BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS III / FREEDOM FORCE

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Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III

Leader: Mystique
Membership: Mystique, Destiny, Pyro, Avalanche, Blob, Rogue

First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #141

Renamed "Freedom Force" in Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #199

Freedom Force

Leader: Mystique, with Val Cooper as governmental liasion
Membership: Mystique, Destiny, Pyro, Avalanche, Blob, Spiral, Spider-Woman II, Crimson Commando, Stonewall, Super Sabre

First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #199
Last appearance: X-Factor Annual #6. After that story, the team consisted only of Avalanche, the badly hurt Crimson Commando and Spiral on the lam – no team at all.

Before

  • Mystique was introduced as a villain in Ms. Marvel (1st series) #16-18. In fact, a major storyline was planned there, but unfortunately the series was canceled before it saw print. In an attempt to tie up the loose ends the series left open, a summary appeared in Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #10-11. This story featured Mystique’s new Brotherhood before the Blob joined and established that they had ties to the Hellfire Club I as well.
  • The Blob was well known to the readers: he previously worked with Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants I.

Flashback / Story takes place before ...

  • Various stories that were released later feature snippets of Mystique's past, some of them involving Destiny, Rogue or other Brotherhood members. Examples include X-Treme X-Men (1st series) #1, X-Men True Friends #3, X-Force #minus 1, X-Men Unlimited (1st series) #4, Classic X-Men #44, Marvel Fanfare (1st series) #60 and Rogue (3rd series) #6-12.

Chronology

Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11: Destiny's prophecies foretell that Ms. Marvel will one day cost Rogue her soul. To prevent this, Mystique sends Avalanche and Pyro to kill her. They unknowingly interfere in a weapons deal between some smugglers and the Hellfire Club I.
X-Men (1st series) #140: The Blob breaks out of prison with the help of the device "that lady lawyer" gave him.
X-Men (1st series) #141-142: The new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Mystique, Destiny, Avalanche, Blob and Pyro) is fully introduced. The Blob at first does not feel comfortable accepting a woman as leader. They plan to assasinate Senator Kelly, a politician with anti-mutant views. The X-Men intervene in time solely because a Kitty Pryde from the future takes over the present Kitty's body and warns them. All but Mystique are captured.
Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) 11: Rogue overhears Mystique and Destiny talking about the threat Ms. Marvel poses. She decides to ambush her on her own, not knowing that this battle was exactly the threat Destiny foresaw. Rogue permanently absorbs the memory and powers of Carol Danvers, which will torment her for a very long time.
(Note: Shortly before the issue's end, there is a continuity error that shows Destiny in Mystique's room alerting her that Ms. Marvel returned to San Francisco. However, Destiny is supposed to be in prison at the time.)
Avengers Annual (1st series) #10: With Ms. Marvel’s powers, Rogue takes the Avengers by surprise. She and Mystique are able to break the rest of the Brotherhood out of prison. Due to the timely help of Spider-Woman I (Jessica Drew), the Avengers are able to win the battle and imprison the Brotherhood again, with only Rogue and Mystique making their getaway.

In between

  • Avalanche breaks out of prison and tries to build a reputation of his own by blackmailing the seismically unstable California with his earthquakes. When he encounters the Hulk, he tries to smash him, but since his powers only work on inanimate objects, he instead shatters the bones of his own arms. He is put into custody again. [Incredible Hulk (2nd series) #263]

Chronology continued

Uncanny X-Men
(1st series)
#158:

With the help of Carol Danvers, the X-Men sneak into the Pentagon to delete their data files. In one of the corridors they run into Rogue, there visiting Mystique in her Raven Darkholme identity. While the X-Men keep Rogue occupied, Carol continues the task, only to get interrupted by Mystique. Still she succeeds and erases the records.
Rom #31: Rogue and Mystique are able to free the rest of the team from prison. Rom discovers the break-out and is able to render Blob, Pyro and Avalanche unconscious. Mystique is angry about them not following her orders; she decides to leave them in prison for a while longer and leaves with Rogue and Destiny.
Rom #32: Hybrid, a foe of Rom and the X-Men, allies with Mystique, Rogue and Destiny against Rom. Yet, upon learning his plans for world domination, they start to fight him too. Rogue's potential for goodness is seen here for the first time.
Dazzler #22-23: The female Brotherhood members plot revenge against the X-Men. They assault the Angel, the only publically known X-Man at the time. Fortunately, Dazzler is with him and able to drive them off. The Brotherhood decides to lay low for a while, but Rogue develops a major grudge against Dazzler.
Dazzler #24: Rogue goes after Dazzler, and in the end she is defeated with the help of Power-Man and Iron Fist. Dazzler tells her that the X-Men are believed dead, as they had been kidnapped and taken to outer space by the Brood.
Dazzler #28: Against the warnings of Mystique and Destiny, Rogue seeks out Dazzler for another battle and loses once again.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #170: Mystique hallucinates about being the chased animal in a formal hunting session. Two of the attendants are Jason Wyngarde and Jean Grey. Mastermind caused this illusion, because he wants revenge for the blown weapons deal in Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11. After awaking from the dream, Mystique and Destiny are discussing Rogue's situation, when Destiny suddenly receives a precognitive flash about her. Checking Rogue’s room, they discover that she has left—to ask Charles Xavier for help with her uncontrollable powers.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #177-178: After training to fight the X-Men in Arcade's Murderworld, the newly reunited Brotherhood attacks their foes on a night out. Mystique wants to get Rogue back from the X-Men, and won’t take no for an answer. The outcome of the battle is a draw: the X-Men defeat the Brotherhood members in New York, but Mystique takes Xavier as a hostage. Rogue explains to Mystique that she joined the X-Men of her own free will and will not go back. The X-Men allow the villains to leave in exchange for Xavier’s safety.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #183-185, Marvel Fanfare (1st series) #40: Mystique, in her guise as Raven Darkholme, learns about a mutant inhibitor shotgun that is going to be used on Rogue by the government. She discusses with Destiny the chance for Rogue to lead a normal life. On the night before the incident, Mystique alerts Storm of the threat. Right after Storm leaves, Mystique talks to Destiny about the latter’s vision: whoever rushes to help Rogue will get hurt! The prophecy turns out to be correct, for as the gun is fired, Storm throws herself in the way and loses her powers instead of Rogue.

In between

  • Since joining the X-Men in Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #171, Rogue has been reforming from her criminal past. She still considers Mystique her foster mother and meets with her from time to time. Rogue also resolves her grudge with Dazzler after they both save each others lives as co-members of the X-Men. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #221-222]
  • Spiral arrives on Earth in pursuit of the Mojoverse rebel Longshot. She starts working with Freedom Force in order to learn more about the Earth and its inhabitants. After wrapping things up with Longshot, she stays on with Freedom Force full-time. [Longshot #1, 3-6] 
  • During the Secret Wars limited series, Earth's heroes met a new heroine – Spider-Woman II. Flashbacks in Avengers West Coast #84 not only revealed Spiderwoman II's origin, but also that she was placed into Freedom Force by Val Cooper some time after the Secret Wars.

Chronology continued

Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #199: Mystique makes a proposition to Valerie Cooper, offering the Brotherhood’s services to the government as Freedom Force, in exchange for full pardons and official sanction. They have to prove themselves by bringing in Magneto, who currently is with the X-Men. They also gain a new member in Spiral. Fortunately for them, Magneto decides that he needs to atone for his past and he turns himself in without much of a fight.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #206: A small task force consisting of Pyro, Avalanche, Spiral, Blob and new member Spider-Woman II are able to surprise and defeat the X-Men in San Francisco. Just before they can take them into custody, some local police officers intervene. Since the X-Men are considered heroes in San Francisco and have committed no crimes there, the police declare them free to go.
X-Factor (1st series) #8: Freedom Force plan their next assignment: arresting Rusty Collins. When they arrive in Central Park, where Destiny foresaw they would meet him, Spiral senses the strong aura of Rachel Summers nearby and abandons the team mid-mission. The others start to battle the just-arrived X-Factor. In the confusion, Rusty and his friend Skids slip away.
X-Factor (1st series) #9: Freedom Force tracks Rusty to the Morlock tunnels, where Skids took him. Another fight starts as X-Factor shows up too, in their X-Terminators guise. The Blob sees through the guise of "new" mutant freedom fighters, as they are portrayed as in the public eye, and recognizes them as the original X-Men he has fought in the past. Suddenly Destiny foresees the Mutant Massacre—the imminent slaughter of everyone in the Morlock tunnels. Mystique orders her team to retreat.
X-Factor (1st series) #10: Freedom Force discovers the link between X-Factor and the X-Terminators, and Mystique gives the press a hint that Warren Worthington III, the well known public mutant Angel, financially backs up the so-called "mutant hunters".
Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1: The Avengers are accused of treason. Freedom Force defeats and captures both the East and West Coast teams. Spider-Woman II, who knew the Avengers from Secret Wars, has doubts about the heavy-handed tactics and kangaroo court the Avengers are subjected to. She frees the Avengers, knowing that this will end her Freedom Force membership. The rest of the team wants to help to recapture the Avengers, but the government gives the assignment to someone else.

In between

  • Spider-Woman II’s story continues in Spectacular Spider-Man #126 and Iron Man (1st series) #214, where she is forced back into government service under the Commission, who keep her under their thumb for years. She eventually joins the West Coast Avengers, the team for whom she betrayed Freedom Force.  [Avengers West Coast #71]
  • Crimson Commando, Super Sabre and Stonewall are introduced as a trio of World War II veterans, now performing vigilante justice. The then powerless Storm defeats them in Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #215-216 and hands them over to the authorities.

Chronology continued

Captain America (1st series) #333-334: The newly-hired Captain America, John Walker, is sent by Val Cooper to train against Blob, Pyro and Avalanche. He doesn't really have the knack for using a shield in battle, and really muddles his way through, but manages to defeat Avalanche and Pyro before the Blob nearly squeezes the life out of him. Val intercedes and saves his life. Freedom Force, especially the Blob, make fun of the new Cap.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223: After the debacle with Spider-Woman II, Val Cooper brings three new members to the team: the World War II veterans Stonewall, Super Sabre and Crimson Commando. Destiny foretells that the X-Men will die in Dallas.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #224: Val Cooper introduces the media to the idea of Freedom Force. Meanwhile, Mystique approaches Rogue about Destiny's vision.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #225-227: The X-Men visit Forge's Eagle Plaza to search for Storm, but Freedom Force intercepts them and plans to take them into custody. Mystique's main motivation is to prevent Rogue from dying as foreseen in Destiny's vision. A battle between the groups rages until suddenly the sky opens up. The two teams now not only face each other but a magical foe: the Adversary. As chaos breaks loose, the teams agree to work together. Meanwhile, national TV arrives to record the whole event. Upon the return of Storm and Forge from Elsewhere, a solution becomes clear. Forge casts the Spirit Spell, sacrificing the lives of the X-Men to contain the Adversary. The media and Freedom Force watch helplessly as this occurs, and Mystique blames Forge for Rogue's death. Unbeknownst to them, the goddess Roma resurrects the X-Men.
New Mutants (1st series) #65: Magik plots revenge on Forge for killing the X-Men. As she and the New Mutants attack him, Freedom Force intervenes, since Destiny was able to predict the plot. After a long fight, "Forge" is revealed to be Mystique, at which point the New Mutants leave to find the real Forge.
X-Factor (1st series) #30-31: Cyclops and Jean Grey want to talk to Freedom Force about the X-Men, since they were with them before they "died." Freedom Force, however, wants them to sign for the Mutant Registration Act. Somehow, Cyclops and Jean overcome the odds and defeat all nine members of Freedom Force while retrieving the information they wanted from Destiny at the same time.
Captain America (1st series) #339: Back in their governmental base, the Blob laughs about the sacrifice the X-Men made in Dallas.
Captain America (1st series) #346: The government wants to capture the Resistants, a group violating the Registration Act. They get their attention through a fake trial against “Quicksilver" (actually Mystique in disguise). The other members act as judge, lawyer and jury. Yet it is Captain America (John Walker) who defeats the Resistants.
X-Factor (1st series) #33: After watching X-Factor defeat the Alliance of Evil, some Freedom Force members show up to take the villains into custody.
X-Factor (1st series) #40: X-Factor hands over rescued mutant children and babies to Freedom Force, who promise that the government will trace their parents.
Daredevil (1st series) #269: Blob and Pyro have to make a young mutant girl register, but Daredevil saves the girl. Spiral angrily teleports the pair back to their headquarters.
Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41: Freedom Force frees Senator Kelly, who was held hostage by a South American drug syndicate.
New Mutants (1st series) #78, 80, 82: Right in the middle of a crisis with Danielle Moonstar, the New Mutants have to face Freedom Force, who once again try to capture Rusty Collins for not registering. Skids protects him with her force field and tells the New Mutants to go to Asgard and deal with the crisis. While they are away, Freedom Force simply excavate the ground on which the force field stands. With the two New Mutants essentially captured in Skids's bubble, Freedom Force leaves. After several hours, Skids faints and lowers the force field. Both she and Rusty are arrested.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #254-255: Forge asks Valerie Cooper for help when Muir Island is attacked by the Reavers. Reluctantly Mystique accepts, even though she doesn’t have the full team at hand (Spiral, Crimson Commando and Super Sabre are out on another mission). Stonewall gets killed by Donald Pierce during the fight and Avalanche sustains heavy injuries at the hands of Lady Deathstrike. Meanwhile, Destiny, who remains on the sidelines, is killed by the mentally unstable Legion. However, her death at Legion's hands does not catch her by surprise: she foresaw him killing her and chose not to tell Mystique about it.
Avengers (1st series) #312, Punisher (2nd series) #29: With Mystique gone mourning Destiny, some members return to their formal criminal activities. During the Acts of Vengeance, the Blob, Avalanche (supposedly healed) and Pyro attack the Avengers unprovoked.
Hulk (2nd series) #369: Mystique returns and is angry about her team’s performance. Further, the fight with the Avengers reopened Avalanche’s wounds, forcing him to stay out of action for a while. Mystique is assigned to investigate a monster sighting in New York. She sends her team out to capture the grey Hulk. During the fight, Crimson Commando begins having doubts about his future with the team; he sees a lot of differences in age and maturity between him and younger members like Pyro and Blob.
New Mutants (1st series) #86-89: After Rusty and Skids escape from prison, they face the Vulture and fight him. They win the battle, but are totally exhausted and easy prey for Freedom Force. Meanwhile, a new villain team surfaces: the Mutant Liberation Front. They are seen battling Cable and later free Rusty and Skids to include them in their ranks. Freedom Force finds the unconscious Cable at the scene. After interrogating him, they invite him to join Freedom Force, but he refuses. He is able to escape from Freedom Force's quarters, but they follow. By chance, he runs into the New Mutants, who help him drive them off.
Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #82-87: Anonymously, Emma Frost gives Freedom Force the personal data file of Firestar, Angelica Jones. Mystique wants her to register or join Freedom Force, but Firestar refuses. In the ensuing battle, Angelica's father gets hurt. After a mysterious group of scientists make sure that he survives, they name their price for helping: they want Mystique. They lie about only wanting to take a few cell samples, but when Firestar delivers them the unconscious Mystique, she realizes that far more is at stake. She then not only has to fight the rest of Freedom Force, but the scientists as well. Still she is able to free Mystique, who is grateful and ceases her attack on her. Spiral grows more and more bloodthirsty throughout the whole incident and develops a serious grudge against Firestar.
Marvel Graphic Novel "Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault": Freedom Force and the Avengers are called in to stop a a prison break at the Vault. Freedom Force begins digging a tunnel into the Vault when they are ambushed and nearly drowned by Hydro Man. He and his comrades use Freedom Force to trap some of the Avengers. Fortunately, other Avengers are able to rescue them before the plan succeeds. The two teams get into a morality conflict over the use of force on prisoners. They are interrupted by Venom and some of his cronies, who admit to the "heroes and pseudo-heroes" that they are all desperate to destroy the warden's bomb, and so a temporary truce is formed. Thunderball, Iron Man and Hank Pym go to disarm it, while the rest of the Avengers and Freedom Force are trapped in Klaw's sound cage as hostages to guarantee good behavior on the heroes' part. The bomb is disarmed at the last minute and the heroes escape the cage, leading to a free-for-all battle between the prisoners and two teams. Eventually, the inmates are subdued thanks to the efforts of Crimson Commando, Iron Man and Pym.
Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #266, 269: Val Cooper, under the mental hold of the Shadow King, visits Mystique. Mystique, however, expects the visit, as Destiny left a note foretelling this meeting—and that Val is actually there to kill her. Later, Val appears on the news and claims that Mystique was killed by an as-of-yet unidentified person.
New Mutants Annual #7, Uncanny X-Men Annual (1st series) #15, X-Factor Annual #6: The remaining team (Blob, Pyro, Super Sabre, Avalanche and Crimson Commando) is sent to Iraq to liberate an important scientist. Unexpectedly, they face a local super team called Desert Sword that kills Super Sabre and critically wounds Commando. The other members try to escape but get separated. Blob and Pyro kill the scientist to make sure he does not fall into the wrong hands. Disgusted, Avalanche gets the badly wounded Crimson Commado to safety leaving his fellow members behind. The Blob and Pyro surrender to the Iraqi army.

Afterwards

  • After the debacle with Firestar, Spiral goes AWOL. Val Cooper enlists the help of X-Factor in reacquiring her, and in doing so, learn abour her motivations and her twisted origin. They let her return to the Mojoverse [X-Factor Annual #7]
  • Even in death, Destiny's presence continues to be felt. Some of her prophecies still carry out, like Forge and Mystique getting together. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #290, Mystique #1-24] Also, as is discovered much later, Destiny left behind thriteen hand-written journals, predicting the future for years to come. [X-Men (2nd series) #94, 105] A team of X-Men embark on a quest to search for these mysterious diaries, but some of them were never uncovered. [X-Treme X-Men (1st series)
  • Mystique was not actually shot by Val: the strong-willed Val refused to obey the Shadow King's command and turned the gun on herself.  Mystique immediately contacted Nick Fury, who saw to it that Val got the necessary medical attention, and also arranged for the shapeshifting Mystique to be hypnotized into believing herself as Val so the Shadow King did not notice the switch. [X-Factor (1st series) #69-70] This enabled them to get the drop on the Shadow King and destroy his host at the time. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #269]
  • Pyro and the Blob got lucky: Instead of being executed in Iraq, they became personal body guards of the commanders. Later the Toad bartered for them to get them to join his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants IV.
  • Avalanche and Commando (as he called himself later) reappeared in X-Men (2nd series) Annual #2. By then, Commando was a heavily-rebuilt cyborg. They both continued to work for the government, but Avalanche later returned to villainy.
  • Right before dying from the Legacy virus, Pyro prevented another assasination attempt on Senator Kelly. [Cable (1st series) #87]

Members

Mystique (Raven Darkholme)

First appearance: Ms Marvel (1st series) #16 (as Raven Darkholme)
First Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III appearance: X-Men (1st series) #141

All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III / Freedom Force appearances: Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, X-Men (1st series) #141-142, Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, Avengers Annual (1st series) #10, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #158, Rom #31-32, Dazzler #22-23, 28, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #170, 177-178, 183-185, 199, X-Factor (1st series) #8-10, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, Captain America (1st series) #334, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #346, X-Factor (1st series) #33, 40, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41, New Mutants (1st series) #78, 80, 82, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #254-255, Hulk (2nd series) #369, New Mutants (1st series) #87-88, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #82-87, Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #266

Powers: Metamorphic shape-shifter with a perfect cell memory able to rearrange the formation of her cellular structure in order to:
- take on any human appearance she wishes
- adapt specific genetic traits such as night vision, finger talons, or body armor
- heal surface tissue damage
- suppress her natural aging process
- and reboot her genetic template to withstand all pathogens and poisons.

Destiny (Irene Adler)

First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #141
Last appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #255 [killed by Legion]

All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III / Freedom Force appearances: Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, X-Men (1st series) #141-142, Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, Avengers Annual (1st series) #10, Rom #31-32, Dazzler #22-23, 28, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #170, 177-178, 185, 199, X-Factor (1st series) #8-10, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, Captain America (1st series) #334, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #346, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41, New Mutants (1st series) #78, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #254-255

Powers: Precognitive clairvoyance compensates for her blindness, allowing her to mentally perceive her environment and accurately predict events in the immediate future, while her subconscious can determine the future history of the world for years to come. Her original power manifestation filled her mind with enough information to fill 13 diary volumes with a detailed account of all major future events.

Pyro (St. John Allerdyce)

First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #141
Last appearance: Cable (1st series) #87 [died of the Legacy virus]

All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III / Freedom Force appearances: Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, X-Men (1st series) #141-142, Avengers Annual (1st series) #10, Rom #31, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #177-178, 199, 206, X-Factor (1st series) #8-10, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, Captain America (1st series) #333-334, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #339, 346, X-Factor (1st series) #40, Daredevil (1st series) #269, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41, New Mutants (1st series) #78, 80, 82, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #255, Avengers (1st series) #312, Punisher (2nd series) #29, Hulk (2nd series) #369, New Mutants (1st series) #86, 88-89, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #84-86, Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault, New Mutants Annual #7, Uncanny X-Men Annual (1st series) #15, X-Factor Annual #6

Powers: Assume psionic command of any source of flame, enabling him to douse or feed the fire, shape it to assume any form he wishes, give enough substance to the flames so that they can touch and move solid objects, and immunize himself to the intense heat generated by his flames.

Equipment: Uses a flame-thrower to produce his flames.

Avalanche (Dominic Szilard Petros)

First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #141

All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III / Freedom Force appearances: Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, X-Men (1st series) #141-142, Avengers Annual (1st series) #10, Rom #31, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #177-178, 199, 206, X-Factor (1st series) #8-10, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, Captain America (1st series) #333-334, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223, 225-226, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #339, 346, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41, New Mutants (1st series) #78, 80, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #255, Avengers (1st series) #312, Punisher (2nd series) #29, Hulk (2nd series) #369, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #82-84, 86, Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault, New Mutants Annual #7, Uncanny X-Men Annual (1st series) #15, X-Factor Annual #6

Powers: Generates seismic energy to affect inorganic matter, causing it to shatter or disintegrate and create a tidal effect in the earth beneath his feet, propelling and manipulating that surface.

Blob (Fred J. Dukes)

First appearance: X-Men (1st series) #3
First Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III appearance: X-Men (1st series) #140

All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III / Freedom Force appearances: X-Men (1st series) #140-142, Avengers Annual (1st series) #10, Rom #31, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #177-178, 199, 206, X-Factor (1st series) #8-10, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, Captain America (1st series) #333-334, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223, 225-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #339, 346, X-Factor (1st series) #33, 40, Daredevil (1st series) #269, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41, New Mutants (1st series) #78, 80, 82, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #255, Avengers (1st series) #312, Punisher (2nd series) #29, Hulk (2nd series) #369, New Mutants (1st series) #86, 88-89, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #82, 84-86, Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault, New Mutants Annual #7, Uncanny X-Men Annual (1st series) #15, X-Factor Annual #6

Powers: Enhanced mass and multiple layers of elastic, fatty tissue grant him superhuman strength, are able to absorb all forms of impact and damage, and are flexible enough to hold objects within the folds of his flesh and pop them out when he flexes his muscles. He can also generate gravity fields that hold him firmly in place to make him an immovable object.

Rogue (Anna Marie)

First appearance: Avengers Annual (1st series) #10

All Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III appearances: Marvel Super Heroes (2nd series) #11, Avengers Annual (1st series) #10, Unanny X-Men (1st series) #158, Rom #31-32, Dazzler #22-23, 28, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #170

Powers: Metabolize someone's essence through physical contact, temporarily absorbing and duplicating their memories, skills and special powers. On one occasion she permanently absorbed Ms. Marvel's essence. Her half-Kree genes grant her superhuman strength, speed, endurance, invulnerability, flight, and a limited seventh sense that allows her to track down specific people or objects and instinctively react to danger.

Note: Rogue has since lost the Kree powers of Carol Danvers. After a period of having total control of her abilities, her powers went haywire and she permantely absorbed the powers and consciousness of Wonder Man. 

Spiral (Rita)

First appearance: Longshot #1
First Freedom Force appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #199

All Freedom Force appearances: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #199, 206, X-Factor (1st series) #8, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223, 225-226, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #346, X-Factor (1st series) #33, Daredevil (1st series) #269, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #41, 82-84, 86-87

Powers: Genetically-engineered with bio-cyberonic implants that gave her six arms, heightened strength, agility, stamina, reflexes, and developed the ability to weave magical spells through movements and dancing, allowing her to sense and manipulate energy patterns, fire concussive blasts, negate superhuman powers, teleport through time and space, render herself and others invisible, and paralyze nervous systems. She also runs a Body Shoppe, which contains alien devices capable of rebuilding beings into new physical and mental states.

Spider-Woman II (Julia Cornwall Carpenter)

First appearance: Secret Wars (1st series) #6
First Freedom Force appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #206

All Freedom Force appearances: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #206, X-Factor (1st series) #8-9, Avengers Annual (1st series) #15

Powers: She was injected with a serum derived from spider extracts that gave her an arachnid metabolism with the proportionate strength, speed, agility, endurance, reflexes and leaping abilities of a spider, allows her to control the inter-atomic flux between molecules so that she can cling to solid surfaces, and enables her to materialize psionic webbing out of her own thought waves.

Crimson Commando (Frank Bohannan)

First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #215
First Freedom Force appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223

All Freedom Force appearances: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #346, X-Factor (1st series) #33, New Mutants (1st series) #78, 80, Hulk (2nd series) #369, New Mutants (1st series) #86, 88-89, Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault, New Mutants Annual #7, Uncanny X-Men Annual (1st series) #15, X-Factor Annual #6

Powers: Heightened strength, speed, agility, and reflexes, enhanced senses (especially vision) and tracking skills. He can also “free his mind”, allowing him to act and react without conscious thought to shield himself from telepathic detection and manipulations.

Stonewall (Louis Hamilton)

First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #215
First Freedom Force appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223
Last appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #255 [killed by Donald Pierce]

All Freedom Force appearances: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223, 225-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #346, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #255

Powers: Increased physical density gives him superhuman strength, endurance and durability. He is also capable of altering the placement of his own center of gravity, so that he can stand up to any impact without toppling.

Super Sabre (Martin Fletcher)

First appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #215
First Freedom Force appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223
Last appearance: New Mutants Annual #7 [killed by Aminedi]

All Freedom Force appearances: Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #223, 225-227, New Mutants (1st series) #65, X-Factor (1st series) #30-31, Captain America (1st series) #346, New Mutants (1st series) #78, 88-89, Avengers - Deathtrap: the Vault, New Mutants Annual #7

Powers: Hyper-accelerated metabolism enables him to move, react and perceive his environment at superhuman speeds, and recover from fatigue and injuries at an increased rate. He has also used his speed to create compressed bursts of air pressure and micro-sonic booms when he snaps his fingers.