Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutant (Neo)
Group Membership: Guardian Clan (Flare, Orb, Pillar, Repulse, Sinew, Singularity, Stare)
Enemies: Evolutionaries, High Evolutionary (Herbert Wyndham), Mr. Sinister (Nathaniel Essex), X-Club (Dr. Kavito Rao, Doctor Nemesis/James Bradley), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Armor/Hisako Ichiki, Colossus/Peter Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Dazzler/Alison Blaire, Emma Frost, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Hellion/Jullian Keller, Iceman/Robert Drake, Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Mercury/Cessily Kincaid, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Northstar/Jean-Paul Beaubier, Psylocke/Elizabeth Braddock, Stepford Cuckoos/Celeste, Mindee, Phoebe Cuckoo, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett, X-23/Laura Kinney)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly unrevealed hidden city of the Neo, possibly South America or Alaska
First Appearance: X-Men Giant-Size#1 (July, 2011)
Powers/Abilities: Backhand possessed the superhuman ability to deflect and negate the impact of kinetic energy, literally stopping attacking enemies dead in their tracks. Like other members of the Guardian Clan, Backhand had distinctive markings over his face and body.
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed, impossible to determine
Hair: Dark blonde
(X-Men II#99 - BTS) - Backhand and the other Neo lived a peaceful, secluded life away from mankind and mutants. They were forced to take a more active role when many Neo inadvertently died during the brief period in which the High Evolutionary, influenced by Mr. Sinister, took away their powers when he switched off the X-gene in all of Earth's mutants.
(X-Men: Giant-Size#1 - BTS) - The Neo also suffered the effects of M-Day. Many lost their powers permanently and for over a year no new Neo were born. When new mutants started to surface, the Guardian Clan under leadership of Stare decided to invade the X-Men's home on Utopia to learn how they restarted their race.
(X-Men: Giant-Size#1) - Arriving on Utopia, Backhand, Orb and Repulse watched as their leader confronted X-Men ally Kavita Rao, almost choking the woman to get the X-Men's attention. They were interrupted by the arrival of the X-Men's leader Cyclops. Undisturbed, Stare introduced his group as the Guardian Clan and threatened to kill everyone if they didn't explain how mutants were having babies again. Understanding the Neo's struggle, Cyclops immediately ordered his X-Men to stand down and offered to tell them upon Rao's release. Wolverine, however, went against Cyclops' orders and attacked Stare from behind, escalating the situation. Stare ordered the Guardian Clan to kill the X-Men. During the fierce battle, Backhand took on Iceman and Hellion who were unable to penetrate his deflecting shield. The conflict ended unexpectedly with the arrival of the Evolutionaries. These beings, created 2.7 million years ago by the Eternal Phastos to safeguard the species farthest along the evolutionary track, deemed the Neo evolutionary dead ends and a clear threat to the survival of homo superior. As a result of this judgement, they went ahead and killed Backhand, the other members of the Guardian Clan and all the remaining Neo on Earth within seconds.
Comments: Created by Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Medina (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks).
The Neo received a profile in the X-Men - Earth's Mutant Heroes (2011), where Backhand received his name courtesy of Christopher Yost who provided the names along with short power descriptions. The Neo were a society of Homo sapiens superior, an evolutionary offshoot of humanity born with the mutant X-gene, which gave them superhuman abilities. The Neo lived in seclusion for many generations and believed they were superior to humans and other mutants.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
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X-Men: Giant-Size#1, p8, pan1 (main image)
X-Men: Giant-Size#1, p10, pan2 (fighting Iceman and Hellion)
X-Men: Giant-Size#1, p29, pan1 (death)
X-Men Giant-Size#1 (July, 2011) - Christopher Yost (writer), Paco Medina, Dalabor Talajic (pencillers), Juan Vlasco, Dalabor Talajic (inkers), Daniel Ketchum, Axel Alonso, Nick Lowe (editors)
First Posted: 04/29/2019
Last Updated: 04/29/2019
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