Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Demon (see comments)
Occupation: Psychic scavenger
Group Membership: None
Enemies: X-Men (Colossus, Magneto,
Nightcrawler, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Rogue, Shadowcat, Storm,
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Entity, Misery's Maitre D', Chef
of Starvation, Waiter to the Waifs of the World, Hash-Slinger to the
Homeless, Pestilence, Desolation
Base of Operations: A temple in Africa
First Appearance: Heroes for Hope Starring the
Powers/Abilities: Hungry, aka the Entity, is a
being who feeds on the suffering and misery of physical beings. It may
not have a true corporeal form. It can possess others, create life-like
manifestations of beings and surroundings and may be immortal. While it
possessed a reptilian form within its temple, that may not have been
its true form, but rather just another being who fell under its sway.
History: (Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men#1
(fb)-BTS) - In "ancient times" a demonic being who fed on hopelessness
and despair came to reside in Africa, where it was opposed by the
locals, who lost their battle with it. In an attempt to appease the
entity, they erected a temple for it.
(Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men#1) - When the
X-Man Phoenix went to check the mail at the mansion, she was horrified
to see that the landscape surrounding their home had turned into a
desert. The other X-Men, alerted by her screaming, ran to help and saw
a postman seemingly incapacitated in the distance. Shadowcat rushed to
help him and drag him back to the mansion. Nightcrawler tried to
reportedly to her side, but in doing so, encountered something demonic
that kept him from helping her. Wolverine then went into the "desert"
to aid her, and as he did, he felt the "heat" of the "desert" sapping
his strength and making him feel like he was starving. He found
Shadowcat and the postal worker, both of whom were wasting away as
well, but realized something was odd about the postman. Wolverine
stabbed the "postman" with his Adamantium claws and the being
disappeared as the surroundings transformed back to normal. Wolverine
and Shadowcat regained their healthy forms. The X-Men discussed
what the situation was, and Wolverine stated that whatever had attacked
them was still there.
Later that day, Colossus swam in the outside pool,
trying to relieve the tension he felt from the earlier situation. He
emerged to find himself in a strange world where everything was metal.
The other X-Men, now emotionless metal beings persuaded him to join
them, and he broke down in tears as he realized he was willingly giving
up his humanity. As he did so, the illusion disappeared.
Shadowcat entered the kitchen to
get something to
eat, where she encountered a robed figure that grabbed her. Its touch
emaciated her to near-skeletal form and the being offered her a plate
full of food. As she pleaded for the plate, the food on it turned into
rotten meat filled with maggots. The being introduced itself to her as
Hungry, leaving her starving form on the floor, where Nightcrawler
found her. Hungry then took an angelic form, playing upon
Nightcrawler's religious beliefs, and offered him salvation for the
rest of the world through his own sacrifice, leaving him a broken man.
As Colossus, Shadowcat and Nightcrawler were attended to in the infirmary, Magneto attempted to use Cerebro to locate their foe. He too was assaulted by a vision of a world where his one-time followers had wiped out humankind, only for the dead to rise against him. Phoenix was the next targeted, as Hungry projected upon her the illusion she had returned to her own dystopic future, where she met and was attacked by the Dark Phoenix. Wolverine, while searching the grounds of the mansion, encountered a being who appeared to be himself, but completely human and devoid of any powers or Adamantium. The two clashed, but Wolverine won, realizing he was human after all, regardless of what he was shown.
Hungry took on the form of a circus
confront Storm and she chased him into an arena illusion, where he
adopted the form of a clown flinging pies at her. She almost gave into
his macabre game, but realizing the "circus arena" was filled with an
audience of starving beings, instead handed the pies to them. As the
X-Men tried to pull themselves together and regroup, each struck with
pangs of despair by the assaults, Rogue wondered why she hadn't been
targeted yet. Phoenix revealed that in her rapport with the creature,
she managed to find its true location. The team took the Blackbird jet
to Africa, where they landed near a large group of starving citizens.
As another plane landed with food supplies, something malfunctioned,
sending that plane towards the crowd, its propellers still running.
Nightcrawler and Phoenix saved them, and the X-Men soon aided in
handing out the supplies. When a young child died of malnutrition in
Rogue's arms, she realized she had to face her fears. As the other
X-Men slept, she absorbed amounts of each of their powers and departed.
She found a cavernous temple tomb, and upon entering was attacked by
Hungry. She tried to absorb his powers, but the entity instead took
control of her.
Storm confronted Hungry-in-Rogue's-body, and realized
she was "oddly calm" about the situation. At first she seemed to think
that her familiarity with the tomb was a side-effect of Hungry's
newly-gained Phoenix powers (telepathy) leaking, but after learning of
the creature's origins, she considered the possibilities of genetic
memory, as her ancestors may have been the ones to first confront the
being. As Rogue/Hungry began to lose the powers of the others as they
woke up and confronted her, she/it continued to fight the X-Men, and
Phoenix ripped Hungry's essence from the body of Rogue.
Though successful, the X-Men wondered if they had
truly won. The next day, as they continued to aid the locals, they
discussed the creature, noting that they could still feel its presence.
They assured themselves that the being may not have even been truly
evil, but rather just a scavenger feasting on the negative nature of
humans. They even suggested that the reason it targeted the X-Men was
to not only see how the "flavor" of the then-blossoming mutantkind
tasted, but to also see if it would be possible to be defeated by them
should it truly attack them.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Ann Nocenti, Berni Wrightson, Jim Starlin, Jim Shooter and a host of other writers and pencilers (see issue breakdown at end of profile).
While the creature is mostly referred to as "The Entity" throughout
the issue, it introduces itself to Kitty (Shadowcat) as Hungry, so
that's what I've opted to go with. After all, it never really named
itself to the others, just her.
While Storm theorizes that the creature may be a "primal mutant"
from the psychic plane, it seems too similar to demons like D'Spayre
and other Fear Lords.
This was a special one-shot through which the proceeds were used to
aid famine relief in Africa. It was written by no less than 20
different writers (five plotters, with the rest writing a few pages
each of the actual story) and 19 pencilers. It is, to my knowledge,
Alan Moore's only non-UK Marvel work.
Seriously...look at the credits down below. That's one hell of a
talent pool for one comic.
The entity that appeared in the "Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men#1" may have been one in the same as Ghaszash Nyirh. Furthermore, the entity states that Storm is "...different from those who struggled against me in ancient days--mutated--but much like them!" This suggests that Storm's magical ancestor Ashake may have faced it as well."
Profile by Madison Carter.
Character name has no known connections to
Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men#1, page 39, panel
8 (main image)
page 12, panels 1-3 (Hungry robed form)
page 40, panel 1 (possessing Rogue)
First Posted: 06/21/2008
Last updated: 06/21/2008
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