Real Name: Mark Pickett
Publisher: AHR VISIONS
Created by: ABDUL H. RASHID
1st appearance: THE EIGHT #0
Nationality: “African-American” (Carthaginian-descent)
Team Affiliations: The Eight (Leader), The gold Chain (Second-in-Command)
Height: 6 ft 6 in Weight: 250lbs (109kg)
Eye color: Brown in natural state – Green during initial power-up – Glowing yellow during full power application
Hair color: Black
Skills and abilities: Proficient hand-to-hand combatant – Excellent military strategist – Highly knowledgeable in technology/trained computer hacker – Excellent observational skills/analytical deduction – Strong leadership attributes
Powers: Solar/Plasma energy absorption and manipulation: Dean Hannibal is capable of channelling, altering and enhancing the shape and concentration of solar/plasma energies to 10-times their original generation via projectile applications he implements to action; augmented strength, speed, and agility – Supernatural healing capability – Near immortality
Born “Mathos Philosir”, son of a top general of the warrior clans of Carthage during the campaigns against the Roman Empire. Mathos was renowned for his military knowledge and applications at an early age. During a scrimmage with an invading Roman troop, Mathos faces of against the lead Roman commander that appeared unstoppable against all methods of attack. Mathos is mortally wounded in the battle and on the verge of death. He is visited by the angel Ra and “sparked” with the ability to manipulate plasma energy. This ability comes with an immensely extended lifespan that borders on immortality, augmented physical attributes and…to become a warrior against an ominous force in a “underground” battle between good and evil.
Over the centuries, Mathos utilizes various alter-egos while keeping a distance from getting to personal with “mortals” to avoid arousing questions of whom and/or what he is. It isn’t until meeting others like himself that he develops more of an understanding that “he is not on his own” in this effort.
In the early 1900’s, he adopts the name “Mark Pickett” and fights along the allied forces in various military campaigns waged by humans that the Dark Immortals have used as guises for their own agendas.
He has garnered a respected reputation among immortals and humans alike for his military insight. Over the past 70 years, he and a number of other immortals have joined together to form “The Eight”, a powerful organized unit of heroic “immortals” based in North America. He has taken the codename of “Hannibal”, as homage to the one-time warrior-king of his homeland. The internal rank-title of “dean” is awarded to him as leader of the group.
Being one of the oldest and most powerful of “The Eight”, Dean Hannibal is considered a most formidable combatant of the immortal global population.