles, Magneto and his allies had been captured by the looter Stripmine and his trolls. Hub felt she only narrowly escaped the trolls who were chasing the wayward Freakshow, but Hack had telepathically monitored the situation and learned that the trolls had been ordered not to hurt her because they believed she belonged to Unus' gang (who had partnered with Stripmine to get rid of Xavier). Hub felt they should help free them, but Hack and Purge felt they should obey Chimere's orders and not get involved.

(Excalibur III#9) - Hub thought she had eluded Xavier's ally Karima Shapandar by teleporting away to her friends Hack and Purge. However, the Omega Sentinel had locked on to Hub's bio-signature and simply sent an interactive hologram to Hub's location, startling all three young mutants. Karima kindly asked Hub to use her powers to bring back Xavier and Callisto who had been on an inland excursion to locate any other survivors of the Sentinel attacks.

(House of M#8 - BTS) - Hack was one of the victims of the Scarlet Witch's reality altering spell that reduced the millions of gene active mutants to less than 200 worldwide.

(New Avengers I#17 - BTS) - Hack's mutant energies became part of the Collective (Michael Pointer).

(New Avengers I#18 - BTS) - SHIELD analyzed the Collective's multiple energy signatures and traced them back to Hack and 50+ other former mutants who had all lost their powers on M-Day.

(Son of M#5) - Thoroughly depressed about losing their powers, Hack and the other members of Charles Xavier's Genoshan inner circle were approached by Quicksilver and his daughter Luna Maximoff. Recognizing the speedster as the son of Magneto, they eagerly listened to his promise of returning their mutant abilities through inhaling the mists of the Terrigen crystals he stole from the Inhumans. Hack watched as Wicked and Freakshow regained their powers after taking a whiff of the Terrigen vapors. Convinced, he too took a swig and regained his powers. Moments later, Magneto arrived with an injured Callisto, whose mutations had gotten out of control after Quicksilver exposed her to the Terrigen process. Father and son fought for a while until Luna broke up the battle and Magneto left. Hack and the others decided to get Callisto to the nearest hospital.

(Son of M#5 - BTS) - The newly empowered teleporter Hub took Callisto to a Manhattan hospital, but her powers were so faulty it took her a full day to get back, almost drowning by accident on the way. When news of weirdly re-empowered mutants reached O*N*E director Lazer, he sent out a strike force to Genosha to investigate the matter just as the Inhuman royal family arrived on Earth to reclaim their stolen property.

(Son of M#5) - The Inhumans eventually learned their crystals were on Genosha, instantly travelling there courtesy of Lockjaw. They briefly fought Hack and the others who didn't want to give up their source of power. The conflict was interrupted by Lazer and his forces. They took out Quicksilver with a tranq-dart.

(Son of M#6) - Lazer took control of the situation, offering Hack and the other Terrigen afflicted ex-mutants medical aid. Now clearly suffering from unwanted side effects, Hack, Freakshow, Wicked and the others agreed to get help. They boarded a O*N*E helicopter and left for parts unknown (see comments).

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks).

Allegedly, the effects of Terrigenesis were only temporary. Hack presumably returned to his depowered state soon afterwards.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Hack should not be confused with


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Excalibur III#2, p23, pan3 (main image)
Excalibur III#4, p9, pan5 (contacts Purge)


Appearances:
Excalibur III#3 (September, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams & Andrew Pepoy (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#4 (October, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#6 (December, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#8 (February, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Excalibur III#9 (March, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Greg Adams & Sean Parsons (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
House of M I#8 (December, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), John Dell, Scott Hanna & Tim Townsend (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#17 (May, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#18 (June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Son of M#5 (June, 2006) - David Hine (pencils), Roy Allan Martinez (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Son of M#6 (July, 2006) - David Hine (pencils), Roy Allan Martinez (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 07/07/2015
Last Updated: 06/29/2015

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