Real Name: Carmela Unuscione
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Unuscione is mutant with the ability to project a tangible field composed of bioelectrically-charged psionic energy around herself. This "exoskeleton", as she calls it, acts as a highly effective body armour, protecting her from a large amount of physical and energy damage. She is able to shape her exoskeleton into rudimentary forms, such as a clawed hand or a hammer-like bludgeon with which she can grip or strike with considerable force. She is sufficiently strong to shield herself and several others in a small escape pod from the heat and friction of reentry into Earth's atmosphere, or to squeeze the air out of a superhumanly strong being's lungs, causing them to fall unconscious. Through her exoskeleton, Unuscione can generate bioelectric energy charges that cause intense pain and a temporary disruption of a living being's neurosynaptic impulses, resulting in a loss of autonomic body function.
Unuscione is vulnerable to any force great enough to overcome or destroy her psionic exoskeleton. The psionic backlash usually leaves her stunned or unconscious.
Carmella Unuscione first appeared as a member of the second intake of Magneto's Acolytes. She was often one of the more fanatical and violent members of the team, viewing the X-Men as traitors to their own race for defending humans. During the Acolytes' first mission, Unuscione, along with Cargill and the Kleinstocks, attacked a school for gifted children, searching for a mutant whose powers had not been established. Unknown to them, the child had Down's Syndrome, which caused Unuscione and the others to reject him and retreat in disgust after a skirmish with the X-Men. She was also one of the Acolytes responsible for recruiting the young mutant Simon Hall into the ranks of the Acolytes. When Avalon, the Acolytes' base of operations, was destroyed by Holocaust Unuscione used her power to protect her teammates and the X-Man Cyclops from being incinerated by reentry into Earth's atmosphere. In exchange for Cyclops saving her life, Unuscione agreed to turn herself over to government custody, but later escaped with her teammates and rejoined Magneto on the island nation, Genosha.
Carmella Unuscione has not been seen since before Cassandra Nova's destruction of Genosha. Though nothing has been proven or officially stated, Unuscione may have been one of the millions of mutants who died during the assault. If this is the case, then her death occurred off-panel. She may also have been among the majority of mutants who lost their powers after the House of M storyline, should she have survived the assault on Genosha. Apparently, Unuscione retained her mutant powers during the M-Day has ben annunced to return in X-Men #202.
It is rumored that Carmella Unuscione is either the daughter or sister of the mutant criminal Unus the Untouchable; the two have similar powers and the same last name.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #298
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Age of X: Universe (2011)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 Cable (1993)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
#9 Excalibur (1988)
- 'The Killing Field, Part 1: In Humanity'#10
- 'The Killing Field, Part 2: Like Lambs to the Slaughter'#11
- 'The Killing Field, Part 3: Divide and Conquer'
#71 Heroes for Hire (1997)
- 'Crossing Swords'#106
- 'Portrait of the Artist'
#8 Magneto (1996)
- 'Revelations (Book One)'#16
- 'The Siege of Wundagore, Part 3: Crisis!'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
New Mutants (2009)
#23 New X-Men (2004)
- 'Age of X, Chapter 4'#24
- 'Age of X, Chapter 6'
#44 Quicksilver (1997)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter Four'#46
- 'Messiah Complex, Chapter Twelve'
#1 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Beast in Me'#11
- 'The Siege of Wundagore, Part 2: Anon No More!'
#92 X-Factor (2006)
- 'The Man Who Wasn't There'
#27 X-Men (1991)
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 11'
#25 X-Men Legacy (2008)
- 'Dreams Fade'#42
- 'Heaven Can Wait'#43
- 'Falling From Grace'#44
- 'Lost and Found'#86
- 'Thanks for the Memories'#201#202#205
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 5'#207
- 'Messiah CompleX: Chapter 13'
#210 X-Men: Magneto War (1999)
- 'From Genesis to Revelations: Part 3'#225
- 'The Retreat'#245
- 'Age of X, Chapter 1'#247
- 'Age of X, Chapter 5'
X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
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