Tag (Character)

Brian Cruz
Brian Cruz

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir & Carlo Barberi

1st appearance: New Mutants #10, 2004

Real Name: Brian Cruz

Nationality: Puerto Rican

Legal Status: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Hellions, X-men, New X-men

Weight: 165 lbs         Height: 5’8

Eyes: Brown              Hair: Brown

Relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Cruise

Powers: He possesses a mind control ability allowing him to use anyone he touches as a broadcaster of  either attraction or repulsion. This works in one of two ways by touching someone people usually run away from them or run toward them. Since he was young his powers may have expanded as he grew older.


Tag’s powers first manifested in his home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico. When they first manifested everyone in the class fled from him. His parents enrolled him in the Xavier Institute for higher learning during the mutant boom of the twenty first century. Once at school he became fast friends with Hellion his roommate and became his official right hand man. When the students where placed in squads he became one of Emma Frost’s Hellions. Together the team won a competition where all the squads where placed in opposition. When the school had summer break he accompanied his teammates to Hellion’s house where they contacted the Kingmaker who would grant them all one wish. Unlike his friends Tag’s wish was simple to keep his friends together so he would never be alone. Ultimately they refused his offer as they would be forced into becoming villains in exchange. On M-day when most mutants lost their powers Tag was one of them. Without his powers him and Hellion grew distant and he was forced to leave the campus and his friends on a bus which was blown up while him and many other students where inside. The last thing he saw before dieing was his best friend trying to save his life before a secondary explosion took his life. He was buried on the school grounds, his death haunts his best friend to this day.


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Islandstage.net where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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