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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Entry 098 – Archangel

Name: Warren Kenneth Worthington III Code Names: Angel, Archangel, Death First Appearance: X-Men #1 (Sept ‘63) Powers: Flight, razor-sharp flechettes, healing blood Team Affiliation: X-Men, Champions, Defenders, X-Factor, X-Force, Horsemen of Apocalypse About The original five X-Men are often criticized for telling a story of persecution and bigotry through the eyes of a group of WASP-y kids […]

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Entry 097 – Mister Sinister

Name: Nathanial Essex Code Names: Mister Sinister First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #221 (Sept ‘87) Powers: Telepathy, shapeshifting Team Affiliation: Marauders, Nasty Boys About There is a famous line in Jurassic Park, one that has lost some of its’ impact thanks to the internet, but one that still resonates. Dr. Ian Malcolm, looking at the horror that this […]

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Entry 096 – Synch

Name: Everett Thomas Code Names: Synch First Appearance: X-Men #36 (Sept ‘94) Powers: Synchronistic Aura Team Affiliation: Generation X About Here is a weird trick about superheroes, you always run into someone who’s special gift involves copying other’s powers. When viewed in a vacuum, this makes absolutely no sense. You have an ability that makes you dependent […]

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Entry 095 – Wiz Kid

Name: Takeshi Matsuya Code Names: Wiz Kid First Appearance: X-Terminators #1 (Oct ‘88) Powers: He does machines Team Affiliation: X-Terminators, Avengers Academy About Anger is like a tumor. If you catch it early enough and remove it, life can move on with limited consequence. It may serve as a warning, a reminder to watch out for its’ […]

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Entry 094 – Rictor

Name: Julio Rictor Code Names: Rictor First Appearance: X-Factor #17 (June ‘87) Powers: Seismic Wave Generation Team Affiliation: X-Factor, X-Terminators, New Mutants, X-Force About A big part of being a young adult is discovering who you really are. For many people, it is the first time they are away from their family, the first time they must […]

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Entry 093 – Lila Cheney

Name: Lila Cheney Code Names: N/A First Appearance: New Mutants Annual #1 (Nov‘84) Powers: Celestial Level Teleportation Team Affiliation: N/A About Rock legend Joan Jett said “My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.” It’s a sentiment shared by anyone who has picked up a six-string. There is a […]

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Entry 092 – Senator Robert Kelly

Name: Robert Kelly Code Names: N/A First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #133 (May ‘80) Powers: Political ones Team Affiliation: The US Senate About The mutant metaphor isn’t perfect. Unlike every other persecuted minority in the real world, there is a clear and present danger from mutant powers, especially from those who don’t know how to control them. Bryan Singer addressed this […]

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Entry 091 – Spiral

Name: Rita Wayword Code Names: Spiral, Ricochet Rita First Appearance: Longshot #1 (Sept ‘85) Powers: Teleportation, magic Team Affiliation: Freedom Force, X-Force About The poet Ocean Vuong had an insight about something an Italian philosopher observed. “Vico had this theory that time moves more in a spiral than it does in a line. He believes that’s why we repeat […]

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Entry 090 – Beast

Name: Hank McCoy Code Names: Beast First Appearance: X-Men #1 (Sept‘63) Powers: Beast like strength, reflexes, and agility Team Affiliation: X-Men, Avengers, Defenders, SWORD, Illuminati About Intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence are two different things. It often seems that the brightest of minds have a chip on their shoulder. Even if they play the scenario out a dozen […]

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