Real Name: Francisco Milan
Identity/Class: Human mutant; citizen from Italy
Occupation: Mutant terrorist
Group Membership: Acolytes (Decay/Jacob Lashinski, Gargouille/Lavinia Leblanc, Rusty Collins, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Fabian Cortez, Exodus/Bennett du Paris, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Katu Kath, Isaac Javitz, Harlan & Sven Kleinstock, Neophyte/Simon Hall, Skids/Sally Blevins, Scanner/Sarah Ryall, Seamus Mellencamp, Suvik Senyaka, Spoor/Andrew Hamish Graves, Unuscione/Carmella Unuscione, Amelia Voght, others)
Enemies: Cable (Nathan Dayspring Summers), 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), Holocaust (Nemesis) of Earth-295, Knights Of Wundagore (Bova Ayrshire, Lord Anon (actually Man-Beast), Lord Churchill, Lord Gator, Sir Ram, Sir Tyger, Lady Ursula, Lady Vermin), Moira MacTaggert, Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Bishop, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Rogue/Anna Marie, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Wundagore Mountain, Transia;
formerly Avalon, in orbit over Earth;
formerly the sunken sub-marine Leningrad, Atlantic Ocean;
formerly Mont St. Francis, Normandy, France
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#300 (May, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Francisco Milan is an electropath, capable of converting thought waves into electromagnetic signals. This way he can "read" minds and immediately visualize the thoughts and memories he perceives in movie-like footage that he can transmit to conventional televisions or computer screens. He can forcefully absorb a target's entire memory, though this is exceptionally painful for his victims and can lead to permanent brain damage. His electropathy allows him to communicate directly with most computer systems around him, which makes it easy for him to circumvent, bypass or break encryption protocols. He can also transfer large amounts of data within moments. Using his electropathy he can pick up stray memory traces, which makes it possible for him to track people simply by following their psionic wake. This also allows him to read the memories of the recently deceased. He usually relies on a portable visualization unit in the field. His power to convert psionic impulses can be blocked if there's sufficient electromagnetic "noise" in the background. Because of the low-combat nature of his powers, Milan is often teased by his fellow mutants with more impressive abilities. Milan is a religious zealot, loyal to Magneto's cause and generally dismissive of humans.
Weight: 160 lbs.
(X-Men II#42 (fb) - BTS) - As a child, well before he even knew he was a mutant, Francisco Milan dreamed of seeing the wonders of the universe.
(Uncanny X-Men I#300 (fb) - BTS) - After manifesting his electropathy, Milan became a follower of the teachings of the supposedly deceased mutant savior Magneto. He eventually joined the Acolytes at their headquarters in France's Mont St. Francis monastery off the coast of Normandy.
(Uncanny X-Men I#315 (fb)) - Milan, Cargill and Unuscione were sent to Switzerland to investigate rumors of a mutant boy living alone in an empty church atop a mountain ridge. It turned out to be the phase shifting mutant Simon Hall who, after talking with the Acolytes for several days, decided to join their cause as Neophyte.
(Uncanny X-Men I#300 - BTS) - The Acolytes abducted Moira MacTaggert from her lab on Muir Island to make her pay for her blasphemous sins against their lord (when he was a baby under her care, Moira had tampered with Magneto's genetic make up in an attempt to prevent him from becoming the mass murderer they'd known). Fabian Cortez ordered Milan to use his powers to scan and record Moira's entire memory so they had a complete overview of all her crimes. However, Moira proved extremely stubborn and strong-willed, making accessing and processing even the smallest of memories an arduous task.
(Uncanny X-Men I#300) - When his latest foray into MacTaggert's mind left him exhausted with very little to show for it, Milan admitted to feeling a failure. Cortez and his second-in-command Amelia Voght would hear nothing of it and commended him for his supreme efforts. Cortez initially told him to take some rest and start fresh in the morning, but when the weakened but defiant Moira reminded him that she knew he had killed Magneto, Milan was summoned immediately. Cortez ordered him to drain her entire memory at once, hoping it would silence her before she could threaten his position among the Acolytes. Milan remained committed to this "sacred task" even after the X-Men had invaded Mont St. Francis to rescue Moira. Before he could siphon all her memories, Milan was hit in the back by a volley of Archangel's razor-sharp wings. Archangel's attack also destroyed the video monitors and databanks Milan had used to store and display Moira's memories.
(Uncanny X-Men I#300 - BTS) - Amelia Voght used her powers to teleport all the Acolytes to safety after they lost their battle against the X-Men.
(Uncanny X-Men I#304) - On board the Leningrad, Milan and his fellow Acolytes were outraged when the mysterious Exodus arrived in their midst to reveal their leader Fabian Cortez had been responsible for the supposed demise of their lord and savior Magneto. Milan watched as Cargill, Unuscione and the Kleinstocks jumped Cortez and started pounding on him. Exodus then established himself as the new leader of the Acolytes, taking them away from Cortez to Salem Center, New York. They arrived in time to see how Magneto had come to disrupt the funeral of Illyana Rasputin to announce his return. Milan and the others were thrilled to see Magneto had survived and were all lifted back to Avalon, except for Senyaka who Magneto pulped on the spot for perceived transgressions. Some time later, Milan and the Acolytes were joined by their latest member Colossus who following his sister's death had lost faith in Charles Xavier's dream.
(X-Men II#25) - Milan and the other Acolytes were present when Magneto decided to strike back after Earth's governments agreed to initiate the Magneto Protocols (theoretically barring them from returning to Earth). He watched as the master of magnetism went out into space to make short work of the satellite system used to enact the protocols. He unleashed a planetary wide electromagnetic pulse wave that wreaked havoc with electrical systems, injuring and killing thousands of people. Later, when a team of X-Men led by Charles Xavier infiltrated Avalon, Milan and the other Acolytes were taken out of the fight when Xavier used Avalon's own teleportation systems to transport Magneto's followers to a number of pre-launched escape pods in orbit of the space station.
(Cable II#10 (fb) - BTS) - Even though Cable thought he had disabled Avalon's teleport systems by rerouting the bodysliding program it was based on, Milan managed to undo his handiwork. As a result, the Acolytes could freely move to and from Earth again. However, they still weren't able to access other parts of Cable's old orbiting base, which led them to consider recruiting his aid (see comments).
(Cable II#11 (fb) - BTS) - The Acolytes decided to secure Cable's services through an elaborate plan that involved using the deadly Omega Red to get him to cooperate with them.
(Cable II#9) - Milan and his fellow Acolytes tracked down Omega Red to the sewers of London where he'd been living off the life energy of random civilians he'd kidnapped. Milan was able to access his victims' memories to lead them to Red himself. Instead of fighting him, they offered Red a way to control the death spore plague inside his body that was slowly killing him. Intrigued, Omega agreed to work with the Acolytes and went off to collect a number of artifacts needed to help him contain the infection. His first stop was Muir Island where Cable happened to be staying.
(Cable II#9 - BTS) - Cable proved unable to stop Omega Red from taking off with a biocellular subcutaneous matrix stabilizer.
(Cable II#9) - Just before Cable could go after Omega on his own, Milan and the other Acolytes showed up on Muir Island to offer their aid.
(Cable II#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Acolytes, led by Amelia Voght, only told Cable half of their story: they claimed that they'd offered to help Omega Red in hopes of having him join their cause, only for him to betray them. Cable took Voght at her word, but packed extra ammo just in case he was wrong.
(Cable II#10 - BTS) - Cable, Milan and the Acolytes followed Omega Red's trail of death and destruction to Russia's Tyuratam Space Center where he killed the research director of project Epsilon, but not before extracting the data from him he required.
(Cable II#10) - Several hours later, Cable and the Acolytes arrived at Tyuratam. After taking care of the soldiers who wanted to arrest them, Milan found the recently deceased director. Using his portable monitor-feed, Francisco replayed the man's final memories and confirmed Omega Red had indeed been there. Because the cure the Acolytes had proposed could only be safely administered in space (if something went wrong, the death spore virus would become airborne and wipe out mankind). Therefore, Amelia Voght reasoned Omega Red wanted to reach Avalon and the only way to get there was by using the teleportation systems in Magneto's arctic base. Cable agreed to accompany the Acolytes there.
(Cable II#10 - BTS) - The other Acolytes, led by Colossus, were already at the Arctic base where they laid a trap for Omega Red and successfully captured him.
(Cable II#10) - Once they entered the base, Amelia Voght noted it seemed somehow alive, while Milan realized its alien nature rendered his technopathy completely ineffectual. Pretty soon afterwards, Cable ran into the defeated Omega Red and realized he'd been played for a fool. Voght explained the true purpose of their mission, even as Colossus and the other Acolytes came in to surround Cable.
(Cable II#11) - Cable managed to evade the Acolytes, using his innate control of the exotic, reactive base systems to his benefit. The Acolytes split up to search for him in the cavernous base. Milan was paired up with Javitz and Cargill, all the while complaining the base made it impossible for him to get a good reading on his monitor. This led the snarky strongmen to comment that this made their teammate even more useless than usual. Before he could defend himself, Milan was surprised his monitor suddenly locked on to Cable's mind and showed a picture of himself hanging upside down. Seconds later, Cable dropped from the ceiling, grabbed Milan and pulled himself up through the ceiling again.
(Cable II#11 - BTS) - Cable knocked Milan out, thereby eliminating the Acolytes' sole way of tracking him.
(Cable II#11) - Milan remained unconscious throughout the rest of the confrontation between Cable and the Acolytes. Their immediate argument ended when it became clear part of the Acolytes had planned to allow Omega Red to start the risky procedure that would cure him right there in the Arctic. They knew that the death spore virus would be released either way, wiping out mankind in the process. Teaming up with Voght, Colossus and a handful of Acolytes not willing to kill billions, Cable tried to stop Omega Red. In the end, it was the Acolyte Katu, who hated Red because he'd killed his wife and family years earlier, who sacrificed himself by turning his power inaward and seemingly evaporating himself and his opponent. Voght and Colossus took Milan and the other Acolytes back to Avalon.
(Uncanny X-Men I#315) - The Acolytes eventually captured Neophyte and put him on trial aboard Avalon for having aided the X-Men during their assault on Mont Francis. He would have been summarily executed for his crimes, if not for Colossus standing up for Hall and demanding at proper trial. During the proceedings, Milan was called to testify. Using his electropathy, he visualized his own memories of first meeting Hall in Switzerland and taking him in. Milan then added that he now knew Neophyte had been planning to betray the Acolytes from within all along. Colossus defended Simon, pleading for his life and not without success: instead of killing him, Exodus banished the boy from Avalon back to Earth.
(X-Men II#41) - When the intergalactic M'Kraan crystallization wave hit Earth, Milan and the Acolytes were with the comatose Magneto in Avalon's throne room.
(X-Men Prime#1) - When the Acolytes picked up a strange ice comet that appeared out of nowhere near Avalon, Milan joined Colossus, Cargill and Rusty Collins for a spacewalk to check it out. Milan used his powers to send all they observed directly back to Avalon where the zealous Exodus eagerly awaited the results. Milan and the others concluded there was a man inside. Believing this to be an important portent and proof that great times were at hand, Exodus ordered them to return him to Avalon (the man was actually the energy vampire Holocaust from Earth-295).
(X-Men II#42) - Milan was tasked by Exodus to find out all he could about their mysterious guest. Using his electropathy, he reported that unlike what they previously believed the man wasn't an alien, but a human mutant with one of the most powerful mutagenic signatures ever seen. Exodus ordered him to try and access the unconscious figure's memories which Milan started to work on by himself in his laboratory. When he finally made contact, he found himself overwhelmed by the stranger's warped, garbled memories of Earth-295 which saw Magneto leading the X-Men against Apocalypse. As a result of their mental connection, Holocaust was able to absorb Milan's lifeforce to replenish his nearly drained personal energies. Milan seemingly perished in the process (see comments).
(Heroes for Hire I#16 (fb) - BTS) - Somehow surviving the ordeal, Milan rejoined Exodus and the Acolytes during their extended occupation of the High Evolutionary's Citadel of Science on Transia's Mount Wundagore. They soon found themselves in conflict with the Citadel's former inhabitants, the Knights of Wundagore led by Quicksilver. Exodus' reason for taking the Acolytes there was to secure Isotope E, an evolution controlling compound created by the High Evolutionary. However, the H.E. had taken the Isotope with him when he moved the Knights to Haven, a sanctuary near New York City.
(Heroes for Hire I#16) - After a convoluted series of events that saw the Heroes for Hire get involved in the ongoing conflict between the Acolytes and the Knights of Wundagore, it was revealed at Mount Wundagore that the Man-Beast had been hiding among the Knights as Sir Anon. The sly Man-Beast had captured the H.E. and his Isotope E scepter, threatening to kill him if the Knights didn't obey his orders. Exodus and Man-Beast agreed to a temporary truce when the Heroes for Hire came to Transia and attacked them. During the combat, Milan managed to get the drop on Iron Fist, ramming into him to throw the martial artist for a loop. The outnumbered heroes ultimately proved no match for their opponents and were defeated and imprisoned.
(Quicksilver#12 - BTS) - Using his superhuman speed, Quicksilver stole the Isotope E from the Man-Beast and freed the Heroes for Hire from the dungeons of Wundagore Mountain. 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 H.E. 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#1) - When the
H.E. and the Isotope E enhanced Quicksilver squared off, Pietro ordered
the Acolytes to aid him. However, Milan and the bulk of the team decided
they no longer had a stake in the conflict. Refusing to fight other
people's battles any longer, they left.
(X-Men Legacy I#225 - BTS) - Francisco Milan was seen in the image Exodus generated of the Acolytes, as part of his attempt to convince Charles Xavier his war against humanity on behalf of mutantkind was just. The fact so many of his Acolytes had died didn't bother Exodus, who considered their sacrifices a necessary result of any crusade.
Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks)
It's interesting to see the
Acolytes were tolerant enough to accept mutants with less than
impressive powers like Milan or even physically disabled ones like
Katu yet they were ready to kill
Teddy Matson because he was mentally retarded. They did
however mock Milan on occasion, which is such a jerky, yet perfectly
expected thing to do for the Acolytes who prided themselves on being
the bestest mutants they could be.
Very little is known of Milan's origins before he joined the Acolytes. His distinctive red facial tattoos also haven't been explained and are somewhat reminiscent of the markings on some of Genosha's mutates. The writers also never got around to establish a reason for him wearing those high-tech goggles. Did he need them to see? It's doubtful they were necessary for him to actually use his powers. After all, how would he ever have found out he was an electropath in the first place?
In Marvel Atlas#1 it was revealed that Milan was from Italy.
So, how did he survive
getting snacked on by Holocaust in X-Men
I#42? Needless to say he didn't. The Heroes
for Hire creative team probably wasn't aware he'd died,
leading artist Pascual Ferry to include him in several crowd scenes.
You'll note he has no lines throughout the entire storyline, he's
mainly there to make Exodus' flunkies look Acolytes like. But if
you're looking for a No Prize worthy in-universe explanation,
howzabout this: perhaps the unique nature of his electropathy caused
part of Milan's essence to survive inside Avalon's advanced
machinery or maybe he had "black box" of sorts prepared. This would
allow his fellow Acolytes to clone a new body for him at some point?
After all, they were in charge of the High Evolutionary's Citadel of
Science for an extended period of time and we all know anything's
possible on Mount Wundagore.
Milan was able to override Cable's encryption protocols and 30th century safeguards to unlock the Professor's bodysliding protocols but was unable to get the stuff that was left unprotected to work? That doesn't quite add up, but then again... There wouldn't have been a story if it did. Also, the book was in between writers, with Glenn Herdling finishing off a story started by Fabian Nicieza off of his plot. That most likely explains the discrepancy.
I was reading Exodus' profile in OHotMU Vol. 4 softcover, in his abilities section, he has the power to resurrect the deceased. Also in his profile, it said he has raised the dead. That could be an explanation for the resurrection of some of the fallen Acolytes.
Francisco Milan's full name was revealed in the Acolytes entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z#1 (March, 2006).
Profile by Norvo.
Francisco Milan should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
Cable II#11, p15, pan1 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#300, p23, pans1,2,3 (draining Moira)
Cable II#10, p22, pans3&4 (rerouted Cable's bodysliding program)
Cable II#11, p9, pan3 (more useless than usual)
Heroes for Hire I#16, p19, pan1 (fighting Iron Fist)
X-Men II#42, p13, pan2,3,4 (killed by Holocaust)
Uncanny X-Men I#300 (May, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#304 (September, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#25 (October, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#9 (March, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Jason Gorder (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#10 (April, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza & Glenn Herdling (writers), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Kevin Conrad & Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#11 (May, 1994) - Glenn Herdling (writer), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Mark Farmer et al (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#315 (August, 1994) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Roger Cruz (pencils), Dan Green, Joe Rubinstein, Bud LaRosa & Hilary Barta (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#41 (February, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert & Ron Garney (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men Prime#1 (July, 1995) - Scott Lobdell & Fabian Nicieza (writers), Bryan Hitch, Jeff Matsuda, Gary Frank, Mike McKone, Terry Dodson, Ben Herrera & Paul Pelletier (pencils), Mark Farmer, Al Milgrom, P. Craig Russell, Cam Smith, Mark McKenna, Tom Palmer, Tim Townsend & Hector Collazo (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#42 (July, 1995) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Paul Smith (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Heroes for Hire I#16 (October, 1998) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils),Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver#12 (October, 1998) - John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Rich Faber (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver/Heroes For Hire Annual 1998 (October, 1998) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
X-Men Legacy I#225 (August, 2009) - Mike Carey (writer), Phil Briones (pencils & inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
First Posted: 03/26/2016
Last updated: 06/16/2022
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