Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-928;
circa 2099 AD) technology user; presumed human mutant or mutate
Group Membership: Formerly the Lawless (Auntie Maim, Broken Haiku, Junkpile, Reverend, Victor Ten Eagles, Xi'an Chi Xan)
Affiliations: Krystalin (Krys Porter Ogada), la Lunatica, Krystalin Skullfire (Timothy Fitzgerald), Tornado triplets
Enemies: Elders of New Hope (including Beaumont), Foolkillers, Foolkiller (Gideon), Shiv, Trash
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Overbearing, flea-bitten redneck" (derogatory term used by Auntie Maim)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Unicelco facility in the industrial zone of Halo City, California
First Appearance: (Lawless mentioned) X-Men 2099#6 (March, 1994);
(Mongrel seen and identified) X-Men 2099#32 (May, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: Mongrel had unspecified abilities, presumably involving animalistic/feral abilities, such as his sharp claws and teeth.
He likely had some degree of superhuman strength (he was never seen to use his strength, but he couldn't break multiple chains wrapped around his chest (but they may or may not have been stronger than normal chain).
He may or may not have had enhanced senses (but he never heard Foolkiller coming to ambush him).
Though badly burned, he survived being caught in the exhaust of an Aeroglide jetcycle.
It is unrevealed whether he has/had superhuman healing and/or any other abilities.
His preferred method of travel was his Boeing Aeroglide.
He was experienced with using a hand-blaster.
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 270 lbs.)
Eyes: Red irides on yellow sclera
Hair: Blue (graying)
(X-Men 2099#6 (fb) - BTS / X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS) - Mongrel was a member of the Lawless, a group of desert outlaws in the American mid-west.
(X-Men 2099#33 (fb) - BTS) <2094 - five years before the main story> - The Lawless (Auntie Maim, Broken Haiku, Junkpile, Mongrel, Reverend, Victor Ten Eagles, Xi'an Chi Xan) came to New Hope, Texas, unaware that it was run by a group of fundamentalist zealot elders.
(X-Men 2099#33 (fb)) - The Lawless ran over street mines set by the elders to prevent unwanted intruders, after which they ambushed by the town's inquisition, whose executioners were super-soliders known as Foolkillers.
(X-Men 2099#33 (fb)) - For two days, the Lawless were subjected to a variety of subtle and unsubtle tortures designed to convert them.
Broken Haiku eventually hacked into the Foolkillers' computers and shut off the tranquilizer feed that was keeping the Lawless sedated.
(X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS / X-Men 2099#33 (fb)) - The Lawless fought their way through the Foolkillers but found the rest of New Hope was willing to fight to the last man to stop them.
(X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS) - After "one very long, very bloody afternoon," New Hope was burned to the ground.
The Lawless slew every man, woman, and child in town.
(X-Men 2099#32 (fb)) - When injured elder Beaumont warned that the Lawless could not escape their judgment, Xi'an punched Beaumont and then angrily kicked the fallen Beaumont. Mongrel agreed with Broken Haiku when she advised him to stop, noting there was no sense kicking a dead horse (apparently indicating he perished as well). Xi'an then led the Lawless out of New Hope.
X-Men 2099#33 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknownst to the Deep in the long sleep of the Revival Chamber, Gideon survived.
(X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS) - The Lawless broke up.(X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS) - Mongrel continued to have nightmares about what the people of New Hope did to them.
(X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS) - Victor and Xi'an contacted Auntie Maim and Mongrel and arranged to meet them at a Halo City polyclinic based out of an old church in which Xi'an used his healing powers to try to atone for his past misdeeds.
(X-Men 2099#32) - En route to a meeting with the remaining Lawless at a church, Mongrel's "butt-ugly rustbucket" skycycle was mocked by Trash and Shiv. Noting that Seattle had only made 500 Boeing Aeroglides before the '61 flood and that it had taken him years to rebuild it, Mongrel advised them that if he thought they could even scratch its paint, he would have to kill them both. Kicking its turbo-charged charged engines on, Mongrel told them they were lucky he had pressing business elsewhere, and he advised them that if they wanted to fly, they shouldn't play chicken with eagles.
Arriving at the church, Mongrel greeted Auntie Maim, Victor, and Xi'an, noting that he had never thought he would see any of them again, not together, and definitely not in a church.
After Mongrel noted that it broke his heart to see Xi'an having found religion and no-longer being a rabble rouser, Auntie Maim told him he was still the same "overbearing, flea-bitten redneck" he had always been. Replying, "if it ain't broke, why fix it?" Mongrel also told her it was reassuring to know she still cared.
Victor then shared what he knew about Foolkiller's apparent murder on the Reverend, and the attack on himself, which had cost him his right arm. Mongrel then asked how they knew Foolkiller would find them there, and Maim noted that they had found the dead body of a young mutant (Remo) with Fool written in blood on his body. When Mongrel followed up by wondering why Xi'an hadn't called his X-Men allies if he had wanted back-up, but Xi'an explained that this was about the Lawless and didn't concern the X-Men. Mongrel then noted that they were only missing Junkpile and Haiku, but Xi'an shared how Junkpile had gone missing and the possible murder/destruction of Broken Haiku at Foolkiller's hands.
Shocked that they were hiding out like scared little kids, Mongrel reminded the others they had handled everything New Hope had given them, including a number of Foolkillers.
When Xi'an lamented how they had answered atrocity with atrocity, Mongrel considered him a whiny pacifist, noting that he had respected the previously viscious Xi'an before. Agreeing, Auntie Maim wondered if they could trust each other in battle and if they weren't better off on their own.
Victor countered that they owed it to the Reverend and possibly Broken Haiku to nail this Foolkiller. When Xi'an figured the Foolkiller was smart enough not to take on all of them at once and that they needed to draw him out, Mongrel wondered who would act as bait; ultimately Xi'an was chosen.
As Xi'an stood outside the church, Auntie Maim watched from atop the Darkholme building, Mongrel from across the street, and Victor from a ledge on another building.
(X-Men 2099#32 - BTS) - Xi'an, Victor and Auntie Maim were distracted by Horace Pogue, a man with a weak heart wishing Xi'an's healing touch
(X-Men 2099#32 (fb) - BTS) - Mongrel didn't hear Foolkiller's approach, and - -while the others were distracted -- Foolkiller ambushed him, wrapped him in chains, and dragged him behind the Aeroglide.
(X-Men 2099#32) - With Mongrel in tow as he drove his Aeroglide on the streets, Foolkiller confronted the others, noting that he was there to see that the judgment of the elders was upheld. Xi'an jumped and grabbed the chains holding Mongrel, who asked his "brother" to free him; however, Xi'an caught the chains in his healing right hand, and as the Aeroglide continued speeding onward, he couldn't get his destructive left hand on them. The pair whipping around blocked Auntie Maim's shot at Foolkiller, and as Victor rushed toward them, Foolkiller took to the air. Realizing Foolkiller knew how to operate the aeroglide, Mongrel urged Xi'an to let go before Foolkiller shifted into turbo and char-broiled them both. Xi'an let go just in time, but Mongrel was covered in flames and screamed in agony as Foolkiller flew away, promising to return for the others.
(X-Men 2099#32 - BTS) - Knowing Foolkiller wouldn't leave Halo City as long as the other Lawless members were there, Xi'an told the others they would find Foolkiller, after which, "...it's judgment day, Lawless style."(X-Men 2099#33) - Badly burnt but surviving, in chains, suspended upside down from the ceiling in the Unicelco building that Foolkiller had commandeered, Mongrel listened to Foolkiller's reviewing his own history. When Mongrel asked why Foolkiller hadn't killed him yet, Foolkiller explained that he was bait that would summon the others. Mongrel asked Foolkiller to shut up, as he could live with his severe burns, but could not tolerate the sound of Foolkiller's voice, or his misrepresentation of New Hope's psychopaths. Foolkiller threatened to kill him immediately, and Mongrel encouraged him to do so, but they were interrupted by the arrival of Auntie Maim, Victor, and Xi'an.
(X-Men 2099#33) - As the others regrouped, Foolkiller revealed that he had a omnium bomb built into his own chest and that he would kill the Lawless even if it meant his own death. Xi'an -- having been their leader -- took responsibility for the Lawless' actions and tried to convince Foolkiller to let the others go. Foolkiller refused to negotiate, but Skullfire and la Lunatica further assaulted/distracted Foolkiller,
Xi'an sent everyone else out, with Lunatica carrying Mongrel, who warned that Foolkiller was a mad dog that needed to be put down.
(X-Men 2099#33 - BTS) - Xi'an tried to convince Foolkiller to turn away from the violent life the elders of New Hope had given him, but Foolkiller detonated the bomb anyway.
(X-Men 2099#34) - <Days later> - Combing the ruins of Unicelco to see if Foolkiller might have survived, Xi'an and Victor found his skull, his flesh having been consumed by the facility's industrial solvents.
Comments: Created by John Francis Moore, Jan Duursema, and Scott Koblish.
I don't know why the ending to #33 was glossed over. We just see the survivors later, but it is never shown how Xi'an or anyone else got away.
For that matter, even though Mongrel was already badly injured, he could have survived the explosion, as he was a lot farther away than Xi'an, who also survived; plus, he's got feral powers, which often seem to include enhanced healing.
Even if Mongrel didn't have healing powers, Xi'an could have healed him once the threat of the Foolkiller was out of the way.
He kind of looks like the child of Beast (Hank McCoy) and Feral (Maria Callasantos).
He liked to call others "Ol' son."
Profile by Snood.
Mongrel should be distinguished from:
Seattle only made 500 Boeing Aeroglides before the '61 flood
It took Mongrel years to rebuild his
(X-Men 2099#32) - En route to a meeting with the remaining Lawless at a church, Mongrel's "butt-ugly rustbucket" skycycle was mocked by Trash and Shiv.
Noting that Seattle had only made 500 Boeing Aeroglides before the '61 flood and that it had taken him years to rebuild it, Mongrel advised them that if he thought they could even scratch its paint, he would have to kill them both. Kicking its turbo-charged charged engines on, Mongrel told them they were lucky he had pressing business elsewhere.
Foolkiller subsequently ambushed Mongrel, stole his Aeroglide, dragged Mongrel in chains behind, and ultimately badly burnt him with the Aeroglide's turbo-engines. Foolkiller used the skycycle to take Mongrel to his base at Unicelco.--X-Men 2099#32
images: (without ads)
X-Men 2099#32, pg. 5, panel 1 & 2 (Mongrel on Aeroglide with close-up of face);
pg. 4 (oblique upper body, showing hair);
pg. 16, panel 1 (full);
panel 2 (face, scowl);
pg. 22, panel 3 (burnt)
X-Men 2099#6 (March, 1994) - John Francis Moore (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), James Sanders III (inker), Joey Cavalieri (editor)
X-Men 2099#31 (April, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Harry Candelario (inker), Joey Cavalieri (editor)
X-Men 2099#32-33 (May-June, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jan Duursema (penciler), Scott Koblish (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Men 2099#34 (July, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jan Duursema (penciler), Rob Hunter & Paul Neary (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
First Posted: 02/26/2018
Last updated: 02/26/2018
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