wolverine-xforce-mbranchWOLVERINE

Real Name: Ryan LaPorto

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Unrevealed;
    patriotic volunteer/government test subjest

Group Membership: X-Force (Colossus/Lemuel Sullivan  (later the Wall), Dazzler/Kimberly Schau, Havok/Bermuda Schwartz (later Bedlam), Longshot/Roger Welton, Psylocke/Matt Coris, Rogue/Victor Barlow, Storm/William Read (later Tempest)

Affiliations: Dr. Ilsa Moon;
    formerly
M Branch (Roland Blaisdell)

Enemies: M Branch (Roland Blaisdell)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Possibly Wolverina (see comments)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed:
    formerly the Mid Town Hospital, Manhattan, New York City;
    formerly an unidentified US government research facility.

First Appearance: Cloak and Dagger III#9 (December, 1989);
    (mutated form) Offical Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#2 (August, 2010);

Powers/Abilities: He possessed claws on his hands (three fingers with an opposing thumb, apparently) and feet (three clawed toes). The claws seemed to make up most of his digits, making it questionable whether he has signficant manual or pedal dexterity. Certainly sharp, the nature of the claws are unrevealed...they may be keratin (like normal fingernails), bone, or something else.

    He possibly possessed other feral powers and/or enhanced healing (if so, it didn't work so well).

wolverine-xforce-mbranch-premutation_faceHeight: Unrevealed; approximately 5'5"
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 150 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:

(Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10 (fb) - BTS) - During the Acts of Vengeance, the US government was given reason to question the loyalty of Freedom Force, their agents at the time. As a result, a fanatical faction of the government (which was behind the failed super-powers registration act) formed a scientific offshoot called M Branch.

    M Branch head Roland Blaisdell handpicked eight recruits from the ranks of patriotic volunteers, eager to serve their country.

    The scientists at M Branch subjected the enlistees to cosmic rays, gamma rays, and combinations of both in an effort to produce mutagenic changes like those which empowered the Fantastic Four and the Hulk.

    The group was christened X-Force, issued uniforms, and assigned the names of the X-Men (Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Longshot, Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, and Wolverine) who had recently seemingly died in battle against the demonic Adversary.

(Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10 (fb)) - However, during the training period, all began to exhibit signs of radiation poisoning to various degrees. Blaisdell brought them to Mid Town Hospital in Manhattan to receive care under Dr. Ilsa Moon.

    Despite her efforts, the subjects continued to deteriorate, and Longshot, Psylocke, and Wolverine died. Blaisdell then made it clear that he was no longer interested in trying to prolong the lives of the others, but instead wanted Dr. Moon to collect data on their progression and eventual death, so that he might make other attempts in the future.

Comments: Created by Terry Austin and Mike Vosberg.

    There were not great images of the team and there were no images of some of the characters in the original stories. Mike Vosberg was kind enough to provide us with copies of original sketches of the characters, from which the main image was drawn for their entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update 2010#2.

    The original picture of the first seven members showed Wolverine, who was mentioned as the second to die. Psylocke was not shown initially, but was mentioned in their origin, and was mentioned as the first to die. Another time, Longshot was listed as the first to die. Longshot and Psylocke were listed as the two dead on their hospital file, while Wolverine was still listed as alive at that time.
    Presumably, they are all dead. Although
X-Force's handbook profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2 speculated that Wolverina (from Carnage: It's a Wonderful Life) was X-Force's Wolverine...somehow femizined)

    Real names for Longshot, Psylocke and Wolverine were revealed in X-Force's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Wolverine
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#10, pg. 16, panel 2 (pre-mutation headshot);
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update 2010#2: X-Force main image       


Appearances:
Mutant Misadventures of Cloak & Dagger#9-10 (December, 1989 - February, 1990) - Terry Austin (writer), Mike Vosburg (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update 2010#2 (August, 2010) - Chris Biggs, Ronald Hugh Byrd Jr., Madison Carter, Jeff Christiansen, Kevin Garcia, Richard Green, Michael Hoskin, Rob London, Sean McQuaid, Mike O'Sullivan, Markus Raymond, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Stuart Vandal, David Wiltfong (writers), Alex Starbuck (asssistant editor), John Denning (associate editor), Jeff Youngquist (editor), Mark D. Beazley, Jennifer Grünwald (editors, special projects) 


First posted: 10/16/2019
Last updated: 10/16/2019

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