Classification: Non-humanoid extraterrestrial race
Location/Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
perhaps Bretilia (see comments)
Known Members: None identified
Enemies: Strong Guy (Guido Carosella), Lila Cheney
First Appearance: X-Factor I#110 (January, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: Gelatinous organisms, Bretilian Bondars can bind others with their tentacles, and they constrict more as a victim struggles. One was easily able to restrain the superhumanly strong Guido Carosella.
The Bondars are highly vulnerable
to extreme cold, which makes them brittle; affected by an ice pellet
from Vonnegut 9, the Bondar was easily shattered by Guido.
Traits: The Bondars' level of intelligence and motivation are unrevealed.
They seem to perform their bonding
as part of a reflex / natural action, but they may instead do so only
following conscious thought. Whether they ally with anyone, perform
their actions reflexively, or instead do so under duress remains
Distinguishing features Bondars have a hemi-spherical central portion that was perhaps 18" in diameter, with a thin, perhaps 1-2" lining around the perimeter of the circle at the bottom of the hemisphere. It appeared that the central portion was translucent and would surround a victims' hands, but it's possible we were just seeing the hands behind the central portion.
Bondars also have what appeared to be 4 tentacles on each side, each perhaps 2-3' long, that could wrap around a victim's arms (or other parts).
They do not appear to have any obvious facial structures (eyes, ears, mouth, nose).
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - The alien thief Jornik obtained at least one Bretilian Bondar.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) -
Having brought the Bondar with him to Earth, Jornik apparently kept it
at his base in Madripoor's Lowtown.
(X-Factor I#110 (fb) - BTS) - Jornik used
the Bondar to restrain Strong Guy (Guido Carosella; whom he had
rendered unconscious with a blast from his staff) back at his base in
hopes of learning from him the location of Lila Cheney, who had been
(X-Factor I#110) - As Guido recovered and struggled futilely, Jornik taunted him with the identity and nature of the Bondar.
Shortly thereafter, however, Lila
arrived. When Guido requested help in getting these "livin' handcuffs"
off of him, as they were starting to cut off the circulation to his
brain, Lila complimented Jornik on having "thought of everything."
Noting that she also had come
prepared, she pulled out an Ice Pellet from Vonnegut 9, which she
tossed onto the Bondar's central portion, rendering the gelatinous
creature brittle. Guido then easily shattered the Bondar.
Comments: Created by John Francis Moore, Todd Dezago, Jan Duursema, and Al Milgrom.
Until doing this profile, I thought the Bondar was a bigger, semi-humanoid creature, with its head positioned above Guido's...but on closer analysis, what I had thought were the creature's eyes/brows are obviously just Guido's gloved hands. I'm not sure whether the white spot below Guido's hands is a mouth, or whether it's just a glare off of a shiny structure.
Both Jornik and Lila referred to
the creature as "A" Bondar, presumably indicating that there are
multiple such creatures.
I'm not sure whether Bretilian
refers to a planet (or nation) of origin (Bretilia?) or whether it
refers to a material in its composition, or the being that discovered
(or created?) them, or something completely different.
If Bretilia is a planet, I don't think we've ever seen it.
I would think it likely that Jornik had obtained the Bretilian Bondar via his looting of Lila Cheney's Dyson Sphere, but he certainly could have gotten it from some other source.
Lila Cheney had no remorse in
arranging the destruction of the Bondar, nor did Guido. Maybe it wasn't
destroyed by being shattered...maybe once it thawed it could
Profile by Snood.
Bretilian Bondars should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
X-Factor I#110, pg. 12, panel 4 (man image, holding Guido);
pg. 14, panel 4 (holding Guido, side-view);
panel 6 (crystallizing);
panel 7 (shattered)
X-Factor I#110 (January, 1995) - John Francis Moore (plot), Todd Dezago (script), Jan Duursema (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Kelly Corvese (editor)
First posted: 12/31/2018
Last updated: 12/31/2018
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