Entry 071 – Shadowcat

Art by David Marquez Name: Katherine Pryde Code Names: Ariel, Sprite, Shadowcat, Star-Lord First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #129 (Jan 80) Powers: Intangibility Teams Affiliation: X-Men, Excalibur, SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy About Seeing kids grow up is weird. It is terrifying to look at a thirteen-year-old and think that in just five years we as a culture assume they […]

Entry 070 – Hope Summers

Art by Jim Cheung and Laura Martin Name: Hope Summers Code Names: Hope First Appearance: X-Men #205 (Jan 08) Powers: Power mimicry Teams Affiliation: X-Men, Lights, X-Force About Douglas Adams once wrote, “It’s one thing to think that you’re the center of the universe — it’s another thing entirely to have this confirmed by an ancient prophecy.” That’s the cornerstone […]

Entry 069 – The Children of the Vault

Art by Clay Henry, Mark Morales, and Christina Strain Name: Several Code Names: Several First Appearance: X-Men #188 (Jan ‘08) Powers: Several Teams Affiliation: The Children of the Vault About The first thing Marc Guggenheim did in X-Men Gold was to lay out an argument for the fear of mutants. Unlike the Avengers, or the Fantastic Four, or […]

Entry 🕷️👨 – Spider-Man

Art by Paco Medina Name: Peter Palmer Code Names: Spider Man First Appearance: X-Men #35 (Aug ‘67) Powers: Does whatever a spider can Teams Affiliation: The Amazing Friends About With great power comes great merchandising potential. There are more toys, wrapping paper tubes, sippy cups, and bags of confetti with the Spider Man logo on it than all other […]

Entry 067 – Hellion

Art by Sana Takeda Name: Julian Keller Code Names: Hellion First Appearance: New Mutants #2 (Aug ‘03) Powers: Telekinesis Teams Affiliation: X-Men About A healthy awareness of one’s ability is a good thing. When that devolves into arrogance it becomes an issue. That’s why Spider-Man’s mantra “with great power there must also come great responsibility” is so important. Spider-Man would […]

Entry 066 – Nightcrawler

Art by Alan Davis Name: Kurt Wagner Code Names: Nightcrawler First Appearance: Giant Sized X-Men #1 (Oct ‘75) Powers: Teleportation, prehensile tail, being a great acrobat Teams Affiliation: X-Men, Excalibur About If there is one thing the X-Men stand for, it is equality. They believe in the dream of a world where people aren’t judged by the color […]

Entry 065 – Polaris

Art by Jim Steranko Name: Lorna Dane Code Names: Polaris, Magneta, Malice, Magnetrix First Appearance: X-Men #49 Powers: Mastery of Magnetism Teams Affiliation: X-Men, X-Factor, Starjammers About How important is your parentage? Are you defined by who raised you or your genetic code? For Lorna Dane it wasn’t that simple. She wavered between the person she thought she was, […]

Entry 64 – Old Man Logan

Art by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo Name: Logan Code Names: Wolverine First Appearance: Fantastic Four #558 (but only on a technicality and has unofficially been retconned out of continuity) Powers: Healing factor, enhanced senses, adamantium coated claws in hands and feet Teams Affiliation: X-Men About The beauty of alternate realities in comic books is their ability to show […]

Entry 063 – X-23

Art by Ariela Kristantina and Sonia Oback Name: Laura Kinney Code Names: X-23, Wolverine First Appearance: X-Men: Evolution Season 3 Episode 11 Powers: Healing factor, enhanced senses, adamantium coated claws in hands and feet Teams Affiliation: X-Men, X-Force, Avengers Academy About In 1943, the writers of the Batman movie serials introduced The Bat’s Cave, a secret underground lair for the […]

Entry 062 – Caliban

Portrayed in Logan by Stephan Merchant Name: Unknown Code Names: Caliban First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #148 (Aug ’81) Powers: Can sense other mutants, forces others to feel fear Teams Affiliation: Morlocks, X-Factor, X-Force About If there was one thing Chris Claremont loved, it was dropping references as often as he could. Legion was inspired by a passage in the […]