SHOCKWAVE

Real Name: Lancaster Sneed

Identity/Class: Human, cyborg, technology user

Occupation: Mercenary, professional criminal, former intelligence agent

Group Membership: The Hood's army, Masters of Evil, MI-6, Oriental Expediters, S.H.I.E.L.D. Deltite Conspiracy

Affiliations: Bloodshed, Equinox, Fah Lo Suee, Fasaud, Fu Manchu, Ghost-Maker, Goldbug, Grindhouse, Killer Shrike, Jackhammer, Jack O'Lantern, Kogar, Krona, Orka, R.A.I.D., Razor-Fist, Ward Sarsfield, Shadow Slasher, Tarrant, Whiplash, Maximillian Zaran
AIM Weapons Expo;
formerly Brynocki, Dr. Petrie

Enemies: Asgardians, Avengers (west coast), Brynocki, Captain America, the Cat (Shen Kuei), Melissa Greville, Heroes For Hire, Heroes for Hire (Black Cat, Humbug, Misty Knight, Orka, Paladin, Tarantula, Colleen Wing), Iron Man (Tony Stark), JLA, James Larner, Monstrobot, Dr. Petrie, Clive Reston, Shang-Chi, Skrulls, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Spider-Man, Black Jack Tarr, Thunderbolts, Union Jack (Chapman), Leiko Wu

Known Relatives: Sir Denis Nayland Smith (uncle), unnamed parents

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Master of Kung Fu I#42 (July, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Shockwave wears a suit of protective armor which can generate electrical shocks upon contact with an opponent. While serving as an intelligence operative, Shockwave specialized in demolitions.

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170 lbs.; (in armor) 182 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black, formerly red-brown

History: (Master of Kung Fu I#42 (fb), 75 (fb)) - Lancaster Sneed had a lonely childhood, as he was sent away to a boarding school by his parents. The only bright spot in his life was his uncle Sir Denis Nayland Smith, who would often visit him with his friend Dr. Petrie, and regale Lancaster with stories of their battles with Fu Manchu. However, Lancaster resented them because they never stayed with him.

After growing up, Lancaster became an agent of MI-6. Smith was proud of him, but he could only imagine that Smith was jealous of him, thinking he was a superior agent. Lancaster became a specialist in explosives, but on his first mission in the field, he was caught in an explosion in North Africa. Lancaster had himself rebuilt with metal plates, hoping to become "an armored tank of a man," but MI-6 determined that his injuries had driven him insane, and he was released from their service.

Sneed journeyed to Asia, and had himself trained in the martial arts. Returning to America, he donned a suit of armor which allowed him to generate electricity through his metal plates, and became Shockwave, performing for audiences at carnivals. Having regained his lost confidence, Lancaster determined that he would return to the intelligence field-- only as an agent of Fu Manchu's instead.

(Master of Kung Fu I#42 (fb) - BTS) - Shockwave attempted to recruit former MI-6 agent James Larner to assist in the Oriental Expediters operation, but Larner refused his offer.

(Master of Kung Fu I#42) - When Shang-Chi investigated Oriental Expediters, he found them defended by Shockwave. Shockwave nearly defeated Shang-Chi in combat, but was forced to flee when Black Jack Tarr arrived to aid his friend.

(Master of Kung Fu I#43) - Shockwave assisted a mind-controlled Dr. Petrie in placing a bomb in Smith's office, then set off to Switzerland to the estate of Sir Herbert Griswold, who was actually Tarrant, a member of Oriental Expediters. Shockwave held Leiko Wu and Ducharme captive, but was attacked again by Shang-Chi. Their battle reached its climax when Shang-Chi kicked him into a swimming pool, causing his armor to short out.

(Master of Kung Fu I#44) - MI-6 agents retrieved Shockwave from the pool, and sent him to a hospital in London. He was visited there by Smith and Petrie, and happened to mutter in his delirium that he and Petrie had planted the bomb, which had wound up harming Black Jack Tarr. Petrie shot Smith, and placed his gun in Shockwave's hands to frame him.

(Master of Kung Fu I#45) - Petrie departed Shockwave's hospital room, telling him that Fu Manchu would be pleased with them.

(Master of Kung Fu I#75 (fb)) - Still in MI-6's custody, Shockwave was subjected to brainwashing techniques by Ward Sarsfield to ensure his loyalty to MI-6. He was dispatched by Sarsfield after Shang-Chi and his allies, having become convinced that they were withholding information on the whereabouts of Fu Manchu.

(Master of Kung Fu I#71 - BTS) - Shockwave attacked his uncle Nayland Smith, and beat him savagely. Smith managed to reach the apartment home of Leiko Wu and Shang-Chi.

(Master of Kung Fu I#72) - Still outside the apartment, Shockwave encountered Melissa Greville and Clive Reston, and attacked them. Reston injured himself badly trying to fight Shockwave, but Melissa ran to the apartment and brought Shang-Chi. Using a piece of wood, Shang was able to strike Shockwave down, and keep him on the ropes until Leiko Wu arrived, and scared him off with her pistol.

(Master of Kung Fu I#73) - Assigned to work with the robot Brynocki as his new "boss," Shockwave brought Black Jack Tarr to Mordillo Island so that they could interrogate him for MI-6. Just as they arrived, Brynocki spied Leiko Wu and Shang-Chi on the island, and the two madmen set aboard a robotic dragonfly to attack them.

(Master of Kung Fu I#74) - Black Jack Tarr managed to blast the dragonfly vehicle out of the sky with one of Brynocki's guns, and Shockwave suffered a massive concussion in the landing. Seeing that Shockwave was mad, Brynocki decided that he would have to die as well, and began to lead his robots against them. Shockwave was forced into an alliance with his enemies, and employed the Overload Shockwave-Generator which he had constructed on the island to destroy most of Brynocki's robots. They fought their way to the beach, forcing them to swim. Unable to swim because of his costume, Shang-Chi disconnected Shockwave's armor, and threw him into the water. As they began to swim away, Brynocki pursued them with his giant robot Mostrobot.

(Master of Kung Fu I#75) - The Monstrobot brushed Shockwave aside with one of its hands, knocking off his faceplate and forcing him to surface. Shockwave was traumatized by his face having been revealed, and told the others his background. His enemies took pity on him, and Leiko suggested seeing if MI-6's brainwashing could be undone. The foursome finally managed to escape the island aboard one of Brynocki's crafts, and Shang revealed that he had recorded Shockwave's confession using a tape-recorder from the Monstrobot's mouth. He intended to use this evidence to bring down Sarsfield.

(West Coast Avengers II#11) - Shockwave was hired alongside Razor-Fist and Maximillian Zaran by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Deltite Conspiracy, and were dispatched together after Iron Man, Hawkeye and Mockingbird met with Nick Fury at S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Los Angeles headquarters. Claiming to belong to the Blood Tong, Shockwave fought Iron Man and managed to incapacitate him with electrical shocks, but through sheer force of will, Iron Man was able to overcome him, and beat him unconscious. Zaran brought his comrade to safety.

(Captain America I#411-413) - Shockwave was among the career villains who gathered at AIM Island for the AIM Weapons Expo. He joined with other villains present in attacking Captain America for the promise of payment from Batroc, but was defeated in the melee.

(Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#81) - Shockwave and Razor-Fist were employed by an unknown entity to kidnap the son of the Cat (Shen Kuei) in order to force the Cat into abandoning his New York operations. The Cat nearly surrendered to them, but was joined by Spider-Man to oppose them. While Razor-Fist engaged the Cat, Shockwave tried to guard the child from Spider-Man, but Spider-Man defeated Shockwave, and Razor-Fist subsequently fell to the Cat.

(Heroes for Hire I#4) - Shockwave teamed up with Killer Shrike, Orka, and Whiplash in a plot to take over the retired aircraft carrier Intrepid, planning to use it to extort money from the city of New York, or from the U.S. Government. They were opposed by the Heroes For Hire, and Shockwave was defeated by Iron Fist.

(Thunderbolts I#33 (fb)) - Shockwave was recruited by the Crimson Cowl to serve in her Masters of Evil, and joined her team in breaking into Mt. Charteris so that they could use it as their new headquarters.

(Thunderbolts I#24-25) - Shockwave worked with the other Masters of Evil in assisting the Crimson Cowl with her plot to use Weather Modulators for extortion. When Moonstone offered her services to the Cowl, she wasn't trusted, and Shockwave joined Constrictor, Bison and Quicksand in escorting her to a cell. As they discussed their reasons for joining the Masters of Evil, Shockwave declared that he was ashamed to breathe the same air as them, considering himself a professional. When the Thunderbolts attacked Mt. Charteris, Shockwave fought Jolt and was defeated along with the other Masters of Evil.

(JLA/Avengers#4) - Shockwave was one of the many villains used by Krona to guard his base from the JLA and Avengers.

(New Avengers I#1, #2-3 - BTS/Spider-Man: Breakout#1) - Shockwave was one of many villains incarcerated at the Raft penitentiary who were released by Electro during a mass breakout. Despite the efforts of heroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Sentry and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Shockwave escaped the island prison.

(Union Jack II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Shockwave was hired by R.A.I.D. and helped into London by Fasaud.

(Union Jack II#2) - Jack O'Lantern participated in an attack on civilians in the slowly flooding Thames Tunnel. He tried to escape after his partners Shockwave and Jackhammer were defeated by Union Jack, but the hero followed him in a flying car and they both crashed into a wall. Jack O'Lantern was then carried to the outside by Union Jack.

(Union Jack II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Shockwave was hired by R.A.I.D. and helped into London by Fasaud.

(Union Jack II#2) - Shockwave participated in an attack on civilians in the slowly flooding Thames Tunnel. He used electrical charges and his martial arts skills against Union Jack, but the British hero had read Shockwave's file and used some moves from Shang-Chi who defeated Shockwave before. Shockwave fell into the water, but his suit was now waterproof. Union Jack used a knife to cut open the suit and then kickedk Shockwave into the water again to electrocute him (Shockwave is tough and didn't die).

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1) - Shockwave fled to Manhattan shortly after the SHRA had passed.

(Heroes for Hire II#1) - Shockwave attended a meeting with Vienna, who offered him and a few other costumed criminals new identities outside of the United States. Heroes for Hire attacked them, but Vienna expected them and the villains gained the upper hand on them with the aid of a few robots. Things changed when Paladin, Orka and Shang-Chi arrived and the villains were soon defeated. Afterwards it was revealed that Vienna worked together with the Heroes for Hire and that the operation was a test for HfH members Humbug and Tarantula.

(New Avengers I#35) - Shockwave was one of a large number of super-villains who met with the Hood, hearing and apparently accepting his position as the new Kingpin of super-villain crime. For his attendance, he was given $25,000.

(New Avengers Annual#2) - The Answer was part of the Hood's super-villain army that ambushed the "New" Avengers' base at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. He was incapacitated by the Zom-powered Dr. Strange and then taken into custody by SHIELD.

(Secret Invasion#6; 7-8 - BTS) - Shockwave was part of the Hood's Army who joined the Central Park fight with the Skrull invaders. The Hood's army departed after Veranke's death.

(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Shockwave for Norman Osborn.

(New Avengers I#50/New Avengers I#55 (fb)) - When Cage's Avengers tried to lure Osborn's Avengers into a trap at an old Hellfire Club base, Osborn instead contacted the Hood who led his super-villain army to assault Cage's Avengers (Cage, Captain America/James Barnes, Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ronin/Clint Barton, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett). Shockwave joined the Hood, Answer, Blackout, Blood Brother, Brother(s) Grimm, Centurius, Chemistro, Corruptor, Crossfire, Cutthroat, Dr. Demonicus, [Dormammu], Griffin, Jigsaw, Living Laser, Madame Masque, Mandrill, Razor-Fist, Scarecrow, Shockwave, Slug, Vermin, Wizard, the Wrecking Crew in this assault. Ms. Marvel channeled Spider-Woman's power to stun the criminals and allow the Avengers to escape.

(New Avengers I#55 (fb)) - The Hood and his motley army recovered, his army unhappy with the Hood's leadership.

(Invincible Iron Man#13) - Shockwave took the opportunity to hunt down Tony Stark for Norman Osborn for a huge amount of money and despite his new armor failed against Stark, who, despite not wearing an armor, short-circuited him with a mere touch.

(New Avengers I#55) - When the Hood went missing with Madame Masque and John King, the other members of his gang argued over who would take a leadership role. Jonas Harrow soon announced his plans to use a power inhibitor against the Avengers. Members of the Hood's gang included: Piledriver, Thunderball, Bulldozer, Wrecker, Griffin, Tiger Shark, Brothers Grimm, Living Laser, Blood Brother, Blackout, Corruptor, Crossfire, Mandrill, Dr. Demonicus, Shockwave, Scarecrow, Corruptor, Chemistro, and others.

(New Avengers I#57) - Shockwave watched Osborn agree to Harrow's terms. The power dampener switched off, allowing the New Avengers to escape via a Quinjet that blasted the assembled army of villains.

(New Avengers I#61) - The Hood used the Asgardian Norn Stones to give those in his army the ability to track down the targeted heroes, increasing their own strength and power as well.

(New Avengers I#64 (fb)) - The Hood approached his army and let them know of Osborn's offer to make them certified heroes if they participated in the siege on Asgard.

(New Avengers I#63) - Shockwave participated in the ensuing battle with Asgard.

(New Avengers I#64) - Later, during the siege of Asgard, Loki took away all their additional powers as the city crashed around them.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Paul Gulacy and Tom Sutton.

Shockwave wore a new costume for Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#81 and Heroes For Hire #4, then went back to his old costume for Thunderbolts I#24-25.

Dr. Doom employed a robot duplicate of Shockwave in Master of Kung Fu I#60.

Shockwave and Razor-Fist's employer in Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#81 was unrevealed, but I would assume it to be either Hydra or the Maggia, since they had been making the rounds in Mackie's Spider-Man at the time.

Shockwave's appearance in Union Jack Volume 2 was placed before Heroes for Hire II#1 because Union Jack took place before the Civil War as seen in Union Jack II#3 in a conversation between Captain America and Union Jack when Captain America told Union Jack that Iron Man and Spider-Man were currently in Washington (their visit just before Civil War seen in Amazing Spider-Man II#530-531).

Shockwave has entries in the OHotMU Master Edition and the Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1.

Shockwave is seen on the cover of Avengers: The Initiative#1.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Shockwave should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Invincible Iron Man#13, p10, pan4
Master of Kung Fu I#42, cover
Master of Kung Fu I#75, page 11, panel 4
Master of Kung Fu I#75, page 15, panel 1
Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#81, page 15, panel 1


Master of Kung Fu I#43-45 (August-October, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Paul Gulacy (pencils), Jack Abel (#43-44) & Pablo Marcos (#45) (inks), Marv Wolfman (#43) & Archie Goodwin (#44-45) (editor)
Master of Kung Fu I#72-75 (January-April, 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), Bruce D. Patterson (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#11 (August, 1986) - Steve Englehart (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Captain America I#411-413 (January-March, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man I#81 (June, 1997) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Ralphl Macchio (editor)
Heroes For Hire I#4 (October, 1997) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Thunderbolts I#24-25 (March-April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (#24), Al Vey (#25) & Bob Wiacek (#25) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#33 (December, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
JLA/Avengers#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)
New Avengers I#1 (February, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man: Breakout#1 (June, 1005) - Tony Bedard (writer), Manuel Garcia (pencils), Raul Fernandez (inks), Warren Simons & Axel Alonso (editor)
Heroes for Hire II#1 (October, 2006) - Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (writers), Billy Tucci (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Union Jack II#1-2 (November-December, 2006) - Christos N. Gage (writer), Mike Perkins (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1 (2007)
New Avengers I#35 (December, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Molly Lazer  (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers Annual#2 (March, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Carlo Pagulayan (penciler), Jeff Huet (inker), Molly Lazer (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion#6-7 (November-December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion#8 (January, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign Files (February, 2009) - Michael Hoskin & various others (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
New Avengers I#50 (April, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brevoort (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#13 (July, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Warren Simons (editor)
New Avengers I#55 (September, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#57 (November, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#61 (March, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen & Daniel Acuna (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#63-64 (May-June, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike McKone (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 10/14/13

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