Real Name: Sir Wulf
Identity/Class: Terrestrial animal mutate
Occupation: Knight, personal guard to High Evolutionary
Group Membership: Knights of Wundagore; New Men
Affiliations: Bova; High Evolutionary
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Lord Anon
Base of Operations: High Evolutionary's Citadel of
Science on Wundagore Mountain
First Appearance: Quicksilver I#11 ( September 1998)
Powers/Abilities: As a Knight of Wundagore Sir Wulf would have been well trained in the use of swords and other energy weapons employed by the group. He would also have had his own atomic steed. Given he was evolved using Isotope E, he might have had powers that his fellow Knights, who were mutated by other isotopes, didn't, but if he did that was never revealed.
History: (Quicksilver I#11 (fb)) / (Heroes for Hire/Quicksilver '98#1 (fb)) - After the Acolytes of Magneto's first attack on the High Evolutionary the HE decided to create more Knights for the coming war for Wundagore. He created at least three Knights: Lady Vermin (a rat not fully mutated to humanoid form), the White Tiger (a humanoid white tigress who could turn back to her original form at will), and Sir Wulf. Because of how the HE's first mutated wolf (Man-Beast) turned on him the He had never tried to mutate another wolf until he decided that he would need a wolf's ferocity in the coming war against the Acolytes, so he created his second humanoid wolf, Sir Wulf (see comments). Believing that his other Knights would never trust another wolf because of Man-Beast's war against him, the HE decided to armor Sir Wulf from head to foot so not even his scent could be smelled by the other Knights, and gave him the alias Lord Anon, until such time the other Knights trusted 'Lord Anon' enough to handle his true species.
(Quicksilver I#1-BTS) - At some point after Man-Beast was broken out of the Vault (in Heroes for Hire II #1) he came to Wundagore Mountain and evidently killed Sir Wulf and took his place as Lord Anon. (see comments)
(Quicksilver I#11) -- While preparing the infirmary underneath Wundagore for the expected casualties (HE and the Knights were going to attempt to drive the Acolytes off Wundagore), Bova found the skeleton of a humanoid wolf wearing Lord Anon's colors stashed inside a medical cabinet, and alerted the other Knights that the Anon they thought they knew was an impostor (Man-Beast).
Comments: Sir Wulf created by John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin, Chris Renauld (pencilers), Rich Faber, Mark Lipka (inks). The 'Lord Anon' look created by Tom Peyer (writer), Rob Haynes (layout artist), Casey Jones (penciler), and Jason Martin (inker).
I am not sure if Lord Anon was always
intended to be the Man-Beast, since there was a writer change between
Peyer and Ostrander, with Joe Edkin bridging the gap between the two.
The reveal, though, didn't mess up anything with how the character was
previously portrayed, so maybe it was planned all along.
The Random House Webster's Dictionary
defines 'anon' as 1. in a short time; soon. 2. at another time. Which I
guess works fairly well as a temporary name.
While Sir Wulf's history is first given in
Quicksilver I #11, he is not given a name until his origin is retold in
the joint Heroes for Hire/Quicksilver '98 annual.
Bova mentions Sir Wulf and Man-Beast as the
only two wolves ever evolved by the High Evolutionary, but I swear that
I've seen a list of New Men someplace that lists a third wolf-guy
that's neither of these two on it. IS there a third (very
minor) evolved wolf running around someplace, or did I imagine seeing
one listed someplace?
Soooo, the best way to get a group of people
who hates one wolf-guy with a passion to trust a different wolf-guy is
to disguise wolf-guy #2 so no-one can tell what species he really is
and give him a false name until such time the group 'trusts' #2 enough
to be told the truth? Uhm, wouldn't it have been easier, and a lot more
respectful to both the old Knights and the new Knight, for the High
Evolutionary to dispense with the 'Lord Anon' ruse altogether and just
introduce Sir Wulf as 'not the Man-Beast' instead? Given how the
Knights tend to obey the High Evolutionary's orders without questioning
him, had the HE told the Knights upfront that Sir Wulf was their newest
member odds are very good they would have accepted Wulf without any
major difficulties, and spared all concerned a fair bit of heartache
later. Perhaps the HE was in the middle of one of his evolutionary
'downturns' when he came up with that plan? Or else the HE just has a
major problem himself with wolves, and really shouldn't be evolving any
more until he can teach himself to treat them with a BIT more dignity
and respect? One of Bova's comments in the H4H/Q annual (when she's
recapping the origin and fate of Sir Wulf for Lord Delphis, she calls
Lord Anon 'the new Sir Wulf') can be taken to indicate that the HE had
given both his wolf creations the same original name -- Sir Wulf!
(Remember 'Man-Beast' is apparently not that character's real name,
just the name he uses most often.) Or maybe not. . .
A few things I feel I should mention about
the death and later discovery of Sir Wulf's body. One is that while it
is pretty heavily implied that Man-Beast killed Sir Wulf and took his
place as Lord Anon, at no point in the 'Siege of Wundagore' (the
storyline where the Lord Anon reveal takes place) does anyone ever ask
MB directly if he was the killer, nor does MB ever brag that he was the
killer of Sir Wulf. Meaning if anyone is ever inclined to reveal a
different killer and/or fate for Wulf, there's enough wiggle-room there
to do it in.
Sir Ram, when he first sees Wulf's body in
the medical cabinet, states that the body had been there at least a
year. There are a few problems with this. One is that a year does not
seem to have passed between Man-Beast's release/escape from the Vault
in H4H #1 and the discovery of Wulf's remains, though a year might have passed from when Wulf
was created to when his body was found (%$*@!! unevenly applied sliding
time-scale). I'm not an expert on the subject, but I think that a body
left to decompose in a cabinet for several months to a year would leave
a large smelly drippy mess long before the bones appeared. Which, in a
group of people with enhanced noses, is really not likely to remain
unnoticed for long. Possibly Man-Beast used his powers to 'blast' the
flesh from the bones, but that then leaves the question of why he'd
then put the body where it could be quickly found by the very people
who'd have known immediately a fraud had been perpetuated on them. Most
likely scenario is that Man-Beast (or whoever) killed Wulf and
originally stashed the body somewhere else in Wundagore's forests/caves
(where it could decompose unnoticed by the other Knights), then the
body was later found by an Acolyte and stashed in the cabinet as a joke
on someone else. Or else that skeleton actually belongs to one of the
Knights who died fighting Chthon back years ago (the battle that took
place the night Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch were born) and
someone(s) unknown made it up to look like it was Wulf's body for an
unknown reason(s) (would any of the Knights present in that scene have
enough forensic/anthropology knowledge to tell on first glance that was
a wolf's body rather than, say, a jackal's body or some other evolved
canine's body?). Or I'm fishing for reasons/ways to bring back a
character I rather liked without destroying his origins in any way. . .
. . . :) U decide. . . . . :)P
Sir Wulf/Lord Anon is connected to (via their creator the
but has no known connection to:
Quicksilver I #11 ( September 1998), p30, pan2 (detail) --
Quicksilver I #11 ( September 1998), p30, pan3 (detail) -- headshot
Quicksilver I #11 ( September 1998), p28, pan4 -- skeleton
Quicksilver I #11 ( September 1998) - by John Ostrander
& Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin & Chris Renauld
(pencilers), Rich Faber & Mark Lipka (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Heroes for Hire/Quicksilver '98 (1998 annual) - John Ostrander (writer), Paschalis Ferry (penciler), Jaime Mendoza, w/ Canderlario, Floyd, Perry assisting (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
First Posted: 07/10/2006
Last updated: 07/10/2006
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