NIGHTSIDE

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race of origin unrevealed)

Occupation: Member of Shi'ar Imperial Guard

Group MembershipShi'ar Imperial Guard (Astra, Black Light, Blackthorn, Commando, Cosmo, Deathbird, Delphos, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire/Tempest, Gladiator, Hobgoblin/Shapeshifter, Hussar, Impulse, Magique/Magic, Manta, Mentor, Moondancer, Neosaurus, Neutron/Quasar, Oracle/Sybil, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla/Midget, Smasher/Vril Rokk, Smasher/Salac Tuur, Solar Wind, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Voyager, Warstar, White Noise)

AffiliationsAlake, Avengers (Black Widow/Natasha Romanova, Hercules, Quicksilver), Diascar, D'ken, Rick Jones, Ka'ardum, K'tor, London Morlocks (Madcow, Nessie, Spiny Norman), Davan Shakari, Vulcan;
formerly Lilandra Neramani

Enemies: Captain Atlas, Avengers (Dr. Pym, Falcon, Gilgamesh, Mockingbird, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman/Julia Carpenter, USAgent, Wasp), Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Darkstar, Chlorites, Excalibur (Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Widget), Ikaris, Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa, Triton), Kree, Lobo (DC), Minerva, People's Underground Militia (Primus, others), Perun, Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Ronan the Accuser, Scy'ar Tal, Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Cr+eee, Havok, Hepzibah, Korvus, Marvel Girl/Rachel Grey, Polaris, Lilandra Neramani, Raza), T'cahr, Uncreated, Vanguard, X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Lockheed, Nightcrawler, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Professor X, Rogue, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Storm, Wolverine);
formerly Ka'ardum

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Shi'ar Empire

First Appearance: X-Men I#107 (October, 1977); (Named) X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers#2 (1990)

Powers/Abilities: Nightside is a shadow caster, like the other members of her race. Others believe her power is inherent, but she keeps it a secret that she draws it from another dimension. Nightside enshrouds here opponents in a cloak of darkness, that can cause beings and objects to plunge into a nightmarish void. However, using her powers chills her and she is afraid of all darkness except her own. Nightside can fly, either from her own power or by using a Shi'ar anti-gravity device. It is likely that the full extent of her powers remains unrevealed.

Height: 5'6"
Weight: 125 lbs.

History:

(X-Men I#107) - Members of the Imperial Guard fought the X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Storm, Wolverine) and Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Cr+eee, Hepzibah, Raza) at the M'kraan Crystal, in order to stop them from rescuing Lilandra from D'ken and Davan Shakari. After a fierce battle, D'ken was rendered comatose and Lilandra took over as the new Majestrix. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Electron, Fang, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Impulse, Magic, Mentor, Midget, Nightside, Oracle, Quasar, Smasher, Starbolt, Tempest, and Titan.

(X-Men I#108) - The Guard lay unconscious as the battle resolved.

(X-Men I#109 (fb) - BTS) - The Guard was stopped by Lilandra from killing the X-Men. Later the Guard watched the X-Men return to Earth.

(X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers#2) - At Deathbird's orders, a large group of the Guard attacked the Starjammers and Excalibur (Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Lockheed, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Widget) on Earth, but retreated when Deathbird was put at risk. During the battle, Nightside was overwhelmed by Cr+eee's alien family and accidentally cast her darkness over Magic, canceling out her spells. Both of them fell through Widget's extradimensional portal. Guard members who participated in this assault: Astra, Black Light, Blackthorn, Earthquake, Electron, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Impulse, Magik, Mentor, Midget, Nightside, Oracle, Smasher, Starbolt, Tempest, Titan, and White Noise.

(Avengers West Coast#81) - Scintilla and Nightside, who was put in charge of the mission much to Scintilla's chagrin, infiltrated Project: PEGASUS to liberate the captive Warstar, Hobgoblin, and Shi'ar soldiers, watched over by the Avengers (Dr. Pym, Falcon, Gilgamesh, Mockingbird, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), USAgent, Wasp). As they entered, Nightside plunged Mockingbird and USAgent into darkness, then hit them with a blast fro her concussion gun. The rest of the Avengers attacked, and Nightside surrounded Dr. Pym with darkness then knocked him out with a punch. When Gilgamesh restrained her, Nightside was released by Warstar, who plowed into Gilgamesh. While she was still focused on Gilgamesh, Nightside was grabbed by Spider-Woman's psi-webs, then knocked out and captured.

(Quasar#33) - Members of the Imperial Guard attacked Quasar and Her when the heroes neared the Guard ship. He boarded their ship and the Guard agreed to release Atlas to him so as not to damage the ship. Quasar quickly departed before they could pursue him. Guard members in this mission: Electron, Hobgoblin, Manta, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Scintilla, Starbolt, Tempest, and Warstar.

(Starblast#2) - Gladiator ordered the humans aboard the battle-cruiser (Binary, Black Bolt, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Darkstar, Ikaris, Lockjaw, Perun, Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Vanguard) to leave, but they refused. After some brief explanations by Gladiator, more of the Imperial Guard teleported aboard to investigate. After a deadly battle, during which Neutron traded blows with Perun, the humans agreed to surrender the ship if the Shi'ar would help the humans pursue the Black Fleet. Guard members in this mission included: Gladiator, Manta, Moondanacer, Neutron, Nightside, Smasher, Solar Wind, Starbolt, and Voyager.

(Quasar#55 - BTS) - The Guard helped Earth's heroes to get to the Stranger's Lab World where the Starblasters resided.

(Starjammers I#4) - Members of the Guard were summoned to aid Lilandra against the Uncreated, but the Starjammers saw the threat defeated first. They stood by when Lilandra ordered T'cahr arrested. Members of the Guard in this mission included: Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Nightside, Oracle, Scintilla, Smasher, Starbolt, and Titan.

(Imperial Guard#1 (fb)) - Lilandra sent eight of the Guard to Earth to watch out for Kree militants and to protect the planet in the absence of its heroes (many of whom had been seemingly killed by Onslaught, a composite entity of Professor X and Magneto). Members on this mission included: Commando, Earthquake, Electron, Flashfire, Gladiator, Mentor, Nightside, and Oracle. They aided the Avengers (Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Hercules, Quicksilver) against Primus and his People's Underground Militia.

(Imperial Guard#1) - After some down time, during which Nightside watched Flashfire and Commando argue, the Guard battled the Militia again, but were defeated this time. 

(Imperial Guard#2) - Nightside woke up in the dark, frightened, until Commando managed to escape and free the others. They fought their way free, and Earthquake checked on Nightside to make sure she was all right. The Guard soon learned the Militia were Kree operatives. They fought the villains again, and helped authorities clean up after the villains escaped.

(Imperial Guard#3) - While tracking the Militia again, the Guard discovered that the Kree planned to detonate a Nega-Bomb. Despite their protestations, Gladiator sent Oracle, Nightside, and Earthquake to round up the runaway Militia while they tended to the Bomb. After a deadly battle, they managed to stop the bomb from going off and defeated the Militia. They allied with Rick Jones (who'd been powered by the Supreme Intelligence) and learned the Supreme Intelligence was on Earth.

(Inhumans IV#4) - Lilandra represented the Shi'ar Empire on the planet Kritnah in the marriage ceremony with Emperor Eson of the Spartoi while the Imperial Guard stood by. Black Bolt moved to attack Lilandra, who set up a shield and activated the Guard against the Inhumans. Black Bolt screamed, seemingly slaying Lilandra. The Guard moved in at full force. The Inhumans teleported away, escaping. Lilandra's form was revealed to be Hobgoblin, who appeared to be dead. Lilandra, as a hologram, revealed herself and told the Spartoi that the union was off due to their atrocities. Jason of Spartax was blamed for being behind it. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Delphos, Earthquake, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Hussar, Impulse, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Smasher, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar, others.

(JLA/Avengers#1) - The Imperial Guard fought Lobo. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Fang, Electron, Flashfire, Hobgoblin, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Scintilla, Smasher, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar.

(X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: Chapter 4: Exodus) - The Imperial Guard allied with the Diascar race, and pursued Chlorite refugees to Earth, with the intent of killing them. The X-Men (Professor X, Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Lockheed) stood against the Guard (Smasher (Vrill Rokk), Manta, Blackthorn, N'rill'iree, Flashfire, Magique, Nightside). During the fight, Manta engulfed Wolverine in burning light, and later hit Jean Grey. Blackthorn animated corn to fight for him until Lockheed set him on fire, and Astra, who had been holding Shadowcat phased, had to rescue him. Magique used illusions to defeat Cyclops. Nightside engulfed some of the mutants in Darkforce until Wolverine slashed at her, pulling his blows. Smasher defeated Kitty before Nightcrawler stole his specs and Lockheed hit him with fire, but he managed to punch Rogue down. Before the fight could escalate further, Dr. Valerie Cooper arrived to break up the fight, having talked about the threat of the Chlorites with the Diascar, and the Imperial Guard and X-Men stood down.

(X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: Chapter 8: Exclosure) - The Diascar placed a forcefield over a mutant community in Brazil. When the X-Men investigated, the Imperial Guard attacked, making sure to keep the X-Men out of the enclosure. Smasher burst into the ship, throwing devices to contain some of the team. When Kitty Pryde tried phasing into a team member to hide, Astra unphased her and Blackthorn poisoned her with a thorn. Smasher realized that all those under the dome would be dead within days.

(X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: Chapter 13: Excavation) - In London, Nightside pursued a Chlorite alongside a Sentinel, Nightcrawler, and Banshee, interfacing with the London Morlocks, including Madcow, Nessie, and Spiny Norman.

(X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: Chapter 17: Extraterritorial) - The Imperial Guard helped the Sentinels secure Madripoor.

(X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: Chapter 23: Exeunt Omnes - BTS) - The X-Men found a way to send all Chlorites into a different dimension where they could survive. The Imperial Guard and the Diascar left peacefully.

(Uncanny X-Men I#477 - BTS) - The Imperial Guard was dispatched to defeat Vulcan, who'd been destroying ships in Shi'ar space.

(Uncanny X-Men I#480) - The Guard finally defeated Vulcan (keeping him alive at the orders of K'tor) after a deadly battle which left some Guard members, including Cosmo, Impulse, Smasher, and Titan, seemingly slain. During the battle, Nightside bathed Vulcan in darkness and Oracle guided Hobgoblin into assuming the form of a young Vulcan. Hobgoblin tried taunting Vulcan, who was not fooled for long. He lashed out with his energy, knocking out all three of them. Guard members in this mission: Astra, Cosmo, Electron, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Impulse, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Oracle, Plutonia, Scintilla, Smasher, Starbolt, and Titan.

(Uncanny X-Men I#485) - Members of the Guard stood guard at the wedding of Deathbird to Vulcan, D'ken acting as new emperor having ordered it. The X-Men (Darwin, Havok, Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Polaris, Warpath), Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Cr+eee, Hepzibah, Raza), Korvus, Lilandra, and the armies of General Ka'ardum attacked, and the Guard fought against them. Nightside briefly fought Warpath. Vulcan then assassinated D'ken.

(Uncanny X-Men I#486) - Vulcan murdered Corsair and proclaimed himself emperor. Deathbird ordered the Guard to follow Vulcan's orders, and they were soon ordered to retreat. Guard members in this mission (and last): Earthquake, Electron, Gladiator, Magique, Manta, Mentor, Nightside, Starbolt, and Warstar.

(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#2) - The Scy'ar Tal waged war on the Shi'ar and destroyed the planet Feather's Edge. Vulcan, with Deathbird and the Imperial Guard (Gladiator, Manta, Nightside, Oracle, Starbolt, Titan, Warstar) teleported aboard the Starjammers' ship.

(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#4) - During a war with the Scy'ar Tal, the Imperial Guard teamed with temporary allies the Starjammers (Ch'od, Korvus, Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Polaris, Raza) at the order of Vulcan. At one point in the battle, the Starjammers were narrowly saved by Gladiator, Mentor, Oracle, and Nightside.

(X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#5) - The Imperial Guard (Electron, Flashfire, Gladiator, Manta, Mentor, Nightside, Oracle, Plutonia, Scintilla, Titan, Warstar) stood by Deathbird, Araki, and Ka'ardum as the Shi'ar cheered on Vulcan. The Starjammers (Ch'od, Havok, Polaris, Raza) lay captive.

(X-Men: Kingbreaker#1 (fb) - BTS) - As Vulcan worked to expand the borders and conquests of the Shi'ar Empire, he had the Imperial Guard head up the war efforts on the Empire's fringes.

(X-Men: Kingbreaker#1) - Oracle and Nightside stood by while Vulcan checked the status of the captive Starjammers (Havok, Polaris, Ch'od, and Raza). Oracle soon notified Vulcan of the liberation of the Starjammer by the rogue Starjammers. He furiously demanded their capture, and Oracle reminded him that the Imperial Guard, the Death Commandos, and the empire itself were already stretched. Vulcan announced his intentions to create a new Guard of villains, then.

(X-Men: Kingbreaker#3) - Vulcan ordered the Imperial Guard to intervene in a battle between the Starjammers (Ch'od, Havok, Lilandra, Marvel Girl, Korvus, Polaris, Raza) and new Guard members Hodinn, Pn'zo, Strontian, the Symbiote, and the Uncreated. Guard members present: Electron, Flashfire, Gladiator, Manta, Mentor, Nightside, Oracle, Plutonia, Scintilla, Starbolt, Titan, and Warstar.

(X-Men: Kingbreaker#4) - Joined by Smasher (Salac Tuur), the Guard fought off the Starjammers, who eventually escaped after putting Deathbird into a coma. During the battle, the Hodinn and Pn'zo were killed. Later, Vulcan authorized the Imperial Guard to join the military in expanding the Shi'ar empire.

(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, as Electron, Black Light, Manta, and Warstar led a charge against the Kree and Inhuman soldiers. Nightside was slain by Kree echo weapons within fifteen seconds of the battle commencing. Members of the Guard in this mission: Astra, Black Light, Earthquake, Electron, Fang, Flashfire, Gladiator, Hussar, Impulse, Magique, Manta, Mentor, Neutron, Nightside, Plutonia, Schism, Scintilla, Shapeshifter, Smasher, Squorm, Starbolt, Titan, Voyager, Warstar, and White Noise.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Dan Green.

Nightside was pictured in OHotMU I#5 and had a partial entry in OHotMU Deluxe Edition#6.

The Imperial Guard was a takeoff of DC's Legion of Super-HeroesThe Imperial Guard was a takeoff of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes. Nightside is based on the DC character Shadow Lass.
--Eric J. Moreels

Nightside was also one of the Imperial Guard members active in the novel X-Men: Empire's End by Diane Duane. It has to be seen if this story is canon.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Nightside has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#6, p19, pan1 (main image)
X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers#2, p40, pan4 (2ndn)
Avengers West Coast#81, p6, pan5+6 (3nd)
Imperial Guard#1, p2, pan2 (civilian)
War of Kings#1, p17, pan3 (dead)


Appearances:
X-Men I#107 (October, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#108 (December, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#109 (February, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers#2 (1990) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler), Jeff Albrecht (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Avengers West Coast#81 (April, 1991) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Dave Ross (penciler), Tom Dzon (inker), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
Quasar#33 (April, 1992) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rurik Tyler (penciler), Fred Fredericks (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Starblast#2 (February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Ralph Cabrera (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Quasar#55 (February, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), John Heebink (penciler), Aaron McClellan (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Starjammers I#4 (January, 1996) - Warren Ellis (writer), Carlos Pacheco (penciler), Cam Smith, Bob Wiacek (inkers), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
Imperial Guard#1-3 (January-March, 1997) - Brian Augustyn (writer), Chuck Wojkiewicz (penciler), Ray Snyder (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
X-Men: Empire's End (October, 1997) - Diane Duane (writer)
Inhumans IV#4 (September, 2000) - Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Marin (writers), Jorge Lucas (penciler/inker), Mark Powers (editor)
JLA/Avengers#1 (September, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)
X-Men: Watchers on the Walls (May, 2006) - Christopher L. Bennett (writer)
Uncanny X-Men I#477 (October, 2006) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Clayton Henry (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#480 (January, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Clayton Henry (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mike Marts, Nick Lowe (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#485 (June, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (penciler), Danny Miki, Allen Martinez (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#486 (July, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Billy Tan (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#2 (December, 2007) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Diaz Luque (penciler), Vicente Cifuentes (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Emperor Vulcan#4-5 (February-March, 2008) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Diaz Luque (penciler), Vicente Cifuentes (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Kingbreaker#1 (February, 2009) - Christopher Yost (writer), Dustin Weaver (penciler), Jaime Mendoza (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Kingbreaker#3-4 (April-May, 2009) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Diaz Luque & Dustin Weaver (penciler), Vicente Cifuentes & Jaime Mendoza (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
War of Kings#1 (May, 2009) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Rick Magyar (inks), Bill Rosemann (editor)


Last updated: 09/29/17

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