Real Name: Unrevealed;
presumably Molyneux is his real surname?
Identity/Class: Human (late 19th century and early 20th century);
leader of the Hellfire Club-San Francisco chapter circa 1906
Group Membership: Hellfire Club-San Francisco chapter circa 1906 (Salome, Cornelius Shaw)
Affiliations: League of Sensitives (his seers)
Enemies: Catherine and Nicola Bradley, mutants/"overmen," X-Club (James Bradley/Dr. Nemesis, Madison Jeffries, Dr. Kavita Rao, Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi), X-Men (Hank McCoy/Beast, Warren Worthington/Angel, Betsy Braddock/Psylocke)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Hellfire Club mansion, San Francisco, California
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men#512 (August, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: Lord Molyneux appeared to be a driven and powerful leader, willing to slay others to accomplish his goals.
He was also experienced with a sword/sabre.
He was presumably extraordinarily wealthy, and he had access to all of the Hellfire Club's resources, including its warriors and their Sentinel.
Molyneux's rage was sufficient to cause his Seers to write in agony. Perhaps his hatred was powerful enough to cause the agony, but perhaps he was an "overman" (mutant or otherwise) himself, with some degree of psychic power?
Height: Unrevealed (he was not pictured next to anyone of confirmed height; but he seemed perhaps a bit smaller than Cornelius Shaw; perhaps 5'11")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 175 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue (the only time his eyes are seen it is a somewhat differently colored panel, so who knows?)
Hair: Blond (it may well have been a wig)
History:(Uncanny X-Men#512 (fb) - BTS) - Lord Molyneux led a branch of the Hellfire Club based in San Francisco. Molyneux's group sought to protect humanity by eliminating the "overmen" (mutants) that they perceived to be poised to overrun and replace mankind.
Molyneux somehow accumulated a number of seers (presumably possessing some degree of ESP (Extrasensory Perception)); as they were useful to predict what would come next, Molyneux preserved them.
Molyneux's "league of sensitives" (the seers) detected possible "evolutionary outbreaks," and the Hellfire Club eliminated them on their own. However, as more and more "overmen" developed, the Hellfire Club constructed an immense robot known as a Sentinel, with which they intended to eliminate overmen.
The Sentinel required a power source, and the Hellfire Club targeted Dr. Nicola Bradley, who was in the process of developing a generator-battery that would provide "nearly infinite and wholly inexpensive wireless electricity," to produce that source. Molyneux had Salome and Cornelius meet with and bankroll Bradley, investing thousands of dollars and allowing untold hours in his efforts.
Frustrated with Nicola's lack of results, Cornelius -- presumably under Molyneux's directions -- sent a quartet of Hellfire Club agents to ambush Nicola and steal the device.(Uncanny X-Men#512 - BTS) <1906> - As the Hellfire Club agents prepared to ambush Nicola, his wife, Catherine, entered the room and took out the four men with some sort of energy blaster.
Comments: Created by Matt Fraction, Yanick Paquette, and Karl Story.
So what happened to Molyneux?
The story noted the X-Men/X-Club members were traveling from 103 years in the future, but that is topical, as the story came out in 2009. They traveled to 1906, and the length of time they traveled slowly increases with the passage of time due to the sliding timescale.
Great story, but 1906 (and specifically James Bradley's parents) as the whole point of the "igniting" of homo superior (mutant kind) doesn't make sense to me in the context of the Marvel Universe.
Cornelius described the Sentinel as "my little murder machine" (emphasis mine); it is unrevealed what, if any, role he had in its design/construction.
Profile by Snood.
Lord Molyneux should be distinguished from:
A short drive from the Nicola and Catherine Bradley's Mission District base, the San Francisco Hellfire Club mansion was surrounded by large metal gates.
Lord Molyneux presided here.
Molyneux's League of Sensitives (his seers) was also based here.
The Hellfire Club's Sentinel was constructed here, and Nicola Bradley was brought there to witness as they used his battery to empower their Sentinel.
When the time-traveling X-Men and X-Club members arrived there, Cornelius Shaw and Salome took a pair of Hellfire Club guards with them as they rode the Sentinel in a rampage on the streets until it was destroyed by Madison Jeffries.--Uncanny X-Men#512
(Uncanny X-Men#512 (fb) - BTS) - Leading a branch of the Hellfire Club based in San Francisco, Lord Molyneux somehow accumulated a number of seers (presumably possessing some degree of ESP (Extrasensory Perception)); as they were useful to predict what would come next, Molyneux preserved them.
Molyneux's "League of Sensitives" (the seers) detected possible "evolutionary outbreaks," and the Hellfire Club eliminated them on their own.
However, as more and more "overmen" developed, the Hellfire Club constructed an immense robot known as a Sentinel, with which they intended to eliminate overmen.(Uncanny X-Men#512) - Waiting within the Hellfire Club's Seers' room, Lord Molyneux met with Cornelius Shaw and Salome, and one of the seers revealed her vague visions of overmen and humanity's extinction.
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Uncanny X-Men#512, pg. 11, panel 4-5 (mansion and gate symbol);
pg. 12, panel 1 (Seers room);
panel 2 (black-haired and black-eyed seer, with opium device, and face close-up);
pg. 13, panel 1-3 (rage, with seers affected);
panel 5 (raising sword to Shaw);
pg. 22, panel 1 (mansion, upper levels);
panel 2 (full);
panel 4 (face);
pg. 24, panel 2 (seers bleeding from eyes)
Uncanny X-Men#512 (August, 2009) - Matt Fraction (writer), Yanick Paquette (penciler), Karl Story (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
First Posted: 12/12/2017
Last updated: 12/12/2017
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