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Real Name: Quincy Marrow

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Xavier Institute student body (Elf/Natalie Wood, Glob Herman/Robert Herman, No-Girl/Martha Johansson, Stepford Cuckoos (Celeste, Esme, Mindee, Phoebe, Sophie, Cuckoo), Tattoo/Christine Cord and other unidentified students)

Enemies: Kid Omega (Quentin Quire)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed,
                                  formerly Xavier Institute, Salem Center, New York

First Appearance: New X-Men I#134 (January, 2003)

Powers/Abilities: Slick possessed the mutant ability to create a tangible ego, reshaping his self image into a solid, illusory creation. He could use this power to make people believe he was taller, slimmer and more handsome than he actually was. To help sell his illusions, he had enhanced charisma that made him more likeable to those around him though sufficiently powerful telepaths could see through his illusions. Slick also had limited telepathy, able to cast his thoughts to those around him. In his true form, he is shy and insecure about his diminutive appearance, webbed feet and rat-like face. He is a minimally gifted guitar player and singer-songwriter.

Height: 2'30" 
Weight: 240 lbs.
Blue (brown in illusory form)

Illusory form


(New X-Men I#134 (fb) - BTS) -
Quincy Marrow was a diminutive, rat-faced young mutant boy with webbed feet who suffered from extreme insecurity and a low self image because of his appearance. When his mutant illusion casting powers manifested themselves, he used them to appear to the world as tall, trim and attractive version of himself. Thanks to his enhanced charisma, he was able to overcome his insecurities and shyness, becoming quite popular by the time he enrolled at the Xavier Institute. He soon got a girlfriend, the intangible, chameleon skinned Tattoo.

(New X-Men I#134) - Slick was in class, getting fawned over by his girlfriend Tattoo, when news broke of mutant fashion designer Jumbo Carnation's murder. Shocked by the loss of a true mutant icon, Slick telepathically informed his classmates, but telepath Quentin Quire didn't seem to care about Carnation, preferring to continue working on a pair of anti-gravity floats for Martha Johansson. Slick mocked Quire for being uncool and then announced he would be performing a benefit gig after lunch to honor Carnation with some songs he wrote himself.

(New X-Men I#134 - BTS) - Still annoyed by Slick's overbearing presence, Quentin Quire got a call from his parents who told him he was adopted. This collapsed the powerful telepath's already volatile self image, turning him mean and nasty.

Tattoo breaks up with Slick

(New X-Men I#134) - Quire attended Slick's "benefit", where he played guitar and Tattoo accompanied him on the maracas. Quentin interrupted the performance to ask Slick in what way this benefit was helping Jumbo or solve his murder. Annoyed, Slick was about to turn on Quentin who used his telepathy to disrupt Wood's illusion casting powers, teaching him a harsh lesson about the fakeness of cool and charisma. All of a sudden, everyone saw the handsome teenager for the tiny, plump troll he was. Disgusted, Tattoo immediately broke up with him and walked away with the snickering Quire and his companion Glob Herman.

(House of M#8 - BTS) - Slick was one of the victims of the Scarlet Witch's reality altering spell that reduced the millions of gene active mutants to less than 300 worldwide.

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

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

Comments: Created by Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks).

Slick's fate post M-Day has not been revealed. Though depowered, it's unclear if he retained his unusual physical features. It also hasn't been established if he left the Xavier Institute alive or if he was on board the bus full of depowered X-students the Purifiers blew up.

Slick received a profile in Marvel Encyclopedia X-Men. Slick's real name was revealed in the Xavier Institute entry of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#11.

Profile by Norvo.

 Slick should not be confused with



    Real Name: Natalie Wood

    Identity/Class: Human mutant

    Powers/Abilities: Generates solid-photon objects

    (New X-Men I#134) - Elf was present when Quentin used his telepathy to disrupt Slick's illusion casting powers. She and the other students were surprised to learn of Slick's real form.

    Comments: Elf's real name, codename and powers were revealed in the Xavier Institute entry of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#11.
    Elf resembles Dryad, another X-student and member of the Corsairs training squad. In New X-Men II#13-14 Dryad had erroneously been displayed as having white skin and blonde hair, so perhaps a case could be made this was Elf although very unlikely since both books had different creative teams.

--New X-Men I#134

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New X-Men I#134, p18, pan1 (main image)
New X-Men I#134, p5, pan3 (illusory form)
New X-Men I#134, p18, pans3&4 (rejected to Tattoo)

New X-Men I#134 (January, 2003) -
Grant Morrison (writer), Keron Grand (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
House of M#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)

First Posted: 07/12/2015
Last updated: 07/05/2015

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