ASHTON WITHER

Real Name: Ashton Wither

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Arms dealer, terrorist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Mutant Civil Rights Task Force (Paul Duncan, Catherine Gray, Kendall Green, Aaron Kearse)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "You mutie freak" (insult from Paul Duncan)

Base of Operations: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

First Appearance: X-Factor II#2 (July, 2002)

Powers/Abilities: Ashton Wither possessed the mutant ability to degenerate muscle tissue, down to the bone if desired.

Height: Unrevealed (see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed (see comments)
Eyes: Unrevealed, glowing yellow when using powers
Hair: Brown

History: (X-Factor II#2 (fb)) - Posing as arms buyers for a sting operation, FBI agents Kendall Green and Aaron Kearse met with arms dealer Ashton Wither to discuss purchasing rocket launchers. Upon meeting, Green asked if they were alone and Wither replied that Green was making him nervous. Green assured Wither that they only wanted to make sure there would be no surprises before Wither opened his van to reveal it full of prosthetic arms. Thinking Wither was joking with the prosthetic arms, Green and Kearse reminded Wither that they were looking for rocket launchers and not prosthetic arms but Wither responded by saying they weren't looking for arms yet before using his mutant abilities on the two agents' arms. As the agents fell to the ground, Ashton Wither bragged about his power to degenerate muscle tissue in the human body and revealed that he knew they were with the FBI, suggesting that they should have done their intelligence work before confronting Wither. Explaining that his abilities allowed him to work alone, Wither got back in his van and drove off, warning that humans would never catch him and suggesting they both enjoy their new arms.

(X-Factor II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Following Ashton Wither's attack on Kearse and Green, Kendall Green's marriage suffered and his wife ultimately left him while Kearse internalized his anger at Wither and mutants in general. Blaming Wither for his problems, Green developed an unhealthy obsession with avenging himself on Ashton Wither, who was eventually taken into custody in Jersey City by Mutant Civil Rights Task Force agent Paul Duncan. Knowing Green had a grudge against Wither and wishing to weed out the agents he didn't trust within the MCRTF, Duncan turned Ashton Wither over to Kendall Green. Chaining Wither to a wall with power-inhibiting bonds, Green merely stared at Wither for a few days before deciding to take his rage out on Ashton Wither, refusing to kill the former arms dealer.



(X-Factor II#4) - While investigating corruption within the Mutant Civil Rights Task Force, Agents Aaron Kearse and Catherine Gray visited the now-deceased Kendall Green's home, where they eventually stumbled onto Ashton Wither in the basement. Revealing how he had gotten there, Wither asked for death at the hands of Aaron Kearse but Kearse instead used his cybernetic arm to destroy the shackles holding Wither up, admitting that despite wanting Wither, he couldn't go through with murdering him. When Ashton accused Kearse of being a weak, dying species, Agent Paul Duncan arrived by surprisingly agreeing with Wither's remarks. Announcing that there was a bomb heading straight for the X-Men's Xavier Institute intended to start a war between mutants and humans, Duncan pointed a gun at Wither's head while he announced his plans to destroy mutants in the impending war. As he continued his speech, Duncan began to feel intense pain in his feet, followed by his face and hands. Kearse immediately recognized the effect as Ashton Wither's mutant powers and ordered Ashton to stop but Wither mumbled that Duncan was a monster and did not stop using his powers until Paul Duncan was dead. Wither then whispered how he saved Kearse's life before collapsing to the ground.

Comments: Created by Jeff Jensen and Arthur Ranson.

Ashton Wither's height & weight were impossible to approximate, as he was never seen next to anyone whose official height & weight had been given.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Ashton Wither has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
X-Factor II#2, p5, pan1 (Ashton Wither, main image)
X-Factor II#2, p4, pan5 (Ashton Wither, headshot)
X-Factor II#2, p5, pan3 (Ashton Wither using powers)
X-Factor II#4, p10, pan1 (Ashton Wither in power-inhibiting bonds)


Appearances:
X-Factor II#2 (July, 2002) - Jeff Jensen (writer), Arthur Ranson (art), Mark Powers, Andrew Lis (editors)
X-Factor II#4 (October, 2002) - Jeff Jensen (writer), Arthur Ranson (art), Andrew Lis (editor)


Last updated: 01/20/17

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