Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-928) human mutate
Occupation: Ruler of New Atlantis
Group Membership: The Alchemax New Atlantean mutates
Affiliations: The Alchemax New Atlantean mutates, Giganto 2099
Enemies: Alchemax, Boru, Hikaru-Sama, Father Jennifer, Conchata O'Hara, Gabriel O'Hara, S.H.I.E.L.D. 2099, Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara), Tyler Stone, surface dwellers in general
Known Relatives: None known
Aliases: Roman the First, Venom
Base of Operations: New Atlantis
First Appearance: Spider-Man 2099#43 (May, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: Roman was genetically engineered to survive underwater, able to breathe underwater and withstand the ocean's pressures. He could also see in the murky depths of the ocean and possessed webbed flippers in his underarms. Using the Horn of Proteus, he could summon gigantic sea creatures to aid him.
Merged with the Venom symbiote, Roman has the ability to reshape the symbiote's form to disguise his appearance and entangle opponents. The symbiote enhances his strength and durability to even greater superhuman levels.
History: (Spider-Man 2099#43 (fb) - BTS) - During Alchemax's New Atlantis Project, mutates were created as slave laborers as the normal humans lived in airtight domiciles under the ocean.
(Spider-Man 2099#43 (fb)) - One of the mutates grew tired of slavery and being the most dynamic and forceful of the mutates, began to rally the other mutates against their servitors. Naming himself Roman as a play on the name of the legendary Namor the Sub-Mariner, he began to fight against the humans. While some of the humans were kept as experiments by the mutates, most of them were allowed to leave New Atlantis with the understanding that they were to never return to reclaim it.
(Spider-Man 2099#43) - One of the humans that had been experimented on pretended to be under attack and was rescued by Spider-Man. The human asked Spider-Man what Miguel O'Hara (who was, in fact, Spider-Man himself & CEO of Alchemax) planned to do about the mutates taking over New Atlantis. Spider-Man replied that he thought that Miguel would be forced to remove the mutates from New Atlantis, at which point the human revealed his allegiance to Roman the Sub-Mariner and dove into the ocean. Returning to the ocean, the human told Roman what he had learned. Roman replied that the surface world had once done a similar thing to the legendary Namor and explained that Namor had taught the surface world a lesson. To teach the modern-day surface world a lesson as well, Roman flooded the downtown area and summoned Giganto to attack the area. Miguel O'Hara immediately jumped into action as Spider-Man and began a battle with Roman the Sub-Mariner.
(Spider-Man 2099#44) - Spider-Man managed to steal the Horn of Proteus and used it to drive Giganto back out to sea. Roman attempted to reclaim the horn from him, but Spider-Man bit him in the neck with his fangs, injecting a paralyzing venom that caused him to fall unconscious.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Public Eyes relocated Roman to Alchemax, where Miguel had him imprisoned. He attempted to reason with Roman, threatening New Atlantis with retaliation unless they surrendered. Roman managed to escape his confines and broke into an Alchemax lab where the Venom symbiote was being held. The symbiote merged with Roman, and he departed, declaring that his people would have their revenge on Alchemax.
Comments: Created by Peter David, Andrew Wildman, Ron Lim, Stephen Baskerville, and Harry Candelario.
Note that "Roman" is "Namor" spelled backwards. Also, he wears that nifty black outfit Namor had in the 70s!
Sub-Mariner 2099 is the namesake of:
Roman's Giganto is an extradimensional relative of:
Spider-Man 2099#43, p12, pan1 (Sub-Mariner 2099, fullbody shot)
p12, pan4 (Sub-Mariner 2099, headshot)
Spider-Man 2099#43 (May, 1996) - Peter David (writer), Andrew Wildman, Ron Lim (pencilers), Stephen Baskerville, Harry Candelario (inkers)
Spider-Man 2099#44 (June, 1996) - Peter David (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Harry Candelar, Ralph Cabrera (inkers), Joey Caliveri, James Felder, Mark Powers (editors)
Last updated: 08/31/06
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