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STINGER

Real Name: Wendy Sherman

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Professional criminal

Group Membership: None; formerly Alliance of Evil (Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Timeshadow, Tower/Edward Pasternak)

Affiliations: Absorbing Man (Carl Creel), Azimuth, Boomerang (Frederick Myers), Doctor Nemesis (Dr. James Bradley), Magma (Amara Aquila), Dr. Kavita Rao, Scrambler (Kim Il Sung), Sunspot (Roberto Da Costa), Vindaloo (Venkat Katragadda), X-Ray (James Darnell);
formerly Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Genetech, Harness (Erica Benson), Michael Nowlan, Piecemeal (Gilbert Benson)

Enemies: Rusty Collins, Nimrod Sentinels, Freedom Force (Avalanche/Dominic Petros, Blob/Fred J. Dukes, Crimson Commando/Frank Bohannon, Mystique/Raven Darkholme, Pyro/St. John Allerdyce, Spiral/Rita Wayword), Susan Nowlan, Skids (Sally Blevins), X-Factor (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Iceman/Bobby Drake), X-Force (Cable/Nathan Summers, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie, Boom-Boom/Tabitha Smith, "Domino"/Vanessa Carlyle, Feral/Maria Callasantos, Shatterstar/Gaveedra Seven, Warpath/James Proudstar), X-Terminators (Leech, Artie Maddicks, Wiz-Kid/Taki Matsuya)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                  formerly Utopia Island, San Francisco;
                                  formerly Apocalypse's chateau, Southern California;
                                  formerly Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: X-Factor I#5 (June, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: Stinger has the mutant ability to generate and discharge bolts of electricity from her hands. The upper limits and potency of her blasts remains unrevealed, but a single sting can temporarily stun an adult. When supercharged by the mutant power-amplifier Michael Nowlan, her blasts were strong enough to blow up a house, though she was unable to control these enhanced abilities. Wendy hides her insecurities behind the assumed vapid persona of a valley girl.

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: White
Hair: Blonde

History:
(X-Factor I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Wendy Sherman was born and raised in California. After manifesting her mutant powers, she encountered Apocalypse under unrevealed circumstances. Sensing her potential use to his cause, he recruited Sherman into the Alliance of Evil, along with Frenzy, Tower and Timeshadow. Taking the codename Stinger, she and the others were to subtly promote En Sabah Nur's agenda of the survival of the fittest by having mutants fight each other. Their abilities received a frequent boost from Michael Nowlan, a mutant power-amplifier that Apocalypse had captured and forced to work for him. Nowlan's powers had an addictive side affect to them, leaving those he'd enhanced to crave the effects.

(X-Factor I#5) - Stinger and her fellow Alliance members tried to stop Michael Nowlan from escaping Apocalypse's chateau. Stinger was so afraid of going into withdrawal again, she tried to destroy the car Nowlan had commandeered to get away. She was stopped by Timeshadow, who promised her they'd find him again. They eventually tracked down Nowlan's ex-wife Susan (who had been contacted by Michael only for her to call the alleged mutant hunters X-Factor on him instead). The Alliance forced Susan to take them to Nowlan's hideout where they arrived just as he was explaining his origins to X-Factor. Because the Alliance threatened to kill Susan, Nowlan agreed to power up Stinger and the others which gave them the upper hand in their fight against X-Factor. Stinger first fought Iceman, but switched her attention to Angel because she felt he was better looking. She later used her enhanced powers to fight off Iceman after all, when he threatened to take down her teammate Tower. However, even her amplified electrical attacks made her no match for Cyclops' years of combat experience. He had her and Tower on the ropes before Frenzy knocked him out. The Alliance took Nowlan and his wife to see Apocalypse in his chateau.

(X-Factor I#6) - Apocalypse was curious to find out why there were unknown mutants with Nowlan when reports stated the mutant hunting X-Factor agents were actually seen going into Nowlan's hideout. He tasked the Alliance to find out the truth. After Tower threatened to kill his ex-wife, Nowlan revealed what he'd learned: X-Factor was little more than a front for a group of mutants to find and rescue members of their own kind. Nowlan then begged to have some drugs, which the Alliance refused because heroin blocked his power-amplifying abilities. Figuring Nowlan might still be holding back information, Stinger suggested they should beat up Susan to get him to talk. Watching Tower and Stinger threaten the woman he loved kicked Nowlan's mutant powers into overdrive, augmenting the Alliance's abilities to levels far beyond their control. Stinger shot out massive bolts of electricity, culminating in an explosion that destroyed a huge part of the chateau.

(X-Factor I#6 - BTS) - Stinger's explosion caught the attention of X-Factor still in the area looking for Nowlan.

(X-Factor I#6) - With Stinger, Tower and Timeshadow unable to stop Nowlan, it was up to Frenzy to knock him out. Before the fighting mad mutant could do so, Apocalypse arrived from his underground labs to stop the fighting. He had Nowlan placed in the monitor machine he'd been using to control his powers. With the situation once again under control, Apocalypse retreated to his lab with Nowlan. Though he wasn't pleased with the Alliance, he did commend them for furthering his goals through their continued reign of destruction. Later that night, Stinger and the others caught Jean Grey and Angel sneaking up on the chateau. Wendy tried to blast Jean Grey into submission, but she was able to quickly erect a telekinetic force field to protect herself. While Beast snuck inside to free Nowlan, the other X-Factor members engaged the Alliance. The fight was interrupted by Apocalypse who emerged from his labs with Nowlan hooked up to the machine, Susan by his side. Apocalypse forced Nowlan to juice up the Alliance, but when Susan got injured during the fight he got so riled up he broke free from the device's control and started amplifying everyone's powers before dying in the process. Without Nowlan, Apocalypse no longer had an interest in both the Alliance and X-Factor. He departed, telling his former lackeys they should not try to find him anymore. Feeling they couldn't turn in fellow mutants, X-Factor allowed the Alliance to go free. Stinger and the others tried to escape, only to run into the police who immediately arrested them.

(X-Factor I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Following their arrest in California, Stinger and her fellow Alliance members were imprisoned. They were eventually transferred to a facility in the state of New York.

(X-Factor I#33) - Infuriated by the news of the passing of the Mutant Registration Act, the Alliance of Evil broke out of prison and went to New York City to violently protest the act. They ran across TV reporter Trish Tilby and her crew who were reporting on the many unexplained freak incidents plaguing Manhattan (a result of the limbo demons' growing influence). Timeshadow quickly captured Trish, handing the microphone to Frenzy who live on the air explained the Alliance's goal and challenged their old enemies X-Factor to come and fight them. The Alliance learned from a passersby that some members of X-Factor were shopping for clothes nearby, leading Tower to throw a car through the store window to announce their presence. Stinger briefly fought Iceman until she was confronted by Rictor who held her at bay with his vibro powers. The Alliance nevertheless held their own against X-Factor, even tempting the team's youthful ward Rusty Collins to consider joining them since he was already on the run from the law. The tides turned when Cyclops and a newly mutated Beast arrived on the scene. Stinger attacked Rictor and Leech, but Skids' force field shielded them. Wendy was taken out of the fight by Jean Grey who trapped her inside a telekinetic bubble until she passed out. As soon as X-Factor had dealt with the other Alliance members, they were surprised by the arrival of Freedom Force, who had come to take the villains into custody.

(New Mutants Annual I#7 (fb) - BTS) - The Alliance's exploits were noticed by both Cerebro and the time traveling mutant mercenary Cable who analyzed the threat levels of the individual members. He rated Stinger a mere 3, while her teammates Frenzy and Tower had scores of 6 and 7 respectively. Cable felt they were pretty pathetic altogether.

(New Mutants Annual I#7 - BTS) - Eventually, the Alliance of Evil was hired by Genetech (secretly working for AIM) to assist on a special project. They were tasked to protect the mother and son team of Harness and Piecemeal who were traveling around the world to absorb the residual energies that once made up the mutant reality warper Proteus.

(New Mutants Annual I#7) - Piecemeal's senses eventually led Harness and the Alliance to the Saint Simons Academy in Vermont. While mother and son remained in the Alliance's helicopter, parked on the grounds, Tower, Stinger and Frenzy dealt with both the cops and the X-Terminators who had been enrolled at the academy. During the fight, Frenzy ordered Stinger to take down the power dampener Leech from a safe distance with her blasts. Tower smashed Wiz Kid's attack craft while Frenzy knocked out Artie Maddicks. After Piecemeal had absorbed the Proteus energies present, the Alliance continued on.

(New Mutants Annual I#7 - BTS) - The Alliance's attack on the X-Terminators caught the attention of the New Mutants. They vowed to track down the villains.

(New Mutants Annual I#7) - Piecemeal brought Harness and the Alliance to Niagara Falls. Following protocol, the Alliance scared away civilians before Piecemeal was forced to "sniff out" the location of the residual energies. While Piecemeal and Harness went to work, they were unaware X-Force had arrived to take down the Alliance. Jumping from their heli, the mutant teens attacked. Stinger tried to attack Cannonball, unaware he was invulnerable while he was in flight. Cannonball knocked her out while Warpath made short work of Frenzy. Even though most of the Alliance was quickly defeated, X-Force failed to prevent Harness and Piecemeal to escape via the teleport mechanism in her armor. With only Tower left conscious, Cable and Domino decided to interrogate the still giant sized mercenary by pointing their guns at his temples in an attempt to make him talk.

(New Mutants Annual I#7 - BTS) - Scared for his life, Tower told the mutant team all he knew about who had hired the Alliance. This led X-Force to investigate Genetech headquarters. Stinger and the others were arrested by the local police.

(Nation X#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - After serving a lengthy stint in prison, Wendy Sherman was released. With only a handful of gene active mutants left in the world following the Scarlet Witch's global depowering, Wendy decided she was safest with her own kind. That's why she went to live on Utopia, the former Asteroid M now floating in San Francisco bay. However, she had trouble connecting with the other inhabitants of the island, even getting depressed and anxious over the fact everyone seemed convinced they were going to die.

(Nation X#1/3) - In need of comfort and support, she reached out to Iceman who barely recognized her from the time they fought one another. When she told him of her fears, Drake wasn't sensitive to her desperation and cracked wise. She stormed off, with tears in her eyes. The next day, in a bout of sheer desperation, she took Dr. Kavita Rao hostage, threatening to kill her if she didn't get to speak to Iceman. At the same time, she used her electrical powers to hold off the likes of Sunspot, Dr. Nemesis and Magma. When Iceman showed up, they finally had a heart-to-heart, with Wendy admitting she needed to be assured by a hero that everything is going to be okay. Shifting to his human form, Bobby held the sobbing Wendy in his arms and told her just that. Later, they were seen picknicking together on one of Utopia's makeshift beaches.

(New Mutants III#14) - When Utopia Island was cut off from the outside world by Bastion using temporal technology that also drew in lethal Nimrod Sentinels from the future, Cyclops rallied Stinger and all the other mutants living on Utopia. Informing them of their current situation in a rousing speech, Cyclops informed them they all had to pitch in and fight the incoming robotic hordes or die trying.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 - BTS) - When he took over as head of SHIELD, Steve Rogers reviewed and analyzed the X-Men along with their various associates and enemies. In Stinger's case, he noted that he trusted Cyclops would keep her in check.

(Deadpool v Gambit#4 (fb)) - Stinger joined a supervillain support group where he met other superhuman criminals Scrambler (Kim Il Sung), Azimuth, Vindaloo (Venkat Katragadda) and X-Ray (James Darnell).

(Deadpool v Gambit#3) - Scrambler hosted a BBQ-party for his friends: several well-known superhuman criminals like Absorbing Man, Azimuth, Boomerang, Scalphunter, Stinger, Vindaloo and X-Ray. During the party Deadpool and Gambit showed up to get Scrambler. However, seeing the heroes the other superhuman criminals immediately engaged the heroes providing Scrambler with an opportunity to flee the scene. Gambit and Deadpool were unable to follow Scrambler when Fat Cobra suddenly appeared.

Comments: Created by Bob Layton (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils) & Joe Rubinstein (inks).

Stinger is one of those quintessential bit players from the 80s that have popped up over the years in minor roles or cameos. I always felt she could have worked as a member of X-Force, she's basically Boom-Boom with lightning powers. And hey, if her former Alliance of Evil teammate Frenzy could cut it as an X-Man, why not Wendy?

The Alliance of Evil was addicted to the effects of Michael Nowlan's power amplification. When he died, they were carted off to jail where, presumably, they went through one heck of a withdrawal.

Stinger's full name was established in Nation X#1.

Stinger, as part of the Alliance of Evil, received a profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update 89#1.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Stinger should not be confused with:


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Nation X#1, p21, pan3 (main image)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update 89#1,p3, pan3 (Handbook 89)
X-Factor I#5, p19, pans2-3 (stinging Iceman's ego)
New Mutants Annual I#7, p11, pan2 (deemed a class 3 threat by Cable)


Appearances:
X-Factor I#5 (June, 1986) - Bob Layton (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#6 (July, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Jackson Guice (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#33 (October, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walter Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants Annual I#7 (August, 1991) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Guang Yap (pencils), Dan Panosian (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Nation X#1 (February, 2010) - Chris Yost (writer), Michele Bertilorenzi (pencils & inks), Joe Quesada (editor)
New Mutants III#14 (August, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Ibraim Roberson, Lan Medina & Nathan Fox (pencils & inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (February 2011) - Michael Hoskin (headwriter/coordinator), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Deadpool v Gambit I#3 (October, 2016) - Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (writers), Danilo Beyruth (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)
Deadpool v Gambit I#4 (October, 2016) - Ben Acker (writer), Danilo Beyruth (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White, Heather Antos (editors)


Last updated: 07/03/16

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