Real Name: Tommy Reichert
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: None
Enemies: X.S.E. (X-Treme Sanctions Executive - Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett) (probably in the eyes of young Tommy)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Wade River, Washington, USA
First Appearance: (BTS) Uncanny X-Men I#444 (July, 2004);
(seen) Uncanny X-Men I#445 (August, 2004)
Powers/Abilities: Reichert was an alpha level mutant capable of generating destructive plasma charges. As a secondary ability, he was shielded from the effects of his powers (explosion, pressure impact, flying debris) by a sheath of an unidentified alloy that would automatically cover his body. However, Tommy was still in the process of discovering and mastering his abilities, which made his control over these powers limited at best. Fearful about his newly discovered status as a mutant, he was easily scared.
(Uncanny X-Men I#445 (fb) - BTS) - Tommy Reichert was a young student who manifested his mutant powers at puberty. Depressed about his status as a mutant, he wasn't fully able to control his powers, he also felt his life in general wasn't worth living for. Fed up with his problems at home, with his girlfriend and his poor grades, he decided to leave his mark on the world.
(Uncanny X-Men I#444 - BTS) - Tommy Reichert took thirty of his high school classmates hostage. When the local authorities learned of the situation, they were unaware of the fact Tommy was a mutant.
(Uncanny X-Men I#444) - Sage, aware of Reichert's mutant origins, dispatched Wolverine and Nightcrawler to Wade River to help out on behalf of the X.S.E. However, local sheriff Massey, a mutant hater, refused to recognize their badges or the X.S.E's authority, despite the fact the organization had federal approval. Realizing the situation was becoming critical, Wolverine and Nightcrawler teleported into the school. Moments later, Tommy's powers flared out of control and blew up the building.
(Uncanny X-Men I#445 (fb) - BTS) - Nightcrawler used his teleportation powers to save the thirty hostages from the effects of the explosion. Wolverine tried to reason with Tommy, who revealed the reasons for his actions to Logan while continuously unleashing plasma charges with increasing power. Wolverine tried to knock Reichert out, but when his secondary mutation prevented him from even feeling the X-Man's blows, Logan saw himself forced to use his adamantium claws and kill Reichert.
(Uncanny X-Men I#445) - The local authorities under command of sheriff Massey entered the burning ruins of the school and found Wolverine next to Tommy's dead body. Figuring the mutants had killed one of their own, Wolverine and Nightcrawler were immediately arrested and remained in custody even after it became apparent Reichert was a mutant who potentially endangered the entire town. The two X.S.E. agents were released from police custody thanks to Storm and Carol Danvers/Warbird of the Avengers. In the aftermath, Wolverine and Nightcrawler were troubled by the fact they might have saved Tommy from himself if only the local authorities would have accepted their X.S.E. badges.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis, and Mark Farmer.
This was a nice little story that showed bigotry between humans and mutants still existed, despite how far the X-Men had come in their fight against it. Even as federally licensed X.S.E officers, the X-Men had to contend with this primal behavior.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
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Sheriff Mitch Massey
Massey was the mutant hating sheriff of the small town where Tommy Reichert lived. A regular visitor of the anti-mutant Purity website, he was aware and disproved of mutant civil rights. As such, he refused to allow X.S.E-agents Wolverine and Nightcrawler to help out during a hostage situation at the local high school, even though they were federally authorized operatives. His decision making, already tainted by his dislike of mutants, was further clouded by the fact he had two daughters who went to that school. When the building exploded, Massey found Tommy Reichert's body amidst the burning rubble and immediately blamed the situation on the two mutants. He arrested them, even though one of them was responsible for saving all thirty hostages. Angered by the situation and the fact Massey's actions prevented him from saving Tommy, Nightcrawler teleported out of his handcuffs and assaulted the sheriff. As he belted him, claiming Massey's bigotry prevented them from making a difference, Storm and Warbird (Carol Danvers) arrived to break up the fight. As Homeland Security's chief of tactical operations, Danvers severely scolded Massey for his behavior. Massey had several officers working for him, identified as Lou, Greg, Danny and Matt.
--Uncanny X-Men I#444 (Uncanny X-Men I#445
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Uncanny X-Men I#445, p2, pan5 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#445, p2, pan1 (dead)
Uncanny X-Men I#445, p5, pan1 (sheriff Mitch)
Uncanny X-Men I#444 (July, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#445 (August, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Last updated: 01/01/14
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