BIOGRAPHY - Page 6
The bad times just kept coming for X-Factor and things got worse when Madrox was killed by a villain called Bloodbath. The man somehow knew that Layla Miller had the power to bring people back to life and that she had used it on Strong Guy a few weeks before. He forced Layla to tell them she could bring Jamie back but he wouldn’t have a soul, just as Strong Guy didn’t either. Monet was against Layla using her power on Jamie, knowing that he wouldn’t have a soul, which brought her at odds with Theresa and Guido. It didn’t matter, though, as too much time had passed and Layla was unable to save Jamie. [X-Factor (1st series) #228]
Monet reacted quite negatively upon learning Strong Guy didn’t have a soul and was uneasy at him being on the team, as he wouldn’t have morality or restraint. A debate started between Monet and Siryn and things quickly heated up with insults flying around. It was the arrival of Havok and Polaris that calmed things down, as they declared that they were going to be the new co-leaders of X-Factor. [X-Factor (1st series) #230]
Just to confuse matters even more, Jamie somehow returned to life on his own, after his soul was bounced around the multiverse for a while. The moment she saw Jamie alive and well, Monet was furious and grabbed Layla before anyone could stop her. Assuming she had brought Jamie back to life, Monet demanded answers but was shocked when Layla confessed she didn’t know how Jamie was back. Layla explained that Guido was supposed to stay dead and that by saving him she inadvertently condemned Jamie. Layla went on and said that if Guido had died then Monet would have spiraled out of control through grief and nothing could have saved her. Monet was taken aback by Layla’s confession and she flew off to contemplate what it all meant. [X-Factor (1st series) #234]
Things started to get back to normal for the team and tensions between the various members had calmed down. Monet was surprised one day when Guido officially asked her out on a date. She was unsure as to whether to accept at first but, after a heartfelt plea, she relented and accepted his offer. The date didn’t exactly go to plan, though, and Guido left Monet halfway through to go fight a supervillain. Monet was unimpressed and the two parted ways after some harsh words. [X-Factor (1st series) #239-240]
Things got worse for the two of them when they were involved in a standoff with another villain in Central Park. A woman was being held hostage and Guido goaded the man, with no consideration for the woman’s life. The woman was eventually saved but afterwards Monet unleashed her anger on Guido for gambling with an innocent person’s life. After calling him a soulless monster, Guido quit the team, leaving Monet angry and distraught. [X-Factor (1st series) #241]
Monet started taking her frustrations out on her teammates, who were also going through their own personal dramas. Despite Jamie’s best efforts, Havok, Siryn and Wolfsbane all quit the team in short succession, leaving the future of X-Factor hanging. Monet’s mood didn’t get any better when her mind was invaded by the team’s receptionist, Pip the Troll. He had been shot point blank in the head but, due to his alien nature, he managed to jump his mind into Monet’s body whilst his was healing. Once again, Monet was under the control of someone else and she didn’t like it one bit. The team set out to find who shot Pip and, in the end, it led them to a demon who was hell-bent on destroying X-Factor. During the ensuing fight, Pip’s mind finally returned to his own body, leaving an incredibly irate Monet behind. Rather than fight the demons attacking them, Monet was more concerned with having it out with her teammates, who had laughed when they realized Pip was in her body. Polaris had to literally slap some sense into her and force her to direct her wrath at the demons, rather then her own team. X-Factor won the battle but they knew it was just the beginning of a war. In the aftermath, Pip left the team for fear of what Monet would do if she ever caught up with him. [X-Factor (1st series) #248-249]
The team barely had time to catch their breath when Wolfsbane arrived at the door with her now-teenage son Tier in tow. Tier was being hunted by Darwin, who had left the team months before when he absorbed some of the Hela, Goddess of Death’s, power. Just as the team was dealing with that situation, Guido teleported in, also looking to capture Tier. Monet went to attack him but Strong Guy punched her clean out of the building before assaulting the rest of the team. The rest of the team were teleported away, leaving Monet to question Darwin as to what was going on. Naturally, Monet’s method of interrogation was to use violence and Darwin put up a good fight until he used his death powers and saw that she was going to die soon.
The rest of the team soon returned and, once everyone was gathered together, they learned that an epic war had been going on to decide the ruler of all the realms of Hell. They made a pact that whoever killed the seven billionth soul on Earth would be supreme ruler, and Tier just so happened to be that soul. Before they could discuss what their next step was, the team was found by Pluto, one of the Hell Lords. Monet took Pluto on herself but she was no match for the might of a god and was mercilessly beaten down. The team escaped once more but Monet was feeling the effects of her fight and passed out. Layla knew what was wrong and told Monet that she was bleeding internally, though Monet swore her to silence instead of telling the others.
The Hell Lords started fighting between themselves and soon only Mephisto and his army was left. It was soon discovered that Strong Guy had been working for Mephisto and so, when he approached the team, they didn’t know if they could trust him. Monet took no time in squaring up to him and they two got into a brutal fight. She took all her frustration out on him as the rest of the team fought against Mephisto’s forces. Strong Guy humored Monet for a while and took her punches until he finally had enough and let loose the full extent of his power. He beat her so hard the bleed in her brain overwhelmed her and she died of an aneurism. Despite having no soul, Guido was devastated at Monet’s death and he hatched a plan to save her. Whilst the rest of X-Factor’s attention was on Mephisto, Guido snuck up on Tier and killed him, winning the competition. Guido was now King of Hell and his first act was to resurrect Monet and banish her from his new realm. [X-Factor (1st series) #250-256]
Monet appeared back in New York and so she went to the X-Factor base, only to find it in ruins with no one around. After waiting a few days, she set off on her own and found herself in Las Vegas, where she happened to bump into Darwin. The two got to talking about what had happened to them both and Monet confessed she was struggling to feel things after her ordeal. Throwing caution to the wind, she kissed Darwin and the two went back to a hotel room. [X-Factor (1st series) #261]
With X-Factor over, Monet was at a loose end and so she decided to head to the X-Mansion to rest up and figure out what to do next. She made it clear to the X-Men that she didn’t want to be involved in any drama and was simply there to recuperate after her recent ordeal. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t exactly get her wish, as she inadvertently became involved in the X-Men’s latest battle with Lady Deathstrike and her Sisterhood of Mutants. In spite of her reluctance to get involved, the X-Men benefitted from Monet’s presence on the team, as she was able to go head-to-head with Amora the Enchantress. The first time the two battled, Amora came out on top, as Monet underestimated the sorceress’ physical strength, but when the two teams fought again it was a different matter. Monet hit Amora so hard that she broke a number of bones in the villainess’ and left that god in awe of Monet’s capabilities. [X-Men (4th series) #7-12]
Monet remained on Storm’s X-Men squad and helped the team out in battles against the villain known as The Future, as well as the emergence of a Krakoa offshoot. [X-Men (4th series) #13-26]