Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (see comments)
Occupation: Servant of Candra
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Candra, Jamil
Enemies: Achmed el-Gibar, Karima, X-Men (Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Jean Grey, Storm/Ororo Munroe)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "M'su Bond" (called by Gambit), "My man" (referred to by Candra)
Base of Operations: Candra's estate in Cairo, Egypt
First Appearance: X-Men Unlimited I#7 (December, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Bond appeared to have
superhuman durability, sufficient to bust his way through a closed
wooden door and withstand both sandstorms and Gambit's exploding cards
with only minor injury, if any injury at all. His strength was also
presumably enhanced, allowing him the strength to bust through a solid
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
(X-Men Unlimited I#7 (fb) - BTS) - After becoming a servant of the
External Candra following being empowered by her, Bond was told of
Candra's earlier servant, the X-Man Gambit, who, according to Candra,
had betrayed the External. Much later, Bond approached the young thief
Jamil and informed Jamil of Candra in Paris, who seemingly sought to
become a benefactress for Jamil.
(X-Men Unlimited I#7) - Bond waited patiently by a
limousine to greet Candra as she arrived at a small private airfield
outside of Cairo, Egypt. Immediately upon landing, Candra asked Bond if
Achmed el-Gibar still lived. When Bond replied with a yes, Candra asked
about Jamil and whether he had been prepared for her arrival, to which
Bond replied that the boy had been approached but remained loyal to
el-Gibar. Bond then suggested that if he killed el-Gibar, Jamil would
fall into Candra's clutches but Candra angrily responded by levitating
Bond into the air, warning Bond that he should not presume to think for
her. Harshly reminding Bond that she had given him powers that she
could take away along with his life, Candra explained that if Bond
killed el-Gibar, the man would become a martyr in Jamil's eyes. Candra
then continued, explaining that she wanted the boy's loyalty to be to
her alone and that his power was one that she alone could exploit.
Candra then ordered Bond to bring the boy to her so that she could make
him hers. Later, shortly after an angry Jamil had been telekinetically
slammed against a wall by the X-Men's Jean Grey, Bond again confronted
Jamil, who responded by threatening to carve Bond's heart out for
following him. Jamil was interrupted by Candra, who suggested Jamil
deserved better than what he had. As Candra continued her speech to
Jamil, Bond accompanied Candra and Jamil as Candra asked Jamil to lead
her to Achmed el-Gibar. When Jamil led Candra and Bond to Achmed
el-Gibar, Bond walked right through the closed wooden door, creating an
entrance for Candra, who attempted to make a deal with el-Gibar for
leadership of el-Gibar's Street Urchin thieves. El-Gibar quickly
refused any deal with Candra and when Gambit asked Candra to leave,
Bond easily swatted Gambit aside, warning him to stay away from Candra.
Gambit retaliated, hitting Bond in the chest with an exploding card and
kicking him, remarking on Bond's strength. Candra ordered Bond to keep
Gambit busy while she continued her discussion with Achmed el-Gibar but
Storm warned Candra to leave. Candra gathered Bond and informed
el-Gibar and Storm's trio of X-Men that Jamil would accompany her of
his own free will and that he would return to lead the Street Urchins.
A short time later, Storm, Jean Grey and Gambit sought out Jamil and
were ambushed by a gang of thieves that worked with Jamil. After the
trio defeated the thieves, Candra and Bond made themselves visible,
with Bond knocking Jean Grey out from behind before Candra collapsed a
wall atop the X-Men. The Street Urchin Karima angrily attacked Candra,
distraught at the X-Men's apparent deaths at Candra's hands, but Bond
shoved Karima aside, warning that she would do nothing to Candra.
Candra ordered Bond to let Karima live, as she had use of Karima. Bond
then accompanied Candra, Jamil and Karima back to Candra's estate
outside Cairo, where Candra ordered Jamil to prove his loyalty to her
by killing Karima. Unfortunately for Candra, a surviving Storm, Jean
Grey and Gambit burst into the estate, quickly using the combined
powers of Gambit and Jean Grey to take down Bond before Storm agreed to
decide the fate of Jamil via trial-by-combat with Candra. As Storm
battled Candra, a recovered Bond attacked Jean Grey and Gambit,
requesting that Jamil aid in killing the two X-Men. Jamil's knife was
halted in mid-air by Jean Grey's telekinesis while Bond was grounded by
Gambit, who accused Bond of being slow despite his great strength. Bond
retaliated by backhanding Gambit from behind. Gambit recovered,
suggesting they end the fight mutant to mutant instead of turning it
into a street fight and Bond responded, claiming that Candra had told
him of Gambit's earlier servitude to Candra and admitting that he
couldn't understand what Candra had seen in Gambit. As the two
continued their fight, Gambit explained that Candra only cared for
herself, which led to Gambit's betrayal of her, something Gambit did
not regret. Bond exclaimed that Gambit would live to regret his
betrayal that day as he was hit by Gambit's staff but Gambit yelled
that Bond and Candra both would soon fall. Gambit eventually managed to
charge his staff, using its kinetic charge to down Bond with a strike
to Bond's midsection that also damaged his staff. With Bond downed and
Storm having seemingly defeated Candra, Candra announced that while
Storm had watched Gambit take down Bond, she had been building up a
charge of psionic energy to kill Storm. Candra's hand was hit by knife
thrown by Karima and Jamil instead chose to willingly join up with
Candra to escape the life of a thief taught to him by Achmed el-Gibar.
A recovering Bond and Candra then departed the scene with Jamil in tow
and Storm, Jean Grey, Gambit and Karima returned to Achmed el-Gibar to
deliver the news of Jamil's life choice.
Comments: Created by Howard Mackie, John Romita, Jr. and Joe Rubinstein.
Bond appeared rather large but when he was face-to-face with the 5'9" Candra, he appeared a few inches shorter than she was, hence me approximating his height at 5'6". Due to John Romita, Jr.'s art, Bond certainly appeared to be much larger than that but that could have just been artistic interpretation.
Gambit referred to Bond as a mutant but at the
beginning of Bond's one and only story, Candra mentions having given
Bond powers that she could take away at any time along with his life.
Since Candra provided an official (albeit short) origin, it seems
likely Gambit only assumed Bond was a mutant when he was actually
mutated by Candra, likely through some sort of magic.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Bond has no KNOWN connections to:
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X-Men Unlimited I#7, p18, pan2 (Bond, main image)
X-Men Unlimited I#7, p5, pan4 (Bond, headshot)
X-Men Unlimited I#7 (December, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Last updated: 04/10/17
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