Membership: Various (names unrevealed)

Purpose: Mercenaries in science and violence, they despised "the west"

Affiliations: The Hood, Lady Gorgon, Norman Osborn, Ran Shen

Enemies: Tanya Adrian, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Jet Black, Punisher (Frank Castle), Mr. Sneltler (first name unrevealed)

Base of Operations: Mobile, notably New York, USA

First Appearance: Punisher VII#3 (May, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: The all-male hit squads were trained in the Shaolin martial arts and had some level of medical science education. They demonstrated the ability to charge hands or feet (similar to Iron Fist) and weresometime armed with traditional weapons. They operated in small groups of three to four. They were also fervently anti-American and anti-capitalist.

main image History:

(Captain America VII#13 (fb) - BTS) - Rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Ran Shen formed a personal squad in China during Mao's Communist regime, but was found out by Nick Fury. 

(Punisher VII#3) - At least three members of the Shaolin Scientist Squad worked in a human organ harvesting operation in Chinatown, New York, controlled by the Hood. The Punisher attacked and despite their defiance and fighting skills, they were all violently killed by the vigilante.

(Punisher VII#6) - The Punisher targeted an Oscorp weapons facility for destruction. Hired by Norman Osborn, a group of four of the Shaolin Scientist Squad tried to stop him using charged arms and feet, but they were easily killed by the Punisher, who used an electrically charged gauntlet against them that instantly incinerated their flesh.

(Franken-Castle#17) - Now cyborg-enhanced, the Punisher visited the grave of his wife. Three Shaolin Scientist Squadders hired by Lady Gorgon attacked, one armed with shuriken. Again the Punisher easily disposed of them, keeping one alive for information. The hapless assassin was instead shot dead by an sniper Tanya Adrian working for an unknow party (see comments).

Squadders attack a bank(Captain America VII#17) - Three Shaolin Scientist Squad members followed senior banker Mr. Sneltler into his Brooklyn bank and quickly knocked out his security guards. Captain America and Jet Black were passing and intervened. Although Captain America was shot point blank by an energized staff, he quickly recovered and, aided by Jet Black, promptly knocked the three squadders out.

Comments: Created by Rick Remender (writer) and Jerome Opena (art).

Ran Shen's formation of the SSS was dated to be by 1969 - this is topical.

Franken-Castle#17 was effectively Punisher VII#17.

Tanya Adrian as the sniper in Franken-Castle#17 was revealed in Punisher: In the Blood#1 (January, 2011). Her connection with Jigsaw was part of the main plot in the Punisher: In the Blood mini-series. I assume she was already working for him at the time of Franken-Castle#17.
--Markus Raymond

Captain America VII#13  is listed as January 2013 inside, but it was actually the January 2014 issue.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

The Shaolin Scientist Squad has no known connections to:

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Punisher VII#6, p8, pan5 (main image)
Punisher VII#3, p13, pan4 (headshot)
Captain America VII#17, p11, pan1 (3 squadders, 1 with staff)

Punisher VII#3 (May, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opena (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VII#6 (August, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Tan Eng Huat (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Franken-Castle#17 (August, 2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Roland Boschi (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Captain America VII#13 (January, 2014) - Rick Remender (writer), Nic Klein (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America VII#17 (April, 2014) - Rick Remender (writer), Nic Klein (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 12/27/2011
Last updated: 10/06/2021

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