Donald Pierce (Marvel)
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Donald Pierce is a human being augmented by advanced cybernetic components. Originally, Donald had only four cybernetic limbs, but after being assaulted by Sentinels, it is unknown how much of Pierce is still human. He has superhuman strength, reflexes, and agility. Due to his metallic body, Pierce retains a great degree of resistance against physical and biological harm; if he losses a limb in combat, Pierce can usually replace it with a new one.
+ Insanely Rich
+ Super Speed
+ Super Strength
+ Unarmed Combat
Donald Pierce was born into a wealthy family, their fortune made decades ago by Anton Pierce, who capitalized on the trade of cotton, rum, and slaves during the nineteenth century. While little is known about his past, Donald’s wealth and family name brought him into the Hellfire Club. Hoping to make a name for himself, Donald tried to seize Albania. Little details are known, but it is believed that Donald was confronted by resistance from, most notably, Iron Man and Cable. During a battle with Cable, Pierce had lost several of limbs, necessitating his dependence on prosthetic limbs and beginning his loathing for mutants. Donald would eventually prove his worth as a Hellfire Club member and was soon invited to Sebastian Shaw’s Inner Circle. There, Donald became the White Bishop.
As the White Bishop, Pierce participated in the capture and manipulation of Jean Grey, who was in fact the Phoenix Force. Pierce and the rest of the Hellfire Club were soon confronted by the Phoenix’s teammates, the X-Men. After being captured, the X-Men soon escaped and a battle ensued. Donald barely survived, almost losing a cybernetic limb to the X-Men’s Colossus. He escaped the battle with Shaw through secret passages under their Manhattan townhouse.
With Shaw’s failure, Donald soon challenged him for leadership of the Inner Circle. Pierce kidnapped the mutant Tessa, now Sage. He also captured Charles Xavier, leader of the X-Men. Trying to harness the powers of Sage and Xavier, Pierce was confronted by the New Mutants, a new group of young mutants under the tutelage of Xavier, and was defeated before he could accomplish his task. Pierce, because of his treachery, was expelled from the Hellfire Club.
For this, Donald was sent to a Hellfire installation in the highlands of Kentucky. There, he would live his life in exile. However, Donald was set free by a group of cybernetic mercenaries, the Reavers. Once ordinary men in the service of the Hellfire Club, the Revears lost their limbs in battle with Wolverine. Donald gave them a new lease on life and offered them his skills in cybernetics.
With his newfound freedom, Donald began plotting revenge on both the X-Men and Wolverine. Going to the outback of Australia, Pierce watched his enemies until Wolverine had been left alone to guard the base. Donald and his Reavers took him by surprise and captured him. Donald then crucified and began torturing Wolverine while his Reavers reclaimed their old headquarters, which had been taken from them by the X-Men. Wolverine soon escaped with the help of Jubilee.
After evaluating the possible escape and evasion scenarios, Pierce sent his Reavers to Muir Island, the place he thought Wolverine would go. Donald was confronted, however, by a group of mutants lead by Banshee and Freedom Force. His team was quickly defeated, and Donald barely escaped.
After the X-Men had abandoned their Outback base, Pierce brought his team there to consolidate their forces. Soon, Donald was attacked by a group of Sentinels sent by the Upstart, Trevor Fitzroy. While most of his Reavers died, Donald escaped with help from Gateway, who teleported him to the Hellfire Club in New York. The Sentinels pursued him and destroyed his body. The only remaining piece of him was his head.
Sometime later, Donald appeared mysteriously rebuilt. He soon allied himself with Shaw again, who was reforming another incarnation of the Inner Circle. Donald was once again reinstated to his position in the Hellfire Club by Sebastian Shaw and assigned to head up a secret mission dubbed the “Tomorrow Agenda.” Utilizing the knowledge of a time-displaced being named Ch’Vayre, they were going to harness the power of the immortal mutant, Apocalypse. Their first attempt to harness his power was in London. With the help of Ch’Varyre, the Hellfire Club awakened an agent of Apocalypse called Harbinger, only to be interrupted by Cable. Pierce and the Hellfire agents were attacked by the Harbinger, and, knowing the battle to be fruitless, Pierce escaped, leaving Cable to the mercies of the creature.
Pierce and Shaw moved on to the Swiss Alps. There they uncovered an ancient stronghold that once belonged to Apocalypse. After escaping a siege by the stronghold’s defenses, Piece was again confronted by Cable. Pierce and Cable fought as the stronghold began to self-destruct. As Shaw escaped, Pierce tried to follow. Shaw made it clear that Pierce’s failure in the Tomorrow Agenda had lost him his reinstatement into the Inner Circle, and he left Pierce to die as the mountain exploded.
Recently, Donald showed up again to challenge Shaw, who was then reconstructing the Lord Cardinals. After battling the combined efforts of both the X-Men and Sebastian Shaw, Donald was defeated, being decapitated in the process.
Chris Claremont and John Byrne based his name on a combination of actor Donald Sutherland and the character he plays in the movie M*A*S*H, Hawkeye Pierce.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #130
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#47 Domino (1997)
- 'Moving Target, Part 3: Man to Man'#49
- 'The Hellfire Hunt, Part 2: Weary Knights & Shabby Paladins'#50
- 'The Hellfire Hunt, Part 3: And He Shall Be Called...Man'#51
- 'The Hellfire Hunt, Part 4: Faith and Deception'#52
- 'The Hellfire Hunt, Part 5: Beyond Belief'#53
- 'The Hellfire Hunt, Part 6: Beautiful Friend'
#2 Generation Hope (2011)
- '...Death Be a Lady Tonight!'#3
- 'Hard Luck!'
Generation X (1994)
#56 Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
- 'Sins of the Past, Part 2: Heal Thyself'#69
- 'Come On Die Young, 3 of 4'
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
#4 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'Marvel Graphic Novel: The New Mutants: Renewal'
#11 New Mutants (2003)
- 'Fireworks / Not to Touch the Earth / Cry Vengeance'
#5 New Mutants (2009)
- 'Not One of Us'#6
- '(Just Like) Starting Over'#11
- 'The Ties That Bind, Part 5: Shy Girls'#13
- 'The More Things Change...'
#12 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 3'#13
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 7'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004 (2004)
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990)
The Iron Age (2011)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'H-J: From Hangman to Juggernaut'
The Punisher (1987)
#33 Uncanny Avengers [II] (2015)
- 'Reaver Fever'#34
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Uncanny X-Men (2016)
#35 Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence (1993)
- 'Blood, Sand and Claws!'#36
- '...It Tolls For Thee!'#37
- 'Fall Back & Spring Forward'#38
- 'See Venice & Die!'#39
- 'Broken Dreams'
#1 Wolverine Saga (1989)
- 'Damaging Evidence Part 1 of 3'#3
- 'Damaging Evidence Part 3 of 3'
#2 Wolverine: Weapon X Files (2009)
- 'Book Two: The Animal Unleashed'
X Necrosha (2009)
#3 X-Men Fairy Tales (2006)
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 3'#4
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 4'#6
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 6'#7
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 1'#12
- 'Suicide Leper: Part One'#13
- 'Suicide Leper: Part Two'#19
- 'Not Forgotten: Part Three'#21
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Two'
X-Men Unlimited (2004)
X-Men: Hellfire Club (2000)
#1 X-Treme X-Men (2001)
- 'Also Sprach Sebastion'
Young X-Men (2008)
- 'Final Genesis'#2
- 'New Mutants'#3
- 'Life Death'#4
- 'Extinction Agenda'#5
- 'Fall Of The Mutants'#6
- 'San Fransisco'#7
- 'The Other'#10
- 'Who The Hell Is Cipher?'#11
- 'End of Days: Part 1: Ashes to Ashes'#12
- 'End of Days: Part 2: Dust to Damned'
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