Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: Dark Riders (Deadbolt, Gauntlet, Harddrive, Hurricane, Psynapse, Spyne, Tusk)

Affiliations: Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Genesis (Tyler Dayspring), Stryfe (Nathan Summers);
formerly Foxbat

Enemies: Cable (Nathan Summers), Caliban, Marc Dale, Caliban, Inhumans (Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystal Amaquelin, Gorgon/Gorgon Petragon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa/Medusalith Amaquelin, Triton), Mesmero (Vincent), Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey of Earth-9575), Ship/Professor, Sister Salvation, X-Factor (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Henry McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Havok/Alex Summers, Iceman/Robert Drake, Polaris/Lorna Dane), X-Force (Cannonball/Sam Guthrie), X-Man (Nate Grey), X-Men (Bishop/Lucas Bishop, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Elixir/Josh Foley, Jean Grey, M/Monet St. Croix, Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Sabretooth/Victor Creed, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Triage/Christopher Muse, Wolverine/James Howlett), Shen Xorn

Known Relatives: Connections to the Inhuman Royal Family, but no specific relationships identified

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Egypt

First Appearance: X-Factor I#65 (April, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Barrage is an Inhuman and he likely underwent Terrigenesis, then his powers were altered and expanded by Apocalypse. It is unknown which parts of his powers were directly related to the Terrigenesis. With yellow skin and purple hair, Barrage possessed guns in place of his arms, from which he can fire powerful and deadly energy blasts.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Variable
Hair: Purple

(X-Factor I#67 (fb) - BTS) - Apocalypse attacked Attilan, on the Blue Area of the Moon, and captured several Inhumans, who were connected to the Royal Family, including Barrage, and began experimenting on them. He corrupted his captives, enhancing their powers, and christening them his Riders of the Storm, or Dark Riders, as he continued raiding Attilan.

(X-Factor I#65) - The Dark Riders each assessed the threat of the five members of X-Factor as Apocalypse praised them while counseling them to take the mutant threat seriously. Harddrive piloted a ship and crashed it into X-Factor's headquarters, where the Dark Riders savagely attacked the mutants. During the fight, Cyclops fired an optic blast at Barrage and Gauntlet. Harddrive put an infection into the Celestial ship, initiating a shut-down procedure.

(X-Factor I#66) - The Dark Riders kidnapped baby Nathan Summers, evaded the time-traveling Askani, and destroyed Ship before teleporting away.

(X-Factor I#68) - As X-Factor rushed in to attack Apocalypse and save baby Nathan, Tusk, Barrage, and Gauntlet fought back. X-Factor was briefly overwhelmed when Apocalypse turned Medusa and Crystal against them, as well as his other corrupted Inhumans, but the mutants and Royal Family soon turned the tide against Apocalypse's forces. In the end, Apocalypse was defeated and baby Nathan, who was infected with a techno-organic virus, was taken into the future by the Askani to be raised.

(X-Men II#14) - The Dark Riders awakened Apocalypse from his tomb in Egypt. Though their leader stated it was too soon for him to be awakened, he listened with reason after hearing that Mr. Sinister had kidnapped Cyclops and Jean Grey.

(X-Men II#15) - Stryfe attacked the Dark Riders, disposing of them with little effort. Stryfe then forced Apocalypse to combat.

(X-Force I#17) - After Stryfe bested Apocalypse in combat, the Dark Riders agreed to follow a new leader.

(Uncanny X-Men I#296 (fb) - BTS) - Stryfe took the Dark Riders back to his base on the Moon.

(Uncanny X-Men I#296) - Cyclops and Jean Grey escaped from Stryfe's captivity, and the Dark Riders went after them, but they saved baby Nathan and escaped into orbit.

(X-Factor I#86) - On the Moon, the Dark Riders prepared to fight the X-Men.

(X-Men II#16) - The Dark Riders and Apocalypse's soldiers stood against Wolverine, Cable, and Bishop. During the fight, Barrage hit Wolverine with a heavy blast, severely wounding him, then Apocalypse, Storm, Havok, Polaris, Cannonball, Iceman, Archangel, and Psylocke joined the fight, turning their aggression toward Stryfe and his aide, Zero. As the battle wound down, the Dark Riders stood united against a weakened Apocalypse.

(X-Force I#18 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders left a dying Apocalypse on the Moon.

(X-Men II#21 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders chose to continue Apocalypse's mission of culling weak mutants.

(X-Men II#21) - The Dark Riders (Gauntlet, Tusk, Barrage, Foxbat, Psynapse) hunted down Mesmero in Seattle. Mesmero hypnotized Psynapse, who began hitting the others with psychic attacks, but Gauntlet was immune and he shot Mesmero. As Psynapse coughed, Gauntlet turned his gun on him, considering him weak, and Psynapse was killed.

(Alpha Flight II#4 (fb) ) - Mesmero took control of the minds of the Dark Riders to make them believe he was really dead.

(X-Men II#23) - The Dark Riders went to Alaska to hunt down Mr. Sinister and Cyclops. When Mr. Sinister was able to best Foxbat and Barrage in combat, the Riders recognized his superiority and acknowledged him as worthy. Sinister then departed, telling the Riders to challenge Cyclops, but warned them not to harm him too badly. The Riders battled Cyclops for fifteen minutes and the hero managed to hold his own, then Harddrive appeared, saying Cyclops had passed the fight and been deemed worthy. The Dark Riders were teleported away.

(Cable II#19 (fb) - BTS) - The time-travelling Genesis (Tyler Dayspring) took over the Dark Riders, adding mutants Lifeforce, Hurricane, Spyne, and Deadbolt to the team.

(Cable II#17) - The Dark Riders hunted Caliban in the Morlock Tunnels, and they found a team of X-Men (Cable, Domino, Storm) there. During the fight, Barrage was hit with a concussive blast. Soon, Harddrive teleported the Dark Riders away, promising Gauntlet that he would be punished for engaging in battle with Cable against orders.

(Cable II#18) - In Egypt, Cable, Domino, Storm, and Caliban began battling the Dark Riders. Barrage, wearing goggles, savagely attacked Cable, who blasted him back with telekinesis. Harddrive teleported the Riders away instead. The mutants pursued them back to the destroyed city of Akkaba, where Genesis was revealed as the leader of the Dark Riders.

(Cable II#19) - The Dark Riders battled the mutants until Harddrive teleported them all away, leaving Storm, Domino, and Caliban behind. Genesis put Cable in stasis. Cable's allies soon attacked, taking down the Riders one at a time. As the base exploded around them, Genesis had Harddrive teleport them all away at the last moment.

(X-Man#46 (fb) - BTS) - Stryfe took control of the original Dark Riders including Gauntlet, Barrage, Harddrive, Tusk, and Psynapse.

(X-Man#46) - Stryfe landed a pyramid spaceship in Latveria, and ordered the Dark Riders to attack the populace, wanting to establish himself a stronghold there. X-Man and Madelyne Pryor attacked, taking down the Riders. Harddrive (with the android Mainframe) and Barrage teleported to Alaska to kill Jean Grey, but Madelyne went after them, easily downing Barrage with a mental attack.


(Uncanny X-Men IV#3 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders reformed (somehow resurrecting some of their own members) and sought to pursue their mission of culling the weak from the strong. Learning that M-Pox was killing mutants, they sought to kill mutant healers so that the mutants could truly be tested and only the strong would survive. The Dark Riders successfully assassinated Marc Dale, Sister Salvation and an unidentified mutant with a "healing voice".

(Uncanny X-Men IV#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Riders hunted down mutant healers Sister Salvation and Marc Dale, among others.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#2) - Barrage, Spyne, Gauntlet, Psynapse, and Deadbolt hunted down Elixir in a hospital, but found Sabretooth and M of the X-Men there. Barrage opened fire on the crowd, killing many civilians before M knocked him aside. When Elixir healed the civilians, Gauntlet shot and killed the mutant, then Psynapse blocked them out telepathically from the X-Men and the Dark Riders escaped.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#3) - Harddrive teleported Barrage and Hurricane to Seattle to kill the mutant Triage, but Magneto and Psylocke were there to defend him. Magneto ripped Harddrive's tech to shreds, and Harddrive swiftly teleported the others away.

(Uncanny X-Men IV#4) - In Tibet, Harddrive, Barrage, and Deadbolt hunted down Xorn, but when Barrage shot him in the head, a huge energy discharge exploded, and Harddrive rushed to teleport the others out, but Barrage was killed.

Comments: Created by Jim Lee, Chris Claremont, Whilce Portacio & Art Thibert.

His eyes changed constantly throughout his appearances. Solid red, solid white, solid yellow or actual pupils of an unknown color.

Profile by Chadman.

Barrage has no known connections to:

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Uncanny X-Men IV#2, p15, pan3 (main)
X-Factor I#65, p5, pan4 (first appearance)
X-Factor I#68, p3 (pink energy)
Uncanny X-Men I#296, p19, pan2 (purple energy)
X-Men II#23, p18, pan1 (green energy)
Cable II#18, p11, pan3 (with goggles)

X-Factor I#65-68 (April-July, 1991) - Jim Lee, Chris Claremont (writers), Whilce Portacio (penciler), Art Thibert (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#14 (November, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Force I#17 (December, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Harry Candelario (inker), Bob Harras (Editor)
X-Men II#15 (December, 1992) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#296 (January, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Brandon Peterson (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#86 (January, 1993) - Peter David (writer), Jae Lee (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
X-Men II#16 (January, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#21 (June, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Brandon Peterson (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#23 (August, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#17 (November, 1994) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Mike Sellers, Matt Ryan, Kevin Dvorak (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#18 (December, 1994) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Mike Sellers, Matt Ryan, Hillary Barta, John Lowe (editor), Ken Branch , W.C. Carani (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Cable II#19 (January, 1995) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Mike Sellers, Kevin Conrad (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Alpha Flight II#4 (November, 1997) - Steve Seagle (writer), Scott Clark, Martin Egeland (pencilers), Chris Carlson, Howard Shum (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#46 (December, 1998) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), J.H. Williams III (penciler), Mick Gray (inker), Glenn Greenberg (editor)
Uncanny X-Men IV#2-4 (February-May, 2016) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)

First Posted: 07/26/2020
Last updated: 07/26/2020

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