When Callisto was young and beautiful, her life seemed so perfect, so enviable. But catastrophe struck, blinding her in the right eye and leaving her horribly disfigured. Forced to hold up a mirror to her new reality, Callisto realized that society had little use for a beautiful woman who was beautiful no more.
Scared and alone, she rebelled against society and decided to go underground where it was safe, and where she could escape prying, peering eyes. She quickly made a huge abandoned military tunnel called "the Alley" built underneath Manhattan in the 1950s her home.
With help from the mutant-detecting Caliban, the devoted Sunder and the treacherous Masque, she organized a community of mutant outcasts called the Morlocks. (Unknown to Callisto, the Morlocks were being manipulated by the extradimensional sadist called the Dark Beast, a twisted alternate version of Hank McCoy.)
In recent years, Callisto, apparently driven to irrationality by her responsibilities, abducted the winged Angel as a consort. Angel's X-Men teammates invaded the Alley but were captured as well. The team's leader, Storm, challenged Callisto to trial by combat, almost killing her and winning the mantle of Morlock leader. Initially hating Storm, Callisto, de facto leader in Storm’s absence, grew to respect the X-Men and their founder, Professor X, whose life she saved after a beating by anti-mutant protesters.
Callisto and her growing band of outcasts became the victims of a massacre, orchestrated by Mister Sinister and implemented by his team of Marauders. The few survivors, including Callisto, were treated by Moira MacTaggart on Muir Island, Scotland; in gratitude, Callisto appointed herself MacTaggart's bodyguard and assisted Cyclops against the mutant-hating Master Mold. However, she was captured by Masque, who had, via the young telepath Brain Cell, enslaved the remaining Morlocks. To taunt her, Masque restored Callisto's long-lost beauty, altered her memories, then freed her in New York to be hunted down. However, the X-Man Colossus protected Callisto, and Masque returned Callisto's scarred appearance before escaping.
When Masque was believed dead, the remaining Morlocks went mad and attacked Callisto, who sought the X-Men’s aid. However, Mikhail Rasputin, Colossus's brother, convinced Callisto to join him in leading the Morlocks to the Hill, a dimension of rapid time passage. There the survivors built a new society, but the younger generation escaped to Earth as the terrorist unit Gene Nation. Callisto again recruited the X-Men to stop her wayward charges, whom she later tried to rehabilitate in the Alley.
When the government anti-mutant persecution increased, Callisto and her protégé Marrow attacked official Henry Gyrich but were held off by Spider-Man, who in turn helped battle Prime Sentinels. Severely wounded, Callisto was cared for by Marrow, but the Dark Beast manipulated her into departing. She resurfaced as a mutant gladiator in the mysterious Arena, her body given tentacles by a surviving Masque. However, when Storm was pressed into Arena performance, Callisto joined Storm and her allies to topple Masque. At Storm's request, Callisto joined Professor X's efforts to rebuild the decimated nation Genosha; as a member of his informal inner circle, the Genoshan Excalibur, she has fought Trolls, the Weaponeers and other threats.
In the aftermath of M-Day, Callisto was among the many mutants who lost her powers. Quicksilver offered to her the Terrigen Mists, stolen from the Inhumans, as a way to restore her powers. Callisto willingly accepted the offer and the Mist effectively restored all her previous abilities (minus her disfigurements and arm-tentacles), but without any control over them. Her new senses were so acute that even a drop of rain caused her tremendous pain.
Eventually her heightened senses wore off, leaving her depowered again. She eventually came to America and joined the terrorist group X-Cell. She attempted to warn them and other mutants not to accept Quicksilver's "gifts" and aided X-Factor in defeating him.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Superhuman Senses (formerly): Callisto possessed superhumanly keen senses of sight (including night vision), hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
Enhanced Strength (formerly).
Enhanced Agility (formerly).
Enhanced Reflexes (formerly).
Regeneration (formerly): ability to heal herself to an amazing degree.
|Power Grid |
AbilitiesCallisto is a natural-born leader, huntress, and fighter skilled in virtually every form of hand-to-hand combat.
Callisto possesses the normal level strength for a woman of her height, weight and build, who engages in regular exercise.
She frequently employs throwing knives.
- The Terrigen Mists restored her powers to normal but now she had no control over them. Her new senses were so acute that even a drop of rain caused her tremendous pain. The Terrigen Mists eventually wore off.
- In Excalibur Vol 3 #7, Callisto reveals that she is from Missouri.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
- Callisto in X-Men: The Last Stand
- Callisto in X-Men: The Animated Series
- Callisto in X-Men: Evolution
- 111 Appearances of Callisto (Earth-616)
- 22 Images featuring Callisto (Earth-616)
- 6 Quotations by or about Callisto (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Callisto (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Callisto (Earth-616)
- Callisto's origin on the Marvel Directory
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