THE COLLECTIVE

Real Name: Inapplicable

Identity/Class: Terrestrial sentient energy collective (see comments)

Occupation: Inapplicable

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Kuan-Yin Xorn

Enemies: Alpha Flight (Guardian/James Hudson, Major Mapleleaf/Louis Sadler, Jr., Puck/Eugene Judd, Puck/Zuzha Yu, Sasquatch/Walter Langkowski, Shaman/Michael Twoyoungmen, Vindicator/Heather Hudson), the Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, Sentry/Bob Reynolds, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, "Spider-Woman"/Veranke, Wolverine/James Howlett), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Michael Pointer, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Sharon Carter, Agent Daisy Johnson, Director Maria Hill, Sgt. Davis, others), Vision (Jonas)

Known Relatives: Inapplicable

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth

First Appearance: (unidentified energies of depowered mutants) House of M I#8 (December, 2005);
    (identified as the Collective in a story title) New Avengers I#17 (May, 2006);
    (identified as the Collective in-story) New Avengers I#19 (July, 2006)

Powers/Abilities: The Collective existed as a gestalt entity comprised of mutant energy signatures lost when most of Earth's mutants were depowered by the Scarlet Witch during the event known as M-Day. Theoretically, the Collective possessed the superhuman powers of every mutant whose energy signature made up its form, although the Collective could not utilize these abilities unless housed within a human host.

It could possess human hosts, allowing those possessed to utilize the mutant powers of the energy signatures within it. While possessing Michael Pointer, the Collective displayed the ability to disrupt sensor readings, the ability to move faster than 200 miles per hour and see for at least 22 miles, the ability to grow in size and the ability to manipulate various types of energies including elemental forces, magnetism and force fields. It was also capable of projecting the energy signatures within it into the corpses of deceased mutants, reanimating them to act on its behalf.

Height: Inapplicable
Weight: Inapplicable
Eyes: Inapplicable
Hair: Inapplicable

History:
(House of M I#8/New Avengers I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Following the events of M-Day, in which the reality-manipulating Scarlet Witch depowered most of Earth's mutants, the expelled energy of the depowered mutants had nowhere to go and erupted into space a short distance away from the planet Earth.

(X-Men: Deadly Genesis#1) - As the depowered mutant energy coalesced into an energy collective  just outside Earth's atmosphere, its presence increased the power level of the long-dormant mutant Vulcan, who had been lost in space for years.

(X-Men: Deadly Genesis#6 (fb) - BTS) - The burst of mutant energy from the energy signature collective pushed Vulcan's powers past the Omega level. Unbeknownst to Vulcan, his former teammate Darwin was inside Vulcan's body as pure energy and Darwin was also exposed to the mutant energy of the collective.

(New Avengers I#20 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the psychic presence of the mutant Kuan-Yin Xorn merged with and took control of the depowered mutant energy collective. Knowing that the mutant energy collective was useless without a body, Xorn sought out a host body in order to enact his own goals.

(Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files#1 - The Collective entry - BTS) - Xorn led the mutant energy collective back to Earth. As it entered Earth's atmosphere, the collective was drawn to unknowing energy-absorbing mutant Michael Pointer.


(New Avengers I#16/Marvel Comics Presents II#12/4 (fb)) - The organized mutant energy touched down in Pointer's hometown of North Pole, Alaska and was unwittingly absorbed by post office worker Michael Pointer, who was still unaware of his mutant nature. Guided by Kuan-Yin Xorn's aspirations and psychic presence, the collective-possessed Pointer immediately destroyed the entire city and emerged from the rubble.

(New Avengers I#20 (fb) - BTS) - From the moment of possession, Pointer attempted to fight against the psychic influence of Kuan-Yin Xorn despite being forced to act on Xorn and the collective's behalf.

(Dark X-Men: The Beginning#2/2 (fb)) - While still fighting for control of his own body against the mutant energy collective & Kuan-Yin Xorn, the possessed and physically distraught Pointer remained on his knees in the crater created from the energy collective's touchdown on Earth, surrounded by the bodies of those killed by him while under the collective's control.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#2 (fb)) - The collective-possessed Pointer stood up fully from the rubble of North Pole, Alaska.

(New Avengers I#16) - Peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly detected the energy surge and learned of the energy touchdown in North Pole. Quickly cross-referencing the energy readings with their files, S.H.I.E.L.D. proved unable to match it with any known form of energy. When the energy began trailing towards the Canadian border, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Anchorage, Alaska team reported back to S.H.I.E.L.D. a visual of the possessed Michael Pointer marching toward the border. Upon crossing the Canadian border, the energy collective-possessed Pointer realized S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were following and turned to confront the agents, causing S.H.I.E.L.D. to lose visuals. By the time S.H.I.E.L.D. regained visuals, the energy collective had downed the Alaskan S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft and left it smoldering in the snow.

(New Avengers I#16/Civil War: The Initiative#1 (fb)/Marvel Comics Presents II#9/4 (fb)) - Canada's Alpha Flight team was soon called in to confront the collective-possessed Pointer and when Alpha Flight's Sasquatch asked Pointer to back away from the Canadian border, the collective-possessed mutant slaughtered Alpha Flight.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#3/3 (fb) - BTS) - The damage done to North Pole, Alaska caused by the mutant energy collective touching down and possessing Pointer was filmed by news outlets and reports of Alpha Flight's apparent deaths and the destruction in North Pole began to surface.

(New Avengers I#16) - The collective-possessed Michael Pointer then continued traveling towards America, downing at least six S.H.I.E.L.D. jets and forcing S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill into a decision to contact the Avengers.

(New Avengers I#17) - Maria Hill contacted the Avengers and gave them intel on the collective-possessed Michael Pointer, explaining how the energy had touched down in and destroyed an Alaskan city and how the possessed Pointer was making his way towards the United States. As Hill showed the Avengers footage of the collective slaughtering Alpha Flight, the possessed Michael Pointer arrived in Cleveland, Ohio. The Avengers quickly split up, with Iron Man tasking Spider-Man to lead a squad to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to work on a way to down the energy collective without civilian casualties while he himself ventured out of the Avengers Quinjet to investigate the Collective personally. After acquiring visual confirmation of the possessed Pointer, Iron Man scanned Pointer but found no matches to previously documented energy readings. Despite warnings against it, Iron Man then ventured closer to the collective in an attempt at peaceful contact. When Iron Man introduced himself as one of the Avengers, the collective paused and stared as a confused Iron Man attempted to get the collective to speak. Momentarily regaining a fragile hold on his form, Michael Pointer managed to weakly confirm his first name and Iron Man tried to continue conversation until the unknowing Ms. Marvel arrived on the scene and slammed the possessed Pointer aside. Iron Man attempted to get Ms. Marvel to halt her attack but Ms. Marvel attempted to absorb the energy collective, causing an explosion that knocked both Iron Man and the Avengers Quinjet aside. When the explosion, Ms. Marvel found herself transformed into a fiery form by the small portion of the collective she had absorbed.

(New Avengers I#18) - As the collective-possessed Michael Pointer grew in size, Iron Man ordered the rest of the Avengers to flee but they refused, instead opting to do what they could for the civilians at ground level. Iron Man soon began picking up large energy fluctuations from the collective but before he fully report back to S.H.I.E.L.D., the collective-possessed Pointer disassembled Iron Man's armor. The fiery Ms. Marvel rescued Iron Man then flew through the energy collective, only to anger the possessed Pointer into grabbing her. He then subjected Ms. Marvel to various elemental forces until the Sentry flew onto the scene and knocked the possessed Pointer away from Ms. Marvel. As Sentry took the fight into space, Ms. Marvel regained her composure and informed the Avengers that the elemental attack was like being hit by fifty people at once. She further explained how it was like each power set was fighting for dominance in the attack. The possessed Pointer soon defeated Sentry and as he was heading back towards Earth, Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. viewed the footage of the energy collective's impact at a post office in Alaska. Accessing S.H.I.E.L.D. on men named "Michael" who were postal employees in North Pole, Alaska, Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. determined Michael Pointer's identity and, with the help of the Young Avengers' Vision, they located matches for the collective's energy readings in former mutants. As the collective-possessed Pointer neared Earth once more, Spider-Man looked at the energy signature matches in the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers databases and realized what Pointer really was.

(X-Men: Deadly Genesis#6 - BTS) - After Darwin's energy form was separated from the insane Vulcan, the X-Men monitored Darwin's physical recovery and Charles Xavier theorized that Darwin's fast recovery could be due to Darwin's exposure to the energy signatures of the mutant energy collective.

(New Avengers I#19) - Having learned about the energy signature collective and its connection to Michael Pointer, Spider-Man reported back to Iron Man that Pointer's energy signatures were matching those of the mutants depowered during M-Day and Iron Man quickly ordered Spider-Man to get off the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, as S.H.I.E.L.D. might discover the truth about M-Day from Spider-Man's thoughts. Despite the possessed Pointer nearing Earth, Director Maria Hill demanded to know what the "House of M" was, having gathered that information from Spider-Man's mind using S.H.I.E.L.D. Psi-Agents and when Spider-Man attempted to leave, Hill had a Psi-Agent telepathically shut down Spider-Man's mind. As Maria Hill ordered the downed Vision's memory stripped of any information pertaining to the "House of M," Iron Man reported to Captain America and the other Avengers about his lost contact with Spider-Man and the Avengers began to suspect that Michael Pointer was housing all of the energies from the depowered M-Day mutants. Iron Man explained that his analysis on Pointer's power was not complete but the suspicions appeared to be accurate. Iron Man's report back to the other Avengers was soon interrupted, however, when the possessed Pointer flew directly into Iron Man's line of fire. Preparing for Pointer, Iron Man used his energy analysis to devise a zero point energy field of his own that counteracted some of the mutant energy signatures housed within Pointer to repel Pointer. Just as Iron Man admitted to the other Avengers that he wasn't sure how long he could continue to repel Pointer since his analyses of the mutant energy signatures were not complete, Sentry returned to renew his battle against the possessed Pointer. While the Sentry fought the possessed Pointer, Iron Man proposed several theories about the mutant energy collective including the possibility that Pointer was unknowingly an energy-absorbing mutant himself, that the energy collective had nowhere else to go and the possibility that some of the mutant energy signatures were sentient and had taken control of both the other energy signatures and Pointer himself. Iron Man also proposed the possibility that the newly-dubbed Collective might not have become sentient until the energies had merged together post-M-Day to become a new life form.

The Avengers soon arrived on the Helicarrier and demanded Spider-Man and the Vision, unaware that Maria Hill was getting the information about the "House of M" and M-Day from Spider-Man's mind at that moment. The Avengers eventually gathered Spider-Man and Vision once S.H.I.E.L.D. had taken the information they needed from them and Iron Man learned of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s actions from the other Avengers as Sentry continued battling the possessed Pointer. Iron Man then asked S.H.I.E.L.D. for their analysis before renewing his own attack against Pointer. S.H.I.E.L.D. soon contacted Iron Man and suggested he stop attacking Pointer, noting that the Collective within Pointer seemed to be adapting its powers to face whatever challenge it was facing and it would be easier to reason with or contain the possessed Pointer if it stopped adapting. When the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent talking with Iron Man made the suggestion that the Collective could be trying to get to the Scarlet Witch, Iron Man pulled the Sentry from the fight and flew off, allowing the Collective/Pointer to renew its trek back to Earth. As the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. watched, the Collective/Pointer touched down in the ruins of Genosha.

(New Avengers I#20) - The Collective/Pointer levitated off the ground in Genosha and soon began expelling the Collective energies across Genosha. The Avengers arrived in Genosha moments later as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the US President monitored the situation from afar. Suspecting the Collective energy transference was a bad thing, the Avengers soon discovered that the former mutant known as Magneto was on Genosha. The psychic presence of the mutant Kuan-Yin Xorn then emerged as the dominant sentience within the Collective and announced to Magneto his plans to restore Magneto's lost mutant energy signature, powers and leadership status among mutants. Explaining that the mutants needed Magneto to lead them and that Michael Pointer was merely a vessel for Xorn and the Collective that had been fighting against Xorn's wishes every step of the way, Xorn revealed that, while Pointer was only barely able to contain the energies of the Collective, he was able to force Pointer to Genosha for the purposes of restoring Magneto. Demanding Magneto announce his name and accept possession by the Collective, Xorn used the Collective's energies to restore Magneto's lost mutant powers and the Collective then departed Michael Pointer to possess the corpses of mutants that had died on Genosha to act as Magneto's army. The Avengers immediately moved to stop the Collective-possessed corpses as the Sentry attempted to keep Magneto from leaving Genosha, during which Magneto begged the Sentry to end his life to keep from becoming the Collective's pawn. A S.H.I.E.L.D. squad soon arrived and Captain America ordered S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson to generate a pinpoint earthquake inside Magneto's brain to disable him and his Collective-provided powers. Johnson did as ordered and Ms. Marvel subsequently attempted to absorb the Collective energy from Magneto, allowing Iron Man to temporarily trap the Collective (in energy form) inside an energy field. Iron Man then ordered the Sentry to fly the Collective into the sun. Sentry did as ordered and pushed the Collective, still contained within Iron Man's energy field, into the sun. Emerging from the sun moments later, Sentry briefly saw what appeared to be a large face with a pained expression before the Collective, and Xorn as well, were destroyed by the heat of the sun.

Back on Earth, a confused Michael Pointer asked the Avengers what had happened and Iron Man informed Pointer that he had been used as a vessel to transport the mutant energy Collective to Genosha. Recalling only bits and pieces of his actions while possessed by the Collective, Michael remembered being in snow and killing people, to which an angry Wolverine replied that Pointer had killed heroes. Iron Man quickly interjected and reminded Pointer that it was not him who had killed Alpha Flight but rather, the Collective. Pointer's hands then began glowing and he asked what had happened to him, to which Iron Man replied that Pointer appeared to have kept some residual Collective energy for himself.

(Civil War: The Initiative#1 - BTS) - While being held in an Ottawa prison, Michael Pointer was questioned on what was going through his mind when the Collective forced him to kill Alpha Flight and who Xorn was. When Pointer admitted he didn't even know who Xorn was and appeared distraught about the death of Alpha Flight, the interrogator (secretly Dr. Walter Langkowski) questioned whether Xorn might still be inside Pointer and Pointer resigned himself to the possibility that he would be going on trial for what happened to Alpha Flight while he was under the Collective's control. The interrogator responded by playing S.H.I.E.L.D. footage of the Collective/Pointer slaughtering Alpha Flight until Pointer yelled for the man to stop, reminding his interrogator that not only Alpha Flight had been destroyed but also everyone in his hometown that Pointer had ever knew. Pointer then tried to explain how he was unknowingly an energy-absorbing mutant and how he had unwillingly absorbed the Collective as well as Xorn's psychic presence, who then used his body to destroy Alpha Flight. When Pointer admitted he would do anything to make things right after what the Collective had done while using Pointer as a host, his interrogator asked what Pointer would be willing to do. At this point curious as to what his interrogator was getting at, Pointer asked the man his identity, prompting the man to reveal himself as Dr. Walter Langkowski, the only survivor of Alpha Flight as Sasquatch. Sasquatch then offered Pointer a suit worn by his former teammates Guardian and Vindicator and suggested Pointer atone for his actions while possessed by the Collective by joining Canada's new super team, Omega Flight.

(Omega Flight I#3 - BTS) - When Pointer was introduced to his new teammates and Talisman flew into a rage, accusing Pointer of killing her father Shaman of Alpha Flight, government agent Brown reminded Talisman that Pointer had been used as a pawn of the Collective. Brown further explained that Pointer was a much a victim of the Collective as anyone who died at its hands and when Talisman asked why Pointer was wearing the suit of another former Alpha Flight member, Guardian, Brown remarked that it was the only way to right the wrong done by the Collective and the suit helped control the power Pointer retained.

(Omega Flight I#5 - BTS) - As Talisman attempted to help a possessed Sasquatch, Sasquatch saw a vision of Talisman in a demonic form, claiming she was there with the Collective to kill him. Once Sasquatch was freed from his possession, Sasquatch admitted to Pointer that he now understand what had happened to Pointer when he had been possessed by the Collective.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/4 (fb) - BTS) - In the four weeks following, the residual energy Michael Pointer retained from the Collective began to fade.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/4 - BTS) - The downward progress of Pointer's retained Collective powers was monitored by Agent Brown and the CSIS, who noted occasional spikes as the power trended downward.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#3 - Omega entry - BTS) - Unaware that Dr. Elizabeth Benning was "feeding" Pointer mutant energy from willing and unwilling criminals, causing his power spikes, Pointer was psychologically destabilized when the newly added energies reawakened the residual psyches in the retained Collective energies within him.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#2/4 - BTS) - While in therapy with Dr. Elizabeth Benning, Michael Pointer recalled the moment in which he emerged from the rubble of North Pole, Alaska possessed by the Collective. Admitting that he didn't recall what had happened at first, Pointer explained how the small bit of the Collective energy that he retained remembered what had happened in North Pole. Pointer then explained how portions of the Collective's memories were becoming his memories as he dreamed about the events but Dr. Benning reminded Pointer that they were not his memories and that he was being controlled by the Collective. Dr. Benning then had Pointer explain to her a recent situation in which Pointer's powers failed him in battle and while Pointer suspected his powers had left him, he revealed to Dr. Benning that Agent Brown had told him that Pointer's Guardian suit was simply acclimating itself to the Collective's retained power and Pointer's body.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#3/3 - BTS) - As Michael Pointer slept, news reports of the past damage done by the Collective was fed into his room's television.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#4/4 - BTS) - Tony Stark had a video conference with the CSIS' Agent Brown in which they discussed Michael Pointer and his energy-absorbing abilities, during which the suspicious Stark made a remark about how intriguing it was to see Pointer still retaining residual power left by the Collective.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#6/4 - BTS) - Days after Michael Pointer heard voices and displayed multiple brain wave patterns, he informed Dr. Benning about it and the secretly monitoring Agent Brown wondered if the voices were tied to the retained power of the Collective or if they were a result of Pointer being unable to cope with his recent experiences.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#8/4 - BTS) - During a training battle against his teammate USAgent, Michael Pointer was goaded into unleashing more of his power and when his power levels spiked sharply, CSIS scientists confirmed to Agent Brown that the power spikes were not coming from Pointer's retained Collective powers.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#9/4 - BTS) - As Pointer began to lose control of his newly-absorbed powers, his teammate Sasquatch was called in to assist USAgent against the out of control Pointer and when Pointer hit Sasquatch with energy, Sasquatch flashed back to when the Collective-possessed Pointer slaughtered his former Alpha Flight teammates. Once Pointer had been calmed down, he asked Agent Brown how he could have lost control when the Guardian suit was supposed to be regulating his powers and Brown admitted that he wasn't sure, suggesting that perhaps the small portion of the Collective power that Pointer retained might still be fighting for control of Pointer's body.

(Incredible Hercules I#117 (fb) - BTS) - When Pointer was sent to attempt to recruit former Alpha Flight member Snowbird into Omega Flight, she angrily swatted him into the snow, declining the offer and reminding Pointer that, while possessed by the Collective, he had murdered Shaman, who had raised her, and Guardian, whose uniform she felt Pointer was not worthy to wear.

(Incredible Hercules I#118 (fb) - BTS) - While trapped in Nightmare's Dream Dimension, Snowbird was forced to dream about her worst fears, in her case the guilt of being one of the surviving Alpha Flight members not killed by the Collective-possessed Michael Pointer.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#11/4) - After seeing all of the energy signatures that were part of his Collective-derived power, Michael Pointer noticed new signatures and spoke with the mutant energy signature of former Omega Flight captive, Susan Catrini. Learning from Catrini's residual energy signature that Dr. Benning had been feeding him new power from Omega Flight's captives, Pointer confronted Dr. Benning, who insisted the power transfers were essential to the CSIS's Weapon Omega program. Pointer then questioned why he was being fed more energy when he still retained a portion of the Collective's power inside him and Benning revealed how the CSIS had discovered Pointer's Collective-based powers were fading and Pointer's own energy-absorbing abilities needed to be "fed" like a living organism. Shocked that the CSIS would continue feeding his power, Pointer questioned why they could've have simply let his Collective-derived powers fade completely or to a level that he could easily control and Benning bragged that she was tasked with helping create an heroic symbol. Benning then revealed that Pointer could not withdraw from being fed power without dying and gloated that he would do anything to get more power inside of him. Benning then questioned Pointer about being able to communicate with the energy signatures he absorbed, asking if he had successfully been able to go inside of the remaining Collective energy to access specific traits he had absorbed.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#12/4) - Once the rest of Omega Flight arrived to assist Pointer against Dr. Benning and her manipulations, Pointer absorbed Dr. Benning's energy signature into himself as well in an act of revenge, remarking to his teammates that Benning would now get to see the Collective personally.

(Dark X-Men: The Beginning#2/2 - BTS) - Norman Osborn sought out Michael Pointer, who was attempting to atone for the sins committed while under the Collective's control by helping rebuild North Pole, Alaska, and when Pointer revealed that he knew who Osborn really was, Osborn replied that he also knew about Pointer's history and who he had killed.

(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 - Omega entry - BTS) - While creating files on many of Earth's mutants, Steve Rogers wrote a file on Michael Pointer in his costumed identity of Omega which noted Pointer's one-time possession by the Collective entity and Pointer's destruction of North Pole, Alaska while under the Collective's control. Also noting the Collective-possessed Pointer's killing of the Canadian superteam Alpha Flight, Rogers reported that the Avengers had defeated the Collective and that Pointer had since become addicted to the absorption of mutant energy signatures.

Comments: Created by Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel, John Dell, Scott Hanna and Tim Townsend.

    To clarify, the Collective (for the purposes of this profile anyway) was the gestalt being created from the expelled mutant energies given off during the M-Day event, in which Scarlet Witch depowered most of Earth's mutants. Michael Pointer was a mutant who absorbed the Collective and carried it as a host for a time. He was not the Collective itself though he did carry that name as an alias while under the Collective's control. To further clarify, the Collective entity itself was destroyed when the Sentry carried it into the sun but some of the Collective's energy and mutant energy signatures/psyches were retained and utilized by Michael Pointer after the Collective as a whole was destroyed.

    The known mutant energy signatures that made up the Collective were confirmed in New Avengers I#18-19 to be: Abyss (Nils Styger), Aero (Melody Guthrie), Agent Zero (Christoph Nord), el Aguila (Alejandro Montoya), Angel Dust (Christine), Beak (Barnell Bohusk), Black Tom Cassidy, Blind Faith (Alexi Garnoff), Blob (Fred Dukes), Boost (Brian Dunlop), Bora (Anzhela Federova), Brass (Sean Watanabe), Caiman, Callisto, Chamber (Jonothon Starsmore), Conquistador (Miguel Provenza) (though New Avengers I#18 mistakenly showed Conquistador/Orlando Furio on screen instead of Provenza), DJ (Mark Sheppard), Arturo Falcone, Fatale, Flambe, Forearm (Michael McCain), Freakshow (Kevin), Gloom (Jordan Lewis), Hack, Zach Halliwell, Harpoon (Kodiak Naotak), Hazard (Carter Ryking), Hub, Hybrid (James Marks), Shola Inkose, Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Key (Lachlan Patterson), King Bedlam (Christopher Aaronson), Kiwi Black, Lara the Illusionist (Lara King), Hanna Levy, Lightning Rod, Longneck (William Hanover), Artie Maddicks, Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Mary Zero, Mesmero (Vincent), Mist Mistress, Monsoon (Aloba Dastoor), Danielle Moonstar, Murmur (Allan Rennie), Murmur (Arlette Truffaut), Nightwind, Armena Ortega, Overrider (Richard Rennselaer), Paul Patterson, Phantazia (Eileen Harsaw), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Postman (David), Preview (Jessica Vale), Prodigy (David Alleyne), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Radian (Christian Cord), Radius (Jared Corbo), Reaper (Pantu Hurageb), Redneck (Vincent Stewart), Rictor (Julio Richter), Scanner (Sarah Ryall), Shatter, Randall Shire, Shocker (Randall Darby), Skywalker, Slick (Quincy Marrow), Slipstream (Davis Cameron), Specter (Dallas Gibson), Jon Spectre, Spike (Gary Walsh), Spoilsport, Stacy X (Miranda Leevald), Strobe (Juliana Worthing), Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida), Tag (Brian Cruz), Tantra (Reuben O'Hara), Tarot (Marie-Ange Colbert), Tattoo (Christine Cord), Tether, Tremolo, Unus (Angelo Unuscione), Vague, Wicked, Wildchild (Kyle Gibney), Wildside (Richard Gill), Wind Dancer (Sofia Mantega), Windshear (Colin Hume), Wraith (Hector Rendoza), Xorn (Shen Xorn) and more that were obscured on the S.H.I.E.L.D. video screens! Quill (Maxwell Jordan) was erroneously listed as one of the mutant energy signatures that matched the Collective's energies in New Avengers I#18 but his signature could not have been in the Collective, as he had been specifically shown to have retained his powers following M-Day. Seems more likely it was actually meant to be Quill of the Resistants since Mist Mistress WAS one of the energy signatures within the Collective? In addition, Wiz Kid was also listed as one of the energy signatures but he was later shown to still have his powers as well.

    It was unclear whether the Collective was made up of the energy signatures of ALL of the mutants depowered during M-Day or just the ones confirmed to match signatures in the S.H.I.E.L.D. & Avengers files in New Avengers I#18-19.

    According to the Collective profile in Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files#1, the Collective first appeared as the Collective in New Avengers I#16. That was the issue where the Collective possessed Michael Pointer but he was not referred to as the Collective in that issue. The name "Collective" was first mentioned in the story title of New Avengers I#17 and it wasn't actually called the Collective in-story until Iron Man referred to it as such in New Avengers I#19.

    The Collective itself was not technically mentioned by name OR actually seen in Marvel Comics Presents II#3 but we do see television footage of the damage the Collective did and prior to that story, we had not even seen that damage being filmed, so I chose to include it as a BTS appearance of the Collective, even if we don't see or mention the Collective by name in that issue.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Collective
should be distinguished from:


Sgt. Davis

Sgt. Davis was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that was part of a S.H.I.E.L.D. commando unit based out of Alaska. When the Collective touched down on Earth, possessing Michael Pointer and destroying the city of North Pole, Sgt. Davis was contacted by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill and he reported that his commando unit was following the possessed Pointer's energy trail towards the Canadian border. Confirming to Hill that he had six other agents with him equipped with Hulkbuster gear, Davis soon provided Hill with a visual of the possessed Michael Pointer, explaining that his unit's environmental scans were not conclusive since the Collective's energies were messing up the sensor readings. When the possessed Pointer stopped moving shortly after crossing the Canadian border, Hill ordered Davis and his men to retreat but the communication feed went dead. When S.H.I.E.L.D. finally restored communication, they received a visual of Davis' downed helicopter in a flaming wreck in the Canadian snow.

Sgt. Davis was never actually seen in-person, only through a video feed from his helicopter to Maria Hill's S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Therefore, I've listed his appearance as BTS.
--New Avengers I#16 - BTS

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House of M I#8, p26, splash page (Depowered mutant energy first appearing in space, main image)
X-Men: Deadly Genesis#1, p2, pan1 (mutant energy coalescing outside Earth)
New Avengers I#16, p2, splash page (mutant energy traveling towards Earth)
New Avengers I#16, p7, splash page (mutant energy being absorbed by/possessing Michael Pointer)
Marvel Comics Presents II#2, p25, splash page (Collective-possessed Michael Pointer emerging from Alaska rubble)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning#2, p14, pan4 (Collective-possessed Michael Pointer, with distraught Pointer in control)
Civil War: The Initiative#1, p6-7, pan5 (Collective-possessed Michael Pointer at Canadian border)
Marvel Comics Presents II#9, p26, pan1 (Collective-possessed Michael Pointer killing Alpha Flight)
New Avengers I#17, p22, splash page (absorbed mutant energy transforming Ms. Marvel)
New Avengers I#20, p17, pans1-4 (Sentry flying the Collective into the sun)
Marvel Comics Presents II#12, p30, pan2-4 (Michael Pointer absorbing Dr. Elizabeth Benning into the remnants of the Collective's mutant energy signatures)
New Avengers I#16, p11-12, pan7 (Sgt. Davis, as seen on a video screen)


Appearances:
House of M I#8 (December, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Olivier Coipel (pencils), John Dell, Scott Hanna, Tim Townsend (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men: Deadly Genesis#1 (January, 2006) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Trevor Hairsine (pencils), Kris Justice (inks), Mark Paniccia, Nate Cosby (editors)
New Avengers I#16 (April, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#17 (May, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimental (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#18 (June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimental (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#19 (July, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimental (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men: Deadly Genesis#6 (July, 2006) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Trevor Hairsine (layouts), Scott Hanna (finishes), Mark Paniccia (editor)
New Avengers I#20 (August, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato, Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimental (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: The Initiative#1 (April, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis, Warren Ellis (writers), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Michael Broussard, Eric Basaldua (background art), Joe Weems, Marco Galli, Rick Basaldua (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files#1 (2007) - Sean McQuaid (head writer, coordinator), Jeff Christiansen, Anthony Flamini, Michael Hoskin, Mark O'English, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Chad Anderson (writers), Mike Deodato, Jr. (The Collective entry art), Pond Scum (art reconstruction), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Omega Flight I#3 (August, 2007) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Scott Kolins (art), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Omega Flight I#5 (October, 2007) - Michael Avon Oeming (writer), Scott Kolins (art), Andy Schmidt, John Barber (editors)
Marvel Comics Presents II#1 (November, 2007) - "Weapon Omega, Part 1 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Andrea Di Vito (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#2 (December, 2007) - "Weapon Omega, Part 2 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Andrea Di Vito (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#3 (January, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Part 3 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Andrea Di Vito (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#4 (January, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Part 4 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Andrea Di Vito (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#6 (April, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Part 6 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Andrea Di Vito (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#8 (June, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Part 8 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Marco Checchetto (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#9 (July, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Part 9 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Marco Checchetto (art), John Barber (editor)
Incredible Hercules I#117 (July, 2008) - Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente (writers), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Incredible Hercules I#118 (August, 2008) - Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente (writers), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#11 (September, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Part 11 of 12" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Marco Checchetto (art), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#12 (October, 2008) - "Weapon Omega, Conclusion" story - Rich Koslowski (writer), Marco Checchetto (art), John Barber (editor)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning#2 (September, 2009) - "Weapon Omega" story - Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman (writers), Michel Lacombe (art), Nick Lowe (editor)

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update#3 (October, 2010) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator), Mike O'Sullivan, Stuart Vandal, Markus Raymond (assistant coordinators, writers), Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Madison Carter, Rob London, Kevin Garcia, Chris Biggs, Jacob Rougemont, Ronald Byrd (writers), Terry Dodson, Andrea Di Vito, Mike Deodato, Jr. (Omega entry art), Gus Vazquez, Tom Chu (select character art), Pond Scum (art reconstruction), Gally Articola (art refurbishment), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Heroic Age: X-Men#1 (February, 2011) - Michael Hoskin (head writer, coordinator), Chad Anderson, Mike O'Sullivan, Peter Sanderson, Markus Raymond, Anthony Flamini, Kevin Garcia, Jacob Rougemont, Madison Carter (writers), Stuart Vandal (writer, OHotMU overseer), Jeff Christiansen (OHotMU overseer), Terry Dodson (Omega entry art),  Jeff Youngquist (editor)


First posted09/23/2022
Last updated: 09/23/2022

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