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New Mutants Annual #7, The first appearance of Harness and Piecemeal
|First appearance||New Mutants Annual #7 (August, 1991)|
|Created by||Fabian Nicieza
|Alter ego||Erika Benson|
|Team affiliations||Alliance of Evil
|Abilities||Concentrated energy handcuffs links her to her victims, restraining or paralysing them and causing intense pain.|
Harness (Erika Benson) is a fictional mutant character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Her first appearance was in New Mutants Annual #7. As of October 2015, all of her appearances were in the "Kings of Pain" storyline that ran through four of Marvel Comics Annual comics published in 1991.
Fictional character biography
Erika Benson was the mother of Gilbert Benson, the mutant boy named Piecemeal who merged with the resurrected Proteus. She had been employed by A.I.M. to take Piecemeal around the world, absorbing all of the ambient energy of Proteus in their effort to recreate him.
Powers and abilities
Harness wore an armored suit that projected a pair of energy handcuffs she could use to mentally control her son Piecemeal. These energy handcuffs were generated by her mutant power, but she may have needed the suit to focus it. The suit enhanced her strength and had a teleportation device, as well as a host of lethal weapons. She also appeared to have cybernetic connections to the suit itself.
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