FLAG-SMASHER

Flag-Smasher

Real Name: Guy Thierrault

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Commander of ULTIMATUM;
   formerly agent of ULTIMATUM

Group Membership: ULTIMATUM (Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind)

Affiliations: Hydra

Enemies: Araña, Falcon (Wilson), Liberteens (2-D, Blue Eagle, Hope, Iceberg, Ms. America, Revolutionary (Skrull imposter), Whiz Kid), Nomad (Barnes), Runaways (Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Victor Mancha, Nico Minoru, Old Lace, Chase Stein, Xavin), Spider-Man (Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Buddy", "dirtbag", Flag Smasher, "jerkwad"

Place of Birth: Unrevealed location in Canada

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1 (September, 2006)

Powers/Abilities: A trained fighter, Flag-Smasher's weapon of choice is an over-sized mace, although he has also employed a flame-throwing pistol used by his predecessor. Flag-Smasher wears an aluminum/titanium alloy exo-skeleton under his suit, and his boots are equipped with jet-propellers able to provide him with flight abilities.

History:  (Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1/Civil War: Battle Damage Report (Runaways)/Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 4 (Flag-Smasher)/Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul#1 (Ultimatum) (fb) - BTS) - Following the assassination of the original Flag-Smasher Karl Morgenthau, Canadian ULTIMATUM agent Guy Thierrault assumed the role to continue the spread of ULTIMATUM's anti-nationalism agenda.

(Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1 (fb) - BTS) - Active in the Los Angeles area, Flag-Smasher encountered the Runaways, who defeated him and left him tied to a lamppost. Freeing himself, Flag-Smasher avoided imprisonment.

(Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1) - Travelling through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, Flag-Smasher was stopped by S.H.I.E.L.D officers enforcing the Superhuman Registration Act because of his above-average build and suspiciously large duffle-bag. His claims to privacy countered by the officers persistance, Flag-Smasher's temper flared and he donning his mask, he struck one of the officers down with his mace. Stopped from finishing the officers off by the Runaways (who wished they'd dealt with Flag-Smasher more conclusively following their last encounter), Flag-Smasher's exo-skeleton was damagaed by cyborg Victor Mancha, allowing super-strong mutant Molly Hayes to kick Flag-Smasher into the pavement.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report (Runaways) (fb) - BTS) - Tony Stark documented the Runaways' encounter with Flag-Smasher. (see comments)

(Dr. Strange: The Oath#1 (fb) - BTS) - Flag-Smasher escaped custody and relocated to New York.
   Flag-Smasher encountered Araña, striking her with his mace. Araña was rescued by Spider-Man who, after seemingly defeating Flag-Smasher, provided Araña with contact information for the Night Nurse.

(Avengers: The Initiative Annual#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - Hydra began supplying funding and weaponry to ULTIMATUM.

(Avengers: The Initiative Annual#1/5) - With their new armaments, Flag-Smasher and ULTIMATUM went to Philadelphia to destroy the Liberty Bell. Confronted by the Liberteens, Pennsylvania's chapter of the 50-state Initiative, Flag-Smasher's ULTIMATUM forces were soon defeated. Hoping to escape amid the chaos, Flag-Smasher was stopped by the super-strong Ms. America, who bested him with a single blow and shattered his mace.

(Nomad: Girl Without a World#2) - Back in New York, Flag-Smasher bombed an Armed Forces recruitment center, criticizing New Yorkers for not thanking him for helping to dismantle the government. Confronted by Nomad, Flag-Smasher swung at her with his mace while musing over the number of young heroes he'd been encountering and their "blind patriotism". Facing defeat at Nomad's hands, Flag-Smasher swung his mace at a nearby building endangering civilians, and used Nomad's attempt to rescue them to flee using his jet-propelled boots. Gloating as he escaped, Flag-Smasher flew into the path of the Falcon, who subdued him with a kick to the jaw.

 

 

Comments: Created by Zeb Wells (writer) and Stefano Caselli (artist)

Additonal information about Flag-Smasher was revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 4 profile for Flag-Smasher (Morgenthau) and the Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul#1 ULTIMATUM profile; Flag-Smasher's real name was revealed in the latter.

Thierrault's status as a successor to Karl Morgenthau (killed in Cable & Deadpool I#28) was first revealed in the Civil War: Battle Damage Report. Believed to be a "copycat" Flag-Smasher in that issue, Thierrault's affiliation with ULTIMATUM and role as it's leader was revealed in his subsequent appearances.

Flag-Smasher indentified himself as an American citizen in Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1; it's unrevealed if he was a natural born citizen (which seems unlikely since he was apparently Canadian-born), became one later in life, or was lying to further his agenda.

Say what you will, you've got to admire Flag-Smasher's tenacity -- Even though he's yet to score a win and usually winds up badly injured at the hands of a teenage superhero, he keeps at it.

Profile by G Morrow.

CLARIFICATIONS: Flag-Smasher has no known connections to

Flag-Smasher should not be mistaken for:


images: (without ads)
Nomad: Girl Without a World#2, p5, pan3 (main image)
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1, p3, pan3 (close-up, unmasked)
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1, p4, pan2 (in action)


Other Appearances:
Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways#1 (September, 2006) - Zeb Wells (writer), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Dr. Strange: The Oath#1 (December, 2006) - Brian K. Vaughan (story), Marcos Martin (art), Alvaro Lopez (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (March, 2007) - Anthony Flamini (head writer/coordinator), Ronald Byrd (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative Annual#1 (January, 2008) - Dan Slott with Christos Gage (writer), Patrick Scherberger (pencils), David Meikis (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol. 4 (August, 2008) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grünwald (editors)
Nomad: Girl Without a World#2 (December, 2009) - Sean McKeever (writer), David Baldeon (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul#1 (May, 2010) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer/coordinator), Mike O'Sullivan, Markus Raymond & Mike Fichera (writing/coordination assistants), Jeff Youngquist (editor)


Last updated: 06/16/10

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