Icarus (Marvel)(02 - Josh Guthrie)
Real Name: Joshua Zachariah Guthrie
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Red-colored, feathered angel-like wings allow flight and produce extensive regenerative enzymes allowing him to recover from normally fatal injuries; his voice is capable of producing sonic frequency beyond the range of human capability as well as creating multiple sounds or voices at once.
Jay is the son of Thomas Zebulon, referred to as both "Ty" and "Zeke," and Lucinda Guthrie. Jay's older siblings Sam (Cannonball) and Paige (Husk) are mutants as well, and both have been members of the X-Men. When Sam and Paige left home to become X-Men, Jay took over the role of the father in the house, feeling that he had to protect his younger brothers and sisters.
Before Jay developed powers, he helped his brother Sam rescue the mutant musician Lila Cheney, the mutant Dazzler and a third band member from a plane crash. Lila had been knocked out, rendering her unable to use her teleportation abilities. Dazzler had ran out of the sound needed to fuel her light based powers. Josh, risking his own safety, played some music, giving Dazzler sufficient power to help blast an escape route. When he himself developed mutant powers, he hid them from his family. However, when performing in his band, playing guitar, he exposed his wings to the crowd as a 'stage gimmick'.
Jay fell in love with Julia Cabot, but due to a long feud between the Guthrieís and the Cabotís a fight broke out. Jay was struck down by Julia's father, who had acquired and modified super-powered armor. Believing Jay to be dead, Julia dragged Jay's body to the river. She wrapped his arms around her, heading for the deepest part of the river. The two sank to the river's bottom and Julia subsequently drowned. Neither Jay nor Julia was aware of Jay's mutant regenerative powers, but when Jay sank to the bottom of the river, these powers manifested. Jay awoke at the bottom of the river with Julia in his arms. He swam to the surface with her and brought her to the riverbank. When he discovered she was dead, he tried (unsuccessfully due to his healing factor) to stab himself in the heart with a sharp piece of wood. Warren Worthington arrived on the scene, found Jay, and helped him carry Julia's body back to the Guthrie house.
After Julia's death, Jay attempted to kill himself a few more times, hoping his healing factor would fail. Eventually his mother sent him to the Xavier Institute against his will. Jay speculated this was just so she wouldn't feel guilty if he tried to hurt himself again. Originally placed with the Hellions squad, he traded places with Wither and joined the New Mutants. In New X-Men: Academy X, he is portrayed as a sullen, withered loner who keeps mostly to himself, but he always reminds his teammates how fortunate they are to be a "family" when they feud. His team seems to talk to him about their problems, as he isn't usually one to join the fights.
After the events of Decimation, Icarus was one of the few of the New Mutants team who kept their powers. However, someone cut off his wings and left him bleeding at the doorsteps of the mansion. His healing factor did not cure these injuries, as it was later revealed by Dr. McCoy that his healing powers came from his wings. Jay rebuffed efforts by his friend Elixir to heal his wings.
Jay was seemingly tricked by William Stryker. Stryker told Jay if he gave his wings "back to God" his friends would be saved by Stryker. Jay called to inform him the children were leaving on a bus, which led to its bombing. Many of the de-powered students died in the blast. Further attacks led to the assassination of Wallflower, as she was the one in Nimrod's vision of the future that killed the Purifiers. As X-23 put it to Dust after he gave her a piece of paper containing the address of Stryker's church, he shouldn't be trusted because "he smells like death". Choosing to trust Jay, Sooraya seemingly proceeded to the church; only to be gunned down upon entering (though it was later revealed to be X-23 dressed in one of her niqab). After this, Stryker confessed he was responsible for the death of Julia Cabot, having given the other Cabots the armor, and he proceeded to shoot Jay. Icarus was then shown dying with Nimrod deciding whether or not to finish him off. Nimrod left Jay alone, calculating that he was already mortally wounded. After that, Icarus was found dead by Ms. Marvel and Iron Man in Stryker's church with his hand in a position of writing; he was able to write "Nimr" plus half of the "o" with his own blood before he died.
Siblings: Samuel Zachery (Cannonball); Paige (Husk); Melody (Aero); Jebediah (no codename yet)
First Appearance: ROM Spaceknight (1979) Annual #3
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Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Marvel Select Flip Magazine (2005)
New X-Men (2004)
#1 New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook (2005)
- 'Here Is the House'#2
- 'Field Day'#5
- 'Above the Law'#6
- 'Battle Lines'#7
- 'Haunted: Part 1'#8
- 'Haunted: Part 2'#9
- 'Haunted: Part 3'#11
- 'Too Much Information: Part 2'#12
- 'Into The Light'#14
- 'Dance Hall Days'#15
- 'School's Out Forever'#20
- 'Childhood's End: Part 1'#21
- 'Childhood's End, Part 2'#22
- 'Childhood's End, Part 3'#23
- 'Childhood's End, Part 4'#24
- 'Crusade, Part 1'#25
- 'Crusade, Part 2'#26
- 'Crusade, Part 3'#27
- 'Crusade, Part 4'#28
- 'Nimrod: Part 1'#29
- 'Nimrod: Part 2'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
ROM Spaceknight (1979)
The New Mutants (1983)
#15 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Scaredy Cat!'#42
- 'New Song for Old'
Annual 1995 X-Force (1991)
- 'Growing Pains'#437
- 'She Lies With Angels, Part 1 of 5'#438
- 'She Lies with Angels, Part 2 of 5'#439
- 'She Lies with Angels, Part 3 of 5'#440
- 'She Lies with Angels, Part 4 of 5'#441
- 'She Lies with Angels, Conclusion'#444
- 'The End of History, 1 of 4'#460
- 'Resurrections & Reunions'#461
- 'Mojo Rising!'
#32 X-Men (1991)
- 'Child's Play (First Move): With a Roll of the Dice'#36
- 'Genocidal Tendencies'
#36 X-Men Unlimited (2004)
- 'Generation Next, Part 2: Drop the Leash'#157
- 'Black Holes'#158
- 'Day of the Atom'#162
- 'Heroes and Villains: Part 2: Treachery'#164
- 'Heroes and Villains: Part 4: Full Circle'#165
- 'Hark How the Bells--!'
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
New Mutants Squad (Marvel)
Xavier Institute Students
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