MEPHITISOID

Real Name: Unrevealed (presumably a combination of pheromones)

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Mephitisoid), 1st through 10th Centuries and modern era

Occupation: Currently unknown;
    Warrior'
    former leader of his race

Group Membership: Led a group of humans under his pheromone control, including James Campbell, Ian MacAndrew

Affiliations: Lunatic Legion (Galen Kor, Dylon Cir, Kona Lor, Ciry, Bron Char, Talla Ron);
    Magdalene, Swordsman (Phillip Jarvert) - pawns

EnemiesT'kyll Alabar, Avengers (Deathcry, Magdalene, Swordsman, Vision), Shi'ar empire

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Butcher

Base of Operations: Formerly the village of Ailsa, Isle of Crail, the Outer Hebrides, off the Coast of Scotland;
    formerly mobile throughout known space;
    formerly Tryl'sart, third from the sun in the Cyrane Om'lr system, Shi'ar galaxy

First Appearance: Avengers I#378 (September, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Like all Mephitisoids, he has a number of feline characteristics, including night vision, retractable claws, and acute olfactory senses. Also native to his race is the ability to control others via pheromones. It is unclear whether his strength, speed, etc. is superhuman. He is a savage warrior, and speaks in the Mephitisoid manner, "No more order me," "A world waiting for conquest is this," etc.

History:
(Avengers I#378/379 (fb)) - Twelve hundred years ago, the Shiar, in the process of expanding their empire sought to conquer the Mephitisoids. However, the Mephitisoids, too, sought to build an empire, and they slaughtered advance scouts and decimated the Shiar fleets, taking over world after world, eventually threatening the very heart of Shi'ar itself.
    The leader of the Mephitisoids, referred to by the Shi'ar as "the Butcher," used his pheromone control to rally his troops into a frenzy, enabling them to defeat the Shi'ar at every turn. Eventually, however, one of the Shi'ar, T'kyll Alabar, managed to turn the tide of the struggle and defeat the Mephitisoids. The Mephitisoids were quarantined on their homeworld, while their leader was taken to Chandilar, the Shi'ar throneworld. It was feared that execution might incite the Mephitisoids to rebel and break their fragile quarantine, so it was instead decided to send him into space, in stasis far from the Shi'ar, to drift for eternity. Alabar was commissioned to join him in stasis and watch over him should the systems fail and the Mephitisoid awaken.

(Avengers I#379 (fb) - BTS) - A group of Kree rebels, led by Galen Kor, learned of the Mephitisoid and his power, located the stasis craft, and sent it to Earth. The Kree hoped that they might use the Mephitisoid's power to enslave Earth as punishment for humanity's role in the Kree empire's defeat during the Kree-Shi'ar War.

(Avengers I#378 (fb) - BTS) - Crashing on the Isle of Crail, the Mephitisoid revived and began using his power to enslave the locals on Crail and the nearby village of Ailsa, gradually building his own army.

(Avengers I#378) - When an Avengers tracking station on Crail ceased transmitting, Deathcry, Magdalene, Swordsman, and the Vision were dispatched to investigate. One of the Mephitisoid's pawns, James Campbell, an engineer hired by the Avengers, attacked them, only to die from terror after being defeated and captured. Another pawn, Ian MacAndrew, reported the arrival of the Avengers to the Mephitisoid and was thanked for the information, but was then slain by him for abandoning his post. The Mephitisoid soon confronted the Avengers, using his power to take control of the Swordsman and Magdalene, who then blasted and incapacitated the Vision. The Mephitisoid's agents took those three back his base, though Alabar escaped with Deathcry.

(Avengers I#379) - Galen Kor and his allies arrived on Earth, confronting the Mephitisoid and proposing an alliance. Alabar and Deathcry broke the Vision free and he stunned the Mephitisoid by partially materializing within him. Alabar apologized to the Mephitisoid for his own past crimes, handing the Mephitisoid a Kree weapon and telling the Mephitisoid to kill him if it would make amends. The Mephitisoid denied him forgiveness, giving him a lethal energy blast instead. When Kor directed the Mephitisoid to force Magdalene to slay the Vision, Deathcry grabbed her blaster and instead slew the Mephitisoid with it.

Comments: Created by Bob Harras, Stewart Johnson, and Tom Palmer.

Profile by Snood.

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Avengers I#378, p12


Avengers I#379 (October, 1994) - Bob Harras (writer), Stewart Johnson & Tom Grindberg (penciler), Tom Palmer & Rich Rankin (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 08/13/04

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