Real Name: Kith Nasca
Identity/Class: Human advanced (possibly future) technology-user
presumptive marine (see comments) major
Group Membership: Dark Guard (Albion/Peter Hunter, Stacy Arnheim, Dark Angel/Shevaun Haldane, Death's Head/Minion, Killpower/Julius Mullarkey, Colonel Tigon
Liger, Motormouth/Harley Davis);
U.S. Army Corp 1768774 (see comments)
Affiliations: Clementine (Liger's sentient weapon), the Egalitern (Governor
Trusivor), Superconductor, the Technarchy (Demogog Montano), the Time Guardian;
Enemies: Battletide, Mys-Tech (Collapsar, Permafrost, Sunder, Gudrun Tyburn (Golem duplicate)), Demogog Tansteele
formerly the Egaliterns and Technarchy
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Major Nasca;
"sport," "squalling runt" (from Permafrost)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen to based in the Refuge, within No-Space;
First Appearance: Dark Guard#1 (October, 1993)
Ultra-Marine wears a suit of nitinol (see comments)
armor powered by a fusion reactor, and he is connected to it via a
spinal interface, which allows him to control it at well. He can remove
the armor at will, but he may have some sort of port within his body to
facilitate regular re-establishment of the connection.
Although it only partially covers his body, leaving portions of legs (Some images show full coverage of his left leg, others show the non-boot portion uncovered (perhaps the armor is retractable), arms, chest, abdomen, and face exposed, the suit still granted him solid durability; he was only stunned by high-power assaults, such as punch by the powerful Death's Head. It may or may not generate a force field to protect his otherwise uncovered body parts.
The suit possesses an
environmental rheostat, allowing it to maintain a healthy internal
temperature despite external temperature extremes. He can overload the
rheostat and draw tremendous heat from the suit's fusion reactor and
then radiate it through his nitinol armor, causing its surface to glow.
Intense cold and large quantities of ice can be used to freeze his armor and flight systems. Apparently unable to physically break free, he can swiftly melt the ice thusly.
His boots allow him to fly and/or hover. He can reach speeds sufficient to catch up to a surface-to-air missile, which likely traveled at at least 500 mph (800 kph); presumably he can fly at closer to 770 - 1000 mph.
His plasma weapon systems may utilize future technology. He can project powerful plasma bolts to smash a foe and/or to tunnel through solid rock
His armor's sensors could detect human heat signatures buried beneath soil and rock as well as locating airborne missiles hundreds of miles away. Its onboard battle computer can calculate the trajectory, rate of descent, speed and telemetry configuration, allowing him to rapidly approach such a missile. His data processors can swiftly learn the missile's language and allow him to broadcast a new command in the form of a tachyon pulse from his nitinol gauntlets, altering the missile's targeting.
Nasca has military combat,
tactical, etc. training, skill, and knowledge sufficient to have earned
him the rank of major. However, his expectations that non-military
warriors he had just met would follow his orders blindly led to
frustration and conflict. Additionally, he sometimes gave orders while
not paying attention to direct threats to himself, and he was often
eager to turn to conflict rather than pursue diplomatic solutions.
Kith Nasca works out to maintain
his athletic strength and physique, with his strength presumably
augmented markedly by his armor to allow him to lift perhaps 10-25 tons
(enough to shatter the rocky Sunder when combining his power with
Nasca's greatest fear is failure.
(Dark Guard#1 (fb) - BTS) - Kith Nasca ascended to the rank of major in U.S. Army Corp 1768774 (see comments).
At some point, he received a suit of armor and the title/codename Ultra-Marine.
(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Representing the Techno-Wizards of Earth's Mys-Tech, Gudrun Tyburn used an artificial replicant/golem of herself to establish a presence on the planet Eopia, escalating the war between Egaliterns and Technarchy in effort to cause the planet's destruction via thermo-nuclear war.
(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Mys-Tech agent Collapsar was sent to manipulate Tansteele to this end, although Tansteele and the Technarchy were advised that Collapsar had been sent to aid their cause.
Mys-Tech agents Permafrost and Sunder were sent to similarly manipulate Trusivor and the Egaliterns.(Dark Guard#1 (fb) - The Time Guardian began to foresee that Mys-Tech posed a considerable threat to the future of space-time and decided to gather a team to oppose them.
(Dark Guard#3 (fb) - BTS) - The Time Guardian witnessed how Albion, Dark Angel, Death's Head (Minion), Killpower ,and Motormouth managed to thwart Mys-Tech's schemes with the UnEarth, and he decided to recruit them for his purposes.
(Dark Guard#3 (fb) - BTS) - An unspecified failure by Ultra-Marine led to failure becoming his greatest fear.
However, that same failure apparently led to the Time Guardian recruiting Nasca for his team.
(Dark Guard#1 (fb) - BTS) - Killpower, Motormouth, and Ultra Marine were the first of the Time Guardian's recruits to arrive at the Refuge.
(Dark Guard#1) - As Kith worked out on some high-tech exercise machine, the Time Guardian or his agent, Superconductor, notified Major Nasca that the others were beginning to arrive. Nascar replied in the affirmative and noted that he would be there directly as soon as he suited up. Superconductor (presumably) noted that this was wise, as past history had shown that their guests were nothing if not temperamental.
(Dark Guard#1 - BTS) - Stacy Arnheim, Death's Head, and Tigon Liger materialized within the Refuge's Arrival Suite, followed by Albion and then Dark Angel. They collectively suspected Mys-Tech to have transported them there.
(Dark Guard#1) - Flanked by Motormouth and Killpower, Ultra-Marine confronted the new arrivals, introducing himself and advising them that Mys-Tech was reason that they were there, although Mys-Tech had not brought them there directly. He further informed them that they were in the Refuge within the No-Space void.
The frustrated Liger confronted Ultra-Marine, shoving his intelligent weapon, Clementine, in his face and demanded answers. Having lifted himself perhaps a foot off the ground via his boot-jets, Ultra-Marine ordered Liger to get his weapon out of his face, reminding him that he had already learned that his weapon would not fire within the Refuge. Undeterred, Liger smashed Ultra-Marine in the face with Clementine, and while the annoyed Ultra-Marine called Liger an undisciplined moron, Death's Head and Stacy Arnheim rushed to join the assault, ignoring Albion and Dark Angel's arguments to the contrary.
Punching Liger back, Ultra-Marine
advised him that if he was going to serve in this unit, he was going to
learn the chain of command. As Death's Head approached and threatened
him, Ultra-Marine asked if there was no end to their insubordination,
and Death's Head told him "Take a wild guess," as he punched him back.
Drawing his blade, Liger prepared to rejoin the fight against
Ultra-Marine, but he was instead smashed to the ground by Killpower.
As Ultra-Marine was restrained in
a Full Nelson by Death's Head, the Time Guardian appeared and broke up
the fight. After noting Mys-Tech's threat to their whole universe, he
dubbed the team the Dark Guard.
However, Stacy rebelled against
being abducted to this place and serving under his command, and she
instead fled. Despite
Ultra-Marine's orders to the contrary, Stacy tore open a shutter door
and was pulled out into No-Space where she was seemingly destroyed.
Nasca verbally instructed Refuge control to seal shutter ninety and
explained to the enraged Liger that entering No-Space was like plunging
The team members were understandably distraught, particularly Liger, but the Time Guardian advised they turn their anger against Mys-Tech. After he instructed them to follow him, their efforts led them to the surface of Eopia, where they were attacked by the massive Technarchy army. As most of the team dove into the fight, Ultra-Marine urged them to work together tactically as a team, but when he was blasted out of the sky, he joined the unorganized fighting. Soon after, reinforcements showed up for the Technarchy.
Guard#2) - Ultra-Marine ordered the Dark Guard to close up formation
before they were picked off, but Dark Angel grabbed him and carried
him out of the way of high-yield laser fire from a walking cannon. As
Albion took out the cannon, Dark Angel helped Nasca up to his feet,
telling him that his suit was tough but that it probably would not have
stopped those lasers; she further advised him to spend less time giving
orders and more time paying attention. He quickly told her not to
lecture him, but then noted that there was not time for that but
thanked her for her help as he jumped back into the fight.
Albion commented that Nasca's pride was stronger than his armor, and Dark Angel considered that next time she would let him fry.
After Death's Head and Liger took out their opponents heavy tanks, Ultra-Marine told the others that that was the first piece of tactical deployment anyone had managed that day. Dark Angel subsequently advised a tactical withdrawal given the 3000 troops they faced, and Albion seconded that notion. When Dark Angel asked the others to find the gateway they came through, Nasca was surprised that the others followed her instructions, but Motormouth located the gateway with her hyper-vision. As they made their way toward the gate, Ultra-Marine noted that things did not feel right; he and the others made it through the gateway back to the Time Guardian's base, but Collapsar captured Killpower and Liger.
Time Guardian's agent
Superconductor met with the rest of the Dark Guard and discussed the
war between the Technarchy and Egaliterns and revealed that Collapsar
was a Mys-Tech agent. When the Superconductor noted that they were
supposed to kill Collapsar, Ultra-Marine was enraged at the idea and
argued that they had not been told that they would have to kill (see comments).
Despite Ultra-Marine's argument
that they were breaking up the team, Death's Head and Motormouth
departed to rescue their captured teammates, while Ultra-Marine, Dark
Angel, and Albion were sent into Egalitern territory in hopes of
getting their leader, Trusivor, to listen to reason. However, Trusivor
was startled by their presence, and his
defenders Permafrost and Sunder -- who, unknown to Trusivor, were
Mys-Tech agents/smart weapons -- transformed to confront the
Guard#3) - While Albion tried to reason with Trusivor, Ultra-Marine
mocking called him "Winston Churchill" and told him to prepare for a
fight. Although Albion insisted that that was what they were there to
avoid, Ultra-Marine rushed forward, only to have his armor and flight
systems frozen in the grip of Permafrost, who mockingly noted, "way out
of your league, I'd say, Sport!" Permafrost then cast Ultra-Marine to
the ground and asked Sunder to smash the "squalling runt" and help with
the others. Before Sunder could do so, however, Albion blasted Sunder
to the ground, and Dark Angel engaged Permafrost.
As both Albion and Dark Angel initially seemed
to be overwhelmed, the fear of failure caused Ultra-Marine to become
overwhelmed with helpless fury, and his mind stabbed out through the
spinal interface that linked him to his body-suit, deliberately
overloading his armor's environmental rheostat. He drew scorching
energies from his suit's fusion reactor and radiated it through his
nitinol armor, which glowed as he melted the ice, after which he
unleashed the full power of his plasma weapons system against
Permafrost, knocking him back into a building, which then collapsed
atop the Mys-Tech warrior.
As Sunder smashed Albion below the
ground, Ultra-Marine left Dark Angel to deal with Permafrost so he
could dig Albion out before he might suffocate. Engaging his targeting
systems to track Albion's body head, Nasca began blasting through the
ground. As Sunder prepared to smash Albion in a subterranean tunnel,
Albion distracted him by warning him of an approaching train, which was
instead Ultra-Marine, who smashed Sunder from behind. The two heroes
then struck the dazed Mys-Tech creation at the same time, shattering
it. Noting that Sunder had no body heat, Ultra-Marine assured Albion
that it was just a Mys-Tech smart-weapon construct rather than a living
When Albion thanked him for saving his life, and Ultra-Marine
shook his hand, noting, "No problem. What are friends for?"
-- although he became annoyed when Albion teased him about not having
time for the rest of Dark Guard, telling him not to push it. As they
blasted their way back to the rock, Ultra-Marine explained that he
resented Dark Angel's leadership role and respect from the others.
Regardless, by the time they reached the surface, Dark Angel had
already destroyed Permafrost, and she then told Trusivor that they
would now have a talk.
Nasca laughed when Albion commented that he was beginning to see what he meant about her taking charge.
Comments: Created by Dan Abnett, Carlos Pacheco, and Oscar Jimenez under the Marvel UK imprint.
If he was part of the US Army, I'm
not sure why he would be Ultra-Marine rather than Ultra-Soldier, as
soldiers serve in the US Army, and marines serve in the US Marines.
Perhaps Kith Nasca is from some alternate future where the two branches of the military were joined.
What was the failure that left the great fear of failure on Nasca? Was this the same failure that led to the Time Guardian recruiting him, and if so, why/how?
It strikes me as a bit off for a career soldier to be some outraged by the idea of having to kill an enemy/warrior to achieve a goal. Perhaps after he left the military, he made some sort of vow/goal of not killing anymore.
Nitinol is an acronym for a
NIckel-TItanium alloy developed by the Naval Ordinal Laboratory. The
tracheal and urethral stents I use in veterinary medicine are made of
His plasma weapon systems were described as 21st century
state of the art, which was the future when the story was published in
1993. I think it was likely intended for the technology to have been
from the future...perhaps some connection to the Mars colony of 2026
A.D. of Reality-49327 (which was 33 years in the future when the story
was written), which also has an Ultra-Marine and duplicates called
There's some extra info on what was planned for the Dark Guard here.
Battletide III was underway
when in 1993 when the bubble burst for Marvel UK, and had been at least
partially written, pencilled and inked, though not it seems colored yet. Per
the credits page, it was written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, pencilled
by Geoff Senior, inked by John Stokes, lettered by Alan O'Keefe, and was
intended to be colored by Louise Cassell, and from the art page available, the
Dark Guard were going to fight the Battletide.
I believe that's Ultra-Marine in a kind of bent-over backward posture, with his feet by his hands, towards the bottom right of the image.
Profile by Snood.
Ultra-Marine should be distinguished from:
Dark Guard#1-4 (October - 1993 - January - 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer) - Carlos Pacheco (pencils) - Oscar Jimenez (inks) - Stuart Bartlett (editor)
First posted: 08/13/2023
Last updated: 08/13/2023
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