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By: Byron Brewer
Let me just say that I have no love for what the Brood (and Claremontand Cockrum) did to Carol in Uncanny X-Men, but I did love the character that emerged from that travesty – the cosmic-powered Binary!
To know Binary, we must first learn of Ms. Marvel: Carol entered the Air Force at an early age and rapidly rose to become one of the leading agents in military intelligence, usually teamed with Michael Rossi, who became her lover. Upon leaving her work as a spy, she became security chief at Cape Canaveralfor the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where she met the Kree Captain Mar-Vell. During a battle between Mar-Vell and his Kree foe Yon-Rogg at a hidden Kree base on Earth, Carol was accidentally irradiated by the unknown energies of the Psyche-Magnitron, a device built by the Kree. The radiation from this machine eventually augmented her entire genetic structure, giving her superhuman strength, the ability to fly and a clairvoyant "seventh sense." With these powers, she assumed the guise of Ms. Marvel and established herself as a champion of Earth.
It was in battle with Rogue that Danverslost virtually all of her Ms. Marvel abilities, leaving her with only her augmented genetic structure. Rogue also drained her of her memories, most of which were restored by Professor X.
Later sharing an adventure with the X-Men in space, a non-powered Danverswas abducted by the alien Brood (as mentioned before) and subjected to an evolutionary ray, which triggered the latent potential of her augmented genes. Thus she became the cosmic-powered mutate named – Binary! No longer feeling the strong emotional ties to people and places on Earth that she felt before falling victim to Rogue, Danvers decided to leave Earth and pursue adventure as a member of the space-faring Starjammers!
As Binary, Carol was able to radiate heat, light and the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum. By directing stellar energy uni-directionally, she had a means of propulsion enabling her to fly at near light speed. Whether she could travel unaided through inter-universe regions is unknown. She also had sensitivity to the flux of ambient cosmic energies, giving her certain heightened perceptions.
Binary had a steady flux of cold "pseudo flames" coruscating in small spheres around her head and hands that represented the greatest regions of her concentration.
By the conclusion of Operation: Galactic Storm, Danvershad lost her connection to the “white hole” she drew her Binary powers from, so she reverted to use of the original Ms. Marvel powers but still retains the energy manipulation and absorption powers she had as Binary, albeit on a smaller scale.
Since Operation: Galactic Storm, Carol has been powered-up by outside forces to Binary-level on more than one occasion.
I love me some Ms. Marvel in New Avengers, but if the Annihilators ever need another powerful female, my vote is for Binary!