Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant (depowered), citizen of France
Occupation: former mercenary
Group Membership: Hell's Belles (Tremolo, Vague)
Affiliations: Briquette, Cyber (Silas Burr), Mercury (Cessily Kincaid), Outlaw (Inez Temple), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), unidentified drug cartel;
formerly Shrew (Marilyn Maycroft)
Enemies: Children of the Atom (Cyclops-Lass/Buddy Bartholomew, Cherub/Gabe Brathwaite, Marvel Guy/Benny Thomas, Daycrawler/Jay Thoma, Gimmick/Carmen Maria Cruz), Shrew (Marilyn Maycroft), X-Factor (Havok/Alex Summers, Multiple Man/Jamie Madrox Polaris/Lorna Dane, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Strong Guy/Guido Carosella, Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Krakoa;
formerly mobile throughout the United States
First Appearance: X-Factor I#80 (July, 1992)
Powers/Abilities: Flambé is a depowered mutant who had the ability to manipulate fire/flames by controlling oxygen molecules. She cannot produce flames, but once they are lit, can make them hotter. She preferred spewing fire from her mouth and would carry several sticks not unlike those of a fire-eater to focus the fire into jets. She was also seen creating flames from her hands and feet. Flambé also appears to have some level of superhuman strength as she was seen lifting a fully grown adult male with just one arm. After being depowered, Flambé would rely on using a flamethrower to somewhat replicate her powers.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 140lbs.)
Eyes: Blue (also seen as yellow)
(Marvel Atlas I#1) - The mutant known only as Flambé was born in France.
(X-Factor I#79 (fb) - BTS) - Flambé worked as a professional mercenary, forming the Hell's Belles alongside fellow female mutants Briquette, Shrew, Tremolo and Vague. The group took orders from Cyber (Silas Burr) and a major drug cartel.
(X-Factor I#79 (fb) - BTS) - Cyber sent Flambé and the other Hell's Belles to murder Shrew. Their former teammate had secretly struck a deal with the US government to testify against the cartel in exchange for immunity. Because Shrew was being protected by the government superhero team X-Factor, Cyber ambushed and injured Polaris, believing she was the most powerful member of X-Factor.
(X-Factor I#80) - Flambé and Cyber tracked down an informant in a dark alley where Flambé tortured the man into revealing Shrew's whereabouts after which she murdered the man. Having learned X-Factor was protecting Shrew at the Barclay Hotel in Virginia, Washington the Hells Belles set out to find them. Flambé and Vague took the direct route into the hotel, fighting Havok and Wolfsbane while Briquette and Tremolo dealt with Strong Guy. Flambé tried to burn Havok and Wolfsbane to a crisp with a powerful fire-blast but the effects where annulled by Havok's plasma-blast. Meanwhile Briquette's fight with Strong Guy caused them to crash through the hotel floors, eventually ending in the basement after which Strong Guy was dealt with by Cyber who exposed him to a lethal poison.
(X-Factor I#81) - Figuring the fight was getting them nowhere, Briquette ended the confrontation by grabbing hold of the hotel's basement boiler and using her internal heat to cause an explosion. Realizing the building would collapse, Flambé and Vague quickly fled the scene. Some time later, Cyber contacted X-Factor in an attempt to force them to hand over Shrew in exchange for the antidote to Strong Guy's poison. X-Factor agreed to their terms.
(X-Factor I#81 - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Cyber or the Hell's Belles, Strong Guy had already been cured thanks to the efforts of a toxicologist.
(X-Factor I#81) - The Hell's Belles joined Cyber for the exchange later that night at Judiciary Square in Washington. X-Factor, joined by Multiple Man and Quicksilver, wasted no time attacking them. Now realizing they were duped, Flambé took on several of Multiple Man's dupes after which she was taken out by Wolfsbane. The fight ended after Havok took down Cyber.
(X-Factor I#81 - BTS) - Flambé and the other Hell's Belles were incarcerated.
(House of M#8 - BTS) - Flambé was one of the many millions mutants who lost their powers when a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants worldwide.
(New Avengers I#17 - BTS) - Flambé's mutant energies joined with those of the other depowered mutants, creating the Collective, a massive force presence that ended up killing, among others, most of the members of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight.
(New Avengers I#18 - BTS) - SHIELD analyzed The Collective's multiple energy signatures and managed to identify Flambé's, along with 50+ other victims of M-Day.
(Children of the Atom#1 - BTS) - Although being depowered, Flambé continued her criminal activities alongside Tremolo and Vague who'd also been depowered. The women continued their life of crime to get enough money to restore at least a semblance of their lost powers.
(Children of the Atom#1) - Looking to make some quick money, the Hells Belles attacked a money-transport. But while making their get-away they were stopped by the Children of the Atom, a group of teenage heroes pretending to be mutants. Unfamiliar with the teenagers and their abilities Flambé and the others opposed the teens as Flambé took on the flying Cherub. The Children of the Atom, however, easily gained the upper hand and defeated the criminals who they left behind for the local authorities to find.
(Children of the Atom#1 - BTS) - After helping to take down the depowered members of the Hell's Belles, Cyclops-Lass posted an entry about the team on the website Mutants Unmuted. It listed Flambé's powerset and mentioned she was depowered.
(Children of the Atom#2 - BTS) - Flambé, Tremolo and Vague were incarcerated in the Manhattan Detention Complex the Tombs
(Children of the Atom#2) - Learning her former teammates were incarcerated in prison, the one remaining mutant of the Hells Belles, Briquette, decided to break them out. Staging a successful jailbreak for the Hell's Belles, it didn't take long for the women to be opposed by the Children of the Atom again. Cyclops-Lass urged the Hells Belles to stand down and seek amnesty on Krakoa, something which the women laughed off. During the fight Flambé explained they'd felt violated, losing their mutant abilities and abandoned when Professor Charles Xavier founded the sovereign mutant-nation of Krakoa leaving the depowered mutants behind. Even without their mutant powers, the Hell's Belles were about to beat the Children of the Atom but the arrival of Storm, Outlaw, Toad and Mercury ended the fight. Storm got into a heated debate with Briquette over the fate of the depowered Hell's Belles who Ororo felt should return to prison. Storm assured the women that they would receive amnesty and could join them. Flambé, Tremolo and Vague accepted and joined Briquette and the others when they returned to Krakoa.
(Children of the Atom#6) - When the nation of Krakoa threw it's first extravagant Hellfire Gala, Flambé, Tremolo and Vague were also present. During the festivities, the women noticed the arrival of the Children of the Atom's sole mutant member, Gimmick (Carmen Maria Cruz). Decided they wanted payback, the women harassed the young girl only to be told off by Danielle Moonstar.
Comments: Created by Peter David, Larry Stroman, and Al Milgrom.
Flambé is French for "flaming" or "flamed".
It seems likely that at some point Flambé will enter Crucible, a ceremony in which a depowered mutant has to battle for the chance to be killed and reborn a true mutant.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
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Children of the Atom#1, p1, pan4 (main image)
X-Factor I#80, p9, pan1&2 (killing an informant)
Children of the Atom#2, p18, pan1&2 (feeling violated and abandoned)
X-Factor I#80 (July, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Factor I#81 (August, 1992) - Peter David (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
New Avengers I#18 (June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Atlas I#1 (November, 2007) - Michael Hoskin, Anthony Flamini, Stuart Vandal, Eric J. Moreels (writers), Eliot Brown (pencils), Jeff Youngquist, John Denning (editors)
Children of the Atom#1 (March, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Bernard Chang (pencils, inks), Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)
Children of the Atom#2 (April, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Bernard Chang (pencils, inks), Shannon Andrews Ballesteros, Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)
Children of the Atom#6 (August, 2021) - Vita Ayala (writer), Paco Medina (pencils, inks), Walden Wong (inks), Shannon Andrews Ballesteros, Jordan D. White (editors)
First Posted: 06/20/2022
Last Updated: 07/04/2022
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