Forearm (Marvel)(01 - Michael McCain)
Real Name: Michael McCain
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Forearm has an extra set of arms that extend from beneath his first set, giving him four arms (hence the name). In addition to this, he also has increased strength, resistance to injury, and stamina.
Forearm was one of the founding members of the terrorist organization known as the Mutant Liberation Front (or MLF). One of their first missions under the leadership of Stryfe was to liberate the incarcerated New Mutants members Rusty and Skids. They broke them out of prison and the pair joined the MLF out of confusion (and, as later evidence showed, neural implants kept them there). Forearm continued to be a mainstay in the team's ventures, including fighting Wolverine, Sunfire, X-Factor and other heroes.
Under the leadership of Cable the New Mutants became the paramilitary organization known as X-Force, and began to be more aggressive in their campaigns. In one such mission X-Force discovers a hidden MLF base and, while fighting Forearm, Reaper and other members of the team, nearly lose their lives when Stryfe orders the destruction of the base.
Later, Garrison Kane stumbles upon Forearm, Wildside, and Sumo in the Canadian mountains and, after a brief scuffle, follows them through their teleportation portal, where he is tortured.
After a series of supposedly unconnected art thefts (all of which are related to Apocalypse), Forearm is one of the few members of the MLF to approach Mister Sinister and propose a trade. In exchange for a genetic matrix (none other than the Legacy Virus which Stryfe owned), Sinister would hand over the captive Cyclops and Jean Grey. These events begin the X-Cutioner's Song crossover. In the end, all of the MLF members are taken into custody.
Soon after, a tyrannical despot named Reignfire decides to restart the MLF. He breaks Forearm, Reaper, Wildside, and Tempo out of prison and gives them their first mission: kill Henry Peter Gyrich. The MLF also picks up new members Locus and Moonstar. Their assassination attempt is foiled by X-Force, Locus and Sunspot become lost, but Feral defects to the MLF after having a heated discussion with Gyrich. The team leaves and is taught teamwork by Moonstar, as, at the time, their ranks are once again down to four--Moonstar, Wildside, Forearm, and Feral. During this time Forearm and Moonstar begin to form a close friendship, as she sees something in him that is different from the other members of the terrorist outfit. During the time Moonstar was part of the team, Forearm ends up battling forces from the other-dimensional realm of Asgard. They had appereared due to Moonstar's past history with the realm.
Sometime later Reignfire begins to hunt down his followers, taking Wildside and Forearm out first. All would have been lost if not for X-Force and Locus teleporting in to stop the madman.
Next the MLF travel to Muir Island where they mean to steal the Legacy Virus data from Moira MacTaggert. While there, they learn about the Xavier Protocols, and decide to try and steal that. They are confronted by members of the super-team Excalibur. If not for the covert efforts of Moonstar, the mission would have been a success, but instead the team teleports away.
In their last appearance, the MLF once again is trying to steal data on the Legacy Virus, this time from a government institution who is trying to manufacture their own strain of the disease. They infiltrate the building and take the scientists hostage. Again, through the sabotaging efforts of Moonster, members of X-Force manage to enter the building in an attempt to stop them. However, three of the scientists reveal themselves to be Prime Sentinels and begin to attack. The two groups pool their resources to try and survive, but only X-Force, Moonstar and Forearm manage to escape. The remaining members of the MLF are captured by operatives of Operation: Zero Tolerance. During their time together, Moonstar reveals to him that she had been an undercover agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. meant to infiltrate the organization and feed the government information. Feeling betrayed, Forearm parts ways with the team.
When he surfaced next Forearm was part of a fighting championship in Madripoor called Bloodsport where superpowered opponents fight to the death. However, in an unfortunate turn of events Forearm was killed during a fight with former Serpent Society member Anaconda, who broke his neck. However, he would later appear inexplicably, alive and well, in the X-Force miniseries, again as a member of the MLF.
In the events of M-Day, 90% of the world's mutant population lost their powers due to the Scarlet Witch. Recently during a mission the New Avengers (New Avengers #18) viewed a screen of de-powered mutants. Forearm was on that screen with other mutants de-powered after the House of M event.
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #86
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Cable - Blood and Metal (1992)
Cable: Second Genesis (1999)
#104 Marvel Legacy: The 1990's Handbook (2007)
- 'Buried Secret'#105
- 'Hard Truths'
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
#86 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Bang! You're Dead!'#87
- 'A Show of Power!'#100
- 'The End of the Beginning'
#295 Uncanny X-Men (2019)
- 'Familiar Refrain'
What If...? (1989)
#46 Wolverine (1988)
- '...What If Cable Had Destroyed the X-Men?'#47
- 'What If Magneto Took Over the United States?'
#167 X-Factor (1986)
- 'Blood Sport, 1 of 3'
Annual 03#1 X-Force (2004)
- 'A Force To Be Reckoned With'#7
- 'Under the Knife'#9
- 'Underground and Over the Top'#10
- 'X-Tenuating Circumstances Part 3: Questions (and Answers)'#16
- 'Jack Lighting'#26
- 'Shadows On the Rock'#27
- 'Liberation Through Subjugation'#28
- 'The Axe Falls'#43
- 'Teapot In a Tempest'#67
- 'Girl Talk'
#4 X-Force Megazine (1996)
- 'The Enemies of My Enemies...'#5
- 'Blood Sacrifice'
X-Force/Cable '97 (1997)
#14 X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
- 'Fingers on the Trigger'#15
- 'The Camel's Back'
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
Mutant Liberation Front (Marvel)
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