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Slab

Slab1Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Erik Larsen

Real Name: Unknown

1st appearance: Savage Dragon #24

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record

Height: 5’9   (Human)     8’3 (Monster)

Weight: 190 lbs (Human)       650 lbs (Monster)

Eyes: Brown (Human)     White (Monster)

Hair: Black (Human)                 None (Monster)

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: Superhuman strength, resistance to Injury and endurance.

Biography

Nothing is known of his past except that he tried to gain control/leadership of the ‘Vicious Circle’. During his attempted coup the superhuman Negate used his powers on Slab de-powering him and thus making him human. With his powers gone it’s assumed he was killed by the Vicious Circle [Savage Dragon #24].


Midnight Sun

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1st appearance: Special Marvel Edition #16 (February 1974)

Real Name: M’Nai

Aliases: Midnight; The Dark Destroyer

Nationality: African

Team Affiliations: Si Fan; Legion of the Unliving

Legal Status: legally dead; criminal of the Kree Empire

Height: 6’2”   Weight: 210lbs  

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Black

Relatives: unnamed parents (deceased)

Skills and abilities: master combatant, equal to Shang Chi, ability to vanish into shadows

Powers: as Midnight- none; as Midnight Sun- clone body of original body genetically engineered by Kree to have superhuman strength, durability, reflexes, stamina, and also retains all combat skills; outfitted with disc attachments to his hands and feet to allow space travel, and he can exist in space indefinitely

Weapons: Midnight is armed with various daggers, throwing stars, and nunchucks.

Biography

Tragic Origins

M’Nai was born in a village located in Africa to parents who were agents of Fu Manchu, who operated a base from there. When the base was assaulted by Sir Denis Nayland Smith, M’Nai’s parents were killed in the raid and M’Nai was orphaned as an infant. An aide of Fu Manchu found M’Nai in the wreckage and saw the scars on his face from the fire. The aide wanted to put the crying infant out of his misery, but Fu Manchu stopped him. Fu Manchu realized that the child was not crying from pain, but from hatred towards those who caused the death of his parents. Fu Manchu took the child back to his fortress and raised him like a son alongside his other son; Shang Chi. M’Nai wore a mask to cover his scars. At the age of seven, Shang Chi ask M’Nai to remove the mask. M’Nai refused and the boys dueled. The fight was a stalemate, and the two became good friends (Special Marvel Edition #16).

When M’Nai was 15 he was accused of stealing from Fu Manchu. M’Nai’s accuser was on of Fu Manchu’s trusted aides, and told Shang Chi and on of Fu Manchu’s other aides his accusation. M’Nai and Shang Chi fought when M’Nai approached Shang Chi about what he had been told. The two were able to put aside their difference and find the real thief. They tried to tell the other aide but was not believed. Shang Chi felt that Fu Manchu set the whole thing up to see if the boys would turn on each other. (Master of Kung Fu #41; June 1976) M’Nai’s first assignment was to go extend an invitation to the villain known as Half-Face to join Fu Manchu’s Si Fan. After fighting his way into Half Face’s home, M’Nai; now as Midnight; extended the offer, but was refused. Midnight felt sympathy towards Half Face because they both were disfigured. (Iron Man Annual #4; 1077) Shang Chi was sent by his father to assassinate an individual, in which Shang Chi refused. This act was the end of both his relationship with his father and M’Nai, who he felt was his brother. Shang Chi left and was located by Fu Manchu in New York.

Death

Fu Manchu sent Midnight after Shang Chi. When they first faced each other, he could not bring himself to fight Shang Chi, who he still considered a friend. When Midnight told Fu Manchu about this, Fu Manchu told him Shang Chi was a traitor and no longer his friend. Midnight found him again and tried to kill him. During the course of the fight, Midnight attempted to kick Shang Chi while they were on a winch and Shang Chi evaded the kick. Midnight’s momentum carried him over the edge and to his death.  Midnight’s cape was snagged on the winch’s hook and snapped his neck (Special Marvel Edition #16). 

Right before his death, Midnight was grabbed by Kang into the time stream. Kang employed him in his Legion of the Unliving, which attacked the Avengers. Midnight fought Mantis to a standstill, and Mantis was able to flee. Midnight caught up with Mantis, but was defeated and sent back to his proper place in time by Immortus (Avengers #132-132; January-February 1975; Giant Size Avengers #3; February 1975).

Agent of the Kree

After being returned to his time, Midnight’s body was taken by the Kree and placed in storage.  20 years passed, and the Kree found themselves in battle with the Silver Surfer. One of the Kree doctors reanimated Midnight’s brain and placed it in a augmented cloned body. The body was designed to be able to battle the Surfer. Now known as Midnight Sun, he was able to hold his own at first, using a shadow cloud the Kree released to attack. The Surfer was able to locate Midnight Sun in one of the clouds and defeat him.  As the Surfer approach the Kree planet, Midnight Sun was able to escape and was defeated, and was rescued by a Kree tractor beam. He was sent to defend the planet, and initially hesitated, but attacked the Surfer again after being goaded by the Surfer, and is once again defeated. (Silver Surfer #29-30; October-November 1989) Midnight Sun was turned over to the Kree for reprogramming. It was felt that his old memories were responsible for him hesitating in battle, and they needed to be purged. Midnight Sun broke free and escaped fighting off an entire battalion of Kree soldiers before being allowed to leave. Midnight Sun flew to the Earth’s moon to contemplate who he really was. (Silver Surfer Annual #4 1991)

Reunion

While on the moon, Midnight Sun saw the Silver Surfer flying towards Earth and flew into his path to see if the Surfer knew who he was. They two fought as Midnight Sun attempted to make the Surfer talk to him. The battle was seen by the Inhumans, midnight Sun was injured in the fight and had to remove his mask. The Surfer was horrified by Midnight Sun’s appearance. As Midnight Sun fought to hide his face, the Inhumans appeared. The Surfer informed them that he did not know who Midnight Sun was, but they departed as friends. Midnight Sun went with the Inhumans, who treated his wounds. (Silver Surfer #60; December 1991) Midnight Sun returned to Earth, and his earliest memory was of fighting Shang Chi. He located Shang Chi and started fighting him. Shang Chi realized what Midnight Sun wanted, and told him he was M’Nai, his brother. (Shang Chi. Master of Kung Fu One Shot #1; NOVEMBER 2009)

 


Damballah

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Created by: Len Wein and Gene Colan

1st appearance: Strange Tales #169 (1973)

Alias: Houngan Supreme, The serpent God

Nationality: Haitian

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 225 lbs    Height: 6’1

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Highly trained in the magical arts of Vaudoun. He is also an adept street fighter easily holding his own and overpowering Jericho in both their confrontations [Strange Tales #169-170].

Powers:
Highly proficient in the use of magic. He was able to kill Daniel Drumm with the aid of a voodoo doll and incinerated Fong Lee using a manifested illusion which affected reality.

WangalEquipment: He wore a Wangal around his neck carved from magical rock which enhanced his magical powers and allowed him to telepathically control snakes.

Biography

Nothing is known of his early life until he came into possession of the Wangal which he used to try and establish himself as the Houngan Supreme of Haiti. As he amassed power and followers he was opposed by Daniel Drumm. When he was defeated by Daniel he vowed revenge and using a voodoo doll effigy of Daniel he sapped the boys power and eventually killed him [Strange Tales #169]. Jericho who had returned to Haiti to aid his brother was easily defeated by Damballah who taunted him and allowed him to live [Strange Tales #169].

He then called together the Voodoo priest and priestesses across the globe to declare himself Houngan Supreme. When the Asian representative scoffed at his claims he incinerated him to intimidate the rest of the ‘Council of Vaudou’ into submission [Strange Tales #170]. Jericho Drumm now Brother Voodoo challenged him to single combat and after he was stripped of the Wengal he was killed by the very snakes he once controlled [Strange Tales #170].


Taskmaster

Taskmaster5Created by Brian Michael Bendis

1st appearance: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26, 2013

Nationality: Unknown

Real Name: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Unknown

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 210 lbs       Height: 6’2

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Abilities: Skilled armed and unarmed combatant trained in unspecified martial arts.

Powers: He has an unspecified degree of resistance to injury and can absorb and re-channel whatever powers are used against him.

Biography

Hired by Roxxon corporation CEO Donal to track down Roxxon test subjects Cloak and Dagger [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26, 2013]. While tracking his prey he found Spider-man, Spider-Woman and another of Roxxon’s experiments Bombshell. He quickly took down the trio with an illegal paralyzer weapon [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26, 2013]. With the heroes unaware of his powers he was allowed to absorb both their super strength and Spider-man‘s venom blast. He almost defeated the heroes when Bombshell, Cloak and Dagger came into play giving him even more power. He was only subdued when Cloak consumed him [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #27, 2013].

He alludes to working with weapon-X and his connection to the program which created Wolverine [Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #27, 2013].


Queen of Diamonds

Queen of Diamonds

Queen of Diamonds

 

First Appearance: Spidey Super Stories #23, June 1977

Created by: Janet Gari and Winslow Mortimer based on the Electric company script by Tom Whedon

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’5              Weight: 130 lbs

Eyes: Brown                Hair: Black

Relatives:  Unknown

Powers: None

Skills: Expert thief, infiltrator and escapist.

Biography

Her real name and background are unknown. She first appears stealing an engagement ring from right off the finger of a woman in a park. She goes on a spree which is halted by Spider-man when he sets a trap and sends her to prison [Spidey Super Stories #23].


Sphinx

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Created by: Fabian Nicienza

1st appearance: New Warriors #4, 1990

Nationality: Egyptian

Real Name: Meryet Karim

Height: 5’10”       Weight: 250lbs

Eyes: Green        Hair: Black

Skills and abilities: Has retained all the knowledge and skills of all her reincarnations over the centuries, including college educations

Powers: Due to the Ka Stone Meryet can alter reality within a several mile radius; can shoot het, light, or force blast from the stone, her hands or her eyes, enhance her strength, teleport of distances read minds or a person’s memories which will kill them, she is also eternally reincarnate and retains all of the knowledge of her past lives; without the stone the bearer will lose all the powers and revert to their true age and possibly crumble to dust

Weapons: none

Biography

Meryet Karim was a desert nomad who found Anath-Na Mut soon after he finds the Ka Stone and was unconscious. Meryet absorbs residual energies from the Ka Stone which grant her a fraction of its’ power while nursing Anath Na Mut back to health. After her death Meryet was reincarnated into new bodies and retained the knowledge of her previous lives with each perpetual rebirth. Meryet finds the pieces of the Ka Stone, rebuilds it, and becomes the new Sphinx. Meryet then alters history and has Anath-Na Mut kill Moses. By doing this Egypt was placed in position to conquer the world. Meryet’s plans are thwarted by the New Warriors. She resurrects Anath-Na in an attempt to reclaim his love. Anath, now being empowered again, battles the New Warriors. Anath-Na Mut was forced to face his feelings for Karim and decides to merge with her into a composite entity, which goes back in time to live a normal life (New Warriors #47-50, 1994, Nova #6-7, 1994, Night thrasher Vol. 2 #11-12, 1994)


Blade Doppleganger

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Created by: Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan

 

1st appearance: Tomb of Dracula #48, (September, 1976)

 

Nationality: American

 

Team Affiliations: None

 

Legal Status: US citizen with criminal record.

 

Height: 6’2              Weight: 215 lbs

 

Eyes: Brown                  Hair: Black

 

Relatives: Blade/Eric Brooks (Genetic Template)

 

Skills and Abilities: Proficient in the use of Bladed weapons though not to the extent of his genetic template.

 

Powers: The clone was a vampire version of Blade and as a result had all the conventional strengths and weaknesses of a vampire.

Biography

Evil clone of the Vampire Hunter Blade. Created by Deacon Frost.


Max Brashear

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Max Brashear/Dr. Positron

Alias: Dr. Positron

Created by: Kevin Grevioux

1st appearance: Legend of the Blue Marvel #2 (2009)

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: U.S citizen with no criminal record

Weight: Unknown    Height: Unknown

Eyes: Brown        Hair: Brown

Relatives: Adam Brashear/Blue Marvel (Father), Marlene Frazier/Candace Brashear/Agent 314 (Mother, deceased), Adrienne Brashear (Sister), Kevin Brashear (Brother)

Skills and abilities: Max is a gifted engineer and scientific mind.

Powers: Unknown

Biography

The son of Adam Brashear/Blue Marvel and his spy wife Candace Brashear/Agent 314. Max is Bi-racial since his father is black and his mother white.  He was in his final year at Howard University when his mother was killed. It’s unknown when he found out his father was the superhero Blue Marvel.

Max appears to have a deep-seated resentment toward his father Adam not just for the death of his mother but also an unknown incident which saw his brother Kevin stranded in the . In order to gain revenge and also rescue his brother he joined the criminal organization W.E.S.P. With their resources he engaged the Mighty Avengers, which included his father Blue Marvel and Monica Rambeau [Mighty Avengers (2013) #8, 2014]. Upon revealing his identity he engaged a machine with he intent of pulling his brother from the Neutral Zone [Mighty Avengers (2013) #8, 2014].


Jamal Afari

 

A jazz player and vampire hunter. He was the first teacher of Eric Brooks who would later become Blade. Jamal was turned into a vampire and had to be killed by Blade.


Commando X

Commando-X

Commando-X

Created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan.

1st appearance: Static #5, May 1993

Nationality: American

Real Name: Howell Rice

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Convicted terrorist with a criminal record

Weight: 190 lbs       Height: 6’2

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled in armed and unarmed combat.

Powers: He has the ability to make objects explosive with a touch. The nature of the object can enhance the explosiveness eg. Gasoline would make a larger and more potent explosive than a chair.

Biography

Howell Rice was apparently a gang member who was present at the Big Bang event. He survived and was granted superhuman powers to make things explode. Unlike the other surviving Bang Babies he was a nationalist and Muslim black supremacist who believed in “separation of races”. He also believed in a conspiracy against the black race by the whites who held all the economic power and prestige. He made his public debut by bombing white supremacist headquarters and even a Jewish temple full of innocents. This caused a riot to erupt between the Jews and African-Americans on the scene. Luckily Static arrived on the scene and broke up the riot but Commando-X escaped (Static #5).

Static came face to face with the villain at a peace rally where those present were condemning Commando-X’s actions. Here Static had to save the rally from Commando-X’s volleyballs rigged to explode (Static #6). He eluded capture once more. Static manages to track him down and plays at sharing his ‘radical’ ideas to gain more Intel. Commando-X unwittingly reveals his plan to bomb City Hall (Static #7).

Commando’s last gambit was to bomb the radio station but static tracked him down, defeated him and turned him over to the cops (Static #7).


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