CYCLONE

Real Name: Pierre Fresson

Identity/Class: Human technology user; French citizen

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: Maggia, Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer)'s Masters of Evil
formerly: Thunderbolts

AffiliationsArms Merchant, Don Fortunato (see comments), Dreadnoughts, Maggia (Grim Reaper, Caesar Cicero, Count Nefaria, Eel (Lavell), Grim Reaper, Shigeru Ichihara, Madame Masque (clone), Silvermane, T.B. Smithson, many others), Dr. Karl Malus, Protoids, Silver Sable, Thunderbolts (Amazon (Man-Killer), Blackheath (Plantman), Harrier (Cardinal), Hawkeye, Skein (Gypsy Moth), Songbird), Wild Pack;
  loose affiliation to all heroes and entities who fought Thanos in Marvel: The End#5-6

Enemies: Avengers (Giant Man (Pym), Iron Man (Stark), She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Triathlon, Warbird, Wasp, Vision), Black Widow (Romanov),
Mr. Carpenter, Citizen V (Riordan), Cottonmouth, Dum Dum Dugan, Elite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Kid, M-80, Nails, Silicon, Skul), Masters of Evil (Black Mamba, Crimson Cowl, Hydro-Man, Machinesmith), Mentallo (controlling Headlok's body), Plantman, Thanos, Thunderbolts (Atlas, Charcoal, Citizen V (Zemo), Hawkeye, Jolt, Mach-1 (2), Meteorite (Sofen), Songbird, Techno (Ebersol), Techno (robotic version; posing as Ogre) )

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Place of Birth: Unrevealed

Base of Operations: Mobile
formerly: Mount Charteris (Masters of Evil)
formerly: France

Extent of Education: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Thunderbolts I#3 (June, 1997)

Powers/Abilities: The Cyclone suit possessed whirlwind-producing mechanisms that enabled Fresson to accelerate air within a radius of about 100 feet to great velocity, in the form of whirlwinds about himself. The whirlwinds enabled him to fly, level buildings and throw people and things around just like a tornado would do. Speed and force limits of the winds are unknown. It is also unknown how Fresson protected himself from the winds or how he could breathe in the eye of his hurricanes.

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

History:

(Thunderbolts I#18 (fb) - BTS) - A European crime family recreated the Cyclone suit. They gave it to Fresson who stole it because he didn't want to serve them. (see comments)

(OHotMU 2006#3 - BTS) - As a freelance criminal he sometimes worked for Justin Hammer.

(Thunderbolts I#33 (fb) ) - Cyclone moved into Mount Charteris as a member of Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil.

(Thunderbolts I#3) - As a member of Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil he fought against Black Widow. When the Thunderbolts came to the Widow's aid he fled with the other Masters with Crimson Cowl's help. Days later Cyclone was present when the Masters of Evil guarded a transaction by the Arms Merchant with Don Fortunato (see comments). The Thunderbolts attacked them and Cyclone was able to drop Atlas. When Techno armed himself with the Arms Merchant's weapon all Masters fled including Cyclone.

(Thunderbolts I#18) - Crimson Cowl sent Cyclone out to find the Thunderbolts and lure them into a trap. After Cyclone followed Atlas and Jolt to the Thunderbolt's hideout he attacked the whole team and nearly succeeded in beating all of them, but Jolt stopped him. The Thunderbolt's planned to hand him over to the police failed when Cyclone escaped them before Songbird could encage him. Jolt followed him to one of the Masters' hideouts and the Thunderbolts finally fell into their trap. Inside the building Cyclone and the other Masters of Evil defeated the Thunderbolts who were afterwards offered membership by Crimson Cowl.

(Thunderbolts I#19) - Cyclone went out with other Masters of Evil and stopped the Thunderbolts from fighting Charcoal and the Imperial Forces. Fellow Master of Evil Man-Killer accidentally gave the Thunderbolts a hint to the future plans of the Masters.

(Thunderbolts I#20) - With the Masters of Evil Cyclone attempted to steal fresh printed money from the Western Currency Facility in Forth Worth. The Thunderbolts attacked them, but the Masters of Evil once again defeated them. When Dreadknight (Hawkeye in disguise) came to the Thunderbolts' aid Cyclone and the others wanted to kill all "heroes", but the police arrived and the Masters of Evil fled again.

(Thunderbolts I#23) - Cyclone followed the Thunderbolts to their new hideout and watched them fighting U.S. Agent and the Jury. After their hideout was destroyed he knew that he soon had to find them again in a new hideout.

(Thunderbolts I#24) - Alongside the Masters of Evil Cyclone wrecked havoc in Robinette, Nebraska. The chaos lured the Thunderbolts to the small city like it was planned and Cyclone and the others were teleported away by Crimson Cowl shortly after the Thunderbolts had arrived. After the Thunderbolts were seemingly killed in Robinette by a storm caused by Crimson Cowl's Weather Modulator the Masters of Evil gathered in Mount Charteris and listened to Crimson Cowl's final plan.

(Thunderbolts I#25) - Cyclone watched and listened until suddenly Moonstone appeared and surrendered. After Crimson Cowl's ship took off with the Masters of Evil their captive Moonstone revealed that the Thunderbolts slipped on board disguised as Masters of Evil members. Cyclone participated in the attack on the Thunderbolts, but the Masters of Evil were mostly in each others way. Cyclone fled when Man-Killer told him that it was the best thing to do because the Masters of Evil were losing.

(Avengers III#31) - The Grim Reaper called together the Maggia bosses for a meeting in NYC and Pierre Fresson went there to speak for the European families. The Avengers broke into the meeting and Pierre was revealed to be Cyclone and fled before taking a beating.

(Thunderbolts I#43) - Acting as Dr. Karl Malus' bodyguard Cyclone went to Baron Zemo's old Central American hideout for the Maggia boss Count Nefaria. The Thunderbolts arrived and Cyclone attacked them together with Protoids and escaped with Malus and other Maggia scientists with a jet, but Mach-2 put a tracer on it.

(Thunderbolts I#44 (fb) - BTS) - The Thunderbolts caught up with the jet and captured Karl Malus. Cyclone escaped them again.

(Thunderbolts I#63 (fb) - BTS) - Crimson Cowl ordered Cyclone to retrieve the CD-Rom with Justin Hammer's last will.

(Thunderbolts I#63) - Cyclone whirled to Crecy Enterprises, an old Hammer facility to get the CD-Rom from Mr. Carpenter's computer, but sadly he ran into trouble as Hawkeye and other cons were with Mr. Carpenter. Plantman and Hawkeye tried their best to stop Cyclone. Hawkeye hit Cyclone with an "arrow" and Cyclone lost the CD-Rom and couldn't get it back when Songbird encased it in hard sound. Cyclone left without the CD-Rom.

(Thunderbolts I#64) - Cyclone was one of Crimson Cowl's new Masters of Evil who broke Cardinal out of prison.

(Thunderbolts I#65) - Three weeks later Hawkeye, Songbird and Plantman were still after Cyclone and they caught him in Paris. Afterwards he willingly led them to his boss' house and led the heroes right into another trap of the Masters of Evil. Cyclone left with his team and the captured Plantman, who was brought to Machinesmith by them. Hawkeye and Songbird found them again and after Machinesmith was destroyed he showed the Masters of Evil that their boss tried to get his hands on the trigger for the time bombs that were planted into them when they began working for Justin Hammer. Cyclone was the only one who didn't want to work with Hawkeye and he shot an arrow at him which was stopped by Songbird. Cyclone surrendered and was now part of Hawkeye's Thunderbolts.

(Thunderbolts I#67) - Cyclone went with Hawkeye's team to Symkaria because they had found out that Crimson Cowl lived there (with Blackheath's help). There they tried to get into Silver Sable's HQ, but they got into a fight with Silver Sable and her Wild Pack before everything could be explained. The fight ended, Hawkeye began with the talking, and after the explaining was done the planning began. While this went on Cyclone went to play billiards with Skein who humiliated him by ripping up his clothes when he hit on her (she wasn't impressed with Cyclone's size). He later joined Silver Sable, Hawkeye and the others when they went to Justine Hammers' estate where Justine was finally revealed as the Crimson Cowl. Her Masters of Evil defeated the Thunderbolts with Cyclone being knocked out by Songbird when Machinesmith manipulated the technology she used.

The C does not stand for Calcium!

(Thunderbolts I#69) - Cyclone and the other Thunderbolts were thrown into a prison in Justine's estate. Cyclone was kept down by Black Mamba's powers, but like his team mates he woke up and got out with Songbird's help. They defeated everyone and found Blackheath nearly dead. Cyclone suggested watering him, but then Dum Dum Dugan and the Elite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived and told them to back off.

(Marvel Universe: The End#5-6) - Cyclone was among the many beings drawn into the fight against the omnipotent Thanos. He was destroyed by Thanos alongside all the other beings. Later Thanos restored everything and took the memories of Akhenaten and the end of the universe away from everyone. Cyclone returned to where he was before fighting Thanos.

(Thunderbolts I#71) - Cyclone and the other former Masters didn't like it when they learnt that Songbird had a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. and that they had to go back to prison while S.H.I.E.L.D. would use the biological weapon to control them. Songbird helped Cyclone and the others to escape. Cyclone and Harrier wanted to leave for good, but Hawkeye caught them with two net-arrows. Hawkeye and his Thunderbolts were united again when the Elite Agents found them. Amazon saved Cyclone and Harrier from the Kid. The duo tried to run again, but Hawkeye threatened them with a set of arrows and they returned with him to Justine's estate to help Songbird and Blackheath.

(Thunderbolts I#73) - Back together the team was faced with a new task. Citizen V asked them to save the world, but Cyclone rather wanted to flee south of the equator or get paid for it. Silver Sable offered him a six-figure amount and a job if he went with the Thunderbolts to save the world. Hawkeye didn't want this and told his team that they all had done wrongs to make up for, but they were also free to leave. Cyclone took the offer and whirled away, but Hawkeye hit him with an electrical arrow and handed him over to Dugan and the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D. because he was again a felon on the run as soon as he had left the Thunderbolts.

(Civil War: War Crimes) - Cyclone (SOME guy in the original Cyclone costume...you couldn't see his face) joined Hammerhead's "villain army" in order to take advantage of the raging superhero Civil War. Before they could begin doing so, however, their headquarters was raided by Iron Man and a small army of SHIELD agents. Cyclone 's fate in the ensuing melee is unknown.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley & Vince Russell.

Honestly I felt bad doing this profile. Fresson is the living stereotype of a French person and not only because of his speech and sexist behaviour. He mostly used his power to get away as quick as possible which makes him a big coward.

At the time Thunderbolts I#3 was published Don Fortunato was on the rise in the New Yorker underworld and he worked together with Hydra, like Black Widow surmised.

Cyclone really had a nice feud with Atlas in his first few appearances with the Masters of Evil.

Cyclone's first costume design (see 2nd picture) had a whirling theme with the C whirling around the costume from his upper body down to the legs. On his second design (see 1st and 4th picture) this was gone and the C was just there on his chest and his goggles became rounder with each issue. IMHO the original design was far cooler than the latter one.

Pierre Fresson was an important person in the Maggia or else he wouldn't have been at the Grim Reaper's meeting. Perhaps he became the leader of the crime family that recreated the Cyclone suit.

The power section is partly based on the Cyclone (Fresson's predecessor) entry in OHOTMU Deluxe Edition#16 and its okay to do so because Fresson's suit was recreated from the original Cyclone's suit.

Profile by Markus Raymond

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cyclone has no known connection to:

  • Cyclone, his French predecessor @ Amazing Spider-Man I#143
  • Cyclone proto-husk, duplicate created by Arnim Zola of the original Cyclone @ Deadpool#0
  • Cylone, the Justin Hammer agent @ Marvel Comics Presents#97/4
  • any other character with a similar name

images:
Thunderbolts I#63, p15, pan1 (2nd costume)
Thunderbolts I#18, p8, pan2 (1st costume)
Avengers III#31, p14, pan9 (head shot)
Thunderbolts I#69, p11, pan2 (3rd costume)


Appearanes:
Thunderbolts I#3 (June, 1997) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Vince Russell (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#18-20 (August-November, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna (#19) & Jonathan Holdredge (#20) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#23-25 (February-April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Scott Hanna, Bob Wiacek (#25) & Al Vey (#25) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#31 (August, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#43-44 (October-November, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza & Kurt Busiek (writers), Mark Bagley (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#63-65 (June-August, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zirchner (pencils), Al Vey & Grant Nelson (#65) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#67 (September, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zirchner (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Tom Brevoort & Andrew Lis (editors)
Thunderbolts I#69 (October, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Jean Jacques Dzialowski (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort & Andrew Lis (editors)
Marvel Universe: The End#5-6 (July-August, 2003) - Jim Starlin (writer/pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#71 (November, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Manuel Garcia (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort & Andrew Lis (editors)
Thunderbolts I#73 (December, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Chris Batista (pencils), Rich Perrotta (inks), Andrew Lis (editor)
Civil War: War Crimes (February, 2007) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciller), Tom Palmer & Robin Riggs (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 11/13/13

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