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Real Name: Gracie Smith

Identity/Class: Human mutant (pre-modern to modern era), citizen of the United States

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None, formerly The Promise (Gene Bitner, Tad Carter, Craig Farnsworth, Simon Lestron, Tobias Messenger, Lucy Robinson, Ernest Scope)

Affiliations: Angel (Warren Worthington III), professor Charles Xavier

Enemies: None, formerly X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Beast/Henry "Hank" McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Havok/Alex Summers, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Marvel Girl/Jean Grey, Polaris/Lorna Dane)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed,
                                   formerly Promise Headquarters (located underneath Messenger Mansion on the outskirts of New York)

First Appearance: X-Men: The Hidden Years I#17 (April 2001)

Powers/Abilities: Gracie Smith is a telepath strong enough to disguise her appearance through psionic illusions (see comments). She is also a psychic vampire capable of draining mental energies through a mere touch. Smith can control how much energy she takes, easily knocking people out without causing permanent damage. Thanks to the Promise's teaching circuitry, she is well versed in history, world events, advanced technology and various other fields of knowledge.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'7")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 130 lbs.)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Purple


(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Gracie Smith was located by The Promise sometime during the early 1980s. She agreed to join the group and over time, fell for the charms of her fellow member Craig Farnsworth (see comments).

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#17 - BTS) - Coming out of their most recent hibernation cycle, Gracie and the others sought to expand the membership of The Promise. Learning of the existence of Lorna Dane, they decided she would be an ideal new recruit. Tad Carter was sent out to make contact with her.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#18) - Gracie and the others were on hand to greet Lorna Dane when Carter successfully lured her to their secret base underneath Messenger mansion. Gracie smiled while Messenger recounted the group's origin story. She piped up when their connections to the Yellow Claw were touched out, pointing out to Lorna that she and Tad Carter were more recent recruits who had nothing to do with the Claw.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#18 - BTS) - Gracie's lover Craig Farnsworth was outside Messenger mansion using his telepathic illusions to keep the X-Men at bay.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#18) - Gracie went topside to join Craig, using her own powers to appear as Lorna Dane. This confused Havok long enough for her to knock him out with her vampiric touch. Craig got a little jealous because she chose to kiss him to apply her power rather than a mere touch. Smith admitted she was simply satisfying her curiosity. Smith and Farnsworth brought in the defeated X-Men and joined the group discussion on what to do with them. Havok was chosen to join the Promise and Gracie supported Lucy's suggestion to take Angel as well, because she sensed her teammate liked the handsome mutant.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#18 - BTS) - Gracie joined forces to mindwipe the X-Men, dumping them into the deep subterranean caverns under their headquarters.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#19) - With Havok, Polaris and Angel already put in stasis, Gracie and the other Promise members also prepared to enter their next ten year sleep cycle.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I# 19 - 21 - BTS) - Without anyone noticing, Lucy Robinson had rigged her stasis pod so she could wake up and escape with Angel, forcing the X-Man to do her bidding by putting him under her telepathic control. However, once Angel overcame her mind control, he took Robinson back to the Promise to free his fellow X-Men from stasis.

(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#22) - With telepathic assistance from professor Xavier, Angel and Lucy Robinson revived their teammates as well as Gracie and the other Promise members. They were shocked to find Tobias Messenger dead inside his pod (secretly caused by Lucy). Without their leader, the group decided to disband and venture out into the world. Gracie and Craig agreed to take care of their teammate Simon Lestron who was still stuck in his infant body even though he was born in 1945.

Comments: Created by John Byrne and Tom Palmer.

Precious little is known about Gracie's mutant powers. Her shapeshifting could also mean she's an actual metamorph, but given Tobias Messenger's preference for recruiting psionics into the Promise, it seems more likely her abilities are telepathic in nature.

The decades long relationship between Gracie and Craig is a little odd when you realize the Promise only comes out of stasis for a week per decade. So while they've been together for decades, they've basically been dating for less than a month.

Gracie seems to be The Promise's most recent recruit, her punk rock look suggesting she joined in the early 1980s.  Of course, those dates are all topical. It all worked when the stories first appeared in 2001, but that's where we run into the tricky Sliding Timescale. Marvel's long standing conceit is that it's always less than fifteen years since Fantastic Four I#1. Which means that by the early 2020s the events of Hidden Years, which took place between X-Men I#66 and Giant-Size X-Men I#1, occurred no earlier than the 2010s. And it's moving forward each year. So, maybe Gracie just liked the retro look? She's an anarchist, whatchagondo...

Profile by Norvo.

Gracie Smith should not be confused with:

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X-Men The Hidden Years I#17 p16, pan2 (mainimage)
X-Men The Hidden Years I#18, p15, pan4 (a more recent recruit)
X-Men The Hidden Years I#18, p18, pans1&2 (drains Havok)
X-Men The Hidden Years I#22 p17, pan4 (come hang with us)

X-Men: The Hidden Years I#17 (April 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years I#18 (May, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years I#19 (June, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)

X-Men: The Hidden Years I#22 (September, 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)

First Posted: 03/18/2022
Last updated: 03/18/2022

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