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Real Name: Vulcann

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-928; circa 2099 A.D.) human mutant

Occupation: Bloodsmith; mentor

Group Membership: Bloodsmiths guild (Essex, others)

Affiliations: Book, Darkson (Joaquim Eduardo Vasquez), Warbeasts (all Earth-928)

Enemies: Quiver, Rosalinda Vasquez, X-Men (Bloodhawk, Cerebra, Krystalin, La Lunatica, Metalhead, Sham, Skullfire) (all Earth-928)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hidden mountain fortress in Mount Rainier, Pacific Northwest (Earth-928)

First Appearance: X-Men 2099#32 (May, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Vulcann has the mutant ability to transform and shape living flesh, both internal and external; this includes advancing a person's age by years over just several hours. He has very fast reflexes, and long claws and a large elongated cranium. Arrogant and remorseless, he's described as having a "volcanic voice."

Height: 9' (by approximation)
Weight: 400 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Red
Hair: Bald with purple tendrils/dreadlocks


(X-Men 2099#34 (fb) - BTS) - As part of the mysterious Bloodsmiths guild of flesh-shapers, Vulcann had waited patiently for a baby with great potential that he could transform.

(X-Men 2099#32) - Vulcann watched remotely as Metalhead lifted his godson and Rosalinda Vasquez's baby, Joaquim Vasquez, whom Vulcann deemed had messianic potential.

(X-Men 2099#35 (fb) - BTS) - Vulcann secretly recognized that Joaquim was not the true mutant messiah, but was malleable and with incredible power. Vulcann wanted that power to serve him to ensure mutant ascendancy in the coming chaos.

(X-Men 2099#33) - Keen to collect the baby, Vulcann sent his two Warbeasts through a spatial breach into the Vasquez apartment; one took Metalhead out through a window while the other knocked the babysitter Sham and menaced Rosalinda, who protectively clutched Joaquim. Vulcann then went through the same breach, heeled the Warbeast, and demanded Rosa give him the "future dark messiah."

(X-Men 2099#34) - Having taken the baby Joaquim back to his fortress, Vulcann transformed the baby into a 17-year-old teenager over several hours. Having told Joaquim he would be his mentor and provided with training in his newfound mutant powers, Vulcann gave him a uniform, the codename Darkson and, several weeks later, returned him to his shocked mother and Metalhead. Angered, Metalhead rushed at Vulcann but was protected by Darkson, who had no memory of him and telekinetically cast him away. Vulcann demanded Rosalinda's allegiance so that she could be by Darkson's side to provide nurturing. With increasing environmental cataclysm, Darkson ripped the tower's top off, and La Lunatica and Skullfire arrived to investigate. La Lunatica attacked but Darkson knocked her out. Powered up, Skullfire sought to end hostilities; instead, Vulcann twisted Skullfire's internal flesh and bones, killing him as he exploded. Vulcann told Darkson that the X-Men were no longer fit to be the vanguard for mutantkind and that any opposition would die.

(X-Men 2099#35) - Darkson, carrying La Lunatica, telekinetically carried himself and Vulcann to the remaining X-Men. Vulcann told them that they were unprepared to lead mutantkind through the chaos already begun, and that Darkson was the savior. The X-Men resisted but Darkson easily countered their attacks and subdued them. As Darkson levitated away, the savant mutant Book glided by, inquisitive, then left too. Metalhead failed a surprise attack on Vulcann and Rosalinda pleaded with Vulcann not to kill him. Darkson captivated other mutants in stormy flooded Halo City, and they followed him and Vulcann north to Vulcann's base where the Bloodsmith intended to mold an army. An Atlantean warship threatened the mutant flotilla; Vulcann warped the warriors' skins so they could not breathe and directed Darkson to destroy their ship. Rosalinda and the pursuing X-Men were shocked at Darkson's actions. The X-Men coordinated an attack where Metalhead bound a distracted Vulcann with Atlantean chain debris and left him anchored underwater. Soon after, a reborn Skullfire helped Darkson recover from Vulcann's influence.

Comments: Created by John Francis Moore, Jan Duursema, Scott Koblish.

With his ability to alter flesh, blue skin and the little decorative(?) skulls on his wrists, he reminds me a little of Mystique. Is there a potential DNA connection?

The baby is called Joachim in issue #32, but Joaquim from #33 onward.

The Vulcann storyline is shown very briefly in a flashback in 2099: World of Tomorrow#1.

This profile was completed 8/21/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Vulcann the Bloodsmith has no known connections to:


Vulcann kept two fearsome Warbeasts that were obedient to him. He sent them to eliminate those protecting the baby Joaquim Vasquez, with one taking Metalhead out through a window while the other knocked out babysitter and illusionist Sham, then menaced mother Rosalinda Vasquez until Vulcann appeared and made him heel. They returned with Vulcann once he took the baby.

The horned Warbeasts were larger than lions with dragon-like wings.









--X-Men 2099#33

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X-Men 2099#35, p11, pan1 (main image)
X-Men 2099#34, p12, pan2 (headshot)
X-Men 2099#34, p1, pan1 (transforming Joachim)
X-Men 2099#33, p9, pan4 (Warbeasts)

X-Men 2099#32 (May, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jan Duursema (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Men 2099#33 (June, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jan Duursema (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Men 2099#34 (July, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jan Duursema (pencils), Rob Hunter & Paul Neary (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Men 2099#35 (August, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jan Duursema (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
2099: World of Tomorrow#1 (September, 1996) - Ben Raab & Joe Kelly (writers), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Art Thibert, Jaime Mendoza, Al Milgrom, Pascual Ferry, Bill Reinhold (inks), James Felder & Mark Powers (editors)

First posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

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