Real Name: Angelica Jones
Citizenship: American Citizen, with no known criminal record.
Place of Birth: Unknown
Known Relatives: Bartholomew Jones (Father)
Group Affiliation: Formerly a member of the New Warriors, Avengers
First Appearance: Uncanny X-MEN #193
History: Angelica Jones was a thirteen-year-old high school student who fell victim to a series of misfortunes. She was badly treated by other girls at her school, her beloved grandmother died suddenly, and Angelica was frightened to discover that she herself was manifesting a strange superhuman power to generate great heat. With her grandmother gone. Angelica lived alone with her father, who was unable to cope with helping Angelica deal with her new power. Angelica was desperately confused, lonely, and miserable.
Angelica was in fact a mutant, and her newly emerging mutant ability caused her presence to be detected by Cerebro, a machine designed by Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, for the purpose of locating superhumanly powerful mutants. Cerebro functions by detecting the unusual waves of psionic energy emitted by all superhumanly powerful mutants. Angelica’s presence was also registered by Mutivac, a similar machine employed by Emma Frost, the White Queen of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club. Xavier and the X-Men attempted to pinpoint the unknown mutant’s location in order to recruit her for Xavier’s school, where he trained mutants in using their powers. Meanwhile, Frost did the same, hoping to enlist the unknown mutant in her school, where she could train her to use her powers in order to serve the sinister purposes of the Inner Circle. Frost reached Angelica and her father only moments before the X-Men could. Frost, in her public role as headmistress of the Massachusetts Academy, a renowned private school, persuaded Angelica’s father to send her there to receive the special help she needed.
A year later Angelica had made great progress in developing the use of her powers under the White Queen’s guidance. Angelica remained an innocent, unaware of the true malevolent nature of the Hellfire Club and the White Queen. Angelica found some happiness at the Massachusetts Academy, and she was very grateful to Frost for the kindness she often showed her. Frost gave Angelica the code name of Firestar.
Thunderbird, one of the Hellions, a team of adolescent mutants being trained by Frost, sought vengeance on Xavier and the X-Men for the death of his brother, the original Thunderbird, who had been killed in action while serving with the X-Men. Two other Hellions, Empath and Roulette, decided to help Thunderbird against the X-Men despite his refusal of their assistance. Empath used his power to control the emotions of others to force Firestar to fall in love with him so deeply that she would do anything he asked. He thus forced her to participate in the three Hellions’ attack on the X-Men, whom Frost had taught Angelica to regard as enemies, at the military base at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. However, the X-Men defeated Firestar, Empath, and Roulette, and Thunderbird realized he was wrong to want vengeance on Xavier and the X-Men.
Firestar, once free of Empath’s control, felt despair and guilt over having helped the Hellions cause so much trouble at Cheyenne Mountain. She was pleased and touched, however, when Xavier offered to admit her into his school. She refused, though, out of loyalty to Frost, and returned to the Massachusetts Academy.
Angelica was later contacted by the hero Night Thrasher to join with other teenage super humans to form the New Warriors. She joined with them for a long tenure, gradually developing a romantic relationship with Marvel Boy (later, Justice.) After many months, Angelica learned that her powers were slowly causing her to become sterile and she began to use her powers more sparingly and to a lesser extent.
Angelica and Justice were brought to the Avengers by their fellow New Warrior Rage, who was an association of the hero team. The three helped the Avengers reform after a period of long disbanding, and Angelica and Justice captured the villain Whirlwind to prove their worth to the team. They were accepted as reserve members under the tutelage of Avenger Hawkeye, and soon graduated to full membership status. Angelica was initially reticent about her role with the team, but she remained with them out of sympathy for Justice who was enamored of the team. She shared her medical problem with the team and was helped by Dr. Henry Pym who eventually cured her. Angelica felt increasingly a part of the team, and when Speedball tried to get her and Justice to rejoin the Warriors, they declined.
Angelica accepted Justice’s proposal, and the two left active Avenger duty to explore their relationship before marriage.
The proposal of marriage however did not last long, when Angelica started college and began enjoying a “normal life.” She then abandoned all wedding plans, explaining to Vance that she needed to live a little before she decided to settle down. Furious, Vance departed, ending their engagement to one another permanently.
When the Superhuman Registration Act came into effect, due to Civil War, Firestar responded by effectively retiring from “the superhero business” wishing to lead a normal life once more. She did, however, meet up with both Nova and Vance, briefly to talk about “old times” as New Warriors. Her relationship with Vance appears to be on good terms here.
She later reveals to her closest friends, Black Cat, Hellcat and Photon that she has been diagnosed with cancer. Her powers, which have also apparently made her infertile, have now brought cancer upon her.
Hellcat is approached by her former husband, Daimon Hellstrom, who offers to heal Firestar of all her cancer; if Hellcat marrys him once more (and surrenders her soul to him). Learning of this, the others go and rescue Hellcat and Firestar decides to take her chances with cancer.
She learns that her cancer is in complete remission.
Firestar is asked and recruited by a newly formed team called The Young Allies. Her time with the Young Allies (which included Gravity, Nomad, Spider Girl and Toro) was short lived. They battled and tracked down a team calling themselves “Bastards of Evil.” Shortly there after, the team departed, going their own ways.
Firestar then applied for a teaching job at the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning and landed a job there. Upon her arrival however, things at the school seem unsettled as they tried to track down where the Bamfs were coming from – discovering, after some searching – that they had created a massive portal. Along with other members of the X-Men, Firestar was a part of rescuing and bringing Nightcrawler back to the living.
Weight: 101 lbs.
Powers: Firestar is a mutant who possesses the superhuman ability to project microwave energy, which she can utilize in different ways. Microwaves are comparatively short waves of electromagnetic energy. Firestar continually absorbs microwave energy from her environment, including microwave energy from the stars, and continually broadcasts it at low levels. In order to use her microwave energy for specific purposes, Firestar must mentally concentrate, thus causing the microwaves to swirl about her body, creating a visible aura around her. In order to project the microwave energy towards a specific target, she must mentally “push” some of the energy swirling around her towards that target.
At present Firestar is still in the process of learning how to use her powers. Moreover, she is still quite young, and the strength of her powers will surely increase as she reaches adulthood. Hence, the full extent of Firestar’s powers has yet to be determined.
Firestar can use her microwave energy to generate intense heat. At this point she can already melt a metal object the size of a cannon almost instantly. She has flown towards a thick wall of solid rock and melted through it so quickly that she could continue flying right through the hole she had melted without pausing.
By mentally “pushing” microwave energy behind or beneath herself for propulsion, Firestar can fly. Her maximum speed has yet to be established, but she can already fly quite swiftly and maneuver in flight quite well. She can generate enough propulsive force to carry considerable weights to great heights at high speed. For example, she has carried Colossus, in his metal-like form, which weighs 500 pounds, high into the air.
Although microwave energy can be lethal to ordinary humans, Firestar is apparently immune to its harmful effects.