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Information-silkReal NameNils Styger
Information-silkCurrent AliasAbyss
Information-silkRelativesAzazel (father);

Nightcrawler (paternal half-brother);
Horrow Show (Graydon Creed) (maternal half-brother);

Linda Darkholme (sister-in-law, deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationHorsemen of Apocalypse
Information-silkBase Of OperationsSouthern Region of North America
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationRuler of a portion of Apocalypse's empire
Information-silkHeight6' 4" (Variable)
Information-silkWeight162 lbs (73 kg) (Variable)
Information-silkEyesElectric Blue
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesBody composed of coils and houses a portal to an unknown dimension.
Information-silkPlace of DeathAlpha Lab
Information-silkCreatorsScott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Roger Cruz, Steve Epting
First AppearanceAppearance of Death
X-Men: Alpha #1Age of Apocalypse #3
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Quote1 Makes ya think - you're all just sinkin' - body and soul - deeper an' deeper... into the ABYSS!! Quote2
-- Abyss  

Little was known of Abyss' life before he became a Horseman of Apocalypse. It was said Abyss was experimented upon in Sinister's labs after escaping he killed the Horseman Bastion. Rather than have him killed, Apocalypse was impressed and appointed him as his new Horseman[1].

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Abyss was assigned to prevent the evacuation of humans from Maine to Europe by the X-Men and Sentinels[2]. However, he decided he'd rather capture Quicksilver, and kidnapped a young boy as bait. Storm intervened, causing this plan to fail.[3]

Abyss was then entrusted with overseeing the Madri and Shadow King's interrogation of Bishop[4]. The X-Men were dispatched to save Bishop, which resulted in another battle with Abyss. Abyss mocked Banshee and caught him in his void. Banshee's sonic screams ripped Abyss apart from within, apparently destroying him.[5]

Many years later, Dark Beast attempted to bring Abyss back to life after having preserved his corpse. His attempt was sabotaged by Fiend,[6] though the Dark Beast's experiments resulted in many other deceased mutants being brought back, and Abyss lived only for a few seconds.[7]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


Abyss is an Alpha[8] mutant, granting him with the following powers:

  • Abyss is composed of strong coils and houses a portal to an unknown dimension. He is able to psionically affect others and draw power from their fear.
Power Grid
Fan Ratings[9]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills

Discover and Discuss


  1. X-Men: Alpha #1
  2. Amazing X-Men #1
  3. Amazing X-Men #2
  4. Amazing X-Men #3
  5. Amazing X-Men #4
  6. Age of Apocalypse #3
  7. Age of Apocalypse #4 resume
  8. As he was among the mutants to be resurrected in the Alpha Lab: Age of Apocalypse #3
  9. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #11

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