Abyss (Marvel)(01 - Nils Styger)
Real Name: Nils Styger
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The cells of Abyss' body were extremely pliable, allowing him to unravel it into ribbon-like tendrils with which he can envelop an object or another being and pull it into the void within his body that acts as a portal to another dimension. High emotional states such as fear or anger would have caused Abyss to lose control of his power, resulting in all nearby objects being pulled into the dimension.
Once a Mutate on the island nation of Genosha, Abyss was among many who contracted the deadly mutant-killing Legacy Virus. Professor Charles Xavier recruited Abyss into the Mutant Underground, a secret cabal of both mutants and pro-mutant human supporters fighting for the vindication of mutantkind, and assigned him as a bodyguard for Genoshan scientist Renee Majcomb who was researching a cure for the Virus. Secreted away deep in the Louisiana bayou, Abyss aided the mutant soldier from the future Cable, his mercenary ally Domino and the techno-organic alien Douglock in preventing First Strike soldiers from the anti-mutant taskforce Operation: Zero Tolerance from capturing Majcomb.
After a cure for the Virus had been released, Abyss found himself in Berlin battling the fire-wielding mutant Fever Pitch. Both were captured by the mutant X-Corps militia led by the former X-Man Banshee. While being held for scientific study, Abyss witnessed the murder of the Japanese mutant Sunpyre by rogue X-Corps members. Following the revelation that the shape-changing mutant terrorist Mystique had infiltrated the X-Corps in an attempt to seize its assets for her own use, a wounded Banshee freed Abyss from his confinement, allowing him to use his power to pull Mystique into the void within his body.
Later, Abyss was mentally compelled to travel to the Caribbean island of Isla des Demonas where he joined the X-Man Nightcrawler and other mutants with teleportation powers in creating a portal to the other-dimensional home of Azazel, a demonic-looking mutant from ancient times who was amassing an army with which to reclaim the Earth. The X-Men arrived to rescue their teammate, and inadvertently caused the collapse of the portal. Many of the teleporters were killed, but not before all assembled were transported through to the other dimension. There, Abyss' powers acted in reverse, ejecting everything the void within his body had ever pulled in, including Mystique. Azazel subsequently revealed that he was the father of the teleporters, collectively referred to as the Neyaphem, and sought to enlist the aid of Nightcrawler and Abyss in opening another portal to Earth. At that moment, back on Earth, the X-Man Polaris used her magnetic powers to force open the void within Abyss' body, allowing the heroes to return and leaving Azazel and his followers trapped.
Following the advent of "M-Day", Abyss was one of many mutants who were stripped of their mutant nature to become ordinary humans.
Abyss joined the de-powered mutant terrorist group X-Cell and was given mechanical tentacles by The Isolationist. Quicksilver, using Terrigen Mists, gave Abyss his powers back. Things started turning bad when X-Cell leader Elijah Cross exploded from his regained out-of-control powers. Abyss prevented the same thing from happening to himself, Fatale and Reaper by teleporting himself and them into the Brimstone Dimension.
The Brimstone Dimension stopped their nasty fate. They were soon retrieved by an A.I.M. scientist, who drained their powers to transfer to himself. X-Factor rescued the mutants and the scientist was defeated. Abyss remains de-powered.
First Appearance: Cable (1993) #40
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 All-New X-Factor (2014)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
#2 Cable (1993)
- '"Now hold on tightly."'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#402 X-Factor (2006)
- 'Utility of Myth'#403
- 'Army Ants'#405
- 'Ballroom Blitzkrieg'#406
- 'Staring Contests Are For Suckers'#429
- 'The Draco, Part 1 of 6: Sins of the Father'#430
- 'The Draco, Part II of VI'#431
- 'The Draco, Part III of VI'#432
- 'The Draco, Part IV of VI'#433
- 'The Draco, Part V of VI'#434
- 'The Draco, Conclusion'
- 'X-Cell: Part 3'#20
- 'X-Cell: Part 4'
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X-Men: Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)
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