Fanshawe, Dafydd ap Iowerth, Manslaughter/Roger Loomis,
Purpose: to act as Earth’s
defense against the Dragon of
Doctor Strange; the
Dragon of the Moon; Erlik Khan; Nightmare; the Spirits of Air, Earth, and Water
Base of Operations: none
Previously the Borders of the
First Appearance: Doctor Strange
III#3 (March, 1989)
History: In final battle between the (New) Defenders and
the Dragon of the Moon, four Defenders (Andromeda, Interloper,
Manslaughter, and Valkyrie) sacrificed themselves to vanquish the
Dragon. Instead of dying, however, the
four Defenders and the Dragon were transported to the Borders of the
Land of the Dead, where they did battle with the Dragon’s minions. While there, Doctor Strange called upon their
spirits to battle Erlik Khan and Nightmare. (see comments)
(Doctor Strange III#3
(fb)) – Doctor Strange destroyed several of his mystic talismans in a
battle with Urthona, one of which acted specially to keep the
Dragon of the Moon off of Earth.
(Doctor Strange III#3) –
Sensing the new weakness in the barrier to Earth, the Dragon of the
Moon escaped the Borders of the Land of the Dead and went to the Earth
again, gaining great power. The four
Defenders were then able to vanquish the last of the Dragon’s spirit
minions in the other dimension. As a
reward for their triumph, the Vishanti granted the Defenders’ rebirth
into mortal bodies. The Valkyrie, in spirit, sent a message in a book
and by an eagle to Dafydd ap Iowerth, setting in motion a series of
events that led to ap Iowerth, Genevieve Cross, Will Fanshawe, Roger
Loomis, and Sian Bowen all meeting in the hills in England. All but Genevieve (who was detained) were
caught in a spell that left them petrified like stone.
Dr. Strange approached with Genevieve and cast a spell that
allowed the four Defenders to possess the mortal forms.
Manslaughter the sly fox, took over Roger Loomis; Valkyrie the
brave eagle possessed Sian Bowen; Interloper the majestic bear
possessed Will Fanshawe; and Andromeda, the supple otter took over
Genevieve Cross. Surprisingly, Arthur the
Pendragon possessed Dafydd ap Iowerth. Doctor
Strange joined them in battle against the Spirits of Air, Earth, and
Water. Ap Iowerth vanquished the demons,
and the Defenders bowed before him, recognizing the Pendragon.
(Doctor Strange III#4) –
The group followed the Dragon spoor to a ruined Manchester, England. The Dragon had
granted power to many mortals there and incited riots. The team
attacked until ap Iowerth brought the thralls to their senses. They tracked the Dragon to a nuclear power
plant, where he had more men as thralls. Ap
Iowerth was able to get the Dragon to show itself, and it attacked the
group. Doctor Strange instructed the five
of them to join hands. He cast a spell, christening them the Dragon Circle, the new talisman which would keep the Dragon
of the Moon from returning to Earth. Ap
Iowerth crushed the remaining essence of the Dragon between his fingers. Later, the team went their separate ways.
Thanks to Slawomir Kwa&seacute;ny for pointing out an incorrect headshot was used for Sian Bowen.
Dragon Circle has no known connection to
- Dragon Circle,
racist cult (KKK splinter) that fought Black Panther, @Jungle Action#19
- any other "dragon" or "circle" characters
was a student at the University of Swansea in Wales. One
morning, she was awakened by Roger Loomis
(who she may have had a relationship with) and Dafydd ap Iowerth early, and an eagle emissary from the
Valkyrie startled them. They drove to the
hills of central Wales, where Sian was almost
hit by Will Fanshawe’s truck.
In the woods, Sian was caught
in a spell which left Valkyrie possessing her form.
Since Valkyrie has now returned to Asgard
and is presumably deceased. Sian Bowen’s fate is unknown.
--Dr. Strange III#3 ( 3-4
In Wales, Genevieve Cross ran out on her boyfriend and
stole his motorcycle. When she made a pit-stop in the hills, she
met Doctor Strange, and was ‘late’ for the grouping that would leave
Andromeda possessing her form, and allowing the Dragon re-entrance into
the world. Later, after Andromeda was stabbed by Bloodwraith’s
sword, Genevieve’s form took over and she was very disoriented.
Trapped in Andromeda's form, Genevieve was unable to breathe until
Namor shoved her head under water. Genevieve struggled for air
while Namor battled Morgan le Fay, Bloodwraith, and Triton. Namor then
returned Genevieve to Atlantis, where she struggled to breathe and was
unable to speak. Raman and Vashti, both Atlanteans, saw to her
medical needs. A fight almost broke out between Namor and Llyron,
but an earthquake rocked Atlantis and brought it above the surface,
killing sixty percent of the population of Atlantis.
Genevieve/Andromeda seemingly escaped. Andromeda has been seen
since, though it is unknown if she or Genevieve is in control of her
--Dr. Strange III#3 ( 3-4, Namor I#61-62
truck in the early morning in the hills of Wales, Will
Fanshawe almost ran over Sian Bowen. He
was angry until Roger Loomis an Dafydd ap
Iowerth convinced him a UFO had landed in the hills, and Fanshawe was a
believer in UFOs. Fanshawe was caught in a
spell which left Interloper possessing his form. Later,
when Interloper was knocked out, Fanshawe took over his form
temporarily again. The whereabouts of Fanshawe and Interloper are
--Dr. Strange III#3 ( 3-4
Loomis, a professor at the University of Swansea in Wales, was
awakened early one morning by Dafydd ap
Iowerth, who had questions about a strange text. An
eagle screech in the room of his student, Sian Bowen, (whom he may have
had a relationship with) sent them rushing inside.
They ended up in the hills of Wales and caught
up in a spell that left Manslaughter possessing his form.
Manslaughter has since returned to his assassin ways, and
Loomis’s fate is unknown.
-Dr. Strange III#3 ( 3-4
Doctor Strange III#3, p25
Bowen: Doctor Strange III#3,
Cross: Doctor Strange III#3, p20, pan3
Fanshawe: Doctor Strange III#3, p13, pan8
Loomis: Doctor Strange III#3, p17, pan6
Dr. Strange III#3-4
(March, May, 1989) - Peter Gillis (writer), Richard Case (pencils), Randy Emberlin (#3) & Tony Dezuniga (#4) (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
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