That's right, we celebrate Nubian pride all year round over here. And we will be back to dropping Nu-Perspective entries bi-weekly. In the meantime, we're ending off Black History Month with a brand new entry. Enter BANDIT!!
This character was suggested to me by an instagram follower, and I was glad cause I had completely forgot about this guy. So keep those ideas coming, you never know who you'll see.
And don't forget to stay behind for some thoughts on how and why Fabian (co-writer) and I went about doing what we did (go to the bottom to read). Enjoy our little take.
Real Name: Donyell Taylor
Current Alias: Bandit
Occupation: Former CEO of Taylor Foundation, Vigilante
Place of Birth: New Orleans
Base of Operations: Chicago
Affiliations: New Warriors (formerly), Unified Guild (debunked)
First Appearance: Night Thrasher #3 (1993)
Original Creators: Fabian Nicieza, Ken Lashley & Fred Haynes
Story: The illegitimate son of Daryl Taylor, and the older half-brother of Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher), Donyell grew up alienated from the life he thought he was meant to have. While Dwayne grew up with the fortune and prestige of his family name, Donyell Taylor had to struggle in the shadows. This did not bode well for young Donyell’s psychological development, and he became obsessively jealous with his more successful brother. Reaching adulthood, and realizing Dwayne was the vigilante Night Thrasher, Donyell adopted the vigilante persona of “Bandit” and started challenging his brother’s foes to prove he was better than him. He fought Night Thrasher a few times, “stole” his brother’s ex-lover Silhouette and even leading a version of his brother’s street-level vigilante team the “New Warriors”.
Donyell and Dwayne eventually reconciled their differences, and when his brother was thought dead, Donyell even adopted his brother’s identity as the new “Night Thrasher”. He formed a new New Warriors team, and proceeded to take over his father’s philanthropic organization the Taylor Foundation, putting all his resources into "saving" Night Thrasher.
His main focus was to attempt to use a temporal device to go back in time and save his brother, to which his New Warrior teammates were just a means to that end. Things went very wrong however, and Donyell ended up killing his brother of an alternate universe where Dwayne had become a Draconian Iron Man (and Tony Stark was the universe’s Night Thrasher). That horrific event only fueled the Donyell’s mental instability and pain, and he subsequently disbanded the New Warriors and went into hiding, becoming a fugitive under Norman Osborn’s “Dark Avengers” campaign years ago.
He only came out of hiding upon hearing rumors that Dwayne Taylor was alive, and was reforming the New Warriors. Once again adopting the “Bandit” identity Donyell sought out his resurrected brother, and the reconciliation did a lot to heal his pain and guilt. With Night Thrasher's blessing Bandit started his own “New Warriors” team called the "Dark Warriors", comprised of overlooked rejects with great potential. The family rivalry is there, but much healthier, tempered with respect.
Powers/Abilities: Bandit has the mutant ability of bio-electricity, allowing him to generate a bio-aura that could shock persons like a tazer or electrocute them upon physical contact. It is not strong enough to discharge bolts or streams of electricity like other eletro-kinetic mutants and can only extend a few inches from his skin. He augments that with the special dart tipped wires he shoots from his gauntlets. His power was lost during the M-Day event, but he has miraculously gained them back; most likely due to the help of Silhouette’s brother Midnight’s Fire. Bandit is also on par with his brother Night Thrasher in terms of physical fitness, speed, strength, training and skills, even being able to best him in one-on-one combat on more than one occasion.He is also an accomplished thief and scientist.
Paraphernalia: Bandit’s armor is almost identical to Night Thrasher’s in composition and function, being of a military-grade light-weight bullet resistant and fire retardant material. It is also outfitted with a high-tech thermo-optic camouflage lining. The armor suit also comes with two multi-purpose wrist gauntlets that can, aside from shooting tazer cords, also launch a grapple line, a hacking interface, and has retractable blades. Twin conducting brass knuckles on his hands allow him to channel his bio-electricity through for deadly hand-to-hand blows. His jacket has hidden compartments for caltrops, smoke pellets, mini explosive and other devices and gadgets. Bandit is also skilled with twin Escrima sticks which can channel his bio-electricity or be charged with ion energy. He has also been known to carry an assortment of knives and throwing stars.
What IS Nu-Perspective you ask? Well, it's a bi-weekly column I started with my writing collaborator Fabian Wood with the purpose of revamping and updating different underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) comic book and pop culture characters.
Fine Print: Nu-Perspective is a column focused on revamps and updates of various underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) characters specifically. We aim to showcase these chosen characters in fresh, contemporary and exciting ways both visually and story-wise to show just how awesome they can truly be. All characters are copyrights and trademarks of the respective publishers and creators. This column is used solely for artistic enjoyment.