Hunter (White Wolf)

Black Panther is out in theaters, and there’s one new character…sort of. In the post-credit scene, Bucky Barnes finally wakes up, having been freed by Shuri of Hydra‘s conditioning, and apparently free from his Winter Soldier persona. The kids in the hut call him a name comics reader are quite familiar with: White Wolf, the name of another adopted child of Wakanda, the first and only white man who ever received that privilege. It remains to be seen if in Avengers: Infinity War Bucky will stick to the White Wolf persona or come back to the old one, but in the meanwhile we can take a look at the original guy donning the title, a man known as Hunter¬†(as usual, if I didn’t see someone tell me in the comments!).

The true birthplace and the name of the man called Hunter are lost beyond any possibility of discovery: as a child, he was traveling by plane over Africa, until a sudden storm damaged the aircraft, that crashed. Both the kid’s parents died in the accident, but he miraculously survived. The plane had crash-landed in Wakanda, the most hidden and reclusive country in the world besides Atlantis, and the baby was pretty much the only white human being present on the territory. Moved by pity, King T’Chaka and Queen N’Yami chose to adopt him, being unable to send him back to his world but also needing to protect him from the Wakandan population, strongly xenophobic. Raised in the royal palace as T’Chaka’s son, Hunter grew to love Wakanda, committing himself to its service in any way he possibly could, hoping deep down within himself to inherit the throne despite being an outsider…but then T’Chaka had a natural son, T’Challa, who was clearly the destined heir. Feeling he had been wronged in his succession rights, Hunter developed a deep grudge against his adoptive brother, and the jealousy for him spurred him to prove to the king and to the entire country that he was the most fervent patriot ever, as well as the best Wakandan possible. He harshly trained and studied, becoming expert in all fields of knowledge accessible in the country and also forging himself to be an accomplished warrior and athlete. Doing so, Hunter surely managed to impress King T’Chaka…but the result wasn’t exactly the one he had expected: instead of recognizing his succession rights, T’Chaka appointed his adopted son leader of the Hatut Zeraze.

The Hatut Zeraze, aka the Dogs of War, were the Wakandan secret police, actually a group of spies and assassins that carried out the most delicate and unorthodox missions for Wakanda. Their leader was traditionally known as the White Wolf, and needed to be a patriot whose loyalty was unshakable, and whose determination allowed him to accomplish monstrosities most people would shiver away from…a portrait that pretty much fitted Hunter to perfection. As White Wolf, Hunter led the Hatut Zeraze in killing off the enemies of his country, in quelling rebellions and spying on other states, accomplishing anything his king ordered him to, with all the swiftness, the efficiency and the brutality he was capable of. Things went on pretty much the same way as they had always had, with the White Wolf being the light shadow of the Black Panther, working away from the eyes of a population who would have not understood the necessity of certain questionable actions…until T’Chaka died, and his son T’Challa raised to the throne. Upon learning of all the secrets the Wakandan throne had kept from the public view, T’Challa was made aware of all the atrocities that the White Wolf and his men had committed in the name of Wakanda, and he was ashamed of them. He disbanded the Hatut Zeraze, relieving Hunter from his duties…but his step-brother simply wouldn’t accept it, so he defied his king, along with some fateful subordinates. Forced to take measures, T’Challa exiled the White Wolf and the Hatut Zeraze, and they became mercenaries to make a living, putting their incredible skills to the service of this or that country. Hunter, however, was still loyal to his country, and used the missions he was assigned with to keep protecting it from threats the king would have never even known of. He was the White Wolf, and he would have always been.

Hunter is an intelligent and determined man, a devoted patriot who’d do anything for his country, even serving a king he personally despises like his step-brother. As the White Wolf, he possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability, reflexes and senses, enhanced longevity and accelerated healing factor, due to a process similar to the one that creates the Black Panther; his uniform is virtually indestructible, protecting him from bullets and blades, and it also possesses a cloaking device that makes him invisible if he wants to; his boots are equipped with an energy-dampening field that allows him to land on his feet like a cat even after a normally lethal fall, or even to run on water or vertical surfaces given enough momentum. A formidable force for Wakanda, White Wolf believes that ends justify the means, and is ready to commit true atrocities to ensure that no harm comes to his country, annihilating any possible threats before even the royal intelligence knows anything about it.

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Anne Weying (She-Venom)

Finally we got our first look at Venom…in a teaser that couldn’t possibly be more underwhelming. Maybe they could have just waited a bit more at Sony before releasing it, as the way it looks it can be a trailer for simply anything. Anyway, we do get a pic at some new character, starting from Anne Weying, portrayed in the movie by Michelle Williams. In the film, Anne is Eddie Brock‘s ex-wife…and that’s pretty much everything we know about her so far. One thing’s for sure, however: there are very little chances we’ll get to see also her temporary, but memorable She-Venom persona…

Born and raised in New York City, Anne Weying (sometimes spelled “Ann“) enrolled in Empire State University to study law. It was during her time in college that she met Eddie Brock, a brilliant and ambitious student in journalism. The two fell in love and started a relationship, and when Anne became a lawyer and Eddie became a reporter they got married. Life together didn’t turn out to be as beautiful as the two of them had pictured: Eddie was always hellbent on going through any single case he followed for the Daily Bugle, growing obsessed by his job, and there was simply no place for Anne in his life. As Brock’s anxiety grew, Anne found it impossible to stay by his side, and when he lost his job (his reason of life) due to a false lead he had been pursuing on the serial killer Sin-Eater, he definitively broke to pieces. Unable to reach for him, she eventually divorced him: albeit the man still loved her, she didn’t believe he knew how to do it. She continued with her work and became very good at it, but news from her ex-husband kept haunting her, especially after he had become the wanted criminal Venom. When Venom kidnapped two people Spider-Man believed to be his deceased parents, Richard and Mary Parker, the hero came to her to obtain information on Eddie: Anne told him about the traumas Brock had suffered from his abusive and violent father, and even of the great stress that had broken him after losing his job, but while she was helping Spider-Man to picture a profile of Venom she took the resolve to stop him by her own, believing she was the only one able to reach him. She followed Spider-Man to an amusement park, where the trap was set for the hero, and she stepped in to bring Eddie back to reason…but she was involved in a battle between Venom, Spider-Man and the Wild Pack. She was nearly killed, and saved only by the combined effort of Eddie and Spidey: following this, Venom accepted to stipulate a truce with his nemesis.

Despite the moment they shared, Anne’s relationship with Eddie didn’t rekindle, and the two kept living apart. Anne however had obtained something relevant, as Venom stopped being a criminal devoted to hunting down and killing Spider-Man, and became a superhero himself…well, sort of, as he was more a brutal and murderous vigilante than anything else. Anne found herself always involved in his adventures, if only because she was the last connection he had to his sanity. Venom’s new “mission” led him to cross paths once again with the Sin-Eater, only this time it was a copycat, Michael Engelschwert: as soon as the new Sin-Eater learnt of the connection between Venom and Anne, he threatened her directly, and when Eddie tried to intervene, he shot her. Desperately trying to save her, Eddie brought the woman to his underground lair, where he ordered the Symbiote to bond with her and heal her. In that moment, a couple of small-time crooks, Big Brown and Junior, attacked a defenseless Eddie. To protect his host, the Symbiote awakened Anne, who now possessed all its powers: as She-Venom, she attacked the two intruders, and mauled them right before her ex-husband. Scared of what Anne had become, Eddie called the Symbiote back. Healed, the woman was shocked to see the dismembered corpses laying on the ground, and she blamed the Symbiote for forcing her to do it…but Eddie told her that the alien didn’t make anybody do anything they didn’t want to, thus implying a deeper moral complicity in the woman. Not much time later, as Annie was trying to leave the horrific experience behind her, she was arrested by NYPD under false pretense, wanting to set a trap for Venom. Anne called Eddie, and made him promise not to come to rescue her…but if Eddie didn’t come, the Symbiote did, sent through the phone lines (a trick he had learnt from Carnage). She-Venom once again, now Anne was more than able to save herself…hoping that she could restrain her own blood-lust and not slaughter all the cops in the process.

Anne Weying is a brilliant woman and a professional lawyer, smart and caring…albeit with quite a dark side she hides even from herself. As She-Venom, she possesses all the powers of the original: superhuman strength, speed and agility, near-invulnerability but for fire and sound, sharp fangs and claws, the ability to control every single part of the Symbiote in tendrils, tentacles and the likes, and the ability to bypass Spider-Man’s Spider Sense. A woman who believed to know perfectly who she is, Anne Weying will soon find out, in the attempt to free her ex-husband from the monster within him, that she may be very well even more a monster than he has ever been…

Ghost

New movie, new villain, and in Ant-Man and the Wasp our heroes will have to deal with Ghost, the mysterious corporate saboteur portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen. So far, we only know that Ghost will be a woman named Dawn, and that she will be able to phase through solid objects, just like her comic counterpart (she also dons a costume that is some sort of mix between the classic and the modern ones). The greatest difference noticeable, so far, is her gender, as Ghost is indeed an intangible white-clad saboteur in the comics, but is a male. Let’s see together.

Everything we know about Ghost’s past comes from his mouth, as he told his story to Moonstone, but the source isn’t exactly reliable. For a time it was believed that his real name was John Morley, but this proved to be just another alias. He worked as a programmer for Omnisapient, a powerful IT company, and his remarkable intellect led him to climb the ranks and become the head of the Research and Development division. His most important project was GhostTech, that produced computer chips able to phase in an intangible state before overheating, maintaining functionality in the process. Obviously, millions depended on his work, and he slaved away for months to have everything ready for schedule…until, exhausted, he decided to leave on vacation. This clashed with the board of directors’ expectations, since they planned a launch ahead of schedule to increase profits, but the programmer simply didn’t care: it was his right to rest. Just before leaving, however, the man met a beautiful co-worker, who approached him and asked him out. Soon after the two began a relationship, and the man even cancelled his travel plans to stay with her. He was happy and satisfied, and he worked more and better than ever before…until the love of his life died in a car accident. This sent him into a deep depression, and he turned out to be unable to cope with death. Scared by the randomness and pain of real world, he escaped them by injecting himself with his own flux-state processors, and used them to connect directly in the data networks, becoming even more productive…and discovering some ugly truths. His “girlfriend” was actually a call-girl his bosses had paid to seduce and manipulate him, so that he was constantly available to them, and she didn’t die in an accident, she had been killed the moment she had tried to blackmail the board of directors with what she knew. As soon as the top executives realized he knew, they made a move to silence him too. But the programmer had GhostTech in his body now: he was untouchable.

The (failed) assassination attempt on him proved to be the directors’ worst and last mistake: the man killed them one by one, using his technology to become an uncatchable murdering ghost. Then, he erased any trace of his existence from any database, and simply disappeared from history: he had truly become a Ghost. Believing that capitalism itself was the source of all his sufferings, and that there wasn’t such thing as a “humane corporation”, Ghost became a professional saboteur, using his powers, tech and genius to destroy one company after the other…usually being paid by a rival company to do so: a man needs a living. After some time of this activity, the Ghost was hired by a leading executive of Roxxon Oil, Carrington Pax, to bring down another company, Accutech Merger, guilty of refusing to sell to Roxxon their beta particle accelerator. Just as Ghost began his work, Accutech was bought by Stark Enterprises, and as soon as Tony Stark was made aware of some “disturbances” in his new acquisition, his bodyguard Iron Man was sent to investigate. The armored goon found Ghost, and the two clashed: exposed for the first time in years, the Ghost fled, but not before swearing vengeance against Stark. He planned his next move thoroughly, but in the meanwhile Roxxon, upon learning that he had gone rogue and that he wanted to attack Stark Enterprises, feared he would have damaged their company as well, so they hired Spymaster to take care of him. Things didn’t go exactly as planned, as at the end of the day it was Ghost who killed Spymaster by making him materialize inside a wall. After that, Ghost finally attacked Accutech, where Iron Man was waiting for him: the armored bodyguard lured him in the accelerator room, with the radiation allowing him to see his invisible foe, and believing that Ghost would have stopped fighting before dying for the exposure…but the saboteur was determined, and never backed down, not even when his costume started to melt. Eventually, he felt right through the floor to meet his apparent end…but he would have surfaced yet again, proving that you can’t kill a ghost…

The Ghost is an elusive and brilliant man, determined to destroy capitalism’s masters one after the other, one company at the time, putting against money and power the one thing they can’t buy: a cause. His suit allows him to make himself and everything he touches either invisible or intangible (not both at the same time), and he can tamper any electromagnetic signal, intercept any communication, hack and reprogram any electronic system; he’s also armed with an arsenal of high-tech weaponry of his own invention, although he prefers to use his brilliant tactician mind to avoid direct confrontation. Made unstable by years of intangibility, with a mind unhinged but as brilliant as ever, the Ghost is hellbent on destroying the source of the world’s problems, fighting against Stark Enterprises, Fisk Industries, AIM, Hammer Industries, Roxxon Oil, Parker Industries, Alchemax, Oscorp, Stane International and any other, following the idea that there are no “good” or “bad” companies: just targets.

William Barrett Foster (Black Goliath)

The first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp is out, and it looks pretty cool (said by someone who didn’t enjoy much the first one). Of course, we have a couple of new faces around, and we’ll take a look at them right away. In the trailer you can spot Laurence Fishburne, as the actor is set to portray Bill Foster, an old friend and lab assistant of Hank Pym. It’s still unknown why he does return in Pym’s life, or whether if and how he’ll show traces of his superhero persona from the comics. Originally, in fact, Foster is Pym’s lab assistant, but also the heroic Black Goliath. Let’s see together.

William Barrett Foster, or simply Bill, was born in Los Angeles, California, and he grew up along with his sister in the Watts ghetto. Bill’s life could have been like the one of many other African-American boys from the ghetto, being a school drop-out first and a gang member later, but he had something most didn’t have: a genius-level intellect, that made him noticed by many people, both teachers and neighbors, who helped him stay away from the worst part of street life. Thanks to his remarkable results in school, and to the help of many people supporting him, Bill managed to leave Watts, and he enrolled to the California Institute of Technology. Here, his talent could be put to good use, and he obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was also quite popular, and he had a beautiful girlfriend, Claire Temple, who eventually became his wife. The relationship, however, didn’t last long, and the two eventually parted, although they stayed on good terms with each other. A skilled biochemist, Bill Foster found work in Tony Stark‘s Plans and Research Division, in Baltimore, where he became the lab assistant of Hank Pym, better known as the superhero Giant-Man. This wasn’t such a big secret in Pym’s lab, especially considering that one of Bill’s first tasks was to find a cure for his boss, who had remained stuck to a height of ten feet. After brilliantly solving that incident, he stayed with Pym as his lab assistant, and helped him in a variety of ways…including investigating upon his and his wife Janet‘s apparent murder, that luckily proved to be a false alarm. It didn’t pass much time, however, before Foster wanted something more than just being a lab assistant, and something more he had when Stark promoted him head of the Research and Development section of Stark International, in Los Angeles.

Bill Foster was back to his own turf, but with style, and he was now the boss of other three brilliant scientists, called the Whiz Kids (Herbert Bell, Talia Kruma and Dale West). There was just one thing he still missed: Claire, the woman he still loved. Back in Baltimore, Foster had memorized the formula of Pym Particles, and in L.A. he was able to replicate it, correcting Pym’s mistakes and eliminating its armful effects: he first tested it on himself, and he successfully became a giant like Giant-Man. This proved the perfect occasion to contact Claire again: she had become a nurse, and Bill wrote to her pretending that he, just as Pym before him, was stuck at gigantic proportions. He also told her that he was now working as a freak in a circus, to earn money to continue his research, and he was asking for her help. The plan worked, and Claire wanted to see him: to backup his story, Bill actually went to a circus and was hired as the Black Goliath, then gave Claire appointment there…unbeknownst to him, the one he had chosen was actually the Circus of Crime. If this wasn’t enough, Claire had actually been followed by her new boyfriend, Luke Cage, who wasn’t exactly happy in having her seeing her ex-husband again. As he appeared, the two men started fighting over Claire, until the Ringmaster had the bright idea to capture Claire to use her as leverage to force the two superhumans to work for him. The plan backfired, as Foster and Cage set their differences aside and worked together to bring down the Circus of Crime and free Claire. At the end of the battle, the woman chose to stay with Luke, rather than try and reconcile with Bill: in shame, the scientist came back to Los Angeles. Considering the circumstances that had brought him to create the Black Goliath persona, he was even unsure if he had to use it to fight crime, until Hank Pym himself spurred him to do so. Maybe even something born out of deceit could be used to do some good…

Bill Foster is a brilliant yet arrogant man, a pretty unconventional hero who uses his talents also for debatable ends like stealing from his mentor or deceiving his ex-wife. As Black Goliath, he’s able to grow to gigantic proportions, with his strength and durability increasing proportionally. Just as he had to study and mature as a scientist, so Black Goliath has to do as a hero, and it’s quite sure his future as both will be brilliant.

Mark Hallett (Sunder)

In the second part of The Gifted season finale, X-Roads, a character who had already appeared in the midst of the crowd in Threat of eXtinction has been finally named: Mark Hallett, the hulking member of Mutant Underground portrayed by Renes Rivera. In X-Roads, Mark is the one who, with the assistance of Shatter, destroy the caveau’s wall so that everyone can escape from Sentinel Service. In the comics, Mark is a member of one of the two teams we saw gave the most inspiration for the show: the Morlocks. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about the life of Mark Hallett in the surface world (the one that he would have later called the “beautiful world”). Not very smart nor educated, we can assume he didn’t have any particularly rewarding job, but when his X-Gene kicked in things got much worse. Mark grew in size and strength, but he also became ugly and deformed. This, along with his scarce intellect, made him an outcast, constantly bullied and despised. Because of this, he joined other mutants who, like him, simply couldn’t fit in normal society anymore, since their mutation heavily modified their appearance: together, under the guidance of a woman named Callisto, they took shelter in New York‘s underground, founding the first community of Morlocks. Mark and the others gave up on their former identities, and chose new names for themselves: he became Sunder, and with his strength he swore to protect the weakest members of the new community. He also became Callisto’s bodyguard, and was loyal to a flaw to her. On her orders, he also did some “bad things”, such as abducting Angel to make him part of the Morlocks, or kidnapping Kitty Pryde to force her to marry Caliban. Even underground, however, there was no peace for the Morlocks: Callisto’s apparent death was just the first sign of cracking for the outcast community, as soon something even more serious came for them.

The murderous mercenaries known as the Marauders targeted the Morlocks, hunting them down in the underground tunnels and killing every one of them. Sunder did his best to protect his friends, but he soon found himself outmatched. Luckily enough, the X-Men and X-Factor intervened, and Sunder was saved along with Erg, Tar Baby and Beautiful Dreamer. The few surviving Morlocks were moved to other places for their own safety, and Sunder was sent on Muir Island, in Scotland, where Dr. Moira MacTaggert took care of him. He soon found a new place for him, as he became a “nanny” for the Warpies, a group of children and toddlers mutated by reality mutations caused by Mad Jim Jaspers. The kids didn’t judge him for his looks, and he grew very fond of them, developing for them the same affection he had for the Morlocks. When the X-Men apparently died in battle, Moira gathered some of the most powerful mutants she had welcomed on the island and formed her own version of the team, the Islanders: Sunder was obviously recruited, and he gladly accepted under the condition that he “would have protected the babies”. And so he did, when the Reavers attacked Muir Island: as the cyborg assassins targeted the nursery, Sunder was alone with Legion to protect them. Their combined effort seemed to be enough to repel the attack, but then Legion switched to one of his darkest personalities, and he called off the force field around Sunder. One of the Reavers, Pretty Boy, noticed this and shot the brute in the back, killing him. Sunder, at least, died happy, as he however had bought “his” babies enough time to flee from the Reavers, as he hadn’t been able to do with his fellow Morlocks.

Mark Hallett is a simple-minded, childish brute, with muscles of steel and a heart of gold. As Sunder, he possesses a remarkable superhuman strength, that made him able to fight even a powerhouse like Colossus to a stand-still, and superhuman durability, and he’s an impressive hand-to-hand fighter. An outcast and a loner for most of his life, Sunder is fiercely loyal to his group, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for those weaker than him: as long as he’s standing, no harm will come to those he’s willing to protect.

Evangeline Whedon

The Gifted reached its explosive conclusion, confirming itself as one of the best new superhero series of the last years, and introduced a couple of new characters in the double season finale. In the first part, eXtraction, we see a bit of Polaris‘ past, with the girl locked up in a criminal asylum and visited by a lawyer, Evangeline, portrayed by Erinn Ruth. Evangeline speaks on behalf of the X-Men and recruits Polaris to be the co-leader of Mutant Underground, and she wins the woman’s sympathy by showing to be a mutant herself, with an arm becoming red and scaly. Of course, in the comics Evangeline, surname Whedon, doesn’t change just her arm, and while fully transformed she’s pretty terrifying (and awesome). Let’s see together.

Evangeline “Vange” Whedon was the heiress of a wealthy and respected family, and when she came of age she moved to Washington D.C. to pursue her dream and become a lawyer. Smart and determined, not only she became a lawyer, but she eventually entered the deputy office and became a successful prosecutor, starting quite an incredible career. Even her private life was going great, with her family proud of her and a boyfriend who loved her and was building a future with her. Then, everything fell apart. Vange, in fact, found out she was a mutant, and not of the unnoticeable kind, as she was a shapeshifter who unwillingly turned into a giant dragon-like monster every time she entered in contact with blood. When her nature became public, her betrothed dumped her with an email, her family disowned her, her boss fired her, and even her landlord evicted her with no notification. She fell from grace at an incredible speed, and she found herself alone, unemployed and loathed. This, however, didn’t led her to cry over herself: in front of the blatant injustice she had been a victim of, she put her expertise as a lawyer in service of the Mutant Rights Coalition, so that she fought for other people like her and, when she could, prevented something similar from ever happening again. If a mutant was mistreated or had his/her rights violated, Vange stepped in, defending mutants often for free, pursuing a higher justice that she would have imagined. Then, again, everything fell apart, and once again because of her mutant powers.

Two members of the X-Men, in fact, visited Washington, and ended up being (unjustly)¬† held in police custody. The Mutant Rights Coalition organized a protest for their release, and Vange led it herself. As she was trying to speak with the man in charge, Detective Cardones, a guy from an anti-mutant demonstration threw a brick at them, but he only hit the cop…whose blood spilled on Vange’s skin. In a matter of seconds, the woman turned into a giant red dragon, and started creating quite a havoc in front of the police department. That at least allowed the release of the two X-Men, Bishop and Sage, who offered their help in dealing with her. While Sage momentarily restrained her, Bishop talked Evangeline down, until she was calm enough to return to her human form. This wasn’t exactly a good publicity for the Mutant Rights Coalition, but the X-Men managed to fix that, in exchange of one thing: they asked Evangeline to be their legal representative in any occasion requiring one. Vange accepted, and she found herself involved in even more troublesome situations than before. First, she assisted the X-Men in Los Angeles, as Rogue wanted her to defend Marie D’Ancanto, an anti-mutant terrorist who had tried to kill Sunspot in a suicide attack but who had sincerely repented for her actions. Not only Vange managed to obtain probation for Marie, later even hiring her as her assistant, but she also demonstrated that both the girl and the prosecution lawyer, Jarod Molloy, were just pawns of Elias Bogan. After M-Day, more than 90% of the mutant population lost their powers…but Vange was not this lucky: clearly, a normal life was something she would have not experienced again.

Vange Whedon is an extremely brave and resourceful woman, a fighter by nature who never breaks down and always comes back on her feet to fight another day. She is a mutant with quite a unique power: anytime she comes in contact with blood, she turns into a giant red dragon, thus gaining enormous strength and durability, flight and fiery breath. Suddenly thrown in a world alien to her, Vange did her best to fit in that one too, becoming a reference figure for many and a social justice warrior who never lets a client down: maybe not a superhero, but a hero nevertheless.

Maston-Dar

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps getting better, even in space! Last week’s episode Fun & Games introduced a bunch of new characters, and killed off just as many, but among the crowd there’s one who’s named only in the credits, the Kree who works as Faulnak‘s bodyguard: Maston-Dar, portrayed by Remington Hoffman. In the comics, Maston-Dar is indeed a Kree, but not one of the blue ones, and he has nothing to do with S.H.I.E.L.D., dealing rather with the protagonists of another (unsuccessful) Marvel series, the Inhuman Royal Family. Let’s see together.

Maston-Dar was a Kree, born and raised on Hala, the center of the mighty Kree Empire. Maston-Dar served in his Empire’s army, and became a warrior testing himself in the centuries-long war against the Skrull Empire. A respected veteran, who had at disposal thousands of men, he rose to the rank of General, becoming one of the leaders of the galaxy’s mightiest military force. Unfortunately, General Dar reached the top of his military career just when the Kree Empire opened another war front, this time against the Shi’ar. The effort proved to be too much even for the strongest empire, and the Kree were defeated, their home conquered and ruled by the Shi’ar, the Supreme Intelligence killed by the Avengers, and many Kree citizens scattered around the galaxy. Maston-Dar himself took his battleship and his second-in-command, Major Tarnok-Kol, and collected as many civilians he could, transforming his ship into an ark and leading his people away from a hostile force’s domination. For some time, General Dar and his people wandered the space looking for a refuge, until he remembered of a long-lost Kree outpost, Attilan, a city that was now located in the Blue Area of Earth‘s Moon, and was inhabited by the Inhumans, the abandoned super-soldiers created by the Kree millennia before. If Attilan was once theirs, it could have become once more, and it could have been the refuge the Kree were in desperate need of. Of course, everything should have been planned thoroughly, if there was to be any chance of success: his men weren’t the warriors they used to be anymore, they were tired, broken and lost, and General Dar needed a good plan to win Attilan for them.

General Dar was more than willing to ask mercy from the Inhumans, to plead to them as refugees, but he also was afraid of the Royal Family, now on self-exile on Earth, while Attilan was run by the Genetic Council. Knowing that Black Bolt and his family had the power to wipe away everything remaining of the Kree Empire, Maston-Dar summoned a group of three master assassins led by Tol-Nok, and sent them to Earth to kill Black Bolt, his wife Medusa, his child Ahura, and his cousins Gorgon and Karnak. After that, he and his people descended on Attilan, where they were obviously “welcomed” by gunfight, as the Inhumans believed they were invading. General Dar himself faced Rok, one of the top guards, and defeated him in combat, before interrupting the fight and surrendering to the enemy. Allowed to meet the Genetics Council, Maston-Dar spoke for his people, and asked to be allowed to stay in the Blue Area, in a tent camp near Attilan. His plead convinced Kitang, who wanted to grant refuge to the Kree, but was met by the resistance of Thernon, who didn’t trust them. Things were made all the more difficult when a Kree boy, Sals-Bek, killed an Inhuman one, Avion, during a brawl. Even more, a faction led by Major Fahr rebelled to General Dar, as they considered him weak, and assaulted the tower of Terrigen Laboratory, wanting to take possession of the Terrigen Mist and to use it to conquer Attilan by force…just when the Royal Family, who had defeated the assassins, came back to the Moon to see what was happening. As he watched Black Bolt and Fahr battling in the black skies over Attilan, General Dar knew that his effort to provide a new home for his people had just failed.

General Maston-Dar is a broken man, a once proud Kree who witnessed the fall of his Empire and now clings to any last ray of hope he can find. As a Kree, he possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability and reflexes, and he’s also a trained hand-to-hand combatant and marksman; he’s also a superb tactician and a charismatic leader. Feeling all the burden of the responsibility of bringing to safety not just his men, but also women and children who survived the decimation of Hala, Maston-Dar desperately seeks a new home for what remains of the Kree, and is ready also to swallow up his honor to achieve his goal.