Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human/bio-engineered parasite fusion (Canadian)
Group Membership: Hydra (Baron Strucker, Ms. Fisher, Kraken (Daniel Whitehall), Kraken (Jake Fury), Madame Hydra (Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine), Viper/Madame Hydra (Ophelia Sarkissian), others)
Enemies: Nick Fury, Howling Commandos (Dum-Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Eric Koenig, Jasper Sitwell, others), Leviathan (Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Magadan (Vasili Dassiev), Orion (Victor Uvarov), Hookworms), Secret Warriors White Team (Druid (Sebastian Druid), Eden Fesi, Hellfire (JT James), Phobos (Alex Aaron), Quake (Daisy Johnson), Stonewall (Jerry Sledge)), Secret Warriors Gray Team (Carlos Ayala, Bryan Cole, Mikel Fury, Robert Martin, Jenny Monroe, Malcolm Monroe, Sandra Murphy, Lynn Richards, Red Webo)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Hive base, beneath the Indian Ocean
First Appearance: Secret Warriors#2 (May, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: The Hive was a living comglomeration of bio-engineered parasites bonded to a human host; after he ejected individual parasite pods from his chest, they latched on to a target's face, giving the Hive total control over them. He could fire organic pods from his hands that exploded with the force of a hand grenade. He could also apparently generate specialized parasites, such as the one he used to revive the Viper. Hive spoke a bizarre language that could apparently only be understood by other members of Hydra.
History: (Secret Warriors#12 (fb) ) - A young Canadian man joined Hydra at their Ravenous recruitment center near Vancouver; during his physical, he was found to have a low white blood cell count, an IQ of around 70, and unusually low forebrain activity, making him a perfect fit for Hydra's latest program. They needed someone to bond with the genetically-engineered parasites they'd created, in order to breed and control them. Hydra agent Ms. Fisher took the man to the Hive, an undersea Hydra base, where he was stripped naked and placed in the parasite breeding chamber, overseen by Hydra leaders Baron Strucker and the Kraken (Daniel Whitehall). The parasites physically bonded with him over the next six years; while his physical transformation was rapid, the parasites took their time converting his higher body functions, making sure the process was as painful as possible so they could feed off his adrenaline. His nervous system was the last to go; his former self essentially ceased to exist, leaving only the Hive.
(Secret Warriors#2) - Strucker summoned the Hive to Hydra's Gehenna base in New Zealand, where he conferred with him, Madame Hydra (Fontaine), Viper (Sarkissian), and Kraken (secretly Nick Fury's mole Jake Fury) on the rebuilding of Hydra. They journeyed to Japan, where they forced the Hand to resurrect the Gorgon.
(Secret Warriors#3 (fb) ) - The Hive led a raid on Barracuda, a SHIELD weapons factory, accompanied by a squad of his servitors.
(Secret Warriors#4) - Hive attended another Hydra council meeting in Gehenna; the assembled Hydra leaders decided to go to war with Nick Fury, who had been attacking Hydra targets with his Secret Warriors team.
(Secret Warriors#5) - When Fury's allies, the Howling Commandos Private Military Contractors, attacked the Dock, a Helicarrier shipyard that had been annexed by HAMMER, Hydra launched an attack on both sides. The Hive entered the fray, taking control of soldiers on both sides; he also launched an exploding pod at Nick Fury, knocking him into the clutches of Strucker and the Kraken.
(Secret Warriors#6) - When Fury's Secret Warriors entered the fray, Hellfire ensnared Hive's arm with his flaming chain, but Hive merely used it to pull Hellfire withing striking distance and punched him. When the Warriors and the Commandos began gaining the upper hand, however, Hive suggested a retreat. Gorgon disagreed, but Kraken concurred, and teleported Hive and the others back to Gehenna.
(Secret Warriors#12) - The Hive attended another Hydra conclave, where they discussed the recent kidnapping of Viper by the resurgent Soviet organization Leviathan. Hive suggested that the council housed a traitor.
(Secret Warriors#14) - The Hive and the other Hydra leaders were cleared of treachery by the Kraken's psi-agents...except for the actual traitor, Madame Hydra, who fled to Russia. Hive and the others learned of her flight via a tracking device in her escape vehicle.
(Secret Warriors#15) - Hive and the rest of the Hydra council travelled to Leviathan's Long Winter base in Russia, where they found Viper's corpse. Hive bonded her with one of his parasites, bringing her back to life as the new monstrous Madame Hydra; unlike most of his infectees, she apparently retained her free will.
(Secret Warriors#16) - Hive and the Hydra council attended a summit with Leviathan at Hydra's Crown base in Kyoto. When Leviathan leader Magadan demanded Hydra's surrender and subservience, the situation erupted into all-out war, devastating Kyoto.
(Secret Warriors#24 (fb) - BTS) - After Fury's assault on Gehenna, Hydra split into two factions; the Hive joined the one led by the Gorgon. Before long, as a result of battling both Leviathan and Fury, Hive base, beneath the Indian Ocean, was their only remaining stronghold.
(Secret Warriors#24) - Fury sent his Gray Team of Secret Warriors to destroy the Hive base; the Hive was there, and slew the entire team save for team leader Mikel Fury and his friend Carlos Ayala. Mikel and Carlos detonated the base, killing themselves, the Hive, and all of the Hydra parasites.
Comments: Created by Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, and Stefano Caselli.
Hive's coloration varied a lot. In his initial appearances, he was a sickly green, but in later issues he was dark red, fleshy pink, or light purple. My in-universe explanation is that he can change colors, like a squid.
Hive's mind-controlling pods might be an homage to DC villain Starro, who also mind-controls people by latching cycloptic starfish things onto people's faces.
Profile by Minor Irritant.
Hive, parasitic Hydra agent, has no known connections to
Secret Warriors#5, p17, pan2 (main image, with parasites)
Secret Warriors#12, p11, pan7 (pre-mutation)
Secret Warriors#4, p19, pan2 (speaking his weird monster language)
Secret Warriors#2-6 (May-September, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (story), Jonathan Hickman (story/script), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors#12 (March, 2010) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors#14-15 (May-June, 2010) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Stefano Caselli (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors#16 (July, 2010) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), Gianluca Gugliotta (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors#24 (March, 2011) - Jonathan Hickman (writer), David Marquez & Alessandro Vitti (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 09/26/13
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