BONEYARD DOG

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ClassificationExtraterrestrial (Shi'ar) starship / salvage vessel

Creator: Unrevealed (likely Shi'ar)

Possessors: Formerly Glitter, Horse, Sorvel Redhand, Jat Vor-Thrulboneyard_dog-redhand-space
    briefly used by Rogue (Anna Marie)

Aliases:
Tath En'ruh (presumably its name in Shi'ar)

Base of Operations: Apparently crashed on the Gul Damar Space Station in the Shi'ar galaxy (see comments; the space station was subsequently relocated to Earth's orbit, and was presumably eventually relocated elsewhere)
    formerly mobile throughout space (Milky Way and Shi'ar galaxy, at least)

First AppearanceX-Men: Legacy#220 (March, 2009)





Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Boneyard Dog is a starship able to comfortably house at least four, including the large Horse. It has life support capacity and can travel both interstellar and intergalactic distances, perhaps by accessing warps, hyperspace, etc. It can also fly within an atmosphere. 

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     The Boneyard Dog has sensor arrays able to detect energy and technology from interstellar or perhaps even intergalactic distances. 

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    Amongst its weapons arrays are blasters, one energy blast from which was sufficient to knock the massive and strong Horse off of his feet, at least.

History:
(
X-Men: Legacy#220) - Aboard the Boneyard Dog in deep space, Jat discovered advanced Shi'ar technology on Earth, and Sovel instructed Jat to set a course for Earth so they could recover it. They did not know the target -- Danger, the sentient form of the Danger Room, which had been constructed with Shi'ar technology -- to be a sentient, mobile entity.boneyard_dog-redhand-interior-crew

    As the Boneyard Dog warped into Earth. Jat noted that their target was on the move, and Redhand ordered Glitter to spike it without lowering its salvage value.

    The ship soon appeared in the sky in Maynard's Plains in the Australian Outback, firing on Danger (and, indirectly the X-Man Rogue, in her proximity). Danger shot the ship, which plummeted directly toward her.

(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb)) - Danger shot down the Boneyard Dog. Jat landed the ship safely, and Sovel and the others engaged Danger with flow-inhibitors, attempting to shut her down without damaging her. Instead, the inhibitors shut down her higher cognitive functions and reduced her back to her core programming. Danger automatically engaged a program that immersed them in an holographic scenario.

(X-Men: Legacy#221 (fb) - BTS) - Redhand, Glitter, Horse, and Jat were imprisoned in manacles against a wall in a room with Danger's hologram scenario.

(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Gambit and Xavier freed Redhand and his crew.

(X-Men: Legacy#222 - BTS) - Realizing they were in a hologram Redhand told Horse that his happy pills were in the ship, which was on the other side of the building Xavier needed to get into. Horse then tore a path through the building, allowing Xavier to approach the giant Danger, who was wrapped in a fetal position.

(X-Men: Legacy#223 - BTS) - After Xavier ended Danger's simulations, Redhand shot Xavier in the back with his energy blaster to prevent his restoring Danger's free will.

(X-Men: Legacy#223 (fb) - BTS) - Rogue located and hijacked the Boneyard Dog.

(X-Men: Legacy#223 - BTS) - As Horse threatened to crush Gambit with a large chunk of masonry, Rogue arrived in the Boneyard Dog, advising against such activity.boneyard_dog-redhand-interior-rogue

(X-Men: Legacy#224) - Redhand was shocked to see Rogue in possession of his ship, but when Glitter noted that this was because he hadn't locked the helm, he countered that "someone" didn't lock it... boneyard_dog-redhand-teleportation

    As Horse battered the ship, intending to break in and kill Rogue, she struggled to find the weapons systems...and eventually succeeded. After Rogue blasted Horse aware via the Boneyard Dog, Jat's dermware allowed him to open the ship, and Glitter overpowered Rogue, but Xavier subsequently recovered sufficiently to finish speaking the commands to restore Danger's free will, after which Danger incapacitated Horse. Realizing they were vastly outmatched, Redhand called for a blind jump, locking on him. Redhand, his crew, and the Boneyard Dog (see comments) teleported away to parts unrevealed.

(X-Men Legacy#254 (fb) - BTS) - After the Shi'ar were defeated in a war with the Kree, Redhand led his crew to the damaged Gul Damar. With the station's defenses down and former slave race the Grad Nan Holt rebelling against the Shi'ar, Redhand thought to salvage a large amount of technology.

    However, as Gul Damar's gravitic flux generator had been damaged, local gravity was distorted, and the crew lost control, presumably crashing the Boneyard Dog.

Comments: Created by Mike Cary, Scot Eaton, and Andrew Hennessy.

What happened to the Boneyard Dog? boneyard_dog-redhand-turf-post-teleport

    In X-Men Legacy#224, after Danger fries Redhand’s hand (actually giving him a red hand...) and blasts hundreds of holes in Horse, Redhand teleports the group away (see the above right image).

    It’s not 100% clear to me that he teleports away with ship, the Boneyard Dog, but the ship isn't seen in the next page, and there’s a lot of empty space after Redhand’s group vanishes, including a couple spots that look a ship could have been sitting there (see image to the left).boneyard_dog-redhand-what-danger-do

    However, a few pages later, after Danger helps Rogue with her power control and Rogue wakes up, Danger is working on a ship of some sort. Maybe she’s scavenging from the Boneyard Dog…maybe she’s fixing a crashed X-ship?  (see image to immediate right)

    When Redhand and his crew show up again, Jat describes getting caught in Gul Damar space station's distorted gravity and losing control, after which Redhand's crew is seeking a ship to get off of Gul Damar, presumably because their own ship crashed and was destroyed beyond repair. It is just told in flashback, so we don't see the ship.

  1. What is Danger working on in the fourth from last page of XML#224, she’s in the foreground, and Xavier and Rogue are in the background.
  2. Is there reference to the Boneyard Dog in X-Men Legacy#254 that I missed?
  3. Was the Boneyard Dog teleported away with Redhand’s group in #224 and then presumably destroyed prior to the next story arc? Or was it just left behind on Earth, and Danger cannibalized it or whatever?

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CLARIFICATIONS:
The Boneyard Dog should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads):
X-Men: Legacy#220, pg. 12, panel 1 (in space);
            panel 2 (interior with crew);
            panel 3 (control panels front, with Jat);
        pg. 13, panel 1 (screen);
            panel 2 (control panels, back, with Jat)
        last story of main page (rushing at Danger);
    #224, pg. 3, panel 4 (Horse blasted);
        pg.4, panel 1 (exterior of ship showing blasters);
        pg. 5, panel 1 (interior, with Glitter and Rogue);
        pg. 9, panel 5 (teleporting);
        pg. 10, panel 5 (landscape post-teleportation);
        pg. 19, panel 2 (Danger working on ship..)


Appearances:
X-Men: Legacy#220-224 (March-July, 2009) - Mike Cary (writer), Scot Eaton (penciler), Andrew Hennessy (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men: Legacy#254 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 10/17/2021
Last updated: 10/17/2021

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