Black Box

    Character » Black Box appears in 142 issues.

    Black Box, formerly known as Commcast, is a cyberpath who used to work with Cable.

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    Garabed was once a student of Professor Xavier, who was trained to control his ability. After discovering Garabed's criminal tendencies, Professor Xavier rejected the mutant and banished him from the school. Bashur used the knowledge gathered by his power to collect extreme amounts of fortune and established a new life. Through his fortune and power, he took command of a small mercenary outfit known as the Executive Elite.


    First written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Joe Madureira.

    Major Story Arcs

    Near the beginning of this new group, he had changed his name to the alias known as Commcast. Much later, the Executive Elite was the target of the mutant mercenary Deadpool, Deadpool was to assassinate every member in favor to his employer. Deadpool was almost successful in killing the entire group except for Commcast that surprisingly survived the initial attack. The truth of his survival was through the death of one of his clone replicas that easily fell to Deadpool’s blade, which made the mutant assassin very suspicious.

    Much after the assassination of the group and Commcast hiding from the world, Professor X required Commcast’s abilities to restore data that had been lost from the X-men’s archive files when the X-Mansion's systems were corrupted by a group known as the Phalanx. Later on, he was seen trying to find protection of one of Sabretooth's murder spree targets, which led him to another mutant mercenary, called Maverick and left the target under Maverick's protection. Much later, after the unusual attempt to save an innocents life one of his remaining clones developed a problem. This problem was critical to Commcast in an attempt to create more clones, this problem or glitch caused the failure to develop more clones. Commcast changed his name once more to Black Box, he soon went to hide from the world when he was exposed and went into a life of darkness. He changed his appearance in which he wore robot armor to prevent his real appearance being compromised, and began selling the information that was stored in his memory to whoever desired Intel on their foes or allies.


    He possesses the power to absorb and decipher electronic signals. Through a technique known as Cyberpathy, he can receive and store all forms of electronic data and transmissions in his mind. Bashur has an infinite storage capacity in his mind, containing every piece of information he has been exposed to. Unfortunately, this data is streamed into his mind far faster than he can accurately scan it all consciously.

    He retains his powers after M-Day.

    Alternate Realities

    Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

    Ultimate Black Box first appeared in Ultimate Comics X-Men #16 as one of the mutant refugees holed up with Kitty Pryde. He is the first mutant to join her cause and using his ability to understand all types of circuitry and technology, helps hack William Stryker's communications.


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