Real Name: Rhodan

Identity/Class: Hyper-evolved rat (Counter Earth)

Occupation: Master of the Hounds of Helios, "relentless assassin", lackey

Group Membership: Man-Beast's evil New-Men

Affiliations: Man-Beast

Enemies: Adam Warlock

Known Relatives: All other New-Men of his generation, High Evolutionary ('father')

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Outer Space; Counter-Earth I

Appearances: Marvel Premiere#2 (May, 1972)

Powers: None really, other than whatever the natural powers of a rat are. He carried a giant mace that he never used, and had a grav belt, which helped slow his fall from great heights.

Physical Description: Rhodan is a three foot tall humanoid rat. His tail is as long as he is tall.

History: (Marvel Premiere#2) - The Man-Beat had determined that Warlock had crashed into Southern California, and decided to dispatch an assassin to kill him once and for all. His aide Kohbra had anticipated this request, and sent for Rhodan, master of the Hounds of Helios! Rhodan agreed to bring back Warlock's head, "or another identifiable portion of his gleaming anatomy!". That kinda creeps me out. He climbed into his chariot pulled by the hounds of Helios, and headed for southern California.

Warlock had awakened in Southern California after being teleported to Counter-Earth by the High Evolutionary, and met and was cared for by his spoiled, bratty teenage groupies. Their fathers, (one is a colonel, one is a CEO, one is a Congressman - how's that for obvious in representing the 'establishment') had hired a private investigator to locate them, since they ran away a few days ago. He led the fathers to the shack where they were hiding along with Warlock. Just as the fathers were about to force the kids to come with them, one of the Hounds of Helios attacked!

Warlock, like "a four-limbed arrow", hurled himself at the snarling Hound, knocking it to the ground and strangling it, eventually snapping its neck-- though Warlock did feel bad about it. He flew up to find Rhodan and the other Hound hovering far above. He used the Soul Gem on the remaining Hound, turning it into "it's true form of random solar impulses". Rhodan and his chariot fell to the ground, no longer having any Hounds to keep them afloat. Rhodan recovered and ran into a barn. Warlock followed. A "terrible scream" (SQUEEEEEEE!!) was heard. A few moments later, Warlock walked out alone.

Warlock then does some kind of weird thing where he gets the fathers to look into his eyes, which become the "eyes of a soldier, before a grenade blinds him", eyes of poor children in war-torn countries, etc. This convinces them to let the kids alone so they can form their hippie commune-thingy.

As they were leaving, Ellie asked what became of the thing in the barn. Adam said, "I do not kill, Ellie. I but made him once again what he always truly was!" Back in the barn, a cat triumphantly stalked away with a freshly-killed rat in its jaws.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane.

Though this seems to be a pretty standard fate for one the High Evolutionary's New-Men, I always love it when one of them gets reverted to its natural, un-evolved form and is either a) immeadiately killed by something higher on the food chain, or b) stepped on.

The picture at the top of the page is from the cover of Marvel Premiere#2. Either the colors weren't finalized yet, or someone reversed the color schemes later, because Rhodan should be colored grey, and the Hounds should be colored brown, not the other way around.

Profile by: caliban

Clarifications: Rhodan should not be confused with:

The Hounds of Helios should not be confused with:

Rhodan's Counter Earth is the one created by the High Evolutionary, which is to be differentiated from:

  • Counter Earth, formerly Earth-Heroes Reborn and Earth-Doom, @ Iron Man II#1, Thunderbolts#51

Hounds of Helios: Captured "amid the solar storms of the star-sun Helios", they were (apparently) some kind of physical manifestation of solar energy (random solar impulses), although their bodies do not disappear when killed and they can be killed by breaking their necks. I don't know what kind of pathetic energy creature can be killed like that. They were trained by Rhodan. They appeared to have the head and front paws of a dog or wolf, the wings and feet of a hunting bird, and the legs and tail of a kangaroo. They could use the claws on their feet along with their powerful leg muscles to do some serious slashing damage. The only two ever seen were both killed, although if they were truly energy beings, their deaths are rather dubious. -Marvel Premiere#2




First Posted: 06/03/2002
Last updated: 08/01/2002

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