Entry 108 – Oya

Name: Idie Okonkwo Code Names: Oya First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #528 (Nov ’10) Powers: Temperature Control Teams Affiliation: X-Men About When I was a wee lad, my parents were a bit overprotective about the intersection of religion and magic. I wasn’t allowed to see Pocahontas because of the spiritual themes. My mother had a sit down with […]

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Entry 107 – Gladiator

Name: Kallark Code Names: Gladiator First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #107 (Oct’77) Powers: All of the ones Superman has but powered by his confidence and will Teams Affiliation: Shi’ar Imperial Guard, Annihilators About Beyond anything else, Superheroes are unified by willpower. It is the most important weapon in any hero’s arsenal. It is what gives Spider-Man to lift […]

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Entry 106 – Cecilia Reyes

Name: Cecilia Reyes Code Names: N/A First Appearance: X-Men #65 (June ’97) Powers: Personal force field Teams Affiliation: X-Men About One failing of the X-Men as a metaphor is the focus on super heroics. It is a necessary evil of the genre that any thoughts on social issues or character development have to be coupled with six […]

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Entry 105 – Wolverine

Name: Logan, James Howlett Code Names: Wolverine, Weapon X First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #181 (Nov ’74) Powers: Enhanced senses, healing factor, claws Teams Affiliation: X-Men, Avengers, Alpha Flight, X-Force, Defenders, Fantastic Four, Weapon X About It’s almost a parody how much little boys want to be a cowboy. It isn’t founded in any sort of reality, it […]

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Entry 104 – Fantomelle & Culpepper

Name: N/A Code Names: Fantomelle & Culpepper First Appearance: Wolverines #2 (Jan ’15) Powers: Misdirection, External Nervous System/Fox Friend, Total Control Over Her Body’s Position In 6 Dimensions Teams Affiliation: N/A About One of the most omnipresent things to come out of superhero culture is merchandise. Whether it is the three-foot-tall stuffed Batman my dad had as a […]

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Entry 103 – Karma

Name: Xi’an Coy Mahn Code Names: Karma First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up #100 (Dec ’80) Powers: Mind Control Teams Affiliation: New Mutants, X-Men About My grandfather served in Vietnam. Like many people, he didn’t talk about it when he came back. Something about the horrific conflict stayed impressed on his soul throughout his entire life. It wasn’t until the […]

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Entry 102 – Quicksilver

Name: Pietro Maximoff Code Names: Quicksilver First Appearance: X-Men #4 (Mar ’64) Powers: Super Speed Teams Affiliation: The Brotherhood, The Avengers, X-Factor, Knights of Wundagore About There is an old tradition in superhero comics for villains to be redeemed and heroes to turn wicked. In the last few years, the Avengers membership has included Sabretooth and Doctor Doom while […]

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Entry 101 – Danger

Name: Danger Room Code Names: Danger First Appearance: Astonishing X-Men #7 (Jan ’05) Powers: Hard light projection Teams Affiliation: X-Men, X-Club, X-Factor About In the video game series Marathon, a precursor to Halo, the self-awareness of artificial intelligence is a common theme. The AI pushing for greater awareness first becomes melancholy, then angry, and finally jealous. In theory, […]

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Entry 100 – Professor X

Name: Charles Francis Xavier Code Names: Professor X First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September ‘63) Powers: Telepathy Team Affiliation: X-Men About When the X-Men were initially conceived all those years ago, it was about students at a school. For whatever reason, it only took seven issues for the original five X-Men to graduate. This left the series in […]

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Entry 099 – Lifeguard & Slipstream

Name: Heather & Davis Cameron Code Names: Lifeguard & Slipstream First Appearance: X-Treme X-Men #5 (November ‘01) Powers: Adaptive protective biology & the ability to surf the Warp Wave Team Affiliation: X-Men About In 1966, Jack Kirby began working off a Stan Lee Fantastic Four pitch, “Have them fight God”. Working in the Marvel Method, Stan looked […]

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