The early 2000s saw a lot of Eminem wannabes and Phat was the archetype. Sporting street gear and consistently acting like something he was not, Phat eventually came to terms with himself. His close relationship with Vivisector made him realize he was homosexual but ultimately the two were better as just friends. While many people lumped the pair together as "the other two members of X-Force," Phat ultimately proved to be one of the more heroic members of the team. Phat took his one shot to seize everything he ever wanted and captured it. This Thanksgiving, expand your knowledge and your waistline in tribute to PHAT!
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Spotlight on... REAPER!
Reaper, like so many other mutants of his generation, was born in Rob Liefeld's sketchbook of character ideas that might look cool somewhere. Because Rob didn't get his Teen Titans book at DC, and before he moved on to Youngblood at Image, Reaper emerged as one of the Mutant Liberation Front, a collection of antagonists for the New Mutants as Liefeld and Louise Simonson took the reins on that book. Reaper experienced a bizarre jump in notoriety when Marvel bought out Malibu Comics' Ultraverse and sought to merge their properties. Reaper of the MLF and Siena Blaze of the Upstarts joined Juggernaut as the Marvel half of the Ultraverse's All New Exiles, turning relatively minor X-Men villains into stars of their own title. Reaper eventually returned to the Marvel Universe, but his profile has never risen so high again.
Profile On... SEAMUS MELLENCAMP!
This incorrigible Irish mutant has the distinction of being an Irish comic book character that is NOT based on an Irish stereotype. He wasn't an alcoholic. He wasn't inaccurately taken from Irish mythology. He wasn't literally a leprechaun. He didn't wear a shamrock. He didn't speak like John Wayne from the Quietman. He wasn't a terroris.....never mind. Seamus was one of a number of character introduced in the 90s as effectively cannon fodder. Unlike his peers in the Acolytes who were given some sense of morality and nuance, this vicious reptilian was a bonafide villain with an unusual penchant from returning from the dead..... Read here our profile on the evil Seamus Mellencamp.
Profile on... ASTRID BLOOM
This British born telepath was one of a number of minor characters introduced in the early 2000s during a boom of X-Men solo titles. These characters generally served the same purpose in that they were key in the formative years of our heroes only to be taken off the board relatively quickly. This mutant for example was pivotal in Emma Frost's road to be becoming the White Queen and arguably more importantly the source of Emma's infamous wit and (alleged) fake British accent. Read our profile on the obsessive Astrid Bloom!
Update on... ANNIE GHAZIKHANIAN
One of the X-Men's most maligned human associates, Nurse Annie has a complicated history with the X-Men including controversial moments with Havok, Polaris and Iceman. Although she hasn't been seen in some years, she did make a surprise return... in a very unpopular story arc spotlighting Iceman. But where's her little brat, Carter? Find out all about Annie's most recent run-in with the X-Men in our updated Spotlight on NURSE ANNIE!
X-MEN ROSTER UPDATE…POST AoA
As we continue through our chronology of the X-Men we come to the best period for the team...the mid-90's. The classic blue and gold teams started to merge together until they became a muddled mess of characters coming and going. Plus Joseph!!! Read our updated article on the X-Men Roster