- Cameron Hodge
caption=The cyborg Cameron Hodge fighting Wolverine,
Psylockeand Storm, on the cover of "Uncanny X-Men" #271 (December 1990). Art by Jim Lee.
debut="X-Factor" Vol. 1, #1 (Feb 1986)
Bob Layton Jackson Guice
alliances=Phalanx The Right
aliases= The Commander
Superhuman physical attributes through cyberntic body|
Cameron Hodge is a
fictional comic book supervillainand opponent of the X-Men, as seen in Marvel Comics. Created by writer Bob Laytonand artist Jackson Guice, Hodge first appeared as a supporting character in "X-Factor" #1 (February 1986) [http://www.comics.org/details.lasso?id=41130] , and was later revealed to be secretly acting against that group as the leader of an anti-mutant organization known as The Right. After he was decapitated by Archangel, his head was later revealed to have been attached to a large cyborg, and yet later, he merged with the cybernetic extraterrestrial race known as the Phalanx.
Hodge first appeared in "X-Factor" Vol. 1, #1 (February-March 1986), and was created by
Bob Laytonand Jackson Guice.
The character subsequently appears in "X-Factor" #4-5 (May-June 1986), #7-9 (August-October 1986), "The Amazing Spider-Man" #282 (November 1986), "X-Factor" #10-11 (November-December 1986), "Iron Man Annual" #8 (1986), "X-Factor Annual" #1 (1986), "X-Factor" #13-14 (February-March 1987), #16-18 (May-July 1987), #21-23 (October-December 1987), "The New Mutants" #60 (February 1988), "X-Factor" #32 (September 1988), #34 (November 1988), #36 (January 1989), "The New Mutants" #95 (November 1990), "X-Factor" #60 (November 1990), "The New Mutants" #96 (December 1990), "The Uncanny X-Men" #271 (December 1990), "X-Factor" #61 (December 1990), "The New Mutants" #97 (January 1991), "The Uncanny X-Men" #272 (January 1991), "X-Factor" #62 (January 1991), "The Uncanny X-Men" #306 (November 1993), #313 (June 1994), "Excalibur" #79 (July 1994), "Wolverine" #85 (September 1994), "X-Factor" #106 (September 1994), "Cable" #16 (October 1994), "New X-Men" #16-17 (September-October 2005), and "X-Force" #3 (June 2008).
Cameron Hodge received an entry in the "Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89" #3.
Fictional character biography
Cameron Hodge was the college roommate of Warren Worthington III, also known as the superhuman Angel. Hodge then took a public relations job with a New York advertising firm. After Angel's former superhero team the Defenders disbanded, Worthington and Hodge hatched a plan to reunite the original roster of the
X-Men. Under Hodge's plan, the five mutants would pose as professional mutant hunters under the name X-Factor. They would use this cover to contact and teach young mutants.
However, the plan backfired, as X-Factor's advertising campaign increased anti-mutant hysteria. In addition, the team suffered a series of major setbacks. After suffering severe injuries during the
Mutant Massacre, Angel had his wings amputated. Then, Angel seemingly dies in a helicopter explosion. Tensions arose between X-Factor members Cyclopsand Marvel Girl when Cyclops saw manifestations of the Phoenix around Jean Grey (Marvel Girl). X-Factor later discovered that Hodge had orchestrated the amputation and helicopter accident and had created holograms simulating the Phoenix Force. Hodge had secretly been Commander of the Right, an anti-mutant terrorist group. He had fully intended to exacerbate anti-mutant tensions through his advertising campaign.
During this time, Hodge and The Right made a pact with the extradimensional demonic entity
N'astirh, who in exchange for collecting mutant babies N'astirh needed for a spell to open up a portal from Limbo to Earth, he granted Hodge immortality and the continued existence of The Right and its work - to create conflict between humans and mutants.
Hodge later kidnaps and murders Warren Worthington's former girlfriend Candy Southern. Worthington had survived his attempted suicide when his private plane exploded and had been transformed into Archangel by Apocalypse. Archangel later invades the Right's headquarters and decapitated Hodge. ["X-Factor" #34 (November 1988)]
Hodge's efforts would provide unexpected blows against his enemies, as his employee the
Ani-Matorends up shooting dead the New Mutant team member Cypher.
Another of Hodge's people would end up becoming Nanny, a powerful cyberneticist, who with the assistance of
Orphan-Maker, would plague the X-Men multiple times.
Later in the crossover storyline "X-Tinction Agenda", Hodge was revealed to be alive, his decapitated head having been attached to a grotesque non-humanoid cyborg, a fate Hodge said he survived as a result of the pact he made with
N'astirh. Hodge took the leading role of the anti-mutant efforts of the Genoshan government during the "X-Tinction Agenda" crossover storyline. In the initial attack on the X-Men, members of the New Mutants, plus Storm are kidnapped. One of them, Warlock, dies when Hodge tries and fails to steal his shape-changing powers. Another, Wolfsbane is brainwashed into a slave. The last two, Rictor and Boom-Boom, escape into the streets. During the incident it is revealed that Havok, Cyclop's brother, had come to be working for Hodge as a Magistrate. Havok regains his memory and tries to bring down Hodge from within. Hodge goes so far as to murder one of his main employees in order to frame Havok.
Hodge is confronted by a combined force of X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants. Wolfsbane, her mind partly restored, plays a major factor in defeating Hodge, as she transforms a giant wolf form that severely damages him. The fight soon comes down to Havok, Cyclops and Hodge. The villain ultimately ends up as a head, still immortal, buried as Rictor knocks a building down onto him.
Hodge later returns as a member of the cybernetic extraterrestrial race known as the Phalanx, ironically a form he would have taken if his efforts with Warlock had been successful. Yet again he was apparently slain by Archangel.
Hodge's remains are found in the Himalayas by a group of
Purifiers. He is later revived when Bastion inoculates him with the transmode virus gained from one of Magus' offspring.
Powers and abilities
Before his decapitation, Hodge was the commander of The Right, thus he had access to all the weaponry and resources of the organization, including a ruby quartz battle suit capable of deflecting Cyclops' Optic Blasts. The demonic being
N'astirhgranted Hodge immortality, that is, he is able to survive a decapitation and still function.
In his cyborg form, Hodge had the ability to phase (move through solid matter) and used various special weapons. His spider/scorpionlike robot body was equipped with tentacles, a powerful stinger, plasma and laser weapons, and a molecular adhesive gun, and could also fire bolas, knives and spears of varying sizes. He also possessed a high degree of invulnerability, enough to protect him from the combined attacks of Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey. This effect was supposedly augmented by external generators linked to his mainframe computer. When these had been destroyed, Cyclops and Havok could destroy his mechanical body, but not kill him. In addition, in his mechanical body's first appearance, it had a cardboard cutout of a man's suit and body that hung from Hodge's neck, affecting a (to his mind) more normal appearance when his attempt to absorb Warlock's techno-organic abilities had failed.
As part of the Phalanx, he had all their typical abilities, but seemingly lost his magical protection.
House of M, Cameron Hodge was a member of the Human Liberation Front, a human supremacist terrorist group that had targeted Emperor Sunfire's Project Genesis, a program intended to forcefully turn humans into mutants. He was arrested following the attack on the New Mutant Leadership Program at the United Nations, though the true target was Sean Garrison, secretly an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.and one of the masterminds behind Project Genesis. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Josh Foley and Kevin Ford were about to torture him when they were interrupted by Agent Noriko Ashida, daughter of Hodge's comrade Seiji Ashida, who learned from Hodge about her father's location. Fearing the torture at the hands of Foley and Ford, Hodge convinced Noriko to kill him.
In other media
In the "X-Men" animated series, a character looking like Hodge first appeared as a lawyer for Hank McCoy, aka Beast. Later, Hodge was an ambassador working for the mutant-oppressing Genoshan government. After the corrupt government was overthrown by the combined efforts of Cable and the X-Men, Hodge, who was now missing an arm and a leg courtesy of Cable, vowed to get his revenge on the mutants. He was fortunate enough to have met up with the
techno-organicalien race known as the Phalanx. Restoring his missing limbs and granting him a fraction of their power, the Phalanx promised to help him get his revenge and, in exchange, he would help them assimilate planet Earth and its inhabitants. Hodge was defeated when Beast, with the help of Amelia Voght, Magneto, Mister Sinisterand Warlock, drove the Phalanx from Earth.
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