September 21, 2017

Uncanny X-Men 1Real Name: Warren Worthington III

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (September, 1963)

Powers: Flight, Heightened Strength, Healing, Stamina and Durability

Affiliation: X-Men, X-Factor, Horseman of Apocalypse

Enemies: Apocalypse, Most X-Men Enemies

Love Interests: Candy Southern, Psylocke (Betsy Braddock) Husk (Paige Guthrie), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)

Did You Know: Angel was a founding member of the X-Men.  His popularity began to climb after the alteration by Apocalypse causing him to become Archangel.

A Little History

Angel is a founding member of the X-Men.  He has been around since 1963 and has been in and out of X-Men stories ever since.

Angel is without a doubt one THE CHARACTER that comes to mind when I think of a character that was “so-so” or average before he underwent a massive overhaul…but I’ll get to that.

Angel (Warren Worthington III) was your typical child; happy, energetic, eager to learn, and born into a very wealthy family.

At birth, the doctor noticed that the placement of his shoulder blades was not quite correct.  In fact, he suspected that there might be something different about lil’ Warren.

In Warren’s teenage years he began to notice something happening to his body.  More than his voice beginning to drop, he noticed he was growing wings, and no, not the kind you eat.

Like anybody else, this revelation shocked Warren, however, as time progressed he embraced the thought of his wings and realized that he could be one of the good guys and help the world (which as you will soon see, didn’t quite work out the way he planned).

During this time of discovery, Warren caught the eye of Professor Charles Xavier.

Now a member of the X-Men, Warren instantly fell for Jean Grey, who as you know is a walking tragedy.  Luckily for him, Jean only had eyes for Cyclops (Scott Summers) and would not give Warren the time of day.  This resulted in Warren literally dodging the proverbial bullet.  Angel 1

After series of events, it appeared as if Professor X was dead and the X-Men had been ordered to be disbanded by the F.B.I.

With a little time on his hands, Warren turned to dating (although, he would still fight a little bit of crime).

During a date with his girlfriend Candy, some men snuck into the Worthington house and killed his father.  Warren blamed himself for his father’s death, citing that he should have been home.

As we would find out, the man who ordered his father’s death was none other than his uncle. His uncle had used his father’s company as a way to smuggle diamonds and when his father found out and approached him, the uncle ordered him dead.

From this time up until the late 1980’s, not too much happened to Warren.

This would all change in one very ICONIC storyline written by Louise Simonson.

In the late 80’s/early 90’s the original X-Men (Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, Iceman and Angel) left the X-Men to form a group that they would name X-Factor.  The group was formed to help other mutants all-the-while taking down those thought to be a plague on society.

Now, let me ask you a question…

If you could grow wings and fly would that be enough?

…Or…

If you could be augmented with metal wings that shoot ‘feathers’ at bullet-like speed, all the while carrying toxins inside, would that appeal to you? Oh, and by the way, you would also be given a regenerative healing factor…

I think the choice is obvious.

My brother and I, if you haven’t noticed are massive comic fans. We burst onto the scene at this time (1980’s/early 1990’s) and haven’t looked back. We were first introduced to Angel as his reconditioned, Apocalypse serving, Archangel incarnation.

ArchangelArchangel to us was the epitome of awesome, while Angel was meh.

This transformation occurred due to a battle with Harpoon (who you don’t need to remember). During this battle, Warren found his wings pinned to a wall. Hodge (another bad guy) convinced the world that the wings were infected and that amputation was necessary.  Warren literally cried like a baby and left on his private jet.  Shortly thereafter, the plane exploded leading his friends to believe that he was dead.  Little did they know, Apocalypse (the original mutant) had teleported Warren away.

Now, if you don’t know…Apocalypse is the original bad guy, not Razor Ramon

He took Warren, warped his mind and body, gave him wings that could fire toxic ‘feathers’, enabled him to fly farther, faster and higher than before and called him Death…the leader of the Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Warren’s reign as the leader of the Horseman, however, was short-lived.

During a battle with the X-Factor, Iceman (who happened to be good friends with Warren) faked his death.  This caused Warren to become appalled his actions as Archangel and because of this, ‘snapped’ out of his Archangel persona and reverted back to his Angel persona.

Eventually, after quite some time, Warren would rejoin the X-Factor, however, because of his past, he would be in constant struggle with his inner desire for war, death, and destruction.

Scott’s Notes:

  1. Warren Worthington III was born into a wealthy family
  2. Grew wings as a teenage
  3. Started to fight crime and joined the X-Men
  4. Father died after finding out his Uncle was smuggling diamonds
  5. Left X-Men to form X-Factor
  6. Presumed dead after plane accident
  7. Turned by Apocalypse into Archangel
  8. Was the leader “Death” in the Horseman of the Apocalypse
  9. Eventually turned back to good
  10. Rejoined X-Men/X-Factor

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