Real Name: Lysander Bloodseed
Identity/Class: Artificially-created humanoid mutate
Occupation: Genetic experiment; Wanderer
Group Membership: Genespawn (a.k.a. the New Ones, a.k.a. Runners)
Affiliations: "Bird-Thing" The Ptero; Ellissya; Nepenthe, Waterbeast
Enemies: "Brother" Bloodseed; Chief Engineer; Ellissya; Gene-Corps (a.k.a. the Masters); The Great One; Lord Juro
Known Relatives: "Brother" Bloodseed; Ellissya, other Bloodseeds (all genetic experiments of Gene-Corps using the same DNA).
Base of Operations: Themax-2 (planet)
First Appearance: Bloodseed#1
being, Bloodseed possesses the power of telekinesis, and can heal both
himself and others with a touch. He wears a helmet of truth, a
somewhat-sentient mask that can discern truth from illusion.
(fb)) - Contracted by
Lord Juro (one member of a race of sentient dinosaurs who had left
Earth before the rise of mankind), a race of ape-like aliens called
Gene-Corps started an experiment on the planet Themax-2, in which it
would create a race of humanoid warriors, implanting them with false
memories of ruling a kingdom called Elysium, and also the instinctive
need to attack and kill any other member of their race they
encountered. This was so they could determine the one, most
powerful of these Genespawn, and that final victor would be the true
(Marvel Frontier Comics Special#1/4) -
While trekking through a snowy landscape searching for his non-existant
kingdom and his non-existant queen Ellissya, Bloodseed began to succumb
to the freezing temperatures.
He was rescued by two simian creatures, who took took him underground
to Nepenthe. Nepenthe, the last of her race, immediately fell in
love with Bloodseed, and revealed to him what she knew about "The
Masters," showing him some of the machinery they left behind.
Warning him of an impending Ice Age, Nepenthe begged him to stay with
her. Knowing of her powers, Bloodseed asked her to look into his
future, but she fled in terror upon seeing it. Bloodseed caught
up with her, and offered to stay with her. Nepenthe, realizing
Bloodseed had a greater destiny than being by her side, used her powers
to erase his memories of her, and returned him to the surface world, to
continue his quest. After she departed, Bloodseed awoke and, not
remembering the encounter, went on his way through the snowy wasteland.
(Bloodseed#1) - As
he continued his journey,
Bloodseed recalled false memories of his kingdom, where he ruled.
In the middle of the icey plain, he was attacked by a group of demonic
ape-creatures, but after suffering greatly, he awoke with no
injuries. Finding a cave, he entered, only to find a massive
amount of strange weapons and machinery, including a giant
monkey-wrench, which he took a fancy to. While exploring the odd
catacombs, he encountered a beautiful young woman. Due to a strange
thought that overpowered his mind of someone in danger, Bloodseed
realized the woman was an illusion, and that he was actually standing
before a giant monster, which quickly delved back into the
darkness. Rushing to the outside of the cave to find the creature
that invaded his mind, Bloodseed fought off a group of blue-skinned
demonic creatures that were trying to kill an enormous "bird-thing."
With the demons killed, the bird-thing told Bloodseed that the man had
the ability to heal others, and asked that he use that power on
it. Once healed, "Bird-Thing" explained he was a member of a race
called the Ptero-People, and was headed south to escape the oncoming
winter, inviting Bloodseed to join him. Though Bloodseed
declined, his new friend told him all he knew of Bloodseed and his
kind, including the fact that they were part of some sort of test
devised by The Masters. Giving Bloodseed a helmet of truth,
"Bird-Thing" entered his race's cave, and it closed behind him.
Bloodseed soon came upon another base of the Masters,
this one called Automatic Way-Station 12B. There, a hologram
image of one of the Gene-Corps members appeared, and showed
Bloodseed a program detailing Gene-Corps' creation of his race on
Themax-2, as well as a race of elfish humanoids on another planet,
Antar-19. Not understanding what was being presented to him, and
not realizing that Gene-Corps was the same as the Masters, Bloodseed
grew impatient, demanding the hologram show him something he could
comprehend. It brought up an image of Ellissya, but after it
created several more images of her, Bloodseed destroyed some machinery
and left. Arriving at a large tower, he was attacked by a group
of demonic creatures serving another member of Bloodseed's race.
Before they could do any harm to him, a waterbeast emerged from a well
and attacked him.
(Bloodseed#2) - Realizing that the waterbeast was
attacking him due to being in pain, Bloodseed used his healing powers
on it, and it released him. Returning to the surface, he was
almost immediately captured by some of "Brother" Bloodseed's demonic
mutants. As his kin taunted him with death, Lysander used his
powers to call out to the waterbeast, and it emerged in the middle of
the "Brother's" laboratory, killing him. Still attached to
machines, Bloodseed then found himself face-to-face with the true
Ellissya, who helped him escape. Soon after, they encountered the
Great One, a member of Gene-Corps who claimed to be fighting against
them, but was in reality instructed by the Chief Engineer to lie to
them in order to get them to fight each other. The Great One told
them that they were originally normal people with individual lives, and
had been reprogrammed by the Masters. He convinced them both that
he could undo the programming, but Bloodseed would have to remove his
helmet. When he did so, Ellissya's instinctive bloodrush kicked
in, and she attacked her kin. As the two fought, the Chief
Engineer contacted the sentient dinosaur Lord Juro, and told him that
the plan was nearing a finale, asking where he wanted the last
Bloodseed transported to. Lord Juro replied that he intended to
return to his home planet, Earth.
Created by Paul Neary, Liam Sharp, and Cam Smith.
Bloodseed was one of the core titles of the short-lived Marvel Frontier Comics line that was meant to be the mature readers label for their Marvel UK imprint. It was planned to run four issues, but was almost immediately cut into two 2-issue limited series. The second series never came out, and thus, a lot of unanswered questions remain, such as: "What is that glove thing he's wearing on the cover of#2?"
Nepenthe may or may not be of the
same race as Bloodseed. Outside of her having four arms, she also
didn't try to kill him when she encountered him, as all Bloodseeds are
programmed to do. She claimed to be the last of her race, which
did suffer the same type of programming. Perhaps there were
various levels and races within the Genespawn, and the Bloodseeds were
just one type?
"Bird-Thing" and his race of
Ptero-People may or may not be part of the same race of sentient
dinosaurs who fled earth alongside Lord Juro.
Female nudity abounds in this
series. There isn't a single female in the all three appearances,
real or illusion, that isn't topless 99.9% of the time.
Lysander Bloodseed has no known connections to
A gigantic beast, the Waterbeast was used by "Brother" Bloodseed to attack Lysander upon his arrival. When Lysander realized that the "Brother" was controlling the creature through pain, he healed the monster, and it allowed him to escape. Later, while captured, Bloodseed telepathically called out to the Waterbeast again, and it arrived, crashing through the lair and killing "Brother" and several of his mutant minions.
Bloodseed#2, cover (main image)
#1, page 19, panel 2 (face)
#1, page 7, panel 9 (with wrench)
#1, page 15, panel 1 (with mask)
#1, page 13, panel 2 (bird-thing)
#2, page 5, panel 2 (brother)
#2, page 13, panel 3 (chief engineer)
#2, cover (Elissya body)
#2, page 6, panel 2 (Elissya face)
#2, page 14, panel 1 (Gene-Corps)
#2, page 18, panel 5 (Great One)
#2, page 20, panel 6 (Lord Juro)
Marvel Frontier Comics Special#1, story 4, page 4, panel 3 (Nepenthe)
Bloodseed#2, page 8, panel 1 (waterbeast)
Bloodseed#1-2 (October-November, 1993)
Marvel Frontier Comics Special#1 (January, 1994)
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