Aeon Flux was born in 1991. Her father was Peter Chung. Her
mother was MTV's Liquid Television. At first she existed only as a 2- to 3-minute
animated short. Then she entered into puberty four years later when the not-really-music-anymore
network aired 10 half-hour (still-animated) episodes. Now she's come of age on
the big screen, fully realized in a live-action sci-fi thriller. Not that Aeon
herself knows who she is or where she came from. (You already know more than she
seems to.) And she's relatively unconcerned about what's going to happen to her
next. So the exact reason why she's part of an anti-government freedom-fighting
militia 400 years in the future isn't clear. What is apparent is that she's been
dying to kick a few head honchos off their perches of power for longer than she
can remember.Then her sister gets killed during a "government action,"
and her drive for revenge makes her feel like a purebred Kentucky racehorse leaning
hard on the starting gate. When the gate is finally opened by her opposition-force
Handler, she bolts headlong for the finish line—the assassination of Chairman
Trevor Goodchild. But she quickly learns, as we do, that "nothing is quite
as it appears to be."
Agent X is a fictional mercenary whose adventures have been published
by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in Agent X #1 (Sept 2002), by Gail Simone
and UDON. That series, a pseudo-spinoff of Deadpool, continued the cynical, slapstick,
and highly-polished action which had characterized its parent series. Indeed,
a central feature of Agent X was the question of the title character's identity,
sometimes implied to be Deadpool himself.Agent X was born out of Marvel Comics'
long-running Deadpool series, whose sales had slumped to cancellation point, with
experiments including the "miniseries within a series" Deadpool: Agent
of Weapon X and Deadpool: Funeral for a Freak, where the main series' numbering
was demoted to secondary status below the "miniseries" numbering, having
failed to stymie the leak. The decision was then taken to run a "final arc"
to close the series, then restart it from #1 with an X in the title in an attempt
to more closely identify it with their popular X-Men franchise (as part of the
same effort, Cable was changed to Soldier X to poor reviews). Online humourist
Gail Simone was chosen to write both Deadpools final arc and the new series, with
the UDON studio, who had recently revamped the Taskmaster in a well-received miniseries,
to supply the art. Unlike Soldier X, Simone chose to replace Deadpool with a similar
protagonist, while throwing out ambigous hints as to the nature of his relationship
with Deadpool. However, while her and UDON's issues of both Deadpool and Agent
X were well-received critically and increased sales, behind-the-scenes they clashed
with editor Andrew Lis, who had joined the team as editor with Agent X #1, who
frequently insisted on often-minor changes (one particularly infamous example
quoted involved a wall in issue 2 "not being dirty enough", which caused
a week's delay in the issue). Eventually, this caused Simone and UDON to leave
the book after issue 7, with the protagonist's true identity still unrevealed.
The book's sales then suffered badly under a series of fill-ins, which recived
mixed critical reviews, and it was eventually cancelled with #12. However, shortly
after this announcement, Marvel decided to launch a Cable & Deadpool book,
and, with Lis having been moved away from the editorial staff in the meantime,
Simone and UDON agreed to do a three-issue arc tying up the loose ends and restoring
Deadpool for use in the new book, which was published after a month's hiatus as
Agent X #13-15. Character biographyAgent X's real name is Nijo, though after suffering
amnesia he took on the identity of Alex Hayden. His powers consist of augmented
strength, agility, and dexterity and superhuman regeneration. He is a skilled
marksman. With the rest of Agency X. Characters from left to right: Mary Zero,
Outlaw, Agent X, Taskmaster, Sandi BrandenbergHe is a combined consciousness,
residing in the body of the man named Nijo but possessing certain abilities and
mental attributes of Deadpool and the telepathic marksman known as the Black Swan.
He founded the mercenary outfit Agency X, with his girlfriend (and fellow mercenary)
Outlaw, Taskmaster and managed by Deadpool's ex-business manager Sandi Brandenberg.
He has been aided by a young mutant girl called Mary Zero whose power means no-one
but him is able to notice her. Eventually, the Black Swan showed up with a "tabula
rasa" Deadpool in tow (who Hayden immediately shot in the head). It was revealed
that "Hayden" was really the corpse of Nijo, the Swan's former partner,
which had been revived and given Deadpool's healing factor by Swan's out of control
mental powers (Swan had also received a copy of the healing factor), and whose
mind was created from an amalgam of Deadpool and the Swan. And that Deadpool's
personality was growing back (unwittingly accelerated by Hayden's bullet to his
head). In an attempt to regain the parts of his mind he had lost, as well as remove
the pieces of their minds he wanted rid of ("You and Wilson have my skills,
Mr Hayden. In return, I received a taste for Radiohead and an encyclopediac knowledge
of pornographic knock-knock jokes. Yes, I'd like to switch back if possible"),
including Nijo's sense of honour, they performed a three-way mind meld, which
restored Deadpool (who immediately stabbed the Swan in the back) and Hayden, Deadpool,
Outlaw and Taskmaster killed (and stuffed) the Swan when he immediately tried
to kill them.Since the conclusion of the Agent X series, Agent X has appeared
in two issues of Cable and Deadpool, wherein he was hired to kill Deadpool and
stop him from resurrecting Cable.
DC Comics superhero Batman (originally and still sometimes referred to as The
Batman or The Bat-Man) is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective
Comics #27 in May 1939. He has since become, along with Superman and Spider-Man,
one of the world's most well-known comic-book characters. Although co-created
by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, only Kane receives official credit
for the character.His true identity is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist,
playboy, and philanthropist. The childhood murder of his parents led him to train
himself to the peak of physical and intellectual perfection, don a costume, and
fight crime. Unlike many other superheroes, he does not possess superhuman powers
or abilities; he makes use of his intellect, detective skills, technology, and
physical prowess in his war on crime.
This native of Long Island is a daughter of a physician, along
with her younger brother, Jonathan. Their mother, Mary, died because of a car
crash. Even with his medical expertise, their father was unable to save her life.
Life began to spiral downward for her father. After his wife's death, Dr. Storm
became a gambler and a drunk, which led him to accidentally killing a loan shark.
With their father in prison, Susan had to become a mother figure for her younger
brother.While living with her aunt, Susan, at the young age of 12, met her future
husband, Reed Richards, a house guest who was attending college. When she graduated
high school, she moved to California to attend college, where she persued an acting
career and encountered Richards again. The two of them began to become romantically
involved with each other.Reed Richards, working in the field of Aerospace engineering,
was designing a spacecraft for interstellar travel. Everything was going well
until the government stopped funding of his project. Richards, wanting to see
his project through, decided to make an unscheduled test flight. Originally it
was only going to be Reed and his best friend, Ben Grimm, involved, but Susan
was instrumental in persuading Reed in letting her brother and herself join them
on the dangerous space mission. In space, the quartet was exposed to massive amounts
of cosmic radiation. As a result, they had to abort the mission and return to
Earth. After the crash landing, they realized that they gained superhuman powers.
Hers was the ability to become invisible at will. Realizing the potential use
of their abilities, the four of them became the Fantastic Four, for the benefit
Daniel Rand was the son of wealthy American businessman Wendell
Rand, an entrepreneur who had appeared out of nowhere with a large sum of money
and over the course of ten years built up Rand-Meachum Incorporated with his business
partner Harold Meachum. His mother Heather Duncan Rand had been a New York society
belle before she met and married Daniel's father. Wendell was obsessed with finding
the mystical city of K'un L'un, high on the mountain of the same name which according
to legend was the dwelling place of the immortals of China and the basis of other
legendary and immortal cities like Shangri-La. When Daniel was 9, Wendell organized
an expedition to seek K'un L'un, taking Heather and their son, with Harold Meachum
Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974), cover by Gil Kane.During
the journey up the mountain, Daniel slipped off the path, his tie-rope taking
his mother and father with him. While Daniel and Heather landed safely on a ledge
below, Wendell hung precariously over a gorge. It was at this point that Meachum
showed his true intentions, and eliminated his business partner by causing Wendell
to lose his grip and plunge to his death. Meachum, who also loved Heather, offered
to rescue her and Daniel, but she rejected his help, preferring to make it on
their own or die.
While Meachum made his own way back to civilization, Heather
and Daniel came across a makeshift bridge that appeared, impossibly, in the middle
of nowhere. Before they could cross it, however, a pack of wolves attacked them.
To give Daniel enough time to reach the other side, Heather threw herself on the
wolves. As Daniel watched, the wolves killed Heather, just as arrows flew from
the other side of the bridge too late to save the woman. The Bridge of Dreams
did indeed lead to K'un L'un, which only appeared in this dimension once every
ten years. The archers sent from the city took the grieving Daniel to see Yü-Ti,
the hooded August Personage of Jade who ruled K'un L'un. When Daniel expressed
his desire for vengeance, Yü-Ti apprenticed him to Lei Kung, the Thunderer, who
taught him the martial arts.
Daniel proved to be the most gifted of Lei Kung's
students, attaining the Crown of Fu-Hsi, the King of Vipers at age 16, overcoming
the Challenge of the Many and even defeated Shu-Hu the Lightning, the mechanical
warrior of K'un L'un. Rand conditioned his fists, toughening them by plunging
them into buckets of sand, then gravel and rock to toughen them. At 19, Daniel
was given the chance to attain the power of the Iron Fist by fighting and defeating
the dragon known as Shou-Lao the Undying, which guarded the molten heart that
had been torn from its body. During the battle, Daniel threw himself against the
scar of Shou-Lao, which burned a dragon tattoo into his chest. Having killed Shou-Lao,
he entered its cave and plunged his fists into a brazier which contained the creature's
molten heart, emerging with the power of the Iron Fist. 10 years having passed,
K'un L'un was about to connect with the outside world once more. Yü-Ti offered
Daniel the fruit of the Tree of Immortality and asked him to dwell with them forever,
but Daniel's need for revenge against Meachum was too great. He decided to leave
K'un L'un and find his father's killer. Before he left, however, Yü-Ti made a
startling revelation: he was Wendell Rand's brother, and Daniel's uncle.
Rand had really been Wendell Rand-K'ai, the eldest son of the previous Yü-Ti,
Lord Tuan. It was revealed later that Yü-Ti wanted the throne that was Wendell's
birthright as the eldest son, and so drove Wendell from K'un L'un, claiming to
the Lung Wang, the Dragon Kings of K'un L'un, that Wendell's return would signal
death for the city. He was also jealous of Wendell, who was his rival for and
had won the affections of a woman named Shakirah. Wendell fathered a daughter
with Shakirah, Miranda Rand-K'ai, and left them both behind when he left the city.
Yü-Ti also knew that Wendell would try to return on that fateful day, but held
off on his archers, allowing Heather Rand to die on the Bridge of Dreams. When
he lived in the city, Daniel had grown up with Miranda, but did not know she was
his half-sister until her apparent death at the hands of the H'ylthri, a hostile
species of sentient plant life that lived outside the city.
New York, Daniel Rand, dressed in the ceremonial garb of the Iron Fist, sought
out Harold Meachum, now head of Meachum Industries. Meachum, who had lost both
his legs from frostbite on the journey back from the mountain, had been waiting
for Rand, having learned of his adoption by K'un L'un from a passing traveler.
Before Iron Fist could decide whether to kill him, however, Meachum was murdered
by a mysterious ninja, and Iron Fist was blamed for the death. Eventually, Iron
Fist cleared his name and began a career as a superhero, aided by his friends
Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, the latter with whom he fell in love. Notable adversaries
in his early career included the first appearance of the villain Sabretooth (who
was not yet known to be affiliated with Wolverine), the mysterious Master Khan
(whom the ninja that killed Meachum once served) and the Steel Serpent, the exiled
son of Lei Kung, who coveted the Iron Fist power.
Iron Man's premiere was a collaboration among editor and story
plotter Lee, scripter Lieber, story artist Heck, who would illustrate most of
the early Iron Man stories, and Kirby, who provided the cover pencils and designed
the first Iron Man armor.1 The character starred in his own feature, sharing the
"split book" Tales of Suspense with the feature "Captain America"
that began running with #59 (Nov. 1964). After the final issue, #99 (March 1968),
after which the book became Captain America, Iron Man appeared in the one-shot
Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 (April 1968), before debuting in his own title with
The Invincible Iron Man #1 (May 1968).
Iron Man possesses powered armor which
gives him superhuman strength, virtual invulnerability, flight, and an array of
weapons. The Iron Man armor was originally invented and is currently worn by Tony
Stark, an American industrialist billionaire and military contractor known not
only for his lifestyle, but also for his incredible ingenuity and inventive genius.
Other people who have assumed the Iron Man identity include close associates Harold
"Happy" Hogan, Eddie March (becoming the first black Iron Man), James
Rhodes, and (briefly) Michael O'Brien.
Iron Man was originally an anti-communist
hero. Throughout the character’s comic book series, technological advancement
and national defense have been constant themes, but later issues developed Stark
into a much more complex and vulnerable character as they depicted his battle
with alcoholism and other personal difficulties.
Writers often portray Iron
Man as a symbol of humanity's creativity as well as its frailties. He is often
placed in contrast with his close friends Captain America and Thor, the former
as a comparison between interventionist and cooperative attitudes, and the latter
comparing science and the supernatural. Throughout most of his career, Iron Man
has been a member of the all-star group the Avengers and has been featured in
several incarnations of his own comic book series.
Lee is a Chinese American girl, and was born in Beverly Hills, California, where
she lived with her wealthy immigrant parents. An immensely talented gymnast, she
was reckoned to have potential to participate in Olympic Games. However, her life
was destroyed when her parents were murdered by hitmen.
Jubilee was sent
to an orphanage, but she ran away and hid in a Hollywood shopping mall, stealing
food to survive. When she discovered her mutant powers to create energy "fireworks,"
she realized she could earn money by using her powers to entertain customers in
Mutant hunters tried to capture her, but she was rescued by X-Men
members Dazzler, Psylocke, Rogue, and Storm who happened to be shopping at the
mall. Curious, she tracked them for a while and later followed them into a portal.
She found herself in the X-Men's temporary base deep in the Australian outback.
She stayed in hiding until the X-Men had abandoned the base, and their enemies
the Reavers had captured Wolverine. Afterward she teamed with Wolverine as they
travelled the world and is often referred to as his unofficial sidekick. She has
been a member of the X-Men and Generation X. A notable continuity error is that
she was 15 when she first appeared and 13 and a half when she joined Generation
In the recent House of M series, Jubilee is one of the mass numbers of
mutants who have lost their powers due to the magics of the Scarlet Witch.
Created in 1977 by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra as the
futuristic lawman of 'Mega-City One', "JUDGE DREDD" is being developed
into a new major motion picture.
According to producer Silvio Astarita, the
film will be a co-production between I Am The Law Productions in association with
Rebellion/2000 AD. In 2003, Shoreline Entertainment had announced pre-production
on "Judge Dredd: Dredd Reckoning" and "Judge Dredd: Possession".
But those scripts were never used."We have a new writer on board so we will
have a new story line," Astarita said. 2000 AD, publishers of the "Judge
Dredd" comic books, will be directly involved with the new film production,
similar to Dark Horse Comics involvement in Sony's "Hellboy"."The
film will be dark, more like 'The Crow' with the look of 'Blade Runner'",
said Astarita, "but dark comedy must have a role in Dredd's world ... Dredd
is in many ways a hero that we love to hate. A tough father figure that has an
even tougher code of behavior."
Judomaster is a Charlton Comics super hero created in November,
1965 by writer Joe Gill & artist Frank McLaughlin in Special War Series Judomaster's
secret identity was Hadley "Rip" Jagger, a sergeant in World War II
the United States Army. He rescued the daughter of a pacific island chief and
in return was taught the martial art of Judo. He had a kid sidekick named Tiger.
In the Nightshade backup series in Captain Atom, an adult Tiger is shown to be
Nightshade's martial arts instructor.
Judomaster's title lasted from #89
to #98, from June, 1966 to December, 1967. (It was a retitling of a Charlton Western
Marko is the step-brother of Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men. His father,
Kurt Marko, married Charles' mother, Sharon, after her husband Brian Xavier died.
Kurt neglected Cain and drove Sharon to alcoholism. Anti-social and malicious
in general, Cain held a special contempt for his step-brother Charles Xavier who
due to a hidden mutant power of telepathy excelled at all endeavors and cast Cain
completely in shadow. One day Cain was further humiliated as Xavier accidentally
probed his mind and learned of Cain's insecurities toward him. The revelation
to Cain that Xavier's success that loomed over him was actually gained through
a secret superhuman advantage intensified Cain's resentment toward Xavier considerably.
Cain was sent to a military boarding school, due to his lack of discipline, and
later served in the army. While serving together in the Korean War, Cain and Charles
stumbled onto the ancient temple of Cyttorak, lost for centuries. On an altar,
Cain saw a huge red gem, the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak, and immediately grabbed
it. Upon the gem was an inscription, and he spoke it aloud: "Whosoever touches
this gem shall be granted the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth,
you who read these words, shall become ... forevermore ... a human juggernaut!"
The cavern collapsed. Charles was able to escape, but it took Cain years to dig
himself out as he underwent the transformation. Cain seethed with rage at his
step-brother and, after finally emerging from the mountains he was buried under,
he set out to hurt Charles as much as possible.
Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) is a supervillain in Marvel Comics' universe who is an enemy
of Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Punisher. He was created by Stan Lee and John
Romita Sr., first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #50. Romita modelled the character
on Sydney Greenstreet's character from The Maltese Falcon. The Kingpin's name
was revealed in Daredevil #170, by Frank Miller (who revitalised the character).
The Kingpin has no superhuman powers. However, he is as strong and durable as
it is possible for a man of his height, weight, and build who engages in intensive
regular exercise to be, and he is a very large man (over six and a half feet tall).
Like Captain America, Fisk is stronger than any Olympic athlete who has ever competed.
His stamina is likewise honed to the virtual pinnacle of human abilility. He has
remarkable agility and dexterity for a man of his size. He typically wears Kevlar
armor under his clothing. Fisk sometimes carries a walking stick that conceals
a laser beam weapon which is capable of firing a blast of concussive force sufficient
for vaporizing a handgun (or a person's head) at close range. He typically wears
an ornamental stick-pin that conceals a highly compressed chamber of sleeping
gas that is effective if sprayed directy into his victim's face. Due to his wealth
and intellectual industry, Kingpin could use far more advanced paraphernalia,
but he prefers to use to such things as a last resort. As Fisk became less of
a Spider-Man villain and more of a Daredevil villain, he became more of a realistic
mafiaoso than a comic book criminal mastermind and left much of his more science
fiction-like weaponry behind. Aside from his remarkable physical advantages and
special paraphenalia, the Kingpin is brilliant. He has self-educated himself to
the university graduate level in the field of political science. He is extremely
skilled and knowledgeable in the organization and management of criminal and legal
business operations. The Kingpin is a master of many forms of armed and unarmed
combat, particularly sumo, jujitsu, and hapkido. His proficiency is such that
he has beaten characters with superhuman abilities without too much difficulty
in the past.
Comic history: Lara Croft became a comic in 1999 after the
smash success of the video games. Both the video game and original movie, which
took in $131.2 million domestically in 2001, have fared better than the comic
book. Secret weapon: Angelina Jolie. Sure, the original film was ripped by most
critics, but fans couldn't stop talking about her T-shirt in the snow scene. This
one sports Jolie in a skin-tight wet suit and a bikini. "I think girls like
the movies because it's a James Bond for them," Jolie says. "She gets
the gadgets and cool outfits this time." Archnemesis: Game fatigue. While
Croft remains a popular video franchise, it's hardly the craze it was four years
ago, having dipped below the Grand Theft Auto and Madden football games. If teens
are tired of the game, it may bring an end to this franchise.
league of Extraordinary Gentleman
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
is a comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill,
published under the America's Best Comics imprint of DC Comics. As of 2005 it
comprises twelve issues (published as two six-issue mini-series, each collected
as in graphic novel form, but forming a single ongoing story), as well as a film
adaptation of the first six-issue miniseries. There is also a prequel short story,
"Allan and the Sundered Veil", included in the book form of the first
miniseries. The story takes place in 1898 in a fictional world where all of the
characters and events from Victorian era adventure literature actually existed.
The world the characters inhabit is one far more technologically advanced than
our own was in the same year. This setting allows Moore and O'Neill to insert
'in-jokes' and cameos from many of the great works of Victorian fiction, while
also making contemporary references and jibes. (In issue 1, there is a half-finished
bridge to link Britain and France, referencing problems constructing the real-world
Channel Tunnel.)The League is assembled by the British government to protect the
empire from various menaces, including the criminal genius Fu Manchu (Vol. 1)
and the Martians from H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (Vol. 2).
Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man (birth name Carl Lucas), is a comic
book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. He was the first African-American
character to receive his own comic book series, which was Marvel's entry into
the 1970s blaxploitation trend. He first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire
#1 (June 1972. Luke Cage was a street tough who was framed and imprisoned for
a crime he didn't commit. While in prison, he was given the opportunity to undergo
dangerous scientific experiments that would, if successful, grant him superhuman
strength and endurance. He accepted, broke out of jail, and cleared his name.
He then started a mercenary business of sorts, where he would do good deeds for
others for a small fee. Cage was a typical superhero who displayed many qualities
bordering on minstrel-esque; one particular characteristic of Cage's that remains
infamous is his catchphrase, "Sweet Christmas!". Hero for Hire later
changed its name to Power Man, with Cage adopting that name. Later, the series
was suffering from low sales and merged with the equally low-selling series, Iron
Fist, in which Cage and Iron Fist teamed up and founded a new Heroes for Hire
agency. The merged series, Power Man and Iron Fist, retained Power Man's numbering,
and lasted from #50 to #125, when it and several other low-selling comics were
cancelled to make way for Marvel's "New Universe" line of comics. Power
Man and Iron Fist also featured the first time Cage was written by a black writer,
Jim Owsley (now known as Christopher Priest), starting from issue #111 (November
1984).Cage returned in the comic book industry's "boom period" in the
early 1990s, when he starred in the short-lived series Cage, and later resurfaced
as one of the principal players of the new Heroes for Hire series. A later revival
in the form of a miniseries also called Cage, written by Brian Azzarello in 2001,
featured a controversial "mature readers" version of Cage under Marvel's
MAX imprint, in which Cage displayed a thuggish persona that many fans considered
stereotyped and possibly racist. Cage was then brought back from obscurity by
writer Brian Michael Bendis, who made Cage a major supporting character in the
Marvel MAX series Alias, and is a member of the cast of the new series The Pulse,
both of which feature retired superheroine Jessica Jones, now pregnant with Cage's
child, and was recently made a member of the relaunched Avengers under Bendis'
pen.Cover to Ultimates (v2) #6. Art by Bryan Hitch.A different version of Luke
Cage appears in the Ultimate Marvel universe as a member of the Defenders. In
this universe, the Defenders consist of several people who want to be superheroes
but have no useful superpowers. This version of Cage does not possess superhuman
strength or any other apparent powers. He also has a different personality than
the canonical Cage.
Magnus Lehnsherr (known more widely by his alias Magneto) is a comic book fictional
character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics universe. He has at various times been
a supervillain, a superhero, and an anti-hero and in his role as a villain - arguably
his most famous role, though not his most complex - he is the primary antagonist
of the X-Men. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, though it was writer
Chris Claremont who would later flesh out and develop the character into the one
he is today. Just as though Professor X was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.,
it is possible that Magneto could have been inspired by Malcolm X. Magneto has
appeared in various issues of Uncanny X-Men, X-Men and several other Marvel Universe
titles throughout the decades. This popular character would receive his own title
one day. When the character returned to plague the X-Men and the world in 1993,
Magneto received a special one-shot issue. The one-shot featured reprinted Magneto
stories of old. These stories originally appeared in issues of Classic X-Men.
The stories themselves were written by Chris Claremont and drawn by British artist
John Bolton. In 1996, Magneto was given another mini-series, this time to be written
by Peter Milligan and with Kelley Jones as artist. As it turns out to be, that
this four issue mini-series actually featured Joseph, a younger clone of Magneto.
Often sentimentalized as complacent, happy days, the 1950's
were actually a time of considerable tension in the United States. On the surface,
things could hardly have been better. The country had come through the ordeal
of World War II comparatively unscathed, and the economy was strong enough to
allow generous foreign aid around the world. Yet there were undercurrents of fear
and anxiety throughout the land. Conventional wisdom asserted that dropping atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 had saved lives and shortened the war.
Nonetheless, over 100,000 people had died in those two blasts. Humanity had acquired
the power to eradicate itself. We built underground shelters to protect ourselves
and saw flying saucers in the sky. The alien beings inside these ships might be
enemies or perhaps they were saviors come to relieve us from the awesome responsibility
of policing the planet. In short, the country had the jitters. Out of this uneasy
atmosphere came Marvel Boy (December 1950), Marvel's first and only new super
hero of the decade. Marvel Boy was Bob Grayson, an American lad of seventeen raised
on the planet Uranus by his father, who had ended up there when this rocket made
an unexpected "right angle turn." Blessed with the powers of strength,
speed and mental telepathy, Bob returns to the land of his birth upon learning
that "Earth is in a bad way", then trades in his Uranian flying saucer
for an American spaceship.
All things considered, it's no surprise that the
Marvel Boy comic book lasted only two issues. Yet in 1950, Marvel couldn't care
less. Like the country, the company seemed strong and fat and happy; nobody felt
the turbulence beneath the surface. Financial reverses for Marvel might have been
considered a possibility at some point, but not even the wildest imaginations
in the business could have dreamed that comic book creators would soon join the
Reds and the Martians on the roster of American's enemies, and that the whole
industry would be teetering on the brink of doom.
Captain Marvel was such a success for Fawcett Publications,
he'd been running less than two years before they spun a new feature character,
Captain Marvel Jr., of him. And the boy spin-off was such a success, they apparently
figured what the heck, let's do a girl too. And so, in Captain Marvel Adventures
#18 (December, 1942) Fawcett debuted Mary Marvel. By that time, almost three years
after Cap's introduction, young Billy Batson (the orphan boy who turned into Captain
Marvel when he spoke the name of the wizard who gave him his powers, Shazam) was
no longer living on the streets and making a precarious living selling newspapers.
He was working as an announcer at radio station WHIZ, with a show of his own.
One day, his guest was a young lady named Mary Bromfield. In the course of the
interview, Mary and Billy discovered they carried matching pieces of a broken
locket — which led to the revelation they were twins, separated at birth, with
Mary winding up adopted by the well-to-do Bromfields and Billy fending for himself.
Learning Billy's secret identity (which wasn't really all that secret — even most
of the recurring villains knew it), Mary suggested that maybe the power extended
to her, as well. Later, threatened with kidnapers, she tried it out, and sure
enough — saying the name "Shazam" brought on the magic lightning, which
turned her into a female version of Captain Marvel. After mopping the floor with
the bad guys, she and Billy visited old Shazam, who explained that while for Billy,
his name was an acronym for six male heroes of the ancient world (Solomon, Hercules,
Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury), when she said it, it stood for Selena (the
Greek Moon goddess), Hippolyta (queen of the Amazons, as every Wonder Woman fan
knows), Ariadne (possessor of great skills), Zephyrus (the West Wind), Aurora
(dawn goddess) and Minerva (goddess of wisdom). The story was written by Captain
Marvel veteran Otto Binder, whose many contributions to comics include the female
superheroes Supergirl (from DC Comics) and Miss America (Marvel). The artist was
Marc Swayze, another Fawcett regular, who also illustrated their aviation hero,
Phantom Eagle. Later on, her artwork was generally handled by Binder's brother,
Jack, whose studio also did Fighting Yank for Standard/Nedor Comics, Daredevil
for Lev Gleason and Fawcett's own Bulletman.
Like Junior, Mary got her own
series the month after her first appearance. She became the cover-featured star
of Fawcett's Wow Comics with its ninth issue, squeezing Mr. Scarlet, who had held
that position in most previous issues, into the back pages. Unlike Junior, it
took her more than a year to get a comic of her own. Mary Marvel Comics #1 was
dated December, 1945. That same month (the timing probably had to do with the
lifting of wartime paper rationing), she began regular team-ups with Cap and Junior
in the new Marvel Family title. She even had her own fan club, the Mary Marvel
Marching Society (the name of which Marvel Comics shamelessly appropriated in
the '60s, as the Merry Marvel Marching Society). Mary wasn't as successful as
Cap and Junior. In 1947, she lost her series in Wow Comics, which began emphasizing
humor features; and in '48, after 28 issues, her own comic was replaced on the
schedule by one starring the western hero Monte Hale. But she stayed in Marvel
Family until the end, which came in January, 1954, as a result of Fawcett getting
out of the comic book business (after having had enough of the Superman copyright
infringement lawsuit DC had been waging for well over a decade). DC acquired Captain
Marvel and his spin-offs in 1973, and starred them in its series Shazam! That
series lasted five years, and has been revived and refurbished from time to time
ever since. She's even been a member of a group at DC, independent of the other
Marvels — a revival of a 1980s Justice League of America spin-off called "Formerly
Known as the Justice League", but that didn't last long. Tho she's been out
of the limelight for years, Mary Marvel is still a familiar sight to comic book
"The Fantastic Four are a group of super heroes who
have experienced some of the wildest adventures ever depicted in comic books,
but perhaps the root of their appeal is the extent to which they embodied the
ideal family, warts and all. Bound together by the strange powers that each acquired
while manning an experimental rocket, they are also joined by legal and blood
relationships. Reed Richards and Sue Storm were engaged when the series began
in 1961 and married a few years later; Johnny Storm is Sue's younger brother.
The odd man out is Ben Grimm, ostensibly just a friend of the family, but really
the heart and soul of the team. Reed Richards developed a flexible, elastic body
and became Mr. fantastic, but remained a brilliant and aloof scientist, more at
home with his work than with people. Sue Storm, transformed into The Invisible
Girl (later Woman), maintained the air of middle-class matron. These two rather
restrained characters were the symbolic parents of the group, while the adolescent
Johnny, an updated version of The Human Torch, functioned as their spoiled son.
Ben Grimm, who turned into the hideous but powerful Thing,appeared to be the family's
gruff but lovable uncle, one who came from distinctly less privileged background.
In the original synopsis that writer-editor Stan Lee gave artist Jack Kirby, Lee
proposed making the Thing into 'the heavy.' Deformed, underprivileged and argumentative,
Ben actually became the most lovable group member: honest, direct and free of
pretension. He brought humor and pathos to the stories, while his emotional responses
and frequent tantrums suggested that he might really be the baby of the household.
The others sported spiffy uniforms, he wore a big blue diaper. The perfect balance
of this original family unit, with its staid parents, privileged older son and
squalling, uninhibited infant, has made The Fantastic Four a uniquely appealing
team. Over the years, the balance of the Fantastic Four has shifted on several
occasions. More than one member has walked out in a huff, and even been apparently
replaced, but with the passage of time, the status quo has always reasserted itself.
The ties of blood and loyalty are as strong for misfits as they are for mortals.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is often cited as an early (perhaps
the earliest) precursor of the superhero of United States comic books: he is an
independently wealthy person with a secret identity which he maintains in action
by disguises, while in public life he appears as a politically irrelevant dandy
to draw attention away from himself. In his hero guise, he accomplishes good,
in a field in which the state is not competent to act, with his superior reasoning
and fighting abilities. However, he never in the entire canon takes a life or
indeed seriously wounds a foe. He even has a symbol in his name, which he does
use as an emblem, though not on a costume. Johnston McCulley's Zorro (1919) and
Bob Kane's Batman (1939) later followed the same pattern
MS.VICTORY®, the tall blonde leader of the FEMFORCE is a
by-the-book patriotic champion who proudly wears the colors of her country's flag.
During WWII, Dr. Joan Wayne was a genetic scientist for the US government. Her
task was to make the American soldier super-strong. To that end she and her team
of scientists developed the V-47 vitamin compound. In an emergency, Joan used
it on herself and found she transformed into a beautiful juggernaut... a powerful
force for freedom. She adopted the guise of MISS VICTORY and helped the war effort.
As years passed and she grew older, the V-47 would always restore her youth for
periods of time. During her life, Dr. Wayne was scientist, mother and grandmother
while her alter ego remained forever young as a government crime fighter. It was
the perfect disquise. Finally, in her 80's, Joan Wayne was laid to rest and now
MS. VICTORY, immortal and strong, strives to find a new private life for herself
as wife of hero Paragon, while leading the world's first all-female super team.
Beck began his career as a movie stuntman, but soon developed a singular interest
in the field of motion-picture special effects. In short order, he became one
of the industry's most accomplished masters of illusion. Motivated by a desire
to transcend the limited recognition of his behind-the-scenes occupation, Beck
attempted to become an actor. He met with little success. A friend's joking suggestion
set in motion his efforts to kill the wisecracking, web-slinging super hero known
as Spider-Man and take his place as a popular crimefighter.
Bent on duplicating
Spider-Man's spectacular feats, Beck moved to New York City. He studied the wall-crawler
intently for months, filming him in action and collecting fallen pieces of webbing
to determine whether the substance could be reproduced. Beck contacted the contraption-concocting
criminal genius known as the Tinkerer, outfitting him and his accomplices with
equipment that made them appear to be aliens. Beck participated in their unlawful
activities, but escaped when they met defeat at the hands of Spider-Man. Subsequently,
Beck completed an outfit and accouterments capable of mimicking the web-slinger's
amazing arachnid-like abilities. He also originated the masked identity of Mysterio.
Beck planned to discredit Spider-Man by committing crimes in his place, but was
defeated by the hero and sentenced to a prison term. After being paroled, Mysterio
renewed his illegal activities. Seeking revenge on Spider-Man, he joined with
the tentacled terror Dr. Octopus; the shifty Sandman; the high-flying, lowdown
Vulture; Kraven the Hunter; and the supercharged super-criminal Electro. However,
even the combined efforts of this Sinister Six proved insufficient to accomplish
what none of the villains could achieve alone. During his second brief imprisonment,
Beck learned the arts of hypnosis and slight of hand. Upon his release, he created
the identity of Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, and used technological and psychological
weaponry in an unsuccessful attempt to drive Spider-Man insane. Creating the illusion
of his own death, Beck escaped prison yet again and became aware of a large fortune
that years before had been hidden under the home of Spider-Man's loving Aunt May
and Uncle Ben Parker by the burglar who later murdered Ben. Despite his detailed
planning and extensive use of special effects, Mysterio was unable to unearth
the treasure. He and his accomplices were apprehended and turned over to the authorities
by Spider-Man. Mysterio continued to clash with Spider-Man for years, both alone
and in the company of the Sinister Six, until learning that he would pay the ultimate
price for his life of crime. Beck was diagnosed with a brain tumor and lung cancer,
both caused by the chemicals he had used to concoct his illusions. He was released
from a prison hospital with a year to live. At the time, a clone had replaced
Spider-Man. Unable to exact his final vengeance on his greatest nemesis, Mysterio
deemed the blind adventurer known as Daredevil to be a suitable second choice.
Beck purchased the hero's identity as attorney Matt Murdock from the Kingpin,
the most powerful figure in East Coast organized crime, then initiated an elaborate
plot to break down Daredevil's defenses. Mysterio managed to convince Murdock
and his confidants that a baby born of Immaculate Conception was evil incarnate.
Relying on his trademark hallucinogens and special effects, he almost broke Daredevil's
will. But in the end, the demon-garbed hero saw past the illusion and put down
the second-rate super-villain. Following his ignominious defeat, Beck committed
suicide. In seeming defiance of death, Mysterio soon resurfaced to plague Spider-Man.
Upon his capture, this Mysterio was discovered to be Beck's successor, Danny Berkhart.
Hoping to avenge the original Mysterio, Beck's cousin co-opted his techniques
to create the fiery, pumpkin-headed villain called Mad Jack. Macguire Beck captured
Spider-Man and Daredevil, but the confused costumed crimefighters managed to defeat
her. Behind the scenes, Macguire appeared to be working in concert with an enigmatic
individual clad in familiar purple-and-green garb...
has been an unwilling agent before in X-Factor, though she had underlying motives.
For a time she even worked for the government as leader of Freedom Force (a.k.a.
The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants). This is a new stretch of horizon for her; however,
as she has caught working for the man she fought against so often in the past.
In addition, he forbids her to kill. Ever. That's like telling me I can't eat
nachos anymore. Eventually something is going to snap. There wasn't too much action
in this one, as Mr. Vaughn laid the groundwork for Mystique's new relationship
with Forge and the Professor. Watching Mystique as Fidel Castro go 'Bruce Lee'
on soldiers in an airport made up for it! His characterization of Mystique is
dead on- she doesn't just roll over on being cornered into her new gig. The only
reason she complies is that she has no choice. Even though the government still
hunts her, as an agent of Xavier a certain measure of protection is offered via
a cloaking device. To go solo again would turn her into a bright beacon, easily
located. Jorge Lucas's art is amazing. Mystique has never looked better. He gives
a vastness to her facial expressions that have previously garnered only anger,
which was unbefitting a shape changer. Prof. X, in some panels, was a spitting
image of the old Jack Kirby days. Whether that is an homage or simple coincidence,
I cannot say. Forge looked very different from how I remember him, but his old
appearance could likely clash with the environment in this title. Jorge's drawings
of Fidel, though, were flawless and comical.
Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury is a fictional army hero
and spy, featured in Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Fury first
appeared in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963), a World War II-based
title that portrayed the cigar-chomping Fury as leader of an elite army unit.
The modern day Fury, a CIA agent, debuted a few months later and, in Strange Tales
#135 (August 1965), the character was completely transformed into a suave, James
Bond-like spy and leading agent of the fictional espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D.
Although artistically influential, the series Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
did not outlast the 1960s and subsequent Fury series have been sporadic and unremarkable.
Still, the character makes frequent appearances in Marvel comic books as the head
of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an intermediary between the U.S. government or the United
Nations and various superheroes.
native of Germany, Nightcrawler is a mutant, born with blue fur covering his body,
2 fingers plus a thumb on each hand, and only two toes on each foot, as well as
long canine teeth, yellow eyes, pointed ears, and a prehensile pointed tail. Abandoned
as a child, he was taken in by the gypsy witch Margali Szardos and raised as one
of them. As a teenager, his mutant nature also bestowed on him enhanced agility
and reflexes, the ability to see in the dark and to become near-invisible in the
dark, and the power to teleport short distances, leaving behind the smell of brimstone.
This ability is known informally as "bamfing". When he teleports in
the comics, he leaves behind a cloud of smoke which is usually lettered with the
sound effect *bamf*, the noise of air rushing in to fill the space he has just
vacated. Nightcrawler only teleports to places he can see or has been to before,
so that he does not risk appearing inside a wall or other solid object. He can,
apparently, displace liquids and gases when he teleports. He appears to be able
to cling to surfaces in a manner similar to Beast, although this ability has been
infrequently used by writers in recent years. Nightcrawler is an accomplished
martial artist and fighter (he can even fence with his prehensile tail). As a
young man, Wagner spent some time in the Munich circus, but that was to change.
As elaborated in the X-Men Annual #4 titled 'Nightcrawler's Inferno' (1980), he
was forced to kill his foster brother Stefan, who had become a mad children slayer.
Hunted by the mob from the nearby village for his appearance and the resultant
presumption of being the murderer, he was rescued by Professor Charles Xavier,
who invited him to join his second team of X-Men. There, Wagner adopted the name
Nightcrawler. With the X-Men, Nightcrawler at last found a home and a family,
and his humorous, swashbuckling Errol Flynn-like nature came to the fore. He also
found a close friend in his fellow X-Man Wolverine, and had a romantic relationship
with his foster sister, who was living under the identity of Amanda Sefton in
the United States, for a time. He was also reconciled with Margali, who had been
convinced that he had killed her son Stefan in cold blood and therefore imprisoned
his soul in a facsimile of Dante's Inferno, as described in The Divine Comedy;
but with the help of his fellow X-Men and Dr. Strange, the mistake was cleared.
After some years with the X-Men, Nightcrawler sustained a serious injury while
fighting the Marauders, and, while he and fellow X-Man member Kitty Pryde- Shadowcat-
were recovering, the X-Men appeared to die during a mission in Dallas (in reality,
the X-Men were saved from death by Roma, and transported to the Australian outback).
Not long after, Nightcrawler and Shadowcat left to join Captain Britain in an
adventure in the UK. After working together so well, they decided to form the
group Excalibur. Leadership of the group was originally assumed to be Captain
Britain's, but, over time, Nightcrawler gradually assumed leadership of the group.
After Excalibur disbanded (following the wedding of Captain Britain and Meggan)
he eventually returned to the X-Men. For a time, Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler
expressed some resentment over the X-Men's failing to contact them after their
supposed deaths. Among his more interesting character traits, Wagner is an extremely
religious man. A devout Catholic, his demonic appearance obviously makes it very
difficult to attend church services. Despite this, as mutants in the Marvel Universe
become more mainstream, he even managed to almost become a Catholic priest, unfortunately,
his studies were interrupted by a villain known as "The Neo." Wagner
has, at various points, used a personal holographic device (known as an image-inducer)
to appear as a normal human, though this device is rarely used unless absolutely
necessary. It was recently revealed that his biological mother, previously unknown,
is the mutant terrorist Mystique (as has been hinted at to varying degrees, since
they first appeared together). It was also revealed that, though Mystique was
married to a wealthy German at the time (Herr Wagner, one would assume), Nightcrawler's
father was Azazel, a member of a race of demonic-looking mutants dating back to
Biblical times, who were banished to another dimension by another race of angelic
mutants. Comic book writing-veteran Chris Claremont had originally intended for
Mystique and Destiny to have been Nightcrawler's biological parents (Mystique,
being a shapeshifter, would have taken the form of a man and impregnated Destiny.)
Marvel, however, felt the idea to be too controversial and an alternative origin
was developed. Nightcrawler currently serves as a member of the Uncanny X-Men
alongside Storm, Bishop, Psylocke, X-23, and Marvel Girl. The Ultimate Universe
version of Nightcrawler reveals a much more militant young mutant, who leaves
a burst of yellow smoke and flame when he teleports. His Weapon X origins link
him more closely with Ultimate Wolverine and Rogue than with his other teammates.
He possesses a far more rebellious attitude than in the original comics, but also
shows hints of a softer, extremely caring side.
mysterious sorceress, is a dark, brooding beauty. She wears the incredible CLOAK
OF DARKNESS which is the source of her arcane powers. Early in her career, LAURA
WRIGHT fought crime as the BLUE BULLETEER. After years of service to her country,
she was swept away by a quasi-dimensional wizard called AZAGOTH and magically
transported to DARK DHAGOR, weird planet in another dimension. There the wizard
trained Laura in the art of sorcery so that when she returned to Earth she was
transformed into NIGHTVEIL, quite possibly the most powerful person in the world.
Though inherently evil, the CLOAK is kept under control by the sorceress. The
dichotomy of it all leaves her open to insecurities and fears that manifest themselves
in ways that are hard for the rest of her team to understand, so she spends a
great deal of time in her sanctum in the Everglades of Florida.
comic books published by DC Comics, Richard John "Dick" Grayson is Batman's
first ward (later adopted son), and the first person to fight crime with him using
the superheroic secret identity of Robin. After his emancipation, he adopted the
identity of Nightwing. In Pre-Crisis continuity, Nightwing's name originated as
that of a legendary Kryptonian bird Superman chose to name himself after when
he visited the bottled Kryptonian city of Kandor and started a temporary career
as a superhero modeled after Batman. The Kryptonian origins have recently been
partially restored, with recent comics revealing that Grayson heard the legend
of the Nightwing from Superman himself.
normalman first debuted in the pages of Dave Sim’s Cerebus,
before graduating to his own full color title. The book ran for a dozen issues
(plus a 3D Annual) before Valentino turned his full attention to more mainstream
fare, eventually going on to co-found Image Comics. This time around normalman
will take dead aim at the entire industry, in "Captain Everything – Superstar."
Longtime fans will recall Captain Everything as the omnipotent but astoundingly
dense hero of the planet Levram, and best friend of normalman. Fans, retailers,
conventions, "superstar" pros....no one is safe from Valentino’s caustic
wit "Some people are bound to be offended," adds Valentino. "To
which, all I can say (that's printable) is, sacred cows make great burgers."
The normalman Twentieth Anniversary Special will also include the first-ever reprinting
of "normalman Goes Hollywood" from Epic Lite #1, and a fully annotated
retrospective of the entire normalman canon. the normalman Twentieth Anniversary
Special is available for order in the May issue of Previews and will go on sale
July 14. Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992
by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to
become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently
four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and
Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three major houses (Todd McFarlane
Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image Central). Image comics and graphic
novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science
fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by
the finest artists and writers working in the medium today.
Charles Xavier may be the most well-known mutant on Earth. He
is also one of the most powerful mutants in the world, despite being paralyzed
from the waste down. Xavier's power is limited to telepathy, but he can affect
almost every mind on the planet and manipulate them in any way possible, though
doing so would compromise his higher moral standing. Xavier can also project his
thoughts to anyone as well as project his being into the Astral Plane. Of course,
Charles Xavier is also known as the founder of the X-Men. At first an assembly
of five students, the X-Men have since sprouted into a variety of splinter groups
each with a large roster. Xavier is the world’s foremost expert on genetics and
mutation, often serving as the unofficial representative for mutant-kind in many
political arenas. Professor X’s heroics have not come without dark moments. When
Xavier decisively dealt with Magneto by shutting down his enemy’s mind, he accidentally
created a creature known as Onslaught. Onslaught was born from the power of Magneto
and Xavier and nearly conquered the world. Xavier is currently working in Genosha
-- with his former enemy Magneto -- to rebuild the nation after a devastating
Sentinel attack. Professor X exists in the Ultimate universe, but he is younger
and less scrupulous. He is still with the X-Men, unlike in the regular Marvel
Punisher (Frank Castle) is a Marvel Comics anti-hero. Created by Gerry Conway,
he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974). Although sometimes considered
a hero, the Punisher is a savage and ruthless vigilante who considers violence
and murder to be acceptable crime-fighting tactics. Driven by the murder of his
family, Castle wages a one-man war on organized crime using all manner of weaponry.
The Punisher is a master of close combat and a skilled marksman. Recognized by
the white skull icon on his chest, the Punisher is feared by all criminals. The
Punisher's brutal nature and willingness to kill made him a novel character in
mainstream American comic books in 1974. By the late 1980s, he was part of a wave
of psychologically troubled anti-heroes and was featured in several monthly series.
His popularity has since cooled, but he remains a popular Marvel property and
was adapted into two films released in 1989 and 2004. It was recently announced
that a sequel to the 2004 Punisher film will be released in 2006. The Punisher
can be seen as the revenge genre taken to an extreme as he not only takes his
vengeance on the criminals who killed his family but all criminals full stop.
There is no final villain as is the case with many revenge sagas, the Punisher's
war with crime continues without end.
(Pietro Maximoff) is a comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. He
was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in X-Men #4 (1964).
Quicksilver possesses the superhuman ability to run, think, and react at great
speed; he has often claimed that the rest of the world seems to move, and think,
in slow motion, which is what has led to his impatient, arrogant temper. He is
able to run up vertical surfaces and across water, and can even fly for short
distances by moving quickly to form a miniature tornado. Quicksilver is often
considered Marvel's counterpart to DC Comics' The Flash. Quicksilver's power had
not known any limits due to the isotope E being awaken. Quicksilver had difficulty
breaking the sound barrier; however, during his short-lived series his speed increased
drastically.Quality Comics published a super-speedster named Quicksilver in National
Comics, during the Golden Age of comic books; when he was revived by DC Comics
in the pages of The Flash, he was renamed Max Mercury to avoid trademark confusion
with Marvel's long-established character.
of an earth woman and the demonic Trigon, Raven constantly fights to keep her
evil side in check. The empathic mystic sometimes fell to the dark side, but valiantly
found her own inner light - oftimes at the expense of her own happiness.
is the daughter of a union between Trigon the Terrible, a powerful extra-dimensional
being, and Arella, a woman who was seduced by a satanic cult to try to bring Satan
to earth. Instead, Trigon came and took Arella as his bride.Almost at the point
of suicide, Arella was rescued by an extra-dimensional pacifist cult and taken
to the other-worldly dimensional world known as Azarath. There, she gave birth
to Raven. The moment Raven was born, Trigon's evil influence was felt in Azarath.
The grand-daughter of the original Azar herself raised Raven and trained her to
keep her emotions in check, lest Trigon's evil side within her would be set free.At
the age of ten, Arella once again cared for her daughter, as Azar passed away.
Before Azar died, however, she gave Raven a pair of rings that she herself had
always worn. The rings held Azar's essence. Three years later, Trigon appeared
in Azarath in an attempt to reclaim Raven as his own. As a defense mechanism,
Raven unleashed her soul self for the first time. The manifestation of the soul
self confirmed that Raven was indeed the daughter of Trigon. Trigon instilled
more of his essence into Raven's soul self and left without her, promising that
she would eventually belong to
Morisi gained the ability to control and generate electricity
from a freak accident during Desert Storm. Having gained these superhuman powers,
she joined the all-female superteam known as Femforce.