Character » Switchback appears in 29 issues.

    A time-manipulator seen only in the Age of Apocalypse as a member of X-Calibre. Whether she has an Earth-616 counterpart is unknown.

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    Switchback hails from the alternate reality of Earth-295: Age of Apocalypse. Switchback initially appeared during the story arc where she travels to Avalon, safe-haven to mutants. The Age of Apocalypse characters were mostly notable alternate counterparts of existing heroes and villains in the X-Men Universe of Earth-616, there has no appearance of a Switchback on Earth-616.


    Switchback was created by Warren Ellis and Ken Lashley in 1995 and first appeared in X-Calibre # 1.

    Major Story Arcs

    Age of Apocalypse

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    Switchback hails from the alternate Universe of Earth-295, here the reign of Apocalypse made mutants come under his reign and humans all across the world his slaves. Switchback was one of many refugees who escaped from Apocalypse's rule to Avalon. Switchback and the refugees go on a long and hazardous journey only to come out the only one alive. Gary, her own boyfriend, and her other companions all died.

    When she reaches Avalon she is met by Cain Marko who leads the citizens of Avalon. Soon after her arrival to Avalon her meeting with the future predicting mutant Destiny would make both women's powers of the timelines come to an unpredictable encounter. Switchback's touch would have Destiny seeing and predicting the end of Avalon. She than joined the ragtag group calling itself X-Calibre, a group lead by Nightcrawler and Damask.

    On an encounter with the evil mutant telepath Shadow King, she used her powers to repel Shadow King´s possession. She used her time shunting abilities in combination with Nightcrawler's own mutant teleportation allowing extra time on the Astral Plane and than managed to destroy the Shadow King.


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    Switchback has the mutant power to "shunt" back down her own timeline, effectively for a maximum of ten seconds. As she is able to manipulate her own timeline she can replace herself with a younger version while retaining full memories and scenes of her former older version. When she utilizes her shunting ability it is obvious to anyone observing her time-shift. When shunting time she physically moves her body from her current site to her former location. This ability has allowed her to escape telepathic possession by the Shadow King, by shifting herself through time as soon as he attempted to control her.

    Although a mutant her abilities granted her no special physical attributes. Switchback mostly had all the normal strength, speed, and constitution of a normal human woman her age and build. She had also been trained in weaponry and is an average weapon master.

    Personal Data

    Group Affiliation: X-Calibre

    Universe: Earth 295

    Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan

    Base Of Operations: Avalon, formerly Detroit, Michigan

    Status: Single

    Citizenship: American

    Marital Status: Single

    Known Relatives: None

    Occupation: Freedom Fighter


    Gender: Female

    Eyes: Green

    Hair: Silver

    Weight: 115 lbs

    Height: 5'7"

    Other Media


    X-men: Battle of the Atom

    X-men: Battle of the Atom
    X-men: Battle of the Atom

    Switchback is featured in the mobile card game "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" based on the comic book story with the same name. Her cards are: X-Calibre, Switchback


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