MAN-OF-WAR

Real Name: Unrevealed/unknown (see comments)

Identity/Class: Unrevealed

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: Fathom Five (Bloodtide, Dragonrider, Llyron, Sea Leopard)

Affiliations: Baron Strucker, Nagala, Portuguese government (including Ambassador Catarino), Shakkoth, Tamara Rahn

EnemiesRoxxon Oil, Sub-Mariner, Thunderbolts (Atlas, Blizzard (Gill), Captain Marvel (Genis), Joystick, MACH-IV, Radioactive Man, Songbird, Speed Demon), United States Marine Corps, Warbird

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Manowar

Base of Operations: At'La'Tique

First Appearance: Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2 (September, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: An amorphous electrical being capable of operating in both air and water, Man-of-war had tendrils that could deliver powerful shocks and temporarily paralyze their victims, a consistency capable of absorbing mighty blows, and a body capable of ingesting human victims.

 

History: (Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2 (fb) - BTS) - After the city of Atlantis was raised to the surface, it formed a new island that the Portuguese government sought to claim.  They marshaled their forces to the island, and created the deadly Man-of-War in case any superhuman opponents opposed them. 

(Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2) - As Ambassador Catarino declared Portugal's intentions to the United Nations, the Portuguese forces settled the island.  They opposed mounting forces of British researchers, the United States Marine Corps, and armed operatives from Roxxon Oil.  As the various armies began battling, Namor arrived and began breaking them up until Man-of-War was deployed to fight Namor.  Man-of-War stung Namor, paralyzing one of his sides, then shrugged off Namor's blows. Continuing the battle underwater, Man-of-War prepared to ingest Namor until Namor fired a vibranium gun that seemingly dissipated Man-of-War's form.  Namor subsequently attacked the battling armies on the surface, sending them fleeing.

(New Thunderbolts#3 (fb) - BTS) - Taking upon themselves the name of At'La'Tique, an ancient Atlantean phrase meaning the 'Fury of the Sea,' the religious rebels followed various leaders, including Nagala, Shakkoth, and Tamara Rahn.  They formed a strike force called Fathom Five, which included Dragonrider, Llyron, Bloodtide, Sea Leopard, and Manowar.  At'La'Tique's primary religious beliefs involved wiping out life on the surface world.  To achieve this goal, they formed an alliance with Baron Strucker of HYDRA.

(New Thunderbolts#2 (fb) - BTS) - Fathom Five led attacks against the Persian Gulf and China.

(New Thunderbolts#1) - Fathom Five attacked New York City and began engaging in rampant destruction.  Manowar attacked Blizzard of the Thunderbolts until Songbird knocked him aside.  Fathom Five soon retreated.

(New Thunderbolts#3) - Fathom Five opposed and defeated the small force Atlantis sent to deal with them.

(New Thunderbolts#4) - Fathom Five attacked New York, and one of Dragonrider's beasts destroyed the Brooklyn Bridge.

(New Thunderbolts#5) - Bloodtide drove Warbird into Manowar's grip, and Manowar defeated Warbird with an electric charge.  MACH-IV (dressed as the Beetle) knocked Manowar from the air later. 

(New Thunderbolts#9 - BTS) - Most of Fathom Five, defeated, awaited their trial in a surface world prison.






Comments: Created by Glenn Herdling and Herb Trimpe.

    Man-of-War was given no clarification on origin except to specify that he was created.  It is unknown if he is human, mutant, or scientific creation gone awry.

Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza confirmed the FF Unlimited and New Thunderbolts characters to be the same.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Man-of-War has no known connections to


Ambassador Catarino

(Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2) - Ambassador Catarino, representing the Portuguese government, laid claim on the newly raised land of Atlantis at the United Nations general assembly.  He announced that any attempt to claim the land by any other country would be considered an act of war.



--Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2


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Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2, p56, pan2
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(Catarino) Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11/2, p47, pan2


Appearances:
Fantastic Four Unlimited I#11 (September, 1995) - Glenn Herdling (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler/inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
New Thunderbolts#1-6 (January-July, 2005) - Fabian Nicieza & Kurt Busiek (writers), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Thunderbolts#9 (August, 2005) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Cliff Richards (penciler), Karl Kesel (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated:08/21/11

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