Real Name: Miguela Tores
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Former leader of her own
LA street gang
Group Membership: None;
formerly her gang (D., Angeloa Espinosa, Gordo, Lupo, unnamed others)
Affiliations: Gil Espinosa, Generation X
(Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Husk/Paige Guthrie, M/Monet St. Croix,
Skin/Angelo Espinoza, Synch/Everett
formerly Operation: Zero Tolerance
Enemies: Estella Espinoa, Lupo, Prime Sentinels;
formerly Generation X (Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Husk/Paige Guthrie, M/Monet St. Croix, Skin/Angelo Espinoza, Synch/Everett Thomas)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Chica" (nickname used by Skin and others)
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: Generation X#21 (November,
Powers/Abilities: Miguela Tores is a mutant with
potent psychic energy powers, manifesting as strong psionic spikes
capable of destroying Sentinels. When she focussed her abilities, she
could burn the world to white, totally evaporating her target.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 115 lbs. (by approximation)
(Generation X#0.5 (fb) - BTS) - Growing up poor in the barrios of East Lost Angeles, Miguela Tores proved to be tough. She managed to form a street gang around her, even when she was in her early teens. She also befriended Angelo Espinosa, a local boy who only wanted to do good but was slowly drawn into their criminal lifestyle.
(Generation X#0.5) - Angelo's religious mother Estella didn't
care for Tores and did everything she could to keep her son away from
her. However, the smitten boy joined Tores and her gang (D., Gordo and
Lupo) for a car trip into their rival gang's turf.
(Generation X#34 (fb) ) - Angelo didn't care for going
into the Figueroa street boys' neighborhood, but was handed a hand gun
by Lupo either way.
(Generation X#34 ~ Generation X#0.5) - Tores planned
to make amends but she hadn't counted on Lupo's thirst for revenge after
the Figs killed a member of his family. As soon as Tores steered their
car into the Fig neighborhood, Lupo pulled his gun, killing several gang
members within moments
(Generation X#0.5) - The remaining hoodlums opened fire, killing Gordo. Both Tores and Angelo were so stunned by the unexpected turn of events they manifested their mutant powers. Tores was so overwhelmed by her newfound psionic emergence, she lost control over the wheel and crashed the vehicle. She was saved by Lupo, even as a bum moved into the car wreck to rob the unconscious Angelo and Gordo. Angelo came to in time to escape before the car blew up. The bodies of Gordo and the bum were scorched beyond identification, leading the authorities to believe the robber was Espinosa because his wallet was found on him. Not wanting to involve Tores or the others, Angelo fled LA, eventually joining up with Generation X.
(Generation X#21) - A year after his apparent death, signified by the fact the burned bum had been buried in his place, Angelo decided he needed to go back to make amends. He was joined by his Generation X team member Chamber and Howard the Duck, who had given the unlikely duo a lift to Bud's Bar. Keeping himself hidden, Skin watched as Chamber and Howard caused a bar fight to attract Tores' attention. Before she could show, Angelo ran off. Tores confronted Howard and Jonothon, wondering what they wanted with her. The two friends were left dumbstruck. Some time later, Tores visited "Angelo's" grave, leaving flowers at the site while seemingly unaware that the elderly man sitting on a nearby bench was actually a disguised Skin.
(Generation X#25 - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways, Tores was contacted by Emma Frost who proposed an unspecified deal.
(Generation X#25) - Annoyed with Tores' stance, Frost called Miguela on her way back to the Massachusetts Academy. A boastful Tores, playing some pool at Bud's Bar, spit back that they'd now be playing by her new rules, using her powers to destroy a cue ball before hanging up.
(Generation X#29 (fb) - BTS) - Tores allied herself with
Operation: Zero Tolerance, promising to deliver Angelo and Generation X
- BTS) - Visiting
house. The team
was not aware
they were being
that the mutants
(Generation X#29) - After a fun filled evening, feasting on cereal, coke and Beach Boy songs, Generation X woke up the next morning to find Torres and her gang had barged into Gil's place to exact revenge on Skin. Before she could cut his neck with her knife, Torres was surprised by the Prime Sentinels who attacked without warning and blew up the house. Synch and Husk were knocked out by the explosion and carried away by their teammates. Tores, who realized she was a mutant when the Prime Sentinels targeted her as well, joined them as they ran off. Tores led them into the sewers, figuring they'd be safe there but the Sentinels relentlessly continued their pursuit.
(Generation X#31 - BTS) - While Generation X and Tores took on the Prime Sentinel battalion, Gil Espinosa was downstairs siphoning gas from all the cars to create a makeshift explosion.
X#31) - Faced
of the cyborgs
it did was
allowed her and
Skin to get to
take the fight
to their foes,
burst in to
and right, the
team was about
to get overrun.
In the end,
Gil saved the
Synch was also
and the others
(Generation X#0.5) - Skin took Jubilee and Husk back to the LA neighborhood ran by Tores to clear the air. Even though Angelo did his best to engage his old lover in conversation, both were stunned to see the unexpected return of Lupo. The thug explained he was the one responsible for opening fire on the Figs, indirectly causing the deaths of the rival gang and Gordo. Lupo planned to kill Angelo for real, but Husk saved him. In the end, Tores used her pionic powers to completely evaporate Lupo. Already distraught for having taken a life, she was surprised by the arrival of Angelo Espinosa's mother (Gen X kept themselves hidden). The woman cursed Tores for her powers, but when Miguela tried to explain her powers weren't black magic, just something she was born with like Angelo, Mrs. Espinosa spat at her feet to show her disgust, before turning away.
Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks).
Miguela Tores' history is a bit of a mess, even though Larry Hama tried his best to clear up much of the confusion in Generation X#0.5, a 1998 freebee with Wizard#81. For all intents and purposes, Tores believed Angelo had died, there's no reason for a small time LA crimeboss to ally herself with Operation: Zero Tolerance. Add to that the fact that according to the flashbacks in Generation X#0.5 she was unconscious when Angelo's powers manifested themselves, so she didn't even know for sure he was a mutant... Also, she probably knew she was one herself, so why join forces with the killer cyborgs out to decimate your kind?
There is also the unexplained link between Emma Frost and Tores, seen in Generation X#25, Emma calls Tores to make sure she lays off. Presumably, she meant Angelo but why would the White Queen actively stir up trouble by confirming to a possible foe that Skin was still around? It would make far more sense for Emma to simply make Tores forget about the whole affair with a subtle, mental nudge.
Profile by Norvo.
Miguela Tores should not be confused with
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Generation X#21, p13, pan3 (main image)
Generation X#0.5, p18, pans3,4,5 (mocked by Skin's mother)
Generation X#25, p5, pans7&8 (threatens Emma Frost)
Generation X#31, p4, pan1(using powers)
Generation X#21 (November, 1996) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Generation X#25 (March, 1997) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Al Vey, Scott Hanna (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Generation X#29 (August, 1997) - James Robinson (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X#30 (September, 1997) - James Robinson (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils), Al Vey, Eric Cannon (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X#31 (October, 1997) - James Robinson (writer), Chris Bachalo (pencils & inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X#34 (January, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Steve Harris (pencils) Scott Hanna (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Generation X#0.5 (May, 1998) - Larry Hama (writer), Alé Garza (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Last updated: 07/05/15
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