THE SOLDIER SUPREME
Real Name: Sebastian Szardos
Identity/Class: Human magic user (World War II
Occupation: Military sergeant
Group Membership: The Secret Invaders (Blade/Eric Brooks, the crew of Tank 666, War-Thing)
Affiliations: The Ancient One, Phil,
Secret Invaders, Steve;
indirectly the Avengers (Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Echo/Maya Lopez, Starbrand/Brandy Selby, Thor/Thor Odinson, Valkyrie/Jane Foster)
Known Relatives: Unidentified grandmother,
Aliases: "The American Wizard," "the Sorcerer
Joe," "the Two-Fisted Mystic"
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Europe
First Appearance: Avengers VII#50 (February, 2022)
Powers/Abilities: Sgt. Szardos, the Soldier Supreme, was sufficient in the mystic arts, familiar with and able to cast a variety of spells, including exorcism spells and spells that allowed him to levitate and communicate with astral projections.
He also wielded a mystic Breathing Gun, which was
capable of destroying demons with its bullets, and the Eye of Agamotto
artifact, which he used to commune with the Ancient One.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 175 lbs.)
Hair: Light brown
(Avengers VII#57 (fb) - BTS) - Sebastian Szardos grew up with his grandmother telling him that the Szardos family had witch blood in their veins going all the way back to the "Old World" of Wundagore Mountain. In 1942, soldier Sebastian Szardos was chosen for a secret mission against occult Thule Society tomb raiders. While on the mission in the Himalayas, Szardos' entire unit was wiped out by astral assassins. Somehow killing all of the assassins, Szardos ultimately passed out and later woke to finding himself facing the mystic Ancient One. Training for a time with the Ancient One in the ways of the mystic arts, Szardos ultimately returned to his military service with incomplete mystic training.
(Avengers VII#50 (fb) - BTS) - Sgt. Szardos was
assigned the Secret Invaders military unit, which he assumed command of.
(Avengers VIII#50) - As he passed through time towards his own present day, the time-traveling Ka-Zar briefly saw Sgt. Szardos, the Soldier Supreme.
(Avengers VII#57) - By 1943,
Szardos had grown a mustache and he was trailing the
Nazi secret weapon devised by the Thule Society known as U-666. He
hitched a ride on a hospital ship full of nuns as it crossed the Irish
Sea, figuring both the nuns and himself would be sufficient bait for
the Nazis. Sure enough, the Mephisto-possessed ship U-666 appeared and
attacked the vessel. Szardos fought back with his Breathing Gun,
eventually sinking the demon-possessed u-boat. His diving suit damaged
in the battle, Szardos passed out and was pulled out of the water by
soldiers on a nearby deserted island, all of which had been equally
stranded by U-666. Gathering his gear, Szardos suspected something
might have survived of U-666 and he became a bit antsy, warning the
soldiers to keep their distance, as they might all possibly be in
danger. One of the soldiers, Phil, soon collapsed and became possessed
by the demon Mephisto, attacking the other soldiers and rushing
Szardos. Szardos cast a spell and ordered the other soldiers to get
away from Phil but they ignored orders and dogpiled onto their
possessed friend in an effort to hold him down. Szardos quietly
remarked that it wouldn't make any difference as Mephisto departed
Phil's body and jumped into another soldier, Steve, whose body he used
to shoot Phil dead. Mephisto/Steve then began shooting wildly, forcing
the other soldiers to flee as Mephisto demanded the Eye of Agamotto
from Szardos' neck.
Realizing the same demon that had
been possessing U-666 had washed up on the island shore just as he had
and was now possessing the soldiers, Sgt. Szardos, unfamiliar with
Mephisto directly, gunned the possessed Steve with his Breathing Gun.
He then ordered the remaining soldiers to leave or risk themselves also
being possessed. Weeks later, after all of the soldiers had ultimately
become possessed and had to be killed, Sgt. Szardos kneeled at the
grave of the most recently killed soldier and meditated, contacting the
Ancient One to ask how he could end Mephisto's attacks. The Ancient One
identified Mephisto as a Hell-lord and warned that exorcising him from
the Earthly plane would be a struggle unlike any Szardos had ever
faced. The Ancient One managed to inform Szardos that he would have to
learn the demon's true name and lay hands on the body it possessed
before the astral connection was cut short by an attack by a
Mephisto-possessed plane. Szardos ducked for cover and he commented
that laying hands on the possessed might prove a bit harder than he had
imagined before yelling at the plane to reveal the demon's name. As if
in response, fiery birds appeared next to Szardos and revealed the
demon's name as Mephisto and moments later, the Mephisto-possessed
plane and its Nazi support was
attacked by the time-traveling Avengers
of the modern era.
Taking advantage of the
distraction, Sgt. Szardos searched for a means to attack Mephisto
directly and surprisingly found a plane nearby, unaware that it had
secretly been left for him by the Avenger Captain Marvel. Using the
plane to get into the air near the Mephisto-possessed plane, Szardos
allowed Mephisto to shoot up his plane and when Mephisto drew in for
the kill, Szardos leaped onto the Mephisto-possessed plane and invoked
the power of the Vishanti
to exorcise Mephisto from the Earthly plane.
Crashing back to the ground in the damaged, formerly possessed plane,
Szardos waited for his unit to pick him up and eventually, his Secret
Invaders squad arrived.
(Avengers VII#64) - Not long after, the modern day
Phoenix Force host, Echo, reached out through time to seek the aid of
history's greatest heroes and she telepathically contacted Sgt. Szardos
in 1943. Hearing the call, Szardos lent his mystic aid from across
the years, invoking the power of the Vishanti and the authority of the
(Avengers VII#50 - BTS) - Over time, the legend of Sgt. Szardos
became forgotten and lost to the ages.
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Ed McGuinness and Javier Garron.
Sgt. Szardos appears on the cover of Avengers VII#61 amongst the various Avengers from other realities and time periods but he does not appear in the actual issue itself.
With that distinctive surname & magical heritage, there's a good chance he's related to Margali [Szardos, of the Winding Way]. Also, his Breathing Gun might be the partner to the one used by Jaine Cutter. The reason why I said the Breathing Gun might be the partner to Cutter's one is because there was supposedly only two ever made. Since her gun is a pistol, it's presumably not the same gun being wielded by [Sgt. Sebastian] Szardos..., unless the guns can change shape. Hence, it is most likely the other, aforementioned but previously unseen, Breathing Gun. --Loki
what it's worth, the issues involving Sgt. Szardos do not specify that
he existed in Earth-616's past. One might argue that he could be from
an alternate reality, given the inclusion of many other alternate
reality Avengers during the course of the "Avengers Assemble" storyarc
that ran through the final issues of Avengers VII & Avengers
Forever II. However, there is nothing shown to exclude him from being
an Earth-616 native and he is first seen/mentioned when Ka-Zar was
traveling through time on his way back to the modern era from
Earth-616's 1,000,000 B.C., further suggesting that he was an Earth-616
Profile by Proto-Man.
Soldier Supreme should be distinguished from:
|--Avengers VII#50 - BTS
Avengers VII#50 (February, 2022) - "An Earth Unlike Any Other (Just Like All the Rest)" story - Jason Aaron (writer), Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#57 (August, 2022) - Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#64 (March, 2023) - Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garron (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First posted: 09/26/2023
Last updated: 10/01/2023
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