X-MEN: Origins -Smoke
Smoke (Jacob James Owens) is a fictional superhero appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. He has been known under the aliases Smokescreen or Vapor, and is best known for being the first openly homosexual member of the X-Men. The Comics Code Authority and Marvel policy prohibited the explicit portrayal of gay or bisexual characters
Smoke is an important figure to the people of the X-Men. Professor X, who is like a father figure to him; Gambit who is a very good friend and, at several points, a potential love interest; his best friend Storm, who is like a sister figure; Cyclops, who is a very good friend and a brother-like figure; Wolverine, who became something of a mentor to him despite his usually gruff personality and Bishop, whom he shared a close personal connection with.
Powers and Abilities
Smoke is a mutant born with superhuman strength, agility, the ability to teleport, levitate, and fly. His physical mutation includes changing into a cloud of smoke at will. Smoke also possesses superhuman speed and the ability to sense the powers and locations of other mutants. He is also skilled in hand-to-hand combat, having received training from Wolverine and Cyclops. He also has had training in acrobatics and sword fighting from Nightcrawler. It is unclear what Smoke’s limitations on his abilities are.
Smoke must also deal with being an Omega-level mutant one of few mutants with this ability i.e. Jean Grey/The Phoenix, Robert Drake/Iceman and Rachel Summers/Marvel Girl (daughter of Jean Grey & Scott Summers/Cyclops). He has faced death several times with his history with the X-Men. He has completed college-level courses at Xavier's school.
Smoke has a separate personality as a result of being an Omega-level mutant. His separate personality is named Vapor. Vapor is an assassin, whose breath or touch could kill whatever he came into contact with. He has a poison touch would spread vastly throughout an area at his will, killing life. He is resistant to pain, extreme heat and cold. He is also able to keep to the shadows and move with such speed that he can remain unseen even in daylight.
Fictional character biography
Smoke suffered much during his young life. He lost his mother from decapitation in a car accident at the age of 6, and his father was killed a few years later by a loan shark. Smoke primarily raised himself, put himself through school and survived on the streets and becomes a proficient thief. His powers first manifested at the age of 13, when he saw his childhood best friend shot in the head during recess during school.
X-Men: The Dark Future
In X-Men: The Dark Future [volume & issue needed] Rogue confronts Smoke on the front steps of the Xavier Institute (Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters), after a heated argument (it had been rumored that Rogue believed that Smoke and Gambit had an illicit affair with each other. Smoke would not reveal if this had been true or not. Gambit would later denied anything had happened and told Rogue the he and Smoke just have a bro-mance relationship with each other) Rogue deliberately tries absorbs his powers. Something goes wrong as Rogue fights hard absorb Smoke’s powers something manifests in him and he counteracts her absorbing powers and permanently absorbing her super strength and ability to fly as well as some of her memories.
Super Name: Smoke
Real Name: Jacob James Owens
Aliases: Vapor, Smokescreen, Dark Havoc
Character Type: Mutant
Created by La Ron Owens, (May 12, 2009). Smoke, made his first appearance as Dark Havoc in X-Men #??? After his resurrection, he changed his name to Smoke and joined the X-Men, becoming a mainstay character.