Real Name: Unrevealed/unknown (see comments)

Identity/Class: Unrevealed

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: Defenders of the Deep (Andromeda, Bloodtide, Echidna, King Crab, Manowar, Namor, Orka, Piranhas, Tiger Shark);
   formerly Fathom Five (Bloodtide, Dragonrider, Llyron, Sea Leopard)

Affiliations: Baron Strucker, Nagala, Portuguese government (including Ambassador Catarino), Shakkoth, Tamara Rahn, Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie), War-Sharks

Enemies: Avengers (Black Panther/T'Challa, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Thor/Odinson), Roxxon Oil, Squadron Supreme of America (Blur/Stanley Stewart, Dr. Spectrum/Joseph Ledger, Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond, Power Princess/Zarda Shelton), Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Blizzard/Donnie Gill, Captain Marvel/Genis-Vell, Joystick, MACH-IV/Abe Jenkins, Radioactive Man/Chen Lu, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Speed Demon/James Sanders), United States Marine Corps, Warbird, Winter Guard (Chernobog, Crimson Dynamo/Dimitri Bukharin, Darkstar/Laynia Petrovna, Perun, Ursa Major, Vanguard/Nikolai Krylenko, Vostok);
formerly Sub-Mariner

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.


(Avengers VIII#9) - Namor recruited Manowar to join his new super-team, the Defenders of the Deep, including Andromeda, Bloodtide, Echidna, King Crab, Namor, Orka, Tiger Shark, and several mutated Piranhas.

(Avengers VIII#10) - The Defenders of the Deep and War-Sharks saw Namor raise Hydropolis to the surface, then attacked the humans within, declaring that all on the surface world were no longer allowed under the ocean. The Avengers (Black Panther/T'Challa, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Thor/Odinson) attacked, and Manowar and Andromeda attacked Captain Marvel. Soon the Winter Guard (Chernobog, Crimson Dynamo/Dmitri Bukharin, Darkstar/Laynia Petrovna, Perun, Ursa Major, Vanguard/Nikolai Krylenko, Vostok) intervened, and fights broke out among all three teams. Crimson Dynamo hit Manowar with a series of blasts, leaving a hole in his center. In the chaos, Namor killed a few of the Piranhas for hunting humans, then he ordered the withdrawal of the Defenders of the Deep.

(Free Comic Book Day 2019: Avengers#1/1) - Namor led the Defenders of the Deep (Manowar, Orka, Bloodtide) in an attack on a Roxxon station, resulting in a small oil spill. Namor ordered Manowar to get revenge for the impacted fish. Bloodtide used magic to contain the spill, and Orka to close the spill. Just then, the Squadron Supreme of America attacked, seeking to protect Roxxon.

(Incoming#1) - The Defenders of the Deep (Bloodtide, Echidna, Manowar, Orka, Tiger Shark) approached the Avengers at Avengers Mountain, where they delivered the message that they expected the Avengers to apologize to every fish in the ocean.

(Avengers VIII#40) - Namor led the Defenders of the Deep in attacking the Avengers at Avengers Mountain, as he tried to secure the power of the Phoenix Force for himself. During the fight, Manowar sparred with Ghost Rider and Iron Man. The Phoenix Force froze the fight as it began searching for a new host.

(Avengers VIII#42) – The Defenders of the Deep stood down as Namor battled to control the Phoenix Force.

(Avengers VIII#43) – Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Okoye held off the Defenders of the Deep.

(Avengers VIII#44) – The Defenders of the Deep departed after Namor lost the Phoenix battle.

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.

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 (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)
Avengers VIII#9 (December, 2018) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VIII#10 (January, 2019) - Jason Aaron (writer), David Marquez, Ed McGuinness, Frazer Irving, Adam Kubert, Andrea Sorrentino (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Free Comic Book Day 2019: Avengers#1/1 - Jason Aaron (writer), Stefano Casselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VIII#40 (February, 2021) – Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garron (artist), C.B. Cebulski (editor)
Incoming#1 (February, 2020) - Jason Aaron (writer), Andrea Sorrentino (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VIII#42 (April, 2021) – Jason Aaron (writer), Luca Maresca (artist), C.B. Cebulski (editor)
Avengers VIII#43-44 (May-June, 2021) - (Jason Aaron (writer), Javier Garron (artist), C.B. Cebulski (editor)

First Posted: 02/22/2006
Last updated: 08/14/2021

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