Risque (comics)

Risque (comics)


caption=Risque in X-Force #65; Art by Adam Pollina
real_name=Gloria Dolores Muñoz
species=Human Mutant
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="X-Force vol. 1" #51
creators=Jeph Loeb
Adam Pollina
alliances=X-Corporation X-Force
powers=Geometrically compress and implode inorganic matter.|

Risque (Gloria Dolores Muñoz) is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe. Her first appearance was in "X-Force vol. 1 #51".

Fictional character biography

Early life

Risque grew up in Florida to a Seminole mother and Cuban father. As established in a textual flashback in X-Force Vol 1 #66, she used to spend much of her time at the Wacky World Amusement park with her father. After her powers manifested at thirteen, she abandoned her suddenly embarrassing dad and spent time at the park flirting with older boys. She even acquired a job there, but was fired after a fortnight for smoking in costume behind the Astro-World Tilt-A-Whirl. She then got into some trouble, which the mysterious Sledge helps extricate her from in return for doing him a favor.

Rendezvous with Warpath

Risque has to send a message to Warpath intimating that she has knowledge regarding the Camp Verde massacre. She meets Warpath in New York, where she introduces herself to him from the shadows, plants a kiss on his lips, and leaves ["X-Force v.1" #51] .

When Selene makes her move against the Externals, killing those who remain, Risque arrives and pulls the wounded Warpath out of Gideon's facillity before Selene can drain his life ["X-Force v.1" #53] . Risque takes James to Florida to recuperate and they fall for each other. Finally, James desires to get back to his friends, and the duo arrives just in time to defend X-Man from the genetic mastermind villain, Mister Sinister. An ancient expert in mutancy, Sinister found Risque "fascinating" as "a mutant unknown" ["X-Force v.1" #57] .

Risque and Warpath's new romance was met with displeasure from Warpath's previous love interest and current teammate, Siryn. Warpath previously felt romantic feelings for Siryn but as Risque thinks to herself; "Now she resents me for taking James away from her."

Warpath intends to remain at the X-Mansion, but the duo fights the Blob and Mimic in New York City. Risque finally fulfills her "mission" by slipping a sleeping pill into Jimmy's drink. She takes him to Sledge's junkyard in Detroit, Michigan ["X-Force v.1" #65] . There, Sledge offers Warpath information concerning his tribe's murder in exchange for a favor of his own.

Fleeing X-Force

, but her conscience forces her to stay behind and tend to the injured mutant. Her reluctance to leave when she had the chance caused her to be captured by the remaining members of X-Force, who initially believe she has harmed Caliban.

By the time X-Force arrives, a two and a half hour ride in their "Pacrat", Warpath reveals that he was not held captive and was ready to leave, with Sledge's offer fresh on his mind. Risque tries to make amends with Warpath but to no avail; pleading her case concerning her debt to Sledge does not work. Unfortunately, her betrayal of Warpath's trust mars their relationship, as she had feared it would. As their relationship seemed to be finished, a joyful Siryn smirks in the distance ["X-Force v.1" #66] .

Reunion with X-Force

Months later, Risque ran into X-Force again while she was helping the Vanisher steal the Heart of Pele, a sacred Hawaiian gem. However, when she is attacked by one of the Lava Men, Warpath saves her and gets X-Force involved in the quest for the stone. They eventually return the stone to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. This prevents the Lava Men from using the Gem to activate ancient 'Deviant' machinery. Every volcano on Earth would have erupted if the Lava Men plan succeeded.

It turns out, though, that 'Risque' was in fact Pele herself and the real Risque, who had come to find the Heart, was still asleep on the beach. The team reunites with the real Gloria Muñoz and vacation on the island together ["X-Force v.1" #81] .

Shortly after the incident in Hawaii, the psychic and physical connection between Danielle Moonstar and Arcadia spawns a new Demon Bear that rampaged through Sledge's warehouse. Risque is sent to help X-Force defeat the bear in San Francisco. Unfortunately, she is of very little help, and spends most of the time flirting with Warpath ["X-Force v.1" #99-100] .

X-Corporation and "Death"

After the Xavier Institute became outed as a mutant organization, Risque was apparently contacted by Charles Xavier, who made her part of his X-Corporation monitoring mutant rights violations in Asia. Risque finds out about a company trafficking in mutant body parts. Unfortunately, she was ambushed by the U-Men, followers of John Sublime, founder of the Third Species movement. Risque did manage to compress one of her attackers into the size of a baseball, but could not fend them all off and was slain. Her death scene was never seen on-panel nor was a body ever shown, but her seeming demise was supported by her former X-Force ally and X-Corporation teammate Domino ["New X-Men Annual 2001"] .

Powers and abilities

Risque can create localized gravity fields to affect inorganic matter, placing a gravitronic charge within an object to compress it into a small, high-density mass and then maneuver that gravity charge to propel the object at high velocities. She could also use her powers to project concussive blasts. Her powers also hinted at low-level telekinesis, given her ability to levitate the objects she was compressing.


External links

* [http://www.marvel.com/universe/Risque Risque on the Marvel Entertainment Character Bio Wiki]

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