Cameron Hodge (Marvel)
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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'astirh granted 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.
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 died in a helicopter explosion. Tensions arose between X-Factor members Cyclops and 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 kidnapped and murdered 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 invaded the Right's headquarters and decapitated Hodge in X-Factor #34 (November 1988)
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-government efforts of the Genoshan government during the "X-Tinction Agenda" crossover storyline. Hodge was defeated and left buried under ruined buildings by the combined efforts of the X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants. Hodge later returned as a member of the cybernetic extraterrestrial race known as the Phalanx, and was yet again apparently slain by Archangel.
Years later, Bastion used his newfound powers to restore some of the X-Men's old enemies back to life, and Cameron Hodge was one of them. Hodge is now plotting against the X-Force team, which Archangel is a part of.
First Appearance: X-Factor (1986) #1
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#16 Excalibur (1988)
- 'Final Sanction, Part 2: The Phalanx Sanction'
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Iron Man (1968)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Masters (2007)
New Mutants (2009)
#12 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 3'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
#282 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'The Fury of X-Factor!'
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#51 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
- 'Teacher's Choice'#60
- 'Suspended Animation!'#95
- 'Shell Game'#96
- 'United We Stand'#97
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#271 What If...? (1989)
- 'Capital Crimes'#306
- 'Mortal Coils'#313
- 'Hands Across the Water'#523
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 2'
#65 Wolverine (1988)
- '..A Fallen Angel?'
#85 Wolverine: Weapon X Files (2009)
- 'The Phalanx Covenant: Final Sanction, Part One - Full Shred Thrash'#176
- 'The Logan Files, Epilogue'
X Necrosha (2009)
Annual 01 X-Factor Forever (2010)
- 'Grand Design'#1
- 'Third Genesis'#2
- 'Bless the Beasts and Children'#2 (Direct edition)
- 'Bless the Beasts and Children'#3
- 'Regression Obsession'#4
- 'Trials and Errors'#5
- 'Tapped Out'#7
- 'Fall Out!'#8
- 'Lost and Found!'#9
- 'Falling Angel!'#11
- 'Boom Boom Boom!'#13
- 'The Mutant Program!'#16
- 'Playing With Fire!'#17
- 'Die, Mutants, Die!'#18
- 'The Enemy Within'#21
- 'For Every Action'#22
- 'If I Should Die...'#23
- 'You Say You Want Some Evolution?'#32
- 'The Carbon Copy Avengers'#33
- 'For All the World to See'#34
- 'Interlude: Guardian'#57
- 'Yesterday's News'#59 (Direct edition)
- 'Yesterday's News'#60
- 'Capital Punishment'#62 (Direct edition)
- 'Capital Punishment'#106
- 'Life Signs, Part 1'
#1 X-Force (2008)
#3 X-Men (1991)
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 3'#4
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 4'#6
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 6'#7
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 1'#10
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 4'
#36 X-Men Forever 2 (2010)
- 'Generation Next, Part 2: Drop the Leash'
X-Men Legacy (2008)
#235 X-Men: Grand Design (2018)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 4'
X-Men: Second Coming (2010)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 1'
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