Real Name: Selene Gallio
Identity/Class: Human mutant/magic user (ca. 15000 BC to modern era)
Group Membership: None; formerly Sisterhood (Arkea, Enchantress/Amora, Lady Deathstrike/Ana Cortes, Madelyne Pryor, Typhoid Mary), Selene's Inner Circle (Blink, Eliphas (Eli Bard), Mortis (Lois London), Senyaka, Wither); leader of her Undead Army (Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Beef, Berzerker, Bevatron, Siena Blaze, Bolt (Chris Bradley), Caliban, Catseye, Fabian Cortez, Cypher (Doug Ramsey), Darkstar (Laynia Petrovna), Deadbolt, Marco Delgado, Destiny (Irene Adler), Feral (Maria Callasantos), Firefist (Rusty Collins), Hemingway, Hurricane, Jetstream, Katu Kath, Harry Leland, Lifeforce, Maggott, Leon Matheson, Seamus Mellencamp, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Proteus (Kevin MacTaggert), Pyro, Rem-Ram, Risque, Roulette, Scaleface, Shinobi Shaw, Skin, Spoor, Spyne, Static, Stonewall, Super Sabre, Synch, Tarot, Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Tower, Unus the Untouchable, the tribe of Camp Verde, millions of others);
formerly Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club (Lord Imperial (Roberto DaCosta, Sunspot), Black King (Sebastian Shaw), White Queen (Sat-yr-9/Courtney Ross), White Warrior Princess (Viper);
former members Black Bishop (Harry Leland), Black King (Blackheart), Black Rook (Friedrich von Roehm), Black Rook (Jean Grey of Earth-9575), Black Rook (Reignfire), White King/Grey King (Magneto), White King (Storm), White King (Daimon Hellstrom), White Queen (Emma Frost), White Rook (Emmanuel DaCosta), White Rook (Trevor Fitzroy), others)
Affiliations: Chet Andrews, Baron Strucker (Wolfgang von Strucker), Castro, Colossal Man, Cult of Fire, Bruno Delor, Arcadia Deville, Ulysses Dragonblood, Ella, Enchantress (Amora), Trevor Fitzroy, Gamesmaster, Gatherer, Hellions (Catseye, Empath, Jetstream, Roulette, Tarot, Thunderbird/James Proudstar), Alexa Lukin, Aleksander Lukin, Namor, Norman Osborn, Donald Pierce, Power Elite, Red Skull, Juliana Sandoval, Sledge, Tony Stark, Steven, Taskmaster, Tessa (Sage), Upstarts (Trevor Fitzroy, Shinobi Shaw), Van Ostamgen, Sisters of the New Light
Enemies: Lucius Antonius Aquilla, Avengers (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Vision, Wasp), Bastion, Nick Brown, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Sharon Carter, Kenneth Crichton, Nick Damiano, Damocles Foundation (Dr. Chandra, Agent Holiday, Hydra, Indigo, Segismund Joshua, Marcelus), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Day Tripper, Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Thing), Firestar, Kulan Gath, Daimon Hellstrom, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Magma, Morlocks (Caliban, Callisto, Sunder, others), Mascius, Mechamage, Mountjoy, Alyssa Moy, New Mutants (Cannonball, Cypher, Karma, Magik (Illyana Rasputin), Mirage (Danielle Moonstar), Sunspot, Warlock, Wolfsbane), N'astirh, Nightcrawler, Nimrod of Earth-811, Pacifiers, Red Lotus, Red Skull, Reno, Tiberius Sam, Scribe, Skeleton Crew (Crossbones, Mother Night, Sleeper/Machinesmith, Voice of Doom), Spitfire, Stuart, Sword (Argos the Hunter, Pyre, Stranglehold, Zona), Margali Szardos, X-Force (Cable, Caliban, Domino, Meltdown, Shatterstar, Siryn, Sunspot), X-Force (Archangel, Domino, Elixir, Vanisher, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Wolverine, X-23), X-Man, X-Men (Armor, Cable, Colossus, Doop, Longshot, M/Monet St. Croix, Marvel Girl/Phoenix/Rachel Summers, Nightcrawler, Psylocke/Elizabeth Braddock, Professor X, Rogue, Shadowcat, Karima Shapandar, Shatterstar, Storm, Wolverine, X-23), X-Ternals (Absalom, Crule, Gideon, Saul)
Known Relatives: Unidentified mother (deceased), Marcus Domitius Gallio (husband, deceased)
Aliases: Dr. Selene Gallio, Black Queen, Claudia, Demon Huntress, Dark Huntress, Lady Selene, Moon Goddess, Daughter of the Moon, Mistress of the Fire, Black Priestess
Base of Operations: Mobile, usually New York City, New York;
Formerly Nova Roma in the Brazilian rainforest
First Appearance: New Mutants I#9 (November, 1983)
Powers/Abilities: Selene is a mutant and a sorceress with a multitude of super human abilities, including extremely long life, which she can sustain by psionically draining the life force from other beings. When she drains the full life force from a person, the victim's body crumples in a heap of dust. Selene generally drains life through touch, but she can absorb the energies of those who die near her as well and can kill others from a distance as well. Selene can sense the energy released from the death of others. By only partially draining the life force of others, Selene can place them under her psionic control, or turn them into "energy vampires" like herself, also subject to her control. Upon touch, Selene can also release the hidden inhibitions of others, turning them into more savage or base versions of themselves. If Selene goes without new energy for too long or if she expends too much of her own energy, she quickly ages into an ancient wrinkled woman until she drains more energy.
Selene is highly resistant to injury. She can withstand being submerged in hot lava, bullet wounds, and knife wounds, claiming not to have a heart. She has enhanced strength, stamina, speed, and reaction time. Selene possesses telekinetic abilities that allow her complete control over inanimate objects and fire. She can reform inanimate objects into various shapes and animate them by projecting a portion of her life force into them. This control can by very precise, such as covering subjects in a layer of rock, or massive, such as the moving of a mountain. She can also disintegrate inanimate objects, but has no control over organic objects or beings and can not rearrange molecular matter.
Selene possesses telepathic abilities as well, able to read the thoughts of others (who don't have psychic defenses), sense others, and project her thoughts into the minds of others, even over vast distances. Selene can momentarily hypnotize others even while briefly increasing her speed, making those around her think she has disappeared. In addition, Selene's mind is resistant to telepathic attacks and magic spells meant to affect the memory.
Selene has been known to use magical spells to various effects. The effects include enhanced mystical knowledge, the summoning of demons and entities, manipulation of various artifacts (including mystic jewelry and runestaffs), teleportation across the world, fire energy blasts, disguise her appearance (as she has as Magma and as an old woman), disguise the appearance of others (as she made Magma look like her), and restrain others in mystic bands. Recently Selene developed the ability to meld with shadow. She can become intangible at will, manipulate and elongate in order to ensnare others, and meld herself in shadow.
Selene was once seemingly killed by having her energy dissipated but she was preserved by having her consciousness bonded to air molecules and contained in a sealed room; she was later restored to life by the Enchantress.
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 130 lbs.
(X-Necrosha#1 (fb)) - <circa 15000 BC> "After the oceans swallowed Atlantis and before the rise of the sons of Aryas, is where my journey began [in central Europe]. My mother was a mere child when she gave birth to me, when she presented me to her tribe. But she would be dead before I uttered my first words. She was the first to sacrifice her life to ensure my survival, but she would not be the last. The tribal elders recognized me for what I was and instructed my mother's people to offer their lives to me until there were not left to give. I am all that remains of those people. But sustenance was not all that they provided. They also gave me a name, the name of a goddess."
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#2) - Selene became a sorceress of some renowned cults devoting themselves to her, and she eventually ended up in Rome.
(Uncanny X-Men I#190 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Selene became an enemy of Kulan Gath, the deadly sorcerer.
(X-Force III#11 (fb)) - In ancient Rome, Selene approached a wealthy yet weak political leader named Eliphas and claimed that she'd been watching him his entire life, through his days as a poet, a soldier, and a politician. She offered to make him a powerful immortal if he would but provide her with every soul in Rome. She taught him the rituals and sigils he'd need to paint the pentagram that would allow her to drain every life in Rome. As she prepared to enact the ritual, Mascius and other Romans, with a bound Eliphas, stopped her, killing her with a sharp sword thrust. Selene and Eliphas were tied to the stake outside the city. She woke up and manipulated the flames the guards planned to burn her with, consuming the guards themselves. Furious with Eliphas for his seeming betrayal, she granted him immortality, but promised to deny him her presence for the rest of existence. 700 years later, Eliphas was reawakened and he began scouring the globe for Selene, killing wherever he went. Hundreds of years later, he found her in Nova Roma and began looking for a worthy sacrifice to her.
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - Selene monitored from afar while Eliphas, awakened after centuries buried under Rome, slaughtered the civilization there to retrieve her sacred knife.
(X-Force I#75 (fb) - BTS) - Hundreds of years ago, Selene obtained a case containing the Asgardian Runestaff of Yggdrasil that would grant her vast powers at a moment, far in the future, when the nine realms lined up just so. She knew at that time she would need the blood of an Asgardian to activate the open the case containing the runestaff.
(New Mutants I#10 (fb) - BTS) - Selene eventually settled among the people of Nova Roma, an offshoot of the Roman Empire in the Brazilian rainforest. She established a reputation for herself as the Black Priestess, though she kept her true identity a secret, and started the Cult of Fire, followers who worshipped her and provided for her. She would often require citizens to be surrendered to her, and the Cult would drop them in the fiery lava in the catacombs of Nova Roma, where Selene would absorb their life forces. She remained in Nova Roma for centuries, unable to leave. In recent years she married Marcus Domitius Gallio, who knew of her true nature, and helped him start to rise to power. His biggest foe was the Nova Roman leader, Lucius Antonius Aquilla, whose wife Selene killed. Aquilla's young daughter, Amara, was sent to live in the rainforest among the Amazons, citizens who'd fled Nova Roma to avoid Selene, so that Selene could not find her. Selene was intrigued when the super-powered New Mutants (Cannonball, Mirage (Danielle Moonstar), Sunspot, Wolfsbane) arrived in Nova Roma with Amara and an outlander, Castro, who Selene imprisoned.
(New Mutants I#9) - Selene comforted her husband when he grew flustered of Aquilla's demands to put Cannonball and Sunspot in the arena as Gallio had wanted to make the mutants serve him. Selene offered to kill Aquila, but Gallio turned her down, wanting to do the deed himself. She led Gallio beneath their villa where Castro was being kept. Gallio realized the potential for wealth if he allied with the outside lands.
(New Mutants I#10) - Selene had three young women brought to her for sacrifice: Amara, Mirage, and a young female Nova Roman. The third was sacrificed by the Cult to the lava first, and Selene drained her life. Selene took Amara to the lava pit next, gloating over her victory, when Mirage rushed at her. She proved resistant to Mirage's mental attacks, and began to drain her life. Magma leaped at Selene, stopping her, but Selene knocked her aside into the lava. The room was suddenly shaken by earthquakes and Amara emerged from the lava as a mutant.
(New Mutants I#11) - Selene used energy to disrupt Amara's blast of lava, then caused two large stones to attack her, driving her below the lava again. This energy loss caused her to appear old again, so she had rocks drive the Cult of Fire into the lava, and she absorbed their life forces, returning to youth. Selene turned to Mirage, wanting to make her and her fellow mutants belong to Selene, but Amara rose again, burying Selene in molten lava. She quickly revived, however, and restrained Amara, draining her life and casting her aside. The other New Mutants (including Amara, whose life had been restored by her connection with the Earth) rushed to aid Mirage, but Selene only allowed Wolfsbane through, sealing the rock opening behind her and restraining Amara, Cannonball, and Sunspot in rock tendrils. They quickly freed themselves and burst through the wall, where Mirage was held in restraints and Wolfsbane battled a stone wolf. Amara destroyed the stone wolf and Selene blasted all of the teenagers aside. Mirage tried sacrificing herself for her friends while Sunspot fought Selene. Her focus weakened, Mirage confronted Selene with her greatest fear, that of her true death, and Sunspot stabbed Selene through the heart. She recovered easily, however, stating that she had no heart. Amara called lava forth while Sunspot, his strength renewed from the sun access granted by a hole Cannonball had blasted through the wall, threw Selene into the lava pit. They all believed her dead.
(Uncanny X-Men I#183) - Seeking to replenish her energies, Selene entered a Monahan's bar in Manhattan and flirted with Cain Marko (Juggernaut), planning to drain his life once she took him away. Juggernaut got wrapped up in a brawl with Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine of the X-Men, however, so Selene drained the life force from a man named Stuart instead.
(Uncanny X-Men I#184) - Selene continued feeding and building her power. She tracked the powerful young heroine Phoenix (Rachel Summers), planning to make her an heir to Selene's power. She approached Phoenix from the shadows, but Phoenix ran, telepathically sensing that Selene sought her life. Selene tracked Phoenix to the apartment of Nick Damiano and murdered the man while Phoenix was in the bath. She wrapped Phoenix in a rug, but Phoenix hit Selene with a mind-blast and freed herself. Phoenix hurtled chairs at Selene, who simply reduced the chairs to dust and ensnared Phoenix in the floor. Selene successfully held off Phoenix's mindblasts, even as the apartment started on fire around them. She was just invading Phoenix's mind when Professor X's astral form stood before her, shocking Selene, and the X-Men (Colossus, Nightcrawler, Rogue) burst through the wall. Selene hurled debris at them, grabbed Phoenix, and ran, but Nightcrawler assaulted her until Selene caused his costume to choke him. Rogue grabbed Selene to absorb her powers, but instead found her own life being drained until Professor X hit Selene with a mindblast. Overwhelmed, Selene fled, blending her mind with several civilians so the X-Men couldn't track her.
(New Mutants I#22) - Selene learned the location of Friedrich von Roehm, the leader of a cult that had worshipped her for over 2000 years. She commanded him to dismiss all of his staff, though he was initially annoyed, and showed him a gem that proved her identity. He bowed before her, and she told him that she needed a headquarters and a power base, and von Roehm recommended the Hellfire Club, of whose Inner Circle he was a member.
(Uncanny X-Men I#190 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in her days as a sorceress, Selene became enemies with the ancient sorcerer, Kulan Gath.
(Uncanny X-Men I#189) - While Selene was passing through New York, Selene was sensed by Phoenix and Magma, and they followed her to the Hellfire Club. She was presented to Sebastian Shaw by Friedrich Von Roehm, and Shaw remained unimpressed, demanding a show of her powers. She immediately encased him in stone, then took his throne while he freed himself. She then put he and his aide, Lady Tessa, in a momentary trance, making it seem as if she'd disappeared. Selene sensed Phoenix and Magma, wearing maids uniforms, and made Phoenix believe that Magma was Selene, causing Phoenix to lash out against her ally and knock Magma out. Selene then put both women under her control and presented them to Shaw to do with as he would. Phoenix managed to enter Magma's mind and release them both from the enslavement, however, and Magma's powers caused a large seismic disruption beneath the mansion. Selene shrugged off a psi-bolt from Phoenix, then encased both girls in stone. The X-Men (Colossus, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue) came to aid them, Nightcrawler teleported Selene to the top floor and knocked her out with a nerve pinch. Shaw saw the situation resolved and the X-Men departed.
(New Mutants I#23) - The Hellfire Club, including the White Queen (Emma Frost), held a party to potentially admit Selene into their ranks as Black Queen, and Emmanuel DaCosta to the Inner Circle. Selene respectfully mocked Shaw, and he easily realized she was out to usurp him, as he introduced their primary goal of obtaining power.
(Uncanny X-Men I#190) - Kulan Gath came to power and cast a powerful spell over New York City that caused everything within an inner radius to be reverted to ancient culture, causing those transformed to revert to barbaric warriors with no memories of their former lives. Selene was not affected by this spell, and watched as Gath obtained power, turning the Morlocks (Caliban, Callisto, Sunder, others), the New Mutants (Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot, Wolfsbane), some of the X-Men (Colossus, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue) and some of the Avengers (Scarlet Witch, Vision) into his personal warriors, while other heroes (Captain America, Magik, Starfox, Storm, Wasp) formed a rebellion against him, and Warlock maintained his independence. Selene drained the life of some of the Morlock warriors, saving Gath's versions of Magma and Phoenix and then turning those two to her cause. She then used Phoenix's telepathy to mentally contact Storm and Callisto (who had left the realm and had their memories restored), and convinced them to return to the affected area, protecting them with spells against Gath's influence and making them loyal to her. Selene then disguised herself as Magma and Magma as Selene. They contacted the rebel heroes and united them against Gath just before Gath attacked, capturing Spider-Man and "Selene" while the other heroes (including Colossus, whose memories were restored by Magik's Soul-Sword) were ensorcelled away by Selene.
(Uncanny X-Men I#191) - While Gath tortured Magma, thinking she was Selene, the rebel heroes sought knowledge about Gath, losing allies Starfox and Wasp to Gath but gaining new ally, the archivist Arilynn. During the battle, Warlock shanghaied Storm away, and Selene (believed to be Magma) was chided for not using her powers to help them in battle. The rebel heroes soon launched a final assault on Gath. Storm and Warlock leaped into the fray and managed to wrest Gath's necklace from him (the artifact which gave him his power and maintained the spell. Selene then took the necklace and revealed her deception, then ordered Magma to burn Gath with flames. Just as Selene was ready to turn the spell to her command, Warlock killed her with the transmode virus, and Doctor Strange put everything right again with a time spell, reverting the world to just before Gath's spell had been cast, meaning all that had happened was undone. Selene retained no memory of what had happened.
(Firestar#3) - Selene surprised Shaw by walking in on him, refilling his drink, and proclaiming her devotion to him. He was left feeling very unsettled.
(Firestar#4) - Selene continued keeping Shaw unsettled, showing off her new gown for a ball the Hellfire Club was having. She and Shaw later attended the ball. When Frost's student, Firestar, went missing, Selene sent her condolences to Frost through Shaw.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual II#2 (fb)) - At a Hellfire Club party, Selene, Shaw, and Frost communicated telepathically about the need for a new White King, surveying the party guests, including Tony Stark and Norman Osborn. At Shaw's instruction, Selene took Stark out of the party to entertain him. Shaw later offered the position to Namor, but he angrily refused, and Shaw furiously demanded that Frost force him to join. When Namor and Emma, who'd betrayed Shaw, returned, Shaw held them off with the help of Donald Pierce's Sentinels. At Shaw's order, Selene erased Frost's memory of the event.
(Uncanny X-Men I#207) - Phoenix, seeking revenge on Selene, took mental control of von Roehm and snuck into the Hellfire Club. Much more aware of her powers than before, Phoenix snuck up on a sleeping Selene with then intention of killing her. Selene was shocked, and worked to turn her powers against Phoenix, who was furious that Selene could remember the name and identity of Nicholas Damiano, a fact Selene tortured Phoenix with. As Selene was held to the side, Wolverine arrived and tried convincing Phoenix to give up. When Phoenix refused, Wolverine stabbed her to stop her.
(Uncanny X-Men I#208) - Phoenix fled to recover and Wolverine departed. Selene ventured to Central Park, weakened and appearing elderly, and she stopped a mugging by draining the mugger's life force and then the victim's. Recharged, she returned to the Hellfire Club and told Shaw, von Roehm, Leland, and Tessa of Phoenix's attack. Though Shaw was suspicious of Selene and wanted to keep Phoenix alive, the Club decided to hunt down Phoenix for her actions. They tracked her to Central Park and Selene, in order to find Phoenix and have revenge on von Roehm, released the human inhibitions in von Roehm's brain, making him bestial and loyal to her. He quickly tracked Phoenix, but the X-Men (Colossus, Rogue, Shadowcat, and a powerless Storm) arrived to defend her. Rogue hit von Roehm, unintentionally absorbing his powers and his loyalty to Selene. Selene encased Rogue in rock until Shadowcat freed her. So Selene ordered Rogue to attack her teammates, but the loyalty in Rogue quickly wore off. Leland increased Colossus' weight, sending him plummeting into the ground, and Rogue tried to free him, but Selene disintegrated Rogue's gloves, causing her to absorb Colossus' powers. Rogue dove to save Colossus just before the mutant-hunting future Sentinel Nimrod attacked.
(Uncanny X-Men I#209) - Selene quickly discovered that she could not manipulate Nimrod's form. Rogue burst through the ground under Selene and her allies, sending them scattering, while the X-Men were joined by Caliban, Callisto, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine (who handled the Hellfire club soldiers nearby). Nimrod sent Shaw careening into the atmosphere and resisted the boulders Selene threw at him. A chaotic battle erupted, and the Hellfire Club agreed to join forces with the X-Men against Nimrod. Leland increased Nimrod's mass as the robot continued fighting all of them, and Colossus and Shadowcat managed to down Nimrod temporarily. Leland, as he died from a heart attack, increased Shaw's weight, and Nimrod was smashed into pieces, though the robot still managed to teleport away. The Hellfire Club departed peacefully.
(Uncanny X-Men I#210) - Selene sat with Shaw, Frost, and Tessa at the Hellfire Club when they offered Magneto (leader of the X-Men) the position of White King in their ranks.
(New Mutants I#51) - Selene stood with Shaw, Frost, and Tessa as they welcomed Magneto and Storm to their ranks, the two X-Men planning on sharing the White King role jointly. Selene wondered how Shaw would handle the sharing of power.
(New Mutants I#53) - Selene attended a gala with the Inner Circle, and greeted Magneto's students the New Mutants (Cannonball, Cypher, Karma, Magik, Magma, Mirage, Wolfsbane), while the White Queen's Hellions (Catseye, Empath, Jetstream, Roulette, Tarot, Thunderbird (James Proudstar)) were also in attendance. Selene was sure to taunt Magma when she noticed Selene standing there. Selene taunted Magneto on the short fuse of his students. At the celebration, lower Club member Van Ostamgen loudly announced a gift for Selene, a statue of Selene from thousands of years before crafted by Gauis Lucullus Umber. Magma claimed he was mistaken and that it was a statue of her ancestor, and Selene claimed to be Magma's ancestor but stated that statue was a fake and shattered it.
(New Mutants I#54) - Still at the party, Selene and the Inner Circle watched the resolution of a conflict between Shaw, Tessa, and Karma.
(New Mutants I#61) - Selene was at the Hellfire Club while Magneto searched for his students.
(New Mutants Annual#4) - Selene joined Shaw, Frost, and Magneto in rescuing student Magma from the Purifiers, armored men who'd captured her. They fought a brief battle, but Magma had already been rescued.
(New Mutants I#70) - Selene attended a meeting of the Inner Circle to discuss recent strange happenings in New York. She stood back as Frost allied with Magneto against Shaw in an argument, and wondered if the Circle would be split into white versus black.
(New Mutants I#71) - The Inner Circle traveled to the Empire State Building to watch the state of the city, being plagued by demons and objects coming to life. They watched as several pedestrians were killed and then they were attacked by the Building itself. Magneto used his powers to fly them safely away.
(New Mutants I#73) - The Inner Circle fought against invading demons from Limbo as they overwhelmed New York. They were interrupted by N'astirh, leader of the demons, who proposed an alliance since they both shared the goals of world domination. He proposed that he leave New York to him and that they could have the rest, and Selene made sure her investments in the Amazon were part of the bargain.
(New Mutants I#74) - Shaw and Magneto continued arguing over the methods of the Hellfire Club as Frost and Selene looked on. Later, Selene delivered news to Magneto that a disturbance at his school had registered.
(New Mutants I#75) - The Inner Circle approached the ruins of the X-Men's headquarters, confronting the New Mutants there. Sunspot angrily hurled a steel girder at them, but Magneto simply deflected it. A fight broke out and Selene manipulated a wall into stopping Cannonball from intervening. She taunted him with reminders of her powers before she was suddenly transformed into her elderly woman form, her greatest fear manifested by Mirage's powers. She was returned when Magneto encased his students in a large ball of metal. They learned the fate of Magik (she'd been reverted to a child), and Shaw angrily confronted Magneto on all he had lost the Hellfire Club. Selene and Frost stood by while Magneto and Shaw engaged in a massive battle that Magneto eventually won. He held Shaw before them, revealing that Shaw was funding Sentinel research, and called for a vote to oust Shaw. Frost, determining that the Sentinels would eventually lead to the construction of Nimrod, voted against Shaw. Selene considered Shaw's interference in her holdings in the Amazon before voting against him as well, and he furiously departed. Magneto proposed that he serve as both black and white king, calling himself the Grey King.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#78/4) - While wandering the streets in boredom, Selene passed a barroom brawl and decided to investigate. She saw the Hulk (in his gray form) and tried buying him a drink, but he was not interested. She showed him her revealing costume and told him of her power, but he was still not interested, and still was not when she offered him great pleasure. Selene kissed and killed the bartender, draining his life and memories, but the Hulk only walked away. She hit him with a mental note and ridiculed him, infuriating the Hulk, who advanced despite her offers of pain, mercy, and wealth. He ripped her cape free and sent her away. Selene returned to the Hellfire Club during an important meeting, but told the Inner Circle she was not interested, having learned a lesson on arrogance from the Hulk.
(Captain America I#368) - Selene heard the news of a robot Magneto fighting Captain America. She wondered at Magneto's recent absences, and how she could use that to her advantages.
(Captain America I#369) - Selene detected intruders in the sewers beneath the Hellfire Club and, with guards, investigated. She saw the Skeleton Crew (Crossbones, Mother Night, Sleeper (possessed by Machinesmith), and Voice of Doom). She restrained them in cement, and was then immobilized by the Voice of Doom's commands. She choked him with the technology around his neck until he released her, then she choked him more. Selene used her powers to accelerate her speed, dodging an attack from the Sleeper, but felt herself getting drained and took some of the Voice's life force before Crossbones shot her through the heart with a crossbow bolt. She simply pulled it out and was then hit aside by Sleeper. Captain America investigated and Sleeper batted Selene into the hero's arms. Just as she moved to drain him, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton) hit her in with a diamond, temporarily knocking Selene out. The Skeleton Crew departed and Captain America attacked the Hellfire Club soldiers. Selene hit Diamondback, then decided to cut her losses. She caved the ceiling on Captain America and Diamondback and departed.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#89/3) - While visiting London, Selene heard news of the recently de-aged Spitfire (who'd lessened in age due to a transfusion of synthetic blood), and decided to act against her. She called in Hellfire Club guard Steven to have the hotel send up another bellboy and a bottle of wine (as she'd already killed the first bellboy). She later kidnapped Spitfire's son, Kenneth Crichton and held him in a voice-activated bomb at Fasthill Common. Spitfire rushed to rescue her son, and Selene told her that she would vivisect Spitfire to discover her de-aging secrets. Spitfire punched Selene out and rescued her son before the bomb could go off.
(Uncanny X-Men I#283) - Selene worked behind-the-scenes with the Gamesmaster in manipulating the Upstarts Shinobi Shaw and Trevor Fitzroy. She looked forward to the day when the Upstarts would learn what they were really fighting for.
(Uncanny X-Men I#301) - Fitzroy captured Selene and placed her in a spooling chamber, a device that would continually shred her apart and then heal her indefinitely, in order to attract the attention of the Gamesmaster.
(Excalibur Annual#2/2) - From the spooling chamber, Selene exerted tremendous effort when she sensed another sorceress, Amanda Sefton (Day Tripper) aboard a flight. Selene plagued Sefton with a mental vision of the painful spooling chamber, then caused the plane to plummet towards the ground. She mentally told Sefton that if she would come to Selene's aid, then Selene would let the plane go back to flying normal. In costume, Sefton teleported to Selene, who quickly fooled Sefton into freeing her (though Sefton had been looking for other ways to keep Selene captive). She moved to thrown Sefton into the spooling chamber so that the mansion wouldn't blow up (as it was programmed to do if the chamber was empty), but Nightcrawler teleported in and intervened. Selene threw Nightcrawler into the chamber instead, then restrained Sefton with cables that Sefton quickly escaped from. Selene altered the floor, knocking Sefton off balance, then shrugged off a mystical blast and caved in the ceiling. Just as Sefton was ready to cave in, she found extra strength and hit the weakened Selene with a powerful blast that blew Selene through the wall and into the forest. Sefton managed to rescue Nightcrawler and escape before the mansion exploded. Selene, meanwhile, was not yet healed from her time in spooling. She screamed in agony in the woods.
(X-Man#7 (fb) - BTS) - Selene moved to Paris to try and reestablish herself. She set up a headquarters and began asserting her influence over various citizens, created a throne, and got a maid, Ella.
(X-Man#7) - Selene, with one of her pets on a leash, sensed a great power arriving in Paris and discovered the extremely powerful X-Man (Nate Grey) and an amnesiac Madelyne Pryor. She ruminated at how these two could serve her while Ella looked on. Selene began tailing Madelyne through the city and whispering to her through the shadows, covering herself with mist. Soon, Madelyne approached her, and Selene seductively enticed her with hints of power and promises of deciphering secrets. She placed a pendant around Madelyne's neck that would increase Selene's power over her. Later, Madelyne returned to Selene and agreed to go with her, just before Grey rushed up to stop them.
(X-Man#13) - Selene continued molding Madelyne to her will, reading her mind and pulling her away from temptations to return to Grey.
(X-Force I#54 (fb) - BTS) - Sensing a major change on the horizon and the need to amass more power, Selene planned a coup against the X-Ternals, other long-lived mutants.
(X-Force I#53 (fb) - BTS) - Selene attacked Gideon's penthouse and drained the life from Saul.
(X-Force I#52 - BTS) - Selene drained the life from Gideon and tossed him from his penthouse window.
(X-Force I#53) - While Absalom and Crule battled X-Force on the street (thinking them responsible for Gideon's death), Warpath entered the penthouse and tracked Selene, shocking her. She quickly punched him, leaving him unconscious.
(X-Force I#54 (fb)) - Selene attacked X-Force (Caliban, Domino, Meltdown, Shatterstar, Siryn, Sunspot) and the other two Externals on the street, surrounding herself with a protective aura. As she drained Absalom's life, she demanded that X-Force leave, then fended off Crule's attack. She drained his life as well just as Cable arrived and hit her with a powerful telekinetic attack. She tried draining his life, but stopped when she realized it was tainted. She claimed there was only she and one other External now, and claimed that it was not Cannonball before departing.
(X-Man#16) - Selene returned to her Paris headquarters at the peak of her power and found Madelyne and Ella in her room of corpses, where she'd stored the bodies of those whose life essences she had absorbed. She then had Madelyne wear a revealing uniform, much like Selene's own, and told Madelyne that she was to meet an old friend of Selene's soon.
(X-Man#17) - Madelyne met this ‘old friend', Trevor Fitzroy (who'd been believed dead for months after his own powers had betrayed him) and humbled him. Selene entered the room with a creature on her arm and promised Fitzroy she'd have revenge on him, just before leaning in to kiss him.
(X-Man#20) - Selene, now in control of Fitzroy, took him, Madelyne, and Ella on a plane to New York in order to present them to Shaw.
(X-Man#21) - Selene and Fitzroy proposed to Shaw and Tessa, aboard a boat, that they reform the Inner Circle with a united Black King and Queen. Selene said that this was necessary given the new state of world affairs (Operation: Zero Tolerance and Bastion in government power). She told Shaw she had an offer for him that he couldn't refuse.
(X-Man#22) - Selene teleported over the boat with Fitzroy and Madelyne (referring to them as her black and white rooks) and descended down, Shaw noticing her new levitation powers. Shaw soon realized Madelyne's vast power. Tessa, speaking telepathically to Selene and Shaw, warned them of Madelyne's destructive potential, but Selene emphasized that Madelyne was their key to the X-Men.
(X-Man#23) - Selene, Fitzroy, and Shaw watched as Madelyne battled the Scribe for the position of rook. Though the battle appeared to be going in Scribe's favor, Madelyne shocked them by pulling the entity of Mountjoy out of Scribe, defeating them both. Shaw conceded that Madelyne was the new rook.
(X-Man#28) - Selene grew distraught when Madelyne and Shaw formed a close union, and at the party to induct Madelyne into the Hellfire Club, Selene made telepathic contact with Tessa and Fitzroy, wondering how they could stop them.
(X-Men Unlimited I#33/3) - Selene and Frost, bored with manipulating world events from the Hellfire Club's basement, viewed sexy new Club soldier Chet Andrews. They wagered on who could get Chet to profess his love first, without the use of any magic or mutant powers. Selene spent the following days trying to impress Chet with fancy restaurants, tales of her power, a trip to Rome, revealing secrets of the Hellfire Club (including their capability for experimental time travel and future prediction), helping him get revenge on an old enemy, and revealing who killed Abraham Lincoln, all the while Frost was spending time with Chet to do the same. They argued over who was making the most progress, and Selene, frustrated, resorted to casting a magic love spell even while Frost telepathically forced Chet to love her. Chet approached them both at a dinner and, unable to survive so much influence, exploded. Selene conceded that Frost one as Chet had not professed love for either of them.
(X-Force I#75) - The alignment of the nine realms finally nigh, Selene took the runestaff she'd possessed all those years to west Texas, where members of X-Force were attending the Colossal Man celebration alongside hundreds of others. Selene knew that Dani Moonstar would be there, and that Moonstar's connections to the Asgardians made her blood sufficient to open the case. She lorded her plans over the nearby human ritualists, the Sisters of the New Light. Selene then tracked down Moonstar and knocked Warpath out with a fist of earth then descended towards Moonstar, quickly wrapping her in a sheath of rock. Selene pricked Moonstar's ear and let a drop of blood hit the box, which quickly opened and gave her access to the runestaff. Selene immediately began absorbing the cosmic energy. Warpath managed to knock the runestaff free from her hands at the critical moment, however, and the energies powered the constructed Colossal Man instead of Selene. She punched Moonstar repeatedly furiously until Moonstar used her powers to confront Selene with her greatest fear, her elderly form. Furious and disheveled, Selene departed, vowing revenge. X-Force later defeated the Colossal Man.
(Fantastic Four Annual 1999 (fb) - BTS) - Selene and Blackheart decided to put forth a plot that would give Blackheart control of the world, something his father Mephisto had never been able to achieve. They kidnapped Daimon Hellstrom and put him in Blackheart's realm, limiting any opposition the mortals would have against them. When Selene learned that Fantastic Four ally Alyssa Moy was researching her, she and Blackheart decided to act against Moy.
(Fantastic Four Annual 1999) - While Moy took the Fantastic Four out on a boat, Blackheart struck them with a soul-stealing spell that incapacitated Moy and began working more slowly on the Fantastic Four. Selene tapped into their phones and discovered that they were going to the sorceress Margali Szardos for help in Paris. Selene traveled to Paris and tracked down Bruno Delor, chief warder of la Citadel (the prison where Szardos was being held), stealing his soul with a mystical device that allowed a demon to take possession of him. Delor moved into la Citadel and used the device to replace the souls of the staff with demons as well. The Fantastic Four arrived and were all quickly hit with the soul-stealing device again as well, but Mechamage arrived and managed to reverse the spell on them, their souls returning to their bodies, and the heroes managed to free Szardos. Back in New York, Selene held a large meeting of the Hellfire Club and introduced the minor members to Blackheart, who quickly transformed them all into demons. He transformed the Hellfire Club basement into part of his realm. The Fantastic Four, Mechamage, and Szardos attacked, quickly defeating the demons and turning the attack to Blackheart. Selene threw spikes at the heroes made from the stone ground, but Mechamage stopped those. Szardos encased Selene in binding a binding wrap, but Selene managed to use stone to knock Szardos and the Invisible Woman into Blackheart's realm, though Mechamage flew in to save them. While Selene freed herself, they managed to return to the Hellfire Club, this time with Hellstrom freed. Hellstrom cast a spell that trapped Blackheart in his realm and Selene with him, while the heroes teleported away.
(X-Force I#97 (fb) - BTS) - Selene learned of the Damocles Foundation, a secret cabal of Eternals, Deviants, and humans who sought to control a powerful Gatherer of the Celestials. She learned they would obtain control of the Gatherer through an entity called Reignfire, who was tightly connected to Sunspot. Selene put together a plan to take control of the Gatherer for herself.
(X-Force I#94) - Selene traveled to Brazil to recruit Sunspot to her side against the Damocles Foundation. She was attacked by two Deviants, including Marcelus, and Sunspot (not knowing she was Selene) rushed to her aid. She quickly defeated the Deviants by encasing them in stone. She then revealed herself to Sunspot and told him she had an offer for him.
(X-Force I#96) - Selene took Sunspot back to her hotel suite and, with him, garnered information on the Damocles Foundation from SHIELD Agent Holiday.
(X-Force I#97) - Selene and Sunspot infiltrated the Damocles Foundation headquarters in the Amazon and heard the leader, Indigo, talking to scientists Segismund Joshua and Dr. Chandra about the Gatherer and Reignfire. Selene convinced Sunspot that she was there to destroy Reignfire and the Gatherer just as they were attacked by the Foundation's operatives in Sword (Argos the Hunter, Pyre, Stranglehold, Zona). Sunspot was quickly defeated while Stranglehold detained Selene. She cast a spell that made him believe he was burning, but she was then waylaid by Pyre's lightning. Indigo entered and spread the ashes of a sorcerer on Selene to keep her from casting magic. Selene and Sunspot were then kept in a chamber that blocked their mutant powers. While they waited, Selene told Sunspot she now controlled the Hellfire Club, and that she wanted him to join her. They were soon rescued by X-Force (Jesse Bedlam, Cannonball, Meltdown, Moonstar, Warpath) and their allies Arcadia Deville, Ulysses Dragonblood, and Sledge. The mutants were appalled that Selene was there, but agreed to fight the greater evil at her side. They attacked Indigo and Selene knocked Sledge aside in order to seize control of Reignfire and the Gatherer. The Gatherer de-evolved Sword into lizards at Selene's command, but it was then destroyed by Moonstar and Arcadia. Furious, Selene knocked all the heroes out, swearing ultimate revenge.
(X-Force I#98) - Selene teleported her captives back to the Hellfire Club in New York. She put Moonstar in the basement with Blackheart to be tormented, tempted Sunspot with visions of fame, and placed the rest in nightmare chambers. Sunspot managed to fight his way free and found out where his friends were. He resisted Selene's attempts to convince him to join the Club through offerings of power, then rushed off to free his friends. Blackheart, through an astral image, chided Selene's attempts thus far. Sunspot rescued his friends, then Selene appeared before him and promised that Blackheart would resurrect his long lost love, Juliana Sandoval, if Sunspot agreed to join them, which he did. Selene later explained that Juliana would begin a new life in Baltimore.
(X-Force I#99) - Selene gave Sunspot his new Victorian garb and continued manipulating him, preparing to introduce him to the Club soon.
(Witches#1) - Like many of Earth's mystics, Selene sensed the awakening of the demon Hellphyr.
(Uncanny X-Men I#453 (fb) - BTS) - Sunspot was advanced to Black King by the Hellfire Club, Shaw rejoined, and Courtney Ross (secretly Sat-yr-9) and Viper became new members. However, they planned to stop the Club from trading in mutant slaves along with their ally Red Lotus.
(Uncanny X-Men I#452) - At the Hong Kong Hellfire Club headquarters, Selene tracked Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey, who was formerly Phoenix), planning on feeding on her energies for a much-needed resuscitation.
(Uncanny X-Men I#453) - Selene stopped an Asian Club member from detaining Marvel Girl, wanting to feed on her herself. She listened as Red Lotus explained to Marvel Girl that the Club was working to take down the slave ring.
(Uncanny X-Men I#454) - Selene attacked and drained a portion of Red Lotus' life as well as Marvel Girl's. She began evading Marvel Girl's blows by turning into a shadowy form, and morphing her form into that of Lotus and Marvel Girl, stating they were destined to be one. Selene claimed that she was still bound to the New York Club with Blackheart, but that due to a new arrangement, she could leave. She telepathically alerted the Club guards of the deception of their new members, and then focused on Marvel Girl again. However, when Marvel Girl used a portion of the Phoenix Force, she drove Selene away, freeing Lotus and herself.
(Cable I#150 (fb) - BTS) - Hearing that Candra had been killed, Selene hid in the New York Hellfire Club, gathering other Externals around her, including Crule, Nicodemus, and Absalom.
(Cable I#150 (fb) ) - A group of X-Men (Cable, Doop, Longshot, Shatterstar) arrived at the Hellfire Club to investigate, thinking Selene was behind Candra, but Selene assumed they were. After a brief battle, she realized they weren't the murderers and revealed the Externals there.
(Cable I#151 (fb) ) - The Externals and the mutants agreed to depart peacefully. In the Atlantic Ocean, Selene used her resources to try and find the killer, but she ended up wounded. Later, in Mongolia, Crule and Absalom held off Shatterstar, Longshot, and X-23 while Selene, Nicodemus, and Blink stood over the corpse of Saul.
(Cable I#152 (fb) ) - Selene, Blink, and the Externals took Saul's body to the home of Burke in Washington, and found Burke dead as well. Selene wondered why their psychic connection was being blocked. After instructing Nicodemus to burn the bodies, she took the team to find Gideon.
(Cable I#153 (fb) ) - In Washington, Gideon confronted the Externals, wondering how they could trust Selene after her former betrayal. Absalom turned against Selene's group, wanting to die, and defeated Crule and Nicodemus. Overwhelmed, Selene narrowly escaped with Blink, then turned to Cable's group for help, asking them to kill Gideon.
(Cable I#154 (fb) ) - Selene warned the mutants that if Gideon killed the last few Eternals, he would become unstoppable, and she stated this was why she had stopped killed the Externals before. Cable stated he new her future plans (Necrosha) and promised to help if she would release Blink. Gideon and Absalom attacked, and Gideon grew to giant size, and Selene unleashed her full powers in direct combat, but Blink ended the battle by teleporting Gideon's head off. Selene quickly fled.
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1/1 (fb)) - Annoyed that she had not received her promised power and worshipful followers at the Hellfire Club, Selene drained the life of a waitress before deciding to form her own group of death-worshipping followers, much as Emma Frost had formed the Hellions. She chose to recruit Wither first.
(New X-Men II#32 (fb) - BTS) - Posing as an old woman, Selene moved to Mutant Town in New York and began committing murders, killing eleven people over a few weeks. She began sharing a room with Wither, a former student of Xavier's who could kill with a touch.
(New X-Men II#32) - Selene worked slowly to convince Wither to embrace what he was, to forget his friends, and to accept the naturalness of death. She killed a young couple in the park while this happened, and continued to console him later as he woke up. When a SWAT team arrived to arrest her, she killed two of them, but was then shot several times. Wither angrily killed the other two before Selene stood revealed to him in her true form. She told him he had embraced his death powers and that she had sensed the recent deaths of his friends since she was one with death. She kissed him, her powers balanced against his.
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1/1 (fb)) - One month after recruiting Wither, Selene had made him her lover, but found he still had ties to his past among the X-Men. She kidnapped a young couple and made Wither see them as two of his former allies. Wither slaughtered them, finally embracing his new life as her servant.
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1/2 (fb)) - Sensing where to find the displaced Blink, Selene, with Wither in tow, took a boat to the ocean and used her powers to draw Blink forth. She then convinced Blink that the X-Men were her enemy, taught her in the use of her powers, and had her kill a man, several weeks later, in New Orleans so that Selene could use his estate as her base.
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1/3 (fb)) - Selene traveled to Sri Lanka, where she found Senyaka. She posed as a small child, soon revealing herself when he agreed to follow her.
(X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1/4 (fb)) - Selene posed as the secretary Claudia at a law office, and summoned Lois London, a tortured mutant, to confront her father, Nick Brown, there. Lois killed Nick, then confided in Selene that she enjoyed the feeling. She took the name Mortis and killed several patrons at a restaurant.
(X-Necrosha#1) - With her followers, including Eliphas, gathered, Selene prepared to initiate her ascension to godhood.
(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Selene for Norman Osborn.
(New Avengers I#53) - The Eye of Agamotto appeared to Selene as it considered her a possible replacement for Dr. Strange as Sorcerer Supreme.
(X-Force III#11) - Eliphas, now Eli Bard, approached a furious Selene at her base in New Orleans. She initially ordered him killed, but he quickly interrupted her and explained his plan. He'd found a way to revive the dead, using an alien Technarch device. With that, he'd revived the dead mutant Caliban, who could find all the dead mutants who still retained their powers. He then planned to sacrifice all the world's mutants to her in order to help make her a goddess. Bard had already used the Technarch on a tribe of deceased Native Americans.
(X-Force III#19) - Selene had the revived Destiny brought to her and ordered her future to be told.
(X-Force III#24 (fb) - BTS) - A ceremonial knife was crafted from the bones of Selene's mother and imbued with the magic of her ancestral tribe. When used in sacrifice, the blade could release mystical properties.
(X-Necrosha#1/3 (fb)) - On her temporary throne in New Orleans, Selene had the revived Destiny brought before her to have her future foretold. Even after hearing that she would be successful, she had Destiny imprisoned.
(X-Necrosha#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - After Cypher was revived, Selene gave him the specific mission of killing Magma.
(X-Necrosha#1) - Selene recounted her histories with Rome, Nova Roma, and the Hellfire Club to her private army before returning to New York and slaughtering the guards at the Hellfire Club. After Blink delivered an army of the undead to Utopia to fight the X-Men, Selene and her private soldiers, including Thunderbird and Caliban, moved to Genosha, where she planned to ascend to godhood.
(X-Force III#21) - Sensing Eliphas was hiding something, Selene demanded answers, and he admitted that Cypher was no longer under his control. As the battle continued on Utopia, Selene forced Eliphas to begin reviving the entire deceased population of Genosha.
(X-Force III#22) - As Selene rejoiced in the flavor of a mutant soul as opposed to a human soul, she was shocked to learn that many of the revived (all but one million of the revived sixteen million) had lost their powers. She ordered the others to build her an empire to reign in, expecting to have it built by the following sunrise, given all the mutant powers going into it. She then instructed Eliphas to prepare the blood ritual with the blade, sensing when he was reluctant. When Blink revealed his lies to Selene, she ordered her coven to find the blade from the X-Men, killing any who stood in their way, and to kill Eliphas if the blade was gone.
(X-Force III#23) - As the battle raged on Utopia, Selene was pleased when Caliban found more powered mutants to serve her. Her coven soon returned with the knife and a captive Warpath.
(X-Force III#24) - As Eliphas begged for Selene to forgive him and love him again, she silenced Wither, then savagely killed Eliphas, leaving him a withering corpse. She ordered Warpath be imprisoned with Destiny. Outside Black Rome (Selene's new name for Genosha), X-Force arrived. As she ordered her coven to prepare the blood ritual, Caliban informed her that X-Force had just arrived and that Destiny had escaped.
(X-Men: Legacy#231) - Selene was asked by Blink to discipline Leon Matheson, the mutant who'd been guarding Destiny, but Selene was not worried about Destiny's escape.
(X-Force III#24) - As X-Force battled Selene's massive army, Thunderbird told Warpath that Selene was more than a mutant, that she was death and darkness itself and that she would never stop feeding until she'd claimed every soul on Earth and in the spirit realms. She activated the blood sacrifice and the souls of her army fell dead around her as she ascended to godhood.
(X-Force III#25) - As Selene claimed every soul except those in her coven, she grew to giant size and glowed with power, setting mystical warnings off throughout the Earth. Leaving only a few of her revived mutants behind, she was shocked to see the members of X-Force, painted in war paint traditional to Warpath's tribe, attacking. They defeated and killed each member of Selene's coven, one by one, leaving Selene to fight them herself. Using her superior size, strength, and fire power, she ranted about her godhood until Warpath plunged the dagger into her heart. Selene withered, disappearing in a bright flash of light, her plans ruined.
(Heroic Age: X-Men#1 - BTS) - Steve Rogers wrote about Selene in a government report.
(X-Men IV#11 (fb) - BTS) - Selene's followers gathered her astral energy and bonded it to air molecules, then kept her stored in a bank vault that was mystically protected until the day she could be revived.
(X-Men IV#11) - Lady Deathstrike and Enchantress entered the bank vault, where Enchantress cast a spell to restore Selene's true form. Disoriented, Selene was taken to Arkea and, after reading Arkea's mind, Selene bowed before her, seeing Arkea as a superior. Arkea assembled a group of powerful women, including Lady Deathstrike, Typhoid Mary, and Enchantress, and planned to take down the X-Men and her brother, John Sublime.
(X-Men IV#12) – The Sisterhood, under Arkea's orders, revived Madelyne Pryor to join the team. A team of X-Men, including Storm, M, Marvel Girl (Rachel Summers), Karima Shapandar, and Psylocke, tracked down the Sisterhood and attacked. Storm and Marvel Girl cornered Selene and Pryor, but offered to let them go peacefully so they could focus on taking down Arkea. Selene accepted and departed.
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Captain America IX#6 (fb) ) - Alexa Lukin, seeking to resurrect her husband Aleksander and to build a new ruling class to guide the world, sought help from Grigory Rasputin, but he instead referred her to Selene. They plotted until they saw Hydra take over America. Alexa planned to resurrect Aleksander, but knew she would need the blood of Sharon Carter, the woman who killed him, first.
(Captain America IX#5 (fb) ) - Alexa Lukin recruited Selene to work with her Power Elite, seeking to overthrow the American government. As they considered recruiting Thunderbolt Ross, Alexa had the body of her husband Aleksander Lukin exhumed.
(Captain America IX#1 (fb)) - Months ago, Selene consumed the souls of Hydra agents in Russia, with Alexa Lukin at her side. As Dr. Selene Gallio, Selene was appointed by the American government to form a task force of faith-based initiatives.
(Captain America IX#1) - In Russia, with Alexa at her side, Selene consumed another Hydra agent.
(Captain America IX#3) - Selene grabbed Sharon Carter in Algeria, after consuming the souls of the men who brought her there.
(Captain America IX#5) - In Alberia, Selene stood over the form of Sharon Carter while Captain America battled Taskmaster. When Cap attacked, Selene flashed fire at him, then she and Alexa Lukin left, letting Cap save his woman.
(Captain America IX#5 - BTS) - Selene had more than ten people cover for her by stating that she was at a presidential advisory meeting when Cap claimed she was in Alberia.
(Captain America IX#5) - Selene and Alexa had Aleksander Lukin resurrected, and the Red Skull lived in his mind.
(Captain America IX#7) - Wearing her government agent costume, Selene visited Baron Strucker at the Myrmidon, the prison he was now the warden of.
(Captain America IX#8) - Aboard a plane, Selene attacked the Hydra Captain America, who fought back hard, as Alexa Lukin called to report the deed had been done.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema & Tom Mandrake.
Despite some temporary alliances, I considered all heroes Selene's enemies for the purpose of this profile. Special thanks to SQUEAK for his help with X-Force I#96. Selene appeared as the Black Queen in OHotMU Deluxe Edition#2 and OHotMU Master Edition#17. She also had a small entry in the 198 Files.
Per Degaton's synopsis for the Legacy Quest novels:
(X-Men: Legacy Quest, Book 1) - Selen used a mystical scrying device to observe Sebastian Shaw's plot to use technology from the Kree Island (from FF I#64-see Sentry entry) to develop a cure for the Legacy Virus.
(X-Men: Legacy Quest, Book 2) - Selene conferred with Blackheart. She had kidnapped the Beast, who had injected himself with the Legacy Virus possible cure. The X-Men came to free him. However, they passed over mystical glyphs that projected them and Sebastian Shaw one year into the future. In this alternate future, Selene's followers swarmed over a New York cut-off from the rest of the US via a force bubble. Wolverine slew the Selene of this alternate future, which undid the power of the glyphs, sending the X-Men and Sebastian Shaw back to the present, to close or almost exactly the moment when they had been projected into the future. The X-Men managed to free the Beast, while Sebastian Shaw made off with blood that Selene had drained from Beast.
(X-Men: Legacy Quest, Book 3) - Selene sent her astral form to Hong Kong to taunt Sebastian Shaw in Hong Kong. Later that night Hellstorm and Emma Frost met with Sebastian Shaw, who had had a falling out with Selene. They were introduced by Tessa to Shaw.
The placement of the Uncanny X-Men Annual II#2 in history is difficult. Donald Pierce as no longer in the Hellfire Club when Selene joined, so we'll presume this is a heretofore unrevealed association. Also, this must take place before Magneto's recruitment.
Cable I#150-154 takes place "13 years ago", before the present-day Marvel Universe in early 2018. Cable travels back in time to assemble heroes and fight the Externals, and it references Selene's plans for Necrosha afterward. For that reason, I've chosen to place this in chronology just before Necrosha, but it's difficult to say exactly where in continuity it falls.
Profile by Chadman.
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(X-Man#7 (fb) - BTS) - Selene moved to Paris to try and reestablish herself. She set up a headquarters and began asserting her influence over various citizens, created a throne, and got a maid, Ella.
(X-Man#7) - Ella tended to Selene while she plotted on ways to amass power. Selene later brought Madelyne Pryor to her home.
(X-Man#16) - Selene returned to her Paris headquarters at the peak of her power and found Madelyne and Ella in her room of corpses, where she'd stored the bodies of those whose life essences she had absorbed. Ella had been keeping an eye on Madelyne, trying to ensure that she followed all of Selene's rules.
(X-Man#20) - Selene, now in control of Fitzroy, took him, Madelyne, and Ella on a plane to New York in order to present them to Shaw.
--X-Man#7 (X-Man#7, 16, 20
(Marvel Comics Presents I#89/3) - She called in Hellfire Club guard Steven to have the hotel send up another bellboy and a bottle of wine. Steven was apprehensive, seeing a corpse next to Selene.
Steven was a trained Hellfire Club soldier.
--Marvel Comics Presents I#89/3
(Uncanny X-Men I#183) - Stuart was taken out of a bar by Selene and had his life force drained.
--Uncanny X-Men I#183
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Uncanny X-Men I#184, p10, pan4 (floating)
Uncanny X-Men I#189, p11, pan4 (as Black Queen)
Excalibur Annual#2/2, p16, pan4 (post-spooling)
X-Man#7, p1, pan1 (in black leather with pet)
X-Force I#94, p8, pan1 (in black leather, hurt)
Uncanny X-Men I#453, p12, pan6 (in shadow form)
New X-Men II#32, p10, pan3 (as old woman)
Captain America IX#7, p3, pan3 (in government costume)
X-Man#7, p6, pan2 (Ella)
Marvel Comics Presents I#89, p18, pan4 (Steven)
Uncanny X-Men I#183, p22, pan4 (Stuart)
New Mutants I#9-11 (November, 1983 - January, 1984) - Chris Claremont (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Tom Mandrake (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#183-184 (July-August, 1984) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants I#22 (December, 1984) - Chris Claremont (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (penciler/inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants I#23 (January, 1985) - Chris Claremont (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (penciler/inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#189 (January, 1985) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#190-191 (February-March, 1985) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Firestar#3-4 (May-June, 1986) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Mary Wilshire (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#207-210 (July-October, 1986) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants I#51 (May, 1987) - Chris Claremont (writer), Kevin Nowlan (penciler/inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants I#53 (July, 1987) - Chris Claremont (writer), Rick Leonardi (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants I#54 (August, 1987) - Chris Claremont (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants I#61 (March, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Bret Blevins (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
New Mutants Annual#4 (1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), June Brigman (penciler), Bob McLeod (inker), Ann Nocenti, Bob Harras (editors)
New Mutants I#70 (December, 1988) - Louise Simonson (writer), Terry Shoemaker (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#71 (January, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), Bret Blevins (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#73 (March, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), Bret Blevins (penciler), Al Williamson, Mike Manley (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#74 (April, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), Bret Blevins (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
New Mutants I#75 (May, 1989) - Louise Simonson (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Bob McLeod (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Captain America I#368-369 (March-April, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Dan Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#78/4 (1991) - Dwight Zimmerman (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (penciler), Karl Story (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#89/3 (1991) - Dan Slott (writer), Rita Fagiani (penciler), Jim Starlin (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#283 (December, 1991) - John Byrne (writer), Whilce Portacio (penciler), Art Thibert (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#301 (June, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Excalibur Annual#2/2 (1994) - Eric Fein (writer), Daerick Gross (penciler), Candelario, Austin, Wiacek, Anderson (inkers), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
X-Man#7 (September, 1995) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Steve Skroce, Phil Hester (pencilers), Bud LaRosa, Matt Ryan, Keith Williams (inkers), Lisa Patrick (editor)
X-Man#13 (March, 1996) - John Ostrander (writer), Luke Ross (penciler), Rob Hunter (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Force I#52-54 (March-May, 1996) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Adam Pollina (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Man#16 (June, 1996) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Val Semeiks (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#17 (July, 1996) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Steve Skroce (penciler), Bud LaRosa, Rob Hunter (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#20 (October, 1996) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Val Semeiks (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#21 (November, 1996) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Roger Cruz (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#22 (December, 1996) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Roger Cruz, Manny Clark (pencilers), LaRosa, Geiger (inkers), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#23 (January, 1997) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Roger Cruz, Manny Clark (pencilers), Bud LaRosa (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#28 (June, 1997) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Roger Cruz, Manny Clark (pencilers), Bud LaRosa (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Force I#75 (March, 1998) - John Francis Moore (writer), Adam Pollina (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Fantastic Four Annual 1999 - Chris Claremont (writer), Ladronn (penciler/inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
X-Force I#94 (September, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (penciler), Morales, Stull, Ramos, Koblish (inkers), Jason Liebig (editor)
X-Force I#96 (November, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Anthony Williams (artist), Mark Morales (inker), Jason Liebig (editor)
X-Force I#97 (December, 1999) - John Francis Moore (writer), Anthony Williams (penciler), Scott Elmer (inker), Jason Liebig (editor)
X-Force I#98-99 (January-February, 2000) - John Francis Moore (writer), Jim Cheung (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Jason Liebig (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#33/3 (December, 2001) - Will Pfeifer (writer), Esteban Maroto (penciler/inker), Lysa Hawkins (editor)
X-Men: The Legacy Quest, Book 1-2 (June-July, 2002) - Steve Lyons (writer)
X-Men: The Legacy Quest, Book 3 (October, 2002) - Steve Lyons (writer)
Witches#1 (August, 2004) - Brian Patrick Walsh (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (penciler/inker), John Miesegaes (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#452-454 (January-March, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Andy Park (penciler), John Sibal (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#32 (January, 2007) - Craig Kyle, Chris Yost (writers), Mike Norton (penciler), Dave Meikis (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Dark Reign Files (February, 2009) - Michael Hoskin & various others (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
New Avengers I#53 (July, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Uncanny X-Men Annual II#2 (March, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mitch Breitweiser, Daniel Acuna (pencilers/inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Force III#11 (March, 2009) - Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost (writers), Alina Urusov, Clayton Crain (pencilers/inkers), John Barber (editor)
X-Force III#19 (November, 2009) - Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost (writers), Mike Choi (penciler), Sonia Oback (inker), John Barber, Jeanine Schaeffer (editors)
X-Necrosha#1 (December, 2009) - Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost (writers), Clayton Crain (artist), Jeanine Schaefer & Nick Lowe (editors)
X-Force III#21-25 (January-May, 2010) - Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost (writers), Clayton Crain (artist), Jeanine Schaeffer (editor)
X-Necrosha: The Gathering#1 (February, 2010) - Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost (writers), Jeanine Schaeffer (editor)
X-Men: Legacy#231 (February, 2010) - Mike Carey, (writer), Clay Mann (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men IV#11 (April, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Kris Anka, Clay Mann (pencilers), Seth Mann (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
X-Men IV#12 (May, 2014) - Brian Wood (writer), Kris Anka, Clay Mann (artists), Tom Brennan (editor)
Cable I#150- 154 (December, 2017 - January, 2018) - Ed Brisson (writer), Jon Malin (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Captain America IX#1-6 (September, 2018-February, 2019) - Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (penciler), Gerry Alanguilan (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America IX#7-8 (March-April, 2019) - Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Adam Kubert (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 08/02/2007
Last updated: 05/18/2019
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