Real Name: Manoli Wetherell
Occupation: Freelance TV reporter
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Caledonia, Kay Cera, Neal Conan, Valerie Cooper, Emmanuel Da Costa, Bob Edwards, Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Freedom Force (Avalanche/Dominic Petros, Blob/Fred J. Dukes, Crimson Commando/Frank Bohannon, Destiny/Irene Adler, Mystique/Raven Darkholme, Pyro/St. John Allerdyce, Spiral/Rita Wayword), Suzanne Gaffney, Lucas Hamilton, Moira MacTaggert, Dr. David Moreau, Alyssa Moy, Paint, Madelyne Pryor, Puppy, Franklin Richards, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Colonel Alexei Vazhin, Evangeline Whedon, X-Men (Lucas Bishop, Colossus/Peter Rasputin, Dazzler/Alison Blaire, Longshot, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Rogue/Anna Marie, Sage, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Enemies: Adversary, Paul D'Antoni, Spikes (Cutter, Dervish, Porous and unnamed others)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Manol" (nickname used by Neal Conan)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Valle Soleada, California;
formerly French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana;
formerly Tribeca, New York City, New York
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#226
Powers/Abilities: Manoli Wetherell possesses no known superhuman abilities. A skilled reporter, TV journalist and camera operator, she has dedicated most of her career to covering issues involving metahumans following a chance encounter with the X-Men. Wetherell doesn't scare easily and is proficient in the use of handguns, nunchucks, knives and throwing stars. Manoli wears glasses.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Blonde (see comments)
(Uncanny X-Men I#226 (fb) - BTS) - Manoli Wetherell worked as a freelance journalist, TV reporter and camera operator, forming a two person newsteam with fellow reporter Neal Conan. They traveled the world, covering all sorts of topical news stories.
(X-Treme X-Men X-Pose#1 (fb) - BTS) - Manoli's work brought her into contact with many influential people, including colonel Alexei Vazhin of the KGB.
(Uncanny X-Men I#226) - Manoli and Neal drove to Dallas, Texas to cover the unusual activity in the city for NPR (which was caused by the Adversary). On the way there, at three in the morning, they were caught in a freak snowstorm even though it was the middle of summer. Their rental car was useless without snowtires, forcing them to continue on foot. When they spotted a tear in the sky that lit up the downtown area as if it were midday, they figured the story was there. On the way there, they noticed there weren't any people around. Some time later, they came across a crashed remote video van. Fascinated by the advanced, futuristic equipment, Manoli realized she could probably use it to plug their feed into satellites and broadcast their report around the world. Just then, they were attacked by a barbarian (the Adversary's magic had caused dimensional and temporal anomalies). Manoli saved Neal by emptying her gun, cursing "stinking muties" under her breath because she'd had a feeling they were involved. They took the van out to cover the events, with Manoli handling the controls and Conan out on the roof filming a fight between the X-Men, Freedom Force and a group of time-displaced warriors. To her amazement, Manoli realized her feed was being seen across the planet. After the fight, they followed Freedom Force to Eagle Plaza where Manoli interviewed the group's leader Mystique who tried to assure the public the situation was well in hand. Manoli then grilled her about working with known outlaws like the X-Men. Furious, Havok went on camera to set the record straight: the X-Men had always been fighting the good fight. After all, if they were really crooks, why would they be risking their lives now? Manoli and Neal kept covering the X-Men, live broadcasting their decision to enter Eagle Plaza despite FF's blind precog Destiny warning them anyone inside the building come morning would die. With tears in her eyes, Manoli watched the X-Men depart. Just then, with Neal still inside the building, the Adversary showed himself causing Eagle Plaza to explode.
(Uncanny X-Men I#227) - The Crimson Commando had to restrain Manoli, who wanted to rush into the burning building to get Neal. He assured her both Neal and the X-Men were beyond their help. Just then, Pyro spotted the feed coming in on the van's monitors. Neal was still filming what was happening to the X-Men. Manoli improved the reception of the footage, amazed that she was receiving both video and sound from wherever the X-Men now happened to be at. In the end, she watched with Freedom Force in her van how Neal filmed the X-Men's fight against the Adversary and their decision to sacrifice their lives to stop him. She made sure the world watched the X-Men's sacrifice as Forge used Cheyenne magic to take their souls, plus their friend Madelyne Pryor, to end the entity's evil. She was happily reunited with her partner in the aftermath, ensuring him that the whole world saw what he'd seen.
(Uncanny X-Men I#271) - Hosting NPR's All things considered news show, Manoli reported on the international incident caused by Genosha after their Magistrates abducted the X-Man Storm and several of the New Mutants. She later hosted a panel discussion between Genosha's Genegineer Dr. David Moreau and Dr. Moira MacTaggert about the matter. Raising the point that the mutants captured and sentenced to death were little more than children, Manoli sat back and watched as Moreau and MacTaggert hacked into each other. Moira (influenced by the Shadow King) was especially belligerent because her ward Rahne Sinclair was among the prisoners. Manoli eventually got to ask Moreau if he'd considered Genosha's actions might provoke a counterattack from adult mutants. Moreau replied that this was exactly the reason why Genoshan officials wanted to make a stand: to show they wouldn't bow to the threat of mutant retaliation.
(Uncanny X-Men I#272) - Manoli took to the streets of New York to hear how people felt about the continuing Genoshan crisis. She spoke with Emmanuel Da Costa, Reed Richards, Jennifer Walters, Suzanne Gaffney and Lucas Hamilton, among others.
(Fantastic Four III#9) - Partnering with her pal Neal Conan, Manoli was assigned to film a documentary for NPR-TV on an average day in the life of the Fantastic Four. Mr. Fantastic had okayed the request, but forgot to clear it with the others. That's why Susan Richards was shocked and outraged when Neal and Manoli showed up early on a sunny Sunday morning at the team's Pier Four headquarters. Sue slammed the door shut and could be heard yelling at Reed from the inside. Moments later, a smiling Johnny Storm opened the door again and invited them inside. However, Neal and Manoli immediately set off the security alarm, causing Johnny to flame on and the Thing to show up. Asked if they were carrying any weapons, an embarrassed Manoli emptied her bag and produced several handguns, brass knuckles, throwing stars and a pair of nunchucks. Thing looked on in amazement, while Neal explained they used to hang out with the X-Men. Over the course of the day, Manoli and Neal interviewed the four heroes, watched them interact with young Franklin and were present when fate brought surprising visitors like fashion designer Kay Cera, Spider-Man, Caledonia and Alyssa Moy. Manoli was especially pleased to meet the latter, gushing that she had Moy components in just about all her hardware. At the end of the day, Neal and Manoli witnessed how Johnny brought a giant, teleporting puppy dog home for Franklin to keep as a pet.
(Fantastic Four III#11 - BTS) - When Reed Richards was kidnapped by the Genoshan Press Gang, a recent report filed by Manoli Wetherell on the island nation brought the FF up to speed on the current situation.
(Fantastic Four III#27) - Hosting NPR-TV's World
Edition, Manoli covered the diverse reactions to the announced
wedding of Doctor Doom and the Invisible Woman. Later, she hosted a live
broadcast off the wedding along with Neal Conan and Bob Edwards.
(X-Treme X-Men Xpose#1) - Working for documentary series Spotlight, Neal and Manoli pitched an idea for a story on mutants in the aftermath of Charles Xavier outing himself as a mutant and opening his school to mutants. They wanted to do an impartial piece on the X-Men, but their new, ratings hungry executive producer Paul D'Antoni overruled them. He insisted the report should focus on glamour, dirt and headlines grabbing revelations. Shocked and disgusted by this exploitative approach, Neal and Manoli decided to stick to their, according to Paul, "old-school, flat journalism" ways and do the piece as they saw fit. Working from Neal's Tribeca apartment, they contacted several sources to get a lead on the X-Men's location. After checking in with the likes of Alistaire Stuart, Valerie Cooper, Manoli's old associate Colonel Vazhin and Dr. Maria Cortes it still took them a week to find out some of the X-Men were in New Orleans. Traveling there, they met with Wolverine who was overseeing the physical therapy of Storm (who was left paralyzed following a recent mission in Madripoor). Manoli worked the camera as Neal interviewed the X-Men's leader, even though she admitted to finding it difficult to see Storm in a wheelchair because she always felt the windrider was invulnerable. After the interview, Storm set up a meeting for Neal and Manoli with the other X-Men currently staying at Rogue's house in Valle Soleada, California. The reporters watch Sage and Bishop windsurf for the better part of the day, enjoying the pleasures of the beach alongside them. Later, they conduct an interview over coffee which is interrupted when a band of mutant thugs calling themselves Spikes (including Cutter, Dervish and Porous) arrive to cause trouble. Unaware of the X-Men sitting at their table, the youths call Neal, Manoli and the others 'statics' as they pass by. Sage explains that the word is a slur against non-mutants even as the police drives by to deal with the "Spikes". Bishop and Sage intervene when the mutants hurt the officers. Taping the entire altercation, Manoli and Neal interview the cops who proclaim that they hope "the muties slaughter each other. It's like the wild west on a global scale. The old rules don't apply". Later, Sage went on camera to proclaim a pro-mutant message.
(X-Treme X-Men X-Pose#1 - BTS) - After reviewing a rough cut of Manoli and Neal's footage, D'Antoni decided to edit the piece, excluding Sage's message of inclusion to give the whole a decidedly negative slant so the audience would be scared. After all, "mutants as our friends" wasn't a sexy, ratings gathering message.
(X-Treme X-Men X-Pose#2) - Neal and Manoli continued their reporting from Vale Soleada, doing interviews in a biker bar frequented by mutants and humans alike. They interviewed the tattoo generating mutant Paint among others when they recognized the recently depowered Rogue and Gambit in the bar. At first, Rogue refused an interview because she didn't want to be the public face of mutantdom. But after a run in with the Spikes, who treated her like a lowly Static before she taught them a lesson, she decided to step up to the plate and do the interview with Neal and Manoli anyway. However, by then they'd received word of D'Antoni's handiwork in manipulating their footage.
(X-Treme X-Men X-Pose#2 - BTS) - When Neal and Manoli were unable to stop D'Antoni, the X-Men stepped in. Rogue called Archangel (Warren Worthington) who used his business connections to shut down the story and even got D'Antoni fired.
(X-Treme X-Men I#25) - When evidence linked the X-Men to the crash of Justice Department transport carrying the renowned mutant-hating reverend William Stryker, Manoli reported on the story for WEB News outside the Xavier Institute. Later that day Manoli was seen interviewing Evangeline Whedon a founding member of the Mutant Rights League.
(X-Treme X-Men I#33) - Manoli reported on the trial of mutant hating, failed suicide bomber Marie D'Ancanto.
(X-Treme X-Men I#46) - After "Magneto" (Kuan-Yin Xorn) devastated most of Manhattan in a futile attempt to take over the world, Manoli, Neal Conan and Bob Edwards were on hand to report on the aftermath.
(Uncanny X-Men I#459) - When a Hauk'ka controlled Rachel Grey forcibly supercharged Storm's powers, the world's weather patterns turned violent and destructive. Unaware of the cause, Manoli Wetherell covered the implications of the numerous hyperstorms for World Report. She showed footage of the Egyptian pyramids pounded by freak blizzards and mentioned the impact the global meteorological event had on all seven continents.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Marc
Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks)
Manoli Wetherell, ladies and gentlemen... Because Trish Tilby can't cover ALL the news.
Manoli had roughly as many different haircolors as appearances to date. She started out blonde in Uncanny X-Men I#271, then later that same issue she suddenly had patches of reddish hair. Over the years she's been anything from a brunette to a ginger. It's safe to assume she regularly dies her hair.
On an unrelated sidenote "X-Treme X-Men X-Pose" has to be one of the most ludicrous titles for a comic book that earnestly tried to tackle the negative sociological impact of for-profit journalism in the 24/7 newscycle.
Profile by Norvo.
Manoli Wetherell should not be confused with:
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X-Treme X-Men X-Pose#1, p7, pan2 (main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#226, p20, pans3&4 (interviewing Mystique)
Uncanny X-Men I#271, p15, pan1 (hosts All Things Considered)
Fantastic Four III#9, p7, pans4,5,6,7 (concealed weapons)
X-Treme X-Men X-Pose#2, p19, pan5 (doubts Rogue)
X-Treme X-Men I#25, p16, pan2 (outside the Xavier Institute)
Uncanny X-Men I#459, p1, pan1 (covering the weather)
Uncanny X-Men I#226 (February, 1988) - Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), An Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#227 (March, 1988) - Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#271 (December, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#272 (January, 1991) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Fantastic Four III#9 (September, 1998) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Fantastic Four III#11 (November, 1998) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Fantastic Four III#27 (March, 2000) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Treme X-Pose#1 (January, 2003) - Chris Claremont (writer), Arthur Ranson (pencils & inks), Andrew Lis (editor)
X-Treme X-Pose#2 (February, 2003) - Chris Claremont (writer), Arthur Ranson (pencils & inks), Andrew Lis (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#25 (July, 2003) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mike Raicht (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#33 (December, 2003) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Treme X-Men I#46 (June, 2004) - Chris Claremont (writer), Igor Kordey (pencils), Scott Adams, Andrew Pepoy & Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#459 (July, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mik Marts (editor)
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