Featured Character: Bolt

BOLT

Bolt

Real Name: Christopher “Chris” Bradley
Aliases: “Maverick”
Identity: Secret
Occupation: None
Citizenship: American Citizen, with no known criminal record.
Place of Birth: Unknown
Known Relatives: Unknown Mother and Father.
Group Affiliation: Formerly a member of the New Warriors
First Appearance: X-Men Unlimited #8 (1995)
Final Appearance: Weapon X #21 (2004)
History: Chris’s mutant powers manifested one day at school. He was contacted by Iceman of the X-Men. Chris also learned he had contracted the Legacy Virus. Although intially unsure of himself and his life, Chris decided to put his powers to good use.

He joined the New Warriors as Bolt, in hopes of making something of his life. As a member of the New Warriors, Bolt had worked closely with the team. However, it was in Namorita that Bolt had found a special friendship. She had been the only one of the New Warriors, he had confessed having the Legacy Virus to.

He also later found himself working with Maverick, a fellow mutant and Legacy Virus sufferer. The virus was cured through the actions of Colossus (Piotr Rasputin). However one day Nord mysteriously disappeared. Chris took up his equipment and the name of Maverick. While working with several other mutants as part of an ‘underground’ trying to free the captured Neverland prisoners, Chris as Maverick ran into Agent Zero… his former mentor now a loyal agent of the Weapon X Program. Chris tried to deal with Zero but was killed.

Height: 5’8?
Weight: 138 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Powers: Bolt could generate and manipulate electricity.

Accessories: None

Note: He used Nord’s weapons and armor while acting as Maverick.

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Featured Character: Blackwing.

BLACKWING

Blackwing

Real Name: Barnell Bohusk
Aliases: Barry
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Student
Citizenship: American Citizen With No Known Criminal Record
Place of Birth: Unknown
Known Relatives: Charles Bohusk (Father), Kathy Bohusk (Mother), Angel Salvadore (Wife), Tito (Son), Numerous “Offspring”
Group Affiliation: New Mutants (formerly), New Warriors (Currently)
First Appearance: X-Men (Formerly), Exiles (Formerly), New Warriors
History: For Barnell Bohusk life would become extremely difficult when the “gift” of his mutant powers manifested themselves. His mutant power would cause Barnell to become horribly disfigured, and become what appeared to be a hybrid of a human and a vulture. Barnell was brought to Xavier’s School for the Gifted, and here – Barnell buried himself deep into his studies, and rarely ventured outward, perhaps ashamed of his disfigured appearance.

He found a friend in Hank McCoy, the X-Man known as Beast, thanks to their common link of a physical mutation. Barnell found himself constantly being mocked by his peers for having a seemingly useless mutation. This lead to Barnell entering a special class in Xavier’s School for the Gifted, that centered around young mutants with “less abilities.” It was here that the other students in this class began to look to Barnell as a leader, as he seemed to prove that he really had the drive to do something more than just being a “useless mutant with useless powers.”

This is also where he would eventually met Angel Salvadore, a young woman who like Barnell, was a mutant – but hers was more of a hybrid between a human and a fly; including veined wings, the need to vomit to use its acidic liquid to devour her food; and more importantly, laid eggs rather than bore children.

This last thing would greatly affect Barnell, as the two of them became close; and soon after, Angel Salvadore revealed her pregnancy to Barnell. Within five days, she had given birth to a number of children, who bore a resemblance crossed between Barnell and Angel Salvadore.

After a brief encounter with Xorn/Magneto, Barnell and Angel Salvadore, along with their children, took up residence on the Xavier’s School for Gifted Children. But their home life would be disrupted when the Exiles arrived at Xavier’s Institute and Barnell was forced to join them. He left Angel Salvadore and his children behind, unable to say goodbye to them; Angel Salvadore had assumed that Barnell had abandoned them.

Angel Salvadore went on to lead the life of a successful (and childless!) life of a plus size model, unaware of Barnell’s existence, thanks to the effects of Scarlet Witch’s “reality altering spell” that would later become known as “M-Day.”

After a number of exciting adventures with the time/reality traveling group, the Exiles, Barnell was returned to Earth and reunited with Angel Salvadore. Thanks to Scarlet Witch’s altering spell – Angel Salvadore, Barnell, and all their children (except for Tito, it seemed) had all become powerless.

Events would happen that would lead Barnell to leave Xavier’s Institute once again, and join the newly formed New Warriors. Barnell would later, after a month of observing Sophia, be the one to recruit a fellow mutant who had also lost her powers – the former New Mutant known as Wind Dancer.

Early in this newly formed team of “New Warriors” the team suffers a casualty when Longstrike, Phaser’s sister is killed. Night Thrasher is hard on the New Warriors and tells them that this is a war, and there will be casualties.

Sometime later, at the Appalachian Safehouse, Night Thrasher finds that the entire area is undisturbed. He had hoped that if Dwayne were still alive he would be hiding here. He does however, managed to snag some of Dwayne’s DNA for testing. As he exits the house however, he discovers he’s not alone and is confronted by Counter Force which consists of: Justice, Rage, Debrii, Slapstick and two of the Scarlet Spiders.

Both Rage and Justice try to talk to Night Thrasher but he refuses to discuss it with them and a fight breaks out – and just when it seems like Night Thrasher’s been captured – the arrival of the New Warriors tips the balance once more.

Throughout the fight Night Thrasher is thinking about how Justice and the rest of Counter Force think he’s a Skrull – while he’s wondering if it was Skrull who perished at Stamford, not his own half-brother. As the fight processes, Night Thrasher realizes that this has to end quickly.

He decides to stop the fight and unveil who he is. He explains his actions about looking for the truth about Dwayne – and whether he would ever take part of some reality television show as a part of the “New Warriors.” Justice steps up and informs Donyell that he can help – because he knows the location of Dwayne’s body.

The New Warriors, along with Counter Force, arrive at the Helicarrier only to find it under attack by Skrulls. The New Warriors and Counter Force get out of the plane as Night Thrasher crashes it into one of the Skrull ships. After that, they follow Justice onto the Helicarrier and begin helping the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents against the Skrulls.

As the New Warriors and Counter Force battle the Skrulls, Night Thrasher grabs Justice and enables “ghost mode” – allowing them to phrase through the floor. The others continue to battle the Skrulls – and just when it seems like they might be doing all right – the arrival of a Super Skrull, looking a lot like Nova, appears and tilts the odds back in favor of the Skrulls.

Meanhile Justice leads Night Thrasher to the bodies of what appears to be Dwayne and Microbe, with Nita’s ashes in a jar. Night Thrasher takes a sample from Dwayne’s body and begins the DNA comparison. All three turn out to be positive identifications – proving that the Dwayne, Namorita and Microbe did indeed die at Stamford. Night Thrasher turns to Justice and explains, he’s taking the remains with him. Justice, after a brief pause, agrees to help. They bury the New Warriors and create a memorial plaque for Dwayne, Namorita and Zachary.

Later, the New Warriors burst in through the roof and the Dread Dealers are subjected to Pym Particles and reduced in size.

Their victory is short lived however, with the sudden appearance of Sykes, Givens and the New Warriors Task Force. The New Warriors make a break for it – but Blackwing, who is carrying Night Thrasher gets tagged and the two crash to the ground. Panicking, Tempest screams out and doesn’t see the net shot at her – Wondra tries to push her out of the way but gets snagged.

One of the New Warriors Task Force members fires a shot – but Ripcord kicks him at the last moment. The shot hits the flame tank of another New Warriors Task Force member – and Ripcord stops to try and help him. Skybolt seeing that the tank is about to explode tries to get to Ripcord – he manages to grab her and start flying away – but the tank explodes, causing a blinding flash. Night Thrasher gets the other New Warriors together, and they quickly make their escape – unsure of the fate of both Skybolt and Ripcord. They later learn that both perished in the fire.

The New Warriors are later teleported to an alternate reality, in which Dwayne Taylor has become Iron Man, and Tony Stark has become Night Thrasher. Dwayne has become an evil corporate leader, and while Donyell struggles to not betray his brother, in the end he knows he has to stop him. After a long fight, the New Warriors defeat Dwayne, and return to their own time.

Donyell tells them to keep their tech equipment regardless, because they had definitely deserved it. As everyone exits the room, Wondra approaches Night Thrasher and the two seem to be ready to say something – instead, Wondra kisses Night Thrasher on the cheek then follows the others out of the room, leaving Donyell there to sit and think about all that he had done – and what he was going to do next.

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 140 lbs.
Eyes: Black (as Beak), Brown (as Barnell)
Hair: White (as Beak), Brown (as Barnell)
Powers: None currently. Before the events of “M-Day” as Beak, his bones were light and hollow. His eventually grew feathers, which fully formed, may have allowed him to fly. In the meantime, he had managed to learn how to glide and fly, for short distances with practice and vast amounts of effort and strain to his body and endurance. He had also developed an incredible eye sight, and talons on his hands and feet.
Accessories: None

Note: As Beak, he had a number of children born with Angel Salvadore, but they never wed. The fate of their children, remains unknown, but it is assumed that they remained at Xavier’s Institute while Barnell went on to join the New Warriors and fight the Initiative.

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Featured Character: Bandit

BANDIT

Bandit

Real Name: Donyell (Last Name Unrevealed)
Aliases: Donyell Taylor, Night Thrasher (II)
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Criminal
Citizenship: American Citizen, with a known criminal record.
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Known Relatives: Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher, half-brother), Daryl Taylor (father, deceased), mother (name unknown, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Formerly a member of the New Warriors, Thieves Guild
First Appearance: Night Thrasher #3
History: Donyell was the product of Daryl Taylor and a one-night stand with an unnamed woman. Growing up, Donyell developed an increasing amount of resentment towards Daryl’s legitimate son, Dwayne.

Learning that Dwayne had developed a relationship with Silhouette Chord, Donyell, adopting the name Bandit, seduced Dwayne’s estranged girlfriend before confronting Dwayne. Despite beating Dwayne severely, though evenly matched, Bandit became unstable and abducted Silhouette to lure Dwayne into the final piece of his vengeance.

Those plans were thwarted when Dwayne won the rematch, and although Dwayne was willing to reconcile their differences when he discovered Donyell’s true origin, Bandit departed, leaving the relationship between the two of them unresolved.

Bandit later reappeared when the New Warriors were scattered through time by Lady Sphinx (Meryet Karim), perhaps only because his lover, Silhouette had been one of the Warriors that had disappeared. Agreeing to lead this band of “New New Warriors”, they teleported to Egypt to begin tracking down where the Warriors had vanished to.

With the arrival of the original Warriors, they managed to defeat both Sphinxs’ when both Meryet Karim and the male Sphinx merged into a composite being and vanished somewhere into the past.

Troubled by their relationship, Night Thrasher parted ways with Silhouette and Bandit, on worse terms than before.

Years later, Bandit turned up in New Orleans. There he romanced Belladonna Boudreaux, leader of the Thieves and Assassins Guild. Although he furthered the guild’s criminal endeavors, he still felt that Belladonna’s ex-husband, Remy LeBeau (Gambit) posed a threat to them. However, when attacked, Gambit explained to Belladonna that Bandit had been manipulating her and that he still had not broken off his relationship with Silhouette Chord. However, before anything else could be done, the members of the guild turned on all three of them, but the guild was defeated and in the confusion Bandit left New Orleans.

During a televised raid by the New Warriors of a building in which Cobalt Man, Speedfreak, Coldheart, and Nitro, who had recently escaped from the Raft, resided. Namorita followed after Nitro. Slamming him into a bus, Namorita taunted him, but Nitro screamed he wasn’t the kind of loser that she was used to facing, she was in fact “playing with the big boys now”, before letting off a massive explosion that killed Namorita, Night Thrasher, Microbe, all of the children at the nearby elementary school, and all residents in the surrounding neighborhood where the fight took place.

Bandit took up the guise as the new Night Thrasher and formed a new version of the New Warriors.

See Night Thrasher II for more.

Height: 6’4
Weight: 300 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Powers: Bandit generates electricity and channels it through other objects, such as the grappling hooks he launches from a specialized crossbow; the hooks penetrate his opponent’s skin, and then open beneath it.. He uses throwing stars and other weapons as needed.

Accessories: None

Note: Bandit is an accomplished marksman, acrobat, and hand-to-hand combatant.

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