Real Name: Kodiak Noatak
Identity/Class: Human (Inuit) mutant
Occupation: Assassin, criminal
Group Membership: Marauders (Arclight/Philippa Sontag, Blockbuster/Michael Baer, Prism/Robbie, Riptide/Janos Quested, Scalphunter/John Greycrow, Scrambler/Kim Il Sung)
Affiliations: Chimera, Exodus (Bennet du Paris), Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Lady Mastermind (Regan Wyngarde), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Malice, Mr. Sinister (Nathaniel Essex), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Random (Marshall Stone), Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Tempo (Heather Tucker), Unuscione (Carmella Unuscione), Vertigo;
formerly Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Susan Hatchi (Da'o Coy Manh), Omega Sentinel (Karima Shapander), Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida), Threnody (Melody Jacobs), Vanisher ("Telford Porter")
Enemies: Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Bishop (Lucas Bishop), Blaquesmith, Cable (Nathan Summers), Courier (Jacob Gavin Jr.), Goblin Queen (Madelyne Pryor), Herr Hitzig, Artie Maddicks, Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Irene Merryweather, Morlocks (Annalee, Ape, Beautiful Dreamer, Berzerker, Bliss, Blowhard, Caliban, Callisto, Chickenwings, Cybelle, Erg, Healer, Leech, Lightning Bug, Marrow, Masque, Mole, Piper, Plague, Scaleface, Sunder, Tar Baby, Tommy, Zeek and unrevealed others), New X-Men (Anole/Victor Borkowski, Armor/Hisako Ichiki, Blindfold/Ruth Aldine, Dust/Sooraya Qadir, Elixir/Josh Foley, Hellion/Julian Keller, Mercury/Cessily Kincaid, Pixie/Megan Gwynn, Prodigy/David Alleyne, Rockslide/Santo Vaccarro, Surge/Noriko Ashida, X-23/Laura Kinney), Nimrod Sentinels of Earth-1610, Power Pack (Destroyer/Alex Power, Molecula/Julie Power, Jack Power, Starstreak/Katie Power, Tattletale/Franklin Richards), Predator X, Briar Raleigh, Illyana Rasputin, The Right, Richard Salmons, San Francisco Police Department (Detective Harry, Sabrina Morrel), Sentinel Squad O*N*E, S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Hope Summers, Thor (Odinson), X-Man (Nate Grey), Threnody (Melody Jacobs), X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Dazzler/Alison Blaire, Emma Frost, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Havok/Alex Summers, Iceman/Robert Drake, Karma/Xi'an Coy Manh, Longshot, Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Northstar/Jean-Paul Beaubier, Omega Sentinel/Karima Shapander, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Cecilia Reyes, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Warbird/Ava'Dara Naganandini, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett), X-Factor (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Iceman/Robert Drake, Marvel Girl/Jean Grey), X-Factor Investigations (M/Monet St. Croix, Siryn/Terry Cassidy, Strong Guy/Guido Carosella), X-Force (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Domino/Neena Thurman, Elixir/Josh Foley, Hepzibah, Warpath/James Proudstar, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett, X-23/Laura Kinney), Vargas;
formerly Vanisher ("Telford Porter")
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Emissary of En Sabah Nur
Base of Operations: Genosha;
formerly Kitakyushu smelting plant, Japan;
formerly Muir Island;
formerly Dominion Range, Antarctica;
formerly The Alley, Morlock Tunnels beneath New York City;
formerly old orphanage, Sage, Nebraska
First Appearance: (Shadows) Uncanny X-Men I#210 (October, 1986); (fully seen) Uncanny X-Men I#211 (November, 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Harpoon is a mutant with the superhuman power to transform longitudinal objects into various unknown forms of energy. He can imbue any such object with this energy, but the amount of energy varies with the size of the object. Hence, a pencil that he imbued with energry would cause very little damage, but a telephone pole imbued with his energy might be as destructive as a small tactical nuclear weapon. Harpoon must throw the object in order to transform it into energy. Harpoon prefers to imbue harpoons with energy, since he finds them the easiest weapons to use in this way. They are large enough to cause considerable damage, but are light enough for him to throw them easily and to carry them comfortably in his backpack. It is not yet known whether Harpoon's powers can turn objects that are not longitudinal in shape into energy. Depending on the form of energy with which he imbues them, Harpoon's weapons can stun, paralyze, kill, explode, or disintegrate a living victim or inanimate target. Beings with sufficient superhuman strength such as Colossus, can survive the effects of one of the harpoons that Harpoon has imbued with energy for killing an opponent (a "slayspear") without disintegrating him. Harpoon is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant. He is highly skilled at hurling his chosen weapon, the harpoon, and almost never misses. He refers to his harpoons as "slayspears". Harpoon has repeatedly fallen in battle. Each time, he has been cloned and revived by Mr. Sinister. Harpoon appears aware of this fact.
Weight: 225 lbs.
(Uncanny X-Men I#350 (fb) / X-Men Origins: Gambit - BTS) - Mr. Sinister hired Gambit to assemble a group of mercenaries to break into an impenetrable community, in exchange for this Sinister had performed an operation on the mutant so he could control his abilities again. Gambit travelled to all corners of the world to find all kind of mercenaries; amongst them Harpoon, who agreed to join the Marauders.
(X-Men Origins: Gambit) - Sometime later Mr. Sinister presented the assembled team of Marauders (minus Prism and Blockbuster) to Gambit. Mr. Sinister revealed his plans to the Marauders who all agreed, Gambit was kept in the dark concerning their mission.
(Uncanny X-Men I#215 - BTS) - Mr. Sinister tasked several of his Marauders to kill Madelyne Pryor and kidnap her baby, Sinister had created Pryor as a clone from Jean Grey. Dressed as ambulance personnel Arclight and Scalphunter were on hand at San Francisco's International Airport where Madelyne Pryor crash landed the cargo. After they took Pryor aboard the van she suddenly realized she was missing her baby, causing her to panic and hit Arclight in the face. Pryor busted the doors of the ambulance and tried to flee with the Marauders hot on her tail.
(X-Factor I#38 (fb) ) - Prism and Harpoon joined the hunt for Pryor.
(Uncanny X-Men I#215 - BTS) - Once the Marauders found Pryor it was Scalphunter who shot her, believing she was dead they returned to Sinister with the baby. Pryor, however survived the shot and wound up in San Francisco's general hospital.
(Uncanny X-Men I#210 (fb) - BTS) - Harpoon joined a group of Marauders who followed one of the Morlocks across the country to Los Angeles. The young Morlock known as Tommy thought it to be a great adventure to wander across the whole country. During her travel the Morlock had met and befriended Hellfire Club agent Richard Salmons. It was during this time the Marauders made their presence known. Salmons did his best to protect Tommy and the two managed to flee.
(Uncanny X-Men I#210) - While at Los Angeles' train depot the Marauders caught up with Tommy and Richard. Harpoon successfully hit Salmons in the back with one of his spears, paralyzing the Hellfire agent. Clinging on to dear life, Salmons asked Tommy to reach for his gun, figuring they would only stand a chance together. But the petrified Tommy was too scared and ran away. Helpless against the Marauders Salmons threatened his assaulters saying the Hellfire Club would avenge him. While holding a gun to his head Scalphunter replied they were welcome to try as they would receive the same treatment after which he killed the agent. The Marauders allowed Tommy to escape and witnessed how she boarded one of the trains to New York hoping to return to the safety of the sewers and her fellow Morlocks. Some of the Marauders wanted to kill her now, but they agreed to follow Mr. Sinister's plan and allow the girl to lead them to the other Morlocks.
(Uncanny X-Men I#210) - Just when the Morlock Tommy had returned to the Morlock tunnels in New York City and thought herself safe, she was hit in the back by one of Harpoon's spears. Tommy lay paralyzed on the ground and the Marauders revealed she'd just led them to the Morlocks after which Scalphunter finished her off.
(Uncanny X-Men I#350 (fb) / X-Men Origins: Gambit) - Gambit, still not fully realizing what the Marauders were about to do, led them into the Morlock tunnels. But when Sabretooth killed the first Morlock they came across Gambit was shocked and asked Scalphunter why they'd come to the tunnels. Scalphunter told the cajun he'd done what he was hired to do. Realizing what they intended to do Gambit tried to stop the Marauders but once Vertigo weakened him Sabretooth grabbed Gambit by the throat and gutted the cajun leaving him for dead while the Marauders moved on.
(Uncanny X-Men I#211) - The Marauders had found their way into the Morlock tunnels where they ran into a first group of mutants living close to the tunnels entrance. Scalphunter shot several Morlocks after which the fast spinning Riptide killed several others using his throwing stars. The Morlock Cybelle tried to escape through a wall, but the super strong Arclight simply ripped the wall apart so Harpoon could hit Cybelle with one of his energy harpoons. Cybelle's death scream attracted the attention of Callisto, former leader of the Morlocks, who rallied her underlings and ordered them to kill the assassins.
(Uncanny X-Men I#211 - BTS) - Despite his injuries, a giant, mole-like Morlock escaped the tunnels and managed to make it to the home of the X-Men to warn Storm, who was leader of the Morlocks, of the ongoing massacre. He died moments after sharing the news, which convinced the X-Men of the severity of the Morlock's claims. They immediately sprang into action.
(X-Factor I#10) - The full team of Marauders reached the huge central shaft of the tunnels called the Alley, where most of the Morlocks lived. There, the assassins struck the mutant community at it's hardest. Seeing their friends killed by the Marauders caused chaos and upheaval, causing Morlocks to flee into several smaller tunnels. Arclight and Harpoon followed the Morlocks Erg, Zeek and Beautiful Dreamer down one tunnel. Harpoon killed Zeek, but the other two were saved by Cyclops, Iceman and Beast of X-Factor, who had come down into the tunnels to look for their wards Rusty Collins and Skids. Encountering the assassins, the highly experienced heroes wasted no time and attacked Arclight and Harpoon. Realizing they were too strong Arclight brought down the ceiling, blocking the tunnel. Sometime later Harpoon joined up with Sabretooth as he had picked up the scent of the elderly Morlock Plague. He found she wasn't intimidated by him, even using her disease bringing powers to give Sabretooth a hard time. However, she was about to be killed from a distance by Harpoon, until the immortal Apocalypse arrived and intervened on her behalf. Impressed by Plague, he took down Harpoon and offered to make her one of his four Horsemen. She accepted the offer and both of them disappeared from the tunnels.
(Uncanny X-Men I#211) - The X-Men were attacked again by Riptide who got help from Harpoon and Scrambler. In the fight that followed, Shadowcat tried to rescue Rogue only to be hit by Harpoon's energy spears which caused her tremendous pain and left her in a permanent ghost-like state. Hearing Kitty's screams awakened a bloodlust in Colossus who lunged for Harpoon but was blocked by Riptide, who was no match for the X-Man. Peter snapped Riptide's neck, warning Harpoon and the other Marauders they'd be next. This deed shocked the Marauders into temporarily retreating.
(X-Factor I#10 (fb) - BTS) - Vertigo told Arclight about her encounter with X-Factor prompting Arclight to organize a search and destroy mission.
(X-Factor I#10) - Once X-Factor left the tunnels to attend the wounded, Angel stayed behind to continue his search for Artie Maddicks. Once he found the boy they stumbled upon another group of Marauders, consisting of Vertigo, Blockbuster and Harpoon. Angel was able to hit Vertigo in the face but couldn't stop Blockbuster from nailing him against the wall. Harpoon used two of his spears to pin the winged hero like a butterfly. The Marauders decided to leave Angel hanging on the wall like a scarecrow, as a warning to the other heroes.
(Thor I#373) - Harpoon, Blockbuster and Vertigo enjoyed themselves torturing the pinned Angel when they heard someone approaching. Figuring it could be another mutant they hid in the shadows. It turned out to be Thor, the Asgardian god of thunder, who'd been warned about the massacre by his frog friend Puddlegulp. The Marauders tried to jump Thor, but ran off as soon as he summoned a powerful bolt of lightning.
(Power Pack I#27) - Power Pack arrived in the Morlock tunnels to look for their friend Leech. Once the children had found Leech, who happened to be carrying the injured Caliban, the group was met by Arclight, Harpoon and Scrambler. Mistaking Power Pack for more Morlocks, Harpoon tried to hit the kids with one of his energy spears while Arclight generated a shockwave. In the middle of the chaos Scrambler successfully took out both the codename-less Jack Power and his sister Starstreak (Katie Power). Tattletale (Franklin Richards) distracted Arclight long enough for Molecula (Julie Powers) to attack Arclight who in turn swatted her like a fly against the wall. Now prepared for Harpoon's attacks, Destroyer absorbed the Inuit's energy spears and redirected it to once again cause the ceiling to crash down on the Marauders. This only proved a temporary nuisance for the Marauders who made their way through the rubbish preparing to attack the kids again. Jack Power increased all of his Gee-force to his left arm and with an incredible show of force knocked Arclight unconscious. Right after his attack, Cyclops and Jean Grey of X-Factor arrived to rescue the kids. Realizing they were outnumbered, Harpoon and Scrambler grabbed Arclight and fled.
(Thor I#374) - After regaining their confidence and thinking Thor's power was nothing more than "some mumbo-jumbo", Vertigo, Blockbuster and Harpoon sought out the Thundergod who was still in the tunnels. They all fell before him, causing the Marauders to once again scurry away. This allowed Thor time to free Angel, gently removing the harpoons that held Warren against the wall. Sometime later, Harpoon and Sabretooth contently conversed while looking at the dozens of corpses in the Alley. While they deemed their mission a success, Blockbuster was still upset by his defeat at the hands of Thor. He finally decided to have another go at Thor to prove himself in the eyes of his fellow Marauders, this proofed to be a bad idea as it got the Marauder killed.
(New Mutants I#52 - BTS) - As part of their training, Magneto had the New Mutants face off against holograms of the Marauders during a Danger Room sessions. The simulated assassins barely needed five minutes to slaughter their teenage opponents. Magneto intended this as a lesson to show what could have happened after they defied a direct order to not get involved in the Morlock Massacre.
(X-Men and Spider-Man#2) - Staying in Mr. Sinister's secret lab in an abandoned section of the Morlock tunnels, the Marauders were on hand when Spider-Man and the X-Men showed up. The heroes had teamed up after Spider-Man had learned that one of his adversaries, Kraven the Hunter, had provided Mr. Sinister with genetic material of the original X-Men. The Marauders (Scalphunter, Sabretooth, Arclight, Harpoon, Scrambler, Vertigo) were ready to stop the X-Men from finding what they were after. While Sabretooth took on Wolverine, Arclight created a shockwave to take the X-Men down after which Vertigo used her powers. Having fought Vertigo before, Spider-Man quickly shot webbing in her face to stop her from focusing her powers. Scrambler was easily taken out by Storm when he tried to disrupt her mutant powers only to find out she'd already lost them. Scalphunter was ready to shoot Storm, Dazzler and Rogue, but Wolverine chopped his arm off. Arclight came to his rescue, though Scalphunter assured her he would regenerate. Realizing they couldn't win against both the X-Men and Spider-Man, Scalphunter gave Arclight the order to level the ground. Once the heroes had fallen through the floor, they discovered Sinister's old lab where grotesque-looking clones of the original X-Men lay dead in test tubes. Hoping to finish off the heroes, Harpoon threw one of his spears causing a giant explosion, burning away all evidence of the X-Men clones. Nevertheless, Spider-Man and the X-Men managed to escape unscathed.
(Uncanny X-Men I#221) - In his secret base, a disappointed Mr. Sinister expressed his annoyance at the Marauders when his allegedly elite killing squad had failed to simply murder a single, human female: Madelyne Pryor. While Sinister openly wondered whether he should tear one of the Marauders's heart out to show just how displeased he was, an insulted Sabretooth lunged for his throat. Not in the mood for surprises, the lightning quick Sinister simply grabbed the Marauder by the throat and continued his rant about Pryor. Once he'd ordered the Marauders to fulfill their mission to murder Madelyne, he released Sabretooth. Malice/Polaris then told the Marauders to get to work.
(Uncanny X-Men I#221 - BTS) - The Marauders successfully tracked Pryor down to a hospital in San Francisco, unaware the X-Men were also on her trail. Scalphunter located Pryor's room, while Harpoon and Vertigo stood by on another rooftop.
(Uncanny X-Men I#221) - Harpoon and Vertigo noticed another group of X-Men (Longshot, Dazzler, Psylocke) also on stand-by from another rooftop and chose to engage them. The X-Men managed to escape Vertigo's attack thanks to Longshot who grabbed both women and jumped off the building. Relying on his ever present luck, the threesome landed on the back of a truck loaded with soft sand. Moments later, Harpoon managed to hit Psylocke with one of his spears, causing all of the X-Men to feel the telepath's pain.
(Uncanny X-Men I#222) - Malice/Polaris was about to face the X-Men and San Francisco police, led by lieutenant Sabrina Morrel, when her fellow Marauders Arclight, Harpoon and Vertigo arrived to help out, keeping everyone disoriented. Once Vertigo had used her powers Harpoon threw one of his spears, the spear, however was destroyed mid-air by one of Dazzler's energy-shot's. Detective Harry tried to shoot Malice, who magnetically deflected the bullet, causing it to hit Morrel instead. Arclight then created a diversion, allowing the Marauders to leave.
(Uncanny X-Men I#240 (fb) - BTS) - Mr. Sinister ordered his Marauders to relocate to the former Morlock Alley.
(Uncanny X-Men I#240 - BTS) - The advanced computer system in the X-Men's outback headquarters suddenly picked up the location of the Marauders (thanks to N'astirh's involvement). Eager for some payback and outraged their foes were hiding in the Alley of all places, the X-Men decided to ambush them.
(Uncanny X-Men I#240) - The Marauders were still moving into the Alley, wondering why they were even ordered to move there, when the X-Men attacked. Blockbuster was carrying one of the crates on his back when he bumped into Colossus who politely checked if he was indeed dealing with a Marauder before smashing him right across the tunnel to announce the X-Men's presence. Sabretooth smelled Dazzler and was about to gut her when she blinded him with a powerful burst of light. She then shot Scalphunter. Havok in turn used his plasma beam on Prism, whose body amplified the energy causing him to overload and shoot out energy bolts in all directions, Harpoon ducked for cover. Riptide tried fighting back by unleashing a barrage of razor sharp throwing stars, but they were all caught by Longshot who courteously threw 'em back, Harpoon once again ducked for cover. Scrambler realized the X-Men were out for blood even as the team's methodical attack continued. Malice then magnetically took control of Colossus' organic steel form, using him to slam a hole in the ceiling all the way up to street level. The Marauders tried to get away, only to find themselves in a Manhattan transformed into a demonic parody of itself.
(Uncanny X-Men I#241) - The X-Men, slowly corrupted by the Inferno's evil effects, fought the Marauders in downtown Manhattan. Storm whipped up a powerful hurricane to distract the Marauders, while Colossus was shocked to see Riptide was somehow alive and well. Before there could be a round two, they were attacked by several transmogrified policemen riding metallic demon beasts. Malice magnetically shredded the beasts and pelted the X-Men with the razor sharp shrapnel. This cleared the way for Vertigo to get in place and turn the X-Men's world upside down. Vertigo's dizzying attack was stopped by Longshot who threw one of his knives at the villain. Worried that innocent bystanders could get hurt, Storm ordered Psylocke to telepathically take all of the Marauders out. But as soon as Betsy Braddock focused her mental powers, she was overcome by plight of the innocent babies that were used to power the pentagram over New York that facilitated the demonic invasion. Figuring this was the time to strike back, Malice ordered Harpoon and the Marauders to combine their attacks on Psylocke, though the X-Men did their best to keep the telepath safe. Harpoon was then killed by one of Havok's blasts. Meanwhile, the X-Men's corruption had become so all-encompassing, they visually resembled demons. Now delighting in killing, they slaughtered all the remaining Marauders.
(X-Man I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Mr. Sinister sent the Marauders and Harpoon to capture Threnody in the hopes that it would attract X-Man.
(X-Man I#18) - The Marauders arrived at St. John's Cathedral where Threnody was hiding. The assassins entered through the stained glass windows, guns blazing. Vertigo quickly hit her with a dizzying wave after which Scalphunter fired stun pellets, however, Threnody dodged the bullets leaving Vertigo to be hit and knocked out. Threnody then siphoned off some of Vertigo's pain and released it as energy back at Harpoon and the others, stunning them. However, Mr. Sinister then appeared on the scene and easily captured her himself.
(Cable Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS) - Hoping to trick Cable into an alliance, Mr. Sinister disguised several of his Marauders (Scalphunter, Arclight, Harpoon, Scrambler and Riptide) as the Emissaries of En Sabah Nur.
(Cable Annual 1999) - In their En Sabah Nur disguises, the Marauders destroyed New York hotspot Disco Inferno, successfully attracting Cable's attention. In a nearby alley Scalphunter struck at Cable and revealed their presence declaring he was now facing his destruction. The spinning Riptide unleashed a blurred volley of razor-sharp stars and knives which injured Cable, leaving him vulnerable to Scrambler. The Korean Marauder used his abilities to disrupt Cable's telekinesis, which allowed his techno-organic virus to flare out of control. Not able to defend himself any longer Cable was about to be killed by Harpoon when Mr. Sinister showed up to "rescue" Cable, fighting off the Emissaries.
(Cable Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS) - For the next part of their plan the Emissaries invaded Cable's Hell's Kitchen safe house where they took Cable's friends Blaquesmith and Irene Merryweather captive.
(Cable Annual 1999) - Imprisoned by the Emissaries, Blaquesmith wondered why he'd never heard of them in any of the prophecies about En Sabah Nur. Before he could continue his train of thought, Cable showed up to save them. Deflecting Scalphunter's rain of bullets with a telekinetic shield, he grabbed Harpoon's spear and redirected it to hit Riptide. Cable then took possession of Scrambler, forcing him to scramble Arclight's powers. The depowered Philippa was knocked out by Irene. Then, with a mere gesture, Cable suspended the Emissaries in mid-air. When Mr. Sinister entered the room, Cable telekinetically removed the Emissaries' armor, revealing them to actually be the Marauders. Once Cable attacked Sinister, the Marauders escaped.
(Gambit III#9) - Gambit, Sabretooth and Courier (Jacob Gavin Jr.) invaded one of Sinister's facilities where they encountered several cloning baths in which the Marauders were grown. Sabretooth revealed the facility was the same as the X-Men had previously visited underneath the orphanage in Sage, Nebraska, but since it was one giant infinite space connected to all corners of the world. Their presence had triggered a warning system causing Riptide, Harpoon and Scalphunter to attack. Without any real trouble Gambit managed to kill Riptide, Harpoon and Scalphunter. Just before dying, Scalphunter urged Gambit to flee the facility since a new clone would hunt him within the hour.
(New Avengers I#18 - BTS) - S.H.I.E.L.D. analyzed the Collective's multiple energy signatures and managed to identify Harpoon's pattern, along with 50+ victims of M-Day. (see comments)
(X-Men II#200 - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways, Sinister learned that for the first time since the Scarlet Witch's reality altering spell wiped out the mutant gene, a new mutant was going to be born. Dubbing the newborn the "Messiah Child", he intended to seize it and reassembled his Marauders.
(X-Men II#204 (fb) - BTS) - Next to the original Marauders, Sinister also contacted the supremely powerful mutant Exodus, convincing him to join forces so he could help rebirth the human race. The zealous Exodus agreed and gathered several mutants to join Sinister's Marauders, including Frenzy, Random, Tempo and Unuscione.
(X-Men II#200 - BTS) - To make sure he alone would know when and where the Messiah Child was born, Sinister targeted three specific groups: psychics and precogs, time travellers with direct knowledge of the future like Cable and objects like the Destiny Diaries. Sinister figured that eliminating all of them would ensure his success. He sent Harpoon and the other Marauders out on numerous hit jobs.
(X-Men II#202 (fb) ) - Harpoon killed the mysterious Vargas, who possessed several copies of Destiny's diaries.
(X-Men II#200 (fb) - BTS) - When the X-Men were staying at Mystique's house in Caldecott County, Mississippi, the Marauders gathered nearby. Lady Mastermind used her abilities to create a null zone so the X-Men could not sense their presence.
(X-Men II#200) - Back in Mississippi, Emma Frost was trying to mend Rogue's fractured mind (as a result of her fight against the Hecatomb) when she suddenly sensed the Marauders' presence. Before she could warn the others, she was stunned by the Omega Sentinel who was now fully controlled by Malice. Seconds later, both Beast and Wolverine picked up the Marauders' scents and quickly ordered Iceman to "ice up". Just then, Lady Mastermind dropped her illusion to reveal Harpoon and the Marauders were already inside. Still not realizing Omega Sentinel had been possessed by Malice, Cyclops tried to shield her from the Marauders' attack only to be taken out by Malice herself. Scalphunter successfully injured Iceman by driving a spear through his midriff. Hearing the shooting from her room Rogue activated her powers and flew down to stand beside her fellow X-Men. Scalphunter tried to shoot Rogue but was taken out by Mystique, declaring that no one was allowed to shoot her daughter...except her. She then fired a round at Rogue's chest, revealing her alliance to the Marauders.
(X-Men II#201) - The Marauders had dealt a devastating blow to the X-Men, leaving only Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast and Cannonball to deal with them. Unable to sustain his ice-form, Iceman tried to get Rogue to safety but was stopped by Mystique. While the other X-Men fought the Marauders, an immobilized Emma Frost used her telepathic abilities to reach out to Cannonball. She explained what she'd learned about the Marauders' goals, targets and plans before taking over Sam's mind and causing him to rocket off with Iceman. Moments later, the Marauders successfully defeated the remaining X-Men. Seemingly asserting herself as their leader, Mystique ordered the Marauders to pull back after which Arclight used her abilities to bring the house down on the X-Men. The Marauders planned to return to Sinister taking Rogue along, since she carried the content of Destiny's diaries in her mind.
(X-Men II#203 - BTS) - Through the use of Cerebro, Sinister learned the Destiny Diaries were located somewhere in an old industrial park in Flint, Michigan. Sinister sent his Marauders to retrieve the books.
(X-Men II#203) - The Marauders spotted the Blackbird as soon as they arrived at the Michigan site, which told them Cannonball and Iceman were already there. They proceeded to free their teammate Sunfire and then split the group in two. The original Marauders plus Sunfire and Mystique, Gambit, Lady Mastermind and Malice would sweep the park and attack the X-Men from two sides. They were unaware Cannonball and Iceman were well aware of their presence and had planned to face them head-on. Cannonball came crashing through the floorboards, grabbing Riptide and dumping him on the second group of Marauders. The X-Men continued their assault by destroying several huge water towers, dousing the first group of Marauders so Iceman could flash freeze them in place. The X-Men managed to find the capsule containing the Destiny Diaries but when they tried to depart with it, Mr. Sinister showed up, knocking them over. Sinister was joined by his Marauders who he ordered to grab the diaries, but the diaries were accidentally destroyed by Gambit and Scalphunter who tried to shoot Cannonball. Enraged by the loss of the diaries' destruction Sinister planned to vent his frustration by erasing Cannonball's mind. This plan was accidentally foiled by Scrambler who wanted to disrupt Iceman's powers so Bobby would still die from the chest wound he suffered earlier. However, Iceman used his last energy to shove Scrambler against Sinister, preventing him from erasing Sam's mind. This left Cannonball free to use his powers to escape, while Iceman dove into the water. Mystique went after Iceman but as soon as she caught up with him, she decided to spare his life. She returned to the Marauders.
(X-Men II#204) - Harpoon and several Marauders watched as Mr. Sinister tried to probe Rogue's fractured mind in an attempt to find her consciousness among the eight billion minds she absorbed during the X-Men's fight against the Hecatomb. When his efforts proved futile, Sinister doubted if keeping Rogue alive was not a waste of time, prompting Mystique to mentioned she still held the full text of the Destiny Diaries in her mind.
(New X-Men II#44 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing the X-Men would certainly come to their base in search of the baby, Mr. Sinister decided he and the Marauders would move to a different location so they could confront their enemies on their own terms. Unaware a small squad of senior X-Men had already arrived near their secret complex in Antartica. Whilst guarding the base Harpoon was suddenly attacked by the senior members of the X-Men.
(New X-Men II#44) - During the Marauders meeting, Scalphunter realized Harpoon had gone missing after which Harpoon came crashing through the wall, followed by the X-Men. Led by Wolverine, the X-Men made their intention to retrieve Rogue and the baby clear.
(Uncanny X-Men I#493 - BTS) - Mr. Sinister and the Marauders relocated to Muir Island.
(X-Factor III#27) - Gambit and the Marauders returned to Muir Island with the child and were met by all of the Marauders. Gambit handed the child to Mystique who was posing as Sinister and ordered the Marauders to prepare for the X-Men's coming assault. Seconds later, Mystique revealed her true identity to Gambit and showed Sinister's lifeless corpse. Later that evening X-Force and Bishop arrived on Muir Island, "welcomed" by the full force of the Marauders.
(New X-Men II#46) - As soon as the fight between the Marauders and X-Force started, Harpoon was eager to fight the heroes.
(New X-Men II#46 - BTS / Deadpool v Gambit#4 (fb) ) - Harpoon stood by as Scalphunter shot Wolverine through the head. Eager for the opportunity to kill Wolverine, Scrambler grabbed the heavily injured X-Man, scrambling his healing powers. Logan was saved by X-23, who cut off Scrambler's hands and then used her claws to disembowel the Marauder.
(New X-Men II#46) - Whilst fighting X-Force, Harpoon and the other Marauders witnessed the arrival of both X-Factor and the X-Men. Harpoon tried to kill Emma Frost but was easily taken out by the telepath. During the huge battle, matters became even more chaotic when Pixie teleported Beast, Nightcrawler and the New X-Men to Muir Island with the deadly Predator X in hot pursuit. The gigantic creature immediately grabbed Vertigo with it's sharp teeth, crushing her after which it turned to face the others.
(X-Men II#207) - Cyclops decided to use this to their advantage and ordered Frost to tell the new arrivals to target the Marauders. He figured that the Marauders were intimately familiar with the X-Men, but had no experience fighting the students. His gambit paid off as one by one the Marauders were knocked down by the combined powers of the student body and the guidance of Emma Frost. This left the X-Men to deal with Predator X. With the Marauders defeated and Predator X dead, the X-Men decided to hand the baby to Cable so he could keep her safe in the distant future.
(X-Force III#9 - BTS) - Sinister started operating out of a new base hidden in the Kitakyushu smelting plant in Japan. There, he once again built cloning baths to breed copies of his Marauders.
(X-Force III#9 (fb) ) - The Vanisher ("Telford Porter") tried to steal a mutated strain of the Legacy virus from Sinister's Japanese labs, but was immediately attacked by a group of Marauders (Sabretooth, Vertigo, Harpoon and Arclight). Vanisher was able to teleport away, but dropped the viral vial in the process.
(X-Force III#9) - Sometime later, Vanisher returned with all of X-Force to destroy the mutated Legacy virus altogether. As soon as they entered the complex, an army of Marauders clones was waiting for them. The murderous members of X-Force didn't shy away from lethal force as they massacred their way through the Marauders until Domino had located the vial. Just then, the mutant hunters the Right showed up looking for the virus as well.
(X-Force III#10) - The few remaining Marauders were killed by the Right while X-Force tried to escape.
(Heroic Age: X-Men - BTS) - As the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Steve Rogers assessed the entire, known, mutant community. In his report, he analyzed the Marauders and stated that each and every single one of them were "butchers" that had to be found and apprehended before they could kill again.
(Astonishing X-Men III#52 (fb) - BTS / Astonishing X-Men III#48 - BTS) - Susan Hatchi (Da'o Coy Manh) secretly infected her sister Karma with experimental nanotech allowing her to command her sister's powers. Unaware she was doing so, Karma took control of Chimera, the Vanisher and had them join a group of Marauders (Arclight, Prism, Harpoon, Blockbuster) who she planned to send against the X-Men.
(Astonishing X-Men III#48) - The Marauders, joined by the Vanisher and Chimera, ambushed the X-Men in New York City.
(Astonishing X-Men III#49) - While Chimera used her psionic dragons to attack Northstar and Iceman, Prism blinded the other X-Men. Harpoon succeeded in severely injuring Wolverine by plunging a spear through his stomach. The tide turned when Karma tried to invade Chimera's mind, thereby breaking Susan Hatchi's influence on her. Realizing she had been used, Chimera tried to convince the Marauders they were also being controlled. Believing Karma was actually controlling Chimera, the Marauders turned against her until she once again unleashed her psionic dragons to push the Marauders back after which Vanisher teleported them away. Chimera stayed behind to explain to the X-Men what had happened.
(Astonishing X-Men III#50 - BTS) - Harpoon and the group of Marauders hid in an abandoned building in Brooklyn's Red Hook.
(Astonishing X-Men III#50 (fb) - BTS) - Wanting to rid herself of the evidence Hatchi once again took possession of the Marauders and had them kill each other. Harpoon successfully killed Arclight by piercing her neck with one of his harpoons. Only Blockbuster managed to break free of the mind control and escaped, crying.
(Astonishing X-Men III#50) - Just as the X-Men arrived at Red Hook searching for the Marauders they saw their corpses.
(Magneto III#5 - BTS) - Briar Raleigh sought out Magneto in hopes of arranging a partnership. She possessed intelligence that would be of use to him, including the current whereabouts of the Marauders, as well as information on how to hurt them. Eager to strike back against mutants who murdered their own kind for money, Magneto accepted.
(Magneto III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto sought out one cell of Marauders and killed them, thus activating another cell of Marauder clones. He then went after a second and third cell. During the third raid, Magneto discovered he could use ferro fluid (ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier liquid) to slip past their defenses.
(Magneto III#6 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto located the fourth cell of Marauders (Scalphunter, Prism, Scrambler, Blockbuster, Riptide, Arclight, Harpoon) and attacked them, eagerly wanting to punish them for their crimes against mutantkind.
(Magneto III#6 (fb) ) - Prism and Scrambler tried to flee Magneto, but just as they felt safe Prism was stabbed through the chest with a magnetically controlled metal shard. Next, Magneto used his powers to spread the metal, shattering Prism's body, killing him. Shocked by Prism's death, Scrambler threatened to short-circuit Magneto's brain. Amused by the idle threat, Magneto noted he wouldn't even need to touch him and, to prove his point, killed the Marauder. The others heard Scrambler's death howl and knew another one of them had fallen prey to Magneto. Riptide opted for the group to escape while they could but Harpoon suggested they ambushed and killed the mutant master of magnetism. Harpoon had realized they'd only been activated because Magneto had killed another cell of Marauders. And although another Harpoon clone would always live, he was irked by the fact it wouldn't be him. The four Marauders prepared for the coming fight but were shocked when a giant construction crane came swooping down on Harpoon. It hit him in the face, breaking his neck and killing him. Magneto then fired Harpoon's spears to slaughter Riptide after which he used two balls filled with ferro fluid to kill Arclight and Blockbuster.
(Magneto III#6) - Sometime later Magneto had caught up with another batch of Marauders before they could be activated. He then activated a special program, designed by himself and Raleigh, that consisted of a behavior modification sequence for the various cloning baths. This ensured that any future Marauders would be loyal to Magneto and his cause.
(Magneto III#15) - For their first mission loyal to their new master, the Marauders (Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Prism, Riptide, Sabretooth, Scalphunter and Scrambler) dressed in all-new black costumes and were sent out to rescue Magneto from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. The Marauders were meant to frighten the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents creating enough chaos to cover Magneto's escape but when he reached the top of the Helicarrier he saw how the Marauders had killed a great number of loyal S.H.I.E.L.D agents. He prevented Sabretooth from killing agent Hines. In the end, Magneto hurled the clone into the Helicarrier propellor, figuring the mutant's innate healing factor made him a problem to control from the word go. Magneto, Raleigh and the Marauders then left for Genosha.
(Magneto III#16) - Magneto tried to recreate a safe haven on the island of Genosha. Despite Magneto's best intentions Genosha was victim to several murders. Both the Marauders and Magneto were unaware the killings were caused by Herr Hitzig, or rather a construct accidentally created by Genoshan mutant Amy, whose powers allowed her to create imaginary constructs in reality. During this time Harpoon was seen walking around the city.
(Magneto III#17) - Harpoon and Blockbuster joined forces when tasked with searching Genosha for the killer. That night Magneto faced the Herr Hitzig construct, but was unable to stop the monster from escaping.
(Magneto III#18) - On the eve of total destruction when Earth-616 was about to crash into Earth-1610, Magneto ordered Harpoon and the Marauders to help as many people they could. For the first time in their existence, the Marauders found themselves doing good, rather than wreaking havoc and destruction.
(Magneto III#19 - BTS) - Harpoon continued to help the people in the streets of New York City while Magneto and Polaris fought an army of Nimrod Sentinels who'd swooped down from Earth-1610.
(Magneto III#20 - BTS) - Harpoon continued to help the people in the streets of New York City
(Magneto III#21 - BTS) - The Marauders and all of Reality-616 were seemingly destroyed when Earth-616 and Earth-1610 collided as part of the final Incursion.
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Deadpool v Gambit#4 (fb) - BTS) - Harpoon was approached by Scalphunter and the Vanisher who'd located a clone of Scrambler who had survived his interaction with X-23 (New X-Men II#46). Scalphunter wanted Scrambler's help with an "easy job" but he refused and used his abilities to make Scalphunter and Vanisher shit themselves. Wanting revenge Scalphunter had asked him for help.
(Deadpool v Gambit#4 (fb) ) - Sometime later Scalphunter returned with Blockbuster and Harpoon, all three wearing special collars so Scrambler's powers wouldn't work on them. Scrambler, however, could still scramble the collar, and by doing that he stopped them and called the cops. The three Marauders were subsequently arrested.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks).
There is a very odd appearance of Harpoon in New Avengers I#18 (June, 2006) were S.H.I.E.L.D. analyzed the Collective's multiple energy signatures and managed to identify Harpoon's pattern, along with 50+ victims of M-Day. It seems as if one of the Harpoon clones lost his mutant abilities due to the Scarlet Witch's reality altering spell.
Harpoon received a profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89#3 and Wolverine Encyclopedia#1. The Marauders received profiles in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe II#18 (1987), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe III#5 (1989), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#27 (1993), Wolverine Encyclopedia#2 (1996), Marvel Encyclopedia X-Men (2003), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#7 (2009), X-Men: Messiah Complex - Mutant Files (2007) and appeared in the X-Men's villains gallery in the X-Men Annual II#1 (1992)
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Uncanny X-Men I#211, p20, p5,6 (hurting Shadowcat)
Thor I#374, p9, pan2,3 (making fun of Blockbuster)
Uncanny X-Men I#221, p14, pan1 (next to Vertigo)
Cable Annual 1999, p21, pan5 (as Emissary)
Gambit III#9, p11, pan5 (attacking Gambit)
New X-Men II#46, p18, pan3 (Taken out by Emma Frost)
X-Force III#9, p18, pan4 (killed by X-23)
Magneto III#6, p9, pan1,2,3 (hunted by Magneto)
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Thor I#373 (November, 1986) - Walter Simonson (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils, inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
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Uncanny X-Men I#222 (October, 1987) - Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Ann Nocenti, Terry Kavanagh (editors)
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