Real Name: Olisa Kabaki

Identity/Class: Human/"Host"

Occupation: None, Olisa is an 8 year old child

Group Membership: Exemplars

Affiliations: Ikonn (power source through the Ivory Idol of Ikonn)

Enemies: Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Firestar/Angelica Jones, Giant Man/Hank Pym, Hercules, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Justice/Vance Astrovik, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Thor/Odinson, Wasp/Janet Van Dyne, Wonder Man/Simon Williams), Juggernaut (Cain Marko), J. Vernon Mann, Nova (Richard Rider), Professor X, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Kenya

First Appearance: Thor II#17 (November, 1999)


Powers/Abilities: (as Olisa): Eager to learn, but a mental disorder makes this very hard;

(as Bedlam): has the ability to control others with her brain powers (even her partners, the Exemplars) and is, therefore, one of the world's strongest telepaths, but not stronger than Professor X

History: (Avengers III#25 (fb) - BTS) - Born in Kenya. From a young age, Olisa was eager to learn, but the school administration learned that she had a mental disorder, requiring medication to correct. Unfortunately the medication left her dizzy and stuporous. She became frustrated and violent, unable to concentrate when medicated. Caretakers described her as "an enchanting and lively girl" in her moments of clarity; sadly, most of her time wasn't spent in clarity.

(Thor II#17 (fb) ) - Loki saw how Olisa found the Ivory Idol of Ikonn, and how she was transformed into Bedlam, Avatar of Mind and Madness.

(Thor II#17) - Alongside Conquest, she came to pick up Juggernaut during the battle with Thor. The three of them disappeared.

(Iron Man III#22) - Bedlam was seen on a TV-screen during a fight with Thor.

(Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#11) - Bedlam was revealed to be present in the basement of the Daily Bugle alongside the rest of the Exemplars.

(Juggernaut: Eight Day#1) - Alongside the rest of the Exemplars, she waited for the finishing of the "God Machine". When Stonecutter finished it, she was brought to the North Pole. By using her powers, she made Decay, Conquest and Carnivore stop arguing. She was later knocked down by Juggernaut, who had decided to go against the Exemplars. Bedlam returned to fight Juggernaut and the other superheroes, and Professor X. She later tried to use her powers against Juggernaut. When the final battle was lost, she vanished alongside the rest of the Exemplars.

BTS - Bedlam was reunited with the other Exemplars.

(Avengers III#24) - In the stone plaza created by Stonecutter, Bedlam was present with the rest of the Exemplars. Inferno asked Bedlam to make Decay and Tempest stop fighting, and when Inferno yelled at her because Inferno thought it's enough, Bedlam used her powers against her. Alongside the rest of the Exemplars, Bedlam appeared before the Avengers and kidnapped Juggernaut

(Avengers III#25) - Alongside the rest of the Exemplars, Bedlam was present at the stone plaza created by Stonecutter, preparing for the execution of the traitor Juggernaut, and for the gigantic battle between the Exemplars. Suddenly the stone plaza was attacked by the Avengers, Spider-Man and Nova. Bedlam uses her powers against Justice, Firestar and Scarlet Witch, and after having defeated the three heroes, she used her mental powers against Spider-Man, but was herself attacked by Iron Man. In the end Bedlam and the rest of the Exemplars were successful in defeating all the superheroes except Captain America, and when Captain America talked to her heart, she decided to turn against her partners and help the heroes defeat the Exemplars and disappeared.

Comments: Created by Dan Jurgens, John Romita, Jr & Klaus Janson

According to Kurt Busiek the costumes for all the Exemplars (except for Juggernaut) were designed by Jos&eacte; Ladrönn. Thanks to Minor Irritant for the information.

Profile by: The Beetle

Bedlam has no known connection to:

images: (without ads)
Thor II#17, p21, pan2 (Bedlam main image)
Avengers III#25, p9, pan4 (Olisa Kabaki)
Thor II#17, p17, pan3 (Ivory Idol of Ikonn)

Thor II#17 (November, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Iron Man III#22 (November, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Sean Chen (pencils), Rob Hunter, Rags Morales, Nelson & Eric Cannon (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#11 (November, 1999) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Juggernaut: Eight Day (November, 1999) - Joe Casey (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Avengers III#24 (January, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey & Dick Giordano (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#25 (February, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 01/20/2003
Last Updated: 01/12/2020

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