Nightside (comics)

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Nightside, by Clayton Henry
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #107 (Oct 1977)
Created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
In-story information
Team affiliations Imperial Guard
Notable aliases Nightshade
Abilities Natural Darkforce dimension interface grants a wide range of darkness-based abilities.

Nightside is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.

Publication history[edit]

Nightside first appeared in X-Men #107-109 (October 1977-February 1978), and was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

The character subsequently appears in X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers #2 (June 1990), Avengers West Coast #81 (April 1992), Quasar #33 (April 1992), Thor #446 (April 1992), Starblast #2 (February 1994), Quasar #55 (February 1994), Starjammers #4 (January 1996), Imperial Guard #1-3 (January-March 1997), Inhumans Vol. 4 #4 (September 2000), JLA/Avengers #1 (September 2003), Uncanny X-Men #477 (October 2006), #480 (January 2007), #485-486 (June-July 2007), and X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #2-5 (December 2007-March 2008).

Nightside appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #6.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Nightside is a long-time member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.

She was with the Imperial Guard the first time they fought the X-Men.[volume & issue needed]

Nightside was one of the Imperial Guard members stationed on Earth for a time.[1]

Like Oracle, she was injured by Vulcan.[volume & issue needed] Unlike several of her fellow Guardsman, Nightside survived and was seen soon after battling the X-Men and the Starjammers.[volume & issue needed] However, during the attack on the Kree homeworld, she was slain by an Inhuman soldier.[2]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Nightside possessed various abilities stemming from the Darkforce dimension, most notably the power to generate absolute darkness in an unspecified radius, and the ability to displace individuals into the Darkforce dimension, subjecting them to a metaphysical sense of cold and fear, much like the power of Cloak. Her powers were apparently a natural attribute of her race. Though she wielded her abilities with great skill, Nightside's greatest fear was that she would someday be consumed by them.


Several of the members of the Imperial Guard are at least partly based on members of the DC Comics team Legion of Super-Heroes. (Dave Cockrum, co-creator of the Guard, also had a long run as artist on the Legion.) Nightside is based on LSH member Shadow Lass.[3]


  1. ^ Imperial Guard #1-4
  2. ^ War of Kings #1 (March 2009)
  3. ^ Moreels, Eric J. "Nightside," Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Accessed Apr. 22, 2009.

External links[edit]

  • Nightside at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe