Real Name: Adam Berman
Identity/Class: Human, Mutant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Banshee, Emma Frost, M'Bala and Arlo (friends)
Enemies: Ginny Mahoney, Jocko Wilkins (a local bully), Bastion and Operation: Zero Tolerance
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Newton (?), presumably in Massachusetts
First Appearance: X-Men Unlimited I#16 (September, 1997)
Powers/Abilities: Adam Berman possesses the ability to transform into a lizard-like, clawed creature dubbed "Primal". In this form, he possesses superhuman strength (around class 10), agility, speed, and endurance, and stands nearly 50% taller. Even in his normal state, Adam's eyes glow red, and he hides this beneath his sunglasses. Using his reptillian form causes extreme dehydration upon his return to normal. He also forcibly reverts to normal when thrown unconscious.
History: (X-Men Unlimited I#16)- Adam Berman was a brilliant student at Newton North High School, who applied for a position at the Xavier School For Gifted Youngsters, without informing the headmasters that he was, in fact, a mutant himself, afraid of the treatment other public mutants had received. Berman had admired the world's great scientists for years, and hoped that given the right opportunity, he might make a name for himself. However, the headmasters-- Banshee and Emma Frost-- chose Berman's long-time academic rival Ginny Mahoney instead.
Simultaneously, Berman had also been noticed by Bastion, leader of Operation: Zero Tolerance, an organization dedicated to the eradication of mutantkind. Bastion converted Mahoney into a Prime Sentinel, and charged her with the mission of infiltrating Xavier's School, and publicly destroy Berman. Mahoney witnessed Berman using his power on local bully Jocko Wilkins to frighten him away, and began to make romantic overtones towards Berman in order to obtain a saliva sample from his mouth (so naturally, she kissed him).
Determined to convince Banshee to let him into Xavier's School, Berman met with him at the School, but Emma Frost used her telepathic powers to activate his own abilities. Berman scrapped with Banshee before realizing that he was a mutant as well, then fled.
The next day, Banshee gave a lecture at Berman's school, just as Mahoney made her assault upon Berman. Using the sample she had obtained earlier, she activated his powers, causing him to run amock. She then stepped into the fray in Prime Sentinel mode, claiming to be "protecting" by-standers from "the mutant menace". Banshee and Berman fought Mahoney, and in the midst of the battle, Berman observed that the only person injuring by-standers was Mahoney herself-- she was the true menace. Faced with this fact, Mahoney returned to normal, kissed Berman one last time, then fled the scene.
Banshee brought Berman to Xavier's School and offered him a place there, at last, but by now, Berman had decided that he shouldn't segregate himself from society. As Berman drove away from the school with his friends M'Bala and Arlo, Arlo described his powers as "totally primal". Berman liked the sound of that...
Comments: Created by Ben Raab and Melvin Rubi.
by Primal Et-- er, Prime Eternal
Clarifications: Primal should not be confused with:
Ginny Mahoney was Berman's chief rival
for the position at Xavier's School, and had been competing with
him throughout high school. Unknown to Banshee or Emma Frost, she
had been captured and transformed into a cybernetic Prime
Sentinel (Unit #1031) by Bastion, and released to infiltrate the
school, and publicly expose Berman as a mutant, then destroy him.
Mahoney nearly went through with her mission, but in the course
of seducing Berman in order to obtain a saliva sample from him,
became attracted to him, and when the time came to destroy him,
he made her realize that her own actions were causing greater
turmoil than his own. Unable to overcome the
"malfunctions" caused by her emotions, she kissed
Berman one last time, then ran away. However, she did not make it
far before Bastion caught up to her, and "fixed" her
malfunction by destroying her.
--X-Men Unlimited I#16
M'Bala and Arlo are Berman's best
friends and room-mates. Arlo's distinguishing features include a
seemingly endless supply of food whenever he appears (ala
Jughead), and a propensity to exclaim, "Duuuuuude!" at
regular intervals. M'Bala's chief distinguising feature is her
--X-Men Unlimited I#16
X-Men Unlimited I#16 (September, 1997) - Ben Raab (writer), Melvin Rubi (pencils), Rob Hunter (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Last updated: 08/01/02
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