Character Type: Primary
AKA: William Robert "Billy-Bob" Reilly
Summary: Phat is a notable member of the celebrity team of the X-Force. He came from a background as a gangster before realizing that he was a mutant and turning into a superhero. Phat entered into a fake relationship with fellow X-Force member, Vivisector, during which time the pair realized that they were both actually gay.
Database Links: Marvel Wiki, Comic Vine, Marvel.com
[According to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso], 'There are plenty of gay characters in Marvel Comics that fly under the radar. Take Phat and Vivisector, for instance: teammates on the [Peter] Milligan/[Mike] Allred X-Force/X-Statix series that were also lovers. I don’t remember them provoking any controversy and I don’t think Rawhide Kid paved the road for them or any other gay characters; the opportunity was always there. Whenever you create a new character, the details of their interior or private life – stuff like their sexuality – will at some time become relevant.' (Read more)
Will, "X-Men wedding follow-up: More gay mutants in love," Comics Blend, June 2012.
Everything about Phat is great. I love his powers and his entire concept just works so well for this book. He’s a poor street kid, except he’s not. He’s a middle class white kid pretending to be a poor black kid from the hood. That is such a relevant issue in the noughties and it fits so nicely into this book with its themes of identity of pop culture. Plus it just makes his name, Phat, so very, very perfect. (Read more)
Adam Halls, "Mummyboon's longbox: X-Force/X-Statix Part 2 #117-120," Mummyboon, September 21, 2013.
David Brothers, "Milligan & Allred's X-Force is amazing; So are Air Force 1s," Comics Alliance, March 20, 2013.