Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

The Vamp

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

vampContributed by Ronald Byrd

Nothing is known about the Vamp’s life prior to her entry into the subversive criminal organization known as the Corporation; the lover of the Corporation’s east coast head, Senator Eugene Stivak, the Vamp was assigned to infiltrate the international law enforcement agency called SHIELD, and she, along with another double agent called Blue Streak, joined SHIELD’s Super-Agent program, in which capacity she wore the energizing absorbo-belt and served alongside genuine heroes the Texas Twister and Marvel Man (later known as Quasar). While serving as a SHIELD Super-Agent, the Vamp was also active as a Corporation agent in the form of the Animus, a psionic-powered, neanderthal-like, and apparently male superhuman; her ability to assume this new form was presumably given to her by the Corporation’s genetic engineers, who evidently worked under criteria different from that of most other subversive scientists (although, in all honesty, for all we know it is the Animus who is the original form and the Vamp who is the transformation, which would lend the Vamp’s romance with Senator Stivak a rather unusual subtext). Thus, the Vamp targeted the super-hero Captain America in the form of the Animus, even while she was posing as his ally in SHIELD.

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Mephisto

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Contributed by Michael McDermott

Mephisto is a demon who rules a fiery “hell” dimension. He is a being of pure evil, and his entire existance seems to be devoted to causing suffering and capturing the souls of various mortals. Mephisto has many different forms and appearances, and although his natural state appears to be male, he can assume a female form when it suits his purposes.

Over the years Mephisto has been a threat to nearly every character in the Marvel Universe, and has targeted various heroes as Adam Warlock, Thor, Wonder Man, Black Panther, Hellcat, and many others in his schemes. The hero he seems most interested in is the Silver Surfer.

In one encounter, he assumed the form of the the female Nova, and seduced the Surfer and managed to trick him into surrendering his soul. The Surfer was now Mephisto’s property, although he did eventually manage to escape.

Mephisto: “You exist for my amusement… to do and be anything I desire… take any shape… serve any purpose. It is mine to deem you slave… or lover… or nothing.” (Silver Surfer vol.3 #100)

Given that he is a creature of pure evil, Mephisto is ob-viously incapable of love, and therefore his sexuality changes to suit whatever scheme he is currently involved in. This is best illustrated in a scene from Black Panther #2, where Everett Ross asks Mephisto if he is gay. His reply: “No. At least, not today.”

Mephisto has a son,Blackheart, and in an alternate future has a daughter named Malevolence. There is no information on who the mother of these offspring is.

Mephisto first appeared in Silver Surfer #3, volume 1 and is outed in Silver Surfer #99 & 100.

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The Answer II

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Contributed by Michael McDermott

answer2-1David Ferarri was a patriotic young man who was pressured into military service by his father. David was described as being “too sensitive” for the service and he felt miserable in the military. Eventually he was killed in a hazing, due to his “different lifestyle”.

However, it was eventually revealed that Ferarri’s death was simply a cover story so that SHIELD could recruit him into their enhanced soldier program.  Unfortunately, Ferarri proved to be mentally unstable, and became a terrorist calling himself “The Answer”. In a scheme for world domination, he teamed up with the Crimson Dynamo, kidnapped Nick Fury, and stole a nuclear missile. Together, Captain America and Nick Fury were able to stop Ferarri and take him into custody.

Ferarri should not be confused with the original Answer, who is an old Spider-Man foe. David is the brother of Connie Ferarri, once a love interest of Captain America. His first appearance was only in a photograph in Captain America #20 (Vol 3). He appeared in issues #42 and 43.

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Rebecca Cross

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Contributed by Michael McDermott

Rebecca Cross ran away from home when she was sixteen, and took a bus from her home town of Lago, NY to the next town. No one knew where she went, and it was assumed that she was kindapped. After a month had passed, her mother hired private investigator Jessica Jones to find out what happened to Rebecca. She suspected that Rebecca’s father might have something to do with the disappearance, because she thought that he had displayed a sexual interest in Rebecca.

However, the father denied those accusations, and Jones believed that he had nothing to do with the disappearance. During Jones’ investigation, she uncovered rumours that Rebecca was a mutant, and Lago is a small town with a minister who preaches anti-mutant sermons. However, Jessica found no evidence to support the rumours that Rebecca was a mutant; she simply appeared to be a “different” girl who didn’t fit in to that small town.

A few days later, Mr. Cross was found murdered. While the body was being taken away, Jessica overhears a little boy muttering “that’s not funny”, and realizes that he knows where Jessica is. Before Rebecca left, she told this one boy where she was going, because she liked him and didn’t want him to worry. Jessica finds Rebecca in a club, with her new girlfriend, reading poetry. Jessica takes Rebecca back home despite her protests. During the car ride, Rebecca explains that she ran away because she could no longer tolerate the bigotry and racism in her hometown. She went to the next town over, and found people who didn’t have the same bigoted attitudes, and who didn’t mock her when she tried to express herself. She also met a girl whom she fell in love with. Rebecca tells Jones that she will not go back to living in Lago, and she will run away again at the first opportunity.

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Twitchy

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Contributed by Mike McDermott

twitchy1Twitchy is the codename of the senior data analyst for the Worldwide Counter-terrorism Agency (WCA). His codename is likely based on his nervous and high-strung nature, as though he were constantly on a caffeine overload. Twitchy was formerly Agent 14 of SHIELD, and was abducted and replaced for an unrevealed length of time by the alien shape-shifting Skrulls as part of their secret invasion of Earth. When he and the other captives were eventually rescued, Twitchy discovered that much had changed in his absence–including SHIELD being disbanded.

One of his fellow abductees, the former-SHIELD-agent-turned-Avenger Mockingbird, decided to fill the void by starting her own espionage agency (the WCA) and turned to her fellow abducted ex-SHIELD agents. Twitchy was one of her first recruits.

Twitchy’s skills as data analyst were used in most of the WCA’s missions, including operations against Dr. Monica Rappaccini and A.I.M., Crossfire and the Phantom Rider. He ran communications and satellite coverage, as well as preparing the data for mission briefings, etc. Hawkeye also employed Twitchy’s skills to help him locate Mockingbird’s family, by hacking through the firewalls around their files.

Twitchy is a master hacker, and an expert in various communications systems and computer technologies. As a former SHIELD agent he presumably also has some degree of training in armed and unarmed combat, although likely not to the same extent as the field agents.

Twitchy has a partner named Roland, with whom he has two dogs. Roland is apparently aware of Twitchy’s occupation, since they have a designated safehouse to evacuate to. Twitchy’s parents are unaware that he is a spy, and may also be unaware of his sexuality–Twitchy has said that he and his parents have a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on most aspects of his life.

Twitchy first appeared in New Avengers: The Reunion #2, and was outed in Hawkeye & Mockingbird #4. His appearance is based on his co-creator Jim McCann.

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Sphinx II

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Contributed by Michael McDermott

Thousands of years ago, when Anath-Na Mut first absorbed the energy of the Ka Stone and became the original Sphinx, he was overwhelmed by the incredible power and emerged from the temple into the desert in a dazed state. A poor, lonely outcast Egyptian woman found him lying there in the desert. She took care of him, and nursed him while he adapted to the new power and regained control of himself. The woman soon fell in love with him, but the Sphinx had no interest in her, and simply left as soon as he had recovered. The woman spent the rest of her life in unrequited love for a man whose name she never knew. She grew old alone, and eventually died.

However, that was not the end of her. She found herself reborn in the body of an Egyptian boy, with all the memories of her previous life still intact! She had absorbed some of the Ka Stone energy that had leaked from the Sphinx when she first encountered him. S/he was still obsessed with a passion for the Sphinx, and schemed of a way that they could someday be reunited. During a later life, as the wife of the Pharaoh, she arranged to have herself buried with the Sceptre of Ka, which she could someday use to focus the powers of the Ka Stone which the Sphinx wears upon his forebead.

The woman continued to be reborn through the centuries, in bodies of every gender, race and walk of life, but she always maintained her romantic obsession with the Sphinx. Her patience finally paid of when the Sphinx returned as a super-villain, and he was eventually destroyed in battle with the planet-eater Galactus. Her most recent body was once again that of an Egyptian woman, Meryet Karim. She learned of the Sphinx’ destruction at the hands of Galactus, and returned to her homeland to retrieve the Sceptre of Ka from one of her old burial sites. With it she was able to absorb the Ka energies that had been dispersed into the atmosphere when the Sphinx was destroyed.

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Johnny And Arthur Of The Humans Of Interest Barbershop

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Contributed by Mike McDermott

Johnny is the owner and operator of the “Humans Of Interest” barbershop in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Arthur runs the cash register at the barbershop, and appears to be Johnny’s partner (in both the personal and professional sense).

The superhero Longshot got his hair cut at Humans Of Interest, but when he went to pay Arthur informed him that his card was declined. Johnny waived the charge, giving Longshot a freebie because he was cute.

Longshot passed by the barbershop again later while pursuing the mind-controlled Deadpool. Johnny shouted encouragement to Longshot, and threw a pair of scissors at Deadpool! The scissors touched Longshot, triggering his psychometric powers to see a flash of a possible reality where a famous actor gets teleported from his set in Dubai to the Humans of Interest barbershop and Johnny gives him the best haircut he’s ever had. This high profile client causes the barbershop’s popularity to surge and they soon put the local competition out of business. Since multiple timelines were overlapping at the time, due to Longshot’s luck power disrupting a cosmic cube’s reality warping powers, it is unclear if this success will actually happen for Johnny and Arthur or if it was only a possible future.

Johnny and Arthur both first appear in Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe #1.

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Luc

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

luc1Contributed by Mike McDermott.

Luc is a man of French background who works as a costumier in New York. Among his customers is Monica Rambeau of the Avengers. When Monica decided to change her codename to Spectrum, she came to Luc for a new costume to go with her new name. When the handsome vampire hunter Blade came by Luc’s shop looking for Monica, Luc attempted to play matchmaker but Monica wasn’t interested. Later, Blade borrowed a costume from Luc’s shop to disguise himself so he could join the Avengers in battle without being recognized by enemies who were looking for him.

Luc first appeared in Mighty Avengers vol.2 #1.

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A J Patton

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Contributed by Mike McDermott
A. J. was a student at Midtown High School, and a classmate of Peter Parker and Flash Thompson. A.J. was bullied by Flash for being gay, although Flash would later recall that he didn’t have a problem with A.J. being gay–and didn’t even fully understand what that meant at the time–but simply targeted A.J. for being different and weaker than him. A.J. graduated from high school with his arm in a sling since Flash broke his arm during one of his attacks, although A.J. never reported him for it.

After graduation A.J. moved away, but years later he moved back to New York and got in touch with some of his old classmates, including Flash. A.J. was now married to a man named Dan, and working with youth groups and consulting with school boards and parents of troubled teens all over the country. A.J. invited Flash over to his apartment to catch up and show him that he’d turned out just fine, although he repeatedly changed the subject any time Flash attempted to apologize for his actions in high school. Dan was concerned about this, and asked A.J. why he’d invited ‘this monster’ into their home, pointing out that A.J. still sometimes woke up with nightmares from Flash’s attack. A.J. replied that when he looks at Flash he doesn’t see a monster anymore; he sees a broken-down wash-out and feels pity for him.

A.J. Patton was created by Cullen Bunn, and made his first (and only) appearance in Venom vol.2 #27.1

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Art by Marco Checchetto

 

 

Impact Of A Bisexual Superhero

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A fair number of comic fans didn’t seem to care much for Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s rendition of Young Avengers. While few stories are without criticism, I enjoyed their work on it quite a lot and would’ve liked for them to have continued for a while longer. Young Avengers has been on my mind for several days now after reading a reblogged post on Bevis Musson’s tumblr that was written by 21 year old Annie. Annie writes about having an incredibly heart wrenching and eye opening personal revelation to reading candid dialog from Prodigy, the mutant character Gillen added to the Young Avengers cast, addressing his bisexuality. For Annie it was the first time ever encountering a bisexual character allowed to define themselves rather than being defined by others. At present I can’t think of another bisexual in mainstream superhero commics where this is the case though I do recall a friend telling me she had a similar epiphany about not having to choose between women and men when reading Lee Marrs’ now long out of print alt comic Pudge Girl Blimp. Instead of me talking about Annie, here’s what Annie wrote:

“I want to talk about David Alleyne for a minute. I want to talk about bisexuality. I want to talk about how I lived 21 fucking years on this planet, 21 years consuming massive amounts of media, movies, tv shows, comics, and I had never until this moment seen a character say “I’m bisexual”. I want to talk about being 13 years old and knowing that gay people existed but thinking I was sick and broken because I couldn’t ‘choose between being gay or straight’.

‘It was like realizing something that was always true and I just couldn’t see it until now.’

I want to talk about how ashamed I feel for mocking my friend’s bisexuality in high school and helping to force them back into the closet, all the while thinking ‘I fixed myself so why can’t you?’, never knowing how much I was hurting myself and others. I want to talk about the bone deep fear I feel around people I don’t know if I can trust. I want to talk about how it is absolutely no different from the fears gay men and lesbian women have. It’s the same racing thoughts, the same paranoid worries, is this person safe? Can I trust them? Can they tell? Is there something about me that will tip them off? Did I let something slip that I shouldn’t have?

I want to talk about how hard I cried after reading this issue of Young Avengers. Because I’d never seen anyone, fictional or real, be allowed to identify themselves as bisexual without question or ridicule from their peers. No doubt, I’ve seen characters that are attracted to multiple different genders, but they are never ever allowed the agency to tell the world who they are on their own terms. It’s always other people who get to decide what they are. They’re too gay for one partner, or too straight for another, but they are never proudly, defiantly, lovingly allowed to be bisexual. David isa revolutionary character, for so many reasons, and I can’t speak to what he means as a bisexual man of color, but I want to talk about how David Alleyne changed my life.”

A better argument for representation and inclusion of characters with diverse sexualities outside of the default straight and occasionally gay and lesbian does not come to mind.

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