Famine (Marvel)(02 - Autumn Rolfson)
Real Name: Autumn Rolfson
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Famine is a mutant with the ability to cause organic matter to turn to dust at will. She also has the ability to induce extreme hunger in living human beings and animals. Her powers have proven ineffective against Colossus in his armored form; when she once turned them against him, her powers instead temporarily transformed her into a living skeleton.
Famine suffers from anorexia, which affects her physical abilities. She is unusually thin, with a skeletal build, parchment-like skin, and atrophied muscles, and appears to be quite aged despite her actual chronological youth.
While a servant of Apocalypse, he used his sentient ship to construct for Famine a robot mount that resembles a demonic quadruped beast and that can travel on land or fly through the air.
Autumn Rolfson was a young, spoiled anorexic girl who lived with her parents in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents were upset that she wasn't eating, because that meant she might have to go to a hospital again, leading to her grades slipping. They also pointed out that if the neighbors knew she was a mutant that disintegrated food, they'd think they were all freaks.
Autumn was upset by this, thinking her parents didn't care about her, just the way other people saw her. Apocalypse waited in her room and told her she could get revenge on her parents and on those who hate and fear her. She agreed, and was teleported away to his ship, where she cut off her hair and wore a green mask. Apocalypse had her trained as a warrior and terrorist, and she took the name Famine. She often bickered with the man chosen to be War, much to Apocalypse's annoyance.
During their first mission, the Horsemen were torn, not wanting to take orders from each other. With War and Pestilence, she battled X-Factor for the first time. The Horsemen eventually learned to ride as one, after Death was picked and chosen as the leader. Apocalypse sent the Horsemen to attack New York City, and battled X-Factor. Although the Horsemen were ultimately defeated by X-Factor, Famine battled Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) and easily defeated her. As a reward Apocalypse teleported her to the Midwestern grain fields or America's farm belt, so she could disintegrate the crops and cattle, but was defeated by Captain America, D-Man, the Falcon, and Nomad.
Famine later appeared alongside War and a new Death — the Morlock formerly known as Caliban. War and Famine battled Colossus and Iceman, while Death kidnapped Jean Grey and Cyclops. The Horsemen brought Cyclops and Jean Grey to Apocalypse — who turned out to be Mister Sinister disguised as Apocalypse. The X-Men sought out the Horsemen and though Famine took out Beast, she was beaten by Quicksilver.
Presumably, she was reverted back to her normal self and sent back to her parents in Ohio.
First Appearance: X-Factor (1986) #12
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Captain America (1968)
#339 Marvel (1988)
- 'America The Scorched!'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#1 Uncanny X-Force (2010)
- 'Adversary to Chameleon'
#14 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Four Thunder For The Next World'#16
- 'The Dark Angel Saga Chapter Six No Such Thing '
#294 What If...? (1989)
- 'Familiar Refrain'
#65 Wolverine (1988)
- '..A Fallen Angel?'#101
- 'Angel of Death'
#12 X-Force (1991)
- 'Boom Boom Boom!'#15
- 'Whose Death Is It, Anyway?'#17
- 'Die, Mutants, Die!'#19
- 'All Together Now'#21
- 'For Every Action'#22
- 'If I Should Die...'#23
- 'You Say You Want Some Evolution?'#24
- 'Judgement Day'#26
- 'Part 2: Tough Love'
X-Men Experiment on Muir Island (1994)
Horsemen of Apocalypse (Marvel)
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