The Harriers are a team of professional mercenaries led by Sergeant-Major Harold Malone aka Hardcase, a retired member of the Royal Marine Commandos. The rest of the Harriers have prior military experience or have been former SHIELD agents. The entire team consist of Axe, Shotgun, Lifeline, Warhawk, Blindside, Piston, Timebomb, Ranger and Longbow. The Harriers came to Madripoor and were hired to snatch three mutants, Wolverine, Psylocke and Jubilee. Axe and Shotgun ambushed the three mutants at a Lowtown restaurant where they successfully kidnapped Wolverine and left Jubilee bruised with a non-lethal shotgun blast to the chest. Psylocke and Jubilee located the warehouse where Wolverine was being held captive. Jubilee made herself look like a pizza delivery boy and managed to enter the secure area. Jubilee lit up the room with her fireworks and broke Wolverine free from his cage. Psylocke was discovered in the rafters by Blindside and the two ladies engaged in hand-to-hand combat. The Harriers finally subdued Psylocke and Jubilee when Wolverine appeared. Some dialogue occurred when Hardcase stepped in and everyone realized that the two were friends. Wolverine had hired Hardcase to help him evaluate Psylocke and Jubilee's teamwork and to see if they could work and trust each other. This assignment worked well for Hardcase because he also wanted to test out his Harriers. Jubilee apologized to Shotgun for destroying his comics and he apologized back for ruining her shirt. Everyone sat together and enjoyed the rest of the pizza.
The Harriers were created by Chris Claremont
and Marc Silvestri
in 1990 and first appeared in The Uncanny X-Men
# 261. The Harriers were mentioned earlier in 1988 in Wolverine
# 5 which was the first appearance of Hardcase, Axe and Shotgun so it is unclear which is the first official appearance of this team.
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