KINSMEN

Membership: Boulder, Dyke, Highlander, Rapscallion, Teleplex, Wee One

Purpose: (generally): To become Ireland's answer to the Avengers
    (on this mission): To bring in Banshee (Sean Cassidy) for the Irish Government for a much delayed debriefing

Affiliations: Irish Government, Mr. McFadden

Enemies: Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Siryn (Theresa Rourke Cassidy), Vi-Locks of Earth-8545, Yandroth

Base of Operations: Ireland

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4 (1990)

History:
(Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4 (fb) - BTS) - The Kinsmen were organized by the Irish Government to become the Ireland's answer to the Avengers. They thought they were ready and went on their first mission. In the early morning, the team landed in the area around Cassidy Keep.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4) - The Kinsmen walked to Cassidy Keep and arrived early in the morning, watched by Mr. McFadden and Teleplex from their observation center in the helicopter. Siryn welcomed the Kinsmen into Cassidy Keep. She noticed their bad intensions when they wanted to know where her father was and attacked them. The Kinsmen tried to beat her with all their powers.
    A short time later Highlander flew through the wall to the outside; the rest of the team followed him after a short and desperate fight against the mutant girl. Siryn scanned the area with her sonar powers and brought the defeated Kinsmen to McFadden and Teleplex. Siryn destroyed their expensive high-tech helicopter and left them with some angry words. She told them to leave her and her father alone, and gave them the advice to call her first when they visit her so early in the morning again.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - The Kinsmen fought Vi-Locks summoned to Earth by Yandroth. They couldn't prevent that some people were turned into Vi-Locks themselves. One of those bystanders was the wife of the American hero Lectronn.

COMMENTS: Created by Scott Lobdell and Larry Stroman

Marvel should bring them back against someone like X-Statix. USE THEM!
    I guess that means that you'd like to see them all die? Everyone dies in X-Statix. Except that anyone Orphan loser...
    --Snood.

X-Statix is history and I'm still waiting for the Kinsmen's return. *snif* How about a guest appearance in Cable and Deadpool?

They are back in the pages of Civil War: Battle Damage Report in a flashback to Lectronn's past. Seems like they got something to do during Yandroth's attack in Defenders II#1.
--Markus Raymond

by Markus Raymond

CLARIFICATIONS: Kinsmen should not be confused with:

Wee One should not be confused with:

Boulder should not be confused with:

Highlander should not be confused with:

Rapscallion should not be confused with:

Dyke should not be confused with:

Teleplex should not be confused with:

Mr. McFadden should not be confused with:

  • Other cheesy guys sent by governments

Wee One

Wee One was a Leprechaun and was saved in the past by the man who would become Boulder and therefore gave him a magic boulder. Wee One was able to fly and used pixie dust to blind his opponents before pounding them. He was the team leader on the missions. He gave orders to the other members as long as he could. After he attacked Siryn by himself he received a hard punch on his nose. He was squashed by Boulder's rock and then brought back to McFadden and Teleplex.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 

 

 


Boulder

He saved the life of Wee One at some point in the past. Boulder was given a magic boulder by the Leprechaun and became the hero known as Boulder. Boulder was sent after Siryn to keep an eye on her and was hit by one of her screams. Later he threw the magic boulder that grew bigger when it moved away from its master. Siryn interfered with her mutant power and the boulder returned to its master without shrinking. Boulder and Wee One were squashed by the boulder. Siryn brought him back to McFadden and Teleplex with the other Kinsmen.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 

 

 


Highlander

Highlander seemed to be an intelligent mass of Irish soil and his grammar wasn't the best ("You me escape not!"). He attacked Siryn by the order of Wee One and her scream smashed him through the wall of the castle near the helicopter's landing spot. Highlander was crumbled and McFadden checked on him. Highlander wanted to retire after the fight.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 

 

 


Rapscallion

Rapscallion was the cruelest bouncer of Ireland. After Highlander was defeated Rapscallion grabbed Siryn by the throat to prevent her screaming, but she used a double kick to beat him. Later Siryn brought him back to McFadden and Teleplex.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 


Dyke

Dyke was the last Nereid, a water nymph and was all that stood between this dimension and one made of water. She was able to turn her body into water and used it to drown her opponents. She tried her tactic against Siryn and talked arrogantly all the time. Siryn screamed in the water and when the bubble with the scream in it hit Dyke she was out of the game. Later Siryn brought her back to McFadden and Teleplex.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 

 


Teleplex

Teleplex had the mutant power to monitor situations from every angle and project it on monitors which needed a lot of concentration. He stayed behind in the helicopter with Mr.McFadden and showed him what happened in Cassidy Keep. For a short time he couldn't come up with pictures anymore because of Siryn's scream against Boulder. When he was online again Teleplex and McFadden saw Highlander landing outside. Teleplex left the helicopter when he saw that Siryn was coming for them. He mentioned that their high-tech helicopter stayed whole shortly before Siryn destroyed it.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 

 

 


Mr. McFadden

Mr. McFadden was the man behind the Kinsmen for the government (the Irish Gyrich). He was unsure about the abilities of the team. When he saw Siryn, he immediately thought about canceling the mission but he didn't. McFadden saw the fight with the help of Teleplex and ran out to Highlander when he landed only meters away from them. McFadden talked to Highlander who wanted to retire. Siryn brought the defeated Kinsmen to McFadden and he cried after the high-tech helicopter was destroyed.

His face wasn't red, but this was the best picture of him. Outside the helicopter it was seen that he was white and his hair even whiter.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#43/4

 

 


images:
Marvel Comics Presents I#43, p25, pan3 (Kinsmen main image)
  p26, pan5 (Wee One)
  p27, pan1 (Boulder)
  p27, pan4 (Highlander)
  p29, pan6 (Rapscallion)
  p30, pan4 (Dyke)
  p32, pan2 (Teleplex)
  p29, pan2 (Mr. McFadden)


Appearances:
Marvel Comics Presents I#43 (February, 1990) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Larry Stroman (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007)


Last updated: 04/21/14.

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