centuriusblacknoah-Tb162-eyeblasts CENTURIUS

Real Name: Dr. Noah Black

Identity/Class: Human mutate, presumably cloned;
   
World War II and modern era (and presumably those in-between);
    true identity known to authorities;
    at the time of his initial activities, his identity was only known to S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division) and then presumably to S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) and related organizations

Legal Status: United States citizen with a criminal record

Occupation: Geneticist;
    would-be world-conqueror;
    former self-proclaimed savior of Earth
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Group Membership: Formerly the Thunderbolts Beta team (Boomerang/Fred Myers, Mr. Hyde/Calvin Zabo, Shocker/Herman Schultz?, and Troll/Gunna), as well as the Thunderbolts' time-traveling contingent (Boomerang/Fred Myers, Fixer/Norbert Ebersol, Ghost, Man-Thing/Ted Sallis, Mr. Hyde/Calvin Zabo, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Satana Hellstrom, Troll/Gunna), also known as the American Thunderbolts and the Thunderbolts Squadron 
    formerly the Hood's army (Answer/Aaron Nicholson, Armadillo/Antonio Rodriguez, Brothers Grimm/Barton & Percy Grimes, Bushwacker/Carl Burbank, Chemistro/Calvin Carr, Constrictor/Frank Payne, Corruptor/Jackson Day, Crossfire/William Cross, Crusader/Arthur Blackwood, Cutthroat/Daniel Leighton, Deathwatch, Griffin/Johnny Horton, Hood/Parker Robbins, Jigsaw/William Russo, Living Laser/Arthur Parks, Piledriver/Brian Calusky, Rampage/Stuart Clarke, Razor-Fist/Douglas Scott Shockwave/Lancaster Sneed, Slug/Ulysses Lugman, Thunderball/Eliot Franklin, Vermin/Edward Whelan, Whirlwind/David Cannon, Wizard/Bentley Wittman, Wrecker/Dirk Garthwaite);
    formerly the Conspiracy (Atlan, Dr. Juden Barden, Kaballa, Bubbles O'Day, Ulluxy'l Kwan Tae Syn)

Affiliations: Inspector Frederick Aberline circa 1888 A.D., Arms-Men, Boss Cage of Earth-12177's future, Luke Cage, Domino (Dominic Dunsinane), Electro (Max Dillon) and the rest of the Raft prisoners, Goram, Phineas Horton, Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Killer Shrike (Simon Maddicks), MACH-5 (Abner Jenkins), Modular Man (Dr. Stephen Weems), Hank Pym (aided return to own time), Wladyslav Shinsky, Skaar, Songbird (Melissa Gold), Constable Adolphus Williamson circa 1888 A.D., Arnim Zola, unidentified bat-creature, unidentified brother of Grendel, numerous mutates;
    formerly Thunderbolts from a couple years before his time travel with a later incarnation of Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Citizen V/Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, MACH-1/Abner Jenkins, Meteorite/Karla Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Techno/Norbert Ebersol);
    possibly Man-Bull (William Taurens; helped save his life);
    formerly the
Exo-Mind, 1943's Invaders (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Human Torch/"Jim Hammond," Namor the Sub-Mariner), Mach-5 (Abner Jenkins), Merlin, Songbird (Melissa Gold)

Enemies: "Avengers" (Luke Cage, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew), Baron (Heinrich) Zemo, Big Roy,  Ulysses Bloodstone, Brad Carter, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom), Doombots, Exo-Mind, Federal Advisory Committee to the Thunderbolts (F.A.C.T), Nick Fury, Gawain, Iceni, Knights of Camelot, Lancelot, Mondo City's bosses and other warriors, Nazis, Arthur Pendragon, Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), S.H.I.E.L.D. I, Sultan Magus, Ulluxy'l Kwan Tae Syn, Tiffany, P.D.Q. Warner, Erik Wender, Heinrich Zemo's Human Torch "clones," zombies of Najaf; unidentified aquatic monsters;
    formerly
Boss Cage of Earth-12177's future, Outlanders of Earth-12177's future, Thunderbolts from a couple years before his time travel with a later incarnation of Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Citizen V/Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, MACH-1/Abner Jenkins, Meteorite/Karla Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Techno/Norbert Ebersol)centuriusblacknoah-Tb-173-shield

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Formerly Doc Century, Imperial Centurius;
    "Mister Genius" (mocking nickname from Hyde)

Place of Birth: Unrevealed

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Thunderbolts Tower, mobile across space and in 
multiple past (including Earth's earliest daysCamelot, late 19th century London, 1943 Austria, and an earlier part of the modern era than from which he had traveled) and alternate future time periods (including Earth-12177)
    formerly the Raft, Ryker's Island;
    the Conspiracy base beneath Central Park, Manhattan, New York;
    an island base in the mid-Atlantic;
    Valhalla Island, just off the Pacific Coast of the USA

Extent of Education: Ph.D. in genetics

First Appearance: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (July, 1968)

Powers/Abilities: Centurius is an extraordinary genius, with exceptionally advanced knowledge of genetic engineering and other areas of science and technology. 
    Typically calm and analytical, Centurius is more than willing to engage in fierce combat and to act swiftly needed. Well aware of his intelligence, Centurius is arrogant, but he also is civil and willing to work with others, although his own ends and needs consistently take priority.
    While knowing he could become rich from his inventions, he remains primarily interested in conquering. 

    Centurius has interest in and knowledge of fine wine. On at least one occasion, he became very uncharacteristically intoxicated.

    He has the knowledge, intelligence, skill, and equipment to reassemble/restore a vivisected android Human Torch.

    He can create serums that allow him to very selectively erase memories in others without ill effects, and he can also use similar serums to induce specific actions in others (and prevent their remembering such actions).

    His physical form -- transformed into a superior being -- has athletic physical abilities, and he is reasonably experienced in hand-to-hand combat (see comments). 

    He ages at an extremely slow rate. He was able to use his own serum to make Fixer (Norbert Ebersol) physically a few years younger. He can also stimulate inactive/absent hair follicles, causing hair growth as needed. 

    He has proven able to survive apparent death, perhaps either via tissue regeneration, cloning, or some other means.

    He wears body armor of unidentified composition and undefined capacity. centuriusblacknoah-Tb159-tendril

    His armor has levitation impellers that allowed him to float in air and navigate short distances at low speed.

    His armor can form powerful force fields to protect himself and/or others, although they cannot withstand a nuclear explosion at close range. 

    While wearing his armor, he can project powerful energy blasts from his wrists or eyes, incapacitating or potentially destroying superhuman creatures at full power.

    His armor allows him to access his own computer database/files, perhaps stored within the armor (rather than being accessed across time from a century or more in the past).

    He can extend small cables from his armor's wrists that can enter a computer and allow him to access the computer's databases and manipulate and control equipment, even clearing the device history to prevent detection of his actions.
    Either via such cables and/or through his own knowledge, he could even access databases and computer systems of such extremely technologically-aware individuals such as the Fixer.

    He has used "stun-discs" and ray guns that fired unidentified energies. 

    He carries portable equipment that allows him to analyze tissue samples and which provides advanced analyses, including identifying spores spread through the air that were attached to the dead and activated by electrical impulse; or identifying specific characteristics of replicants/"clones" of the android Human Torch's form and power).

    Centurius also has possessed and utilized numerous means of transportation, including advanced aircraft and spacecraft, monorail, teleportation, and a thermalic suppression beam (for transporting objects from Earth to his orbiting ARC). 

    He has used hologram projectors, T-Viewers (for observing events occurring elsewhere on Valhalla), an orbiting space ARC equipped to sustain numerous life forms for a century, etc. Valhalla contained a massive fortress loaded with advanced technology and myriad life forms.centuriusblacknoah-tb156-face

Height: 6'
Weight: 225 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Bald (apparently formerly black)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History: centuriusblacknoah-xfacan3ew
(X-Factor I Annual#3/3) <October, 1928> - Noah Black attended the International Conference on Genetics in Geneva, Switzerland, where he engaged in discussion with a group including Wladyslav Shinsky and Arnim Zola.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Noah Black was a Nobel Prize winner in the 1930's.

(Thunderbolts I#165 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Black was colleagues with Phineas Horton, whom he considered a true radical thinker. 

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - "Years ago," Dr. Black discovered (or just became convinced) that life as we know it evolved from internuclear space. When he revealed this to his colleagues, he was ridiculed for theorizing that every atom was a sub-miniature solar system in itself (see comments).

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Unable to continue his experiments, Black came to the island Valhalla and developed an evolution process. What had taken centuries now took only seconds...worlds evolved from a single drop of water. The Evolutionizer produced hundreds of life forms from the microcosm, many that are completely alien by Earth standards. Others were not unlike those of prehistoric Earth, the direct antecedents of man.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Black's own Evolutionizer kept him young despite the passage of time.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Black created his Arms-Men, humanoid mutates subservient to him.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Black hid his base within a hologram (or "astral projection") of an active volcano.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Black forbade weaponry on Valhalla, except in the hands of his Arms-Men, who used them for protection against dangerous mutates.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Black paired off his new life forms and began beaming them into space aboard his Automated Rebirth Colonizer (ARC). He designed the ARC such that when it was full, it would begin to orbit the Earth and assail the Earth with an all-consuming rain of radioactive fire for forty days. Centurius saw mankind as already hell-bent on its own destruction. Via this assault, Centurius intended to hasten this event. Exactly one century later, the ARC would land on the uninhabited Earth, which he foresaw as resembling the Garden of Eden. He saw this as a chance to create a new world bereft of mass murder, intimidation, bigotry, hatred, fear, war, and violence. Presumably based on this plot (or his own age), Black took the name Centurius.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - PDQ Warner's film crew, including actors Brad Carter and Tiffany, set off a film site on Valhalla.

 

 

 

 

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2) - The transport beam from Valhalla Island struck a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship carrying Jimmy Woo and Nick Fury. Woo escaped via an eject seat/personal jet-craft, while Fury's ship was shattered and he was captured by a giant butterfly mutate that brought him before Centurius.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (fb) - BTS) - As soon as Woo's craft hit the water, a force pulled him to the island, and then an elevator transported him to Centurius' fortress.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2) - A thermalic suppression beam transported Fury to Centurius' fortress and he was brought before Centurius, restrained by the Arms-Men. As Fury introduced himself, Woo joined them, and then Centurius revealed his past and that his goal was to save life on Earth. Fury initially offered Centurius the chance to return to society, which might now welcome his theories. Centurius then revealed his genocide plot and insisted that Fury and Woo remain on Valhalla, but while Centurius was distracted, Woo tackled the Arms-Men, and Fury escaped. Boarding a passing railcar, Fury's craft was torn from the air by a tyrannosaur-like creature, and Fury fell into quicksand, but was saved by Brad Carter. 

    Fury convinced PDQ Warner to use their robot giant ape, Kong, to battle the dinosaur, allowing Fury and the others to make it past the reptile and back to Centurius' base. Fury impersonated one of the Arms-Men and was quickly discovered, but Woo then tackled Centurius. Woo was quickly flattened by Centurius, but the mad genius realized that Fury threatened his entire plot. Hoping that his own Evolutionizer could transform him into a superior being to defeat Fury, Centurius leapt into it, but the device's energies instead caused him to "complete the evolutionary cycle, turning back into a handful of protoplasmic slime!" 

    With Centurius' defeat, his ARC fell out of orbit and crashed on Valhalla, which Fury, Woo, Warner, Carter, Tiffany, and the rest of the film crew barely escaped.

(Rampaging Hulk I#3/2 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius eventually "re-evolved into an infinitely superior being" as he had intended. Under uncertain circumstances, he became allied with the Conspiracy, a name given to a group of five beings necessary to open a dimensional portal to allow the Exo-Mind to access other dimensions. Centurius plotted with Atlan, Dr. Juden Bardham, Kaballah, and Bubbles O'Day to depose and replace the group's oldest member, Ulluxy'l Kwan Tae Syn.

(Rampaging Hulk I#3/2 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius established another base in the mid-Atlantic, using holograms to disguise his citadel as a peaceful, uninhabited island.

(Rampaging Hulk I#3/2 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius began to abduct a number of the world's greatest minds, placing them in those classic-comic-book stasis tubes where he drained their mental energies. He also began to collect Bloodgem fragments, intending to combine their power with the mental energies from his genius captives to takeover the world.

(Rampaging Hulk I#1/2 - BTS) - Three agents of Centurius assaulted the Port Authority of Rio de Janiero, claiming a Bloodgem fragment discovered by the customs agents there. They slew the agents to make sure the gem made it aboard the intended ocean liner, which they boarded incognito. Later, the agents of Centurius ambushed Brad Carter -- who had since allied himself with Ulysses Bloodstone -- in his sleep, knocking him out. They attempted to ambush Bloodstone as well, but he had heard their assault on Carter and was prepared for them. Bloodstone easily took out the men, knocking one overboard and turning the other two over to the ship's security (and notifying them of the man overboard). 

    Sometime later, Centurius sent Goram to attack the ship, tearing open its cargo hold and knocking the suitcase containing the Bloodgem fragment into the water. Bloodstone attacked Goram, sensing the piece of the Bloodgem, but was overpowered, and Goram escaped with the suitcase.

(Rampaging Hulk I#2/2) - Goram crossed the ocean floor to Centurius' base, where an energy beam stabbed out and immobilized him, allowing a pair of Arms-Men to pilot a craft to claim the suitcase and bring it into the base. Goram was then sent to assault Bloodstone Island. Goram was driven off, and while Bloodstone fought another Conspiracy agent -- the Killer Shrike -- Brad Carter piloted a sea craft and followed Goram back to Centurius' base. There an energy beam pulled him inside, where he was confronted by Centurius and his Arms-Men.

    Meanwhile an unidentified bat-creature (another agent of Centurius) assaulted an airplane carrying Dr. Oliver Quinn, who apparently held another Bloodgem fragment.

(Rampaging Hulk I#3/2) - Brad Carter was restrained before Centurius, who revealed how he'd survived, what his current plot was, and that he intended to slay Carter once he had been successfully used as bait to lure Ulysses Bloodstone. Just then, Ulluxy'l teleported into Centurius' base, warning him of the power he challenged. However, when Ulluxy'l warned Centurius that he was backed by the Conspiracy, Centurius burst into laughter, revealing that he himself was actually part of the Conspiracy. Meanwhile, Iron Man -- who had joined forces with Ulysses Bloodstone to track down the abductor of the missing scientists -- located and assaulted Centurius' base. Iron Man made short work of the Arms-Men, but one of them unleashed the bat-creature against him. At the same time, Bloodstone invaded the base, fighting his way past more Arms-Men, destroying some of Centurius' robot warriors, and even incapacitating Goram. However, as Bloodstone confronted Ulluxy'l, Centurius fired an energy weapon powered by one of the Bloodgem fragments, which struck Ulluxy'l, apparently slaying him. Nonetheless, Iron Man defeated the bat-creature, causing it to come crashing into Centurius' base, and Centurius -- having slain Ulluxy'l and usurped his place in the Conspiracy -- decided that he no longer needed this base. He teleported away and activated the warheads ringing his base.

(Rampaging Hulk I#4/2 - BTS) - Bloodstone, Iron Man, and the recently arrived S.H.I.E.L.D. agents escaped the base before its destruction. 

    The Conspiracy sent their agent Domino to occupy Samantha Eden to prevent her from distracting Bloodstone from his single-minded mission of vengeance.

(Rampaging Hulk I#5/2 - BTS) - The Conspiracy manipulated Bloodstone into "Suite Fear," a hotel room containing a series of death-traps, though he escaped. 

    Meanwhile a Conspiracy agent (robot) cleared and then blew up a subway car headed uptown from Greenwich Village.

    In addition, the Conspiracy sent the disassembled Modular Man to Delenor (Delano?) Hospital, where some curious assistants put him together. As the Modular Man prepared to sneak the unconscious Killer Shrike out of the hospital, a Conspiracy agent arrived and told the Modular Man that they would definitely get out of there, but that they would do things his way.

    Conspiracy agents blew up Bloodstone Island.

    Domino continued to occupy Samantha Eden.

(Rampaging Hulk I#6/2 - BTS) - Bloodstone tracked the energy impulses from the Death Suite to a control room in the suite above. There he encountered several Conspiracy agents who acted as empathic batteries and channeled the combined mindforce of the Conspiracy against him. Bloodstone's own power, channeled through his Bloodgem, overcame his attackers. 

    Later, Kaballa used the monstrous Sharzan the Elemental to stun and capture Bloodstone, enabling Kaballa to transport them both to his subterranean base.

(Rampaging Hulk I#8/2) - Bloodstone was brought before the Conspiracy, where one of its members, Dr. Juden Bardham, a cardiologist, cut the Bloodgem from his chest. The Conspiracy left Bloodstone for dead, traveling to the cavern in which Bloodstone had gained his power millennia before, and prepared to perform the ceremony to gain its power. However, the Exo-Mind instead absorbed the Conspiracy members and used their energies to coalesce the Bloodgem fragments into a single, monstrous crystalline creature. 

    Reborn in the Bloodgem creature, the Exo-Mind traveled to and rampaged through New York. However, residual Bloodgem energy in Bloodstone's corpse reanimated him, and he made his way from the Conspiracy's underground citadel to confront the Bloodgem creature. Now absolutely focused on a sole purpose, Bloodstone used his third eye to access the astral plane on which the Exo-Mind existed. His chronic exposure to the Bloodgem's energies enabled him to survive the Exo-Mind's assaults and penetrate the outer mind/form, and to confront the very Hellfire Helix itself. Disrupting the Hellfire Helix, Bloodstone severed the Exo-Mind's connection to the Bloodgem. The Bloodgem creature shattered into countless fragments, while Bloodstone's body decayed into a lifeless skeleton.

    Meanwhile, Brad Carter traveled to Bloodstone Island to investigate the interruption of its transmission signal, and he was incinerated by an Arms-Man.

(Captain America I#358) - Centurius' corpse was seen amongst the Conspiracy members within their former base deep below Central Park (see comments).

(New Avengers I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius somehow survived--perhaps by transferring his mind into a cloned body--but was imprisoned within the Raft section of Ryker's Island.

(New Avengers I#1) - Centurius was among the Raft inmates gathered before Electro during the impending breakout.

(New Avengers I#2-3 - BTS?) - Centurius was presumably among the Raft inmates fighting to escape as the pre-"New Avengers" attempted to contain them.

(New Avengers I#4- BTS) - Centurius was pictured amongst the Raft escapees on the S.H.I.E.L.D. files sent to the Avengers.

(New Avengers I#35) - Centurius 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) - Centurius 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.

(New Avengers I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius was apparently freed by the Hood.

(New Avengers#46) - Centurius was present along with the rest of the Hood's army when they tortured a SHIELD agent who proved to be a Skrull. Guided by Demonicus, the Hood used his demonic powers to determine that a skrull was impersonating the Slug, and he shot and killed the impostor.

(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). Centurius joined the Hood, Answer, Blackout, Blood Brother, Brother(s) Grimm, 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.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#1) - The Hood put Chemistro, Centurius, Demonicus, the Answer, and Living Laser on a special project. He promised to be in touch soon.

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(Dark Reign: The Hood#4) - Centurius partied at one of Hood's safe houses and passed out after drinking too much.

(Marvel Zombies 4#2) - Mandrill, with Centurius, Hood, and Crossfire, debated the advantages of purchasing a zombie virus from Black Talon.

(New Avengers I#60) - A furious Hood returned to his army and killed Jonas Harrow for his betrayal. Hood chided the criminals for their panicked actions, and told them they now had to follow Osborn's orders. Osborn told them to hunt the unregistered heroes and bring them back, dead or alive.

(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)) - Centurius was present with the Hood's Army when the Hood addressed them, informing them of the mission to lay siege on Asgard (see comments).

(New Avengers I#63 - BTS) - Centurius was presumably present when the Hood's Army assaulted Asgard.centuriusblacknoah-Tb157-raft-uniform

(Thunderbolts I#156) - Centurius was one of multiple prisoners at the Raft interviewed as a candidate for a new Thunderbolts team, with a partial goal of helping reform those inmates who could be reformed. As the Fixer interviewed him, Centurius asked why waste time, as he knew he had already been selected and that the interviews were just a show. He further instructed Fixer not to call him Noah, but rather Dr. Black or Centurius. He continued that he had surmised that they had already reviewed the candidates' field capabilities, figured out complimentary skill sets, and determined how to keep the members in check (nanites or otherwise). He concluded by noting that his intellect and problem-solving nature were what made him valuable for this endeavor. 

(Thunderbolts I#157) - Centurius was present at a briefing conducted by Fixer, Mach V, and Songbird with other new members Boomerang, Mr. Hyde, Shocker, and Troll. When Songbird discussed her tactical concerns that they were all ground-based, Centurius noted that his armor had levitation impellers and that with access to Mach V's ship he could build a vector thrust drive for flight, but Mach V informed him that his hangar was not public space.

    While additional training for this beta team had been planned, an urgent mission drew them, alongside Ghost, Moonstone, and Satana, to Najaf, Iraq. Arriving there, Centurius seemed to remember something significant about the area, and he soon recalled that it held the world's largest graveyard, making it the perfect place for someone who wanted to raise the dead. As they faced a zombie army, Centurius levitated several feet off the ground.centuriusblacknoah-Tb158-lev

(Thunderbolts I#158 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius felt an agitation that he initially assumed to be the Shocker's vibro-attack. 

(Thunderbolts I#158) - When the Shocker asked Centurius to lift him into the air, Centurius instead pulled off the head of one of the zombies to study its energies. After Satana's magical shield failed to hold back the zombies, Centurius revealed that he had identified a spore being spread through the air that attached to the dead and was activated by electrolytic impulse. He admitted to being jealous for not coming up with that, and he wondered who had. Ghost then identified a nearby obelisk as transmitting the impulse, and Moonstone and Mach V leveled the obelisk, disabling the zombies.

    The Thunderbolts were then summoned back to the Raft, where the Juggernaut had been brought under the control of one of Kuurth: Breaker of Stone. Centurius was present as the collective Thunderbolts forced a number of potential escapees to surrender. 

    Surveying the damage, Centurius noted to the other new recruits that they probably thought they had picked the wrong time to join up. However, he noted that the laboratory where nanites were implanted was still usable, and that when they would be sent in to help with clean-up, if they could reach that laboratory, he could disable their safeguards.

(Thunderbolts I#159) - As part of the Beta team and alongside Boomerang, Hyde, and Shocker, Centurius followed reading to locate survivors in the Raft's wreckage. They were driven back by the escaping Living Laser, whom Boomerang stopped. They subsequently located a number of medics, and Centurius asked one of the medics (who was possibly treating the Man-Bull) if they were near the medical center and if it was still operative. It appeared as if he was using some energy to manipulate the medic, who told him that the ward was a solid unit designed to break loose and float in the event of disaster, although it was covered in tons or rubble.centuriusblacknoah-Tb159-posteriorview

    As Songbird arrived, Centurius noted that they were going to free up the sickbay so it could be brought to the field (in a safe zone Fixer had set up), and he advised the medic they would have to relive encephalic pressure or he (Man-Bull?) would be comatose in minutes. When Songbird gave the beta team the go ahead, Centurius noted to the others that while Songbird had no choice but to trust them, but that such trust would be the Thunderbolts' undoing as he was born to lead; Boomerang commented, "See, I get that you're the smart one because you keep saying so. I'm quick like that."

    En route, they were confronted by Big Roy from the mutate section whom Hyde swiftly slew. When Hyde threatening asked the others if it wasn't a mite unfortunate that the collapse had claimed to many lives, Centurius and the others swiftly agreed.

    After they entered the medical ward, Centurius extended cables from his armor that entered the ward's computers, allowing him to access the micro-codes and specifics for their individual physiologies. Noting the process to be interesting, he had each of them step on to the platform so he could neutralize the nanobots, and he kept the device's history cleared so that Fixer wouldn't know what they had done. When the others plotted to escape that night, Centurius advised against it, as they could be easily recaptured; they reluctantly agreed to his plan to wait until they were on a mission far away: The most opportune moment, with the fewest handlers. centuriusblacknoah-Tb160-fullprofile

    Centurius and the beta team subsequently returned to the other Thunderbolts, with Hyde carrying the medical ward.

(Thunderbolts I#160) - When the Ghost noted that the prisoners they had contained were being moved to Ryker's Island and other temporary facilities, Centurius asked how he was tapping those private transmissions as the Fixer had inhibited his gear. Ghost offered to trade such intel, and Centurius noted that he was not against information trading per se, at which point Songbird interrupted, noting the alpha team was going down to the habitat. When Shocker suggested that now was the time to escape, Centurius advised that they were still in the one functioning part of the prison with defenses and that they should wait until they were needed in the field. Boomerang replied that he was still trying the "listen to guys smarter than me" thing, but he warned that it better pan out.

(Thunderbolts I#161) - Having tapped into the Fixer's systems, Centurius reported to the rest of the beta team that a missile was approaching Chicago, with Moonstone the only hope of stopping it. Although she redirected the missile into space, it separated from its warhead; ultimately the warhead made a correction 3 degrees east into Lake Michigan.

    After Fixer learned from Helmut Zemo that the missile contained a biological weapon, small aquatic creatures that would rapidly develop in fresh water to an army of monstrous creatures, Fixer instructed the beta team to gather their gear and report to the control room.

(Thunderbolts I#162) - Via a mobile Thunderbolts tower piloted by Fixer, Centurius and the rest of the beta team arrived to aid the alpha team against the now-flying and fire-breathing creatures. While protected by a force field,  Centurius unleashed devastating bursts of energy to incapacitate each creature he struck; he instructed the amphibians to bow before their superior, and he noted that he would not brook this invasion.

    As the battle raged on, Centurius determined that this would be the opportune exit time, noting the volume of the forces they faced and that by staying they would exhaust themselves and save no one. 

    As Hyde, Centurius, and Boomerang returned to the tower, however, Satana then magically guided the Man-Thing to absorb all of the creatures. Confronted by Fixer, Centurius noted he respected his intelligence and offered him the chance to leave the tower with no blood spilled. However, Fixer instead joined forces with the beta team. 

(Thunderbolts I#163 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius and the Fixer apparently set a course for New Zealand.

(Thunderbolts I#161) -As the Man-Thing's massive form burned out, Satana retrieved the bulb of its future incarnation, and she returned to the Tower alongside Moonstone. Fixer then proposed Satana and Moonstone joining this alliance. As Troll returned to the tower, it vanished with her...

(Thunderbolts I#163 (fb) - BTS) - and arrived in Austria, 1943.

(Thunderbolts I#163) - After recalibrating their equipment to avoid detection, Centurius and the Fixer scanned for intelligence, both finding they were in the Alps and that modern technology/databases (satellite signals, GPS, Internet servers, etc.) to be absent. centuriusblacknoah-Tb165-doc_century-profile

(Thunderbolts I#164 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius surmised that the Man-Thing's habitat's bio-balance needed further nutrients.

(Thunderbolts I#163) - Shortly thereafter, Nazi forces began shelling the Thunderbolts tower. After Centurius projected a shield from atop the tower, Hyde noted that they had traveled back in time. As Centurius cautioned against altering the past, Hyde leapt down and engaged the Nazis, after which Boomerang, Moonstone, Satana, and Troll followed suit. They were surprised when Captain American and Namor the Sub-Mariner showed up to aid their struggle; capitalizing on the situation, Moonstone changed into a more timely (pun not intended, but realized after typing it...) costume and introduced their group as the American Thunderbolts.

(Thunderbolts I#164 - BTS) - Agreeing with Moonstone's advice that they take forms and adopt a back-story to fit in with the time period, Centurius departed Thunderbolts Tower with the Fixer and headed to join the group.

(Thunderbolts I#164) - When Captain America asked -- to test whether they were telling the truth about being American -- in Babe Ruth's final game in 1935, how many home runs did he hit in Yankees stadium, the arriving Centurius answered that it was a trick question, as "the Sultan of Swat was with the Braves when he retired." Fixer noted that, "You'll need harder trivia to stump 'Doc Century' "

    After introductions were made, "Doc Century" asked if the Human Torch wasn't with them, and Captain America explained that this is why they were there, as the Torch had been captured and placed in the hands of the Red Skull's chief scientist.

(Thunderbolts I#164 (fb) - BTS) - Not wanting Hyde or Troll present to complicate interaction with the heroes, Centurius sent them to gather organic material to feed the developing Man-Thing.

(Thunderbolts I#164 (fb) - BTS) - The Thunderbolts brought the Invaders into their tower.

centuriusblacknoah-Tb164-doc_century-upper(Thunderbolts I#164) - After Moonstone noted that Doc Century had set up their tower so deep into enemy territory, Captain America noted that he was glad that Negro soldiers were finally getting the credit for their contributions. Uncomfortably acknowledging this, Doc Century noted that they had kept the Nazis from realizing their building was operative. After the Fixer tracked an energy blip that was likely Baron Zemo's dynamo, Cap and Namor departed to investigate, while the Thunderbolts sought a power source to move their Tower into range. 

    As the Thunderbolts discussed the ramifications of their time travel and interactions, Centurius noted that their traveling back in time my have created a divergent timeline, in which case it didn't matter what they did there.  He further noted that he subscribed to the idea that timespace was localized and that rather than a butterfly flap affecting it all, the overall course would right itself. However, he agreed with the Fixer's concern that involvement with Heinrich Zemo could affect the Thunderbolts directly due to their initial creation by his son, Baron (Helmut) Zemo. Centurius subsequently noted that their unintentional time travel was an unreliable element of the occult stage of the process, eliciting argument from Satana; Fixer argued that the Man-Thing was the most likely the random element that had caused this problem. 

    Hyde subsequently threw a group of Nazis he'd captured into the Man-Thing's swamp, and they were swiftly consumed by the flora. Centurius noted that nature was fascinating. 

    When Captain America sent a message requesting support, Centurius noted that their involvement would be the turning point of the temporal concern.

(Thunderbolts I#164 (fb) - BTS) - After Fixer noted that Zemo's power source could recharge the tower's batteries, the Thunderbolts elected to get involved.

(Thunderbolts I#164 - BTS) - Zemo sent his Human Torch clones after Captain America and Namor, swiftly incapacitating the latter.centuriusblacknoah-Tb165-doc_century-upper-scanner

(Thunderbolts I#165) - As the Thunderbolts observed the above assault and debated the temporal conundrum, Centurius opined that the flaming monstrosities could be destroyed without affecting their history. As the Thunderbolts subsequently joined the conflict, the levitating Centurius voiced that he needed to procure a sample of the flaming creatures before he could speculate on their nature. 

(Thunderbolts I#165 (fb) - BTS) - As Satana took Namor back to the Thunderbolts' base, Centurius suggested a medicated bath to rehydrate him. 

(Thunderbolts I#165) - After complimenting Troll on bifurcating one of the Torch creatures with her axe, he claimed a sample of the tissue with his gauntleted hand. As he initiated testing with a hand-held portable scanner, Hyde shouted for the creatures to come down to the ground so he could destroy them all. Noting that it would be senseless for them to cede the air advantage, Centurius then instructed Hyde to keep the creatures off of him while he finished his scan. Hyde resented the order, but Centurius advised him that he would be fighting them all day without a plan. Hyde subsequently implemented Centurius recommendation to have the others draw the flame creatures over the north-facing slope of the mountain and then create an avalanche to extinguish their flames. 

    Centurius then informed the others of his findings, that the soldiers were not mere imitations of the Human Torch but in essence mechanical clones of his synthetic structure. He then advised that they be certain Zemo lost any trace of that material as it could have dire consequences for the future. When Captain America suggested that they get the Torch out of there and then blow up the castle, Centurius noted that the flyers (himself, Moonstone, and the Fixer) could get there faster and handle that matter, while Captain America and the others finished the job on the ground, as other Torch clones began to emerge from the snow under which they had been buried.

    En route to the castle, Centurius explained that Zemo only knew how to make the original cells replicate and follow basic commands, but that the erratic copies and deformities proved that he didn't yet understand the synthetic cells. As they reached the castle, Centurius detected the original Human Torch's location, noting that it wasn't far from Zemo's power source, which pulled geothermal power from a hot vent miles below. 

    After Moonstone smashed a hole into Zemo's base and Zemo fled, they found the vivisected Torch. Noting that he could repair the Torch, Centurius sent the Fixer to conduct the power supply back to their battery banks. 

    Moonstone took Zemo's Torch samples but allowed him to go free.

(Thunderbolts I#165 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius repaired the Torch and departed Zemo's castle with him. 

(Thunderbolts I#165) - Centurius advised the others that they were out and that they were clear to destroy the base. The Torch thanked Centurius for saving him, after which Satana returned with a recovered Namor. As bombers approached, the Thunderbolts returned to their tower and activated its spatial transport, 800 miles north...if the system worked properly this time...

    The tower vanished as the bombs struck, leading the Invaders to believe they had been destroyed.centuriusblacknoah-Tb166-19thcentury

(Thunderbolts I#166 (fb) - BTS) - The Thunderbolts arrived in London, England, circa August 31, 1888, with their Tower ending up in the middle of the river Thames. 

(Thunderbolts I#167 (fb) - BTS) - Satana's presence triggered an ancient spell that revived the Iceni, the warriors of the Celtic tribal queen Boudica from 2000 years earlier. Unable to rise in the light of day, the Iceni found hosts in local prostitutes, who walked the streets at night. 

(Thunderbolts I#166 (fb) - BTS) - A ripperologist intrigued with the era, Hyde departed, and Satana pursued him, leading the others to adopt contemporary forms and search for them.

(Thunderbolts I#167 (fb) - BTS) - The Iceni occupied Hyde and housed him to lure Satana to them. When Satana refused to join the Iceni's private war, they used a foul curse to imprison her.

    Seeking to kill the Iceni's Curse-Keeper to free Satana, Hyde began committing the Jack the Ripper murders (see comments), while the Iceni used their magic to prevent Hyde from reuniting with the other Thunderbolts.

(Thunderbolts I#166) <September 8, 1888> - As constables examined the murdered Annie Chapman, a cloaked Centurius and Fixer secretly observed them, although one of the men, Constable Adolphus Williamson, felt a chill, as if someone was watching them. 

(Thunderbolts I#166) <September 30, 1888> - As police examined the murdered Catherine Eddowes, a cloaked Centurius and Fixer again secretly observed them, and both Williamson and his dog, Duggins, sensed their presence. Either Centurius or Fixer noted that her DNA checked out, confirming Hyde's involvement. Centurius then noted a symbol on the wall, presumably another of Satana's, and Fixer, noting that he couldn't find any way to thwart what they presumed to be her spells, suggested that they get back to the tower and compare the symbol to what was in the books Satana left behind. 

    Centurius and Fixer were both back at their base and in an illusionary form when Williamson and Inspector Aberline, having glimpsed the tower in the fog, arrived by boat. Centurius assured them that what they were hunting was not a man. After Moonstone explained that the killer was one of their own, revealed her own power by floating in the air, and shared that they were from another place, Centurius expressed that the world was probably destroyed right after they began time-traveling. Centurius continued that their associate was apparently using magic specifically against her allies but not the local authorities, and he expressed that a brief alliance would serve both their ends. To convince the constables of their abilities, Fixer detailed a list of crimes to happen the next day.

(Thunderbolts I#166 (fb) - BTS) <October 1, 1888> - Centurius worked with Troll on speaking properly, using at least some of the techniques from "My Fair Lady."centuriusblacknoah-Tb-167-energy_blasts

(Thunderbolts I#166) <October 2, 1888> - Centurius continued to work with Troll on her speech, complimenting her on almost forming a proper sentence. He subsequently noted that thus far Hyde's victims were limited to those the Ripper actually killed, but when the Fixer asked if he could be sure that time wasn't re-writing itself and that his files were unaffected, Centurius advised they "not go there" just yet. They then met with Aberline, pleased with recent arrests made based on their information, who led them to Pinchin street; when Moonstone and Fixer felt they needed to go a different direction, Centurius noted that this was Satana's magic influencing them (as they had no awareness of the Iceni's involvement). Reaching Hyde, Centurius advised they disengage their image inducers.

(Thunderbolts I#167) <October 2, 1888> - Alongside Fixer and Moonstone, Centurius assaulted Hyde, firing energy blasts from his gauntlets. Ultimately Satana was freed from the Iceni's control, and she shared that dozens of indigents and transients had had their life essences completely drained by the Iceni. To prevent further panic, Centurius arranged to have those corpses used as raw material for the Man-Thing's swamp.

    As Aberline and Williams met with the last three remaining Iceni-possessed women, Abby, Grace, and Mary Jane, Satana confronted and subdued the former two, but Centurius instructed the others to force Boomerang to slash Mary Jane's trachea to fit with the historical documentation of her injuries.

    Centurius then used tendrils to force Aberline and Williamson to use his chemicals to preserve Mary Jane's body and plant it at the exact location he described and in the exact condition he described while not remembering the Thunderbolts' involvement.centuriusblacknoah-Tb-169-camelot-face

    Centurius and the others returned to the tower, and they programmed it to travel a little over 100 miles north, but they also traveled over 1000 years in the past, arriving circa 537 AD...near Camelot...Centurius detected two life-forms nearby, which proved to be the Black Knight (Sir Percy of Scandia) and his steed.

(Thunderbolts I#169) <537 AD> - Noting a problem with the tower's invisibility refractors, Centurius adjusted their hologram field accordingly. Continuing discussion of their time-traveling problems, Centurius reiterated his preference for a purely scientific approach. 

(Thunderbolts I#169 - BTS) - Rescuing Troll from a confrontation with the Black Knight, Boomerang incapacitated the Knight and stole his Ebony Blade. 

(Thunderbolts I#169) - As Centurius prepared some Pop-Tarts in a Stark toaster, Fixer announced the arrival of Merlin, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table (including Lancelot and Galahad).

(Thunderbolts I#169 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius coached Fixer on how to properly address King Arthur, and the Thunderbolts adopted forms appropriate to the age. 

(Thunderbolts I#169) - Although the other Thunderbolts asked Arthur's patience until they could peacefully depart from the time to which they had been sent, Boomerang refused to yield the Black Knight's sword, and Centurius acknowledged that Lancelot had taken his own sword from an earlier battle. Ultimately, Hyde provoked a fight, but Merlin's magics turned their assaults back on them, and the Thunderbolts were incapacitated by Satana's sleep spell.centuriusblacknoah-Tb-170-camelot-full

(Thunderbolts I#169 (fb) - BTS) - The Thunderbolts were taken to Camelot's dungeon.

(Thunderbolts I#169) - In the dungeon, the brother of Grendel told Centurius and the others where they were and that there was no escape from this place.

(Thunderbolts I#170) - With their bonds noted to be unbreakable by force or magic, Centurius suggested that if the atoms of steel were excited in a Karazof frequency; however, Boomerang noted that they were over-thinking things, as the shackles had locks and somewhere there was a key. Having tracked the Thunderbolts through time and followed them since the 1888 adventure, the Ghost then arrived with the key, freed the Thunderbolts, and then led them up a passage only Merlin used, leading to his observatory.

    As the Fixer observed Merlin, Arthur, and Gawain investigating their tower, Centurius noted that the bottom door they were investigating was a false door that would not open. Satana contemplated the ramifications upon their future if she took Merlin's crystal ball, and Centurius noted that most of what they knew of the era was filtered through literature. 

    When Arthur drew Excalibur to slice the wall open, Fixer noted how this would spill out the Man-Thing's Nexus of Reality swamp water, and Moonstone flew to stop him, only to be taken down by a watchdragon. However, sensing the Thunderbolts' presence in his tower, Merlin stopped Arthur, and they headed back to confront the escaped prisoners as well as rallying the Knights of the Round Table. 

    They eventually returned to the Tower and escaped after a peaceful meeting with Merlin who wished them to continue on their way. With Merlin-tying their time travel mechanism to Moonstone's Moongem, hey then traveled forward in time, a few years before their time, where they encountered the newly-formed Thunderbolts.centuriusblacknoah-Tb-172-armblock

(Thunderbolts I#172) - As the modern/future Thunderbolts fled into the sewers to avoid the past/present Thunderbolts, Centurius noted that the two Moonstones and Fixers meeting was very likely to alter history. When Moonstone noted that she hadn't remembered encountering their Tower in the Central Park and suggested that they had already diverged time, Centurius countered that divergent timelines were most likely beyond the point from which they departed, not on the way to it. 

    Ghost subsequently led them to a subterranean cavern where the past/present Thunderbolts confronted them anew. After Songbird stunned them with a sonic blast, Centurius used his armored gauntlet to deflect Citizen V's swordstrikes until Meteorite (past/present Moonstone) blasted him from behind.

(Thunderbolts I#173) - Centurius used some sort of force field to deflect a blast from Mach-1 and subsequently used electromagnetics to disarm Citizen V, threaten him with his own sword, and advise him to prepare to see true leadership as he identified him as Baron Zemo. Smashing Zemo back with a force blast, Centurius explained to Ghost that interference had not been an option once the past/present Thunderbolts had engaged them: With their history already affected, he wasn't going to lose a battle on top of that.centuriusblacknoah-Tb-173-zemosword

    Satana subsequently used a mystic spell that subdued both teams, and the Fixer used anti-gravity discs to transport their teammates away. The past/present Thunderbolts revived more quickly -- Zemo speculated that this was due to their rightful presence in that time period --  but, appreciating the situation, Zemo offered to give the modern/future Thunderbolts information on an extremely reliable time machine.

    As the two teams made peace and had a celebration, Centurius noted 1949 to be an excellent year and asked Hyde if he agreed, but he received only a "Shut it." in response. 

    Noting that he had not recovered when Zemo had made his offer, Centurius asked to hear it again, and Zemo explained that they could access the time machine in Latveria's Castle Doom (as Doom had vanished during the battle against Onslaught), while Zemo wished to use the opportunity to raid Doom's arsenal. After further celebration, Centurius reminded the others to be on guard about revealing the future to the past/current team.

(Thunderbolts I#173 - BTS) - When Fixer caught Techno (his past counterpart) accessing his files and learning the future, a conflict escalated, during which Fixer slew Techno.

(Thunderbolts I#173) - Centurius arrived with the others to see Fixer standing over Techno's corpse. 

(Thunderbolts I#174) - Centurius chastised Hyde for attacking Atlas, as Hyde had figured Atlas' death wouldn't affect their future; the conflict was interrupted.when Songbird noted that reality was apparently collapsing around them due to Fixer's having slain his past self. Noting that the readings were switching on and off as reality shifted between existence and non-existence, Centurius mused that Schroedinger would have fits (see comments). Centurius eventually appreciated that they needed to follow a path to allow time's structure to maintain its integrity. He led the others to identify those slain by the Tower's arrival; after confirming their future's reports that those people had gone missing, Centurius had Hyde feed them to the Man-Thing's swamp.

(Thunderbolts I#174 - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Centurius, Hyde also threw Techno's corpse into the swamp.

(Thunderbolts I#174) - After Centurius noted that the field was still shrinking, the Ghost discovered that Moonstone had revealed past/future information to her past counterpart and plotted to alter their own history. When Centurius considered trying to restore Techno's form, Hyde revealed he had thrown it into the swamp, after which Fixer resolved he had to replace his past self. Centurius surgically altered Fixer to match Techno's appearance and used his own enzymes to restore him to that physical age (see comments); when Atlas noted that Centurius could get rich just regrowing hair, Centurius noted that he was a conqueror, not a wealth-obsessed criminal.

    Via the same serum he had used on the men in Scotland Yard, he then injected all of the past/current Thunderbolts to remove their memories of the last six hours. Although Zemo initially refused, using his sword to hold Centurius at bay, Moonstone had warned this would happen, and so, armed with another syringe of serum, the Ghost injected Zemo.

(Thunderbolts I#174 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius had the past/current Thunderbolts placed at the edge of the zone of collapse, which had begun to expand back to normal.

(Thunderbolts I#174) - Centurius noted that time was knitting itself back together and that they were facilitating that.

(Thunderbolts I#174 (fb) - BTS) - The future/present Thunderbolts traveled through time again, leaving the past/current Thunderbolts to revive and think they had just encountered some after-effect of Onslaught.centuriusblacknoah-da176-gauntlet-palm

(Dark Avengers I#176 (fb) - BTS) - The Thunderbolts traveled back in time again, arriving in the Pleistocene Epoch (see comments) around the dawn of mankind, their tower drawing the attention of some of the Australopithecus hominids in the area.

(Dark Avengers I#176 (fb) - BTS) - Having installed a pod atop their tower, Centurius analyzed its tracking of their travels between years, and he interpolated a pattern. 

(Dark Avengers I#176) - As Moonstone returned with the escaped Troll, Centurius warned that this far back in time, the "butterfly effect" of any alterations made would almost surely affect the course of history beyond their ability to right it. centuriusblacknoah-da176-warface

    As some of the others nearly came to blows over whether Satana was to blame for their traveling backward in time, Centurius noted that they were all simpletons before revealing that he had determined that their tower had been on a direct course back through time, but as it was difficult to push the tower back through infinity, it had fallen into nearby pathways, scratched by other time-travelers; additionally, whatever was pushing them back had corrected so that they couldn't lock onto Moonstone as a guidance point. 

    Seeing another time-traveler (Dr. Doom, although they did not recognize his unarmored form) assaulted by megalodons, the Thunderbolts resolved to save him in case he might have a working time machine. As Moonstone returned with Doom, the tower traveled backward in time again, disappearing just after Uatu the Watcher arrived to observe the Celestials' actions.

    They then arrived in a period when the surface was more barren rock and the atmosphere contained more ammonia. Some of the surface water present washed into the hole made into the bottom of the tower by the other Thunderbolts team, mixing with the Man-Thing's habitat before Moonstone sealed the wall. Centurius warned that if their spill destroyed key elements in the local proteins, there would not be enough history to allow them to restore things. 

    Re-formed as the first sentience on Earth, the Man-Thing revealed that he had been pulling them back in time to reach the beginning where the potential of life was most abundant. Requiring rest, the Man-Thing noted that his will no longer interfered with their temporal settings and that they may return home. Centurius advised traveling six months beyond the point they had left, arriving in Europe, and then immediately separating.
    However, Doom then activated the time machine and revealed his identity/presence. After Doom noted that he would send them into the far future where their tower would self-destruct, Centurius led the Thunderbolts to attack Doom.

(Dark Avengers I#177) - Transported to Castle Doom, Latveria, a few years prior to the time from which the Thunderbolts had departed, Centurius summoned Ghost, asking him to phase through the temporal forcefield Doom had placed around the tower's entire navigation unit; unable to do so, Ghost advised they abandon the tower. 

    Ultimately, after Satana sent Doom's astral self to Hell, the Thunderbolts were able to use their Tower to escape through time, this time emerging some 80 years in the future of Reality-12177, where they were observed by Boss Cage.

(Dark Avengers I#178) - Realizing Doom had set their equipment to explode, Centurius warned the Thunderbolts they had seven seconds to escape the Tower, which they did. Centurius then stated that he was going to kill Doom, even if it took a dozen lifetimes. He subsequently considered that as Doom had failed to kill them that in that measure they had won. While possessing the power to move them through time, the Man-Thing's new sentience prevented it/him from doing it via instinct as before, and he knew not how to accomplish this.

    They were then confronted by Boss Cage. Centurius observed silently as the others engaged Cage.

(Dark Avengers I#179) - As Outlanders attacked Boss Cage, Centurius formed a force field to contain Hyde, who had been continuing his assault, noting that they weren't ganging up on a cop. When Boss Cage set his cycle's core to explode, Satana advised Centurius to create a force field, but Centurius noted that as the core was nuclear, his field couldn't stop that. When Moonstone rushed to try to disintegrate the bike, Man-Thing tried to pull her away from the bike and instead transported the Thunderbolts and the Outlanders a safe distance away from the nuclear explosion. When the Outlanders noted that they were in the Tolerance Zone outside Mondo City 1 and suggested they force their way through the nearest zone gate and kill Boss Cage, Centurius advised them that their tribe needed to talk; as they moved away, Centurius noted that Ghost had found some things, and when they were far enough away, he would fire an ion bomb at the Outlanders and shoo them away. 

    After Ghost revealed how events happening in their present in Sharzhad had led to the future timeline they were in, Centurius and Ghost were surprised to receive a message from Pym and Cage from their own time, revealing how Pym had set up a transmitter in the center of the Nexus of Realities in the Man-Thing's swamp, which they could use as a target to navigate back to their own time. Centurius considered Pym's actions as brilliant, and he subsequently informed the Outlanders that they would help them break into the city.

(Dark Avengers I#180 (fb) - BTS) - Man-Thing's first attempt to teleport the Thunderbolts to the Outlander camp brought them to the other side of the planet. 

(Dark Avengers I#180) - As the Man-Thing successfully teleported the Thunderbolts to the Outlander camp, Centurius noted that this was how they would breach Mondo City's defenses. After the Outlanders attacked them as spies upon learning of their past connection to Cage, Centurius observed Man-Thing's teleportal proficiency and noted that they wouldn't even need an alliance with the Outlanders, whom he noted could go rot in their own filth. However, when Mondo City's Rigellian technology proved resistant to the Man-Thing's teleportation, Centurius was forced to re-consider the alliance.

    After Ghost received information transmitted from their past timeline via Mach V, Centurius and the Ghost explained that the Federal Advisory Committee to the Thunderbolts (F.A.C.T.) had sent a team of Thunderbolts on a mission to the North African advanced nation of Sharzhad that would lead to the future of Reality-12177 in which they were currently trapped. 

    Centurius noted that if they could reach Mondo City's tower that channeled the force wall energy, they should be in a perfect place to reach the signal and travel back to their own time. 

(Dark Avengers I#180 (fb) - BTS) - Ghost sent a message back to Reality-616's present time for John Walker to recruit the Juggernaut to help them when they returned. 

(Dark Avengers I#181) - As the Thunderbolts and mutates gathered outside Mondo City, Centurius noted that Moonstone could push through the steel gate and that once they had traveled back to the past, they could prevent this future from existing. However, once the gate was down Mondo City guards blasted a hole through Man-Thing, who was forced to rest and regenerate rather than teleport them to the control tower as planned. Projecting a force field, Centurius urged the others to reach the tower; he subsequently fired an energy blast, dropping one of the Bosses. Once Man-Thing recovered, he transported them to the control tower, and Centurius and Ghost found a console that allowed then to locate the signal/message sent by Pym, and Ghost transmitted the signal to Man-Thing. However, before Man-Thing could lock onto the signal and transport them back to their own time, Boss Cage confronted them, warning that they would not succeed.centuriusblacknoah-da182-upper

(Dark Avengers I#182) - After Centurius stated that this dystopia future would never exist if the Thunderbolts were successful in their mission (see comments), Boss Cage allowed them to depart. Via Man-Thing's power, Centurius and the rest of his team returned to their present in Sharzhad to aid the other Thunderbolts in preventing the events that would lead to Reality-12177's future. The Juggernaut then smashed a hole in Sultan Magus' dome, and ultimately Centurius stole Skaar's sword and used it to impale slay the energy-channeling Erik Wender to neutralize the energy build-up.centuriusblacknoah-da183-face

(Dark Avengers I#183 (fb) - BTS) - Centurius and his group arranged with Man-Thing to teleport them away to escape at some point. 

(Dark Avengers I#183) - Centurius and his team remained silent as Walker arrived and collected the Dark Avengers/Thunderbolts and Ms. Kell to take them to prison. When Walker offered to take the work-release Thunderbolts back with him, Cage declined, noting that they had come back through hell to get there and stop the operation that was wrecking the world; he'd teleport back with them and take the blame if anything went wrong. When Toxie Doxie took control of Skaar and nearly crashed the ship, Man-Thing teleported the entire ship, with the Dark Avengers and Skaar, plus Moonstone back to the Raft.

    After the Man-Thing teleported back to the Raft, Cage correctly identified that only he, Songbird, and Mach-5 had phased into reality, as Man-Thing was going to teleport them elsewhere. They declined Songbird's advice to stay as the courts would take their world-saving into consideration. They left Troll with Cage and Songbird so she could avoid a criminal path in life. 

    Taking Centurius and the others back to his swamp, he then determined where each of them of them wanted to go, showing Centurius a new land to conquer. As they parted, Centurius told the others that while he considered himself a lone force of will, he had no regrets from his time as a Thunderbolt.

Comments: Created by Jim Steranko and Frank Giacoia.

    The OHotMU Master Edition states that he was "shown to be present at conference on genetics in the 1930's along with future High Evolutionary and Arnim Zola." I guess that must be him in the background on panel 2 of page 4 (and a slight glimpse in panel 3)...the character is of dark complexion with black hair...that's about all you can see.
    The same entry states that Centurius has minimal experience at hand-to-hand combat. However, in S.H.I.E.L.D.#2, he was tackled from behind by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and veteran FBI agent Jimmy Woo, but still managed to break free and flatten Woo with a single punch.
OHotMU Master Edition
    Further note that the top image (from the Master Edition), while the clearest straight-on image, uses the same costume, but with the colors completely different than those he has been seen to wear. The cover image of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2 has the colors off, too. Only this one has the colors correct.

    It has since been confirmed that Microverses are not realms existing within atoms, etc, but rather just dimensions accessed by shrinking. All known Microverses were allegedly merged into a single realm during a struggle between Thanos and Baron Karza.
    Anyway, the point to me is that Centurius actually found a way to evolve and enlarge microscopic life forms.

    It's worth noting that the Bloodstone stories in Rampaging Hulk#1-6 were written by John Warner, while the wrap-up in #8 was written by Steve Gerber.

    The Conspiracy traveled to the Altar of the Bloodgem, presumably in what was Northern Vanaheim before calling upon the gem's power and having their life forces absorbed into the Bloodgem. However, in Captain America I#358, the Conspiracy's corpses were found within the Conspiracy's base beneath Central Park, Manhattan. It would seem that either their bodies were transported back to that base following the ceremony or following the Bloodgem creature's destruction, or that fake/duplicate/clone bodies were placed there, while the real members of the Conspiracy survived...

    Regarding the Vault breakout victims:

    Can I be cynical here? In charting out who escaped and who didn't, I noticed that the escapee pictures in NA 3 or 4 were all taken directly from the OHOMTU Master Edition. Upon further reflection (though I certainly didn't check everyone), it began to appear that every one of the prisoners was in the Master Edition.
    It is oddly coincidental that all of these guys were in the Master Edition. I suspect Bendis sat down with the ME, picked guys that looked cool or caught his eye or whatever the criteria was, and then sent the MEs off to the artist, but didn't really know anything more about them than what was printed there. When he later found out a chunk of 'em were dead, he hurriedly inserted comments to that effect into later issues and tried to portray it as intentional.
    I'll happily admit I'm jumping to conclusions from very little facts, but it kind of looks logical to me...
--Anonymous
I agree with this assessment, and it's not just a logical conclusive but pretty clearly what actually happened...but posting as anonymous? Seriously? Are you afraid Bendis is going to find you and beat you up?--Snood

    I'd like to have the time right now to include sub-profiles on Centurius' bases, the Arms-Men, his robots, mutates, etc., but time conspires against me. Some other year (decade).

    For the purposes of anyone trying to compile a page of characters of related race, creed, etc., I'll specify that Centurius is African-American.

Given the state of African-American relations, prior to WWII, I would hazard to guess that Noah Black obtained his doctorate abroad.
--Carycomic
IN RESPONSE:
    Centurious/Noah Black holds a PhD in genetics, considering he won a Nobel Prize in the 30's, we could assume that his doctorate work occurred somewhere after WWI, but before he won the Nobel Prize.
    The
First African American to earn a doctorate from an American university was Edward Alexander Bouchet in 1874. He earned PhD in physics from Yale. W.E.B. DuBois was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, he did so in 1895. The first African American woman to earn a doctorate was Sadie Tanner Mossell in 1921.
    It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Noah Black, like Samuel M. Nabrit and Percy Lavon Julian earned his doctorate in this climate and time period in a stateside university like Brown, Yale or Harvard. Alfred Day Hershey is another comparable contemporary and Nobel Prize Winner to boot - though Hershey won over 30 years after Black and was the first African American to do.
    Just a thought - your comment had me thinking and sent me off to do some research.
Thanks,
Mark Black

    Centurius by Bendis...misunderstanding and misuse of this genius as cannon fodder...painful!
    Centurius by Parker...brilliant!
    --Snood (not anonymous)

    In New Avengers I#64, Centurius was apparently mistakenly drawn as Centurious. The Marvel Continuity Project notes him as being in #63, too, but I don't see Centurius, Centurious, Century, Turner D. Century, or the Centennial in any of the scenes in Asgard#63-64.

    The whole Ripper thing ret-con would be a LOT more cool to me if there weren't already multiple Ripper stories that I don't think really fit with Hyde being the killer. I plan to review these Jeff Parker Thunderbolts stories in detail, as I update Satana, expand on the limited Hyde coverage, and profile Troll. I'll profile the Iceni, and I'll see if I can gel this ret-con with all the pre-existing continuity.

    Time travel / divergence
    Many stories seem to show a timeline being erased, when it is really just being separated/diverged/distanced from the mainstream or another reality. I am confident that at some point, we will see Boss Cage or someone from Mondo City in another storyline; Reality-12177 will prove to be a divergent reality. 

    Erwin Schroedinger is Austrian physicist and contemporary of Albert Einstein, and he is remembered for his thought experiment ("Schroedinger's Cat") that illustrated a paradox of quantum superposition. 

    When they were talking about restoring Fixer to Techno's age, they were acting as if a over a decade had passed, which is true in real world time, as the previous issue was the Thunderbolts 15th anniversary; however, 15 years would only be 3-4 years in Marvel Time.

    I'm no geologist or world historian, but while Dark Avengers#176 referred to the Pleistocene era, my "never-wrong on-line research" notes that it was rather the Pleistocene epoch. In common usage, era and epoch are synonyms, but in geologic terms, eras are divisions of eons, while eras are divided into periods that are divided into epochs. Regardless, that time period spans from about 2.58 million to 11,600 years ago. The fact that there were Australopithecus present (as identified by Ghost), would put it in the early Pleistocene sub-epoch, between 2.58 million and 774,000 years ago. And the fact that it is specifically referred to as the dawn of man makes me think it is closer to the earliest part of that period.
    The scene with the Thunderbolts tower was almost certainly purposefully reminiscent of the scene with from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the hominids and the Monolith.

Profile by Snood.

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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#12: Centurius
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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 cover
    p8, panel 4 (full body, correctly colored)
    p9, panel 6 (masked face)
    p11, panel 1 (unmasked)
X-Factor Annual#3/3, pg. 4, panel 2 (speaking with Shinsky and Zola);
New Avengers I#64, pg. 6, panel 2 (shown as Centurious)
Thunderbolts I#156, pg. 9, panel 10 (face);
    #157, pg. 5, panel 3 (Raft inmate uniform);
        pg. 16, panel 3 (costumed, mostly full);
    #158, pg. 4, panel 1 (levitating; taking zombie head);
    #159, pg. 10, panel 2 (extending tendrils to access computer);
            panel 3 (rearview; mostly full);
    #160, pg. 4, panel 1 (full; profile);
    #162, pg. 8, panel 1 (eyeblasts);
    #164, pg. 8, panel 3 (Doc Century; upper oblique);
    #165, pg. 3, panel a (Doc Century; profile);
        pg. 8, panel 1 (upper, w/ scanner);
    #166, pg. 8, panel 1 (19th century appearance via image inducer);
    #167, pg. 2, panel 1 (mostly full, firing blasts from fingers);
    #169, pg. 12, panel 7 (face, Camelot-era garb);
    #170, pg. 11, panel 4 (mostly full, Camelot-era garb);
    #172, pg. 12, panel 1 (armor deflecting Zemo/Citizen V's sword);
    #173, pg.1, panel 2 (shield deflecting Mach-1's blast);
        pg. 5, panel 5 (threatening Zemo/Citizen V with own sword);
Dark Avengers I#176, pg. 5, panel 3 (palm of gauntlet);
        pg. 19, panel 4 (war face)
    #182, pg. 8, panel 1 (upper body);
    #183, pg. 18, panel 3 (face; oblique)


Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I#2 (July, 1968) - Jim Steranko (writer/pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Rampaging Hulk I#1 (January 1977) - John Warner (writer/editor), John Buscema (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks)
Rampaging Hulk I#2 (April 1977) - John Warner (writer/editor), Marshall Rogers (artist)
Rampaging Hulk I#3 (June 1977) - John Warner (writer/editor), Sal Buscema (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks)
Rampaging Hulk I#4 (August 1977) - John Warner (writer/editor), Val Mayerik (pencils), Sonny Trinidad (inks)
Rampaging Hulk I#5 (October 1977) - John Warner (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Roger Slifer (editor)
Rampaging Hulk I#6 (December 1977) - John Warner (writer), Allan Kupperberg (pencils), Sonny Trinidad (inks), Roger Slifer (editor)
Rampaging Hulk I#8 (February 1978) - Steve Gerber (writer), Alan Kupperberg & Rod Santiago (pencils), Rudy Mesina (inks), David Kraft (editor)
X-Factor I Annual#2 (1988) - Jo Duffy (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Captain America I#358 (September, 1989) - Kieron Dwyer & Mark Gruenwald (writers), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition#12 (October, 1991) - Glen Herdling, Len Kaminski, Peter Sanderson (writers), Keith Pollard (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
New Avengers I#1-4 (January-April, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki, Mark Morales (#2), Allen Martinez (#3) & Victor Olazaba (#3) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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)
New Avengers I#46 (December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#50 (April, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Jeanine Schaefer, Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#1 (July, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Marvel Zombies 4#2 (July, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Kev Walker (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#55 (September, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#4 (October, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#60 (February, 2010) - 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#64 (June, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mark McKone (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#156 (June, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (penciler), Jason Gorder w/ Kev Walker (inker), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#157 (July, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker & Declan Shalvey (pencilers), Jason Gorder & Declan Shalvey (inkers), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#158 (August, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (artist), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#159-160 (September, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#161 (October, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#162 (October, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Valentine de Landro with Matthew Southworth (artists), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#163 (November, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (artist), Rachel Pinnelas (assistant editor), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#164 (December, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#165 (January, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#166-167 (January-February, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#169-170 (March-April, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#172-173 (June, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Thunderbolts I#174 (July, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers I#176 (August, 2012) -
Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers I#177-178 (September, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kev Walker & Declan Shalvey (artists), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers I#179 (October, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Gabriel Hernandez Walter & Kev Walker (artists), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers I#180-181 (November, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers I#182 (December, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Avengers I#183 (January, 2013) - Jeff Parker (writer), Neil Edwards (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)


First posted: 08/06/2005
Last updated: 07/03/2021

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