URIEL

Real Name: Uriel

Identity/Class: Angel (at least the 17th century to present, possibly earlier - see comments)

Occupation: Angel

Group Membership: Angels of Heaven

Affiliations: Formerly Noble Kale

Enemies: Doghead (Francisco Fuentes), Noble Kale, Mephisto, Pao Fu (Lian Goh), Vengeance (Michael Badilino)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Presumably Heaven

First Appearance: Ghost Rider III#92 (January, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: In additional to the typical attributes of an angel, Uriel possessed the ability to teleport in a blinding flash light and he always carried a flaming sword, presumably capable of slaying demons. He was also capable of manipulating the souls of others. (see comments)

Height: Presumably variable
Weight: Presumably variable
Eyes: Red
Hair: None

History: (Ghost Rider III#92 (fb)) - Uriel appeared before Mephisto, who had come to claim the soul of the transformed Noble Kale. Announcing that Noble was a good and pure soul, unwilling to take a human life despite being transformed into a demon servant of Mephisto, Uriel refused to allow Mephisto to fully control Noble's soul. Briefly contemplating a battle that could potentially destroy the world, Uriel instead offered himself to Mephisto in Noble's place but Mephisto scoffed at the idea, claiming he could destroy Uriel and his "children of light" easily. Mephisto then offered to allow Uriel to settle for half of Noble's soul, which Uriel agreed to, announcing that Noble would serve neither Heaven nor Hell. Mephisto quickly corrected Uriel, explaining that Noble would serve both realms as Mephisto's Spirit of Vengeance. Despite his misgivings, Uriel decreed that Noble would seek out sin and punish it. Uriel also blessed Noble's lineage, preventing Mephisto from directly harming any child that came from Kale's blood. Despite Mephisto's objections, Uriel further decreed that Noble would remain in the realm between realms in order to remain free of undue influence, only emerging to perform his duties as Spirits of Vengeance and returning when vengeance was served. Uriel then departed, warning Mephisto that his hubris would be his downfall, unaware that Mephisto then cursed Noble's bloodline so that each subsequent Kale would become host to the Spirit of Vengeance. Once Noble had entered the void between realms, Uriel appeared to Noble and gifted Noble with forgetfulness so that Noble would be free of the worry of his lost love. Uriel also gifted Noble with the identity of, once his time in the void ended, the angel of death.

(Ghost Rider III#93 - BTS) - Having seen Uriel's gifts to Noble Kale through Noble's memories, Dan Ketch ventured into Blackheart's Hell realm, where he restored Noble's full memories and gifts as the angel of death. Using his newfound power to defeat Blackheart, Noble Kale assumed the throne of Hell.

(Ghost Rider: Finale/2) - After Noble Kale freed the tortured souls within Blackheart's Hell realm, Uriel appeared and denounced Kale's decision. Suspecting Uriel would show up, Noble asked Uriel if he had a problem with free will. Uriel insisted that freeing the souls would upset the balance of things, claiming that evil must have a place to roost. Noble quickly replied that it could rest somewhere else and when Uriel asked about Mephisto's inevitable return, Noble responded that Mephisto would find his realm turned into a democracy. Uriel continued to insist that the evil souls could not be freed, drawing his sword and reminding Noble that he was forgetting his place, but Noble angrily bound Uriel in chains. Noble then exclaimed that Uriel had forgotten his place when he transformed Noble into the angel of death and expected him to follow Uriel's hidden agenda blindly. Noble then stared Uriel in the face and announced that Uriel would follow Noble's agenda of freedom. Noble then banished Uriel from his Hell realm with the departing Uriel warning that Noble would pay for his hubris. Noble replied that Uriel could send him the bill.

Comments: Created by Ivan Velez, Jr., Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira.

While the actual date of the flashbacks to Noble Kale's origins in Ghost Rider III#92 was not outright stated, it seemed to be a very Puritan religious era in American history, which would be around the 1600s before the British colonies gained their independence as the United States of America. Given that Pastor Kale burned Magdalena as a witch in the flashbacks, it would place the flashbacks around the 1690s more specifically. Therefore, Uriel was at least active during this era and was later seen in the modern era as well. As an angel, Uriel was possibly active even earlier than the 1690s but that remains unclarified.

Uriel's exact powers were unclear. Being an angel, he presumably had more powers than just teleporting in a flash of smoke and fire. When he imagined his possible battle with Mephisto, Uriel saw himself going toe-to-toe with Mephisto without major damage to either, instead major damage to the Earth itself was caused by the force of their blows. He was also seen "gifting" Noble Kale with forgetfulness and the identity of the angel of death, suggesting some form of soul manipulation but the exact nature of how Uriel can "gift" these things to others was also unclear.

Also, despite the Ghost Rider: Official Index to the Marvel Universe TPB stating that Uriel's next appearances following Ghost Rider III#92 as being Blaze I#10-12, those appearances are actually appeared of a separate ancient warrior entity called Uri-El. Regardless of the similarities, the Angels entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe HC Vol. 1 firmly established that Uriel and Uri-El were two separate entities.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Uriel has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
Ghost Rider III#92, p19, pan3 (Uriel, main image)
Ghost Rider: Finale, p55, pan4 (Uriel headshot)


Appearances:
Ghost Rider III#92 (January, 1998) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Javier Saltares (pencils), Mark Texeira (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider III#93 (February, 1998) - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Javier Saltares (pencils), Mark Texeira (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ghost Rider: Finale (2007) - "Acabado" story - Ivan Velez, Jr. (writer), Javier Saltares (pencils, inks), Mark Texeira, Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 01/24/15

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