Real Name: presumably Riglevio
Occupation: possessor of human form
Group Membership: none
Affiliations: Master Pandemonium
Shooting Star, Texas Twister (former hosts);
Rangers (Firebird, Lobo, Phantom Rider (Hamilton Slade), Red Wolf (Talltrees), Shooting Star, Texas Twister)
Enemies: Firebird, Rangers, Shooting Star, Texas Twister, West Coast Avengers (Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Thing, Tigra, Wonder Man)
Known Relatives: none
Aliases: Shooting Star, Texas Twister
Base of Operations: last seen within a statue,
possibly sent to the Fire Lake mansion;
formerly the American Mid-West;
formerly an unnamed demon realm
First Appearance: West Coast Avengers II#8 (May, 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Riglevio can possess others, controlling their form and abilities. He can also transform their appearance to an amalgam of his and their own, or allow the original form to maintain its appearance. He can also manipulate others, controlling their actions and even amplifying their powers.
(West Coast Avengers#9 (fb) - BTS) - Riglevio's origins are unknown. Under unspecified circumstances he became allied with Master Pandemonium
(Solo Avengers#18 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to take possession of Wonder Man to gain control of his great power, Riglevio began plotting to take possession of someone close to him first. When Firebird began to associate with the West Coast Avengers, Riglevio decided to take possession of one of the Rangers (Firebird's purity prevented him from possessing her directly).
(Solo Avengers#18 (fb)) - While working a rodeo circuit, Texas Twister's powers began to fade. He feared that if he lost his powers, he'd lose the act, and would also lose the only thing he'd ever loved, his partner Shooting Star. The demon Riglevio showed up, telling him he could restore Twister's powers, for a price. Unheeding of the risks, Twister agreed and found that the demon was true to his word. However, when Riglevio returned to collect his price--Twister's soul--the cowboy hero pleaded with him to take anyone else's soul rather than his. Riglevio agreed, taking possession of Shooting Star instead. Riglevio then placed a spell over Twister so that he couldn't tell anyone about Riglevio until the spell was broken.
(West Coast Avengers#8) - Riglevio, in the form of Shooting
Star, led the other Rangers, Phantom Rider, Red Wolf, and Texas Twister to
confront the West Coast Avengers at Avengers Compound. Initially they pretended
to wish to take Firebird back into their group and away from the Avengers, but
as soon as Star touched Firebird, she recognized her as being possessed. The
Avengers were skeptical until the Rangers attacked them. Riglevio amplified the
Rangers' powers, transforming the wolf Lobo to giant size, enabling the Phantom
Rider and his steed, Banshee, to fly through the air, etc. However, working
together the Avengers overpowered the Rangers, and Firebird grabbed Shooting
Star, threatening to incinerate her form and the demon spirit if she didn't
release Star. Riglevio revealed his presence, but then claimed that there had
never been a Shooting Star, and that it had been him posing in that form all
Tigra made the connection that Riglevio, being a demon, might be connected to Master Pandemonium.
(West Coast Avengers#9) - Unable to reveal the truth about Shooting Star, Texas Twister left with the other Rangers. Meanwhile, Mockingbird stripped off Riglevio's Shooting Star garb, donned it herself, posed as Shooting Star, and met up with Master Pandemonium, while the other Avengers followed her.
(Solo Avengers#18 (fb) - BTS) - Riglevio was imprisoned at Avengers Compound. Texas Twister studied books of magic until he learned how he could free Shooting Star from Riglevio.
(Solo Avengers#18) - Texas Twister returned to Avengers Compound, had Hawkeye lead him to Riglevio, and professed his love to Riglevio, kissing him. In the process his love banished Riglevio, leaving only Shooting Star. However, Riglevio then possessed Texas Twister and attacked Star and Hawkeye. Hawkeye managed to launch a bolo arrow that wrapped up Twister/Riglevio's feet, and pulled him to the ground. However, Riglevio taunted Hawkeye that he would not kill him and thus couldn't stop him, but then Star shot him in the leg. When she threatened to kill Riglevio, the demon believed her, and so it followed their orders to transfer its spirit into an inanimate statue of a soldier. Riglevio was trapped inside the inanimate object, and Hawkeye decided to send the statue to Hellstorm for safekeeping.
Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Al Milgrom, and Joe Sinnott.
Englehart wrote the WCA as if there never was a Shooting Star, but that Riglevio had posed as that form the whole time.
I had initially thought that Riglevio was one of the Rakasha demons that Master Pandemonium controlled, but now I'm not sure. If he is, then Master Pandemonium and Mephisto should be listed as his members, and Rakasha to the Group Membership.
No known connection to:
RIGOLETTO of Earth-UV (Edward Robinson) - mimicked opera character, father of
--Night Man I#15
West Coast Avengers II#8-9 (May-June 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Solo Avengers#18 (May, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Don Heck (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Last updated: 04/26/04
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