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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human mutant (Morlocks)

Occupation: Unrevealed, former Morlock tribe leader

Group Membership: None;
formerly Theatre of Pain, Morlock tribe (Fugue, unidentified others)

Affiliations: Brimstone Love

Enemies: Lieutenant Tara Curson, Marauders (Aurora/Jeanne-Marie Beaubier, Bishop/Lucas Bishop, Daken/Akihiro, Kate Pryde, Psylocke/Kwannon, Somnus/Carl Valentino, Tempo/Heather Tucker), Mole Man (Harvey Rupert Elder), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
                                  formerly Madripoor;
                                  formerly Arizona;
                                  formerly Monster Metropolis, located underneath New York City;
                                  formerly Port Brimstone, located underneath New York City;
                                  formerly Subterranea;
                                  formerly the Morlock Tunnels, New York City

First Appearance: Wolverine II#157 (December, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Carver was a mutant with impenetrable skin, making him highly resistant to gunfire or bladed weaponry. This invulnerability did not include his eyes. Carver had enhanced strength and could grow a single bone-like claw from the back of his hand and shoulder. Carver wore a 19th century gold pocket watch on his belt. Carver was a cigar smoker.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 200 lbs.)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown



(Wolverine II#157 (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed point in time, the mutant known only as Carver joined the Morlocks. Over time, he grew close to the childlike, carnivorous brute Fugue.

(Uncanny X-Men I#212 - BTS) - While the Marauders were cutting a deadly swath through the Morlocks' underground habitat, Carver led Fugue and several others to safety by hiding deeper underground.

(Wolverine II#157 (fb) - BTS) - Eventually, Carver and the others wound up in Subterranea where they settled down in a separate domain with him as their leader. Over time, Carver allowed Fugue to hunt and feed on anyone unfortunate enough to run into him. Unbeknownst to Carver, the Mole Man took notice and began work on creatures that could oppose this mysterious threat.

(Wolverine II#156 (fb) - BTS) - Fugue's urges eventually drew him back to the surface world where he wound up killing six people, leading NYPD lieutenant Tara Curson to start an investigation that also got both Spider-Man and Wolverine involved.

(Wolverine II#157 - BTS) - Their quest led Tara Curson, Spider-Man and Wolverine into an encounter with Mole Man and his forces who led them to Carver's stronghold (see comments). Carver was prepared for their arrival, ordering his men to ambush them.

bone-claws (Wolverine II#157) - Carver introduced himself to the heroes, explaining who he was and laughing at Curson's claims they were here to put them under arrest. After all, human laws meant nothing to Morlocks. When Spider-Man tried to jump him, he easily slammed the wallcrawler back. This led Wolverine to call on his knowledge of Morlock law, challenging Carver to a duel of leadership which he agreed to. The duel took place in an arena encircled by fire, in the middle of a seemingly bottomless chasm. The arena seemed to favor Wolverine, but he was stunned to find Carver had impenetrable skin and claws of his own. Wolverine found Carver's weak spot when he clawed him in the eyes, causing the Morlock to yell out in pain.

(Wolverine II#157 - BTS) - Hearing his friend's agonized wail got Fugue riled up enough to join the fight, but Wolverine deflected the ferocious attack which led to the creature falling into the chasm. Spider-Man webbed him up, but was unable to lift Fugue to safety before an unexpected series of tremors began to collapse the underground chamber.

(Wolverine II#157) - Carver refused to evacuate, insisting on scaling the chasm to try and grab the webbed up Fugue. Wolverine offered to serve as a tether, with his claws stuck in the rock face. But even as they were inching up, Carver lost his grip and seemingly fell to his death along with Fugue. In the aftermath, the heroes learned Mole Man had a hand in causing the tremors.

(Marauders Annual I#1 - BTS) - Somehow surviving his fall, Carver left the Mole Man's tunnels and spent years uncovering the Morlocks' history that was kept in the underground towns of Port Brimstone and Monster Metropolis, both located underneath New York City.

(Marauders Annual I#1 - BTS) - Carver left New York for Arizona and, eventually Madripoor, where he made the choice to adopt what he believed was an Australian accent.

(Marauders Annual I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Carver fell under the influence of Brimstone Love, a primal geomancer who fed off and manipulated the emotions of his followers the Theatre of Pain. Figuring he needed a scapegoat to keep his flock enraged, Brimstone started a crusade against Krakoa, claiming Charles Xavier had abandoned his dream of peaceful coexistence by joining forces with Magneto to establish the sovereign mutant island nation of Krakoa.

(Marauders Annual I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Carver was sent by Brimstone Love to lure Daken to him, because the mutant's healing factor would make him an ideal subject for the ‘living canvas' Love was hoping to create. Carver contacted Daken, telling him about a mutant potter's field containing the Morlocks who years ago fell victim to Mister Clean's massacre in the London Tunnels. Daken knew Carver was lying, but agreed to meet him in Madripoor on the off chance there might actually be deceased mutants that could be resurrected on Krakoa. They shared a bottle of whisky while Carver told his phony story.

(Marauders Annual I#1) - Daken took Carver's bait and visited the mass grave near Greenwich where he was captured by Brimstone Love himself. Daken was taken to the Theatre of Pain's base in South Salem and bound to a wooden cross. Love looked on as Carver and his other followers beat, stabbed and stoned him, all the while feeding off their primal emotions. Carver was seen slicing Daken's throat and even broke off one of his own claws to allow a human member of the Theatre of Pain to get some stabs in. A short while later, Carver tried to fight off the Marauders who had come to free Daken, but he was easily taken out by Aurora. When Daken was freed, he took on Brimstone Love who quickly retreated, which freed the Theatre of Pain of his mental control.

Comments: Created by Rob Liefeld & Eric Stephenson, Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund.

The conceit of the Morlocks is that you only wind up with them if your mutations make it impossible for you to fit into human society. Carver's impenetrable skin isn't a visible physical mutation and he appeared in perfect control of his bone claws. Maybe some other, antisocial tendencies drove him to the underground? Being okay with Fugue snacking on other (sentient) beings isn't an indicator of socially acceptable behavior. Apart from a few tattoos, Carver's face didn't seem to have been disfigured by Masque, which was considered a Morlock right of passage. Also, where does one find a tattoo needle strong enough to pierce impenetrable skin?

Want another plot hole pointed out? If Mole Man can cause localized tremors and he knew where Carver, Fugue and the others were holed up why didn't he take care of them sooner that way?

This profile was completed 8/09/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Norvo.

Carver should not be confused with:

Carver;s Morlocks

Carver's Morlocks

Carver led a band of unknown, unnamed Morlocks who were fiercely loyal to him. They were willing to follow him into Subterranea to live alongside the ferocious, childlike man eating Fugue and unafraid to take on powerful enemies like Wolverine and Spider-Man. Carver sent the Morlocks to capture Wolverine, Spider-Man and NYPD officer Tara Curson when they made their way into the Morlocks' domain. They stood back while Wolverine challenged Carver to a duel of leadership, which ended with both Carver and Fugue falling to their apparent deaths due to tremors caused by Mole Man. Their fate remains unrevealed.

- Wolverine II#157

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Wolverine II#157, p12, pan3 (main image)
Wolverine II#157, p15, pan1 (closeup)
Wolverine II#157, p15, pan3 (bone claws)
Wolverine II#157, p12, pan2 (Carver's Morlocks)
Marauders Annual I#1, p21, pan5 (with Brimstone Love)

Wolverine II#157 (December, 2000) - Rob Liefeld & Eric Stephenson (writers), Ian Churchill (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Marauders Annual I#1 (January, 2022) - Steve Orlando (writer), Creees Lee (pencils, inks), Lauren Amaro, Jordan D. White (editors)

First Posted: 09/11/2021
Last updated: 02/16/2022

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