mutant soldier named Bishop grew to adulthood in a dark and desolate
world roughly 70 years into Earth's future. Following the abolition
of mutant slavery, the heirs to the legacy of the X-Men established
the peacekeeping organization known as Xavier's Security Enforcers.
Adherents to Professor Charles Xavier's dream for peaceful coexistence
between Homo sapiens and Homo superior, the agency's founders believed
mutants could police themselves. In pursuit of time-manipulating
mutant criminal Trevor Fitzroy, Bishop and his XSE lieutenants traveled
back to our present.
the past, they tracked their mark into the midst of a fray between
the X-Men and the Sentinels -- government-created, mutant-hunting
androids. Confronted with the legends of his youth, Bishop's first
reaction was disbelief. He and his compatriots battled the X-Men
ferociously, seeking to expose what they thought to be an uncanny
deception. Bishop's troops were slain, and he was badly injured,
during the deadly clash that ensued. Only through the X-Men's intervention
did Bishop survive.
to terms with his time-tossed condition, Bishop was honored when
Professor Xavier invited him to join the team whose members he had
idolized since childhood. Bishop found new purpose with the X-Men,
standing with the outlaw adventurers in defense of a world inching
toward the brink of genetic war. Initially uneasy with Bishop's
presence, the X-Men soon came to realize he was a devoted disciple
of Xavier's philosophy.
Although a zealous
follower of the example set forth by Xavier, Bishop felt duty-bound
to apprehend Fitzroy and the mutant criminals the convict had unleashed
upon an unsuspecting world. Even the X-Men's interference proved
insufficient to prevent him from executing the escapees. The only
mutant to continuously elude Bishop was Fitzroy, whose temporal
abilities enabled him to remain one step ahead of his dogged pursuer.
Plagued by reoccurring
nightmares of Fitzroy, Bishop resigned from the X-Men to dedicate
himself once more to the pursuit of his arch-nemesis. Drawn by the
villain into a possible apocalyptic future, Bishop learned Fitzroy
had transformed the war-ravaged world to suit his own twisted ends,
and that he planned to ascend to godhood by becoming one with the
temporal energies that control all time. Bishop gathered a small
mutant task force focused on a single goal: quashing Fitzroy's mad
Fitzroy before the criminal could complete his mad quest. However,
the price of victory was great: Bishop's sister, Shard, sacrificed
her life so that her brother finally could put an end to his hated
foe. Moments after the sky-shearing battle had been won, Bishop
-- filled to bursting with chronal energy -- was ripped from that
reality. Spiraling through the timestream, he emerged in the present
day and reunited with the X-Men. A short time later, Bishop and
a small band of mutants led by the weather-manipulating Storm left
the safety of their Westchester mansion in search of the diaries
of the blind mutant seer known as Destiny.