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Real Name: Zachary Williams

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Terrorist, criminal

Group Membership: Acolytes (Kamal al Alaoui, Barnacle/Mortimer Everett, Fabian Cortez, Decay/Jacob Lashinski, Exodus/Bennett du Paris, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Gargouille/Lavinia LeBlanc, Katu Kath, Kleinstock Brothers/Harlan & Sven Kleinstock, Seamus Mellencamp, Neophyte/Simon Hall, Polaris/Lorna Dane, Rem-Ram/Marcus Andrews, Scanner/Sarah Ryall, Senyaka/Suvik Senyaka, Static/Gianna Carina Esperanza, Spoor/Andrew Hamish Graves, Unuscione/Carmella Unuscione, Vindaloo/Venkat Katragadda, Amelia Voght, others)

Affiliations: Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis), Mayor Böerke (Carrion Cove mayor), Fenris (Andreas & Andrea Strucker), Feral (Maria Callasantos), Omega Red (Arkady Gregorovich), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Random (Marshall Evan Stone III)

Enemies: Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Heroes for Hire (Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Black Knight/Dane Whitman, Iron Fist/Daniel Rand, Power Man/Luke Cage, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thena, White Tiger), High Evolutionary (Herbert Edgar Wyndham), Knights Of Wundagore (Bova Ayrshire, Lord Anon (actually Man-Beast), Lord Churchill, Lord Gator, Sir Ram, Sir Tyger, Lady Ursula, Lady Vermin), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Philip Moreau, Jenny Ransome, X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Marrow/Sarah, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Pure trash (nickname given by Luke Cage, Kid (nickname given by Wolverine)

Base of Operations: Mobile;
formerly Genosha;
formerly Citadel of Science, Wundagore Mountain, Transia

First Appearance: Quicksilver I#9 (July, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: Projector can generate solid energy fields he can shape in a variety of basic forms such as pillars or spheres. He has been known to create bridges, ramps or stairs but prefers to encase himself inside an enlarged field for increased protection and physical strength. Though durable, his constructs can be damaged by Adamantium. Besides the ability to generate blunt objects, Projector can focus his energy to project more detailed solid light displays. Thinking his powers make him nigh invulnerable, Projector has developed a haughty, arrogant personality that quickly disappears when he faces a genuine threat. 

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(Quicksilver I#9 - BTS) - Projector (Zachary Williams) was recruited into the Acolytes by Exodus. He joined at around the same time as Gargouille (Lavinia LeBlanc) and Decay (Jacob Lashinksi). After some basic training, Exodus sent the three of them, along with longtime member Scanner, to the Savage Land where they were to aid Exodus' allies in obtaining Isotope E from the High Evolutionary (HE).

(Quicksilver I#9) - Standing among hardened villains like Pyro, Avalanche, the Fenris twins, Omega Red and Random en route to the Savage Land, Projector was eager to prove himself in battle against the Evolutionary, his Knights of Wundagore and their leader Quicksilver. While Gargouille and Decay were ordered to stay behind and guard the HE's shuttle, Projector joined the others in their attack on the Evolutionary's citadel. Tied up fighting Lord Churchill, the Acolyte could not prevent the HE to escape with Isotope E. Dismayed at being left empty handed and blaming it on the poor performance of Exodus' allies, Scanner declared that from now on the hunt for the Isotope would be handled by Acolytes only. Projector and the others were teleported back to the Acolytes' headquarters on Mount Wundagore.

(Quicksilver I#11) - As soon as the Acolytes picked up the Isotope E energy signature at The Haven, a castle owned by the HE in upstate New York, Exodus told Projector and the others to leave immediately, obtain the Isotope and exterminate both HE and his knights... including Quicksilver, the son of their god Magneto, should he refuse to cooperate.

(Quicksilver I#11 - BTS) - In the dungeons of the Haven, Heroes for Hire members Ant-Man, Iron Fist and Power Man were continuing to evolve and devolve after an accidental exposure to Isotope E. While they struggled, the HE and his knights had travelled back to Wundagore Mountain.

(Quicksilver I#11) - Amelia Voght teleported Projector and the Acolytes into the dungeons of Haven, where they immediately encountered the devolved Heroes for Hire. Projector's force field held them at bay, causing him to arrogantly sneer at the savage heroes who futily tried to break through his shield. Not recognizing the heroes, Voght ordered the Acolytes to kill them, but their struggle was interrupted by Quicksilver who kept the Acolytes busy long enough for the Heroes for Hire to regain their normal appearance. Once Voght learned of the HE's whereabouts, she called for an emergency transport back to base.

(Quicksilver I#11 - BTS) - As the Knights girded themselves for battle, while wondering why the Acolytes left so many of their weapon caches intact since taking over the Citadel of Science, Bova discovered there was a traitor in their midst: the Man-Beast had been posing as Lord Anon for months. Rushing to confront him, they were just in time to see Man-Beast stab HE and claim Isotope E for himself.

(Heroes For Hire I#16 - BTS) - The fight between the Man Beast and the Knights of Wundagore was interrupted by Exodus and the Acolytes. After politely asking the Man-Beast to hand over the Isotope led to nothing, Exodus ordered his men to kill the Knights while he himself would take care of the evolved wolf creature.

   The fight between the two teams ended when Exodus and the Man-Beast agreed to a truce. Man-Beast used his mental abilities to press the Knights into his service. Unbeknownst to them, the Heroes for Hire were making their way to Transia to help out.

   Joined by the Knights of Wundagore, Projector was among the Acolytes sent to fight Quicksilver and the Heroes for Hire.

(Quicksilver I#12) - Using his superspeed, Quicksilver stole the Isotope E from the Man-Beast and freed the Heroes for Hire from the dungeons of Wundagore Mountain. Projector and Scanner discovered the unconscious guards and quickly alarmed Amelia Voght who sounded a general alarm. Armed with the Isotope, the speedster and the heroes faced down the Acolytes. Projector traded blows and barbs with Luke Cage, who refered to him as "pure trash" Projector used his force field however to grab Pietro, allowing Exodus time to recover. Commending the Acolyte on his quick thinking, he then ordered him to crush the son of Magneto. Before Williams was able to comply, he fell to the floor, gasping for air which gave Quicksilver the opportunity to break free. As the battle continued, Amelia Voght helped Projector recover (secretly, Voght had dissipated the air around Projector, acting on orders from Magneto to protect his children from harm). Forced to expose himself to the Isotope E, Quicksilver's powers grew exponentially until he was able to fight off the Acolytes and even managed to defeat their leader Exodus. Growing mad with power, Pietro demanded and got the Acolytes' loyalty. Just then, the HE announced his own godlike powers had been restored (at the cost of his sanity) and was ready to lead the world to the next phase of evolution.

(Heroes for Hire/Quicksilver Annual 1998) - When the HE and the Isotope E enhanced Quicksilver squared off, Pietro ordered the Acolytes to aid him. However, Projector and the bulk of the team decided they no longer had a stake in the conflict and therefore refused to fight other people's battles any longer.

(X-Men: Magneto War#1 - BTS) - Rumors of the imminent return of Magneto led to an ideological rift within the Acolytes. Unbeknownst to Fabian Cortez this schism was instigated by Amelia Voght under orders from Magneto himself who only wanted the most loyal of his flock by his side. Projector sided with Cortez and left the fold, along with Barnacle, the Kleinstocks, Senyaka, Static and Spoor.

(X-Men: Magneto War#1) - Hoping to find some answers on the status of Magneto and Joseph, his mysterious young lookalike, Fabian Cortez took the Acolytes to the Xavier Institute. In the middle of the night, Cortez boosted the young Acolyte Rem-Ram's mutant dream reading powers to enter the minds of Charles Xavier, Rogue and Wolverine. Rem-Ram's presence in his mind was enough to wake Xavier and he quickly became aware of the Acolytes' presence on the school grounds. Alerting the X-Men, the battle was soon joined. Projector stuck near Fabian Cortez and used his forcefield to protect him from Gambit's attack. The battle ended when Cortez almost killed Rem-Ram by willfully overloading his powers. Professor Xavier's display of selfishless aid convinced Projector and the others to stand down. Even as Cortez ran off, they requested asylum only to be be denied by Xavier. Disappointed, Projector left with the others.

(Magneto: Dark Seduction#1 - BTS) - The Genoshan fishing port Carrion Cove resisted Magneto's rule. Mayor Böerke had a valid reason for doing so: Carrion Cove housed a device that could boost mutant powers. Böerke feared what Magneto would be capable of he got his hands on it. Rather than simply destroying the machine, Böerke enlisted the aid of Projector and several other lapsed Acolytes to help protect the city. Böerke exposed them to the device, which granted them increased powers.

(Magneto: Dark Seduction#1) - Thanks to their power boost, the renegade Acolytes were able to hold their own against the large number of forces sent against them, including their former teammate Frenzy and Genosha's freedom fighters Philip Moreau and Jenny Ransome.

(New X-Men I#116 - BTS) - Projector was on Genosha when Cassandra Nova's Sentinels laid waste to the island. He survived the massacre however.

(Uncanny X-Men I#492 - BTS) - Following an undocumented falling out with Exodus (Bennett du Paris), Projector and several of his fellow Acolytes left the fold and struck out on their own.

(Uncanny X-Men I#492 - BTS) - When Mr. Sinister and his Marauders, among them new member Exodus, kidnapped the first mutant baby born since M-Day, the X-Men decided their best bet to getting a lead on Sinister was by chasing down the other former followers of Magneto.

(Uncanny X-Men I#492) - The X-Men located Projector and the other former Acolytes when Angel spotted Gargouille leaving their safe house. Projector initially tried to ambush Wolverine, whose enhanced senses kept him from getting surprised. Projector tried to keep the feral X-Man at a distance, preferring to pound him with his force fields. Eventually, Wolverine managed to down Projector and started hacking away at his constructs in an attempt to get the ex-Acolyte to talk. When Projector's last ditch attempt at beating Logan resulted in him crashing through the roof of the safehouse, inadvertently knocking out his teammate Vindaloo, he gave up and freely told the X-Men all he knew.

Comments: Created by John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks).

It would be interesting to see who would win in a one on one throwdown between Projector and Armor.

Projector, along with the other Acolytes, received profiles in Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe A-Z #1 and Marvel Encyclopedia: X-Men.

Profile by Norvo.

Projector should not be confused with

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Uncanny X-Men I#492, p11, pan3 (main image, vs. Wolverine)
Quicksilver I#11, p11, pan5 (and his forcefield)
Quicksilver I#12, p18, pan1 (captures Quicksilver)
Uncanny X-Men I#492, p18, pan1 (vs Wolverine)

Quicksilver I#9 (July, 1998) - John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Ivan Reis (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver I#11 (September, 1998) - John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Rich Faber (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Heroes for Hire I#16 (October, 1998) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils),Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver I#12 (October, 1998) -
John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Rich Faber (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver/Heroes For Hire Annual 1998 (1998) -
John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils),Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
X-Men: Magneto War (March 1999) - Fabian Nicieza & Alan Davis (writers), Lee Weeks (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Magneto: Dark Seduction#1 (June, 2000) - Fabien Nicieza (writer), Roger Cruz (pencils), Andy Owens (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#492 (January, 2008) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Danny Miki & Allen Martinez (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)

First Posted: 01/07/2014
Last updated: 01/07/2014

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