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name: Shatterstar inhabits the body of the Earthman
Benjamin Russell Other aliases: None known Identity: Secret; the general populace of Earth
is unaware that Shatterstar is an extra-dimensional being
Occupation: (current) Adventurer, (former) Arena
warrior, revolutionary Legal status:None on Earth; wanted for acts of
rebellion on Mojoworld Place of birth: Mojoworld in an alternate future
Marital status: Widower Known relatives: Windsong (wife, deceased) Base of operations: (current) The Xavier Institute,
Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State, (former)
Asgard, "The Wildways," Mojoworld Group affiliation:(current) X-Force, (former) The
Cadre Alliance First appearance: NEW MUTANTS #99
History: Shatterstar's origin is shrouded in mystery
and paradox. At this point the story of Shatterstar's
life appears to be the following:
Shatterstar comes from a hundred years in an alternate
future of the extradimensional planet Mojoworld, which
is ruled by the alien tyrant Mojo. There, Shatterstar
was genetically engineered to have enhanced physical capabilities
so he could serve as a warrior. (The Beast has claimed
that Shatterstar has DNA that is identical to that of
the X-Man Longshot who was artificially created on Mojoworld.
This seems to be an exaggeration, since Shatterstar does
not look physically identical to Longshot and lacks some
of Longshot's superhuman abilities.)
Shatterstar learned the arts of battle as a warrior in
arenas on Mojoworld, where he was forced to participate
in combats staged for Mojo's television programs. Eventually,
however, he escaped and became a rebel and joined the
Cadre Alliance that sought to overthrow Mojo's dictatorship.
At some point he married his wife Windsong, who later
Shatterstar was either teleported or traveled back in
time to Earth at the point just before Cable reorganized
the New Mutants into X-Force. Shatterstar became a founding
member of the new team, and his new teammates became his
friends, especially Rictor, who became his best friend.
But later Shatterstar discovered, to his bewilderment,
that he also had the memories of an Earthman named Benjamin
Russell. Soon afterwards, Mojo made Cable and Shatterstar
his prisoners and transformed them into digital images
in one of his television programs. In the course of the
program, Shatterstar was mortally wounded in combat. Mojo's
sometime ally Spiral teleported Cable and Shatterstar
back into reality, where they regained their true forms.
Spiral brought Cable, Shatterstar, Longshot, (who was
Shatterstar's ally on Mojoworld), and the X-Force member
Siryn to the Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane
in Rutland, Vermont.
There Spiral directed them to the bedside of one of its
patients, a mutant named Benjamin Russell who had no living
relatives, had been in a coma since his powers had emerged,
and, curiously, greatly resembled Shatterstar. Longshot
transferred Shatterstar's "uemeur," or soul, into Benjamin
Russell's body, and the two became one. Apparently Shatterstar's
body merged with Russell's as well, for the resulting
body bore the starburst pattern that Shatterstar had around
his left eye. Restored to full health and consciousness,
Shatterstar resumed his work as a member of X-Force.
However, this does not explain why Shatterstar had some
of Benjamin Russell's memories before they merged with
each other or why they looked so much alike. There are
still mysteries yet to be explained about Shatterstar's
Height: 6 ft. 3 in. Weight: 195 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Reddish blonde Other distinguishing features: Shatterstar has
a black starburst design over his left eye.
Strength level: Shatterstar possesses enhanced
Known superhuman powers: Shatterstar's original
body was genetically engineered to give him enhanced strength,
speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes. He
apparently also possesses these attributes in the body
of Benjamin Russell.
Other abilities: Shatterstar has had extensive
training in many forms of the martial arts of Mojoworld;
in particular, he is a master swordsman.
Paraphernalia: Shatterstar wears body armor composed
of alien materials from Mojoworld. His principal weapons
are two 2 1/2-foot single-edged swords with spiked hand