Several fictional groups of mutants have used the name Hellions in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Hellions have always been portrayed as rivals of various teams of younger mutant heroes in the X-Men franchise, initially as actual villains and later on a team that was more of a school rival than actual enemies of the X-Men.

The first and most notable incarnation of the Hellions were students of Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club's Massachusetts Academy, and were rivals of the New Mutants. The original Hellions first appeared in New Mutants #16 (June 1984), created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Sal Buscema.[1] This version of the Hellions ended after an attack by Trevor Fitzroy and a squadron of Sentinels that killed several Hellions.

Two later groups known as the Hellions or New Hellions both fought against various X groups such as Generation X and X-Force.

In New X-Men: Academy X a new group of Hellions were introduced, this time they were a part of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, the Hellions was one of several factions that the students were divided into including the New Mutants, with whom they had a rivalry. After the majority of mutants lost their powers in the Decimation storyline the Hellions were combined into one squad as the number of mutants was greatly reduced.

Hellions (Massachusetts Academy)

The Hellions battle their rivals, the New Mutants, in their first appearance. Cover to The New Mutants #16 (June 1984), art by Tom Mandrake.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe New Mutants #16 (June 1984)
Created byChris Claremont (writer)
Sal Buscema (artist)
In-story information
Base(s)Massachusetts Academy
Firestar (unofficial)
White Queen (teacher)

The original group of Hellions were apprentices of the Hellfire Club and students of its White Queen Emma Frost. While attending classes at Frost's Massachusetts Academy, these young mutants secretly trained in the use of their powers in an underground complex beneath the school. They were longtime rivals of the Professor Charles Xavier's students, the New Mutants, and once held their own against the X-Men. The original Hellions were:[2]

White Queen Emma Frost had another potential Hellion in Firestar (Angelica Jones), but kept the girl from joining the team on field missions while grooming her to be Frost's personal assassin. Firestar eventually learned of Frost's plans and left the Massachusetts Academy.[3]

After suffering a severe trauma at the hands of the Beyonder,[4][5] a number of the New Mutants were transferred to the Massachusetts Academy by Magneto (then headmaster of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters), due to their apparent need for psychic therapy from Emma Frost.[6] While at the academy, the transferred New Mutants — Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Karma, Cypher, Magik, and Magma — were inducted into the Hellions.[7] They soon returned to Xavier's School after their recovery and the revelation that the White Queen had employed Empath to coerce Magneto into allowing the transfer.[8] After an alliance between the X-Men and the Hellfire Club[9] and Magneto's ascension to the Inner Circle as its White King,[10] relations between the Hellions and New Mutants improved.

Magma, realizing she held feelings for Empath, eventually returned to the Hellions and the Massachusetts Academy;[11] the two would later leave the team to travel to her home in Nova Roma.[12] James Proudstar also left the Hellions, reemerging with Cable and the remnants of the New Mutants in X-Force.[13]

Superstrong and durable Beef (Buford Wilson) and bioelectricity-projecting Bevatron (Fabian Marechal-Julbin) were later additions to the group. They were present when the Hellions unsuccessfully challenged the New Warriors over the allegiance of their former member, Firestar.[14]

The original Hellions however came to an end when Trevor Fitzroy and a squadron of Sentinels attacked a Hellfire Club function; Jetstream and Beef were killed immediately,[15] while Tarot, the rest of the Hellions and many guests erroneously believed to be unnamed Hellions were captured and drained of their life energies by Fitzroy.[16] Emma Frost's guilt over her students' deaths led to her eventual reform. These Hellions were some of the many deceased mutants resurrected via the Transmode Virus by Selene and Eli Bard during the "Necrosha" storyline running through New Mutants, X-Force and X-Men: Legacy. They survived and are once again acting as a team.

With the establishing of the new sovereign mutant nation of Krakoa, the original Hellions and Bevatron, now free of the Transmode Virus, have all taken up residence there.

Emplate's Hellions

The next group of Hellions was organized by the parasitic Emplate to attack Generation X, the new class of Emma Frost's students. This group appeared twice[17][18] with slightly different members.

Of note is the fact that Emplate never called his group the "Hellions". This name was only attached in Marvel Comics' advertising.[citation needed]

The New Hellions

A group of self-proclaimed "New Hellions" emerged to fight X-Force, whose members included some from the team's past:[22]

Xavier Institute

Emma Frost with the new Hellions.
Cover to New X-Men: Hellions #1, art by Clayton Henry.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNew X-Men: Academy X #2
Created byChristina Weir
Nunzio DeFilippis
In-story information
Base(s)Xavier Institute for Higher Learning
Member(s)Emma Frost (advisor)

After the reopening of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning various training squads are formed. One such group of students, under the tutelage of headmistress Emma Frost, is dubbed "the Hellions".[23] They have an intense rivalry with another such group, the New Mutants, echoing the relationship between the two original groups of the same names. Membership consists of:

After M-Day, the cataclysmic event that decimated the world's mutant population, only 27 of the 182 students enrolled at the Xavier Institute retain their powers, and the remaining students are folded into a single training squad, the New X-Men. For the Hellions, only Tag and Specter were depowered.

All-New Hellions (Hellfire Academy)

After the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, the new Black King of the Hellfire Club, Kade Kilgore, creates the Hellfire Academy, a school for training mutants to be villains. Kilgore recruits for his school some former students of the X-Men and creates a new team of Hellions.[25]

Dawn of X Hellions

Cover to Hellions #1 by Stephen Segovia.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
No. of issues18
Main character(s)Empath
Mister Sinister
Wild Child
Creative team
Created byZeb Wells (writer)
Stephen Segovia (artist)
Written byZeb Wells
Artist(s)Stephen Segovia
Carmen Carnero
Main covers
Stephen Segovia & Rain Beredo
Letterer(s)Cory Petit
Colorist(s)David Curiel
Jordan D. White
Assistant Editor
Annalise Bissa
Head of X
Jonathan Hickman

A Hellions title was launched March 2020 as part of Dawn of X.[26] Written by Zeb Wells, and drawn by Stephen Segovia, the initial cast comprised Empath, Havok, Mister Sinister, Nanny, Orphan-Maker, Psylocke, Scalphunter, and Wild Child.[27]


Issues Cast
  1. ^ As Greycrow from issue #2 onwards


Issue Publication date Writer Artist Colorist Comic Book Roundup rating[28] Estimated sales to North American retailers (first month) Notes
#1 March 25, 2020 Zeb Wells Stephen Segovia David Curiel 8.3 by 21 professional critics 55,772[29] None
#2 July 22, 2020 8.2 by 14 professional critics Data not available
#3 August 26, 2020 8.1 by 10 professional critics
#4 September 16, 2020 8.4 by 9 professional critics 33,000–39,000[30]
#5 October 14, 2020 Carmen Carnero 8.2 by 10 professional critics 41,500–46,000[31] X of Swords tie-in
#6 November 18, 2020 7.7 by 9 professional critics Data not yet available
#7 December 2, 2020 Stephen Segovia 7.6 by 8 professional critics None
#8 January 6, 2021 8.3 by 6 professional critics
#9 February 3, 2021 8.1 by 9 professional critics
#10 March 3, 2021 8.2 by 9 professional critics
#11 May 5, 2021 8.3 by 6 professional critics

Collected Editions

Trade Paperback

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Hellions by Zeb Wells – Volume 1 Hellions #1–4 December 1, 2020[32] ISBN 978-1302925581
Hellions by Zeb Wells – Volume 2 Hellions #7–11 August 17, 2021[33] ISBN 978-1302925598
Hellions by Zeb Wells – Volume 3 Hellions #12–18 February 1, 2022 ISBN 978-1302930189


Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Hellions by Zeb Wells Hellions #1–18 August, 2022 ISBN 978-1302933722

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

The original Hellions appear briefly in an alternate universe depicted in the Age of Apocalypse storyline as former agents of Apocalypse. After his death, they become renegades and are hunted down and captured by the X-Men on the United States government's behalf. [34]

House of M

In an alternate universe depicted in the House of M storyline, the Hellions exist as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "Hellion Squad", led by Danielle Moonstar and consisting of Hellion, Magik, Quill, Surge, Synch, and Wind Dancer. [35]

See also


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  2. ^ Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. p. 218. ISBN 978-1465455505.
  3. ^ Firestar #1–4
  4. ^ The New Mutants #37
  5. ^ Secret Wars II #9
  6. ^ The New Mutants #38
  7. ^ The New Mutants #39
  8. ^ The New Mutants #40
  9. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #209
  10. ^ The New Mutants #51
  11. ^ The New Mutants #56-57
  12. ^ The New Mutants #62
  13. ^ The New Mutants #99
  14. ^ New Warriors #9–10
  15. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #281
  16. ^ The Uncanny X-Men #282
  17. ^ Generation X #11-12
  18. ^ Generation X #57
  19. ^ Generation X #14
  20. ^ Weapon X vol. 2, #5 (March 2003)
  21. ^ X-Men: Prime
  22. ^ X-Force #82, 87-90. Marvel Comics.
  23. ^ New X-Men: Academy X #2
  24. ^ Marvel's Voices: Pride #3
  25. ^ Wolverine and the X-Men #32
  26. ^ Hellions #1
  27. ^ "New X-Men Title 'Hellions' Unites Mutantkind's Biggest Troublemakers". Marvel Comics. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  28. ^ "Hellions (2020) Comic Series Reviews at". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  29. ^ "March 2020 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops". Comichron. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  30. ^ "Comichron: September 2020 Comic Book Sales to Comic Shops". Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  31. ^ "Comichron: October 2020 Comic Book Sales to Comic Shops". Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  32. ^ Hellions by Zeb Wells Vol. 1. ASIN 130292558X.
  33. ^ Hellions by Zeb Wells Vol. 2. ASIN 1302925598.
  34. ^ X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #1
  35. ^ New X-Men (Vol. 2) #16