is a fictional
created by Marvel
for their series X-Force
. His original creators were Fabian Nicieza
and Matt Broome, who had
completely different plans for the villain than what evolved.
Fictional character biography
After the events of the X-Cutioner's Song
the Mutant Liberation Front
(MLF) was incarcerate
and left leaderless. To
fill this void came a maniacal being named Reignfire. He liberated
four members of the original MLF: Forearm
, and Tempo
, and added two more to their ranks:
. He charged his team with the mission
of killing Henry Peter Gyrich
man who had always been a thorn in side of the mutant agenda.
However, their attempt was foiled by X-Force and, during the
battle, the powers of Locus and Sunspot
reacted together in an odd way,
the pair to parts unknown.
Before doing so, Reignfire says Cable's real name, a big foreshadowing
technique in Nicieza's original
When Reignfire made his presence known, it was noticed how
remarkably similar he was to Sunspot, not only in appearance but in
powers as well. Since, at this time, Sunspot was missing in action
(MIA), that possibility
was not ruled out by Cable
suspicions were revealed when, in the middle of a battle, Reignfire
removes his mask to show that he is indeed Roberto.
Cable uses his telepathic
forcefully remove/suppress the Reignfire persona
in Sunspot, and supposedly succeeds. As an
unexpected side effect
Sunspot gathered some knowledge from Cable's mind, including
information about Askani
and language. There were occasional moments when Sunspot would have
a mental struggle to suppress evil urges, but for the most part all
Sunspot goes to visit his friend and former New Mutants teammate Skids in Colorado when the
pair is attacked by none other than Locus and Reignfire.
Although things once more go awry with Locus' powers when they come
in contact with Skids' force field
mission is generally a success as Sunspot is captured. Once
shackled to the wall, Reignfire begins to tell the story of his
"real" origin: he was not an evil Sunspot, which many had believed,
but a clone
of him created from
his cellular material. He was once a protoplasmic
entity possessed by the Celestials
with no real form until
injected a sample of
Sunspot's blood into his container. With a set of genetic material
to duplicate, the protoplasmic goo began to pattern itself on the
sample given to it and thus shared Sunspot's
appearance and powers. Another added bonus was the fact that, when
he was within close proximity, he could activate a telepathic link
with his host and psychically imprint himself onto
Sunspot--explaining why Sunspot would sometimes seem to be evil.
Reignfire wanted to kill Sunspot, but fails when several of his
teammates came to his rescue.
When he next appeared, it was back with the Celestials' ship.
X-Force found the ship and the protoplasmic figure inside and,
after a battle, Reignfire was crushed to death by a Celestial
inside of the ship.
Powers and abilities
Since Reignfire was the genetic clone of Sunspot, he shared all of
his abilities: absorption rechanneling of solar energy, either
within his own body or externally, to create multiple abilities
including, super strength, thermal
for flight, projection of heat and light as concussive
blasts or in a stream of fiery rain,
and the ability to forge a telepathic link
with his genetic host and psychically imprint himself onto his
Originally, Fabian Nicieza had meant for Reignfire to be a time traveling
, slightly older, more mentally
disturbed version of Sunspot. However, when a later writer John
Francis Moore took over the title he retcon
the original plan and
concocted the explanation about the protoplasmic, amorphous origin.
This left many fans unhappy (and gave a continuity
headache) given the previous
hints and the nature of the characters.