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Harness (comics)

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New Mutants Annual #7, The first appearance of Harness and Piecemeal
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNew Mutants Annual #7 (August, 1991)
Created byFabian Nicieza
Guang Yap
In-story information
Alter egoErika Benson
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsAlliance of Evil
AbilitiesConcentrated energy handcuffs links her to her victims, restraining or paralysing them and causing intense pain.

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Harness (Erika Benson) is a fictional mutant character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Her first appearance was in New Mutants Annual #7. As of October 2015, all of her appearances were in the "Kings of Pain" storyline that ran through four of Marvel Comics Annual comics published in 1991.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Erika Benson was the mother of Gilbert Benson, the mutant boy named Piecemeal who merged with the resurrected Proteus. She had been employed by A.I.M. to take Piecemeal around the world, absorbing all of the ambient energy of Proteus in their effort to recreate him.[1][2][3][4]

Harness fought various members of the X-Teams, as well as the New Warriors, when they were attempting to stop A.I.M.'s plan.[1][2][3][4] She was taken into custody after the death of her son.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Harness wore an armored suit that projected a pair of energy handcuffs she could use to mentally control her son Piecemeal. These energy handcuffs were generated by her mutant power, but she may have needed the suit to focus it. The suit enhanced her strength and had a teleportation device, as well as a host of lethal weapons. She also appeared to have cybernetic connections to the suit itself.


  1. 1.0 1.1 New Mutants Annual #7, 1991
  2. 2.0 2.1 New Warriors Annual #1, 1991
  3. 3.0 3.1 Uncanny X-Men Annual #15, 1991
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 X-Factor Annual #6, 1991

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