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SWORD OF JUDGEMENT

Membership: Achmed, Agamemnon, Youssef; hundreds of others.

Purpose: The Sword of Judgement is a well-funded multi-national, multi-cultural organization. In Agamemnon's words, they are "revolutionaries, the avenging sons of all the exploited peoples of the world, gathered to wreak bloody vengeance on our oppressors."

Affiliations: None known.

Enemies: Black Widow (Romanova), Protectorate (Powersurge, Starlight, Vanguard), S.H.I.E.L.D., Thing.

Base of Operations: Operation Poseidon: a North Atlantic floating base, located over 2000 kilometers from the nearest landfall.

First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One#10 (1975)

History:

(Marvel Two-in-One#10 (fb)) - The Sword of Judgement acquired or built the world's most powerful thermo-nuclear device (with an explosive force measured in hundreds of gigatons), and mounted it inside Operation Poseidon, their floating North Atlantic base. Their plan was to lower it 3.5 miles into the ocean and detonate it, creating a radioactive tidal wave 1000 feet high and moving 500 miles an hour, which would destroy the coastal cities of North America and Europe.

(Marvel Two-in-One#10 - BTS) - Somehow the Black Widow (Natasha Romanova) became aware of the Sword and their plans and began investigating them.

(Marvel Two-in-One#10) - A team of five agents including Achmed, Youssef, and an unidentified Frenchman pursued the Black Widow in a car chase through Central Park. She wrecked her vehicle in accidentally hitting a pedestrian (Ben Grimm, the Thing), and the agents collected the Widow and the Thing, loaded them into a pick-up chopper, and transported them to the group's North Atlantic base. Agamemnon, the Sword's leader, woke the pair and showed them around Operation Poseidon before locking them in an electrified cell. They escaped, and in their struggle with Sword operatives a grenade detonated near the bomb, breaking the cable which was lowering it into the North Atlantic. Grimm managed to retrieve the bomb while the Widow defeated the Sword's agents; the pair called S.H.I.E.L.D. to come in and arrest the terrorists.

(Darkstar & the Winter Guard#2) - The Sword of Judgement terrorist group attacked St. Petersburg, Russia and were thwarted by the Protectorate.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Bob Brown (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks).

Its spelled Sword of Judgement in this issue. Those who prefer the arguably standard American "Judgment" spelling should take it up with the original author.

Operation Poseidon

Operation Poseidon is used to refer both to the floating base and to the whole program of exploding the H-Bomb. For that matter, what did S.H.I.E.L.D. do with the floating base? It must be still out there somewhere, being used for something.

The Sword of Judgement has not appeared before or since. Since they own a floating base and a huge H-Bomb, they obviously were incredibly well-funded. It seems unlikely that all the groups' operatives were on the North Atlantic base; for that matter, we don't know whether Agamemnon led the entire Sword or if he led just Operation Poseidon. If any Marvel author needs a unique terrorist organization, the Sword of Judgement seems ripe for a comeback.

Agamemnon got a brief 1/3 page profile in the 2004 Marvel Encyclopedia#6: Fantastic Four.

Profile by SQUEAK.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Sword of Judgement has no known connections to

Similarly, Agamenon has no known connections to, and should not be confused with:


Agamemnon

Agamemnon (Andrei Rostov)

Andrei Rostov was a college boyfriend to Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna, later the Black Widow. A self-described kind and gentle man, through unrevealed trauma Andrei became an ardent revolutionary, and joined the Sword of Judgement as Agamemnon. He led Operation Poseidon but was knocked out by the Thing and presumably arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D.

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown

 

--Marvel Two-in-One#10


images:
Marvel Two-in-One#10, p6, pan6 (main image)
Marvel Two-in-One#10, p10, pan3 (Operation Poseidon)
Marvel Two-in-One#10, p10, pan1 (Agamemnon)


Appearances:
Marvel Two-in-One#10 (July 1975) - Chris Claremont(writer), Bob Brown(pencils), Klaus Janson(inks), Len Wein(editor)
Marvel Encyclopedia#6: Fantastic Four (2004) - Jeff Youngquist(editor)
Darkstar & the Winter Guard#2 (September, 2010) - David Gallaher (writer), Steve Ellis (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Jordan D. White (editor)


Last updated: 07/01/07.

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