Adam Berman was a brilliant student at Newton North High School. He applied for a position at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters without informing the headmasters that he was, in fact, a mutant himself, afraid he would receive the treatment other public mutants received. Berman admired the great scientists and hoped that given the right opportunity he might make a name for himself. However, the headmasters, Banshee and Emma Frost chose Berman's longtime academic rival Ginny Mahoney instead.
Simultaneously, Berman had also been noticed by Bastion, leader of Operation: Zero Tolerance, an organization dedicated to the eradication of mutantkind. Bastion converted Mahoney into a Prime Sentinel, and charged her with the mission to infiltrate Xavier's School and publicly destroy Berman. Mahoney witnessed Berman using his power on local bully Jocko Wilkins to frighten him away, and began to make romantic overtures towards Berman in order to obtain a saliva sample from his mouth, so naturally she kissed him.
Determined to convince Banshee to let him into Xavier's School, Berman met with him at the shool, but Emma Frost used her telepathic powers to activate his own abilities. Berman scrapped with Banshee before realizing that he was a mutant as well, then fled.
The next day, Banshee gave a lecture at Berman's school, just as Mahoney made her assault upon Berman. Using the sample she had obtained earlier, she activated his powers, causing him to run amok. She then stepped into the fray in Prime Sentinel mode, claiming to be "protecting" bystanders from "the mutant menace". Banshee and Berman fought Mahoney, and in the midst of the battle, Berman observed that the only person injuring bystanders was Mahoney herself, the true antagonist. Faced with this fact, Mahoney returned to normal, kissed Berman one last time, then fled the scene.
Banshee brought Berman to Xavier's School and offered him a place there, at last, but by then, Berman had decided that he shouldn't segregate himself from society. As Berman drove away from the school with his friends M'Bala and Arlo, Arlo described his powers as "totally primal". Berman liked the sound of that.
Powers and Abilities
- Reptilian Form/Physiology: Adam Berman possesses the ability to transform into a lizard-like, clawed creature dubbed "Primal". He stands nearly 50% taller. Even in his normal state, Adam's eyes glow red, and he hides this beneath his sunglasses. Using his reptilian form causes extreme dehydration upon his return to normal. He also forcibly reverts to normal when thrown unconscious.
- Superhuman strength: In this form, he possesses superhuman strength (around class 10).
- Superhuman agility
- Superhuman speed
- Superhuman endurance