Bishop (Marvel)

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Bishop is a male comic superhero that features in Marvel Comics.

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Biography

Origin

His mother was pregnant with him when they were in the Alice Springs Region in Australia when his father Burnum took them away as the site was being targeted by a tactical nuclear strike. They managed to escape with Lucas Bishop being born to his family as they left for New York City where they were taken to a immigrant processing facility. A Sentinel was present at the site and arrested the family due to the no Mutant policy in the country at the time leading to his parents arrest. Lucas was born at a Mutant internment camp where his parents marriage began to breakdown. His mother Kadee began to spend more time among the Mutants in the camp whilst his father Burnum cared for the young Lucas. When the young Bishop was three, his parents had a second child which was his younger sister Shard and they were joined by Lucas's grandmother. He had never met his grandmother until that time with her having been in a different camp but she worked to have herself transferred where she spent time with her grandchildren. She told the young Lucas of stories of heroic Mutants with these being the adventures of the X-Men. When he turned five, the camp began a new initiative leading to the branding of Mutants as part of a new experiment. After his mother was branded, Lucas himself was taken for the 'M' tattoo to be placed around his eye with his sister Shard being taken as well. Lucas fought with the camp guards in an effort to stop them from but was unable to stop them from doing it to Shard as well. It was weeks until the headaches stopped which was when he heard around the camp of a red-haired monster that had terrorised the world with his grandmother telling him stories about the Mutant. Afterwards, the camp under attack from Mutants as part of the Summers Rebellion where his father was incinerated with his mother also dying. During the chaos, he attempted to find his sister and his grandmother but was unable to do so as he was targeted by guards who tried to terminate him but Lucas managed to escape to Manhattan. He was seven years old by this point where he was alone, homeless, had no money and was not used to life outside the camp. (X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop v1 #1) Whilst on the streets, he met a Mutant by the name of the Witness who took him under his wing and taught him how to steal on the streets. Over the years, he learnt much from the Witness who told Lucas stories about the X-Men and about the red-haired girl that changed the world. During one of their travels, the Witness disappeared and Bishop travelled to Las Vegas where he was reunited with his grandmother and sister. Sometime afterwards, the government decided to emancipate Mutants which was simply forcing those former detainees of the camps to fend for themselves. Homeless, the Bishop family were forced to travel with Lucas's grandmother falling ill and dying in the night but not before getting a promise from Lucas to care for his sister. Lucas and Shard later found a place to squat as they avoided the fights that erupted around their new home. They were cared for by a blind Mutant named Hancock who was a friend of their grandmothers from the camps and helped look after the pair. Lucas supported them by stealing with Hancock serving as a look-out where on one day the older Mutant was killed by a gang that attempted to murder the Bishops. They were saved when Lucas's powers activated allowing him to stop their attacker but him and his sister were arrested by Xavier's Security Enforcers. The officer determined Lucas's power-set and offered him one choice namely to join them with him agreeing only if his sister was with him. The pair were then placed under the training of Hecate who was a harsh training instructor. (X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop v1 #2)

As a result, Bishop along with his younger sister Shard were given a home from the streets by the X.S.E. with them finding a place where they belonged in the policing organization. (Bishop: Xavier Security Enforcers v1 #2)

He later came to head Omega Squad of the X.S.E. that consisted of his sister Shard, Randall and Malcolm where they helped keep the peace with humans by policing Mutants and stopping extremists from both sides. (Bishop: Xavier Security Enforcers v1 #1)

X-Men

Overview

Personality and attributes

According to Bishop, every time he squinted, blinked or rubbed his eyes, he thought of the time when he got branded at the Mutant internment camp in his native timeline. (X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop v1 #1)

His father Burnum Bishop was a Mutant with power to regenerate low-grade tissue and had enhanced stamina whilst his mother Kadee Bishop could absorb energy then dispel it. After his birth, his parents marriage began to breakdown with his mother resenting Lucas with his father caring for him. Despite his mothers attitude, he still cared for his parents and came to resent the Mutant Messiah as being responsible for their deaths. (X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop v1 #1)

In his native timeline, he was taught how to steal and live on the streets by an old Cajun named LeBeau who went by the name of the Witness. (X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop v1 #2)

Powers and abilities

Bishop redirecting energy in Uncanny X-Men v5 #8.

He could take the kinetic energy from a fall and apply it to energy to slow down his descent. (Astonishing X-Men v4 #4)

Bishop later came into possession of a collection of information that he called his Endtime Database where he could make queries about various disasters that had affected the past and attempt to stop them. (Astonishing X-Men v4 #7)

Notes

  • Bishop was created by Whilce Portacio and Jim Lee where he made his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men v1 #282 (November, 1991).
  • In an interview on CBR, writer Charles Soule commented on his Astonishing X-Men v5 (2018) run that, "Bishop is crucial here because he has what he calls his Endtime Database, with files on possible apocalypses and their inciting events. He sees some very troubling signs in what’s been happening recently, and might have to take some drastic action."

Alternate Versions

  • In X-Men: The End v1 #1 (2004), an alternate version of Bishop was shown to exist on the world designated as Earth-41001. On this world, he and Deathbird had a daughter together who was named Aliyah Bishop who was named after her paternal grandmother.

In other media

Television

  • In X-Men, Bishop made a number of appearances in the 1990 animated television series where he was voiced by actor Philip Akin. He was shown as a Mutant alongside his sister Shard with the two being a native of a future where the Sentinels had taken over the world. During this time, he served as a Tracker for the Sentinels where he was sent on missions to apprehend Mutants and bring them to a detention camp where he was paid. Among his assignments was capturing Wolverine and two of his colleagues. Bishop brought them to a detention camp where the Sentinels decided that Tracker Bishop was no longer required and was taken to be terminated. This resulted in him allying with the rebel Mutants against the Sentinels where he aided in Wolverine's escape.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, Bishop appeared in the animated television series starting in the episode "Future X" where he was voiced by actor Kevin Michael Richardson.

Films

  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bishop appeared in the live-action film where he was portrayed by French actor Omar Sy.

Video games

  • In X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, Bishop appeared as a playable character in the video game.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Bishop appeared as an NPC in the video game where he was voiced by actor Emerson Brooks.
  • In Marvel Heroes, Bishop appeared in the MMORPG as an NPC in the story setting.
  • In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Bishop appeared as a playable character in the Facebook video game.
  • In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Bishop appeared as a playable character in the mobile video game.

Appearances

  • Uncanny X-Men:
  • X-Men:
  • X-Treme X-Men v1:
  • Cable v2:
  • Uncanny X-Force v2:
  • Astonishing X-Men:

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