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Real Name: Angela Bradford

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Computer programmer

Group Membership: Gilsoft Games

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Bert Gilmore, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#438 (September, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: Synario's Mobile Virtual Reality Inducer (MVRI) allows her to project any image she can imagine; she can use this to alter her own appearance and the appearance of others, or to create images out of thin air.  Blind people cannot perceive the images, nor do they show up in photographs.

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#438 - (fb)) - A lowly office drone for Bert Gilmore's Gilsoft Games, Angela Bradford designed and built the MVRI, planning to use it to establish her own media empire. 

(Amazing Spider-Man I#438) - Needing some start-up money, Bradford tried to rob a bank, but when a teller hit an alarm, she activated the MVRI, transforming the bank into a dinosaur-filled jungle.  When Spider-Man arrived, she fled back to Gilsoft, where Gilmore had enlisted the aid of lawyers Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson to convince his employees to sign a work-for-hire agreement.  Leaving the office, she conjured herself a garish costume and a new hairdo, and spotted Spider-Man swinging overhead.  Incorrectly assuming he'd followed her from the bank, she conjured up an illusory volcano to distract him.  Confronted by Daredevil (who had followed her from Gilsoft), she made the Man Without Fear appear to be a giant menacing "killer-droid".  Allowing Spider-Man to "rescue" her, she watched as the web-slinger battled Daredevil.  As she watched the heroes overcome the illusion, Bert Gilmore knocked her down and stole the MVRI.  Spider-Man eventually recovered the device, after which both Bradford and Gilmore demanded it.  Spider-Man took a Solomon-esque approach and smashed it, leaving both claimants to be taken away by the police.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Scott Kolins, & Gary Martin.

The MVRI is the red doodad on Synario's sternum.

Bradford is never referred to as "Synario" in the text of the story, but only in the fold-out "Guide to the Marvel Universe" inside the front cover.

Between Carolyn Trainer, Stunner, and this chick, I think Tom DeFalco really likes virtual-reality villainesses.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Synario has no known connections to

Bert Gilmore has no known connections to


(Amazing Spider-Man I#438 (fb) ) - Bert Gilmore began his software company, Gilsoft Games, with a few programmers.  Over the years it grew, to the point where several of their games were on the cusp of massive success.

 (Amazing Spider-Man I#438) - Hiring lawyers Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and Rosalind Sharp to ensure that Gilsoft held all of the rights to the games its programmers developed, Gilbert was met with some resistance by his employees, as well as Murdock.  Following Murdock, who had left Gilsoft in pursuit of programmer Angela Bradford, he came across a battle between Spider-Man and Daredevil.  Spotting Bradford, he knocked her down and stole her MVRI, sensing profit.  Conjuring up a horde of illusory monsters to stop the heroes from pursuing him, he was nonetheless tripped up by Daredevil.  After witnessing Spider-Man smash the purloined MVRI, Gilmore was hauled away by the police, vowing to sue both Bradford and Spider-Man.

--Amazing Spider-Man I#438 (fb) (Amazing Spider-Man I#438 (fb), 438


 (Amazing Spider-Man I#438) - Synario made Daredevil appear to be a gigantic demonic robot, and made herself appear to be its innocent victim.  After rescuing her from it, Spider-Man proceeded to battle it.  He and the "droid" battled to a standstill until it asked Spider-Man whether it set off his spider-sense.  Realizing that it didn't, Spider-Man overcame the illusion and recognized the droid as Daredevil.

The Killer-Droid appeared to wield a spiked billy club, and fired energy blasts from its palms.

--Amazing Spider-Man I#438









images: (without ads)
Amazing Spider-Man I#438, p9, pan4 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#438, p21, pan4 (headshot of true self)
Amazing Spider-Man I#438, p15, pan2 (Bert Gilmore)
Amazing Spider-Man I#438, p11, pan3 (Killer-Droid)

Amazing Spider-Man I#438 (September, 1998) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Scott Kolins (penciler), Gary Martin (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 08/03/2007
Last updated: 08/02/2007

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