Lucas Bishop, Luke, Archbishop
X-Men, O*N*E, Xavier's Security Enforcers, Interpol, The Twelve,
X-Treme Sanctions Executive, NYPD, and X-Treme X-Men
First Official Appearance
Uncanny X-Men #282
First Appearance Together
Gambit, Volume 3 #17
Powers & Genetics
Energy absorption and redirection. Superhuman physical attributes.
Ability to instinctively know present location.
Earth 616 & 1191
The following characters are also associated
This complete history is written from
Gambit's perspective, not Bishop's. It will begin when Gambit first encountered
Bishop and go from there. This makes Bishop life goes almost backwards
in this history, since he is a time displaced character.
It also is written with the theory that Gambit IS Witness. This has been
a theory that has been said to be true and untrue by various writers depending
on time and story. Until it is officially deemed untrue it is been considered
true by this history.
Bishop was born in the 21st Century A.D.
of an alternate future time line in which the mutant-hunting robot Sentinels
had taken control of North America. In this time line, Professor Charles
Xavier and most of the members of the mutant team he founded, the X-Men,
had been killed. Surviving mutants were hunted down and either killed or
imprisoned within relocation camps. Bishop's parents escaped to America.
They were soon captured and interred in a mutant relocation camp in Sheep's
Head Bay, Brooklyn, New York. There, Bishop and his sister Shard were both
born and, like other mutants, they were branded with "M" tattoos
over their right eyes for identification. Eventually, humans and mutants
joined forces and overthrew the Sentinels in what became known as the Summers
Rebellion. Humans and mutants still did not co-exist together. Eventually,
XSE was created in an attempt to stop criminal behaviour by mutants. Bishop
and his sister, Shard, joined this police force. In an attempt to catch
a criminal, once XSE agent, Fitzroy, Bishop chased him into the past. Once
there he found himself displaced, not able to return to his own time. He
joined the X-Men's Gold team in the present time, hoping to prevent the
history that made his time the way it is.
The first time Gambit met Bishop was
when Bishop came back in time and found himself stuck, joining the X-Men.
Storm brought Bishop to the mansion to meet the people he had only read
about in books. Bishop did not recognize Gambit immediately, since little
was written about Gambit in the history books, but once the Cajun opened
his mouth and called Bishop the familiar "Pup" nickname, he knew
Remy for who he was, LeBeau, also known as the Witness in his time. He
was not very happy to run into the younger version of the man who took
him in as a child. Gambit was not very happy about Bishop revealing his
real last name, since he had not told any of the X-Men his name yet. They
only knew him as Gambit. The X-Men have Gambit's back when Bishop tells
them he will betray them in the end, killing them all.
Later on Bishop's first day, he confronts Gambit about being
a traitor. Letting him know the he will be watching him. A fight begins,
ending only when Bella Donna steps in.
With the separation of the Gold and Blue
teams, sending the two men to different groups, their fighting was brought
to a halt. The little they did work together they concentrated more on
the team mission at hand than their differences. After the Age of Apocalypse,
Storm sent Bishop out to blow off some steam and Gambit was his partner
in crime for the night. Gambit took him to an old gambling bar in New York,
where Bishop was not very comfortable. During the evening Gambit and Bishop
discussed the future and the person called Witness. Bishop made it clear
that he still believed that Gambit was the Witness and he would be the
one to betray the X-Men, but the only reason he had not killed Gambit was
the fact that he could not be 100% sure of it.
Being the only X-Men within the mansion
at the time during an emergency call, Bishop and Gambit were forced to
work closely again, with the help of Beast (the Dark Beast at the time).
They flew to a flair of mutant activity in a subway system. The event turned
out to be an experiment of Sinister's. Gambit and Bishop combined their
powers to stop the runaway subway train just in time to save Manhattan,
but not themselves. They were captured by Sinister, who turned out to help
Bishop with his scattered memories that had given him troubles since Age
of Apocalypse. Gambit managed to trick Sinister into freeing him, who in
turn freed the others, leading to their escape.
Shortly after their mission against Sinister
the relationship between the two seemed to soften a bit. Both working together
without argument. They found themselves again fighting side by side when
Juggernaut appears on the grounds uninvited. They were taken out by the
villain, but luckily Juggernaut was not at the mansion to hurt anyone at
the time, he wanted to talk about Onslaught. Finding out that Professor
Xavier was Onslaught confused Bishop, since he believed strongly that it
would be Gambit to betray the X-Men, not Xavier. Bishop apologized to Gambit
about his doubts over the years.
Arriving home to the mansion, Gambit
is confronted with his teammates being mentally controlled by an unknown
source. They all believe that Bishop is infected with an unknown entity.
Realizing some outside mutant must be manipulating the others, Gambit grabs
Bishop and they flee the mansion. Going over the events they come to the
conclusion that Stryfe must be involved. Reluctantly, Bishop partners up
with Gambit to find out the truth and cure himself of the parasite inside
During this adventure, the first major
loop in the Gambit/Witness theory was thrown at the readers. Gambit takes
Bishop to see Witness in an old cemetery. Gambit tells Bishop that he has
been coming to see the old man since he was a young boy (even though he
has failed to mention this fact over the past decade Bishop has accused
him of being the Witness). The Witness explains that he jumps times and
universes, the real reason he is called the Witness. It is never stated
if the Witness is NOT or IS Gambit, just that they do exist in same universe
at the same time on occasion. With the help of Witness and Cable, Gambit
and Bishop remove the parasite, found out to be Bete Noir, from Bishop.
Soon after their solo adventure, Bishop
joins Storm on her mission to find the Destiny's diaries. One of their
first glimpses into the lost diaries is a page showing Gambit used as a
conduit. About the same time they get a report that Gambit has been accused
of murder and is wanted by the law. Bishop uses his ties to the police
to hunt down Gambit, suspecting that he is actually guilty of the crime.
They soon find that he was framed for the crime. After all is settled,
Gambit joins the group and works with Bishop and the other X-Treme X-Men.
Destiny's predictions came to pass and Gambit was captured and turned into
a giant power source for attacking aliens. Bishop attempted to remove Gambit,
to no avail. Gambit made him promise to do what had to be done if it came
to it. Bishop agreed, but it never came to that situation. The contiuned
to work together throughout the course of the team.
For several years there was not much
interaction between the two until Hope was born and a fight began between
several factions to obtain the child. At the time, Gambit was working along
side the Marauders in pursuit of Hope for Sinister. Bishop was working
for himself to find and kill the child, blaming the future acts of the
baby to the fall of his actual time line. Gambit and Bishop fought over
the child, very viciously, when Gambit walked in on Bishop attempting to
kill the baby. Bishop lost the fight and custody of the baby.
Much further into their combined future,
a very young Bishop, still in his own time, runs into some trouble while
stealing food for his family. Botching the job, he is chased by authorities
straight into the hands of an older Gambit. He explains to the boy he is
a member of the fallen X-Men and takes the young boy in to teach him to
become a master thief.
Eventually, Bishop and his sister, Shard,
join the XSE. A police force created to enforce the law within the mutant
population. When his sister was killed in the line of duty, Bishop returned
to the man he knows as Witness for help in preserving his sister's soul.
They make a deal, that Bishop will work for LeBeau for a year and in return
he will receive the projection of his sister. In the time he works with
Witness he questions the intentions of the man that had a hand in raising
him. Not knowing if he was working for good or evil, not understanding
his involvement with the X-Men and their deaths. He quickly left, on bad
terms, when his term was over and returned to the XSE. Soon after he was
sent into the past to stop Fitzroy, where he was displaced in time and
joined the present storyline X-Men (basically, the beginning of this history).
Much further into Gambit's future, the
two men's paths cross again due to another time displacement. Bishop's
attempt to find his sister, Shard, sends him deep into the future, where
he encounters a very old Witness, still known as LeBeau. The planet has
changed into a more primitive like time, but Gambit is still collecting
and training young orphaned mutants for when they are needed. When Bishop
arrives he first convinces Bishop that he is who he believes him to be,
the LeBeau he once worked side by side with during the days of the X-Men
and that he and his group of fighters are on his side. They work together
to fight the current evils, until Bishop vanishes, back to the present.
The following titles will catch you up
on the history of Bishop and Gambit.
X-Men #8 - X-Men #46 - X-Men #51 - X-Men #52 - Uncanny X-Men
#334 - Uncanny X-Men #335
Gambit/Bishop: Sons of the Atom Mini Series - X-Treme X-Men Series - Uncanny
Time and Life of Lucas Bishop #1 - Bishop XSE #4 - Bishop:
The Last X-Man Series