Real Name: Jonathan Cardinal
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Head of Cardinal Technologies
Group Membership: Cardinal Technologies
Guard, Higher Path faction, Colonel Malcom
People's Hope faction, Vibranium
Guard, Major Ashur Zutu
Enemies: Afrikaa, Black Axe,
Black Panther (T'Challa)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile internationally,
First Appearance: Black Axe#5 (August, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Jonathan Cardinal is an
unscrupulous businessman, keen for profits. He is an excellent weapons
engineer and armored suit designer.
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Light blue
(Black Axe#5 (fb) - BTS) - Jonathan Cardinal led
Cardinal Technologies munitions company. He established his Cardinal's
Guard of heavily armored and armed enforcers. Cardinal sold his
advanced guns to both sides in Mohannda's civil war, using the war as a
testing ground for a new prototype gun. However, the two opposing
the Higher Path (led by Malcom Ksweyzu) and the People's Hope (led by
Ashur Zutu), had become exhausted from bloodshed and sought peace, but
that threatened Cardinal Technologies' income.
(Black Axe#5) - Cardinal led a sales pitch of his
company's CT-130 automatic gun, dubbed "the ripper", to T'Challa of
Wakanda (Mohannda's southern neighbor), but the ruler was appalled by
Cardinal's amorality. T'Challa
also refused Cardinal's application to purchase Vibranium, infuriating
Cardinal, who later secretly ordered the Cardinal's Guard to steal a
Vibranium shipment and assassinate Ksweyzu.
(Black Axe#6) - The Black Panther (T'Challa),
captured during the Vibranium theft, was shackled in an aircraft before
Cardinal, who revealed he planned to involve Wakanda in the Mohanndan
conflict and make it a Cardinal Technologies customer. However, the
Black Panther broke free and fell out while
battling one of Cardinal's remote-operated Guard suits. Cardinal later
landed and met with Zutu, lying to him that Afrikaa had killed his
and the Black Panther, and that Afrikaa had allied with Wakanda to
destroy his faction; believing the lie, Zutu authorized more Cardinal
weaponry be imported.
Axe#7) - Several days
later, Zutu reported to Cardinal of minor border skirmishes with
Wakandan forces and voiced concerns that peace talks might achieve
more. Cardinal dismissed this and assigned a Cardinal's Guard unit for
Zutu's personal protection. Cardinal and Zutu watched the remote video
feed from the new Vibranium Guard, coated with the stolen on Vibranium
on Cardinal's instructions, as they fought the Black Panther and
Afrikaa when Black Axe arrived and revealed the footage showing
Cardinal Technologies' murder of Ksweyzu. Realizing he'd been found
out, Cardinal escaped in a Cardinal Guard's suit that proved too fast
for local air force. Zutu issued a cease-fire and war was averted.
Comments: Created by Simon Jowett (writer), Edmund Perryman (pencils) & Rod Ramos (inks).
Cardinal's red suit's design suggested limited armor
and/or life-sustaining capabilities.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Jonathan Cardinal has no known connections to:
The Cardinal's Guard comprised Jonathan Cardinal's
heavily armored and armed enforcers. They were actively involved in
promoting the civil war in Mohannda and carried out covert activities
in Cardinal Technologies' interests, such as stealing a Vibranium
shipment (later used for the Vibranium Guard) and assassinating Colonel
Ksweyzu to continue the civil war, unsuccessfully targeting Black Axe
and Afrikaa also in that attempt. One empty suit was later used for
escape by Cardinal.
Standing around 8' high, the armored
suits are capable of jet-powered flight and can carry lethal discharge
weaponry. They can be individually fitted with specialized weaponry,
smokescreen (indicating infrared and/or thermal vision), electrified
netting, and meter-long arm-mounted claw-like blades. Every suit is
semi-autonomous, the wearer only provides the
final impetus for operation. Some were modified to work on a
remote-sensing system, including control of several empty suits at once.
--Black Axe#5 (6-7
The Vibranium Guard comprised several upgraded units
Cardinal's Guard augmented with Vibranium armor. They were supplied to
Mohannda before the expected war with Wakanda, but were incapacitated
by the armed joint efforts of the Black Panther, Black Axe and Afrikaa.
Colonel Malcom Ksweyzu
A wily tactician, Colonel Ksweyzu led the coup that
resulted in the
assassination of Mohannda's dictator, Bobulu Ngala, who had sought the
nation's modernization in competition against Wakanda. Ksweyzu railed
against foreign corporate involvement although his coup led to the
deaths of thousands in the ensuing civil war. He led the Higher Path
faction that vied for power and used Cardinal Technologies' popular
gun. He did not view the mystical peace-keeper Afrikaa as an immediate
threat, but as Ksweyzu now sought peace, he did see the war profiteer
dangerous and sought the mercenary Black Axe to act as his bodyguard.
However, the Cardinal's Guard killed him; the recording of this later
exonerated Afrikaa of any wrongdoing that Cardinal had lied about.
--Black Axe#5 (6
Major Ashur Zutu
Major Zutu led the People's Hope faction in the
Mohanndan civil war following Ngala's death. Like his opponent, his
forces were trained and supplied with Cardinal Technologies' weaponry.
Cardinal lied to him that his opponent, Ksweyzu, had been killed by the
mystical peace-keeper Afrikaa, who had allied with Wakanda and intended
to eliminate his faction; believing the lie, Zutu authorized more
Cardinal weaponry. Still hopeful for peace, he was bullied by Cardinal
into war and was later discussing strategy with Cardinal when Black Axe
arrived and revealed Cardinal's treachery. Once Cardinal
absconded, Zutu issued a cease-fire with Wakanda and sought immediate
peace talks with the opposing faction in Mohannda.
--Black Axe#6 (7
Black Axe#6, p5, pan2 (main image)
Black Axe#7, p8, pan3 (headshot)
Black Axe#7, p21, pan1 (escaping in armored suit)
Black Axe#5, p22, pan3 (Cardinal's Guard)
Black Axe#7, p13 (Vibranium Guard)
Black Axe#5, p20, pan1 (Ksweyzu)
Black Axe#7, p8, pan4 (Zutu)
Black Axe#5-7 (August-September 1993) - Simon Jowett (writer), Edmund Perryman (pencils), Rod Ramos (inks), Michael W. Bennent (editor)
Last updated: 08/05/17
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