Marauders (comics)

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The Marauders featured on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #240 (Jan. 1989) by Marc Silvestri.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceUncanny X-Men #210 (Oct. 1986)
Created byChris Claremont
John Romita Jr.
Dan Green
In-story information
Member(s)Current Members:
Mister Sinister
Former Members:
Lady Mastermind
Omega Sentinel

The Marauders is a team of fictional supervillain characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Marauders are mutant assassins employed by the X-Men's archfiend Mister Sinister, with the purpose of assassinating other mutants and acting as a commando strike-force to carry out acts of mass murder.

In 2019, the title was relaunched, this time as an X-Men superhero team.

Publication history[edit]

The Marauders first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #210 (Oct. 1986) and were created by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Romita Jr..

The Marauders superhero team debuted in 2019, as a part of Dawn of X[citation needed], and changed everything about the team. It features Kitty Pryde leading a team of heroic mutants, such as Iceman, Storm, Bishop and a reformed Pyro, as they travel through the seas saving mutants who can't achieve Krakoa, sponsored by Hellfire Club and Emma Frost.

Fictional team biography[edit]

The Marauders make their first appearance during the 1986 crossover, the "Mutant Massacre", slaughtering a large percentage of the mutant community living beneath Manhattan known as the Morlocks. During their battles with the X-Men, X-Factor and the Norse God Thor, several Marauders are apparently killed; Riptide in Uncanny X-Men #211; Prism in X-Factor #10; and Blockbuster in The Mighty Thor #374. After the Mutant Massacre, Sabretooth attacked some kids in the tunnels in Daredevil #238.

In Uncanny X-Men #213, Sabretooth attacks Xavier's mansion while Malice succeeds in possessing Dazzler but is driven out.[1] The Marauders attack Polaris, whom Malice takes possession of and becomes leader over the Marauders.[2] The Marauders then try to assassinate Madelyne Pryor in issues #221-222. It also shows flashbacks of them in X-Factor #39, and Uncanny X-Men #215.

During the 1989 crossover "Inferno", the dead Marauders mysteriously reappear alive in Uncanny X-Men #240 and battle the X-Men during the demonic invasion of Manhattan. Most of them perish here. Blockbuster, Malice, and Sabretooth later attack the X-Men at Xavier's mansion in issue #243.

X-Men #34 (vol. 2, July 1994) reveals that Sinister is able to clone the Marauders back to life; Gambit #8 (vol. 3, Sept. 1999) further reveals that all the clones have gene imprints that would shut them down if they turn against Sinister. In Gambit #9, the clone samples for Sabretooth were seemingly destroyed. However, in later issues of X-Force,[3] a clone of Sabretooth was shown.

The Marauders also chase after the mutant Threnody in X-Man issues #13-18-19 (March-Sept. 1996).

The 1996 miniseries, The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, features a band of criminals known as the Marauders during the 19th century, hired by Mister Sinister to kidnap homeless and deformed people on which to experiment.

Uncanny X-Men #350 (December 1997) reveals that it was Gambit who had organized the modern day Marauders, although he was never actually a member. It also says that it was he who brought them down to the Morlock tunnels. He had no idea of their intentions, and when they started killing all of them, all he could do is save a little girl named Sarah (later Marrow). This contradicts with previous versions of the story since in Uncanny X-Men #210, it was shown that the Marauders followed a young Morlock girl, Tommy. This is one of several contradictions between the two versions of the story.[4]

The Marauders also make an appearance in Cable Annual '99, disguised as minions of Apocalypse and battle Cable after he sees through the guise.

The Marauders featured on the X-Men #200 wrap-around cover, with art by Humberto Ramos. Several characters include Vertigo, Riptide, Sunfire, Harpoon, Scalphunter, Malice, Gambit and Lady Mastermind.

The Marauders return in X-Men #200 (vol. 2, August 2007), attacking the X-Men and Providence to obtain certain mutants on a list. This incarnation of the team consists of the original lineup as well as Malice, who possessed Omega Sentinel after disguising herself as an e-mail; the former X-Men Lady Mastermind; Sunfire; Gambit; and Mystique, who have all aligned themselves with Acolytes Exodus, Random, Frenzy, Tempo, and Unuscione.[5]

On the list is a group of people or places that have information of the future, or even alternate timelines. In Cable and Deadpool #42 and X-Men #200, Sunfire and Gambit seemingly killed Cable, while Senyaka attacked Deadpool. In issue #202, it is revealed that Arclight brought down the Wohnhaus Strucker, a building that has ties to the future. Also in issue #202, it is revealed that Harpoon impaled Vargas with harpoons until his death. The Dark Mother was another victim taken out. They also thought they killed Gateway, although he survived. Bishop was also sought after in these attacks. Later in issue #202, the Acolytes attack the X-Mansion looking for Destiny's diaries, but find fakes. They also go to take out Blindfold, but she saw them coming and prevented her death. In issue #203, Iceman and Cannonball go against the Marauders for the diaries, but the diaries are destroyed in the process.

The Marauders also play a major role in X-Men: Messiah Complex storyline. In Messiah Complex: Chapter One, they arrive in Alaska and kill some Purifiers with the loss of Blockbuster and Prism, without finding the special mutant child.[6] In X-Men #205, the Marauders battles the X-Men at Sinister's Antarctic base. In Uncanny X-Men #494, the Marauders track Cable and the baby to Forge's Aerie in Dallas, where they defeat Bishop and seize the mutant child. The Marauders fight in the final battle on Muir Island and Scrambler and Vertigo seemingly all die.[7]

The Marauders appeared once again in the ongoing series of X-Force, where a contingent of Marauders clones had recently awakened after the death of Mister Sinister. X-Force returns to the facility where Vanisher lost the virus and battle and killed all the cloned assassins.[3]

The Marauders returned in the pages of Astonishing X-Men, with a yet undetermined motive. The new lineup consists of: Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Prism, and Vanisher, with Chimera as the apparent new leader.[8] It was eventually revealed that they were actually assembled by Susan Hatchi, actually Da'o Coy Manh, the half-sister of the mutant known as Karma, so she could get her revenge on their father. They were eventually defeated.[9]

The clones of the Marauders except for Sabretooth and Malice where later hunted down by Magneto (who was determined to make them pay once and for all for the massacre of the Morlocks). However, as Magneto killed each of the Marauder clones, new clones were activated. He eventually hunted all the clones down and killed them all with the exception of Scapulhunter, whose arms and legs were cut. After tracking the remained clones in a port and killing them all, Magneto prevented the new clones from being activated and instead modifies their personalities to deploy in the future at his command.[10]

Following World War Hate, Magneto lead various mutants from the Red Skull's concentration camp in Genosha and began reconstructing the island. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. appeared to take Magneto into custody. Powered by MGH, Magneto over powered S.H.I.E.L.D. but, surrounded.[11]

Magneto had the intention of destroying S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mutant files along their Cerebro. Magneto unleashed the Marauders as a distraction while he completed his objective. Not wanting to wage war against S.H.I.E.L.D. yet, Magneto and the Marauders retired, however, noting that the Sabretooth clone's healing factor and killing tendencies were resisting his programming, he killed him before leaving. After various mutants were killed, the Marauders accompanied Magneto's investigation.[12]

As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Mister Sinister later formed another incarnation of the Marauders consisting of Aries, Azimuth, Chimera, and Coda. They pursued Nightcrawler through the sewers in order to capture Nightcrawler and bring him back to Mister Sinister to be one of his specimens. Azimuth was the one who knocked out Nightcrawler.[13]


Original roster[edit]

Member First appearance Description
Mister Sinister Uncanny X-Men #221 (September 1987) Nathaniel Essex is the original leader of the Marauders.
Arclight Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) Philippa Sontag is a super-strong mutant. Her mutation allows her to release shockwaves and cause disorientation to her enemies, cause objects to shatter, and to generate earth tremors in limited areas. She served with the American ground forces in the Vietnam War, and is still haunted by memories of that place. She has a romantic interest in Scalphunter.
Blockbuster Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) Michael Baer is a superhumanly strong mutant who has stood up to punches from Thor, though a single hammer blow from an enraged Thor killed him. He did some work with German terrorists before hooking up with Sinister.
Harpoon Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) Kodiak Noatak is a young Inuit who can charge objects (usually his Slayspears - 20 pound (9 kg) barbed harpoons) with bio-energy for various effects.
Malice Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) One of Sinister's top lieutenants whose sadistic orders are followed without hesitation or question. She exists as an incorporeal psychic being that possesses others, though she often 'hides' in the person's subconscious and reveals herself in a mirror or as the dark side of the target's consciousness. For much of her public activity with the other Marauders, she used the X-Man Polaris as a host. Malice was apparently killed by Sinister for disobeying orders,[14] but has returned as a digital entity, rather than a psionic one, and possessed Omega Sentinel.[15] Not be confused with the Fantastic Four villain named Malice.
Prism X-Factor #10 (November 1986) Robbie is an overconfident and cold-blooded killer who often overestimates the fragility of his crystalline body, which can deflect/reflect most forms of energy attacks, but not physical impact.
Riptide Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) Janos Questad is a brutally evil man who can spin his body at superhuman speeds and fling out shurikens (made from a resin his skin secretes) for amazing amounts of damage. He was the first of the Marauders to "die", when his neck was broken by Colossus.
Sabretooth Iron Fist #14 (August 1977) Victor Creed is the longtime enemy of Wolverine.
Scalphunter Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) John Greycrow is a ruthless ex-G.I., and the group's tactician. His orders are overruled only by Malice or Sinister. Scalphunter is the most cold-blooded of the group. He is capable of "technomorphing" (altering the configuration of any technological device), a power he uses to create a number of weapons from his battle armor. He also has incredible regenerative powers as he survived being executed by his fellow American soldiers in 1944 after having murdered and scalped eight fellow officers.
Scrambler Uncanny X-Men #210 (October 1986) Kim Il Sung is the youngest Marauder. He is a Korean mutant who can manipulate powers and systems, whether they be biogenetic, electromagnetic, or even technomechanical, such as mutant abilities, upon physical contact. He has been shown to be a psychopath more concerned with looking stylish than with the suffering he inflicts on others.
Vertigo Marvel Fanfare #1 (March 1982) A mutate from the Savage Land who had previously fought the X-Men. She has the ability to psionically induce a sensation of vertigo in others.

Second roster[edit]

The Marauders in Messiah Complex. Art by Simone Bianchi.

During the Messiah Complex storyline, five former X-Men joined the original roster of the Marauders, and Sabretooth was not among the group.[volume & issue needed]

  • Gambit (Remy LeBeau): Before joining the X-Men, Gambit was hired by Sinister to assemble the Marauders. Feeling responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Morlocks, Gambit kept this a secret from the X-Men until Rogue absorbed his memories and found out Gambit's secret. His brainwashing by Apocalypse and manipulation by Sinister led him to abandon the X-Men, though he has since returned to the team.
  • Lady Mastermind (Regan Wyngarde): An illusion-creating mutant and one of Jason Wyngarde's (the original Mastermind) daughters.
  • Mystique: A shapeshifter, mother of Nightcrawler and the adoptive mother of Rogue. She infiltrated the X-Men in order to betray them from within.
  • Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida): A Japanese mutant and former X-Man with fire generation and manipulation abilities.
  • Omega Sentinel (Karima Shapandar)
  • Exodus (Bennet Du Paris)

Third roster[edit]

After the Schism storyline, two enemies of the X-Men joined the Marauders.[volume & issue needed]

  • Chimera: A former interdimensional pirate from an unknown Earth, who can generate dragon-shaped flares of greenish-transparent ectoplasmic energy to strike her enemies on various planes of being (i.e. physical, astral, etc.).
  • Vanisher (Telford Porter): Longtime criminal and former member of the X-Force, he possesses the ability to teleport himself, his clothes, and an as yet undetermined amount of additional mass.

Fourth roster[edit]

Magneto eventually tracked the original Marauders' remaining clones, except for Sabretooth and Malice, and killed them all, which activated new clones of them.[volume & issue needed] He prevented the activation of the clones and programmed them to deploy at his command in the future. Scalphunter was also spared, though his arms and legs were severed.[volume & issue needed]

Fifth roster[edit]

As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, Mister Sinister has formed another incarnation of the Marauders. Besides Chimera, this membership consisted of:

  • Aries: A mutant with the horns and hindquarters of a ram. Aries has no connections with the Zodiac.
  • Azimuth: A female mutant who can unhinge her jaws to form an oral singularity/black hole that can disrupt even Nightcrawler's teleportation.
  • Coda: A mummified mutant with a forked tongue.

Miss Sinister's New Marauders[edit]

Following the rebirth of the Multiverse in the aftermath of Secret Wars, Miss Sinister had made her presence known and assembled several mutants that became stranded from the Ultimate Marvel into the Prime Universe which she personally handpicked and trained to be killers. Those among her New Marauders are:

Miss Sinister kept experimenting on the New Marauders, granting them secondary mutations through a method called the "Mothervine". However, not all attempts were successful, with one of them resulting in Quicksilver's death. Pietro's body was left behind by Miss Sinister in her base once she abandoned it, and it was eventually found by the young X-Men while investigating,[16] nevertheless the New Marauders remained by Miss Sinister's side as she allied herself with Havok, Emma Frost and Bastion to release "Mothervine" globally with the intent to make mutantkind the dominant species.[17] Miss Sinister later attempted to recruit the time-displaced Jean Grey to their cause by making sure she would find a necklace which unbeknownst to her, contained the essence of Malice. However, due to Jean's strong defenses, Malice could not bring herself to possess Jean, instead she was eventually found by Polaris which she immediately possessed. However, because Polaris had already been possessed by Malice, she was able to free herself from the possession braking Malice's necklace in the process. Miss Sinister also sent the New Marauders to recruit Xorn to Havok's cause, but Jimmy Hudson and Bloodstorm, intervened and rescued him.[18] Shortly afterwards, the New Marauders were sent to attack Magneto, who had threatened Havok's plans[19] but the master of magnetism evaded them and escaped using his time platform.[20] Following the capture of the young X-Men, Emma Frost finally rejected Miss Sinister's ideal and psychically controlled Mach-II, Armor and Guardian in order to turned them upon their mistress, however, Miss Sinister activated a kill-switch she had implanted in their genetic code, which killed instantly all three.[21]

X-Men team[edit]

Cover to Marauders #1 by Russel Dauterman (artist) and Matthew Wilson (colorist).
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
No. of issues8 (as of 19 February 2020)
Main character(s)Bishop
Christian Frost
Emma Frost
Kate Pryde
Sebastian Shaw
Creative team
Created byGerry Duggan (writer)
Matteo Lolli (artist)

In October 2019, the Marauders title was relaunched and rebranded as a sister book to the flagship X-Men title, featuring a team of X-Men traveling the world by ship to protect mutantkind.[22]


Issues Characters
  • Bishop
  • Christian Frost
  • Emma Frost
  • Iceman
  • Kate Pryde
  • Lockheed
  • Pyro
  • Sebastian Shaw
  • Storm
  • Bishop
  • Callisto
  • Emma Frost
  • Iceman
  • Lockheed
  • Pyro
  • Sebastian Shaw
  • Storm


Issue Publication Date Writer Artist(s) Colorist Comic Book Roundup Rating[23] Estimated Sales to North American Retailers (First Month)
#1 October 23, 2019 Gerry Duggan Matteo Lolli Federico Blee 8.3 by 25 professional critics 86,830[24]
#2 November 20, 2019 7.8 by 18 professional critics 51,241[25]
#3 December 4, 2019 Michele Bandini 8.0 by 11 professional critics 49,309[26]
#4 December 18, 2019 Lucas Werneck 8.4 by 8 professional critics 45,641[26]
#5 January 1, 2020 Matteo Lolli & Lucas Werneck 8.4 by 8 professional critics 44,802[27]
#6 January 22, 2020 Matteo Lolli & Mario del Pennino Erick Arciniega 8.2 by 12 professional critics 44,212[27]
#7 February 5, 2020 Stefano Caselli Edgar Delgado 8.0 by 9 professional critics 38,799[28]
#8 February 19, 2020 9.0 by 10 professional critics 37,413[28]
#9 March 4, 2020 Matteo Lolli 8.6 by 6 professional critics Data not yet available

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Format Publication date ISBN
Marauders Volume 1 Marauders #1–6 Trade paperback April 28, 2020[29] ISBN 978-1302919948

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the Age of Apocalypse storyline, the Marauders are a band of human terrorists equipped with wrist-armories and air-steppers, serving Apocalypse and consisting of Arcade, Dirigible, the Owl and Red. The group was sent by Apocalypse to destroy the land of Wakanda where Arcade was able to murder Black Panther and together destroy much of the land, the Marauders' life was cut short by Clint Barton and Gwen Stacy.[30]

House of M[edit]

In the House of M reality, the Marauders are a covert ops group led by Callisto and consisting of Banshee, Black Tom Cassidy, Blob, Caliban, Mammomax, Sunder, and T-Rex.

Mutant X[edit]

In the Mutant X dimension, a group of thieves calling themselves the Marauders are made up of mostly X-Force and Generation X associates, such as an overweight Cannonball, Jubilee, Husk, Sunspot and Wolfsbane.[31]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, the Marauders appear in the Ultimate X-Men series and are a white supremacist group led by Arnim Zola.[32]

What If?[edit]

The Marauders are featured in What If? vol. 2, #101.

In other media[edit]


  • The Marauders first appear in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "eXcessive Force". It consists of Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Mister Sinister, Multiple Man, and Vertigo. Like the comics, they tend to collect Mutant DNA by force for Mister Sinister's plans to create the "Ultimate Mutant." Cyclops ended up disrupting their missions at the time when Cyclops thought Mister Sinister had Jean Grey. In the episode "Guardian Angel", Mister Sinister transforms Angel into Archangel as a way to restore his wings. Archangel becomes a full Marauder in the episode "Shades of Grey" in which he and the other Marauders (namely Arclight, Blockbuster, and Vertigo) are captured but escape. The final scene showed that Mister Sinister and the Marauders are in league with Apocalypse.

Video games[edit]

  • The Marauders appear in the Deadpool video game. The group is led by Mister Sinister and consists of Vertigo, Blockbuster, and Arclight.[33] Deadpool eventually kills them one by one, starting with Arclight following a fight with her in the sewers which ends with both her and Deadpool impaled on some poles (with Deadpool surviving due to his regenerative powers), next Vertigo, who simply gets shot in the head, and finally Blockbuster, who is killed inside the old mutant prison on Genosha after capturing Rogue. Sinister is shown to have also created backup clones of the Marauders, who fight Deadpool in front of Sinister's hideout at Magneto's old citadel at the end of the game, but are also ultimately killed.


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  2. ^ Uncanny X-Men #219
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