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Information-silkReal NameAbigail "Abby" Boylen
Information-silkCurrent AliasCloud 9
Information-silkAliases"Ms. Freak-out",[1] "Head Case"[2]
Information-silkRelativesUnnamed mother[3]
Information-silkAffiliationBriggs Chemical LLC; formerly Freedom Force (Montana Initiative), Initiative trainees
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMontana; Formerly Camp Hammond
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityKnown to Authorities Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationLicensed super hero, sniper, instructor
Information-silkEducationHigh school graduate, Camp Hammond's instruction
Characteristics[4]
Information-silkGenderFemale
Information-silkHeight5' 5"
Information-silkWeight100 lbs (45 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBlond
Origin
Information-silkOriginHuman who came in contact with an alien gas cloud that she controls
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthEvanston, Illinois[5]
Information-silkCreatorsDan Slott, Stefano Caselli
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Quote1 Wait. I'm only here... ...'cause I wanna fly. This blows. Quote2
-- Cloud 9 src 

Origin

Abigail "Abby" Boylen was a very shy girl from Evanston,[1] Illinois. She came in contact with an alien gas who let her control it, allowing her to fly, among other capabilities,[2] and taking the codename Cloud 9.[3]

Initiative

Recruitment

One day, Abigail was taking her new powers out for a spin when she was detected by aircraft pilots, informing her that she was in infraction towards the F.A.A..[3]

She evaded them but was spotted and stopped by War Machine.[3] Her identity was classified[4] and she was taken to Camp Hammond (Stamford, Connecticut), along with Trauma, Bengal, Ultragirl, Slapstick, Hardball, Thor Girl, Rage, Komodo and Armory. There, they were welcomed by "Yellowjaket (Dr. Hank Pym") and drill sergeant Gauntlet, who explained them that they were to be trained on the use of their powers and given licenses as members of the Initiative.[3]

Training

Once at the base, she was immediately insecure about her fitting in the Initiative, and also self-conscious about her body, comparing it to the other girls' bodies there who she felt looked like they came right out of Vogue magazine. During a uniform exchange, Abigail accidentally slipped into the boys' showers and was found by fellow new recruit MVP. He took a liking to Abigail and watched her train. However, training with another new recruit Armory went horribly wrong. MVP was accidently shot by one of Armory's blasts while he was trying to protect Abigail from harm. Armory was grounded from "superhero-ing" and expelled out of the base, while Hardball, Komodo, Trauma, drill sergeant Gauntlet, Camp scientist Baron von Blitzschlag and Abby herself were kept under secret by Henry Peter Gyrich, who refused to admit that kind of tragedy happened at Stamford. Trauma, Hardball and Abby assisted Armory's departure of the camp, along with Rage who asked them an explanation that they weren't allowed to share.[3]

Armory's expulsion and MVP's death quickly became a burden to the group, and Abby's fear caused Trauma to turn into a corpsified version of MVP blaming her. Trauma was stopped by Pym and Justice, while Gauntlet took care of Cloud 9, seemingly shocked.[5]

Abigail was one of the cadets sent on an emergency mission to protect the President from an assassination attempt by Hydra, who had deployed a Terror-Carrier over Crawford, Texas, in order to target Prairie Chapel Ranch ("the Western White House"). Being the top marksman among the Initiative cadets, she was given a pulse rifle, and once sent to the battlefield through the Negative Zone Portal, and took down an Hydra Viper Jet and his pilot, realizing the gravity of the situation. Once the Terror-Carrier down, Pym was decorated by the President at the White House Rose Garden, and some of the trainees including Abby, Hardball and Komodo were present to the ceremony.[5]

After that battle, Cloud 9 lost faith in herself, and shooting instructor Black Widow was surprised to see her sniper abilities weakened.[6]

She also started counseling sessions with Justice,[6] and along with him, they went to the Van Patrick Farm at Liberty, Kentucky. On the way, they had time to discuss about the dealing of losses. Once there, they discovered a well-alive MVP,[7] in fact a clone produced by the Initiative.[8] Shocked by that discovery, the two heroes were forced to join the fight against a returning Hulk.[7]

Abigail later learned that the Initiative had secretly made clones of MVP, and that one of them, who dubbed himself KIA, had gone on a rampage. She and a group of fellow Initiative members traveled to the Van Patrick's home, attempting to convince the first MVP clone to download his memories into a device that would transmit them into KIA's brain, essentially reprogramming KIA, but possibly leaving the first clone mindless. Cloud 9 managed to distract KIA by playing on the latent memories of the original MVP, and kissing him, allowing her to fill his lungs with her vapor. The MVP clone, rather than wipe his own mind, instead placed the helmet on KIA, leaving him an empty shell. Abby and the clone decided to start things over, with Abby acknowledging that the clone was not the MVP she had known.

Freedom Force

When Cloud 9 completed her Initiative training, she was assigned to Freedom Force, the Montana team, alongside Challenger, Think Tank, Equinox, and Spinner.[9] When Equinox was exposed as a Skrull infiltrator, Cloud 9 killed him.[10]

Initiative instructor Tigra expressed concerns about Cloud 9 developing an outwardly cold attitude towards killing in the line of duty after graduating to active service. Believing that Cloud 9 was merely bottling up her emotions rather than dealing with them, Tigra worried about the psychological trauma that could result if Cloud 9 was forced to confront those feelings.

Following the repeal of the Superhuman Registration Act, Captain Steve Rogers requested her presence at Stark Tower. He asked her to become one of the trainers at the Avengers Academy. Instead Abigail tore up her card, dumped her costume at Roger's feet and flew off in her civilian clothes free to do anything she wanted.[11]

Fear Itself

When the riots resulting from the Serpent began, Cloud Nine decided it was time to become a hero again, this time by doing things her way.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Aerokinesis: Cloud 9 is able to generate a cloud-like alien gas,[1][2][12] possibly extraterrestrial.[3] She is able to create muliple clouds of the gas and manipulate it for a variety of effects. Such as:

  • Flight: By manipulating the gas, Cloud 9 can ride the gas to enable her to fly. She can also carry several passengers with her. The Cloud can travel faster than 6000 mph.
  • Suffocation: By forcing this generated gas down the throat of an opponent, Cloud 9 is able to keep them from breathing. Her first demonstration of this was when she used the gas to cause asphyxia on Elloe Kaifi.[13]
  • Mist-Effect: By spreading the gas around, she can use the gas as a cover for her and her team.

She was stated to be below Class 50 in the threat classification of the Initiative.[5]

Power Grid [14]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 3
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills

Abilities

  • Initiative Training: Abigail received combat training as part of the Initiative.
    • Sharpshooter: She especially excelled in the use of a sniper rifle. War Machine stated that she had the highest cadet score on the shooting range. She can also snipe out of her own cloud-cover quite effectively.[5]
  • Emotional distance: It was stated that Abby had such emotional distance that she was protected from fear-based attacks.[1]

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

Flight suit including goggles, formerly Initiative costumes, home-made flight suit (googles, gloves, winter coat and clothes).[3]

Transportation

Her alien gas. Possibly formerly used her mom's car (seemingly without authorization)[3]

Weapons

Formerly a sniper rifle with Adamantium-jacketed bullets, an energy pulse rifle[5] and an automatic grenade launcher.

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