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Real Name: Lo Chien

Identity/Class: Human mutant (citizen of the People's Republic of China)

Occupation: General in the Chinese Army; pirate

Group Membership: Chinese Army

Affiliations: Cat, Sai

Enemies: Jessica Drew, Iron Fist (Rand), Shang Chi, Colleen Wing, Wolverine (Howlett), ship crews in the South China Seas

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: China, Madripoor

First Appearance: Heroes for Hire I#18 (December, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: Lo Chien was an inspirational and smart leader of his soldiers. He was a skilled fighter in the martial arts and wielded a sword. As a mutant, he had enhanced strength and armored skin that easily withstood bullets at close range.


(Heroes for Hire I#18 (fb) - BTS) - Keen to have China invade Madripoor, General Lo Chien took the guise of Lionmane with a crew to attack many ships in the South China Seas, stealing wealth, waiting for the dissolution of China into warring states and planning to cement his position as a warlord and future ruler.

(Heroes for Hire I#18) - With the aid of Sai and several armed men, Lionmane took over the sea freighter Corto Maltese and stole its cargo, the valuable Stone Warrior Woman. Later, General Lo Chien led an attack in Madripoor where the statue was to be sold in an illegal auction. He and his soldiers fought the locals as well as Iron Fist, Shang Chi, Jessica Drew, Colleen Wing and Wolverine. However, Chien had the statue destroyed and then feigned anger, promising to return later. Some time after, using a boat to bait pirates, Iron Fist and his fellow heroes worked out Lionmane's true identity, but the ship was suddenly attacked.

(Heroes for Hire I#19) - Lionmane surfaced in his submarine and had the heroes for hire taken on board and then back to the pirates' hi-tech base, where he revealed himself and identified Cat as an ally. The heroes broke free and Lo Chien went to investigate an external attack, finding Wolverine and a Madripoor mob there. Wolverine and Lo Chien fought with Wolverine's raw claws unable to pierce the general's hide. Iron Fist's charged fist hit Lo Chien from behind, knocking the general out.

Comments: Created by  John Ostrander (script), Paschalis Ferry (pencils) and Jaime Mendoza (inks).

He was presumably depowered in the wake of M-Day.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Lionmane has no known connections to:



Sai was Lionmane's armed and brutal lackey trained in martial arts and the use of sais. She led the attack against the freighter and later helped keep the heroes for hire under guard until they escaped. Sai then fought Colleen Wing using her own swords against her, but proved no match for Wing.






--Heroes for Hire I#18 (Heroes for Hire I#18,19

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Heroes for Hire I#18, p5, pan2 (main image)
Heroes for Hire I#19, p10, pan2 (headshot)
Heroes for Hire I#19, p14, pan3 (Sai)

Heroes for Hire I#18 (December, 1998) - John Ostrander (script), Paschalis Ferry (pencils), Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Heroes for Hire I#19 (January, 1999) - John Ostrander (script), Paschalis Ferry (pencils), Jaime Mendoza & Pascual Ferry (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)

Last updated: 11/30/11

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