RÂ'S A-POCALYPSE

Real Name: unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Earth-Amalgam) Enhanced Human or Metamutant?

Occupation: unrevealed

Affiliations: Lady Talia, Ubuwong

Enemies: Dark Claw (Logan Wayne)

Known Relatives: Lady Talia (daughter)

Aliases: none

Base of Operations: an unidentified desert

First Appearance: Dark Claw Adventures#1 (June, 1997)

Powers/Abilities:  Râ's A-Pocalypse is Dark Claw's equal both physically and mentally.  He is very skilled in the use of his sword.

History:

(Dark Claw: The Animated Show) - "Legacy of Apocalypse" - It was Râ's A-Pocalypse's insane dream to purge the Earth of all metamutant life.  In order to accomplish this, he planned to release a virus that would have slaughtered all of the world's metamutants.  Dark Claw confronted Râ's A-Pocalypse in a desert just as he was about to take off in his plane to release the virus.  Râ's and Dark Claw engaged in a sword fight as Lady Talia and Ubuwong watched from a distance.  Râ's A-Pocalypse and Dark Claw, as always, were evenly matched that day, but Râ's gained the upper hand when Dark Claw was stung by a scorpion.

With Dark Claw temporarily incapacitated, Râ's A-Pocalypse summoned his servant Ubuwong and boarded his plane on his way to release the virus and "reshape a better world".  Dark Claw, who was left behind with Lady Talia, picked up a missile launcher and shot down Râ's A-Pocalypse's plane in a final attempt to prevent the villain from releasing the metamutant-killing virus.  The plane exploded in midair and the wreckage fell to the desert sands.  Lady Talia desperately searched the flaming wreckage for her father (and burned off 90% of her skin in the process), but she was unable to locate any trace of his body.

(Dark Claw Adventures#1) - "Face to Face" - Two years later, Râ's A-Pocalypse was still presumed dead as his body was never recovered from the wreckage.  Lady Talia recollected the events of the day that her beloved Logan killed her father and vowed to kill the Dark Claw.
 


Comments: created by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett ; "Dark Claw Adventures" letter column created by Scott Peterson

Key:
Marvel characters are listed in regular, or bold black type.
DC characters are listed in bold blue type.
Amalgam characters are listed in bold purple type.
 

DARK CLAW ADVENTURES follows the continuity of DARK CLAW: THE ANIMATED SHOW rather than the continuity of the other "mainstream" Dark Claw comics (such as SLEUTH COMICS, DARK CLAW, and LEGENDS OF THE DARK CLAW).  For instance, in DARK CLAW ADVENTURES, Sparrow (Jubilation Lee) is a few years older than the Sparrow featured in the mainstream Dark Claw comics.

Airing on the Fox Bros. Network in the late 1990s, DARK CLAW: THE ANIMATED SHOW was created by Bruce Dini and Paul Timm.  Classic episodes include "Legacy of Apocalypse" and "They Shall Call the Beast Omega!".  In the letter column to DARK CLAW ADVENTURES #1, editor Scott Peterson revealed that in early 1998 there would be a direct-to-video animated Dark Claw movie followed by twelve new episodes of DARK CLAW: THE ANIMATED SHOW produced by Dini and Timm with storyboards by Ty Templeton, Rick Burchett, Ronnie Del Murakami, and Kevin Riba.

The DARK CLAW: ELSEWHAT IF line of action figures by Puckett and Parobeck Toys features action figures based on the characters of DARK CLAW: THE ANIMATED SHOW, including the hard to find Spiral Harley action figure.

In case you're confused, Amalgam Comics didn't really exist beyond those seen in the few DC/Marvel cross-over. The titles you don't recognize are amalgams of similar Marvel and DC comics--Snood.

Amalgam Universe

Earth-Amalgam

DARK CLAW: THE ANIMATED SHOW is an amalgam of X-MEN (the cartoon series) and BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

Fox Bros. Network is an amalgam of the Fox Network (where X-MEN and BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES originally aired) and the Warner Bros. Network (where the BATMAN-SUPERMAN ADVENTURES originally aired).

Bruce Dini is an amalgam of Bruce Timm (creator / producer of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) and Paul Dini (writer / producer of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES).

Paul Timm is an amalgam of Paul Dini (writer / producer of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) and Bruce Timm (creator / producer of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) .

Ronnie Del Murakami is an amalgam of Ronnie Del Carmen (storyboard artist for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) and Glen Murakami (character designer / storyboard artist for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES).

Kevin Riba is an amalgam of Kevin Altieri (director of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) and Dan Riba (director of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES).

DARK CLAW: ELSEWHAT IF is an amalgam of Marvel's WHAT IF? and DC's ELSEWORLDS.

Puckett and Parobeck Toys  is an amalgam of Kelley Puckett (writer of DC's BATMAN ADVENTURES) and Mike Parobeck (penciler of DC's BATMAN ADVENTURES).
 

Although DARK CLAW ADVENTURES #1 was not set in the mainstream Amalgam Universe, it's extremely likely that Râ's A-Pocalypse and Ubuwong also exist in some capacity in the mainstream Amalgam Universe.  It is also possible that the events which transpired in the animated continuity also occurred in the Amalgam Universe, although some minor details may have been altered (such as Sparrow being younger in the mainstream continuity).

And given the fact that Lady Talia never found her father's body in the plane's wreckage, it is almost certain that Râ's A-Pocalypse is still alive somewhere, perhaps rejuvenating himself in a Lazarus Pit while waiting for the perfect moment to strike at Dark Claw.

It is unclear whether Râ's A-Pocalypse is a metamutant or an enhanced human.  His Marvel Universe component, Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), is a mutant born in Ancient Egypt who embraced the notion of "survival of the fittest".  His DC Universe component, Ra's Al Ghul, is an enhanced human (whose life is extended through periodic immersion in "Lazarus Pits") who seeks to cleanse the Earth through genocide and create a new Eden.  Since Râ's A-Pocalypse attempted to unleash a virus that would kill all metamutant life on Earth, I tend to believe that he is an enhanced human rather than a metamutant (although it has been revealed that his daughter, Lady Talia, is indeed a metamutant).

The metamutant-killing virus that Râ's A-Pocalypse planned to unleash on the world was most likely an amalgam of Marvel's Legacy Virus (which was based on a virus that was going to be used in the distant future of the Marvel Universe by Apocalypse against the human population, but was ultimately altered and unleashed as a mutant-killing virus in the modern-day Marvel Universe by Stryfe during the X-CUTIONER'S SONG crossover) and DC's Ebola Gulf-A plague (which Ra's Al Ghul released upon the population of DC's Gotham City in the BATMAN: CONTAGION crossover).


Ubuwong

Ubuwong was the faithful man-servant of Râ's A-Pocalypse and was involved in his plan to unleash a metamutant-killing virus upon the world.  Ubuwong was also on board Râ's A-Pocalypse's plane when Dark Claw blew it up with a missile, but it is unknown if Ubuwong actually perished in the explosion.

Ubuwong is an amalgam of Wong of the Marvel Universe and Ubu of the DC Universe.
 
 

--Dark Claw Adventures#1



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CLARIFICATIONS:

Also assume that the Amalgam characters have no other connection to any others than whom they are Amalgamated, unless specifically mentioned.

Râ's A-Pocalypse is an amalgam of:

        Apocalypse of Earth-616, En Sabah Nur, @ X-Factor#5

        Ra's Al Ghul of the mainstream DC Universe, @ Batman#232

No known connections to, and should not be confused with:

        Apocalypso, an enemy of the JLX, @ JLX #1

        Warlord Gh'ul, another enemy of Dark Claw, @ JLX#1
 

Last updated02/11/03

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