Jamie Billie Harper

It took me long enough considering that this character first appeared at the beginning of the current season, in They Who Hide Behind Masks, but as with Black Mask I was waiting to see if any reference was made to a relative with a different name, something that didn’t happen. In Gotham, Captain Gordon can count on a brand new detective, a honest one just for change: Vanessa Harper, portrayed by Kelcy Griffin. It looks like this Harper is the show’s version of Jamie Harper, a character who in the comics has the same job, but has been famous for assisting another juvenile hero rather than a teen Batman. Let’s see together.

Jamie Harper lived most of her life without knowing who her great-grandfather was, but her life choices betrayed the vocation to heroics that had driven also Jim Harper into becoming Guardian, one of the first superheroes ever. Jamie didn’t become a masked vigilante, though, but she chose the institutional route: she enrolled in the Police Academy, and became a cop. Believing she had to work where she was needed the most, she asked to be moved to Gotham City, the national capital of crime. She served under Commissioner Gordon as Officer Harper, and she immediately realized that in Gotham dangers awaited her both inside and outside the precinct. As a rookie officer, in fact, she was soon targeted by two seasoned detectives, Roman Cavallo and Marcus Wise, who exploited their position and power to exact money from their subordinates, blackmailing them with personal information. With Harper, however, they didn’t get lucky. As Harper had to learn the moment she arrived in town, in Gotham vigilantes weren’t a nuisance, but rather a fundamental help in dealing with the deranged criminals of the city: she formed a close bond with one of them, Robin, and she learnt to trust him. She didn’t question the Boy Wonder‘s motivations when he asked her to snoop into Commissioner Gordon’s personal files to search information on Batman, and so she did, without finding anything useful to her ally. Cavallo and Wise, however, discovered that she had been accessing Gordon’s personal files, and they tried to blackmail her about it, confronting her in the locker room. Not the type to be intimidated, Harper beat the hell out of them both, leaving them bleeding on the floor: that was her statement to the entire precinct, that she wasn’t someone who would easily accept the rules of a crooked city as most seemed to do.

In the following months, she tightened her alliance with Robin, and she also expanded her acquaintances, starting to date private investigator Jason Bard. Her skills and honesty didn’t go unnoticed, and Harper got promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, and partnered with Harvey Bullock. The two started investigating a series of weird cases, revolving around people decapitated without losing a drop of blood, as if the blade used for it had been incandescent. The case took more time than it should have to them as one of the cops cooperating with them, Peter Farelli, had recognized his friend and former cop Michael Lane in the security footage recording one of the murders, and had chosen to destroy the evidence to protect him. Harper and Bullock, eventually, managed to follow the trails to the church of Garret Day, a priest they arrested and questioned. It turned out Day was part of the Order of Purity, and that he had chosen Michael Lane, the former Bat-Devil, as the new Azrael, whose flaming sword was responsible for the unusual murders. The two detectives used the information to place a bounty on Azrael, solving the case. Then, Jamie learnt the truth about her connection to legendary hero Jim Harper, and decided to move to Metropolis to serve in the Science Police under Guardian’s clone, who was the closest thing to a family she had left in the world. Her request was granted, and she moved in Metropolis as she had wanted, resuming some sort of family relationships with Jim Harper, albeit he was much harsher than she had anticipated. She was paired with Jonathan Kent, a transfer officer from outside town, a man she started to care deeply for, but who was much more “out of town” than she imagined…

Jamie Harper is a determined and strong young woman, who’ll live up to her ideals no matter the situation she finds herself in. As a police officer trained in Gotham City, she’s an extremely capable hand-to-hand combatant and a skilled shooter, educated to survive in the most dangerous city in the world; she’s also a smart and intuitive detective, ready and able to use her brain as well as her brawn. A cop with heroism in her veins, Harper is a honest officer in the most corrupted police department in the whole country: crooked cops will learn that she’s the one to be feared by them, rather than the other way round.

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Quex-Ul

The second episode of Krypton keeps keeping interest high, and we even find a new character to speak about, albeit he doesn’t last long. In House of El we meet the Fourth Squad Sagitari commander, Quex-Ul, portrayed by Gordon Alexander: he’s a Military Guild extremist, ready to lead his men into a carnage against the Rankless, suspected to be backing up the terrorists from Black Zero. Because of his murderous tendencies, he’s challenged to a duel by his subordinate Lyta-Zod, with expected (albeit scarcely believable) results. In the comics, Quex doesn’t meet his end this way, but rather he’s imprisoned in the Phatom Zone, and resurfaces much later. Let’s see together, and as usual be warned: multiple realities ahead.

Quex-Ul was born on planet Krypton in an unknown city, and led an absolutely normal life, at least until the day he met Rog-Ar, a man who had come in possession of a very special jewel. Rog-Ar was a greedy and dishonest man, and he had killed Rondors, a gravely endangered species, to sell their precious horns. In order to avoid punishment, Rog-Ar used his stone on Quex-Ul, hypnotizing him into confessing to be the actual culprit. Jor-El, the man who was presiding the trial, facing a confession couldn’t do anything but sentence Quex-Ul to the Phantom Zone for decades. Quex spent all his years in the dimensional prison, and thus survived the destruction of Krypton, always believing to be guilty. When finally his time was over, he was freed, but not on Krypton by Jor-El, but rather by his son, Kal-El, on an alien planet called Earth. The same planet had been reached by Rog-Ar as well, who once again used hypnosis on him: Quex-Ul was manipulated into leading Superman into a Gold Kryptonite trap, but just before the hero fell for it, Superman revealed to him that Rog-Ar was manipulating him. Feeling guilty for what he had done, Quex-Ul saved Superman and stepped into the trap himself, losing his powers and his memories as a result. Superman helped the now clueless Quex-Ul in building a new life: the Kryptonian now believed to be a human, Charlie Kweskill, and was hired by the Daily Planet as production artist. Not much time later, as he was manipulated by other Zoners into releasing them, imprisoning himself and Superman in exchange. Once in the Phantom Zone, “Charlie” had his clothes and Superman’s ones swapped, and believing to be also in possession of the hero’s abilities, he actually recovered his original Kryptonian powers. This happened just in time, as the duo was about to face Aethyr, the malevolent being whose mind had created the Phantom Zone in the first place…

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the first version of Quex-Ul (as well as the alternate one from Pocket Universe, who got executed by Superman along with General Zod and Zaora) was erased from existence, along with his Earth-One. He resurfaced on New Earth, again a Kryptonian citizen, a member of the Military Guild. A subordinate of General Zod, he loyally followed him in his rebellion against the Genetic Council, and for that he was sentenced to eternal imprisonment in the Phantom Zone. In the dimensional prison, Quex-Ul had complicate relations with his fellow prisoners, being either known as very kind and caring by the likes of Car-Vex, or brutal and violent by his usual punching-ball Jax-Ur. Zod, however, wasn’t a leader who knew defeat, and he found a way to escape from the Phantom Zone, and looked for a new home for his people. He found it in planet Earth, and started sending some of his most trusted men to infiltrate it and prepare Zod’s coming. Quex-Ul was among the first ones sent on the planet, and he created the fake identity of Edward Robertson, working to learn as much as he could about the new planet. “Edward” lived as a normal man for a while, doing his job in secret, until he found himself hunted down by Squad K, an elite military group created to restrain Superman if he ever broke bad, and that was now working for General Lane and his Project 7734. Lane had learnt of the presence of dormant Kryptonian agents, and Quex-Ul was soon found…thanks to Officer Romundi, who was actually the cover identity of Car-Vex. To maintain her position and win General Lane’s trust, Car-Vex decided to sacrifice her teammate and friend, and led Squad K to him: unprepared to face an elite team armed with specially designed anti-Kryptonian weapons, Quex-Ul was reached and killed, with the meager consolation that his death was serving a higher purpose.

Quex-Ul is in every reality a loyal Kryptonian citizen, this meaning either a law-abiding civilian or a trustworthy military; he always does what he believes to be right, in one reality ending up sacrificing himself in an act of redemption, in another one joining his superior in an illegal act. As a Kryptonian, he possesses several superhuman powers when exposed to a yellow sun: flight, superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability and stamina, heat vision, freezing breath, enhanced senses, x-ray vision, and self-sustenance. A force to be reckoned with, Quex-Ul is just as powerful as his ideals are, and in every reality he’s in, those are stronger than steel.

Gaveedra Seven (Shatterstar)

Albeit the unique headgear was pretty revealing, we now have official confirmation of the identity of another one of the members of X-Force spotted in the Deadpool 2 trailer (we have guesses on others as well, but let’s just wait to know things for sure): Lewis Tan, in fact, revealed that he’s portraying Shatterstar, the sword-wielding inter-dimensional gladiator who’s currently counted among Marvel‘s sexiest characters ever (albeit being theoretically asexual). We don’t know much of his role in the movie, apart that he’ll end up in Deadpool‘s list of recruits for his new (derivative) team. Now, let’s take a good look at this extremely popular, albeit secondary mutant hero.

Gaveedra Seven (alternatively spelled Gaveedra-7) was born from a paradox: the biological son of the genetically engineered warrior Longshot and of the mutant heroine Dazzler, at a certain point in his life he was sent back in time, in the alternate dimension known as Mojoverse, by the demon Mephisto. In Mojoverse, Gaveedra was experimented on by Arize, who used his genetic template to create a “son”…Longshot, his own father, who was later forced to send the baby one hundred years in the future not to disrupt the timeline. Time paradoxes apart, Gaveedra Seven was grown, raised and trained with a sole purpose: to entertain the audiences on Mojoworld, a reality made of bloody and deadly reality shows, ruled by the horrible and despotic Mojo V. Known to the audiences as Shatterstar, he inherited the X-Gene from his mother/daughter-in-law and developed mutant powers of his own, but he was also engineered so that his battle prowess reached perfection, in order to make him a super-star in Mojo’s reality shows. A winner born, he did become one of Mojo’s best warriors and a famous gladiator, but as a slave there was just one thing he truly desired: freedom. Using those same skills he had been taught by his captors, he escaped from the studios and joined the Blood Cadre Alliance, a rebel group that was fighting to overthrow Mojo’s dictatorship. Finally, Shatterstar could use his abilities for a cause that truly mattered to him, and he became a hero of the rebellion. It was plain, however, that the Alliance was desperately overpowered and outnumbered: they needed allies. For this, they entrusted Shatterstar with a vital mission: the hero was sent back in time, on Earth, to win the help of the legendary heroes X-Men, giving a boost to the rebellion’s military power. True to his commitment, Shatterstar embarked on the mission.

There was some miscalculation down the line, however, and albeit Shatterstar arrived on Earth in the right century, he didn’t find the X-Men to wait for him, but rather the New Mutants, just as they were about to be reorganized by Cable into X-Force. Surprised by the unexpected variation, Shatterstar acted on instinct and attacked both Cable and Domino, but eventually the mutants had the chance to talk and explain the respective situations. Albeit he and his team weren’t the X-Men, Cable offered Shatterstar his and the New Mutants’ help in defeating Mojo and his Imperial Protectorate, an offer that clearly the gladiator couldn’t refuse. Fighting alongside the newborn X-Force, Shatterstar actually became a founding member of the team, and as soon as Mojo was defeated, he decided to stick with his new allies out of gratitude. Along with X-Force, Shatterstar fought many battles against fearsome foes, such as Cable’s evil clone Stryfe, the reality-bending Proteus and the extremists from the Mutants Liberation Front, but that was the part he knew and understood better, having been born into battle and conflict. There were many other things Shatterstar found new and outstanding, first and foremost television, a tool he developed quite a fixation with. He also formed a close friendship with a teammate, Rictor, a relation that was open to evolving into another kind of intimacy…but the gladiator simply wasn’t ready for it as, albeit being physically able to mate (he even had a genetic partner back on Mojoworld, Windsong), he never truly developed this kind of feelings, and considered himself mostly asexual. Rictor, however, promised to stay by his side in exploring this side he couldn’t fully comprehend of himself, in a presence that eventually became a romantic relationship. Being on Earth deeply changed Shatterstar, “softening” him under many points of views…and just when Mojo was back to reclaim his throne, and to exact vengeance on those who had removed him from power in the first place…

Gaveedra Seven is the perfect warrior and a perfect soldier, with a strong sense of honor and even a stronger pride, always loyal and trustworthy on the battlefield. As Shatterstar, he has the mutant power of channeling powerful vibratory shock-waves through his twin swords; in addition, he’s been genetically engineered to develop other mutations: his bones are hollow, making him extremely light-weighted and even more agile in his acrobatics; he possesses superhuman strength, durability, speed, reflexes, stamina, coordination, agility and dexterity, enhanced senses and an accelerated healing factor; he’s also a master martial artist and swordsman, and an extremely fast learner, ready to absorb new skills, new knowledge and new languages at an extremely fast rate. Forged and molded to be the perfect killing machine, a slave born for entertaining his masters, Shatterstar has now to face the most difficult task ever for him: to live as a free man, deciding which battle deserves his skills and picking up his own fights…as well as to learn how to live outside of the continuous battlefield his life has always been, of course.

Jesse Aaronson (Bedlam)

We finally have one official confirmation of the identity of one of the characters who appeared in the brand new, marvelous Deadpool 2 trailer. The mutant portrayed by Terry Crews, who ends up joining Deadpool‘s X-Factor to take out Cable, is listed as “Jesse” in Deadpool’s own wishlist, and this identifies him as Jesse Aaronson, aka Bedlam, one of the fans’ guesses on the character. Bedlam is indeed an X-Force veteran, and it’s positive Crews had fun playing him…just as we’ll have fun watch him, hopefully. Let’s meet the original guy, in the meanwhile.

Jesse Aaronson was the second son of Kyle and Nina Aaronson, two data analysts who worked for the National Department of Security. One day, when Jesse was only five years old and the entire family was out on a car trip, his older brother Christopher unwillingly activated his mutant powers, instilling madness into Kyle as he was driving. The man lost control of his car and caused an accident, killing himself and his wife. As a result, the now orphaned Jesse and Christopher were placed in foster care, and they got separated. Jesse inherited a strong emotional instability from the accident and the loss, a condition aggravated by the separation from his brother: soon it became clear that the boy needed professional help, and he was committed to a mental health institution. Just like his brother, also Jesse was a mutant, and he first manifested his powers (a bio-electric personal field) during his interment…something that didn’t fail to attract the attention of some unscrupulous doctor, who decided to use him for some gruesome experiment in order to get academic fame and prestige. Undergoing even more pain and suffering than before, Jesse was finally found by Lucas Wyndham, a member of the Mutant Underground Support Engine (M.U.S.E.), a group that committed itself with removing mutants from dangerous or painful situations and to move them to safe houses. Freed from the evil doctors, Jesse was finally introduced to a good one: Dr. Derek Parson, one who truly cared for his mental and emotional well-being, and who helped him through that, becoming a father figure of sort. As soon as he was stable enough, Jesse decided he would have used his powers to help other mutants who were suffering the same way he had, so he asked to become an operative for M.U.S.E., under the name Bedlam.

Under Wyndham’s guidance, Bedlam learnt how to use his powers to hack through electric systems, a skill that came in very handy with M.U.S.E. operations. When he turned nineteen, however, Jesse resolved to leave M.U.S.E. to pursue a more personal mission: to find his lost brother, Christopher. Of course, to accomplish that Jesse needed help, so he enlisted the aid of mutant mercenary Domino, convincing her to help in exchange of the location of Ekatarina Gryaznova, aka Gryphon, a Prime Sentinel Domino had a score to settle with. Using M.U.S.E.’s resources, Bedlam took Domino to Gryaznova into the Aguilar Institute, but things didn’t turned out as expected, and Domino got captured. Always using M.U.S.E.’s intel, Bedlam tracked down Domino’s former teammates of X-Force in San Francisco, and obtained their help in rescuing the mercenary. The mission was a total success: Domino was freed and her powers restored thanks to Jesse’s powers, and Gryphon was killed in the battle. Domino kept her part of the bargain, and her investigations led the duo first to Dabney Saunders, NSD former supervisor of Jesse’s parents, and then to Christopher himself, who had become the new leader of the Hellions under the name King Bedlam. Rejoicing for finding his lost family, Jesse accepted Christopher’s invitation to join the Hellions, but was shocked in learning that his brother planned to reanimate the Armageddon Man and use him to blackmail the US government. Faced with the cruel folly of his older brother, Jesse chose to betray him, and he led X-Force to oppose the Hellions and the Armageddon Man. The latter was defeated, but King Bedlam and his team managed to escape. Following the battle, Bedlam was offered membership in X-Factor, an offer that the young man didn’t refuse, albeit he was still saddened by the knowledge that his long-sought brother was a madman and the responsible of his parents’ death. Now, he could resume doing what he wanted to from the beginning: help others like him to avoid his same fate.

Jesse Aaronson is a noble but somewhat naive young man, an orphan who suffered from a serious emotional instability up to his adult age, and who still looks to fill the void he experienced during his childhood. As Bedlam, he’s able to generate a personal bio-electric field that can disrupt any electronic or digital device, and that can even meddle with people’s brain chemistry causing sleep or pain, and even sense other living beings’ proximity; he’s also a trained martial artist and an expert hacker. A man trying to do what’s right, Bedlam uses his own traumatic past as a motivator for his mission to save others from his same fate, with any means necessary.

Mr. & Mrs. Johnson

The new trailer for the upcoming Cloak & Dagger showed also Tyrone‘s parents, albeit very briefly. In the show, they are named Michael and Adina Johnson, portrayed, respectively, by Miles Mussenden and Gloria Reuben. The father is described as a working class man who does what he can to keep his family safe and well with a desk job, while the mother is constantly spurring her son to become a great man, actually so focused on encouraging him that she forgets to love him. The show is clearly switching roles between Tyrone and Tandy, having the first one as the perfect boy with a stressing high-society life, and the latter a street-smart kid. In the comics, Tyrone’s parents aren’t even named, but we know something about them and their family. Let’s see together.

Little to nothing is known about the couple who gave birth to Tyrone Johnson. They both lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and they lived there for their entire life. Mr. Johnson was allegedly the son of Joe Johnson, a 1950s superhero who went by the name Smokin’ Joe because of his fire-based powers, that made him look like a man with his head constantly on fire; Johnson didn’t know anything about his father’s secret activity, and when the hero disappeared in 1956, fighting a “monster” that happened to be the subconscious manifestation of the dark feelings of a teammate of his, Ernie “Persuader” Evans, he believed that his father had simply abandoned his family, making that the worst day in his life. He eventually met and married an unnamed woman, and the two together formed a family. They had a couple of twins, male and female, whom they named Tyrone and Anna. Then they had another son, Otis, and eventually a last daughter we don’t know the name of. Certainly not rich, the Johnsons did their best to run the family, and were happy to see that their children were growing far from all the dangers that Boston streets hid for far too many children: they went to school, and they always obtained good grades. Then, things started going terribly wrong, and their family never was to what it used to be anymore.

First, Tyrone got unwillingly involved into a robbery: present on the scene, he was unable to explain himself to the police due to his stutter, so the cops opened fire on him and on his best friend Billy, killing the latter and making a fugitive out of the first one. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, from that very moment, lost control on their entire family. Anna, possibly looking for her brother (or maybe not: according to some accounts, she disappeared before Tyrone did), left home as well, and following the promise of hot meals and a shelter she ended up joining the dangerous cult led by Erich Hennig in New York City. Eventually, broken by his older brother’s disappearance, even Otis lost his innocence, and he started getting involved in the very companies and business his parents were thankful he was safe from: he eventually became a street punk, and he even got his little sister involved, making her become a drug-addict and eventually killing her, causing her an overdose and leaving her to die on the streets. As good-hearted as they could be, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson proved to be totally inadequate to protect their children from the world, and they slowly lost each and every one of them to the streets, in a way or the other…

Not much is known about Mr. and Mrs. Johnson’s character: they are a completely normal couple, caring spouses and parents who take care of their family the best they can. With a world increasingly evil and ruthless, especially towards kids, even their love and hard-work proves to be not enough to protect their children, and they eventually lose everything good they built to the spreading darkness…

Emil LaSalle (Warp)

It seems impossible after more than a year, but we reached the last character in Lucy W.‘s long request. The last guy who appears in Scribblenauts Unmasked and received somewhere down the line a live action portrayal is Warp, a secondary villain who appears in Smallville portrayed by Elias Toufexis. In the show, he’s a member of the Suicide Squad with teleportation abilities, and he helps Rick Flag escape after a failed attempt against General Lane, aimed to stop the Vigilante Registration Act. In the comics, his powers are more or less the same, but he was never part of the Suicide Squad. Let’s see together.

Emil LaSalle was born somewhere in France, but where exactly it’s unspecified, and it’s just as unknown how he gained his teleportation abilities that made him Warp. One thing’s for sure: he didn’t use his powers to do good, quite the opposite, he became one of the most notorious and dangerous supervillains in Europe, and for some reason he developed a bitter rivalry with a “colleague”, the bipolar and stretchy Madame Rouge. In his homecountry he battled more than once popular superheroes like the phasing Phantasmo or the super-soldier Fleur-de-Lis, but he never operated outside national borders…until he was reached by a trio of international criminals, who had an offer for him. Monsieur Mallah and The Brain, accompanied by the psychic Phobia, were reforming the Brotherhood of Evil, and wanted him to be a part of it. At first, Warp was less than uninterested, but then the mysterious Auguste Toulon appeared, and abducted Warp along with Brain, Mallah, Houngan and Phobia, transporting them to his home reality, Earth-Eleven. Here, humans had landed on the Moon in 1952, and a nuclear war had erupted in 1966, threatening the entire planet. Warp had little choices but to cooperate with the Brotherhood and aid Tin, a hero of that Earth, to recover a space-ark from the dictator Milos, saving his people in exchange of a way to come back home. The battle ended with Tin’s victory and Toulon’s death, and the Brotherhood, Warp included, were successfully brought back home (later, it turned out that the entire interdimensional adventure had been orchestrated by Dr. Mist, as a way to save Earth-Eleven inhabitants and get rid of Toulon in the process). One such experience, however, was more than enough to convince Warp to join the group for good.

Emil didn’t have to move much, as the Brain chose as the team’s headquarters an exclusive school in Paris. The Brotherhood grew to become the most powerful crime syndicate in Europe, and of course clashed with several heroes, most usually the New Teen Titans. During a battle with them, Warp managed to settle his old rivalry, and got to kill Madame Rouge. His powers came in handy more than once, such as when he successfully kidnapped Raven in a ploy from The Brain to learn the secrets of Brother Blood. Warp stayed with the Brotherhood even when it became the Society of Sin, and remained a regular member…until The Joker altered his and many other villains’ sanity, making him go berserk. In his folly, Warp attacked the United Nations Building, and committed a carnage by teleporting the upper halves of anyone he found into open space, killing dozens. He was apparently cured by Alexander Luthor Jr., who hired him and the rest of the Brotherhood in his Secret Society of Super Villains. Warp’s talents were kept in high consideration by Luthor, who paired him with Dr. Psycho and entrusted them with a delicate and risky mission: to free the unstoppable Doomsday from his prison at the center of the planet. After the Society was defeated, Warp became a mercenary, and he was hired by Delores Winters to kidnap Icemaiden, something that he successfully did…allowing Winters to skin the heroine alive. After a time alone, however, Warp rejoined the Brotherhood: after all, even if he had been skeptical about joining them, they were still the only home he had ever known.

Emil LaSalle is a highly intelligent, and highly ruthless, man, a criminal who always used his talents for personal gain only. As Warp, he’s able to fly, and most of all to open portals between any two locations of his choice, thus being able to teleport anywhere he wishes and to bring others (or parts of others…) along with him. One of the most wanted men in Europe, Warp is a world-known criminal and terrorist, a murderer who’s literally uncatchable, always far beyond his hunters’ reach the moment they find him…

Corvus Glaive

The last member of the Black Order spotted in the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer is Corvus Glaive, portrayed by a yet unknown actor. He can be seen along with his siblings surrounding Loki, came to renew his alliance to Thanos. From the other trailers we can understand that he’s the one sent to hunt down Vision and to retrieve the Mind Stone from his forehead, apparently succeeding in doing so. If he indeed manages to defeat the android and Scarlet Witch, who’s always with him, he’ll definitely be a force to be reckoned with…just as in the comics. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Corvus Glaive’s past, apart from the fact that he betrayed his own planet and sold his people to Thanos as a tribute, being fascinated by the nihilistic view of the Mad Titan on life and universe. Corvus joined Thanos’ invading forces along with his brother Black Dwarf and with his wife Proxima Midnight, and all three of them became generals in his army, the Cull Obsidian. Corvus, in particular, became Thanos’ favorite for his cruelty and ruthlessness, and his loyalty was rewarded with a unique weapon, a glaive capable of cutting through anything by splitting atoms, a blade that, as long as it remained intact, kept its wielder immortal. Corvus led the Black Order to many successful conquests, winning many planets to his master, gaining the title of Thanos’ right-hand man, entrusted to speak for him. When the turn of Earth came for the Gauntlet, Corvus Glaive was sent along with the other generals to prepare the arrival of Thanos, and he in particular was dispatched along with Supergiant to Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, looking for the Mad Titan’s lost son. While the two were there, they were called back by Ebony Maw to Orollan, as he had located Thane, Thanos’ child. The Black Order gathered in the Inhuman city, just as the Avengers were gathering there as well: as Hulk arrived before the others, Corvus and Proxima proved to be more than a match for him, handling him with relative ease. Then, all the others arrived: during the battle, Captain America deflected some blows from Proxima Midnight’s spear, and some of them hit Corvus instead; this gave Hyperion the opening he needed, and he obliterated Corvus Glaive, apparently killing him. The glaive, however, was still intact, and Proxima Midnight recovered it, just before being frozen in an amber crystal by Thane along with Thanos.

Slowly but steadily, Corvus Glaive started regenerating within the crystal, being visible enough to raise the curiosity of Maximus the Mad who, as part of some secret experiments of his, let some oxygen reach the glaive, thus allowing Corvus to be reformed completely, albeit still prisoner. Freedom came in the form of Namor the Sub-Mariner: after the failure of the Illuminati, Namor wanted to solve the problem of Incursions his own way, by destroying alternate Earths before they collided with his own. For this, he freed Thanos, Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive, along with Black Swan and Terrax, forming a new Cabal whose sole purpose was to destroy worlds, something each one of them excelled at. After months of slaughter and massacres, Namor tried to betray the Cabal, working with the Illuminati to stop them, but he was betrayed in turn by Black Bolt and Black Panther, and the entire Cabal was left on a dying Earth to die with it. Unable to come back to Earth-616, Corvus and the others escaped through a second Incursion Point, that led them to Earth-1610. Here, the Cabal forged an alliance with the Maker, a deranged alternate version of Reed Richards, and along with him they created a “raft”, that allowed them to survive the final Incursion and thus the end of the Multiverse. Corvus and the Cabal awoke eight years after in Battleworld, a new reality created by Dr. Doom with the remains of the dead dimensions: here, they were soon confronted by the Thor Corps, but they easily defeated them. As Doom was about to spot them, Dr. Strange scattered them through Battleworld, but Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight weren’t lucky, as they found themselves in the dominion of Apocalypse and his Horsemen. Despite their power, they were easily defeated by the ancient mutant, and they were kept in stasis for the rest of the war. As Doom was defeated and the universe reformed, Corvus found himself back on Earth-616, with Thanos apparently dead: the Mad Titan’s dominion was his to conquer, and he came back to the Black Quadrant, where he sat on the Titan’s throne as a new, cruel warlord…

Corvus Glaive is a cruel and ruthless warrior and an intelligent and clever general, a man whose loyalty to Thanos and to his death cult is not exactly unshakable, but who has his ambiguity seen as another plus point by the Mad Titan. He’s a formidable tactician, the greatest general ever seen on Earth according to Proxima Midnight; he’s also a superb fighter, unbeatable with his glaive, gifted with superhuman strength, agility, speed and durability; as long as the glaive’s blade is intact, Corvus is immortal, able to regenerate from any damage, even from total annihilation. An extremely dangerous being, pure evil incarnate, Corvus Glaive is rightfully Thanos’ right-hand general, the only man capable of speaking for the most feared being in the universe…aiming to become just as feared, one day.