NEVERMIND

Real Name: Reardon (never given a first name)

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Predator

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Formerly Bruce Banner, Bateman, Miss Geller, Doc Samson, Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross

Enemies: Bruce Banner, Bateman, Doc Samson, Gamma Base security, Miss Geller, Hulk (Rick Jones), Sam Laroquette, Clay Quartermain, Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, Craig Saunders, Zzzax; unnamed passenger to New Mexico; unnamed Gamma Base guard

Known Relatives: Unnamed parents

Aliases: "The young master"

Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
    last seen in Gamma Base, New Mexico;
    formerly an antebellum mansion in an "all-but deserted" county in South Carolina

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#327 (January, 1987);
    (seen and named) Incredible Hulk II#330 (April, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: The Nevermind is essentially a living brain, surviving by draining the psychic energy of others. It can only control others on contact, but can leap short distances with great speed, generally catching its victims unawares. It uses its various spinal nerves and perhaps other appendages like tentacles. After taking a host (by wrapping around their skull), it can control that host until it drains them dry (a fatal result).
    In addition, when the Nevermind takes over a host, he takes on the physical attributes of that body; for example, by bonding to Doc Samson, he became highly durable. He apparently has empathic abilities as well.

 

 

 

History:
(Incredible Hulk II#330 (fb) - BTS) - Born a hideous mutant, his parents were driven nearly insane at the sight of him. They took him to their home, and confined him to a room, which they never again entered; they did not even give him a name.
    Receiving Bateman as his loyal man-servant, the mutant convinced him to bring him new hosts as needed. His parents were all used up by the time he was six, and he took over his parents' familial mansion. He felt the loathing and revulsion that all "normals" directed at him, and he felt the same for them, magnified one thousand fold. 

(Incredible Hulk II#327) - Bateman hired Miss Geller allegedly to act as nurse for the mutant, but he led her to his room and shoved her inside, ignoring the sounds of her screams.

(Incredible Hulk II#327 - BTS) - The mutant took Miss Geller as his host.

(Incredible Hulk II#329) - Having drained Geller dry, the mutant summoned Bateman to dispose of her body. Realizing that he was draining his hosts with ever greater speed, he decided to seek out a being with greater energy stores, such as the new Hulk (Rick Jones). He instructed Bateman to see to the arrangements to bring him within range of his target.

(Incredible Hulk II#330) - The mutant took Bateman as his host and had him bring him to the airport.

(Incredible Hulk II#330) - Atop Bateman (who wore a hood), the mutant boarded a plane. After arriving in New Mexico, he found that Bateman was all used up; when another passenger commented on how bad he (Bateman) looked, the mutant leapt atop his head, taking him as a new host. He forced the new host to take a cab to Gamma Base, and upon arriving he took over one of the guards. Realizing that the hosts were now degenerating in minutes, the mutant had the guard seek out Doc Samson, and bonded to him. Betty Banner passed out upon seeing the mutant, and he had Samson take her with them as they forced their way to Gamma Base's control center, locking out all outside interference. This led the security forces of Gamma Base to him, just as he had intended.
      He was most pleased when the Rick Jones Hulk arrived, and sought to leap atop his head while they fought. Blocked by attacks from other members of the security detail, the mutant instead decided that he couldn't risk missing the Hulk, so he decided to possess Betty Banner, knowing that none of the others would allow any harm to come to her, and that the Hulk would come to him willingly. Bruce Banner dove in his way, blocking the mutant, but the mutant just used him to get closer so he could strike again. This time, General Ross blocked his path. Distracted by the rapid changes in his hosts, the mutant began to ramble aimlessly; he interrupted himself, commenting "Never mind...", then he realized that that would be a good name for himself, "The Nevermind!" Regaining his senses, he forced Ross back towards Betty once again; however, Ross, who had recently been merged with the electromagnetic entity Zzzax as part of a SHIELD experiment to control the Hulk, managed to regain control briefly and unleash his remaining electrostatic charge. The Nevermind was apparently slain by the backlash.

Comments: Created by Al Milgrom, Todd McFarlane

    It seems pretty likely to me that SHIELD might have snatched up the Nevermind and either saved his life and kept him for experimentation, or dissected him to learn more about his mind control powers.

    General Ross was killed from the strain of resisting the Nevermind and the other recent stresses, but he was later revived by the Leader's agent the Soul Man.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


Bateman

 

    Bateman long took care of the mutant, bringing him hosts on which to feed. However, the mutant fed upon him, forced him to take him to Gamma Base, and left him for dead when he no longer had any use for him

 

--Incredible Hulk II#327 (330 (fb) - BTS, 327, 329, 330

 

 


Miss Geller

 

    She had experience working with a number of children with various degrees of handicaps and even physical deformities, and always found the work quite rewarding. She took a job as a nurse for a young boy, little realizing what would be required of her, and she became a victim of the mutant. He drained her dry and cast her out when he was done with her.

 

    --Incredible Hulk II#327 (327(fb) - BTS, 327, 329

 

 

 


images: (All using page numbers)
Incredible Hulk II#327, p16, panel 5 (Bateman & Geller)
    #329, p16, panel 4 (Geller husk)
    #330, p12, panel 2 (main image)
        p19, panel 1 (leaping)


Appearances:
Incredible Hulk II#327 (January, 1987) - Al Milgrom (writer), Steve Gerber (layouts), Sam de la Rosa (finished pencils/inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#329 (March, 1987) - Al Milgrom (writer/pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#330 (April, 1987) - Al Milgrom (writer/inks), Todd McFarlane (pencils), Bob Harras (editor)


Last updated: 03/14/05

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