Quill (comics)

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Quill (or in one case, Quills) has been the name of four different fictional comic book characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Quill (Warpie)[edit]

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Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain Britain, vol. 2 #7
Created by Jamie Delano
Alan Davis
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Team affiliations Warpies

The Warpie known as Quill first appeared in Captain Britain, vol. 2 #7 and was created by Jamie Delano and Alan Davis.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Quill is one of the Warpies, a group of superhumans created by the Jaspers' Warp. Quill and his fellow Warpies were taken in by the British government organization, the Resources Control Executive (the R.C.X.). Quill and several of the Warpies were trained for combat and formed the Cherubim. Quill was their leader and they attacked Captain Britain, but were later taken in by him and his sister Elizabeth Braddock.[1]

The Warpies were later abducted by the new R.C.X. and again came into conflict with Captain Britain, who was now part of Excalibur. The Warpies were all slowly turning into humans, but the new R.C.X. had told them that they were dying. Excalibur uncovered the truth and told the Warpies. They also freed the original leaders of the R.C.X. and left the Warpies in their care.[2]

The Warpies were again abducted shortly afterwards by Black Air, another government organisation. Black Air experimented upon the Warpies in an attempt to keep them superhuman. Their experiments succeeded, but the Warpies were saved by Mastermind who made them his soldiers. Quill was one of his most loyal soldiers. Under Mastermind's leadership, the Warpies attacked and destroyed most of the Captain Britain Corps. They were defeated by Captain Britain, who then used his new powers to turn the Warpies, including Quill, into regular humans.[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Quill's body is covered in barbs and he had razorsharp claws.

Quill (Resistants)[edit]

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Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain America, vol. 1 #343
Created by Mark Gruenwald
Kieron Dwyer
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Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Resistants

A mutant using the code name Quill first appeared in Captain America, vol. 1 #343. He was created by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Quill was a mutant, born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was captured and arrested by the sixth Captain America and Battle Star on behalf of the government for failing to comply with the Mutant Registration Act, but was freed by the subversive terrorist mutant rights activists known as the Resistants.[4] Becoming a member of the Resistants, he later joined them in freeing Mentallo from the authorities.[5] Under the influence of a device created by a Doctor Doom robot, Quill was one of many criminals that was compelled to join the Plantman in attacking the Fantastic Four at a Congressional hearing during the Acts of Vengeance. Quill became entangled in the Plantman's vines and was defeated, captured, and taken to the Vault.[6]

Quill was confirmed as depowered during M-day.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Quill is a mutant who could shoot razor sharp needles from his body at will. These quills would then be regrown by his body. Quill has claimed that he was not born a mutant, but was mutated by an accident.[8] This would seem to be disproven by his being listed as a depowered mutant after M-day.[9]

As a member of the Resistants, Quill's helmet contained miniaturized radio equipment enabling him to communicate with his similarly outfitted teammates.

Quills (Arena)[edit]

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Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Treme X-Men #39
Created by Chris Claremont
Igor Kordey
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Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations The Arena

Quills was a female fighter in the mutant fight club known as the Arena. She appeared in X-Treme X-Men #39 and was created by Chris Claremont and Igor Kordey.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Quills was covered with razor sharp needles, which she could shoot from her body.

Quill (Max Jordan)[edit]

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Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance New X-Men: Academy X #1
Created by Nunzio DeFilippis
Christina Weir
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Alter ego Maxwell "Max" Jordan
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Corsairs training squad
Xavier Institute/X-Men
Abilities Porcupine-like spikes that grow in place of hair and can be fired as high-speed projectiles

Quill (Max Jordan) is a fictional character, a mutant appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. One of the students at the Xavier Institute, he first appeared in New X-Men: Academy X #1 and was created by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. When the students were each assigned to squads, Quill was assigned to Cyclops's Corsairs training squad, a group named after Cyclops's father, Corsair. (See Xavier Institute student body for a lineup of the Corsairs squad.) Quill was voted class clown by the students of the Institute.[10]

Max was caught trying to steal test answers from the headmaster’s office. Kitty Pryde assigned him and his accomplices, George and Winston, to be mentored by Gambit, but instead of making them see the error of their ways, Gambit taught the boys some real thieving techniques.[11]

He is killed during William Stryker's attack on the Xavier Institute in the wake of M-Day.[12] His body was seen in a telepathic image Emma Frost used to torment Carol Danvers about her persistence with the Registration Act.[13]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Max's body is covered in porcupine-like quills that can shoot from his body. He can also use the quills as a shield.

Other versions[edit]

  • In the "House of M" storyline, Max appears as part of the SHIELD Hellions squad students.[14]

In other media[edit]


  • A similar character appears in X-Men: The Last Stand played by Ken Leung. While the character is credited as Kid Omega, he is referred to as "Quill" in the Writer/Director Commentary. He appears as a member of The Omegas, then later joins Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with Callisto, Arclight, and Psylocke. During the attack on Alcatraz, Quill kills Dr. Kavita Rao and almost kills Dr. Worthington whose son Warren saves him. Quill, Psylocke and Arclight are later killed by Jean Grey's Phoenix Force powers.
  • Quill appears in a voicemail message for X-Men: Apocalypse.[15]


  1. ^ Captain Britain, vol. 2 #7–9
  2. ^ Excalibur, vol. 1 #61–65
  3. ^ Excalibur: Sword of Power #1–4
  4. ^ Captain America, vol. 1 #343
  5. ^ Captain America, vol. 1 #346
  6. ^ Fantastic Four, vol. 1 #335
  7. ^ New Avengers, vol. 1 #18
  8. ^ Captain America, vol. 1 #343
  9. ^ New Avengers, vol. 1 #18
  10. ^ New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook
  11. ^ Gambit, vol. 4 #10
  12. ^ New X-Men, vol. 2 #27
  13. ^ X-Men: Civil War #2
  14. ^ New X-Men Academy X #15 (Sept. 2005)
  15. ^ Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters – Voicemail Messages

External links[edit]

  • Quill IV at Marvel.com
  • Quill II at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe