Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human technology user;
citizen of Aqiria
Occupation: Government agent, presidential
Group Membership: Hero Force
Affiliations: President Abdi
Enemies: Legion (David Haller), Gabrielle
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Al-Thahab Al-Aswad (Arabic
Base of Operations: Aqiria; briefly London,
First Appearance: X-Men Legacy II#13
Powers/Abilities: Black Gold wears a suit of armor of unrevealed metal, presumably with bulletproof durability, plus added technology (full nature unrevealed). It has a more nationalist warrior design as it has no faceplate. It appears to have a rifle wrist-mounted attachment with reasonable accuracy. The man inside the armor is loyal to (later deposed) Aqiri President Abdi.
Weight: 430 lbs. (by approximation)
(X-Men Legacy II#13 (fb) - BTS) - President Abdi of
Aqiria in the Middle East initiated his country's super team Hero
Force, starting with Black Gold, an agent encased in armor developed
after millions of dollars of R&D. Black Gold acted as Abdi's
(X-Men Legacy II#13) - Black Gold accompanied
conservative President Abdi on his state visit to the United Kingdom to
negotiate a new oil deal. A photo opportunity included Abdi with Black
Gold and Aqiri entourage alongside the British prime-minister with
British super-agents (Black Knight, Blade, Captain Britain, Excalibur,
Spitfire, Union Jack), with mutants deliberately excluded at Abdi's
request. Meanwhile, Legion (David Haller), concerned for the welfare of
mutants internationally, began manipulating several mutants, including
Pete Wisdom, to restore peace and understanding.
(X-Men Legacy II#14) - Black Gold shadowed Abdi shadowed Abdi as he took a ceremonial walk down a London street ignoring protesters, but a persecuted gay Aqiri rebel tried to assassinate Abdi. Wisdom stopped the bullet and Abdi chided Black Gold for failing to protect him.
(X-Men Legacy II#14 (fb) - BTS) - The Aqiri people,
seeing the positive actions enacted by Legion's manipulations, were
inspired and staged a bloodless coup in Abdi's absence that ousted Abdi
from office in favor of a more progressive future. The new regime still
signed the oil deal with the UK.
Legacy II#15) - Angered that Legion's actions had led to his being
deposed, Abdi had Black Gold shoot Legion, who was meeting with his
mother Gabrielle Haller on a rooftop. But Black Gold missed and
accidentally killed Gabrielle instead. Enraged, Legion accessed a
destructive power from his range of personalities and incinerated the
pair, killing them instantly.
Comments: Created by Simon Spurrier, Tan Eng Huat, Craig Yeung.
So has President Abdi's Hero Force initiative been abandoned?
This profile was completed 09/25/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Black Gold has no known connections to:
Although Aqiria is an absolute monarchy, Abdi became
president and continued to stoke mutantphobia and homophobia, also
trampling on human rights and women's rights. He traveled to the United
Kingdom for photo opportunities and negotiate new oil deals with the
British government, as well as to show off his new armored bodyguard
Black Gold, the first of his initiative to have an Aqiri super team
Hero Force, for whom he also sought training expertise from UK's MI13.
He was met in the UK with large curbside protests which he mistook as
support. Legion (David Haller), concerned for the welfare of mutants
internationally, interfered with his state visit, culminating in the
manipulation of Pete Wisdom saving Abdi from an Aqiri assassin's
bullet. However, a bloodless coup in Aqiria took place in his absence
and Abdi was deposed. Abdi saw Legion as responsible and had Black Gold
shoot him, but the bodyguard missed and killed Legion's mother instead.
Enraged, Legion incinerated Abdi and Black Gold, killing them instantly.
--X-Men Legacy II#13 (14-15
X-Men Legacy II#13, p2, pan4 (main image)
X-Men Legacy II#15, p15, pan2 (headshot with gun)
X-Men Legacy II#15, p16, pan1 (death)
X-Men Legacy II#13, p2, pan4 (Abdi, full body)
X-Men Legacy II#14, p14 (Abdi, headshot)
X-Men Legacy II#13 (September, 2013) - Simon Spurrier (writer), Tan Eng Huat (pencils), Craig Yeung (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy II#14 (September, 2013) - Simon Spurrier (writer), Tan Eng Huat (pencils), Craig Yeung (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy II#15 (October, 2013) - Simon Spurrier (writer), Tan Eng Huat (pencils), Craig Yeung (inks), Daniel Ketchum (editor))
First posted: 09/28/2021
Last updated: 09/27/2021
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