Real Name: Shiva
Identity/Class: Terrestrial technology (robot)
Group Membership: US government;
as a program activating a series of robots, Shiva is its own group;
formerly Project X / Weapon X (multinational version)
Affiliations: Project X (Professor/Truett Hudson), presumably Romulus
Enemies: Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Team X (Mastodon (aka Elephante), Maverick (Christoph Nord, aka Wildcat), Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Silver Fox, Wolverine (James Howlett, aka Logan), John Wraith (aka Halcon)), unidentified United States Secretary of State
Known Relatives: None; they are a series identical robots activated by a program
Aliases: The Destroyer
Base of Operations: Weapon X facility, Canada
First Appearance: (Mentioned) Wolverine II#48 (November, 1991);
(seen) Wolverine II#50 (January, 1992)
Powers/Abilities: Shiva is a program that
activates a series of robots who sole purpose is to assassinate rogue
Weapon X subjects.
They could apparently be programmed to target individuals.
The Shiva program activated a robot designed to defeat one of the Project X subjects. Designed for survivability, Shiva had multiple redundancies in its back-up systems. When one robot was destroyed, the program activated another robot, and the next robot had all the memories of the first, enabling it to learn from and counter means that previously were effective against it. As such, Shiva was said to learn from its mistakes, and it alledgedly cannot be fooled/defeated the same way twice. Programmed with a target's features, Shiva units could track them across an unspecified distance.
The number of Shiva robots is unrevealed; the Professor noted that they
had a limited number of back-ups, but he considered it quite sufficient
to finish off the Weapon X subjects.
John Wraith said there was a small army of Shiva robots.
The Shiva units appeared to vary somewhat in size (between perhaps 8-10' in size; see comments); they each had some degree of superhuman strength (lifting perhaps 2 tons; see comments)
and possessed superhuman durability (they were composed of an
unspecified metal, presumably a steel alloy; Sabretooth was able to
tear one's head off, and they could not withstand Adamantium claws, the
Muramasa Blade, or certain explosives placed on the surface), speed,
and reflexes. The Shiva units had sharp blades on each finger and could
generate fiery heat and or electrical energy (or perhaps plasma) on
their hands; at least some of them could project fiery blasts able to
instantly kill a normal person. They had sound-dampers they could
activate at will.
Most significantly for the Weapon X subject, the Shiva units were armed with triggers to activate the memory implants within the Weapon X subjects; they did this via electronic pulses that activated neuro-synthetic implants. This could result in a painful and disturbing memory backlash, causing victims to relive any and all physical pain, horrific memories, and negative emotions (such as loneliness, heartbreak, and shame). The Shiva units could stimulate specific memories, or could combine them all in a massive assault (Shiva referred to it as a cataclysmic memory backlash).
Height: 12' (see comments)
Weight: 2000 lbs.
(Wolverine II#50 (fb) - BTS) - Feeling that the test subjects in the Weapon X program (killing machines they were placing back in the general population) were too dangerous, the program's security committee decided they needed to have safeguards.(Wolverine II#50 (fb) - BTS) - A previous Weapon X subject discovered the vault containing Shiva in the Canadian Weapon X facility; however, he was unable to open the vault, and the Professor and others were "able to reprogram him. Put him back in the pool..."
Comments: Created by "Lethal" Larry Hama, "Murderous" Marc Silvestri, and "Dangerous" Dan Green.
Shiva's list included, in this order: Wolverine, Sabretooth, Fox (Silver Fox), Kestrel (John Wraith), Vole (Aldo Ferro), Mastodon (real name unrevealed, aka Elephante), Wildcat (Maverick).
We don't know how many Shiva robots there are/were, but I think we've only seen 5 so far. Two in #50, two in #60-61, and the one in Wolverine: Origins#1-2. The one in #64 said something about having regenerated an individual module from damaged components.
12' looks a bit excessive for Shiva's height to me. In Wolverine II#60, it was way taller than Sabretooth, but I don't think it was twice his height...maybe more like 10' tall. In Wolverine II#50, it didn't even seem that tall...maybe closer to 8'. In Wolverine: Origins, the Shiva robot is taller than Wolverine, so that what looks like a strike roughly parallel to Wolverine's shoulder hit Shiva in the abdomen.
Romulus seemed to be behind everything in the Wolverine: Origins series. If there's information that reveals someone else was behind sending Shiva to kill the Secretary of State, let me know.
Honestly, the Shiva robots looked impressive, and there was all this talk about how they learned from their assaults and would become even more dangerous, but they really weren't that much of a challenge for any of the Project X subjects.
Condoleeza Rice was the Secretary of State at the time of this story, and she is African-American like the Secretary of State in this story. I have NO idea what Daniel Way's agenda was in writing that.
Profile by Snood.
Shiva should be distinguished from:
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Wolverine II#50, pg. 22, panel 4 (emerging from vault);
pg. 27, panel 1 (fighting Wolverine);
panel 2 (fiery hand vs. Wolverine);
Wolverine II#60, pg. 17, panel 1 (with Wraith and Sabretooth)
Wolverine II#64, pg. 19, panel 3 (flying down pit)
Wolverine: Origins#1, pg. 15, panel 3 (breaking through White House wall);
pg. 16, panel 3 (slaying Secretary of State with fiery blast);
Wolverine: Weapon X Files: Shiva entry
Wolverine II#48 (November, 1991) - Larry Hama (script), Marc Silvestri (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#49 (December, 1991) - Larry Hama (script), Marc Silvestri (penciler), Dan Green & Hilary Barta (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#50 (January, 1992) - "Lethal" Larry Hama (script), "Murderous" Marc Silvestri (penciler), "Dangerous" Dan Green (inker -- with help from Hilary Barta & Tom Palmer), Brutal Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#60 (Early September, 1992) - Larry Hama (script), Dave Hoover (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#61 (Late September, 1992) - Larry Hama (script), Mark Texeira (art), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#64 (December, 1992) - Larry Hama (script), Mark Pacella (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine: Origins#1-2 (June-July, 2006) - Daniel Way (writer), Steve Dillon (artist), Michael O'Connor (assistant editor), Cory Sedlmeier (associate editor), Axel Alonso (editor)
Wolverine: Weapon X Files (June, 2009): Shiva entry
Last updated: 05/20/17
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