Ismael Ortega's parents were poets,[1] and his father was also a fighter, having opposed the American forces at the Bay of Pigs.[2]

Ismael came to America in 1980 at the age of 7, when Castro kicked out his poet parents, along with gays, intellectuals, writers, artists, and mutants.[1]

Izzy and his partner Gus investigated a domestic incident in Mutant Town. They found a hysterical man who had tied up his wife. The man warned the officers not to untie her, but they did and were enthralled by the woman's mutant power. The man and his wife were killed; Gus and Izzy were found wounded by self-inflicted gunshots.[3]

The incident was covered up and Gus was ordered to retire after a history of incidents with mutants. The X-Man Bishop was brought in to help with cases in Mutant Town and was partnered with Izzy.[3]

They dealt with rival clubs, the Wildkat Klub and Daniel's Inferno. While investigating a human woman's death due to 'Toad Juice', they came across Mister M, a powerful mutant who saved Izzy's daughter while looking for help.[4]

They later dealt with the Tunnel Rats blacking out most of Mutant Town, influenced by Melek and the Worm.[5]

They dealt with a young mutant in a hostage situation also being pursued by government agencies and a mutant-hating assassin.[6]

Izzy had marital problems and nearly lost his daughter due to an accident with his gun. He began seeing Lara the Illusionist, a dancer at Daniel "Shaky" Kaufman's club. Reality's restoration from the House of M led to Chamayra's death.[7]


None; baseline human

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