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Real Name: Horem

Identity/Class: Normal human (ca. 3000 BC)

Occupation: Thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Irudef

Enemies: Black Axe

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Saqqara, Egypt

First Appearance: Black Axe#4 (July, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Horem was an experienced thief, but easily seduced by wealth and power. He very briefly wore the gauntlets of Amentah; these almost doubled his muscle bulk, amplified his strength and durability considerably so that he could easily smash stone columns.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(Black Axe#4 (fb)) - Horem recklessly took on the highly paid job from nobleman Irudef to rob Amentah's tomb of a pair of powerful gauntlets; however, Irudef had also secretly hired mercenary Black Axe to keep an eye on Horem. The thief was surprised to find the tomb's burial chamber virtually empty. Seeing the gauntlets, Horem instead tried them on and was overwhelmed by the power they granted. Black Axe appeared and demanded he turn them over, but Horem instead attacked, the gloves increasing his muscle mass with every strike coupled with rising euphoria. Black Axe warned Horem of their true nature - the gauntlets were ancient suicide war weapons that increased strength but fed on the person's life-force, leaving the wearer with a lingering malformed death. Seeing Horem's head withering away, Black Axe considered it merciful to kill him using his specialized axe. The mercenary then used the gauntlets to escape the tomb.



Comments: Created by Simon Jowett (writer), Art Nichols (pencils) & Rod Ramos (inks).

Presumably Amentah was meant to reappear, maybe with a Lemurian connection, but the title was canceled before the writer had the opportunity.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Horem has no known connections to:



Amentah served as supreme advisor to three pharaohs and was considered almost equal in their power. Legend had it that he emerged naked from the desert bringing ancient wisdom and terrible war weapons. Amentah used power-inducing gauntlets to slowly kill two would-be assassins in front of his secretary Irudef so that he would know his place. Eventually, for unrevealed reasons, Amentah faked his death with a false burial using an escape hatch built into his tomb. In the modern era, Black Axe considered the tomb's statues of Osiris (god of death and rebirth) and Isis (rescuing wife) to be clues to Amentah's real nature and that he may still exist...


--Black Axe#4



Irudef was the secretary to Amentah, who ordered that Irudef witness the secret and brutal execution of two would-be assassins using strength-enhancing gauntlets. With Amentah's eventual apparent passing, Irudef sought the gauntlets for himself and surreptitiously copied the plans to Amentah's tomb, later hiring the thief Horem to steal the gauntlets from the tomb, but also retaining Black Axe to keep an eye on Horem.





--Black Axe#4

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Black Axe#4, p14, pan2 (main image with gauntlets)
Black Axe#4, p20, pan2 (headshot, withering away)
Black Axe#4, p7, pan4 (Amentah)
Black Axe#4, p6, pan3 (Irudef)

Black Axe#4 (July, 1993) - Simon Jowett (writer), Art Nichols (pencils), Rod Ramos (inks), Michael W. Bennent (editor)

Last updated: 05/14/17

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