West Cost Avengers
7' 2", 350 lb, Native American
Warpath is a mutant who possesses superhuman physical ability in virtually all areas.
He possesses superhuman strength. The air pressure from one of his claps causes a Sentinel to collapse.[volume & issue needed] He has even managed to hold his own in a direct fight against the Juggernaut.36
He possesses superhuman resistance to injury, at least enough to withstand short-range gunfire,37 grenade explosions,38 and direct telekinetic attack from Exodus.39 He also repairs and regenerates damaged and destroyed tissue much faster than a normal human, as well as revives and recuperates from exhaustion and fatigue much faster than a normal human.
His power of flight was discovered by his one-time mentor and team leader Peter Wisdom, who analyzed his mutation after the High Evolutionary devolved and re-evolved all mutants on Earth, and Wisdom forced James to incorporate this ability in his fighting style.42 This power was ignored for a while, as writer Ed Brubaker did not understand how Warpath’s speed and strength would allow it. However, Warpath’s fighting style in the Messiah Complex storyline showed his flight powers,43 and X-Force shows him flying for long distances.[volume & issue needed] It has since been suggested by writer Christopher Yost that Warpath felt “rather embarrassed by the whole flying thing.”44
Warpath’s senses – particularly sight, smell, and hearing – are enhanced to levels beyond the capabilities of a normal human. He is able to see with perfect clarity at much greater distances than an ordinary human, even in near-total darkness.45 His hearing is similarly heightened, enabling him to clearly hear sounds beyond the range of ordinary human hearing and to hear sounds that they can detect but at much greater distances.
After nearly getting killed by Reignfire,[volume & issue needed] Warpath experienced an increase in senses and speed that allowed him to perform feats he had previously not been aware he was capable of. For example, he can run at high speeds up to at least 150 kilometres per hour (93 mph) for long distances and quickly climb building walls by digging his hands and feet into the bare concrete.46 He can even evade weapon fire with rapid reflexes and reactions.47
He joins the New Mutants, hoping to track down the Hellions and gain revenge.6 The New Mutants cut ties with the X-Men and become the militant adventurers X-Force, and James changes his codename to Warpath. With the team, he fights the likes of Toad’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants,7 and Weapon P.R.I.M.E.8 As a member of X-Force, James becomes more calm and controlled and strikes up a close friendship with his teammate Theresa Rourke Cassidy.[volume & issue needed] Despite his strong attraction to her, Theresa only sees James as a friend.[volume & issue needed] In a meeting with Emma Frost, she swears she wasn’t involved with the deaths of his tribesmen.[volume & issue needed]
Warpath meets Risque, who helps James with his confidence, and the two begin a love affair.[volume & issue needed] However, Risque is being blackmailed by Sledge, and she drugs Warpath and brings him to his lair. Sledge’s partner, the Vanisher, has disappeared in another dimension. Sledge hints at abilities within James that make him adept at surviving in this alternate dimension, but does not explain what these abilities are.[volume & issue needed] James finds the Vanisher, and in turn Sledge gives information on one of his tribesman, Michael Whitecloud, whom James had presumed deceased.[volume & issue needed] Whitecloud tells him that Stryfe, X-Force’s adversary, was behind the killing of his tribe. James goes to Hell to gain revenge but is returned to the living world by Blackheart.[volume & issue needed] When James finds out Risque’s involvement, he ends their relationship.[volume & issue needed]
After X-Force’s disintegration, Warpath joins the Mumbai branch of the international mutant agency X-Corporation. His new team is a mix of old and new friends: Feral, Sunfire, and Thornn. He stays there for a while, helping to save Professor X’s life.9
Warpath is one of the few mutants to retain his powers after the events of Decimation. He begins living in the Mutant camp at the X-Mansion.[volume & issue needed]
Shortly afterwards, he joins the X-Men at Professor X’s request.12 Warpath has a bond of sorts with fellow X-Men Hepzibah; Hepzibah remarks that his presence has helped her mourn her loss of Corsair.[volume & issue needed] Together, they confront one of the X-Mansion’s guardian Sentinels when Caliban, a long time X-Men ally, runs onto the grounds.13 Warpath enters the Morlock tunnels along with Hepzibah, Storm, and Caliban, to investigate the Morlocks’ increased activity, which has included the capture of X-Men ward Leech. They see Warpath’s name written on a Morlock wall, along with the names of the other X-Men.14 After the Morlock encounter, Hepzibah and Warpath begin a relationship.15
Warpath rejoins X-Force as they search a Cooperstown hospital to pick up the trail of the fugitive Cable.16 As X-Force dispatches the remaining Reavers, Caliban sacrifices himself to save Warpath by intercepting bullets meant for him.17 Warpath and the rest of X-Force are charged with taking down Predator X.18
Warpath, Hepzibah, and Iceman meet up with Archangel in San Francisco, California. All four are caught in the effects of an illusion, created by Martinique Jason, which has transformed the city into a hippie paradise.[volume & issue needed] Warpath (calling himself “Running Sun”) and the others are sent by Jason to confront Cyclops and Emma Frost. After Emma breaks through Jason’s illusion, Warpath and the others return to normal.[volume & issue needed] They begin to reestablish the X-Men organization in San Francisco.19
Warpath is one of the founding members of the new X-Force, Cyclops’s covert wetwork team, charged with finding and eliminating Purifiers cells. James joins out of a desire for revenge for the death of Caliban at the hands of the Purifiers.20 During X-Force’s encounter with the Purifiers, James comes across Eli Bard attacking X-23; after rescuing her, Eli swears a personal vendetta against him.21 Since the team is not allowed to contact anyone from the outside world, he cannot be with his girlfriend, Hepzibah.
James takes a break from duty, in order to make peace with the deaths he has caused and to visit his brother’s grave.22 En route, his truck is destroyed by the Demon Bear.23 He is badly beaten before being rescued by Ghost Rider.24 After defeating the Demon Bear with the aid of Ghost Rider, he learns that this creature was created when the animal spirits of his people were disturbed. They tell James that Eli Bard has dug up Thunderbird, Caliban, and everyone else buried there.25
When Surge, Hellion, and Boom-Boom are kidnapped, Warpath and the X-Force attempt to save them but are teleported off to the future to find Cable and Hope Summers.26 Arriving in the future, X-Force is ambushed by a future version of Deadpool, who leads them to Cable.27 Eventually they come across Stryfe’s Celestial city, learning he is in control of that era.28 After his forces are defeated, Stryfe kidnaps Hope and Warpath, taking them back to his fortress where he tortures James.29 After the final battle against Stryfe, James flies Domino and X-23 back where they first appeared in the future.30
Warpath is caught up in the Necrosha events when his Blackbird crashes after a lightning strike. Making it to shore, the group encounters a resurrected Pyro and Berzerker.31 After taking them out, James is confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Risque, where she pleads with him to get away before she is controlled again by the T-O Virus.32 He is rescued by Archangel, who informs him this is Eli Bard’s doing. They meet up with Cyclops and are confronted by Selene’s Inner Circle.33 During the battle, Eli takes on Warpath, who wants the knife responsible for creating the Demon Bear. James is kidnapped by Selene’s Inner Circle and taken to Genosha.34 There he fights and kills his deceased brother John. With the help of ancient rituals from his tribe and Selene’s knife, James stabs Selene in the heart and frees his brother’s soul at last. After the battle, James quits X-Force with Wolverine, claiming that he “has made his peace”.35
James sides with Cyclops in the Schism.[volume & issue needed]
After working with War Machine to stop a war in Eastern Europe, Warpath’s teammate Jubilee is captured by vampires.[volume & issue needed] Warpath and the rest of this X-Squad have been attacking vampire hordes trying to find their friend.[volume & issue needed]