Marvel Handbook


Welcome to the Marvel Handbook at the Nexus. Hey Daron are you ready for some emails?

I don’t think I have much of a choice at this point now do I?

Then let’s start is up.

Wolverine0712 emails

Great column this week. BTW, the Punisher and Wolverine have had a few knockdown fights in there time, 2 recently. A few questions:

Yep, they’ve had a few good brawls. They’ve had some good limited series too.

1. At the beginning at “Heroes Reborn,” the Avengers and Fantastic Four do not remember the “old” universe. Did they remember the “reborn” universe when they came back here?

Yep, they do remember the Heroes Reborn universe. Considering the way they came back it would be hard not to remember it. They came back on a ship. You should read the Heroes Reborn the Return limited series.

2. Does Marvel care about continuity? I ask because it appears that they don’t by adding Spider-man and Wolverine to the Avengers. They have enough going on that they would not be able to join the team.

Actually, it seems that they don’t care about it as much as in the past, but look at the best comparison for Avengers in DC; the JLA. I think a few members have been threw some stuff that might make them less likely to appear during certain periods in the book.

By the time New Avengers ships Wolverine will be done with the brainwashing stuff in his own title. He’ll still be an X-Man of course which is the real problem, but it’s like how Gambit can be blind in X-Men and not blind in Gambit. They take place during different time periods.

As for Spidey, Sins Past ends this week in Amazing. Spidey’s normal again (somewhat) in Spectacular. MK he’s still missing Aunt May but he’ll likely be joining the Avengers after all of this.

I’m not going to argue that DC doesn’t have problems of it’s own, but I don’t think it’s fair to argue continuity problems between the two…there really isn’t a comparison. Marvel’s recent blatant disregard for their own continuity is like nothing we’ve before. – The Overlord

3. Since you will be having time, could you break down the Age of Apocalypse characters (I know we know the gist of it, but there were some differences).

Oh, I like this idea. I think I’ll start this project next week. It would allow people who don’t know everything about AOA to get some insight.

Yeah I like that idea. If it’s at all possible Jim, see if you can find pics for all of them and we’ll put them up with the description to show how the characters differed in the AOA Universe. – The Overlord

Chase emails

Hey Jim, Daron. It’s me, Chase, the obsessed Daredevil fan! Look what my friend found!


It certainly looks legit! And look! A new release date! Could the game be back on schedule? Oh, my, lord, I will cry tears of joy if t his is true.

Whoa! Egads! Another one!


I heard the game was completed before it was canned, so it’s not entirely impossible that they’d resurrect the game… is it?

It’s very much possible and it’s also the game you where looking for. It seems they did get a chance to put it out in the long run, I did some research on this and found out that the game had come out after all. I was going to tell you this week, but you beat me to it.

Jerry emails


I really enjoy your column and was wanting to ask you a few questions.

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoy reading.

Don’t flatter yourself, Jim. I’m sure he was talking to me… – The Overlord

First, I recently saw that there are a few miniseries called Earth X, Universe X, and Paradise X. I knew of Marvels and Kingdom Come but had never heard of these. What’s the lowdown on these series? What are they about and are they any good? I didn’t know since I had never heard of them before.

Earth X was a 13-issue limited series by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger. Earth X was first, then Universe X, followed by Paradise X. The idea of the story was to show a possible future of the Marvel Universe like Kingdom Come was for DC.

Earth X was the best of the group. It did get progressively worse as it went on.

I’d suggest you pick up a trade of Earth X and read it. Then if you enjoy it try Universe X. The full series explores the past and future of Marvel.

Also note that there are many different things about each series.

Earth X goes from 0-X, 1/2
Universe X 0-X, 4, Cap, Spidey, Beasts, and Iron Men followed by Heralds 1-3
Paradise X goes 0-X, Xen, Devils, Ragnorok 1-2, and A

Also, I read in Wizard some time ago that a Marvels 2 was being talked about. Has there been any news as to whether that was actually going to happen or not?

Well it depends on the meaning. Earth X books where the next series of books by Alex Ross and it was like a sequel in a sense but of course taking us to the future, but it’s not Marvels 2.

There where also a few one shots in 2000 called Marvels Comics, showing what comics about our favorite heroes would be like in the Marvel Universe itself:

Captain America
Fantastic Four

There’s also Tales of the Marvels: Wonder Years which of course is about Wonder Man before he died and came back. Not exactly the same type of books but it was a nice read.

So in many ways there have been sequels but not a Marvels 2.

Jim, I think our reader was referring to an announcement stating that Kurt Busiek would be doing an ACTUAL sequel to the series. To answer your question, yes it supposed to be happening, but I can’t remember when it’s suppose to be released. For what ever reason, I think I remember reading that Alex Ross would only being doing the covers this time around though. If we can dig this story up, we’ll post any new info… – The Overlord

Thanks for your time

You’re Welcome.

Ryan emails

Hi Thanks for answering my questions. i have some more.

1) can you name the x-men team that have died.

i know like Aztac was the frirst and there was Thunderbride

Who’s Aztec? Never mind I bet your thinking of the Living Pharoah. I’ll answer this really fast and easy:

Thunderbird I
Phoenix Force (coming back in Phoenix Endsong)
Joseph (Magneto’s clone)
Colossus (came back recently)
Sunpyre (note: I’m not sure if she didn’t come back too)
X-Man (he was a member of the team for a short bit)
Psylocke (she’ll be back)
Jean Grey (Phoenix) (Jean always comes back)
Magneto (died a few times and always came back)

Of course during Fall of the Mutants the full team of


All died and came back.

Since you only asked X-Men I didn’t include New Mutants like Cypher or Warlock. So if you want that list just ask.

2) What is the black cat doing these days?

She’s around. She’s been caught in limbo thanks to Kevin Smith’s limited series not being finished but she has appeared lately in MK Spider-Man.

3) Can you give me some more info on the Queen from spiderman


Real Name: Ana Soria
Occupation: malevolent villain
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: single but wanted Pete as her mate.
Relatives: none known.
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: is able to control every insect on the planet, and roughly one-third of the world’s population that carries the insect gene
Base of Operations: hidden location
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol2) # 15

She’s been alive since before 1945 we know that. Her insect gene gives her the power to control people. She was in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps back in the Second World War. One day, her unit was taken to the desert where they were ordered to watch a strange storm. She lost consciousness, and when she woke up she was in a prison, horribly ill.

Ana is the result of a different kind of super-soldier program from World War II. It seems that the scientists tried to tap into the potential of genetically unique soldiers, including Ana. Ana was physically and mentally tougher than other soldiers, and that she had a mutant ability that they were unable to pinpoint.

Ana Soria was locked in an asylum in Miami, escaped the asylum in 1957 and she was assumed dead shortly thereafter. Anna of course also had a bomb, the bomb would’ve killed every human being with a six hundred-mile radius, while having no effect on building or animals. The bomb’s residual radiation may even have beneficial effects on insects.

She also changed Spider-Man into a spider in the series, which was a rather sick power. This also gave him his new powers after returning to normal. He had webs coming out of his wrist and now has enhanced Spider-Sense.

Brandon emails

I have an idea of why DareDevil Father issue 2 hasn’t come out yet. Now it seems from interviews/etc… of Mr. Quesada that he hates how the “fanboys” are bitching that he’d let Smith write a comic with no guarantee that a second issue would ever see the light of day. Now Joe seems like a pety kind of guy, so he writes and draws a DD mini. Marvel releases the first issue and the second issue is nowhere in sight. Basically I think DD Father and its delay is just a big FU to comic fans that don’t like things that Joe does.

Joe has been known for his late books as much as Kevin is, but Joe does get them done a bit faster. But I believe his lateness is because of his responsibilities as EIC.

Having met Joe in Chicago, I’d have to say that he’s not intentionally not doing the book to screw over the fans, the man is just busy. But I will say that he shouldn’t even try to put a book out if he’s that busy and won’t have time to complete it. Personally, I don’t think any comic company should solicit a miniseries until the whole thing is in the can…but that’s just me. – The Overlord

Bill emails

So if the Sentry is coming to the New Bendis Power Trip what about Void wont she like destroy the world? Or Will Bendis just decide that the greatness that was the Sentry mini all be wrong?

Knowing Bendis, he’ll find a loop hole, even if it’s to have the Avengers battle Void. Don’t ask me what he’ll do though, I’m wondering that myself. I think there are some ways he can do it without causing problems.

Well if the recent disregard for the franchise’s continuity is any indication I won’t be holding my breath. – The Overlord

X-Men The End project

Issue 5

Real Name: Hela
Occupation: Goddess of death, ruler of Hel and Niffelheim
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Loki (alleged father), Angrboga (mother, deceased)
Group Affiliation: None
Powers: touch of death
Base of Operations: Hel
Height: 7 ft.
Weight: 500 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Grey
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #102

Carter Summers
Real Name: Carter Ghazikanian Summers
Occupation: student
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Katherine Ann Summers (grandmother, deceased), Christopher Summers (grandfather, Corsair), Scott Summers (uncle, Cyclops), Philip Summers (great-grandfather), Deborah Summers (great-grandmother), Nathan Christopher Summers (cousin, Cable), Rachel Summers (cousin from alternate future, Marvel Girl III), Emma Frost Summers (aunt-in-law, White Queen II), Meg Summers (cousin), Alex Summers Jr. (cousin), two unnamed twins (cousins), Alex Summers (father-in-law, Havok) Annie Summers (mother)
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: blond
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: X-Men vol.2 #118

Unnamed son of Gambit and Rogue
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: student
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Jean-Luc LeBeau (grandfather, deceased), Henri LeBeau (uncle, deceased), Jacques LeBeau (great-grandfather, deceased), Possibly Rafael (brother), Rogue (mother), Raven Darkholme (grandmother, Mystique), Kurt Wagner (uncle, Nightcrawler), Graydon Creed (uncle, deceased),unnamed sister (sister).
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations:
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: brown
Eyes: red
First Appearance: X-Men The End #5

Unnamed daughter of Gambit and Rogue
Real Name: unknown
Occupation: student
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Jean-Luc LeBeau (grandfather, deceased), Henri LeBeau (uncle, deceased), Jacques LeBeau (great-grandfather, deceased), Possibly Rafael (brother), Rogue (mother), Raven Darkholme (grandmother, Mystique), Kurt Wagner (uncle, Nightcrawler), Graydon Creed (uncle, deceased),unnamed brother (brother).
Group Affiliation: none
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations:
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: brown
Eyes: red
First Appearance: X-Men The End #5

Real Name: Yukio
Occupation: adventurer
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: none known
Group Affiliation: former ally of Wolverine and Storm
Powers: Martial-arts expert
Base of Operations: unknown
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 130lbs
Hair: black
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: Wolverine #2

Real Name: Dr. Roderick Campbell
Occupation: Mutant hunter, Hound Master, Former geneticist
Other Aliases: Famine
Place Of Birth: England
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: none known
Group Affiliation: Hounds, Horsemen, Who, Excalibur.
Powers: cyborg
Base of Operations: unknown
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: brown, with white streak
Eyes: brown
First Appearance: X-Factor (vol1) Annual #5

Real Name: Xi’an Coy Manh
Occupation: Adventurer
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Central highlands of Vietnam
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: unnamed father (deceased), unnamed mother (deceased), Tran Coy Manh (twinbrother, deceased), Coy Leong (brother), Coy Nga (sister), General Nguyen Ngoc Coy (uncle)
Group Affiliation: Former member of the New Mutants and Hellions I
Powers: Able to take possession of other people’s minds
Base of Operations:
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 90 lbs.
Eyes: Dark Brown
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up Vol.1 #100

Real Name: Roberto Da Costa
Occupation: Adventurer, CEO of Da Costa Corporation
Other Aliases: Reignfire, Black Rook
Place Of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Emmanuel Da Costa (White Rook, deceased), Nina Da Costa (mother)
Group Affiliation: X-Corps, former member of New Mutants, X-Force, Gladiators, Fallen Angels, Hellions, Hellfire Club
Powers: absorbing solar energy
Base of Operations:
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 170 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4

Val Cooper
Real Name: Valerie Cooper
Occupation: Special assistant to the National Security Adviser of the President of USA, chairman of the Commision on Superhuman Activities, former liaison to X-Factor
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relatives: unnamed brother, Edmond Atkinson (ex-husband)
Group Affiliation: X.S.E., Formerly X-Factor, Freedom Force, Chairman of Commision on Superhuman Activities,
Powers: none
Base of Operations: X.S.E Base
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 135 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Blond
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #176

Real Name: Lockheed
Occupation: pet
Other Aliases: none
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: none known
Group Affiliation: Formerly X-Men and Excalibur
Powers: fly and breath fire.
Base of Operations: Chicago
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: none
Eyes: yellow
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men # 166

Real Name: unknown
Occupation: Adventurer
Other Aliases: none known
Place Of Birth: unknown
Marital Status: unknown
Known Relatives: unknown
Group Affiliation: X-Men
Powers: unknown
Base of Operations: Xavier Institute.
Height: unknown
Weight: unknown
Hair: brown
Eyes: unknown
First Appearance: X-Men The End # 5

Madelyne Pryor
Real Name: Madelyne Pryor
Occupation: Former pilot North Star Airways
Other Aliases: Madelyne Pryor-Summers, Anodyne, Goblyn Queen, Black Rook, Spitfire
Place Of Creation: A laboratory of Mr. Sinister in an unrevealed location
Marital Status: formerly Married
Known Relatives: Scott Summers (husband, Cyclops), Christopher Nathan Summers (son, Cable), Christopher Summers (father-in-law), Katherine Ann Summers (mother-in-law, deceased), Alexander Summers (brother-in-law, Havok), Christopher Summers (Corsair, father-in-law), Philip Summers (grandfather-in-law), Deborah Summers (grandmother-in-law)
Group Affiliation: Ally of X-Men, later ally of Nastiah , Former member of Hellfire Club
Powers: psionic abilities
Base of Operations: Hidden location
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #168

Real Name: Tyler Dayspring-Summers
Occupation: terrorist
Other Aliases: Tolliver
Place Of Birth: somewhere in an alternate future.
Marital Status: single
Known Relatives: Scott Summers (grandfather, Cyclops), Madeline Pryor (grandmother, Goblin Queen), Christopher Summers (great-grandfather, Corsair), Katherine Anne Summers ( great-grandmother, deceased), Philip Summers (great-great-grandfather), Deborah Summers (great-great-grandmother), Rachel Summers (aunt), Alex Summers Jr. (uncle), Meg Summers (aunt), Nathan Summers (father, Cable), Aliya (mother)
Group Affiliation: Dark Riders, formerly Clan Chosen
Powers: project thoughts as images
Base of Operations: secret location.
Height: 6’3″
Weight: unknown
Hair: blond
Eyes: blue
First Appearance: Cable Vol2 # 1

Real Name: Nathan Summers (clone)
Occupation: Leader of the New Canaanite armies in Nor-Am Pact region circa 3783-3806 A. D. in an alternate future, later terrorist leader in 20th century Earth
Other Aliases: Cable
Place Of Creation: Nor-Am Pact region of alternate Earth
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Leader of the New Canaanite army, Mutant Liberation Front, Dark Riders
Powers: Telepathy and telekinesis, also wears an armor
Base of Operations: secret location
Height: 6’8″
Weight: 350 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: White
First Appearance: New Mutants Vol.1 #87

Also appearing: Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Gambit, Rogue, Sage, Iceman, M, Storm, Wolverine, Marvel Girl III, Shadowcat, and X-23

Marvel Handbook Issue 1: Aliyah Bishop, Kree, Slavers, Madrox, Siryn, Slipstream, Nocturne, Warskrull, Phoenix IV, Brood, Carol Danvers, Cyclops, Emma Frost Summers, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Summers, Professor X, Rafael, Mister Sinister, Cable, Ororo Munroe, Wolverine, Nightcrawler

Marvel Handbook Issue 2: Meg Summers, Alex Summers Jr., Stepford Cuckoos, Martha Johansen (Cerebra), Irene Merryweather, Havok, Annie Ghazikanian, Vargas, Gambit, Rogue, Dark Beast, Divinity, Technarx, Lilandra, Shaitan, Shakti, Unnamed child of Havok and Annie, Lilandra’s unnamed son, Khan, Khan’s assistant, Domina, John Grey, Omega Red

Marvel Handbook Issue 3: Cerise, Jubilee, Kymri Wagner, Cecilia Reyes, Beast, Moonstar, M, X-23, Sage, Malice, Iceman

Marvel Handbook Issue 4: Domino, Warpath, Puffball, Shatterstar, Meltdown, Rictor, Feral, Scalphunter, Apocalypse

Another action packed edition Handbook in the can…

I’ll let you sign off old buddy.

Well first off I want to give a quick shout out to my good friend Ben Morse who found out this week that he’s getting a job at Wizard Magazine. Ben’s been a great partner and a great asset to the site…he’ll be missed greatly when he moves on.

In regards to, we’ve got a fun “Halo 2” special running this week that everyone should check out, and a couple of really fun ones coming in the next few weeks.

That’s basically it for me, what else do you have Jim?

As I did last week I have some notes:

1. Avengers Disassembled poll now on check it out here.

2. This weeks best Marvel title? That’s a tough one actually. I’ll say Fantastic Four. But I also think you should read Captain America and Wolverine.

3. Keep sending those emails and please label them Marvel Handbook if you can.

4. Is there anything? Oh yeah, the Age of Apocalypse Special will begin next week so stay tuned.

5. One more thing. Congrats go to the Editor and Chief of Comics Nexus, Ben Morse. He gave me my start here and without him you would not be reading the Marvel Handbook and my former work with the Marvel News and Views. Thanks Ben. I hope everything goes well and if you ever need anything old buddy please ask.

Reporting from the Marvel Universe I’m Jim Trabold. Keep reading and have a good week.