Real Name: Unrevealed
Group Membership: Alphaclan ("Apastron," "Cosmic Specter," "Mephitis," "Trojan," "Vængir," "Vigor")
Enemies: New Warriors (Blackwing/Barnell Bohusk, Decibel/Jonothan Starsmore, Night Thrasher/Donyell Taylor, Ripcord/Miranda Leevald, Skybolt/Vin Stewart, Phaser/Christian Cord, Tempest/Angel Salvatore, Wondra/Jubilation Lee), S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: New Warriors IV#9 (April 2008)
Powers/Abilities: Cratus displayed no explicit superhuman powers, but given his muscular build (and the character upon which he is based) he presumably possessed a degree of superhuman strength. He may transform into his superpowered form by striking his golden wristbands together (as his cartoon counterpart did), but this is purely speculative.
Height: 6'4" (speculative)
Weight: 320 lbs. (estimated)
History: (New Warriors IV#9 (fb), BTS) - Cratus was a member of Alphaclan, a team that was in the number twelve spot on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted list. Eventually, they encountered the New Warriors, and either a battle ensued, or the New Warriors had only recently finished another, earlier battle (see comments).
(New Warriors IV#9) - The two teams faced off, and the Alphaclan moved forward menacingly. The New Warriors distracted Alphaclan with a giant illusion of the Warrior Decibel, and battle commenced. Striking the ground, Wondra caused a shockwave that left the Alphaclan stumbling, and Ripcord's mechanical tentacles snatched a fallen Cratus off the ground and threw him bodily into Apastron. Alphaclan rallied and regained the upper hand until the Warriors all unexpectedly turned insubstantial, a trick engineered by Warriors' leader Night Thrasher using phasing technology built into his teammates' armors. Seizing the opportunity while Alphaclan were distracted, Decibel emitted a sonic scream that incapacitated all the villains.
(New Warriors IV#9, BTS) - The defeated Alphaclan were left for the authorities.
(New Warriors IV#9) - The TV news that evening reported Alphaclan's capture.
Comments: Created by Kevin Grevioux (writer), Paco Medina (penciler) and Juan Vlasco (inker).
Alphaclan are very obviously homages
to Hanna-Barbera's superheroes. None of them were individually identified
in their single appearance, so the names I've given them are unofficial,
placeholders to make it easier to follow their history section - I put them
in quotes for the members list to show that, but didn't for the history,
because it clutters stuff up too much to do it every single time.
Cratus is based on Young Samson; hence I went with another mythological figure believed to have superhuman strength, and since Hercules (the most obvious option) was taken, I've gone with the Greek god of authority and strength. The more common spelling is Kratos, but (not surprisingly) the actual god Kratos has turned up on Earth-616, so I've used one of the accepted alternate spellings for this guy, to lessen any chance of confusion. Unlike Young Samson, there was no evidence of a dog who turns into a giant lion working with him.
Profile by Loki.
"Cratus" has no known connections to
images: (without ads)
New Warriors IV#9, p1, pan4 (main image)
New Warriors IV#9, p2, pan1 (second image, showing team symbol on belt)
Young Samson DVD cover (Young Samson)
New Warriors IV#9 (April 2008) - Kevin Grevioux (writer), Paco Medina (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Last updated: 05/13/16
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