Monday, June 23, 2008

All-New, All-Different, X-Men X-tra: Colossus

The Russian-born mutant, Colossus (Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin), who was created by writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975). By far the physically strongest X-Man, Colossus Americanizes his name to “Peter Rasputin” in the U.S.

Piotr "Peter" Rasputin was born on a Soviet collective farm called the Ust-Ordynski Collective near Lake Baikal in Siberia. He lived there with his parents Alexandra & Nikolai, and his younger sister, Illyana. An older brother, Mikhail, had been a Russian cosmonaut and had apparently died in a rocket accident.
Peter's mutant powers manifested during his adolescence while he was saving his sister from a runaway tractor. Peter was content to simply use these powers to aid the other people of the collective; however he was recruited by Professor Charles Xavier for a new team of X-Men to rescue the original team, most of whom had been captured by the sentient mutant island Krakoa (“Second Genesis”).

As Colossus, he has the mutant ability to transform his body into “organic steel” granting him super-human strength, stamina and durability. When he transforms, he gains around a foot in height and his weight is at least doubled. While in his armored form, Colossus requires no food, water, or even oxygen to sustain himself.

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