The UNITED NATIONS BANNERMEN

The Bannermen fly into battleMembership: Bannerman White, Brown, and Green.

Purpose: United Nations Supersoldiers

Affiliations: The United Nations Security Council, anyone who purchases them as a U.N. First Strike option

Enemies: Infernal Man, Noh-Varr

Base of Operations: Presumably the U.N. building in NYC, or other U.N. holdings.

First Appearance: Marvel Boy II#2 (September, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Bannermen are stronger and faster than normal humans, their bones (or other tissues?) laced with adamantium; and by hyperventilating, they can trigger gamma enhancements, turning them into knock-off Hulks for as long as they remain in an excited state. They are also outfitted with personal jet packs containing rocket launchers, and oval-shaped shields of unknown materials, printed with the United Nations logo.

Limitations: Between their low intelligence and programmed responses, Bannermen are not very versatile, and can be taken out of a fight by disorienting them sufficiently. They are also programmed not to harm anyone but their targets.

History: Yet another governmental super-soldier project, the Bannermen were created to be the super-human peacekeepers of the United Nations, 'policemen of the 21st century.' Created using state-of-the-art cloning techniques, their bodies have been accelerated to maturity, laced with adamantium, exposed to gamma radiation, and had their brains programmed with U.N. directives and three "basic personality interaction modes." Each one costs six billion dollars to deploy; as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent pointed out, "Ten minutes of use equals the national debt of Honduras. EACH."

(Marvel Boy II#2) - Noh-Varr, a Kree soldier from another dimension, has carved the worlds "F*** YOU" into the face of New York City by demolishing entire city blocks single-handedly. In response, S.H.I.E.L.D. is pressured into authorizing the dispatch of the Bannermen. The Bannermen engage Noh-Varr, who encases them in a Pocket Battlefield, a weapon which creates a zone with altered physics in it, where his own abilities are enhanced and his enemies are disoriented and debilitated. He defeats two of the Bannermen, but Bannerman White triggers his gamma enhancements, and is about to defeat Noh-Varr when a horde of civilians controlled by Noh-Varr's technology swarm him. He reverts to normal mode rather than harm the civilians, who beat him down.

(Civil War#7) - Bannermen Brown and Green served in the Champions and participated in the final battle alongside Iron Man's forces, primarily battling the Atlanteans Namor brought to the conflict.

(The Order II#1) Bannermen Brown and Green served in the Order (the renamed Champions) against the Infernal Man who melted both of them.

 

 

Comments: The Bannermen created by Grant Morrison & J.G. Jones.

Gamma-Enhanced Mode

The Bannermen may be related to the various super-soldiers projects of the U.S. government in recent history; their mental programming could have been provided by The Fortress, and their gamma enhancements could have developed from the techniques used to create the original X-Force or the gamma-creatures created in Area 51. However, no connections have been revealed.

The description of the Bannermen in Marvel Boy is quite brief and purposefully vague. I interpreted them as being clones of Captain America, but that may just be me--Snood.

The Bannermen are among the Gamma Mutates in World War Hulk: The Gamma Files.

Profile by Flank McLargehuge

Clarifications: The Bannermen should not be confused with:

  • The Knights of the Banner 2099, a group in the future who worshipped the Hulk of the modern era (Bruce Banner, of course), @ 2099 Unlimited#1
  • any other military or government groups

 

 

 

 


images: (without ads)
Marvel Boy II#2, p11, pan1 (main image)

p15, pan1 (gamma-enhanced)


Appearances:
Marvel Boy II#2 (September, 2000) - Grant Morrison (writer), J.G. Jones (artist), Joe Quesada (editor)
Civil War#7 (January, 2007) -
Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (penciler), Dexter Vines (inker), Molly Lazer & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Andy Schmidt (associate editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Order#1 (September, 2007) -  Matt Fraction (writer), Barry Kitson (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Alejandro Arbona (assistant editor), Warren Simons (editor)


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Last updated: 08/24/07.

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