Phantazia without her costume
Art by Jan Duursema
|First appearance||X-Force #6 (Jan 1992)|
|Created by||Fabian Nicieza
|Alter ego||Eileen Harsaw|
|Team affiliations||Brotherhood of Mutants|
|Abilities||Electromagnetic energy wavelength manipulation/disruption; invisibility, flight|
Fictional character biography
Phantazia was recruited by Toad into his lineup of the Brotherhood of Mutants. She was one of the more powerful members of the group, possessing a mutant ability that allowed her to manipulate and disrupt not only the electronic systems and weaponry of her opponents, but their physical senses and superhuman powers as well. Her first mission with the Brotherhood led her to battle the mutant strike force called X-Force.[volume & issue needed] There, she easily located the team's hidden bunker, shut off Cable's weaponry, and disrupted Cannonball's blast field, allowing Sauron to stab him in the chest.
After Thornn's defeat, Phantazia fled, leaving Masque to be killed by Shatterstar's sword.[volume & issue needed] Other missions set the Brotherhood up against X-Factor,[volume & issue needed] Darkhawk,[volume & issue needed] Spider-Man,[volume & issue needed] and Sleepwalker.[volume & issue needed] Eventually, Phantazia was invited to Avalon, a mutant sanctuary, by Exodus. She rejected the offer and stayed with the Brotherhood.[volume & issue needed] Pyro's sickness was getting to him, so they stayed with the mutant Empyrean, who could ward off Pyro's pain.[volume & issue needed] The X-Men eventually found out what was going on and during the battle, Phantazia was defeated by a strike from Psylocke's psychic blade.[volume & issue needed] After the skirmish, Phantazia departed the island with her teammates.[volume & issue needed] Though the Brotherhood would make several appearances after this, she was not seen among their roster.
Phantazia resurfaced in the altered reality of House of M as one of Magneto's.[volume & issue needed] After the timeline was restored, she was confirmed as one of the many mutants who lost their powers on M-Day.[volume & issue needed] She is held in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s psychological ward, apparently having been reduced to a partial catatonic state by the trauma of the reality shift. S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Maria Hill states in a conversation with Iron Man (Tony Stark) that Eileen has been muttering the words "House of M" repeatedly in her cell for some time after losing her powers.
Powers and abilities
Phantazia is a former mutant who possessed the ability to sense and manipulate electromagnetic energy fields.
As a mutant, Phantazia was able to sense, manipulate, and disrupt various fields and wavelengths of various forms of energy (she has referred to her power as 'harmonizing'). Though the upper limits of her powers were never clearly defined, it is assumed that Phantazia could use her power to disrupt anything of an electromagnetic nature. This ability allowed her to levitate herself, presumably by using her power to create an anti-gravity field around herself.
By disrupting the electrical fields of machinery, Phantazia could short them out completely, or control them to some degree; opening computer-locked doors, jamming weapon and targeting systems, etc. Phantazia was able to disrupt the bioelectric energy fields and nervous systems of other living beings as well, resulting in pain, paralysis, loss of physical coordination, and in the case of superhumans, the inability to control their powers, causing them to fluctuate in strength, cease functioning altogether, or spew out uncontrollably. She has, for example, disrupted the blast field of Cannonball, making him vulnerable, and also caused the superhero Sleepwalker to temporarily lose control of his reality-warping ability.
Phantazia could also generate a masking effect, rendering herself and others near her undetectable to human senses and electronic surveillance. Her power also granted her the ability to sense various forms of energy in her environment, such as electronic devices and the atmospheric distortion preceding a teleportation event.
Phantazia's powers required her conscious will to activate, as she was once caught off guard by a surprise energy blast from Darkhawk.
Age of Apocalypse
Phantazia had a very brief appearance in the Age of Apocalypse storyline, in which she was one of the prisoners of Sinister's Breeding Pens. She was one of the countless victims of the Dark Beast's genetic experiments, to the point that she lost her hair and was too weak to use her powers. She tried to escape with other prisoners, but was quickly recaptured, being too weak to defend herself. She and her companions were returned to Dark Beast, who killed them by dissolving them into his genetic "soup".[volume & issue needed]
House of M
Phantazia was seen as part of Magneto's elite guard. Phantazia was one of but a few people to remember the events of House of M, although this led to her going insane.[volume & issue needed]
- X-Force, vol. 1 #7
- New Avengers, vol. 1 #16