Real Name: Colin Ashworth Hume
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Colin Hume has the mutant ability to create objects of solidified air molecules, dubbed "hard air." He commonly uses this ability to create shields or entrap others, but he can also project a stream of molecules for flight and to fire concussive blasts. He can also solidify the air around him and release it as a concussive explosion, or he can even transform liquids and gasses into solids, although he does this very rarely.
Colin Ashworth Hume was a Canadian expatriate who grew up in England. As an adult, he found work as a special operative, using his mutant powers for the superhuman division of Roxxon Oil Corp's United Kingdom branch. Roxxon Oil gave Hume a suit of armor and the code-name Windshear.
On one assignment, Hume investigated Roxxon Oil's energy research facility in Colorado, which seemed to have been taken over by an outside force. Hume was unable to thwart his foe, and Roxxon called in Madison Jeffries, then a member of Canada's Alpha Flight as Box, to deal with the problem. Jeffries soon realized the true nature of the problem- Roxxon had discovered the comatose body of James Hudson, formerly the hero Guardian, and attempted to use him for their own purposes. Jeffries, with the help of the mutant Forge, soon revived Hudson even as Roxxon executives hoped to destroy Hudson and their facilities in an explosion. Hume, upset over the truth of Roxxon's practices, returned to Canada with the members of Alpha Flight, and he was soon accepted onto the team.
Hume soon grew into his role as a superhero while also lending his executive talents as Cheif Administrator. He even became a mentor for Alpha Flight's trainee team, Beta Flight. Eventually, the Canadian government disbanded its sanctioned teams, and Hume returned to England.
Hume set up a curio shop to sell objects created with "hard air," and his objects command a high price. When the hero team Thunderbolts was investigating a series of murders committed with bullets created out of hard air, they investigated Hume and learned of Roxxon's connection.
More recently, after reality was twisted by the Scarlet Witch, many of Earth’s mutants were stripped of their powers. Colin Hume was revealed to have been among these, as his mutant energy signature was recognized as having been absorbed by the Collective.
First Appearance: Alpha Flight (1983) #87
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#12 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Ultragirl to Arnim Zola'
#87 Infinity Crusade (1993)
- 'A Thirst For Power'#93
- 'Playgrounds of the Mind'#94
- 'Mind Over Matter'#95
- 'Life Lines'#96
- 'Slave to the World'#98
- 'Decisions of Strength'#99
- 'Decisions of Loyalty'#100
- 'Decisions of Trust!'#101
- 'Death and How to Live It'#102
- 'El Equipo Primero!'#103
- 'Spontaneous Combustion!'#104
- 'The Bachelor Party!'#106
- 'The Walking Wounded'#109
- 'By Right of Memory'#110
- 'Bare Bones'#111
- 'Bare Bones Part 2'#112
- 'Bare Bones Part 3'#114
- 'Extreme Prejudice Part I'#116
- 'Extreme Prejudice Part 2'#117
- 'Extreme Prejudice Part 3'#118
- 'The Clampdown Part 1'#119
- 'The Clampdown Part 2'#120
- 'The Clampdown Part 3'#122
- 'Holy Terror Part 1'#124
- 'Holy Terror Part 3'#127
#1 Marvel (1988)
- 'The Damned'#4
- 'Mortal Sins'#5
- 'Holy War!'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 13 Red She-Hulk (2012)
- 'Valkyrior Steeds to Maximillian Zaran'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#464 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Blessed Obedience'
#43 Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992)
- 'Chasing Your Own Tail!'
Wonder Man (1991)
Alpha Flight (Marvel)
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