Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (unidentified insectoid race)
Occupation: Mercenary, salvage/junker, warrior
Affiliations: Glitter, Jat Vor-Thrul;
Enemies: Danger, Friendless, Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Sovel Redhand, Charles Xavier (aka Professor X), Friendless-controlled Shi'ar soldiers and Grad Nan Holt aboard the Gul Damar space station;
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: None identified
Base of Operations: Last seen on the Gul Damar space station outside Earth orbit (and formerly on the station in the Shi'ar galaxy);
First Appearance: X-Men: Legacy#220 (March, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: A bilaterally symmetric insectoid extraterrestrial, Horse possesses a dense carapace and six arms (see comments).
He at least formerly had two pairs of wings that retracted onto his
back possibly under protective shielding (like a ladybug).
He, at least formerly, has/had numerous spikey
projections from his back and shoulders, plus spikes on his arms, as
well as fimbriae-like projections from his mandibles. He appears to
have armored plates over his shoulders. He has four fingers and a thumb
on each hand, and he has two toes on each foot.
Horse is superhumanly strong, although he has not
been shown in combat against known beings of superhuman strength, so
his strength is difficult to gauge. I would think he is likely able to
lift between 10-25 tons, possibly more (or less). His most clearly
impressive feat was shoving a massive i-beam through a Sentinel's head,
His carapace is durable, able to stand up to
conventional assaults, and only minimally stunned by a Grad Nan Holt
ion grenade, followed in rapid succession by a pyro bomb, etc.
Horse is intelligent, although single-minded obsession with his happy pills or lethargy from withdrawal sometimes affects his reasoning, the former often leading to furious assaults and ranting. Among the things of which is he is ignorant of is the concept of directional arrows indicating "up" or "down."
He at least formerly suffered from addiction to
"happy pills" (presumably some sort of narcotic or other addictive,
euphoria-inducing drug). Desperation to obtain this drug could motivate
him to phenomenal feats of strength, while lethargy from withdrawal
sometimes virtually incapacitated him. Following tertiary withdrawal,
he MAY have overcome this addiction.
Horse typically uses a- belt and/or shoulder
strap with numerous storage pouches. It wasn't shown what his pouches
contained, although, he likely would have wanted to fill them with
Like his teammates/co-workers, Glitter apparently could activate some type of psi-shield to protect him from telepathic intrusion.
Like his teammates/co-workers, Glitter's goals were self-preservation first and profit second, and he was generally reluctant to risk his life for others unless there was some profit in it.Height: Unrevealed (approximately 9')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 950 lbs.)
Eyes: Solid yellow (glowing?)
Hair: None on head. Apparent sensory hairs on shoulders/back
History: Horse is apparently a native of an unspecified extraterrestrial insectoid race.
(X-Men: Legacy#220 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Horse joined the crew of salvage/junkers including Horse, Jat Vor-Thrul, and Sovel Redhand aboard the Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog starship.
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Per Sovel Redhand, his motto (presumably extending to the crew) "No job too small, brute force always an option."
(X-Men: Legacy#220 (fb) - BTS)
- At some point, Horse became addicted to a drug he called "happy
pills." Per Sovel's orders, Glitter was placed in charge of dispensing
one "happy pill" a day to keep Horse at a functioning level.
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Horse may have been present with Glitter and Sovel on the planet Derumek for unspecified reason, when Sovel Redhand "got stuck in a sentient brothel."
(X-Men: Legacy#220) - As
the crew/ship was in deep space, Horse begged Glitter for a dose ("just a little taste") of
happy pills, but she refused, telling him the medicine cabinet was
closed and that he was allowed one happy pill daily and reminding him this was per Sovel's orders. Horse countered, "But I'm dying here..."
When Jat discovered highly advanced Shi'ar technology on Earth,
Sovel instructed Jat to
set a course for Earth so
they could recover it.
They did not realize the target -- Danger, the sentient form of the Danger Room, which had been constructed with Shi'ar technology -- was a sentient, mobile entity.
As the Boneyard Dog warped into
Earth, the ship appeared in the sky in Maynard's Plains in the Australian Outback, firing on Danger (and, indirectly the X-Man Rogue, in her proximity).
Danger shot the ship, which plummeted directly toward her.
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb)) - Danger shot down the Boneyard Dog. After Jat landed the ship safely, Horse and the others engaged
Danger with flow-inhibitors, attempting to shut her down without
damaging her. Instead, the inhibitors shut down her higher cognitive
functions and reduced her back to her core programming. Danger
automatically engaged a program that immersed them in an holographic
(X-Men: Legacy#221) - Redhand, Glitter, Horse, and Jat were imprisoned in manacles against a wall in a room within Danger's hologram scenario when they were detected by the newly arrived Gambit and Charles Xavier, who broke into their cell. Although glaring at the new arrivals, Horse remained silent as Sovel unwittingly mocked their rescuers.
(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Gambit and Xavier freed Horse and the rest of his crew.
(X-Men: Legacy#222) - As Jat led the others to Danger, Horse told Glitter he needed more happy pills, but she informed him that the pills were on the ship and as as soon as they got back, she would break into the med cabinet for him.
When Xavier requested Redhand's people clear a way for him to get inside so they could get out of there alive, Redhand told Horse that the happy pills were in the ship that was just beyond the building in front of them.
Horse immediately tore a path through the various Danger-created warring forces to the ship, allowing Xavier to approach the giant Danger, who was wrapped in a fetal position.
(X-Men: Legacy#223) - As Xavier prepared to telepathically interface with Danger's CPU and initiate self-repair algorithms, Horse told Glitter that he needed happy pills, and he needed them now. Glitter assured Horse that he could hold out a little longer for his happy pills, as they were almost done.
After Xavier ended Danger's program, restoring reality, Redhand shot Xavier in the back with his energy blaster before he could finish the commands to restore Danger's free will (so they could still capture and sell Danger).
After Gambit stunned Jat and Glitter, Horse grabbed Gambit by the head and smashed him through a building while noting that he knew when to stop..."when there's no one else moving and it's really squishy underfoot!" Continuing that Gambit had stopped him from getting his happy pills and "talked and talked and talked and wouldn't...stop...talking...!", Horse picked up a large piece of masonry over his head and noted "Now. Now you're gonna stop."
However, Rogue then arrived, entered and took control of the Boneyard Dog, and advised Horse against his planned crushing of Gambit.
(X-Men: Legacy#224) - Despite Glitter's warning, Horse turned and charged the ship, smashing the masonry against it as he repeatedly noted that he hated this planet. As he continued to batter the ship, threatening to peel Rogue "like a fruit and squash her like a..." Rogue figured out the ship's controls and blasted Horse away.
With Jat's assistance, Glitter entered the ship. Impressed that Rogue had taken down Horse, Glitter considered that she should shake her hand...and then cut her throat. Glitter ultimately knocked out Rogue; however, Rogue's distraction allowed Xavier to recover sufficiently to finish speaking the commands to restore Danger's free will.
When Danger confronted Redhand and his crew, Horse leapt against Danger, threatening repeatedly to kill her. Instead, she fired dozens of lasers from her torso that perforated his body. Collapsing, Horse told Glitter that he was gonna need happy pills, and she replied that she didn't think there were that many happy pills in the quadrant.
Redhand then called for a blind jump, locking on him, which teleported Redhand, Glitter, Horse, and Jat away.
Comments: Created by Mike Cary, Scot Eaton, and Andrew Hennessy.
You might expect a character named
horse to be equine in appearance rather than insectoid, but Horse is
presumably named for heroin, of which "horse" is a nickname. It could
be used to indicated that he is as strong as a horse (actually far
stronger), but both name origins fall apart when you consider that
neither he nor his crew normally spoke English, either using
translators or learning the language over time.
It wasn't until I started scanning
images for this profile that the images in X-Men: Legacy#220 and 222
really caught my eye, and I realized that Horse was clearly intended to
be an insectoid being. The ladybug like coverings on his back and then
the image of him leaping with wings...I had an epiphany! Cockroach Conspiracy!
4 or 6 arms?
In #223, pg. 4 six arms, he pretty clearly has six
arms, and a few others, like where Danger blasts him, seem to show him with a third arm on one side, but most appearances in #220-224 show him as having four arms.
In #253-258, he consistently has six arms.
His "shoulders" are apparently
mobile enough that his lowest set of arms may sometimes be completely
obscured by his torso.
Or, he did only have four arms in
the initial story arc, and images showing him to have six were in
error. After his severe injuries caused by Danger, he may have been
somehow modified in the process that restored him to health, whether
that was some external means or his own healing/adaptive ability.
Artistic license vs. modifications
also would explain the differences in his appearance between the two
X-Men Legacy#254 described the location of Gul Damar as "Vector, Spinward 30/715, Distance 3.2 Standard Units" - I don't know what that means or to what the units are in reference.
I don't recall a resolution to
returning Gul Damar to Shi'ar space, but it seemed like they were
saying it was so big that it's gravity might have been a problem with
it being in Earth orbit?
I don't know...I'm a surgeon, not an astronomer, engineer, etc.
I suspect Redhand had a pattern of betraying his partners for money, but that Horse and the other might be willing to eventually get past that and again work with him for their collective goal of profit.
Profile by Snood.
Horse should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
X-Men Legacy#220, pg. 12, panel 2 (seated behind Glitter);
pg. 13, panel 2 (face, projections)
#222, story pg. 6, panel 3 (back);
panel 4 (leaping with girder);
pg. 20, panel 4 (charging);
panel 5 (clearly pathway);
#223, pg. 21, panel 4 (assaulting Gambit);
#224, pg. 3, panel 1 (face, close-up, assaulting Rogue-controlled Boneyard Dog);
panel 2 (upper body, battering ship);
panel 3 (blasted off feet...showing feet);
#254, pg. 8 (carrying Rachel);
#255, pg. 2, panel 3 (profile);
pg. 6, panel 2 (towering over Rogue);
#256, pg. 6, panel 4 (arrows);
#258, pg. 18, panel 1 (holding Redhand upside down)
X-Men: Legacy#220-224 (March-July, 2009) - Mike Cary (writer), Scot Eaton (penciler), Andrew Hennessy (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy#253 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Khoi Pham (penciler), Tom Palmer & Craig Yeung (inkers), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#254 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#255 (November, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Craig Yeung & Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#256 (November, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Craig Yeung with Jeff Huet and Ed Tadeo (inkers), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#257 (December, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Khoi Pham (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#258 (January, 2012) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Ed Tadeo (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
First posted: 01/29/2021
Last updated: 01/29/2021
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