milo-messantian-hyborian-drawing_sword.jpgmilo-messantian-hyborian-mutiny.jpgMILO

Real Name: Milo

Identity/ClassHuman 
   
Hyborian era;
    Argossean

Occupation: Pirate, sailor

Group MembershipBarachan pirates;
    former member of the crews of the Red Lion and the Winged Dragon;
    possibly a former member of the crew of 
the Falcon of Zingara

AffiliationsConan, Sigurd of Vanaheim, Goram Singh, YakovYasunga, Zula;
    possibly formerly Captain Alvaro
;
    former servant of
Vacharn

EnemiesAntillians/Ptahuacans (green feather-cloaked priest, Hierarch, priests of Xotli), black krakenEsritUldulla, VacharnWokal, Xotli

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly served on the Isle of Na'at;
    formerly mobile across various oceans;

    formerly Messantia, Argos

First Appearance Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (1988)

Powers/Abilities: An experienced seaman and pirate, Milo carried a sword in battle and presumably had some proficiency. 

    He had the technical savy to lead a group of men to man the catapults, launching fiery pitch at nearby ships. 

    Like most people of his era, he believed the world was flat, and that if one sailed too far, one might fall off the edge of the world.

Height: Unrevealed (there is little reference against anyone of known height; he seemed average, so perhaps 5'9-5'11")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 180 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (only shown up close in black and white comics, but given Argos is Greek-ish, I'd guess brown)
Hair: Black (or dark brown)

History

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - Instructed by the Mitraic priest Epimetrius the Sage to travel to the uttermost reaches of the Western Ocean to save the rest of the world from the threat of "red shadows" (sent by the priests of Ptahuacan) that were abducting and or slaying his people, Conan traveled to Argos and received finances to purchase a ship from Argossean king Ariostro (whose people had been similarly plagued by the "red shadow").milo-messantian-hyborian-catapult.jpg

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - In Tortage, stronghold of the Barachan pirates, Conan recruited his crew for his new ship, the Red Lion. Milo presumably observed as Conan slew Captain Alvaro when he tried to force Conan's departure. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - Three dawns at sea later, the Red Lion and its crew were assaulted by a black kraken (either under control of the priests of Ptahuacan or just preying on those who traveled in that direction). At least three crewmen perished before Conan blinded the creature, enabling the Red Lion to escape it.yasunga-hyborian-blackcorsairs-fights_ptahguards.jpg

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - After a long time heading west, they were attacked by a Ptahuacan priest and his ship; after the crew boarded the ship, they fought the wizard's duplicates until Conan slew the wizard, after which his ship sank.

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles) - After seemingly endless days' travel, they finally sighted land, only to be confronted by a dragon-like ship. At Conan's order, Milo manned the catapult with his squad, aiming it four points off the starboard bow; they armed the device with missiles of tar and lamp oil hurried up from the hold.

    The catapult's missile set afire and swiftly consumed the ship, but when a second such ship assaulted them, Milo and his men could not the catapult over to port in time. Wearing air helmets, the Ptahuacans assaulted the Red Lion's crew with gas that knocked out most of the men; ultimately, Conan stole an air helmet and dove overboard to escape, hoping to later rescue his crew.

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - The Ptahuacans brought the unconscious crewmen into their ship, bound them in an unbreakable glass-like chains and imprisoned below the deck, and they towed the Red Lion back to Ptahuacan.

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - Awakening, the captured crew was disappointed to not find Conan by their side. Sigurd encouraged his men that they still lived, which gave them the chance to fight their way to freedom. After arriving at Ptahuacan, however, the crew found their "glass" chain bonds to be unbreakable. Two of the crewmen perished from untreated wounds.

    Eventually the guards herded the prisoners to join a line stretching up the steps of a Zikkurat where those at the front were sacrificed by the priests. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles) - Conan released the dragon-creatures from within/under the Zikkurat into the city, and Yasunga, Milo, and the other crewmen took advantage of the guards' shock, battering them. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - Using a "glass" sword he had taken from a guard, Conan cut the chains holding his former crewmen. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles - BTS) - The Ptahuacan's god-demon Xotli assaulted Conan, who used Epimetrius' amulet to summon Mitra, who destroyed and/or consumed Xotli.

    As the Ptahuacan's revolted, Conan and his crew stole a golden Ptahuacan dragon ship, "The Winged Dragon," and departed for new adventures.

(Conan the Savage#10 (fb) - BTS) - After many days of sailing farther west, many of the crew despaired. Milo and Yakov fed the fears and discontents of "the scurvier crewmen" that they were going to sail off the world's edge.milo-messantian-hyborian-spearpoint.jpg

(Conan the Savage#10) - Milo accompanied Yakov, who spoke for the crewmen in favor of turning back and heading for Argos while they still could. After Conan explained they could not make it that far, Milo suggested they could turn back to Antillia. Arguing that the new rebel leaders of Antillia might consider them threats and imprison them, Conan ordered everyone back to work. Yakov swiftly fired an arrow at Conan, who dodged and then grabbed Milo by the face and shoved him down to the deck. As Milo drew his sword, Yasunga jabbed Milo in the neck with his spear, forcing him to stand down. 

    Appreciating they were already short-handed, Conan gave Milo and Yakov a second chance -- rather than walking the plank -- if they swore renewed loyalty, which they did. Milo added "We didn't mean anything, Cap'n."

    Almost immediately thereafter, they were struck by a powerful storm, during which Yasunga was thrown overboard while saving a young seaman from that same fate. Conan rallied the crew to weather the storm.

(Conan the Savage#10 (fb) - BTS) - For two more days, the Winged Dragon was buffeted by the mad tempest.

(Conan the Savage#10) - When the storm ceased, there was no wind whatsoever to fill the sails, nor was there any land visible. However, they foudn they were apparently being pulled along by a stream of dark waters. Conan encouraged the men to row to speed them along to their destination, and Milo stood by as Conan joked that they would have to wait to see if they struck landfall, fell off the world's edge, or if they all died before they did either.

(Conan the Savage#10 - BTS) - Eventually, the Winged Dragon crashed a few days later again the the rocky cliffs of the Isle of Na'at. Only Conan and Sigurd survived.milo-messantian-hyborian-zombie.jpg

(Conan the Savage#10) - Most others, including Milo, were revived as zombies by Vacharn as his servants. 

(Conan the Savage#10) - That evening, Milo was presumably among the undead crewmen present at Vacharn's dinner, when Sigurd was brought in and bled dry by the demon-familiar Esrit as Conan sought mystically immobilized. After Conan broke free and attacked Vacharn, the necromancer forced the undead servants to batter Conan unconscious and throw him in a cell. 

(Conan the Savage#10 - BTS) - In the evening, the servants rested in stone coffins, brought forth in daily resurrection to do the tasks ordained by their master, perhaps tending his gardens, tending his livestock, or diving for pearls.

(Conan the Savage#10 - BTS) - Nearly a month later, after Conan had slain Vacharn, his sons, and Esrit, Conan found the now-masterless undead army followed his orders. 

    Conan had the undead servants build a funeral pyre to ensure the destruction of Vacharn and his sons. Needing a small crew to help guide a boat to the mainland, Conan nonetheless preferred they not be those he brought to this accursed island. 

(Conan the Savage#10) - He therefore ordered his former crew into the fire as well.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Danny Bulanadi, Ricardo Villamonte & Armando Gil

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Milo
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles, story pg. 49, panel 5 (Red Lion, catapult)
        pg. 87, panel 2 (Yasunga and Milo attacking Ptahuacan guards);
Conan the Savage#10, pg. 5, panel 2 (face, front);
        pg. 6, panel 1 (pulling sword);
            panel 2 (face, at swordpoint);
        pg. 21, panel 4 (partial face, with zombies)


Appearances:
Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles (1988) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Danny Bulanadi, Ricardo Villamonte & Armando Gil (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Conan the Savage#10 (May, 1996) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (artist), Mike Lackey (editor)


Last updated: 02/26/15

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