Real Name: Carl Denti
Identity/Class: Human extraterrestrial technology-user;
identity known to Iron Man/Tony Stark (at least, if not the entire Superhuman Initiative) and the Punisher (Frank Castle);
citizen of USA
Occupation: Vigilante, special agent, security consultant
Group Membership: Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI);
Commission on Superhuman Activities (CSA);
former leader of the Firing Squad (Mariah Ellenthrope, Jack Farley, Cosmo Stephanopolous)
Affiliations: Bella Donna Boudreaux, the Reverend William Conover, Valerie Cooper, Fred Duncan, Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Punisher (Frank Castle), S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Kymberly Taylor,
formerly Anwar Anubar, Sekmeht Conoway, Elysian Guard (Mariah Ellenthrope, Jack Farley, Cosmo Stephanopolous), Elysian Enterprises
Enemies: Georges Batroc, Cable (Nathan Summers), Chamber (Jono Starsmore), Crossbones (Brock Rumlow), Fireballs (Jack Farley), Humanity's Last Stand, Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde), Humanity's Last Stand's Mutant Liberation Front (Blastfurnace, Blindspot/Kylie Kopeiken, Burnout/Kristine Calverly & Megan O'Toole, Corpus Derelicti/Michael Black & Adam Fisher, Deadeye/Mark Randall & Jay Burnell, Thermal/Molly Peterson), Rogue (Anna Marie), Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Skin (Angelo Espinosa), Tower
(Edward Pasternak), Simon Trask, White Queen (Emma Frost), X-Cutioner
("New Son"), X-Man (Nate Grey) of Earth-295, X-Men (Angel/Warren
Worthington, Colossus/Peter Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers,
Storm/Ororo Munroe), Maximilian Zaran;
unintentionally Mariah Ellenthrope, Cosmo Stephanopolous
Known Relatives: James Denti (father,
deceased); Emily Denti (mother), unidentified extended family (veterans
dating back to World War I, most presumably deceased)
referred to by ?? as "FBI guy" and "X"
Base of Operations: Pentagon
at least formerly a forgotten sub-basement of FBI headquarters, Washington, DC;
formerly an Oklahoma missile silo;
formerly a space station near an unidentified black hole in an unidentified sector of space;
formerly Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York;
born in Oskaloosa, Kansas
Education: Masters of Arts in psychology
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (1993)
Powers/Abilities: Carl Denti is intelligent enough to study,
understand and improve a variety of technology, even extraterrestrial.
He is also a trained fighter with years of self-guided experience.
Following the death of his mentor,
Fred Duncan, Denti acted on suspicion and fears against mutant-kind,
initially targeting killer mutants who had escaped justice. He expanded
his sights to target mutants suspected of such crimes and eventually to
any potential outlaws, but as he met more mutant heroes, he began to
question his beliefs and mission. Inadvertently killing two of his
associates while obsessed with his mission led Denti to give up his
killer vigilante identity, and through his experiences with Gambit, he
came to appreciate that even outlaws might be noble.
As X-Cutioner, he carried a
variety of power lances,
including a Shi’ar psilance, a Z’nox energy weapon capable of piercing
Colossus’ armored hide (and temporarily preventing him from returning
to his flesh and blood form), and another that ejects a projectile
gel, similar to Skrull restraints. Some of his lances project powerful
concussive force blasts or devastating heat/energy blasts able to
instantly fry a human being.
His clawed gauntlets released
painful neuro-charges on contact and contain wrist-mounted Shi’ar
plasma slicer missiles.
X-Cutioner’s Siris force field (obtained from Factor Three, pre-budget cuts),
Culthan prison guard helmet and Shi’ar omnium-mesh (impact absorbing) battle armor can
withstand repeated superhuman strikes from beings as powerful as Colossus.
His armor granted him enhanced strength (lifting somewhere
His Z’nox sensors could penetrate
most terrestrial cloaking devices while Sentinel Mark I bioscans
pinpointed mutant locations and identified mutants by their DNA.
His Sidri cloaking device can fool most Earth technology, but does not disguise natural scent.
X-Cutioner used prototype Sentinel
propul-units for short flights and could teleport through time and
space via Culthan stargate (although Denti was not shown to be able to
use it to travel through time) or by “piggybacking” on another system,
as Cable’s "Bodyslide" technology.
While out of costume, Denti sometimes wore a small teleporter that he could use to transport to and from his base to retrieve his armor before teleporting again to whatever location he desired.
X-Cutioner had access to other equipment, such as brainwave-linked laser-equipped anti-gravity drones, strength-enhancing gloves and boots, chest-mounted energy blasters, and handheld stargate devices.
He could analyze various forms of
technology and energy, allowing him to mimic or utilize energy
signatures, such as"piggybacking" on Cable's "Bodyslide" technology,
which he could use to access the Xavier Institute without setting off
He has used explosive charges to fake his own death.
Denti at least formerly maintained a secret sub-basement in Washington, DC’s FBI headquarters, and formerly had bases in an Oklahoma missile silo and a space station near unidentified black hole, which he accessed via stargate.
Denti's memberships in the FBI and CSA allow him access to government funds with proper approval as well as allowing him to supersede local police authority.
Height: 6'; (armored) 6'1";
Weight: 210 lbs.; (armored) 230 lbs.
Hair: Brown with white hair on temples
(Gambit III#5 (fb) - BTS) - Carl Denti came from an Army family active since World War I.
(Gambit III#5 (fb)) - On Carl Denti's 12th birthday, a priest and a soldier came to his door, and he watched from the stairs as they told his mother that his father had been killed in action. It was described as accidental and tragic "friendly fire."
(Gambit III#5 (fb)) - Some of Carl's soldier family members heard things that indicated falsehoods in the account of his father's death.
(Gambit III#5 (fb) - BTS) - At age 16, Carl tried to learn about his father's death but found the details to be classified.
(X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry) - Denti got an MA in Psychology at Syracuse University.
(Gambit III#5 (fb) - BTS) -
After putting in 10 years at the FBI, Carl Denti achieved the security
clearance necessary to learn the truth: His father had lost control of
himself and his sense of place and then shot his own men for refusing
to follow his orders, and his lieutenant had fatally shot him point
blank from behind.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (fb) - BTS) - Carl Denti worked with and was mentored by Fred Duncan in the FBI.
(Generation X I#17 (fb) - BTS) - Denti had 20 years of service to his country.
(Gambit III#5 - BTS) - Denti apparently never fell in love.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (fb) - BTS / X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry) - While Denti was in his early 40's, Duncan died, and Denti obtained all of the alien and other advanced technology Duncan had stockpiled during his exploits involving the X-Men.
(Gambit III#5 (fb) - BTS) - On
some level, Denti disagreed with mutants being considered the next step
in human evolution, considering them rather a cancerous aberration that
should be removed from the face of the planet.
(Punisher III#13 (fb) - BTS) -
The Punisher (Frank Castle) was an inspiration to Denti; he considered
killer mutants should be dealt with in the same fashion as the Punisher
dealt with organized crime.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (fb) - BTS / Gambit III#18 (fb) / X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry) - Seeking to avenge Duncan's death,
Denti adopted the costumed identity of the X-Cutioner to eliminate
murderous mutants, at least some of whom were described in Duncan's files as escaping justice.
(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Carl Denti culled the armor and weaponry of Culthan security officers (possibly Heth'sa) to become the X-Cutioner.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (fb) - BTS / Gambit III#18 (fb) / X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry) - Denti trained for months with his arsenal, believing he was prepared for every eventuality.
(X-Man#11 (fb) - BTS) - Denti established a base within the FBI headquarters to which he only had access.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17) - In
San Miguel, el Salvador, as Tower abused some locals following his
participation in some local war, X-Cutioner used some explosive weapon
to kill Tower.
When the waitress Tower had threatened thanked him, X-Cutioner noted he couldn't accept her gratitude for taking a life, but he promised he would never forsake humanity the way it had forsaken him. He advised them not to fear him as he only killed mutants who killed another person.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 - BTS)
- Some of the people of San Miguel saw the X-Cutioner as a savior,
others insisted he was a demon, while others remembered only Tower's
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17) -
After Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde) -- dying from the Legacy virus and
under care on Muir Island -- had unwittingly drawn X-Men Lucas Bishop,
Jean Grey, and Iceman into an illusory world within his mind,
X-Cutioner arrived to execute Mastermind.
As Denti scaled a mountain and contemplated his origins, Colossus confronted him, shattered the outcropping on which he stood. While Denti considered that his omnium mesh would absorb the brunt of the impact, Angel/Archangel caught him and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt; however, while noting that the terms hero and villain were subjective, he incapacitated Worthington with a neuro-charge from his gauntlet. Mocking Denti's offer to stay out of his way and avoid harm, Colossus repeatedly beat on X-Cutioner but found him protected by a combination of force field and body armor. X-Cutioner caught Colossus' punch and hurled him away before drawing a Z'nox energy staff, with which he incapacitated Colossus, apparently both denting and slicing his metal face, neck, and chest, and leaving him unable to return to human form.
Confronted by Storm, X-Cutioner revealed his name and mission, noting he would kill anyone who got in his way. As she buffeted him with powerful winds, he noted he would have to reread Duncan's dossier on Ororo Munroe. Forming a force field, he told her of his preparations, but as she unleashed a powerful lightning bolt, she advised him that no simulations could prepare him for the power of Storm.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (fb) - BTS) - Leaving behind a damaged weapon, X-Cutioner teleported away while releasing an explosive blast, intending to make it appear he had been disintegrated.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 - BTS) - Considering that she had only electrified the ground around him, Storm suspected X-Cutioner had faked his death.
(Uncanny X-Men I#310 (fb) - BTS) - While the White
Queen (Emma Frost) was comatose and in Xavier School's medical lab as a
result of injuries sustained in a Sentinel attack that slaughtered the
Hellions (circa Uncanny X-Men I#281), the X-Cutioner targeted her for
various past crimes (as well as blaming her for the Hellions' deaths).
(Uncanny X-Men I#310 (fb) - BTS) - By monitoring
Cable's "bodyslides" (use of his teleportation technology via the
Professor/Ship computer (later Prosh)), Denti determined a means to use
it to "piggyback" the signal and similarly teleport himself to follow
(Uncanny X-Men I#310) - Targeting the White Queen
(Emma Frost) -- whom he considered responsible for the deaths of the
Hellions, at least -- X-Cutioner locked on Cable's
bodyslide/teleportation technology and secretly "piggybacked" the
signal into the Xavier School / X-Mansion when Cable traveled there to
confront his father, Cyclops (Scott Summers).
(Uncanny X-Men I#310 - BTS) - Although entry in this fashion and the X-Cutioner's own Sidri cloaking device allowed him to evade detection by the Xavier School's security system, he was detected by then X-Men prisoner Sabretooth who reported the finding and the location of the highly-armed intruder to Cyclops.
(Uncanny X-Men I#310) - As X-Cutioner raised an energized fist over Frost, Cyclops blast knocked him away. As Cable rushed forward and grabbed him, X-Cutioner teleported beyond Cyclops, noting he had piggy-backed on his signal and could follow him anywhere. However, reacting swiftly, Cable smashed X-Cutioner with a large bank of mechanical equipment. As X-Cutioner got back up, Cyclops and Cable simultaneously blasted him (Cable with a wrist-blaster weapon), and X-Cutioner teleported away.
(X-Man#11) - X-Cutioner
targeted Rogue for the death of Cody Robbins (the boy who had
eventually died after kissing her when her powers first surfaced),
tracking her to a North Carolina beach where she had encountered Nate
Grey (aka X-Man of Earth-295, the "Age of Apocalypse").
Firing a blast
from his lance that knocked Rogue off of her feet, X-Cutioner
introduced himself and announced his intentions. X-Man told X-Cutioner
he would have to go through him first, and when X-Cutioner told him he
would if the "punk" got in his way, but X-Man blasted him away with a
powerful telekinetic burst.
Surprised by the power and confused as his sensors' bio-readout suggested the kid to be Cable (of whom X-Man was an alternate dimensional counterpart), X-Cutioner resolved to take him down and then analyze the remains. However, Nate instead knocked him back with a telekinetically-enhanced punch before grabbing the lanced and breaking it over X-Cutioner's head.
Considering the decreased force of this second assault, X-Cutioner punched Nate back and asked if he was running out of steam. Advising Nate that power meant nothing without control and stamina, X-Cutioner fought back with a restored (or replaced?) lance and a series of punches and kicks. However, with Nate on his knees, Rogue -- who had been occupied flying some innocent kids a safe distance away -- came crashing down on X-Cutioner, smashing his face into the sand.
Though Rogue tried to
explain that what had happened with Cody was an accident she had since
regretted, X-Cutioner leapt to the attack once more, only to be dropped
again by combined punches of Nate and Rogue.
Rogue warned X-Cutioner that if he
came looking for her again, she would not be so kind, but X-Cutioner --
as he teleported away -- told her that the next time she'd never hear
(Generation X I#16 (fb) - BTS) - X-Cutioner targeted
Generation X member Skin for the murder of Angelo Espinosa (Skin
actually was Espinosa, who had faked his own death to avoid having to
testify with his lover, Tores, who was suspected of murder).
(Generation X I#16) - As Skin and his teammate
Chamber drove from Boston's Massachusetts Academy to West Chester, New
York's Xavier's School, to seek aid for Chamber, X-Cutioner blocked
their path on the Massachusetts Turnpike, running them off the road.
X-Cutioner then introduced himself and announced his intentions and
(Generation X I#17 (fb)) - After X-Cutioner identified himself and noted his mission and reasons, Skin dropped a lit match onto the puddle of fuel leaking from the car, causing an explosion to get some distance between them.
(Generation X I#17 - BTS) - As the injured Chamber didn't need to breathe, Skin pushed him into a pond (or some other body of water) to hide him.
(Generation X I#17) - X-Cutioner confronted Skin
anew, and Skin denied his involvement but refused to supply further
clarification, instead ripping out a support strut to the building
(some sort of fair/circus structure) on which X-Cutioner stood, causing
it to collapse around him.
X-Cutioner emerged from the rubble soon
after, unharmed and somewhat annoyed, although expressing doubts in his
mission. Analyzing a sample of Skin's excess skin, X-Cutioner found it
to be almost identical to samples on record from Angelo Espinosa.
Skin subsequently led X-Cutioner
into a wax museum, where X-Cutioner taunted him as a coward for hiding.
When X-Cutioner finally located and blasted at Skin, his target dodged
and then mocked his mission and questioned whether he was right about
X-Cutioner indeed questioned his mission, trying to
convince himself that he hadn't thrown away 20 years of service to the
USA just to become a murderer. With X-Cutioner distracted, Skin
extended his finger around his helmet, blinding him, and then triggered
X-Cutioner's energy lance. Bouncing off various mirrors, the energy
built progressively in power before finally striking and incapacitating
(Punisher III#12 (fb) - BTS) - Carl Denti was assigned to bodyguard pro-mutant political candidate Reverend William Conover following multiple death threats.
(Punisher III#12) - As Reverend
William Conover appeared before a Congressional Committee, Denti
introduced himself. Although Conover tried to decline his protection,
Denti informed him it was required by the FBI. They were then
confronted by SHIELD agent Kymberly Taylor, who had also been assigned
to protect Conover.
As Denti and Taylor argued over who was covering
Conover, Deadeye (a cybernetic assassin posing as a mutant as part of
Humanity's Last Stand's false Mutant Liberation Front) teleported in to
kill Conover. The Punisher, requested by SHIELD's GW Bridge to protect
Conover, knocked Conover out of Deadeye's path, after which Deadeye was
transported away by his superiors.
Denti, Conover, the Punisher, and Taylor subsequently met and discussed plans/options. When Deadeye returned and attacked anew, Denti pretended to be knocked out, after which he transformed into the X-Cutioner.
(Punisher III#13 (fb) - BTS) - X-Cutioner located Deadeye and the Punisher's battle by the Lincoln Memorial via police reports.
(Punisher III#12) - X-Cutioner
fatally blasted Deadeye as Deadeye threatened to kill the Punisher, after
which he introduced himself to Castle.
(Punisher III#13) - X-Cutioner
assured the Punisher he had nothing to fear from him and that he was in
many ways inspired the Punisher, noting that they both addressed those
whom the law could not or did not touch. Departing before the
authorities to could arrive, X-Cutioner suggested they ally and that
the Punisher made certain a full autopsy on Deadeye was performed.
X-Cutioner teleported back to his FBI HQ sub-basement base, after which he removed the teleporter retrieval unit he had hidden under his clothes as he suspected he would be examined medically after having been seemingly knocked out by Deadeye's attack. He then considered that his mutant-tracking equipment had not registered Deadeye, wondering if his scanners were being jammed.
(Punisher III#13 - BTS) - As
Deadeye was brought in for autopsy, Blastfurnace teleported in and
incinerated Deadeye's body to prevent the autopsy.
(Punisher III#13) - As Agent Taylor and the Punisher argued about whether the X-Cutioner was working with either of them, Denti noted that the X-Cutioner's teleport device was completely different than the Mutant Liberation Front's. However, when Castle and Taylor questioned how he knew this, Denti changed the subject as Conover attempted to depart, and Conover was convinced to allow Castle to follow him in an effort to prevent harm to innocent bystanders.
Denti was in the building as
Conover worked a soup kitchen, and he identified the suspicious arrival
of an overcoat-wearing MLF member Corpus Derelecti, noting the flying
gizmos around him to be the same as those Deadeye used. Denti advised
Castle to get Conover to safety, but then Taylor crashed through a
window, leading to a confrontation with Corpus Derelecti.
As people panicked and fled, Denti could neither get a shot at Derelecti, nor could he teleport away amongst the crowd. Punisher then sent Denti to get Conover to safety while he engaged Derelecti.
After the Punisher incapacitated
Derelecti, Blastfurnace arrived and incinerated Derelecti. Denti shot
Blastfurnace in the back before evacuating with Conover, Punisher, and
Taylor; he criticized Taylor's using her weapon in the crowd, but
Castle defended her actions as a rookie mistake. They were then
confronted anew by Blastfurnace.
(Punisher III#14) - When
Blastfurnace blew out the wall of the building upon which Denti and the
others were standing, Denti remained on the roof and then teleported
away after the others safely reached ground. He then returned as the
X-Cutioner to aid the Punisher against Blastfurnace, blowing a small
hole into its chest armor, which the Punisher then filled with water
via a fire hose, and the steam pressure caused the Blastfurnace armor
to explode; X-Cutioner was slashed in the side of the leg by a piece of
the armor, after which he teleported away.
When Denti rejoined the group
shortly thereafter, the Punisher noted him to be in pain, and Denti
told him he had been hurt when the roof collapsed. Denti then ordered
every fragment of Blastfurnace to be analyzed in the FBI lab, but
Taylor took a piece to be analyzed separately by SHIELD in case the MLF
destroyed the FBI samples.
When Conover refused to go into protective custody and insisted on rejoining his mission's people who were waiting for him in Oklahoma, Denti argued that this would put innocents at risk, but Castle convinced him that Conover could make his own choices and that they would all accompany him via train.
(Punisher III#14 (fb) - BTS) - Denti requistioned a special train for the transport.
(Punisher III#14) - Aboard the train, when Taylor suggested Denti relax and enjoy the scenery, Denti noted to Taylor that there would be heck to pay with his superiors in the FBI for this expenditure. He further questioned why the MLF would be trying to kill the pro-mutant Conover instead of the anti-mutant presidential candidate, Graydon Creed; how himself, Taylor, and Castle were really stopping the MLF; and whether Conover wasn't perhaps in on the plot. Taylor simply replied that she was going to a move to a less paranoid section of the train.
Shortly thereafter, the train was assaulted by the MLF's speedster, Burnout, who got past all three defenders and slew the train's engineers before pushing the train to maximum throttle. Castle instructed Denti and Taylor to get Conover to safety while he engaged Burnout, but Burnout took off after Conover as Taylor sped away with him by motorcycle. After Denti and Castle found the engineers dead and the controls smashed, a new Deadeye appeared and deposited explosives on the tracks on a bridge, blowing it up a short distance in front of the train.
(Punisher III#15) - The
Punisher advised he and Denti jump into the water below; presumably
wishing to be left alone to teleport away, Denti told Castle he
couldn't swim, but Castle told him to learn quickly. Denti joined
Castle in jumping before the train fell through the damaged bridge, and
Castle watched as Denti vanished in a flash of energy, teleporting
As the X-Cutioner, he teleported
to Taylor and Conover's location, seconds too late to stop Burnout from
teleporting away with Conover after having caused their motorcycle to
(Punisher III#15 (fb) - BTS) -
Denti was informed that Blastfurnace had destroyed the entire lab that
had been analyzing the destroyed Blastfurnace armor.
(Punisher III#15) - Informing
Castle of the "new" Blastfurnace and the armor's destruction, Denti
noted his suspicion that Blastfurnace might be pure super-heated
plasma, with the armor only being a containment suit. He continued that
there was no explanation for Deadeye's appearance, wondering if they
were clones, nor for their capture rather than execution of Conover;
however, Castle then interrupted him by putting his gun to Denti's head,
informing him that he knew he was the X-Cutioner and insisting Denti explain
about his teleportation equipment and whether he was allied with the
MLF or not.
Denti explained his origins and again noted the Punisher to be an inspiration.
After Denti noted that his mutant tracking equipment couldn't sense the MLF, Castle reasoned that they were most likely not mutants and rather empowered by their suits or drugs.
(Punisher III#15 (fb) - BTS) -
Hoping to smoke out the MLF, Castle had Denti call together a press
conference, noting that he had a theory he hoped to prove that the
mutants were not involved in Conover's disappearance.
(Punisher III#16 (fb) - BTS) -
Castle further planned to allow Denti to be captured so he could gain
the MLF's base's coordinates.
(Punisher III#15) - Denti spoke at the press conference as planned.
(Punisher III#15 - BTS) - Although suspecting this to be a trap, Simon Trask insisted the MLF capture Denti (to learn what he knew) and kill anyone who protected him.
(Punisher III#15) - As the Punisher and Taylor watched from above, Denti walked the streets. When Burnout showed up to capture him, all three pinned her in crossfire until Blastfurnace, Deadeye, Thermal, and Blindspot all showed up. Although Castle took down Deadeye, Burnout held Denti with blades against his neck, threatening to kill him, but Blindspot reminded her that their orders were to take him back to their base, and, with Blastfurnace carrying the subdued Deadeye, all four MLF members teleported away with Denti.
Upon arriving in the MLF base,
Denti was surprised to see Simon Trask, head of Humanity's Last Stand,
as their leader.
(Punisher III#16 (fb) - BTS) - Trask had Denti beaten when he refused to provide information on what he knew about the MLF.
(Punisher III#16) - Telling
Denti they no longer needed his information following the assassination
of Graydon Creed, as he planned for a few MLF terrorist attacks to push
the country into a gene war. Trask then instructed Burnout to take
Denti to the cells and kill him. Taunting Burnout's addiction and
withdrawal, Denti shoved her head against a wall, stunning her so that
he could teleport away.
Returning to his base, Denti donned his X-Cutioner
(Punisher III#16 - BTS) - Trask had Blastfurnace incinerate Burnout for her failure.
(Punisher III#16) - Returning to Castle and Taylor, X-Cutioner told them he had located the MLF base in the East Buffolk, Oklahoma compound (he told Taylor that Denti had carried a homing device).
After Castle had the others
contact reporters Ben Urich and Trish Tilby to report the truth on this
MLF, X-Cutioner transported himself, Castle, and Taylor to the MLF
base. While Taylor went to evacuate the base, X-Cutioner accompanied
Castle to the central complex, warning of a concern that his teleporter
may not be able to handle getting Castle out of there after rescuing
Conover. After fighting their way past Deadeye, they located Conover.
As Castle provided cover, X-Cutioner prepared to free Conover, using
ultra-sonics to incapacitate the new Burnout when she arrived and
assaulted him. Teleporting Conover to safety, X-Cutioner greeted Tilby
and told her Conover could give her the story. However, when X-Cutioner
tried to teleport back in, his teleporter began to short out. He was
only able to get Taylor to safety before Trask detonated the facility
rather than let the Punisher capture him.
(Punisher III#17 (fb) - BTS) - Punisher escaped the exploding facility.(Gambit III#1 (fb) - BTS) - After archeologist Sekmeht Conoway's investigations had led her father's company, Elysian Enterprises, to the twelfth and final temple of the twelfth and final child of Chinese ruler Gharba-Hsien (an alias for the External/immortal mutant Saul) that allegedly had information on and/or portions of a powerful extraterrestrial spacecraft (perhaps associated with the virtually omnipotent Celestials), the Chinese government requested the United States send an agent to "protect the site." The US government sent their Superhuman Investigations Team's Carl Denti (presumably unaware that Denti was also the X-Cutioner).
(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - During the events of Maximum Security, disgraced Culthan former prison guard Heth'sa was relocated to Earth as part of a plot to distract humanity to prevent them from interfering with intergalactic affairs. He sought to access the X-Cutioner armor.
(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Heth'sa tracked the armor's teleport signal from New York to a missile silo in the Oklahoma plains; unable access the site without alerting the authorities he confronted Gambit and members of the Unified Guild of Thieves and Assassins in New Orleans, telling them they called the man who wore his uniform "X-Cutioner."
Explaining his desire to use the armor's components to teleport himself
back to Culth to make amends for his previous wrong-doings, Heth'sa convinced the Guild to aid him.
Approaching the armor, Heth'sa deactivated the gravimetric stasis shell containing it and removed a disc containing the armor's memory archive.
Noting that no
normal Terran computer would be able to read it and wishing Gambit the
best of luck, Heth'sa activated the armor's space-time transit
mechanism and traveled via stargates to planet Cultha's past, at the time of his disgrace.
(Gambit III#23 - BTS) - Via donning the X-Cutioner helmet, Gambit identified the location and time period of Heth'sa's travel and followed him there.
(Gambit III#23 - BTS) - In the time of the violent riot on the orbital penitentiary on which Heth'sa worked, Gambit arrived, using his powers to disable some weaponry so he could locate Heth'sa. After the X-Cutioner helmet tracked the temporal energies to Heth'sa's location, Gambit removed the helmet.
(Gambit III#23) - After Gambit explained that Heth'sa could not be allowed to change the timestream and instead offered him what appeared to be Heth'sa's past self's helmet. After present-Heth'sa donned the helmet, Gambit was returned to the present.(X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry) - Presumably working for both the CSA and FBI, Denti apparently regained the X-Cutioner armor at some point;
Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Jason Pearson, and Mark Farmer.
X-Cutioner was one of the
character from Marvel's 1993 Annuals, all of whom got their own trading
cards. X-Cutioner was one of the few of these characters who had any significant impact on the Marvel Universe -- along with Legacy/Genis-Vell/Captain
Marvel, Kyllian, and maybe the Irish Wolfhound.
Gambit III#1 revealed the critical information that Denti wears white jockeys, considering himself a traditional kind of guy.
Colossus was still feeling the effects of the X-Cutioner's attack in Uncanny X-Men#301. By Excalibur #71, Colossus has joined the Acolytes after Illyana's death; Kitty lured him to Muir Island, where the X-Men captured and forcibly healed him.
Since Denti had retired as the X-Cutioner, the profile should probably be titled Carl Denti...but where's the fun in that?
This profile was completed 12/16/2020, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Snood.
X-Cutioner should be distinguished from:
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1993 Annuals card front and back;
Uncanny X-Men Annual#17, story pg. 3, panel 1 (shadowed);
Uncanny X-Men I#310, pg. 7, panel 2 (lateral oblique, hunched);
X-Man#11, pg. 12, panel 1 (full body, from lower perspective, staff);
Generation X I#16, last page, last panel (shows glowing end of staff);
#17, pg. 21, panel 1
Punisher III#12, pg. 10 (full body oblique, with Conover);
last page, last panel (standing over Punisher);
#14, pg. 7, panel 5 (blasting Blastfurnace);
#15, pg. 11, panel 5 (Denti face);
Gambit III#1, pg. 2, panel 2 (full body, distant)
#5, pg. 4, panel 4 (standing);
pg. 18, panel 2 (blasting Rogue)
#18, pg. 12, panel 2 (uncostumed, holding gun to Crossbones);
pg. 18, panel 4 (unmasked face)
X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry (main image)
Uncanny X-Men Annual#17 (1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Jason Pearson (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Lisa Patrick (assistant editor), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#310 (March, 1994) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita, Jr. (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Man#11 (January, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer) , Steve Skroce (penciler), Bud LaRosa & Rob Hunter (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Generation X I#16 (June, 1996) - Scott Lobdell (plot), Todd Dezago (script), Tom Grummett (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Generation X I#17 (July, 1996) - "Sizzlin'" Scott Lobdell with Stan "The Man" Lee (writers), "Charismatic" Chris Bachalo (penciler), "Marvelous" Mark Buckingham (inker), "Baby Factory" Bob Harras (editor)
Punisher III#12 (October, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Punisher III#13 (November, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Punisher III#14 (December, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Jell Albrecht (inker), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Punisher III#15-16 (January-February, 1997) - John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Gambit III#1-2 (February-March, 1999) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Rob Hunter (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Gambit III#4 (May, 1999) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Rob Hunter with Scott Hanna & Scott Koblish (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
Gambit III#5 (June, 1999) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Rob Hunter with Walden Wong (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
Gambit III#17 (June, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Sean Parsons & Rich Perotta (inker), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Gambit III#18-19 (July-August, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Sean Parsons (inker), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Gambit 2000 (2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Cam Smith (art), Thomas Derencik (penciler, pg. 2-9), Eric Cannon (inker, pg. 2-9), Mike Marts (editor)
Gambit III#21 (October, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Sean Parsons (inker), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Gambit III#23 (December, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Yanick Paquette (penciler), Sean Parsons & John Stanisci (inkers), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1: Civil War Files Appendix (2007) - Ronald Byrd (writer), Anthony Flamini (head writer/coordinator), Michael Short (assistant editor), Jennifer Grunwald & Mark Beazley (editors, special projects), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes: X-Cutioner entry (July, 2011) - Ronald Byrd (writer), Jeff Christiansen & Mike O'Sullivan (head writers/coordinators), Stuart Vandal, Markus Raymond, & Mike Fichera (assistant coordinators), Gus Vasquez (artist), James Emmet & Joe Hochstein (editorial assistants), Alex Starbuck & Nelson Ribeiro (assistant editors), Jennifer Grunwald & Mark Beazley (editors, special projects), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
First posted: 09/11/2021
Last updated: 09/09/2021
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