Reverend William Stryker, is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is depicted as an enemy of the X-Men. In the X-Men film series, the character has been portrayed by Brian Cox, Danny Huston and Josh Helman. In 2009, William Stryker was ranked by IGN's as 70th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Brent Anderson, he first appeared in the 1982 graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, his character was modeled after Jerry Falwell. William Stryker is a religious fanatic, with a military history which may have involved the Weapon X project. Stryker is characterized by his unequivocal hatred of mutants. So strong is this hatred that Stryker goes so far as to kill his own wife and mutant son Jason Stryker after his son's birth in Nevada. Crazed and outraged, Stryker makes a suicide attempt; as time passes, he is convinced that Satan has a plot to destroy humankind by corrupting prenatal souls, the result of this corruption being mutants.
Additionally, Stryker comes to see the birth of his mutant son as a sign from God, directing him to his true calling: ensuring the eradication of all mutants. Driven by this newfound conviction, Stryker becomes a popular but controversial preacher and televangelist. While his followers, including a secret paramilitary group called the Purifiers, commit hate crimes against mutants, Stryker arranges to have Professor Xavier kidnapped and attached to a machine that, using his brainpower, will kill all living mutants. In order to stop this scheme, the X-Men are forced to join forces with their nemesis Magneto; when the extent of his bigotry becomes obvious—he attempts to kill Kitty Pryde in front of a television audience—one of his own security guards shoots and arrests him. William Stryker, who made no appearances until this storyline in X-Treme X-Men, was assumed forgotten; this time, it was revealed that Stryker had been serving a prison sentence as a result of the events of his previous actions.
Lady Deathstrike, a character with ties to the X-Men's Wolverine, makes her way onto the airplane where Stryker was being transferred. Once there, she kills his guards and rescues him it is revealed that the two are lovers, he begins a crusade against the X-Men, focusing on Wolverine, the X-Treme X-Men team, Shadowcat, against whom he keeps a grudge. Stryker sent a group of his followers against several of the X-Men, kidnapped Kitty Pryde. Along the way, Kitty convinced Stryker that mutants were not an abomination, he seemed to turn over a new leaf. However, he returns as a major player at the start of the 2005 "Decimation" storyline, following the "House of M" storyline, in which he deemed the sudden massive reduction in number of the mutant population a sign of God, saying "He made the first step and now we have to take the next" rallying for genocide on TV, he was featured in New X-Men as the main villain, but appeared in other comics set during this time frame. With the help of Icarus, one of the Xavier Institute's students, he caused a bus to explode, killing about 1/4 of the de-powered students from the academy.
He planned the assassination of Wallflower, ordering one of his snipers to shoot her in the head. Next he tried to kill Dust, though it was X-23; the deaths of Wallflower and Dust were Stryker's prime objectives, as he had been informed by Nimrod that both girls would destroy his army. He attacked the institute with his Purifiers, killing Quill, leaving Onyxx and Cannonball critically wounded, hurting Bishop, Emma Frost, other students. After Stryker's Purifiers were defeated, he was killed by the enraged boyfriend of Wallflower, who causes catastrophic damage to Stryker's brain via the rapid growth of a tumor. Bastion resurrected Stryker with a Technarch. Bastion revealed that as the founder of the Purifiers, Stryker has the second highest number of mutant kills, he is surpassed only by the founder of the Sentinels. Bastion charges Stryker to locate Hope Summers and Cable, following their return from the future in the Second Coming event, his Purifiers, in conjunction with Cameron Hodge's Right footsoldiers, engage the X-Men and New Mutants.
The Purifiers take out Magik with a weaponized ritual, Illyana is abducted by demons through one of her own stepping discs. They disrupt Nightcrawler's teleportation with a sonic attack, leading to disorientation; the battle culminates when Wolverine orders Archangel to take out Stryker, shifting into the "Death" persona and slices Stryker in half at the waist with his wings. It is revealed that Stryker did not murder his son Jason, had in fact raised the boy in secret, alleviating his debilitating mutation with the help of A. I. M. After his father's death, Jason continues his work by joining the Purifiers. During the "Weapons of Mutant Destruction" storyline, William Stryker somehow returned from the dead and has formed the latest incarnation of the Weapon X Project with the help of some humans that he swayed to his side like Doctor Alba, he sets his sites on eradicating mutantkind by having his scientists work on Adamantium cyborgs. In order to refine these Adamantium cyborgs, William Stryker has the Weapon X Project target Old Man Logan, Warpath and Lady Deathstrike because they have special abilities that the Weapon X are interested in having.
After the Adamantium cyborgs apprehend Lady Deathstrike and harvest her genetic material for the Weapon X Project to use for their Adamantium Cyborgs, Old Man Logan and Sabret
Professor Charles Xavier is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted as sometimes leader of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The X-Men #1. Xavier is a member of a subspecies of humans known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities; the founder of the X-Men, Xavier is an exceptionally powerful telepath who can read and control the minds of others. To both shelter and train mutants from around the world, he runs a private school in the X-Mansion in Salem Center, located in Westchester County, New York. Xavier strives to serve a greater good by promoting peaceful coexistence and equality between humans and mutants in a world where zealous anti-mutant bigotry is widespread. Throughout much of the character's history in comics, Xavier is a paraplegic variously using either a wheelchair or a modified version of one. One of the world's most powerful mutant telepaths, Xavier is a scientific genius and a leading authority in genetics.
Furthermore, he has shown noteworthy talents in devising equipment to enhance psionic powers. Xavier is best known in this regard for the creation of a device called Cerebro, a technology that serves to detect and track those individuals possessing the mutant gene, at the same time expanding the gifts of those with existing psionic abilities. From a social policy and philosophical perspective, Xavier resents the violent methods of those like his former close friend and occasional enemy, the supervillain Magneto. Instead, he has presented his platform of uncompromising pacifism to see his dream to fruition - one that seeks to live harmoniously alongside humanity, just the same as it desires full-fledged civil rights and equality for all mutants. Xavier's actions and goals in life have therefore been compared to those of Martin Luther King Jr. for his involvement with the American civil rights struggle, whereas Magneto is compared with the more militant civil rights activist Malcolm X. The character's creation and development occurred with the civil rights struggle, taking place in the 1960s, while Xavier's first appearance dates to 1963.
The fictionalized plight in the comics of mutantkind faced with exceptional intolerance and prejudice was done in large part to better illustrate to audiences of the day what was transpiring across the United States, just the same as it served to further promote ideals of tolerance and equality for all. Patrick Stewart portrayed the character in seven films in the X-Men film series and in various video games, while James McAvoy portrayed a younger version of the character in the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Both actors reprised the role in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. McAvoy reprised the role in X-Men: Apocalypse, Stewart in Logan. McAvoy will reprise his role in Dark Phoenix. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, Professor X first appeared in X-Men #1. Stan Lee has stated that the physical inspiration of Professor Xavier was from Academy Award–winning actor Yul Brynner. Professor Xavier's character development has been inspired by Jr.. Writer Scott Lobdell established Xavier's middle name to be Francis in Uncanny X-Men #328.
Xavier's goals are to promote the peaceful affirmation of mutant rights, to mediate the co-existence of mutants and humans, to protect mutants from violent humans, to protect society from antagonistic mutants, including his old friend, Magneto. To achieve these aims, he founded Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters to teach mutants to explore and control their powers, its first group of students was the original X-Men. Xavier's students consider him a visionary and refer to their mission as "Xavier's dream", he is regarded by others in the Marvel Universe, respected by various governments, trusted by several other superhero teams, including the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. However, he has a manipulative streak which has resulted in several significant fallings-out with allies and students, he acts as a public advocate for mutant rights and is the authority most of the Marvel superhero community turns to for advice on mutants. Despite this, his status as a mutant himself and originator of the X-Men only became public during the 2001 story "E Is for Extinction".
He appears in all of the X-Men animated series and in many video games, although as a non-playable character because of his disability. Patrick Stewart plays him in the 2000s film series, as well as providing his voice in some of the X-Men video games. According to BusinessWeek, Charles Xavier is listed as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics. In a number of comics, Xavier is shown to have a dark side, a part of himself that he struggles to suppress; the most notable appearance of this character element is in the Onslaught storyline, in which the crossover event's antagonist is a physical manifestation of that dark side. Onslaught is created in the most violent act Xavier claims to have done: erasing the mind of Magneto. In X-Men #106, the new X-Men fight images of the original team, which have been created by what Xavier says is his "evil self... who would use his powers for personal gain and conquest", which he says he is able to keep in check. In the 1984 four-part series titled The X-Men and the Micronauts, Xavier's dark desires manifest themselves as the Entity and threaten to destroy the Micronauts' universe.
Northstar (Marvel Comics)
Northstar is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the character first appeared in X-Men #120 as a member of the fictional Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight. Northstar is a member of a fictional subspecies of humanity known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities; the character possesses the ability to travel at superhuman speeds and project photonic energy blasts. His twin sister, possesses similar abilities. Although the character was depicted as a member of Alpha Flight, he has appeared as a member of the X-Men since joining the team of mutants in Uncanny X-Men #414; the character is one of the first gay superheroes in American comic books, the first gay character to come out in a book published by Marvel Comics. He married his husband, Kyle Jinadu, in Astonishing X-Men #51, the first depiction of a same-sex wedding in mainstream comics. Northstar debuted in Uncanny X-Men #120 as part of the Canadian government sponsored team Alpha Flight, who sought to take Wolverine of the X-Men into custody.
In 1983, Alpha Flight went on to star in its own comic, with Northstar as a charter member. In addition to the Alpha Flight comic and associated annuals and other members of the team made numerous guest appearances in other titles Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine. Northstar was featured in miniseries including two X-Men and Alpha Flight series and Secret Wars II. Creator John Byrne was reluctant to produce an initial run of the 1983 Alpha Flight comic series for lack of developed and compelling characters, which had no back-stories and were created as nothing more than a team to face the X-Men. So in order to make the team less two-dimensional and more developed, Northstar's sexual orientation was subtly introduced into the start of the new Alpha Flight series. Although Byrne had intended the character to be gay, he was restricted to implied hints of this fact, due to Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter's policy against homosexual characters, by the Comics Code Authority. For example, in Alpha Flight #18, when Northstar's residence is called by Heather Hudson, a half-naked man in swim trunks, swimming with Northstar answers the phone, while in Alpha Flight #41, Northstar's sister Aurora says to her brother, "Since when do you object to having attractively-dressed men about, my brother?"
Northstar's apparent lack of interest in women was implied to be due to his obsessive drive to win as a ski champion, writer Bill Mantlo's attempt to reveal that Northstar had AIDS was squelched. In Alpha Flight #106, writer Scott Lobdell was given permission to have Northstar state, "I am gay."As the first major gay character created by Marvel Comics, Northstar generated significant publicity in the mainstream press and Alpha Flight #106 sold out in a week, despite the fact that the series was not a popular title. It is the only comic book issue to have been inducted into the Gaylactic Hall of Fame; the event was controversial, no mention was made of his sexual orientation for the remainder of the first Alpha Flight series, which ended with issue #130 in 1994. One exception was a subplot in which his sister Aurora—experiencing a split personality—accepted his homosexuality in one personality, while rejecting it in the other. After the cancellation of Alpha Flight, Northstar appeared in his own miniseries, which ignored his sexuality.
Interactions between Northstar and other gay characters have been depicted, such as in a Marvel Swimsuit Special, in which he is shown socializing with the gay Pantheon member Hector. After the 1994 cancellation of Alpha Flight, Northstar starred in an eponymous four issue limited series. In 1997 a second on-going series of Alpha Flight was initiated. Northstar was not a member of this group, but appeared in issues searching for his missing sister Aurora, he featured in eight issues before the series cancellation with issue #20. In 2005, Marvel killed Northstar in three separate continuities within the space of one calendar month. Between February 16 and March 9, 2005, versions of Northstar were killed in the Earth-616-based Wolverine #25, in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse and X-Men: The End, both of which were set in alternate timelines. Northstar did not stay dead long in Marvel's primary continuity, as he is resurrected in Wolverine #26; when Northstar rejoined the X-Men as a regular member in 2002, writers were less hesitant to address his sexual orientation.
Northstar experienced a crush on long-time X-Man Iceman, though it was unrequited. One of his students in the Alpha Squadron, Victor Borkowski, the gay mutant Anole, looks up to him as a role model; when Northstar rejoined the X-Men yet again in 2009, he was revealed to be in a relationship with his sports company's events manager Kyle. Their relationship faces strain from the remaining mutants' exodus to the mutant island Utopia, though the two agree to work through their issues, it was implied that he had a sexual relationship with Hercules at an unspecified point in time. Northstar and Kyle's marriage in issue #51 of Astonishing X-Men, drew attention from the right-wing group One Million Moms. Jean-Paul Beaubier is born to a French Canadian family in Montreal, but after his parents die in an automobile accident during his childhood, he and his twin sister, Jeanne-Marie, are separated. Jean-Paul is adopted, but his adopted parents are killed after only a couple of years. Prior to his debut as a superhero, Beaubier comp
Native Hawaiians are the Aboriginal Polynesian people of the Hawaiian Islands or their descendants. Native Hawaiians trace their ancestry back to the original Polynesian settlers of Hawaiʻi. In total, 527,000 Americans consider themselves Native Hawaiian. According to the 2010 U. S. Census, there were 371,000 people who identified themselves as being "Native Hawaiian" in combination with one or more other races or Pacific Islander groups. 156,000 people identified themselves as being "Native Hawaiian" alone. The majority of Native Hawaiians reside in the state of Hawaii and the rest are scattered among other states in the American Southwest and with a high concentration in California; the history of Native Hawaiians, like the history of Hawaii, is classified into four major periods: the pre-unification period the unified monarchy and republic period the US territorial period the US statehood period One theory is that the first Polynesians arrived in Hawaii in the 3rd century from the Marquesas by travelling in groups of waka, were followed by Tahitians in AD 1300, who conquered the original inhabitants.
Another is that a extended period of settlement populated the islands. Evidence for a Tahitian conquest of the islands include the legends of Hawaiʻiloa and the navigator-priest Paʻao, said to have made a voyage between Hawaii and the island of "Kahiki" and introduced many customs. Early historians, such as Fornander and Beckwith, subscribed to this Tahitian invasion theory, but historians, such as Kirch, do not mention it. King Kalakaua claimed; some writers claim. They claim that stories about the Menehune, little people who built heiau and fishponds, prove the existence of ancient peoples who settled the islands before the Hawaiians. At the time of Captain Cook's arrival in 1778, the population is estimated to have been between 250,000 and 800,000; some Hawaiians left the islands during the period of the Kingdom of Hawaii like Harry Maitey, who became the first Hawaiian in Prussia. Over the span of the first century after first contact, the native Hawaiians were nearly wiped out by diseases introduced to the islands.
Native Hawaiians had no resistance to influenza, measles, or whooping cough, among others. The 1900 U. S. Census identified 37,656 residents of partial native Hawaiian ancestry; the 2000 U. S. Census identified 283,430 residents of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ancestry, showing a dramatic growth trend since annexation by the U. S. in 1898. The Hawaiian language was once the primary language of the native Hawaiian people. A major factor for this change was an 1896 law that required that English "be the only medium and basis of instruction in all public and private schools"; this law prevented the Hawaiian language from being taught as a second language. In spite of this, some native Hawaiians have learned ʻŌlelo as a second language; as with others local to Hawaii, native Hawaiians speak Hawaiian Creole English, a creole which developed during Hawaiʻi's plantation era in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the influence of the various ethnic groups living in Hawaii during that time.
Nowadays ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is the official language of the State of Hawaii, alongside English. The Hawaiian language has been promoted for revival most by a state program of cultural preservation enacted in 1978. Programs included the opening of Hawaiian language immersion schools, the establishment of a Hawaiian language department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; as a result, Hawaiian language learning has climbed among all races in Hawaiʻi. In 2006, the University of Hawaii at Hilo established a masters program in the Hawaiian Language. In fall 2006, they established a doctoral program in the Hawaiian Language. In addition to being the first doctoral program for the study of Hawaiian, it is the first doctoral program established for the study of any native language in the United States of America. Both the masters and doctoral programs are considered by global scholars as pioneering in the revival of native languages. Hawaiian is still spoken as the primary language by the residents on the private island of Niʻihau.
Alongside ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, some Maoli spoke Hawaiʻi Sign Language. Little is known about the language by Western academics and efforts are being made to preserve and revitalize the language. Hawaiian children are publicly educated under the same terms as any other children in the United States. In Hawaii, native Hawaiians are publicly educated by the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, an ethnically diverse school system, the United States' largest and most centralized. Hawaiʻi is the only U. S. state without local community control of public schools. Under the administration of Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano from 1994 to 2002, the state's educational system established special Hawaiian language immersion schools. In these schools, all subject courses are taught in the Hawaiian language and use native Hawaiian subject matter in curricula; these schools were created in the spirit of cultural preservation and are not exclusive to native Hawaiian children. Native Hawaiians are eligible for an education from the Kamehameha Schools, established through the last will and testament of Bernice Pauahi Bishop of the Kamehameha Dynasty.
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American comic book
An American comic book is a thin periodical originating in the United States 32 pages, containing comics content. While the form originated in 1933, American comic books first gained popularity after the 1938 publication of Action Comics, which included the debut of the superhero Superman; this was followed by a superhero boom that lasted until the end of World War II. After the war, while superheroes were marginalized, the comic book industry expanded and genres such as horror, science fiction and romance became popular; the 1950s saw a gradual decline, due to a shift away from print media in the wake of television and the impact of the Comics Code Authority. The late 1950s and the 1960s saw a superhero revival and superheroes remain the dominant character archetype in the 21st century; some fans collect comic books. Some have sold for more than US $1 million. Comic shops cater to fans, selling comic books, plastic sleeves and cardboard backing to protect the comic books. An American comic book is known as a floppy comic.
It is thin and stapled, unlike traditional books. American comic books are one of the three major comic book schools globally, along with Japanese manga and the Franco-Belgian comic books; the typical size and page count of comics have varied over the decades trending toward smaller formats and fewer pages. In recent decades, standard comics have been about 6.625 inches × 10.25 inches, 32 pages long. While comics can be the work of a single creator, the labor of making them is divided between a number of specialists. There may be a separate writer and artist, or there may be separate artists for the characters and backgrounds. In superhero comic books, the art may be divided between: a writer, who creates the stories. A penciller, who lays out the artwork in pencil. An inker, who finishes the artwork in ink. A colorist, who adds color to the comics a letterer, who adds the captions and speech balloons; the process begins with the creator coming up with an idea or concept working it into a plot and story, finalizing the preliminary writing with a script.
After the art production, letters are placed on the page and an editor may have the final say before the comic is sent to the printer. The creative team, the writers and artists, may work with a comic book publisher for help with marketing and other logistics. A distributor like Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest in the U. S. helps to distribute the finished product to retailers. Another part of the process involved in successful comics is the interaction between the readers/fans and the creator. Fan art and letters to the editor were printed in the back of the book until the early 21st century when various Internet forms started to replace them. Comic specialty stores did help encourage several waves of independently-produced comics, beginning in the mid-1970s; some of the early example of these - referred to as "independent" or "alternative" comics - such as Big Apple Comix, continued somewhat in the tradition of underground comics, while others, such as Star Reach, resembled the output of mainstream publishers in format and genre but were published by smaller artist-owned ventures or by a single artist.
The "small press" scene continued to grow and diversify, with a number of small publishers in the 1990s changing the format and distribution of their books to more resemble non-comics publishing. The "minicomics" form, an informal version of self-publishing, arose in the 1980s and became popular among artists in the 1990s, despite reaching an more limited audience than the small presses; the development of the modern American comic book happened in stages. Publishers had collected comic strips in hardcover book form as early as 1842, with The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, a collection of English-language newspaper inserts published in Europe as the 1837 book Histoire de M. Vieux Bois by Rodolphe Töpffer; the G. W. Dillingham Company published the first known proto-comic-book magazine in the U. S; the Yellow Kid in McFadden's Flats, in 1897. A hardcover book, it reprinted material—primarily the October 18, 1896 to January 10, 1897 sequence titled "McFadden's Row of Flats"—from cartoonist Richard F. Outcault's newspaper comic strip Hogan's Alley, starring the Yellow Kid.
The 196-page, square-bound, black-and-white publication, which includes introductory text by E. W. Townsend, measured 5×7 inches and sold for 50 cents; the neologism "comic book" appears on the back cover. Despite the publication of a series of related Hearst comics soon afterward, the first monthly proto-comic book, Embee Distributing Company's Comic Monthly, did not appear until 1922. Produced in an 8½-by-9-inch format, it reprinted black-and-white newspaper comic strips and lasted a year. In 1929, Dell Publishing published The Funnies, described by the Library of Congress as "a short-lived newspaper tabloid insert" and not to be confused with Dell's 1936 comic-book series of the same name. Historian Ron Goulart describes the 16-page, four-color periodical as "more a Sunday comic section without the rest of the newspaper than a true comic book, but it did offer all original material and was sold on newsstands". The Funnies ran for 36 issues, published Saturdays through October 16, 1930. In 1933, salesperson Maxwell Gaines, sales manager Harry I.
Wildenberg, owner George Janosik of the Waterbury, Connecticut company Eastern Color Printing—which printed, among other things, Sunday-paper comic-strip sections – produced Funnies on Parade as a way to keep their presses running. Like The Funnies, but only eight pages, this appeared as a newsprint magazine
Banshee is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics in association with the X-Men. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Werner Roth, the character first appeared in X-Men #28. An Irish mutant, Banshee possesses a "sonic scream", capable of harming enemies’ auditory systems and causing physical vibrations, he is named after the banshee, a legendary ghost from Irish mythology, said to possess a powerful cry. A former Interpol agent and NYPD police officer, Banshee was always a decade older than most of the X-Men and had only a short tenure as a full-time X-Man, he was a mentor of the 1990s-era junior team Generation X. Caleb Landry Jones played the role of Banshee in 2011's X-Men: First Class. Banshee was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Werner Roth, first appeared in X-Men #28; when the character first appeared, he acted as an adversary to the X-Men under coercion, but soon befriended the team and appeared as a member of the X-Men in Giant-Size X-Men #1.
The character was forced to leave the team when his superpowers were damaged in battle in Uncanny X-Men #119, remained an occasional supporting character for the team for several years. Banshee healed and rejoined the team in Uncanny X-Men #254 for a short stint becoming a central figure in the title Generation X, which lasted from 1994 to 2001. Banshee was killed in issue #2 of the 2006 X-Men: Deadly Genesis limited series. Banshee was one of the feature characters in the 2011 two-issue limited series Chaos War: X-Men. Sean Cassidy is discovered by the villainous Changeling. Cassidy declines upon learning Factor Three's goals. Factor Three, along with the Ogre, captures him and places a headband containing explosives around his head to force him to obey their commands. Codenamed after the banshee, a spirit from Irish mythology, Cassidy is forced to perform various criminal missions for Factor Three. On a mission in New York City, Banshee encounters the X-Men. Professor X uses his telepathy to disarm the headband and remove it, allowing Banshee to help the X-Men defeat Factor Three.
Factor Three captures him again but he helps the X-Men defeat Factor Three's ally, the Mutant Master. The Sentinels capture him. While on the run from the Secret Empire, he fights Captain America and the Falcon, mistaking their then-fugitive status for a link to his pursuers. Banshee joins the second group of X-Men. After a mission at Krakoa, Banshee remains with the "New X-Men". Banshee accompanies the team on many different missions and is present for several key moments in the X-Men's history, including the first appearance of the Phoenix and the team's first encounter with the Shi'ar. While with the X-Men, he falls in love with Dr. Moira MacTaggert. Alongside the X-Men, he fights his cousin the Juggernaut; when Banshee loses the use of his powers due to damaged vocal cords, he leaves the X-Men to stay with MacTaggert. Meanwhile, Black Tom was secretly raising Theresa, she adopts the name Siryn. Siryn assists Black Tom with his crimes until the pair is defeated by the X-Men. While in custody, Tom makes arrangements for Siryn to be reunited with her father.
Banshee's powers return as he heals and he remains an ally of the X-Men. He reveals an encounter with Wolverine. Sean regains full use of his sonic powers. After the dissolution of the team following a botched mission, Banshee is instrumental in piecing the X-Men back together; when his jaw is broken, he returns to MacTaggert. He latter becomes the head of the new team of young mutants Generation X along with Emma Frost, he reappears again as the leader of X-Corps, the new team of reformed mutants criminals. He dies trying to prevent a plane crash caused by Vulcan. In his will, Cassidy gives his daughter the family castle—Cassidy Keep—as well as his pipe; when Siryn and Jamie Madrox have a child, they name. Cassidy has been resurrected under the control of villains twice, before being restored to life by a Celestial Death Seed, he is recruited by the Apocalypse Twins as part of their new Horsemen of Death. Following the Apocalypse Twins' defeat, Banshee is in the X-Men's custody and placed in the medical bay of Avengers Mansion.
Beast concludes that healing Banshee of the Death Seed energy that made him a Horseman of Death will take years and advanced technology. Banshee is a mutant whose superhumanly powerful lungs and vocal cords could produce a sonic scream for various effects, in concert with limited, reflexive psionic powers which directed his sonic vibrations, he could hover or fly at the speed of sound, could carry at least one passenger. He could overwhelm listeners with deafening noise, stun them with tight-focus low-frequency sonic blasts, plunge them into a hypnotic trance, disorient them, nauseate them, or render them unconscious. Using sonic waves, he could vibrate himself or other masses at will, he could generate sonic blasts which struck with tremendous concussive force, liquefying or outright disintegrating targets at his highest levels of power. By radiating sound waves outward and reading the feedback, he could locate and analyze unseen objects in a sonar-like fashion. By modulating his scream's harmonics, he could confuse most scanning equipment.
He could instinctively analyze and block sonic waves or vibrations from other
Beast is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is a founding member of the X-Men. Called "The Beast", the character was introduced as a mutant possessing ape-like superhuman physical strength and agility, oversized hands and feet, a genius-level intellect, otherwise normal appearance and speech. Being referred to as "Beast", Hank McCoy underwent progressive physiological transformations, permanently gaining animalistic physical characteristics; these include blue fur, both simian and feline facial features, pointed ears and claws. Beast's physical strength and senses increased to greater levels. Despite Hank McCoy's inhuman appearance, he is depicted as a brilliant, well-educated man in the arts and sciences, known for his witty sense of humor, characteristically uses barbed witticisms with long words and intellectual references to distract his foes, he is a world authority on biochemistry and genetics, the X-Men's medical doctor, the science and mathematics instructor at the Xavier Institute.
He is a mutant political activist, campaigning against society's bigotry and discrimination against mutants. While fighting his own bestial instincts and fears of social rejection, Beast dedicates his physical and mental gifts to the creation of a better world for man and mutant. One of the original X-Men, Beast has appeared in X-Men-related comics since his debut, he has been a member of the Avengers and Defenders. The character has appeared in media adaptations, including animated TV series and feature films. In X2, Steve Bacic portrayed him in a brief cameo in his human appearance while in X-Men: The Last Stand he was played by Kelsey Grammer. Nicholas Hoult portrays a younger version of the character in X-Men: First Class. Both Hoult and Grammer reprise their roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Hoult reprised the role in X-Men: Apocalypse, he had a cameo in Deadpool 2. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in X-Men #1. Stan Lee writes in the foreword to X-Men: The Ultimate Guide that he made Beast the most articulate and well-read of the X-Men to contrast with his brutish exterior.
Further, the book opines that the Werner Roth-Roy Thomas team garnered admiration for their "appealing and sensitive characterizations of the original X-Men". Roth, under the alias Jay Gavin, had taken over for Kirby by issue #18, Thomas was a new talent. Beast was given an individualized, colorful new costume, along with the rest of the X-Men by issue #39 in order to attract new readers. During Jim Steranko's tenure, which added "exciting art", Roth returned, working with Neal Adams who blended Kirby's style with "realism, idealized beauty, epic grandeur". In Amazing Adventures #11, written by Gerry Conway, Beast underwent a radical change and mutated into his now familiar furry, blue appearance; the concept originated with Roy Thomas, an effort to make the character more visibly striking, Beast became more werewolf-like to capitalize on the success of Werewolf by Night. Steve Englehart, who wrote the remainder of the Beast's short-lived spotlight in Amazing Adventures, emphasized the character's wit rather than the tragedy of his transformation into a more monstrous form, reasoning that the Beast's intelligence and sense of humor would allow him to see his misfortune in perspective.
Over the next decade the Beast would appear on the roster of several teams in titles ranging from The Avengers to The Defenders to X-Factor. It wasn't until 1991, in X-Factor #70/X-Men #1, that the Beast returned to the X-Men. Englehart said that he added the Beast to the Avengers roster because he wanted to write the character again and thought his funny, down-to-earth personality would make him a good foil for Moondragon. Succeeding writers of The Avengers found that the character's lightheartedness made a good balance to the team's serious tone, resulting in the Beast's run in The Avengers outlasting his earlier run in X-Men, his friendship with fellow Avenger Wonder Man would come to eclipse his friendship with X-Man Iceman for the comics fandom. The Avengers #137 debuted the Beast's catchphrase, "Oh, my stars and garters," and The Avengers #164 was the first to depict him as a sex symbol, a take which writer Jim Shooter said resulted in positive mail from female readers in particular. Beast cured the Legacy Virus in Uncanny X-Men #390, in X-Treme X-Men #3 he experienced a further mutation into a feline being, first shown in the introduction to New X-Men, by Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison.
As evidenced on the back cover of X-Treme X-Men Vol. 1, Chris Claremont, writer of that series in addition to both Uncanny X-Men and X-Factor, contributed much to the Beast's characterization. Citing Claremont as inspiration for his run on New X-Men, Morrison explains Beast as a "brilliant, witty bipolar scientist". Morrison continues, "I saw Henry McCoy as an clever, cultured, well-traveled, well-read character so I brought out those parts of his personality which seemed to me to fit the profiles of the smartest and most worldly people I know – his sense of humor is dark and oblique. He's quite bipolar and swings between manic excitement and ghastly self-doubt, he has no dark secrets and nothing to hide."Joss Whedon's "Astonishing X-Men: Gifted" story arc featured a "mutant cure" designed by Indian Benetech scientist Dr. Kavita Rao, the prospect of "real" humanity arouses the interest of a mutated Beast, who