Bishop has had a complicated and convoluted history with the X-Men, but his reasons for joining the Marauders are very clear.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for King in Black: Marauders # 1, by Gerry Duggan, Luke Ross, Carlos Lopez, VC’s Cory Petit, and Tom Muller, available now.
Time traveler Lucas Bishop has served as X-Man for a long time, but deep down, he’s always been a cross between a cop and a soldier. In King in Black: Marauders # 1, Bishop’s own thoughts reveal that he believes it is that perspective that led Kate Pryde to choose him as a member of the Marauders and his subordinate at Hellfire Trading Company. But the issue also highlights the problems Bishop’s soldier mentality causes as he prepares to possibly betray his team and employ deadly action against two other X-Men.
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The Marauders are sent to rescue Cyclops and Storm, who have been possessed by Knull’s symbiotes as part of the King in black Cross. Kate states that once they arrive in New York, Bishop will temporarily assume command of the team due to his tactical prowess and his status as one of Krakoa’s war captains. Bishop begins to think about why he was selected for his two current positions. He notes that he was chosen as a war captain because “I have seen enough to last several lifetimes.” He believes that Kate chose him to be her red bishop because “I was an asymmetric choice. Sebastian Shaw had nothing on me and needed me to take care of her.”
This contrasts somewhat with the reasons why the main Marauders series gave why Bishop took the post. In Marauders # 4 of Duggan, Lucas Werneck, Federico Blee and Cory Petit, Kate accompanies Bishop on a rescue mission to retrieve a kidnapping victim, who turns out to be a member of a pro-mutant cult. Along the way, Kate tries to convince Bishop to take over as Red Bishop. Kate says she needs someone at Hellfire Trading Company she can trust and Bishop seems to be close to accepting the position reluctantly at the end of the adventure, but the problem also implies that he has additional reasons for doing so. A data page shows an exchange of text messages between Bishop and X-Force leader Beast, in which they discuss the offer. Beast encourages Bishop to accept the offer, noting that joining the Marauders and the Company would put Bishop in an ideal position to gather intelligence on possible threats to Krakoa from the outside and suspicious Krakoans like Shaw and other members of Hellfire. Clearly, Bishop continues to act on his soldierly impulses.
King in Black: Marauders It simplifies Bishop’s motivations for joining Hellfire, making it appear that loyalty to Kate was the only reason he did so, but the issue also shows that he is prioritizing his duties as a member of the Krakoan army over his duties to his own. fellow Marauders. A flashback scene reveals that Beast ordered Bishop to kill Cyclops and Storm if the Marauders cannot free them any other way, citing the danger of having an Omega-level member of the Silent Council and the Captain Commander of Krakoa under the control of one. “alien entity…” Bishop is disgusted with the task and, in particular, with the callous way Beast gives it, but his thoughts suggest that he plans to carry it out.
The Marauders haven’t even made it to New York at the end of the issue, so it’s unclear if Bishop will actually have to consider killing Cyclops and Storm. Even if he does, they can presumably be brought back by the Resurrection Protocols, but the fact that he intends to do so if he deems it necessary shows that he is still more ruthless than most other X-Men.
That cruelty has cost him his place on the team before, even when he tried to kill Hope Summers since she was a baby, and if he’s not careful, it can cost him his place as a Marauder, especially with Pyro already almost certain. of what your true mission is.
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