Flashfire (comics)

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #107 (Oct 1977)
Created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
In-story information
Alter ego Grannz
Team affiliations Imperial Guard
Notable aliases Tempest
Abilities energy bolts

Flashfire is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Flashfire, also known as Tempest, is a long-time member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. He can generate and fire powerful bolts of lightning.

Publication history

The character first appeared as Tempest in X-Men #107-109 (October 1977-February 1978), and was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

The character subsequently appears in Rom Annual #4 (December 1985), X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers #2 (June 1990), Uncanny X-Men #275 (April 1991), Captain America #398 (March 1992), Avengers West Coast #80 (March 1992), Quasar #32-33 (March–April 1992), Avengers #347 (May 1992) Silver Surfer Vol. 3 #79 (April 1993), and Starjammers #4 (January 1996). The character subsequently appears as Flashfire in Imperial Guard #1-3 (January–March 1997), Inhumans Vol. 4 #3-4 (August–September 2000), JLA/Avengers #1 (September 2003), X-Force #5 (February 2005), The Uncanny X-Men #480 (January 2007), and X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #4-5 (February–March 2008).

Tempest appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #6.

Fictional character biography

Flashfire is a member of the Imperial Guard, a mixed group of super-powered aliens who act as enforcers of the laws of the Shi'ar Empire. Under his original name of Tempest, he was among the first of the Imperial Guard met by the X-Men who sought to save the Princess-Majestrix Lilandra from her insane brother, then-Majestor D'Ken. Following their emperor’s orders, the Guard fought with the X-Men and were on the brink of victory when the band of interstellar freebooters known as the Starjammers arrived to turn the tide of battle in the X-Men's favor.

Later, Flashfire is one of the many Guardsmen to battle Vulcan. He is wounded, but survives the battle, unlike many of his comrades.

Powers and abilities

Flashfire is an alien possessing the ability to supercharge the cells of his body with bio-electrical energy that he is able to unleash as “lightning” bolts of energy to shock his opponents. Flashfire can also use his stored energy to generate blinding flashes of light.

Other versions

Star Trek/X-Men

Flashfire appeared in Star Trek/X-Men #1 (December 1996). Here, he is part of a Shi'ar military force, led by Deathbird, that defies Lilandra in order to track down a powerful energy force. He is part of the battle against the omnipotent Gary Mitchell.

X-Men: The End

Flashfire also appears in the alternate future of X-Men: The End: Book 3: Men & X-Men #1-2 (March–April 2006).

In other media


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