Black Air, as a covert, secretive intelligence department, was mandated with the investigation into and research of supernatural and paranormal phenomena, at first alongside, and then replacing another British Intelligence department, the Weird Happenings Organization (W.H.O).
The organization was introduced in Excalibur #86, and had entirely replaced the W.H.O, collecting alien technologies and specimens for use in combat and gene-splicing with human test subjects, respectively; at introduction, Black Air used the W.H.O's old links to the super-team Excalibur to send them to investigate a civil uprising in Genosha, with particular reference to anti-mutant ammunition. As an attachment to the team, field agent Peter Wisdom was sent along as Black Air's representative. However, it transpired that the entire mission had in fact been a ruse; Black Air had in fact sent the mission simply to cause a commotion, that they might use this to their advantage, accessing whatever technologies or informations were revealed by the investigation.
Following that mission, Wisdom took Excalibur member Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) with him to investigate the death of an old friend, ultimately leading him to Dream Nails, a codenamed Black Air facility which had dealt with xeno-biological specimens, such as a race known as the Uncreated; these creatures had been experimented on within the facility to create Blood Eagle, a psychoactive virus that would consume the flesh of the host if they experienced any stressful emotion. Ultimately, Wisdom and Pryde destroyed the Dream Nails facility.
Later, in a bid to seize control of the country, Black Air allied themselves with the London Branch of the Hellfire Club, an ancient "gentleman's club" devoted to power through non-traditional means, in order to both bribe the British Parliament, and raise an ancient demon from its crypt below London. The aim was to release it onto the streets, hoping to use the ensuing chaos to their advantage. Douglock, the being composed of Warlock and Cypher was to be used as the conduit to the crypt. However, Wisdom and Excalibur were able to enter The Blackwall, Black Air's HQ, and sever the link, rescuing Douglock, destroying The Blackwall and stopping the resurrection.
However, Black Air survived this loss of political and actual power, albeit in a much-reduced manner, operating only through a handful of splinter cells. One of these cells sent Sari St. Hubbins, a contract killer, to kill her former lover, Peter Wisdom, who was primarily responsible for their fall from power; simultaneously, they were responsible for the kidnapping and sale to extraterrestrials of Nightcrawler.
Recently, as Excalibur have surfaced as a team once more, so have Black Air, as a private-sector rival operation to MI-13 (otherwise known as The Department, which appears to employ, or at least be affiliated with, Pete Wisdom), the official non-corrupt Governmental Intelligence successor to the Weird Happenings Organization and Black Air. As to their current aims, numbers and strength, little is known yet.
- Black Air history as part of Peter Wisdom's biography at Uncannyxmen.net
- A list of Black Air appearances in the Excalibur title up to #100 at MarvelDirectory.com
- 7 Black Air (Earth-616) Members
- 11 Appearances of Black Air (Earth-616)
- Minor Appearances of Black Air (Earth-616)
- 2 Media Black Air (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 1 Images that include Black Air (Earth-616)
- Team Gallery: Black Air (Earth-616)