KNIGHTS OF NEEP
Classification: Sentient plant-life (see comments)
Location/Base of Operations: Quarlos IV, within the outer fringes of the Microverse
Known Members: Gar'ee, unidentified member on the Planetary Council
Affiliations: Micronauts (Acroyear, Bug, Marionette), Planetary Council
(Unnamed) Micronauts I#7 (July, 1979)
(Named) Micronauts I#26/2 (February, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Neep Knights appeared to be mobile flora. They tended to a have three to four long necks with what appeared to be flowers at the end of each stalk. The orbs at the end of each stalk could fire highly destructive pink lasers quite accurately. However, this aggressive power may have been limited to a warrior class. The main stalk could tower up to 15'. They were advanced enough to have very fast interstellar travel. They also said "neep" during their sentences, similar to Bug's "tik"s.
It may be that older Neep Knights turned orange in color (as seen on the Planetary Council), with younger specimens being green (like Gar'ee).
Traits: They were strong diplomats and saw themselves upholders of some cause (like a religion or justice)
(Micronauts I#7) - Biotron and the telepathic form of Arcturus Rann bore greetings and Homeworld's message of peace to the natives of Quarlos IV.
(Micronauts I#26/2) - A representative of the Knights of Neep sat at the emergency round table meeting of the Planetary Council organized by Marionette to counter the threat of the newly resurrected Baron Karza. This orange specimen reinforced other members' statements that Karza's warriors were resurging. This Knight of Neep commented on the rise of armed encounters with the bat-winged ships of the Lobros and Repto races.
(Micronauts I#28) - Neep ships joined those from other Microverse worlds in a bid to stop the rise of Karza's power on Earth.
(Micronauts I#45) - A Neep Knight called Gar'ee assisted Acroyear and Bug plus other renegades in raiding the Body Banks on Homeworld by using its laser vision to cut a huge hole through the ceiling through which Acroyear, Bug and the fellow renegades assailed the Body Banks.
Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler) & Armando Gil (inker).
It is not actually specified that Neep Knights are plant-based life-forms, but it certainly looks that way.
Thanks to Robert McKinney for pointing out the appearance in Micronauts I#7!
This race's name is probably
derived from the bizarre Knights who say Ni!, which appeared in the
1975 British comedy film "Monty
Python and the Holy Grail". They proclaimed themselves
fearsome warriors and could batter others into submission by screaming
"Ni!" at them, but were restricted in not being allowed to say or hear
the word "it".
Ah! Don't say it! Now you made me say it! Ah! You made me say it again! Ah!
The Knights of Neep have no known connection to:
Micronauts I#7, p4, panel 1 (with Biotron)
Micronauts I#26, p20, panel 4 (orange)
Micronauts I#45, p11, panel 5 (shooting)
Micronauts I#7 (July, 1979) - Bill Mantlo (writer),
Michael Golden (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#26/2 (February, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils), Armando Gil (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#28 (April, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#45 (September, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
First Posted: 03/23/2006
Last updated: 03/28/2006
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