Real Name: Dallas Gibson
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Shadow Form: Specter possessed the mutant power of Darkforce Manipulation. Specifically he had the ability to physically merge his body with his shadow. Once done he looked darker in appearance, sometimes black or shadowy looking. In this state he is suped up. It basically granted him a number of super human traits including: ◾ Enhanced Strength: Though untested, Specter exhibited extremely increased levels of strength.
◾ Enhanced Speed: Though untested in, shadow form, Specter exhibited level of speed, beyond that of the most highly trained athlete.
◾ Increased Durability: While in shadow form, Specter is able to sustain more damage then he would be able to in otherwise.
◾ Night Vision: Specter's eyes allow him to see in complete darkness, while in shadow form.
◾ Immunity to Darkness-Based Attacks: While merged with his shadow, Specter is a being of darkness. As such he is immune to attacks that are darkness in origin. It remains to be seen if he, in reverse, would gain strength from darkness attacks. If he would be more easily controlled by those that, too, have the ability to manipulate darkness, since in his new form that is his status.
◾ Flight: It's been speculated he would the ability to fly, though this power has never been recorded.
His shadow-based power's work strongest during the day time when it would be most visible. Similar to the solar-mutant Sunspot, at night his strength level's are dramatically reduced.
Additionally, Dallas is only able to be merged with his shadow for limited times. Extended lengths of time run this risk of him succumbing to darkness and becoming evil. As it is while merged he takes on a slightly darker persona but it controllable at first, eventually it takes over his personality.
When Dallas' powers manifested, his grandfather had a heart attack and he was later recrutied to the institute. Dallas Gibson was once an advisee of Emma Frost, co-headmaster at the Xavier Institute, and thus had made acquaintances of the students who would be assigned to the Hellions. However, with the invention of the training squad system, he was assigned a new advisor, Cyclops, and placed in a different training squad, the Corsairs, which includes the three surviving Stepford Cuckoos, Quill, and Dryad. Specter is now one of the thousands of mutants who lost his powers as a result of the M-Day.
Specter was originally going to be put on the Hellions squad, but was replaced by Dust when the New X-Men series started up. He was then put on the Corsairs instead.
A boy with short blond hair much like Dallas's was seen on the bus that was blown up by William Stryker and his followers. However, he has been stated to be alive during interviews with Chris Yost.
First Appearance: New Mutants (2003) #10
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New Mutants (2003)
#10 New X-Men (2004)
- 'The Ties That Bind, Part 4: A Few Small Repairs'
#5 New X-Men: Academy X Yearbook (2005)
- 'Above the Law'#20
- 'Childhood's End: Part 1'#23
- 'Childhood's End, Part 4'#24
- 'Crusade, Part 1'
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