Bliss, also known as Nicole Callahan, is a supervillain in the Wildstorm Universe of American comic book. She was created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi and drawn by J. Scott Campbell in her first regular appearance. She appeared as a supporting character in the series Gen¹³ and as a castmember in the series DV8, her most recent appearances were in Gen-Active.
Nicole Callahan is the daughter of Stephen Callahan, a former member of Team 7. Team 7's superiors, the intelligence agency International Operations exposed the team to the Gen-Factor, a substance that endowed the team with superhuman powers. The survivors from this experiment were codenamed Gen12. I.O. hoped to use them as weapons, but Team 7 turned out to have a will of their own. A couple of years later, I.O. decided that Team 7's children could have inherited their fathers' powers and if they could raise them from childhood, they could ensure their obedience. Most Team 7 members went into hiding with their children. Stephen and his family tried to escape as well, but I.O.'s troops caught up with them in Ohio and shot and killed Rachel; Stephen's wife. They then shot Stephen and took Nicole and her brother Threshold with them. Years later Stephen turned up alive, saying that the bullet grazed him and I.O. imprisoned him for years.
Being a witness to her parents' death at the hands of the Black Razors (a group of highly skilled I.O. soldiers), at a very young age definitely changed Nicole Callahan's life. Subsequently, I.O. took in Nicole and her brother, Matthew, to be brainwashed and trained as agents for the organization, but Nicole was always more interested in her own pleasure than obeying orders. Seeing their parents die had damaged both their minds, though; Matthew had become a psychopath, and Nicole was obsessed with controlling people. During her time with I.O., she was also sexually abused by a Project: Genesis guard named Menlove, further damaging Nicole.
Nicole and Matthew were assigned to Project: Genesis under Ivana Baiul to act as operatives, but Nicole, now calling herself Bliss, was more interested in fooling around with guards and prisoners. When Gen¹³ escaped the project, she tried to seduce Gen¹³-member Burnout rather than fight him. This allowed Gen¹³ member Rainmaker to take her hostage and use her against Matthew, now calling himself Threshold. Project: Genesis was aborted and Baiul fled with Matthew, Nicole, and several subjects of the project. Baiul made Cabalitto Island their new base, a place that Nicole hated, because there were no shops or any social activities. She left the island and visited Burnout and Gen¹³ in Rome, much to the displeasure of Rainmaker. Nicole flirted with Burnout and assisted Gen¹³ in a fight with the Vatican's superpowered humans. She left the group on friendly (if not fully trusted) terms.
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