fortnite_mallax-829-full.jpgMALLAX FORTNITE
of Reality-829

Real Name: Presumably Mallax Fortnite

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed) extratemporal (24th century) extradimensional/alternate reality (Reality-829)

Occupation: Minister of Defense of the Wilamean system;
    former military governor of an unidentified planet in the Wilamean system

Group Membership: Wilamean military

Affiliations: Arimathes, Hercules, Igwanus, Recorder #417, Skyppi the Skrull, Lucynda Thrust

Enemies: At least formerly Layana Sweetwater;
    formerly 
Arimathes

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Last seen in Port Anteris, the capital city of the planet Wilamean, Andromeda galaxy, Reality-829

First Appearance: Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel  (1988)

fortnite_mallax-829-face-oblique.jpgPowers/Abilities: Mallax Fortnite is an experienced military leader, presumably both in combat operations and ruling a conquered population.

    He likely has some degree of experienced in hand-to-hand combat and the use of certain forms of weaponry.

    He apparently has some skill in navigating a starship and utilizing military communications equipment.

Height: Unrevealed (he looked close to Hercules' height in the few panels where they were in close proximity; perhaps 6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 220 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (varied between light blue and brown-looking in the few images you could see any color)
Hair: Brown with "friendly mutton chops" mustache

History

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Mallax became long-lasting friends with the pirate Lucynda Thrust.fortnite_mallax-829-stasis.jpg

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel (fb) - BTS) - Mallax Fortnite was made the military governor of a planet conquered by the forces of Emperor Arimathes. He believed that the Emperor was merely securing the borders of their own system. However, when Arimathes' aggressions began to extend beyond, to other star systems, he spoke out in opposition.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel (fb) - BTS) - Alongside 200 of his loyal subordinates, Mallax Fortnite was imprisoned in the stasis beds -- where he remained alert but but without voluntary motor ability below the neck (he could still breathe, but could not move his skeletal muscles) -- below Port Anteris, Wilamean for opposing Emperor Arimathes' policies.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel) - When Hercules and his allies Recorder #417 and Skyppi the Skrull were imprisoned in the stasis beds, Mallax introduced himself, explained how he had gotten there, and shared Arimathes' plans to conquer the neighboring Omacron system. As he tried to explain to Hercules that it was futile to try to escape the stasis beds, he was disturbed to see the arrival of the Queen Mother (Layana Sweetwater) in the stasis chamber.

    In order to have a private conversation with Hercules, the Queen Mother activated a device that neuro-neutralized everyone else present. After she departed and released the neuro-neutralization, Mallax asked what had possessed the Queen Mother to visit the lowly stasis chamber, but Hercules was to disturbed by learning of the nature of his son, Arimathes, to explain things initially.

    Soon after, when Igwanus arrived to give the prisoners their weekly Gruel-X nutrient injections, Hercules convinced Igwanus to free him,  Recorder, Skyppi, and Mallax. Though they lacked the time to free the others (and needed to have only a small group for their plan to work) so as to avoid detection by the palace guards, Mallax swore to his friends they would return and free them all. Noting the need for a techno who could hotwire the hyperdrive systems to escape the planet, Mallax asked Hercules and the others to wait a few minutes while he recruited just such a person.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel (fb) - BTS) - Mallax located and freed Lucynda Thrust, and headed back to Hercules and the others.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel) - When Mallax returned and introduced Lucynda as his old pirate friend and the best starship thief in the galaxy, both were shocked to see the Emperor Mother present, but "she" quickly revealed herself to be a transformed Skyppi the Skrull.fortnite_mallax-829-face-straight.jpg

    After the group agreed to follow a plan, Mallax and the others were allowed out as prisoners under the Queen Mother's care.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel (fb) - BTS) - The group boarded one of Arimathes' ships.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel) - As Lucynda bypassed the controls, Mallax was impressed as Hercules took out a trio of Arimathes' troops with a single punch.

    As they reached orbit, Mallax noted that the navigational computer had the co-ordinates to a safe port to which they could fly as soon as they could break formation; however, Mallax and the others were surprised when Hercules instead revealed they were not going to escape but rather confront Arimathes and stop the assault on the Omacron system.

    After Lucynda forced one of their captured trroops to reveal the fleet's communication codes and Skyppi posed as Arimathes and ordered the fleet to stop, Fortnite -- noting that if this plan failed that they were all dead -- then established a ship-to-ship communication that allowed Hercules to challenge Arimathes to single combat with the throne as the prize. Arimathes accepted, and the group landed their craft on a nearby planetoid and awaited Arimathes' arrival.

    When Hercules, who was seeking to not only defeat Arimathes but to teach him a lesson in humility, donned a blindfold for the combat, Mallax told Lucynda he hoped Hercules knew what he was doing. When Arimathes seemed to be getting the better of Hercules, Mallax advised the others they needed to make a break for it because they were going to be killed once Hercules was finished; however, Skyppi countered that the space armada would blast them to vapors as soon as they tried to lift off. Ultimately, he watched as Hercules ultimately kept Arimathes talking to determine his location and knock him out; when Arimathes recovered, accepted that he had been fed lies about Hercules by his mother, and asked Hercules to teach him, Hercules proclaimed Arimathes a new emperor.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel (fb) - BTS) - In the ensuing days, the stasis chambers were emptied of political prisoners.

    Arimathes gave prominent political appointments to all those who had aided Hercules, including making Mallax Minister of Defense.

(Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel) - Mallax prepared to report to his new position.

Comments: Created by Bob Layton.

On page 38, after the Emperor Mother has left, the Omniscient Narrative speaks of "the weeks that follow (as) the imperial army prepares to launch its attack against the neighboring Omacron system!" However, on page 41, Igwanus visits his "pookies" to give them each their "weekly nutrient injection" and first encounters Hercules, which implies that Hercules and his friends could only have been trapped in the stasis chamber for no more than a week. This contradiction in how much time Herc spent as a prisoner is a mistake made by writer Bob Layton and I'm not sure how it should be handled.
--Donald Campbell
    I guess one possibility is that they were there longer and that there are other caretakers besides Igwanus, which would mean that he may not have encountered Hercules in his first week there...either that or it was just the first week there, and the narrative was in error (or perhaps the narrators definition of a week was different than Igwanus', based on different solar cycles).
    I don't even want to get it into the reality of waste disposal...
--Snood

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Mallox Fortnite
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel, pg. 33, panel 2 (full, in stasis);
            panel 3 (face, straight);
        pg. 34, panel 4 (face, oblique);
        pg. 45, panel 1 (full, walking, pointing)


Appearances:
Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle - A Marvel Graphic Novel  (1988) - Bob Layton (story and art), Gregory Wright (editor), Mark Gruenwald (executive editor)


First posted: 02/28/2018
Last updated: 03/01/2018

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