EMISSARIES OF EVIL
Membership: Le Concierge (Threnadier), Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day), Synapse (Max Mullins)
Purpose: To take over organized crime in Europe
Affiliations: The Hand, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
Enemies: Dr. Claudia DuBois, Laurent LeVasseur (aka. Daredevil; Matt Murdock), S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tia Senyaka, others)
Base of Operations: Paris, France
First Appearance: (Unidentified) Daredevil I#376 (June, 1998); (named) Daredevil I#377 (July, 1998)
(Daredevil I#379 (fb) - BTS) - The Kingpin relocated to Paris, France. Realizing that there were far fewer super heroes there, he made plans to form a criminal empire. Kingpin recruited Synapse (Max Mullins), a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with bio-electric powers who could rewrite the memories of others; Le Concierge (Threnadier), a man with superior fighting skills; and the American criminal, Stilt-Man. Synapse killed a S.H.I.E.L.D. "volume agent", a man who had knowledge of nearly every deep cover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and Synapse stole the man's memories. Kingpin made plans to auction Synapse's skills, and the list of deep cover agents, off to the highest bidder of the European crime families. Before he died, the agent crossed paths with Dr. Claudia DuBois.
(Daredevil I#376) - Worried that DuBois knew too much, Kingpin authorized several Hand ninjas to go and attack DuBois, as the Emissaries stood by.
(Daredevil I#377) - Laurent LeVasseur (secretly Daredevil, his mind wiped in a S.H.I.E.L.D. procedure) managed to disperse the ninjas, but Claudia was apprehended and taken before the Kingpin. Stilt-Man went after Laurent, but was defeated, so Kingpin had Synapse scramble him with an electric blast from afar.
(Daredevil I#378) - As the braindead Stilt-Man was taken by the police, le Concierge went after Laurent, battling him at Claudia's apartment.
(Daredevil I#378 - BTS) - Laurent defeated le Concierge and then traded costumes with him.
(Daredevil I#378) - Kingpin questioned DuBois, then punched Synapse when he laughed at DuBois calling Kingpin fat. As "Laurent" returned with "le Concierge", Kingpin made peace with Synapse, who'd been planning revenge. The Emissaries prepared for their big meeting ahead.
(Daredevil I#379) - Kingpin assembled many of the heads of the criminal families across Europe, telling them he had a way to create new deep cover agents for them, but he demanded 25 percent of all of their assets in return. Kingpin prepared to demonstrate Synapse's powers on Claudia, but Laurent, back in his original costume, kicked Synapse and freed Claudia. Kingpin grabbed Laurent and ordered Synapse to reprogram his brain, but the effort accidentally restored Daredevil's true memories. Daredevil knocked out the lights and sparred with Kingpin, who recognized his foe now, but Kingpin and Synapse escaped as S.H.I.E.L.D. closed in.
Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell (writer), Cully Hamner (penciler) & Jason Martin (inker).
This was a weaving and confusing plot. S.H.I.E.L.D. had an electronic way of reprogramming memories, but Kingpin needed Synapse to do so. Kingpin got the list of deep cover S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, something Agent Tia Senyaka described as having the potential to end the world, yet he simply offered to auction off Synapse. Synapse escaped and he and le Concierge were never seen again. Also, Stilt-Man reportedly had brain damage, but didn't seem impacted in his next appearances. Le Concierge and Synapse have never shown up again, nor has there ever been mention of a "volume agent" anywhere else.
Regarding Stilt-Man...he seemed pretty crazy the next time he was seen in the Daredevil/Spider-Man mini-series.
Note that Stilt-Man was part of the original Emissaries of Evil in Daredevil Annual I#1.
Profile by Chadman.
The Emissaries of Evil should not be confused with:
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Daredevil I#379, p4, pan1 (Emissaries of Evil)
Daredevil I#379, p15, pan5 (Stilt-Man)
Daredevil I#376 (June, 1998) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Cully Hamner (penciler), Jason Martin (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Daredevil I#377-378 (July-August, 1998) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Tom Morgan (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Daredevil I#379 (September, 1998) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Cully Hamner (penciler), Jason Martin (inker), Tim Tuohy (editor)
First Posted: 09/04/2019
Last updated: 09/04/2019
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