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Real Name: Sarah Vale

Identity/Class: Human mutant (depowered)

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: Alpha Squadron (Anole/Victor Borkowski, Indra/Paras Gavaskar, Kidogo/Lazaro Kotikash, Loa/Alani Ryan, Rubbermaid/Andrea Margulies)

Affiliations: the Five (Egg/Fabio Medina, Elixir/Joshua Foley, Proteus/Kevin MacTaggert, Hope Summers, Tempus/Eva Bell), Xavier Institute Squadron's: Corsairs (Dryad/Callie Betto, Quill/Maxwell Jordan, Specter/Dallas Gibson, Three-In-One/Celeste, Mindee, Phoebe Cuckoo), Excelsiors, Exemplars, Hellions (Dust/Sooraya Qadir, Hellion/Julian Keller, Mercury/Cessily Kincaid, Rockslide/Santo Vaccarro, Tag/Brian Cruz, Wither/Kevin Ford), New Mutants (Elixer/Joey Foley, Icarus/Joshua Guthrie, Prodigy/David Alleyne, Surge/Noriko Ashida, Wallflower/Laurie Collins, Wind Dancer/Sofia Mantega), Paragons (D.J./Mark Sheppard, Match/Ben Hamill, Pixie/Megan Gwynn, Preview/Jessica Vale, Trance/Hope Abbott, Wolf Cub/Nicholas Gleason) and other students, X-Men (Cyclops/Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Northstar/Jean-Paul Beaubier)

Enemies: Purifiers, William Stryker

Known Relatives: Jessica Vale (Preview, sister)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Krakoa, most likely the Sextant, Akademos Habitat;
   formerly Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: New X-Men II#13 (July, 2005)

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Powers/Abilities: Network possessed a type of technopathy, the mutant ability to interact with machines, making them follow commands.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(New X-Men II#13 - BTS) - After manifesting their mutant powers, sisters Jessica and Sarah enrolled at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. There, they were placed on separate student squads, with Sarah joining Alpha Squadron, mentored by Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar).

Network taking cover

(New X-Men II#13) - Network and Anole ducked for cover as Wolverine (mind controlled by the Hand at the time) crashed one of the Blackbirds on the Xavier's Institute's front lawn. Even though the X-Men and Avengers tried to deal with him, the feral Wolverine eventually managed to kill Northstar. The following morning, all students were informed of the tragic news by headmasters Cyclops and Emma Frost. A little while later, Network was present when Alpha Squadron was taken on by Xi'an Coy Manh (Karma) who introduced herself as the group's new advisor. Sometime later, before Northstar's funeral, Network and the other Alpha Squadronners were allowed to view their mentor's memorial statue before its official unveiling, which they also attended.

(New X-Men II#14) - Network and her sister Preview were reunited when Alpha Squadron joined the Paragons squad for a joint training session with Karma. Both groups squabbled over the fact that the Paragons had lost during field day and that their mentor Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) had disappeared after getting caught having an affair with a student. Later, Network presumably attended the school dance.

(New X-Men Yearbook Special#1) - Alongside her fellow Alpha Squadron members and their advisor Karma, Network posed for a group photo for the Xavier yearbook. In the yearbook, Network was voted "most likely to become a millionaire". She liked computers, cars, videogames and disliked social gatherings and peer pressure.

Network boarding bus

(House of M#8 - BTS) - Network was one of the many millions of homo superior who lost their powers when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants to a mere 300 worldwide.

(New X-Men II#23) - Two weeks after the global depowering that had become known as M-Day, Xavier Institute headmasters Cyclops and Emma Frost decided all depowered students should return home for their own safety. Before boarding the bus Sarah said her goodbyes to Surge, who promised to come and find her. A first busload of students had already left when a second, carrying another 42 former mutant teens, was blown up. The attack was carried out by the Purifiers who were acting on the orders from their leader, Reverend William Stryker.

(New X-Men II#32 - BTS) - Network was one of the deceased mutants remembered during a memorial service attended by the X-Men, the remaining students and their allies.


(X-Factor IV#5 - BTS) - Following the Krakoan resurrection protocols, Network was among the many mutants resurrected by the Five (Egg, Elixir, Proteus, Hope Summers and Tempus). Network was one of the many who accepted the invitation to remain on the sovereign mutant island nation, ruled by the Quiet Council.

Network on Krakoa

(X-Factor IV#5) - Learning former X-Men student Wind Dancer (Sofia Mantega) had been resurrected, Network and other former students met up at the Boneyard to celebrate.

Comments: Created by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Michael Ryan (pencils), Rick Ketcham (inks).

Network was part of the Xavier's Institute entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe HC#13, it was here that it was revealed her first appearance was New X-Men II#13, a similar looking girl was seen in issue 5 walking with Loa (Alani Ryan).

Two weeks after the global depowering, Xavier Institute headmasters Cyclops and Emma Frost decided all depowered students would be safer returning to their homes. The students left on two buses, one of them got blown up by Reverend Stryker's Purifiers, which killed all the passengers. In New X-Men II#32 it was revealed that Sarah Vale had died. The final fate of her sister remains unrevealed.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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New X-Men Yearbook Special, p23, pan1 (main image)
New X-Men Yearbook Special, p23, pan7 (closeup)
New X-Men II#13, p3, pan1 (ducking for cover)
New X-Men II#23, p22, pan3 (saying her goodbyes)
X-Factor IV#5, p16, pan6 (on Krakoa)

New X-Men II#13 (July, 2005) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Michael Ryan (pencils), Rick Ketcham (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#14 (July, 2005) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men Yearbook Special (December, 2005) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Georges Jeanty (pencils), Don Hillsman (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#23 (April, 2006) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Mark Brooks, Paul Pelletier (pencillers), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Factor IV#5 (December, 2020) - Leah Williams (writer), David Baldeon (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Annalise Bissa (editors)

First Posted: 07/19/2015
Last Updated: 01/19/2021

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