Acolytes are a group of mutants who have embraced the
teachings of the mutant Magneto.
Led originally by Fabian Cortez, the Acolytes first encountered
Magneto on Asteroid M, a space station created by Magneto
orbiting Earth. The Acolytes requested and were granted
sanctuary by Magneto from American soldiers that were
chasing them, and remained on Asteroid M.
The Acolytes first encountered the mutant team known
as the X-Men when the Acolytes
attempted to deliver retribution to the island nation
of Genosha, which had recently granted freedom to its
mutant slaves. The X-Men were defeated by the Acolytes
and Magneto, and were taken to Asteroid M.
Soon after, Magneto kidnapped Professor
Xavier and Dr. Moira MacTaggert, taking them to Asteroid
M. An attempt to turn the captured X-Men was thwarted
by the remaining X-Men, who had stormed Asteroid M in
order to rescue their comrades. It was soon discovered
that Cortez had betrayed Magneto, who had been injured
Cortez' "healing" had been causing further harm to Magneto,
and the former Soviet Union had sent a pulse cannon to
destroy Asteroid M and everyone aboard. Cortez escaped
the destruction, as well as the X-Men. Magneto, however,
remained on Asteroid M with the Acolytes Chrome, Annemarie,
and Delgado. Asteroid M crashed in the Middle East upon
reentry to Earth. During the reentry, Chrome used his
power to change elements to protect Magneto from dying,
but the Acolytes perished in the process. Magneto survived
reentry, and disappeared for some time.
Cortez was revealed to be a member of the Upstarts, a
group of young mutants vying for their own leadership
by killing mutants for "points." Now that Magneto, believed
to be dead, was elevated to the status of martyr (by Cortez'
own hand), Cortez was able to recruit more mutants to
the Acolytes' cause.
The next move by the Acolytes came about as the Acolytes
Unuscione, Cargill (formerly Frenzy of the Alliance of
Evil), and the Klienstock triplets attacked the Our Mother
of the Sacred Heart School in upstate New York. The purpose
of the attack was to capture a young boy who would become
a mutant upon adolescence. The attack was stopped by the
X-Men, and the boy was rescued after he was discarded
by the Acolytes when he was discovered to have Down's
At some point during this time, Magneto, bitter after
Cortez' betrayal, found and recruited the mutant known
as Exodus. Magneto
returned to space and created Avalon, a second space station
created from Shi'ar
technology that was stolen during the time that Magneto
was in charge of Xavier's
School for Gifted Youngsters.
After the attack on the Mother of the Sacred Heart School,
the X-Men discovered the Acolytes were hidden in an abandoned
monastery named Mont Saint Francis on the coast of France,
where the Acolytes had taken the again-captured Dr. MacTaggert.
MacTaggert was rescued, and the Acolytes were driven from
The Acolytes then attacked a hospital in Wantaugh, Virginia,
killing humans that were already dying. The government
mutant team X-Factor was called
in to investigate and while doing so captured the Acolyte
Spoor. Spoor only revealed the Acolytes' plans in the
presence of Quicksilver,
who is Magneto's son. Spoor revealed that the Acolytes'
next target was the military base in Camp Hayden, Kentucky.
X-Factor journeyed to Camp Hayden and drove off the Acolytes,
only to discover that Camp Hayden was actually a front
for a plant producing the robotic Sentinels.
After the attack on Camp Hayden, Magneto returned with
Exodus, revealed Cortez' betrayal, and wrested control
of the Acolytes from him. To recruit other mutants, Magneto
sent Exodus to retrieve the remaining New Mutants (Cannonball,
(then Boomer), and Rictor),
along with the brainwashed former Mutant Liberation Front
and Skids. Magneto
reversed the brainwashing technique used on Rusty and
Skids, who joined the Acolytes. The others refused, and
escaped Avalon with the remaining members of X-Force,
who followed them to the space station.
Magneto returned to Earth during the funeral of Illyana
Rasputin, a young mutant who had recently died of
the Legacy Virus. Magneto offered the assembled mutants
at the funeral membership in the Acolytes, and the offer
was accepted by Colossus,
Illyana's brother, who had lost his belief in Xavier's
dream. Colossus returned to Avalon and the X-Men soon
assaulted the base. The attack ended when Professor Xavier
wiped Magneto's mind clean, reducing him to a vegetative
state. Exodus assumed leadership of the Acolytes, and
remained on Avalon.
Cortez resurfaced in an attempt to take control of Genosha,
taking Magneto's granddaughter Luna as a hostage. Luna
was rescued by a combined effort of the X-Men, which included
her father Quicksilver, and the Avengers,
which included her mother, the Inhuman known as Crystal.
Exodus killed Cortez during the rescue in the sewers beneath
Hammer Bay, the capital city of Genosha.
The Acolytes remained on Avalon until they had retrieved
a cocoon from space, which happened to house the dimensionally
displaced mutant known as Holocaust.
On Avalon, Holocaust reawakened, killed the Acolytes Rusty
and Milan, and the ensuing fight between him and Exodus
destroyed Avalon, plunging the Acolytes, along with the
to Earth. Phoenix had landed safely, but Cyclops, along
with the Acolytes Unuscione, Cargill, Scanner, and the
remaining Klienstock twins, landed in the Australian Outback,
where Cyclops led them to the former X-Men base in Australia,
and the Acolytes were arrested.