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"If you're a mutant and you can't get to Krakoa...then the Marauders will bring you home!"
— Captain Kate Pryde, Marauders #1

Marauders is a 2019 comic book series, focused on the titular team (not to be confused with Mr. Sinister's team). It is part of the Dawn of X relaunch, and is written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Matteo Lolli, who had previously worked together on Deadpool.

Notably, this series is of a genre that's never been covered by X-Men before: Pirates. The merry band of Marauders, led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, they are joined by Storm, Iceman, Bishop and Pyro (and their Team Pet Lockheed), who set sail in the open seas to protect those hated and feared!

The first issue was released October 23, 2019.


Marauders provides the following tropes:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Issue #3 is this for Sebastian Shaw.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Kate Pryde must have quite some momentum to break her nose just casually strolling into a closed portal.
  • Back from the Dead: Pyro, who died saving Senator Kelly from Post way back at the turn of the millennium, is one of those resurrected by the Five. In fact, he mentions he was the first mutant they tried the process on.
    • Jumbo Carnation, dead since around Quentin Quire's first appearance, is back and designing clothes for Hellfire royalty.
    • The person who is assigned to keep track of Kate's comings and goings at the X-desk reports that their mother's senility was cured by Krakoan drugs, although she "should have died" from the degenerative disease already.
  • Battle Trophy: It's not ultra-tech or magical, but it's a nice sword. Which is why Kate announces to the Russian Colonel that she likes his sword and she's going to take it from him. He tells her, she'll need to pry it from his dead hands. It just takes a well-aimed kick and Kate has a cutlass fit for a pirate.
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  • Blatant Lies: The Black King tells his son that Emma begged Xavier and Magneto to let her form and run the Hellfire corporation, whereas anyone who read House of X knows they had to convince her.
  • Call-Back: Jumbo Carnation died from a drug overdose after being mugged back in New X-Men.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Also dramatically. A Russian soldier runs right through Kate, and shouts to his comrades that she's just a hologram. Poor guy.
  • Conlang: Kate having trouble teaching herself Krakoan "the old-fashioned way" implies it's rather complex. However, it has been implied by characters that it cannot be learned except telepathically.
    Emma: (in Krakoan) Slainte!
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The seeming rejection of Kate by the Krakoan portal might refer back to an unexplored plot thread that claimed she isn't a mutant but an evolved human that replaced the real Kate at birth.
    • Bobby identifies Pyro as the original by his accent. For a brief time in X-Men Gold they had a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Pyro.
    • The whole concept is also something of a call back to "Kitty's Fairy tale" (UXM vol. 1 #153). A very long time ago Kate told a story where she cast herself as a pirate, now she's one in real life.
    • Also Kate was what Kitty called herself by the time of the Bad Future of "Days of Future Past".
    • Sebastian Shaw mentions the law about not killing humans established in House of X.
    • Emma worries that if she dies, she'll be resurrected with the wrong nose, a reference to New X-Men where it was revealed that she had had plastic surgery done.
  • Cool Ship: Kate's ship, The Marauder, is a high-tech luxury liner commissioned by the Hellfire Club and it's armed with a Phalanx CIWS and a couple of main cannons.
    • Christian's ship, Mercury, is a submarine whose interface is sometimes a piano.
  • Cool Sword: Kate steals a cutlass from a Russian soldier and keeps it when she goes back on the boat.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Kate dislikes when people call her "Kitty" enough that when Bishop momentarily reverts to old habits, Kate responds by calling him "Bishy".
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Since Kate can't go through Krakoa's portals, she ends up sailing there... and drinking a lot of whisky from Logan's stash.
  • Fantastic Racism: The series' premise is of Kate and other X-Men helping mutants get to Krakoa from countries who forcibly keep mutants from reaching Krakoa. The first issue alone shows North Valnon, whose kleptocratic leader has the entrance cordoned off, parts of Brazil are infested with mutant-hunting quadrupeds, Taiwan using China's nationalism to "discredit" the portals and Russia are sending mutants to gulags.
  • Five-Token Band: Our crew is pretty diverse. There are three women, one is Jewish (and the leader) and the other American/Kenyan. Of the three men, there's Iceman (gay), Bishop (Black; part Aboriginal Australian), and Pyro (Australian). There's also Lockheed, who's an alien.
  • Genre-Busting: A pirate-flavored X-Men comic, while still retaining the superhero aspects of the brand.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Kate does not mess around much. She shoots a soldier in the kneecaps with a submachine gun burst and then she phases the gun into the legs of a pair of nearby soldiers.
  • I Am the Noun: When Storm asks if Logan knows that Kate got into his stash, Kate replies, "I. AM. The. Stash."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Emma and Kate have a conversation where the former explains to the latter that she's trustworthy because she never would give a kick in the ribs to someone just because they deserve it. When she and her crew raid a Russian military blockade preventing mutants from emigrating to Krakoa she does kick a guard in the ribs after subduing him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sebastian has his son Shinobi resurrected and grooms him to be the Red King while lying that Kate and Emma were the ones that killed him. Due to Emma already awarding the Red Royalty post to Kate, he has to be the Black Bishop for now.
    Sebastian Shaw: We'd need to tailor you in black for now, but do not discard your red suits. The future is still being written.
    • And in issue #6, we see just how manipulative he can be.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Emma Frost and Storm, to no one's surprise.
  • Parrot Pet Position: How Lockheed sits.
  • Pirate Girl: With Kate now captaining a ship and having a cutlass, she looks like one of these.
  • Pirate Parrot: Since Lockheed can fly and likes to sit on Kate's shoulder, he essentially acts like this.
    • There's a second aspect to this, as Lockheed is a sentient being and a fully fledged agent of SWORD. He knows more languages than Kitty does. He's like a pirate parrot on steroids!
  • Plunder: The other reason why Emma commissions the Marauders. The primary mission is mutant rescue, but Emma loves her money - so the team is also charged with looting from enemies, recovering valuables, discovering useful trade goods, smuggling on the international blackmarket and other privateering opportunities.
  • Portal Network: Notably, the series starts with Kate being unable to use Krakoa's portals. So she steals a boat and sails to Krakoa.
  • Punny Name: Kate argues that Bishop was born to be the Red Bishop of the Hellfire Trading Company, seeing as he's already named that.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Subverted. For once, Iceman tries to refreeze the poles – but he can't.
  • Renamed the Same: Kitty. She's called Kate now. She has a new codename as well: Red Queen, as Emma (White Queen) has recruited her into the Hellfire Club.
  • Reverse Psychology:
    • If Emma and Kate hadn't been so eager to put Shaw in his place, they might have realized that if he really wanted them to do a job he wouldn't have called it "women's work".
    • A member of Verendi taunts Kate for being "babysat" by the Omega level mutants, thus setting her up for the next trap.
  • Something Completely Different: A pirate comic is certainly new for X-Men.
  • The Team Benefactor: Emma Frost is explicitly funding the group's operations.
  • You Keep Using That Word: As lampshaded by Christian, Bobby likes saying "Anthropocene".


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