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After watching video footage of the Spike in action, the senior members of X-Statix, excluding the Anarchist, voted to have him join the team. At the press conference to announce his membership, the Spike called the Anarchist a coconut, white on the inside black on the outside, and the two began butting heads. Eager to gain more media attention, Vivisector and Phat jumped into a fight with the Spike in “defense” of their teammate.[2] Later, Anarchist expressed fears that his life was endangered with the addition of another young black male to the team.[3]

When U-Go Girl hosted the Larry King Show, she had the Spike show up as her first guest. This swiftly erupeds once again into a battle between the Anarchist, Vivisector, Phat, and Spike. In the middle of the battle, Lacuna traveled between seconds and removed everyone’s clothing. After announcing her candidacy in X-Statix, she returned their clothing and left.[3]

During some downtime with the team, the Spike, along with some other members of X-Statix, were transported to a dimension residing inside Doop, where they each face their worst fears. In Spike’s “torture realm,” the only thing Doop finds is a book entitled “Spikey Cross-Dressing,” bearing the image of the Spike wearing a red dress and fishnets. After saving them and returning them to their Santa Monica HQ, Doop noticed that only a second had gone by and no one appeared to have any memory of ever leaving.[4]

The Spike returned home from a mission with the rest of X-Statix, but they winded up in the ocean, due to U-Go Girl’s malfunctioning mutant power from drug use. She attempted to teleport them from the ocean, only to wind up in a forest. In the forest, the team signaled a plane and they hitched a ride to California via Federal Express.[5]

He was among the X-Statix members seen at a parade in their honor, after they successfully took out a Japanese terrorist sect. The mutant terrorist group the Brotherhood attacked X-Statix, calling them “mutant sellouts,” due to their popularity and media attention. During the fight, the Spike aided the Orphan in killing one of the Brotherhood members by impaling her as she fell backwards from the Orphan’s punch. After defeating the Brotherhood, the Orphan asked what just happened and U-Go Girl replied, “The end of a revolution?”[citation needed]

The Spike participates in a battle in Central America alongside his teammates in X-Statix, where his rivalry with the Anarchist came to blows, as they competed to kill as many militiamen as possible, as if trying to beat each other in the “amount killed” department.[6]

The Spike returns to Santa Monica with the rest of the team, where they were bombarded with questions by the media. After U-Go Girl, the Orphan, and the Anarchist returned from their failed attempt to contact Dead Girl, the team's manager Spike Freeman instructs X-Statix on its upcoming mission to help the C.I.A. get a better image. The team was to head into space to stop the "Bush Rangers" who has seemingly taken control of the Mars 2010 Space Station. They would then forfeit and get saved by the C.I.A., thereby making the C.I.A. look good. In reality, the Bush Rangers were death row convicts, mostly Black, altered to gain mutant powers.[6]

The C.I.A. wanted this specific mission done because the Orphan had hidden Paco Perez, a mutant with the power to make multinational drug corporations even richer. However, the companies owed the C.I.A. so it balanced out.[6]

The Spike personally expressed anger about the situation. As U-Go Girl and the Orphan argued with C.I.A. Agent Wright, the Spike seemed very disturbed at seeing Vivisector and Phat high-five each other. The team voted on whether or not to go on the mission, with the Spike sided with the Orphan, creating a stalemate. Dead Girl then arrived and put her vote with the Orphan and the team headed into space.[6]

While traveling to the station, the Spike sees Vivisector and Phat holding hands. He slashes Myles and demands to know the situation. His homophobia becomes part of a multi-team member argument. On board, the crew members are happy to see the team and want autographs. Or so it seems. The Bush Rangers had killed and replaced the crew and they ambushed X-Force moments later.[7]

During the fight, the Spike was seemingly convinced to join the Bush Rangers. The other X-Force members manage to back off and wait for the appropriate time to 'surrender'. As the team relaxed and waits for the C.I.A. Crack Squad led by Agent Wright to arrive, the Spike argued with the Bush Rangers who had seemingly won him over to their side. One of them whispers to the Spike what he had done to put him on death row. This noticeably disturbed the Spike. When the Orphan arrived looking for the Spike, all he found were the remaining Bush Rangers, all disguised to look like the Spike. As a battle broke out, the “real” Spike arrived and rejoined his teammates in X-Statix, stating his "defection" had been a ruse.[8]

When the Crack Squad finally boarded the space station, they attempt to kill the senior members of X-Force. Agent Wright had altered the plan as a way of revenge; his daughter might have been saved by Paco Perez, the mutant child the Orphan had hidden away.[8]

To escape weapons fire, the senior members teleport into one of the station's spacescraft. It went out of control, heading into deep space. Thinking their teammates dead, the remaining X-Statix members (Vivisector, Phat, 'the Spike', and Dead Girl) battle and kill the C.I.A Crack Squad. Agent Wright reached into his jacket and was killed by the impostor Spike. All he wanted was to show the team a picture of his daughter.[8]

The real Spike, dressed in Bush Ranger clothing, was seen, battered and bruised, claiming he was no traitor.[8] The Orphan and U-Go Girl made it back to the others using the spacecraft's lifepod, then used their powers to rescue the Anarchist.[9]

The real Spike met up with the rest. The impostor attacked, driving several projectiles deep into his double's body. X-Force attacks but the Bush Ranger takes several punishing blows and fires spikes all across the room. He is soon killed in a combined result. The Spike is seen dead, sprawled on the floor. U-Go Girl had taken another projectile to her stomach and soon died of her injuries.[9]

Spike's death was dismissed on the news; according to the reporter, he simply wasn't famous enough for America to care.[10]


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Spike Generation: He could generate razor-sharp spikes from his body, which he could fire outward with deadly accuracy.


  • Spike was originally created for the television series X-Men: Evolution, as a nephew to X-Men character Storm. The character was redesigned and given a different background when introduced in the mainstream comics.

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