Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (probably Shi'ar - see notes)
Occupation: Member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Group Membership: Shi'ar Imperial Guard
Affiliations: Deathbird, Fellow Imperial Guard members (notably Arc, Astra, Blackthorn, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire/Tempest, G-Type, Gladiator, Hobgoblin/Shapeshifter, Hussar, Impulse, Manta, Neosaurus, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla, Squorm, Starbolt, Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza), Titan, Voyager, Warstar, White Noise), Vulcan;
formerly Magic (Magique), Smasher (Vril Rokk), Smasher (Salac Tuur), Smasher, Smasher
(Captain Britain, Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Widget),
Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Maximus, Medusa, Triton), Kree, Ronan the Accuser, Starjammers (Binary, Corsair, Cr+eee, Havok, Hepzibah,
Korvus, Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Lilandra Neramani, Polaris), X-Men (xenoform);
formerly Starjammers (Ch'od, Raza)
Known Relatives: Cal'syee Neramani (Deathbird, mother), unidentified father, White Noise (twin sister), Lilandra Neramani (aunt), D'ken Neramani (uncle), Adam-X (cousin)
Base of Operations: Shi'ar Galaxy;
First Appearance: X-Men: Spotlight on … Starjammers#2 (1990)
Powers/Abilities: Black Light was an adult humanoid who claimed Deathbird to be his mother, thus giving him (at least partially) Shi'ar avian characteristics including enhanced strength and endurance. He could fire powerful concussive blasts of black energy from his eyes and hands. He could fly; this seems to have been an innate ability as he fell when blasted in mid-air although he had no wings. There appeared to be some of sort of synchronous mental link between him and his sister, as he was affected by a stun blast taken by her. As a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, he had training in hand-to-hand fighting and was required to follow the orders of whoever was ruler of the Shi'ar Empire.
(X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers#2) - In an effort to stop Deathbird from acquiring the formidable powers of Phalkon (actually the Phoenix Force), the Starjammers pursued her to Earth but found her apparently knocked unconscious on a Shi'ar spaceship floating in the North Atlantic Ocean after a battle with Excalibur. Due to a misunderstanding, the Starjammers and Excalibur fought each other briefly before uniting against a large contingent of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, who had arrived to protect Deathbird and which included Black Light as a new member.
Hovering alongside his sister, White Noise, he attacked Captain Britain using his black eye blasts, knocking Captain Britain out of the fight. However, Raza fired his gun using a stun blast at White Noise, knocking her unconscious along with her brother, with both falling to the deck. The two new recruits quickly recovered only to see Lilandra punch out Deathbird who was seeking to siphon the Phoenix Force. Black Light quickly picked up his mother, and ordered to retreat by Gladiator to protect Deathbird, left next to the other Shi'ar Guard members, and headed into an open teleportal, left open by Widget, that led back to Shi'ar space.
(War of Kings#1) - Vulcan surveyed, with Gladiator, the assembled Imperial Guard. Mentor reported they were all battle ready and Vulcan announced his intentions to attack the Kree. They soon engaged in a massive battle with the Inhumans and Starjammers, successfully capturing Lilandra before retreating. During the battle, Electron, Black Light, Manta, and Warstar led a charge against the Kree and Inhuman soldiers. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Neutron, Nightside, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla, Shapeshifter, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Voyager, Warstar, and White Noise.
(War of Kings: Who Will Rule?#1) - Under Mentor's lead several Imperial Guard members (Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Fang, Hussar, Impulse, Neosaurus, Neutron, Plutonia, Schism, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar) attended Lilandra's funeral. In front of the Inhuman Royal Family Mentor declared the Imperial Guard rulers of the Shi'ar Empire. Medusa attacked Mentor and Smasher, causing a big brawl between the Inhumans and the Imperial Guard. Gladiator hit the ground with a devastating punch, knocking out everyone around him, and asked everyone present to show some resepect for Lilandra. Crystal then gave Gladiator the sceptre and asked him to rule the Shi'ar Empire. The Imperial Guard bowed before him, accepting his rule.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (fb)) - Gladiator had more of the Guard (Arc, Black Light, Commando, Electron, G-Type, Moondancer, Titan, Voyager, White Noise) assembled at his order, to rescue the stranded team (Fang, Flashfire, Hussar, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Oracle, Plutonia, Warstar), with Ch'od, Raza, Talon (previously thought to be Smasher), and Quasar, from within the Fault. Voyager, with great strain, opened a gateway to within the Fault, then stayed behind while Moondancer used her powers to guide them through the debris and to the ship, which was surrounded by bizarre and deadly xenoform beings patterned after the X-Men.
(Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5) - The two sides of the Guard savagely attacked the aliens, killing them swiftly and decisively. Mentor soon reported to Gladiator that "an abominable universe of reciprocal otherness" was upon them from the other side of the Fault, full of cancerous aggression and new physical laws. Talon then ensured them that using his amulets would allow them to create two more Raptor beings, and Mentor and Plutonia volunteered, becoming Strel and Kyte respectively. During the battle, Black Light and Neutron were killed.
Comments: Created by Terry Kavanagh (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler) and Jeff Albrecht (inker).
Black Light does not appear to be full-blood Shi'ar and may have a non-Shi'ar father. Deathbird has made no mention of him; it may be that he and White Noise were adopted by Deathbird.
UncanyXmen.net comment that his eyebeams channelled Darkforce energy; this is not acually stated in the story, but sounds feasible.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Black Light has no known connections to:
X-Men: Spotlight on … Starjammers#2, p39, panel 5
X-Men: Spotlight on … Starjammers#2 (1990) -
Terry Kavanagh (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Jeff Albrecht (inks),
Mark Gruenwald (editor)
War of Kings#1 (May, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Rick Magyar (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
War of Kings: Who Will Rule?#1 (November, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard#5 (May, 2010) - Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (writers), Kevin Walker (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Last updated: 09/11/13
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