19th century

The date of Absalom's early life is contradictory.

Powers activation

At the end of the 19th century, in 1896, Absalom was a thief and a murderer running away from sheriffs from six states.[1]

In a small town in Wyoming, he met the legendary Caleb Hammer and challenged him, intending to become one as well, and thinking he could outmatch Hammer, now old. As he rejected the challenge, Absalom shot him in the back and was subsequently captured.[1]

As he was hanged, his mutant powers manifested and he freed himself, only to be gunned down by the citizens. While he died, he wished to become a better man.[1]

He was buried, woke up two days later, and escape the village during night.[1]

Despite never returning to the man he had been, he never found the strength to be the one he wanted to be. He also came to hate his bone-spikes generation mutant abilities.[1]


After his mutant powers manifested, he left the town where he was hung and wondered the Earth for some time. He soon joined the Externals, a gathering of immortal mutants .[2] He was deemed to be the despair component of the Externals.[1]

20th century


Along with Saul, Nicodemus and Burke, he waited for Gideon at Nicodemus' chalet in the Swiss Alps, about the fact Gideon wasted both his and his fellow Externals' time trying to recruit Sunspot (Roberto da Costa), believing him to be an External as well. As Gideon proposed to activate Krule and send him after Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), the supposed right target, Absalom rejected the idea (who was approved by the others).[3]

Legacy Virus

He eventually contracted the Legacy Virus released by Stryfe.[1]

Along with Gideon and Saul, he went to Cumberland County, Kentucky, to meet with Cannonball, threatening his brother Josh.[4] There, they discussed with Cannonball and Boomer (Tabitha Smith) of the Externals (including En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse). Absalom soon bursted again Cannonball, but was put in his place both by the young mutants and the Externals, and apologized for his behavior. As Cannonball refused to help them against the Legacy Virus on religious and ethical basis, and stated the Externals acted like "frightened children", Absalom bursted once again against him, and assault Gideon before cracking under the pressure, asking Cannonball to mourn him. His powers then started flaring, but he survived it. In peace with Cannonball, Gideon and Saul took Absalom in care and departed.[1]

As Selene tracked down the Externals, and as Crule informed him of it (while not knowing it was Selene), they both went to Gideon's place at Rockefeller Center, where they found him dead, lying down before Sunspot and Caliban (who had themselves responded to a call for aid from Gideon). Believing they were the murderers, they attacked the two X-Forcers, who were soon rescued by the rest of the team. The two Externals were soon bested by the young mutants[5] Selene then appeared and absorbed his life force, despite X-Force's attempt to save him. Crule tried as well to take Selene down, unleashing his wrath as he was now the last of his External brothers.[6]

In his youth, Absalom was an arrogant and impulsive person.[1]

During his first death, he wished that if he could do his life over again, he'll do it right, but after he woke up, despite never returning to the man he had been, he never found the strength to be the one he wanted to be.[1] It was even stated he kept using violence to achieve his goals.[5]

Later, he remained pretty much the same: arrogant, impulsive.[3][1] (As Nicodemus stated, "we are immortal. No one ever said that would bring enlightenment").[3] He was deemed to be the despair component of the Externals.[1]

Despite those traits, Absalom was able to apologize and even be humble towards others and himself.[1]

That temperament caused Gideon to hate him, while Externals like Nicodemus forgave him that behavior,[3] but watched him with care (as they did for Crule).[5]


  • Immortal: His aging process was greatly retarded and he could apparently regenerate injured or missing cells from even near-fatal injuries.
    • Rapid Healing: Ability to endure injuries (within unknown limits) without lasting harm or even feeling pain.
  • Bone Spikes: Absolom's mutant physiology allowed him to create razor sharp spikes of bone-like matter through his skin, and from his fingertips.[1] He could then manipulate these spikes to stretch to incredible lengths.[5]

Strength level

Enhanced Strength

Many Externals had distinctive text bubbles, and Absalom's one had a black fringe in X-Force #10.

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