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With an increasing number in the student body, Cyclops & Emma Frost reorganized the Xavier Institute's educational and training program.[2] The Hellions Squad was advised by Emma Frost.[3][4][5]

Academy X[]

Even before their official formation, New Mutants Squad and the Hellions Squad were at odds with each other.[6] The two squads became intensely competitive during Field Day events.[7] This rivalry came to a head when Wither was arrested by the F.B.I.. The Hellions went to take on the F.B.I. and free Wither, and the New Mutants went to stop them from fighting the government. The X-Men intervened before any damage was done, but Wither and Icarus switched teams because of the event.[8]

Wither continued to clash with Elixir (primarily over Laurie's affections). During the semester, Wither discovered Elixir had had a brief affair with a professor, Wolfsbane. He informed the entire school, successfully ending Josh's relationship with Laurie and terminating Wolfsbane's employment.[9]

The Hellions won first place in the Field Day Events at the Xavier Institute.[10]

Summer Vacation[]

During the summer break, the Hellions Squad accompanied Julian Keller to his family's home in California.[11] There, they were contacted by the Kingmaker, who gave them several extraordinary gifts in exchange for a favor.[12] The favor turned out to be robbery.[13] Seeing the error in their ways, the Hellions later took on Kingmaker and defeated him.[14]


After M-Day only 27 of 182 enrolled Xavier's students retained their powers. The New Mutants Squad was disbanded along with all the other X-Men Training Squads. Several squad members, who retained their powers, were inducted into the New X-Men.[15]

Notable Members[]

  • Dust - Sooraya Qadir is a shy girl from Afghanistan who can turn herself into a living whirlwind of dust. Retained her powers and remained with the X-Men.
  • Hellion - Julian Keller is telekinetic. Field Leader. Retained his powers and remained with the X-Men.
  • Mercury - Cessily Kincaid's body is composed of non-toxic liquid mercury. Retained her powers and remained with the X-Men.
  • Rockslide - Santo Vaccarro exists as a golem entity able to create a body of solid rock. Retained his powers and remained with the X-Men.
  • Tag - Brian Cruz could psionically "tag" a person so that bystanders were compelled to run away from the person. Depowered, and killed in bus bombing by Purifiers.[16]
  • Wither - Kevin Ford could destroy organic matter on touch. Retained his powers, but was later killed by Elixir.[17]


  • The squad’s colors were red and white with black accents.
  • Two members of this squad could did not wear the common uniform: Wither had to wear non-organic blends of clothing and Dust always wears her niqab.
  • Before the squads were officially formed, Emma Frost's advisees included Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, Tag, and Specter.[3] For unknown reasons, Specter switched advisors to Wolfsbane and then finally switched to Cyclops.[10]
  • The squad was named after the original Hellions to which their adviser, Emma Frost, was the teacher.

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