Real Name: Tarik Fayad
Identity/Class: Normal human (citizen of Egypt
and/or Madripoor - see comments)
Occupation: Adventurer, defender of Madripoor
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Hydra, Grant Ward (Iron Thief)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Madripoor
First Appearance: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2
Powers/Abilities: Horus is a fearless defender
of Madripoor with athlete-level build. Horus' power source is his
Coptic staff, composed of wood and stone, which is about 4' in length
topped with a carved snake's head (see comments). The staff is
mystical energies and is unbreakable by human hands. The staff grants
the wielder various powers, including flight, high energy blasts and a
near impenetrable invisible defense shield around the bearer.
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
(Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#1) - Disguised in duplicated
Iron Man armor as Iron Thief, Hydra agent Grant Ward attacked the
high-security Pentagon and stole the miniature quantum drive, which
contained the 87 Coulson Protocols (codenamed Axiom), a list of tactics
and protocols to eliminate any major super hero on Earth if they ever
went rogue. This list included the Madripoor-based hero Horus.
(Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2 (fb) - BTS) - Iron Thief
took to the night air over Madripoor with the explicit intention to
kill Horus to demonstrate the effectiveness of Axiom.
(Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2) - Horus flew up high to
meet the threat and was undeterred by the Iron Man armor, blasting Ward
back with the staff. However, Ward used Axiom to identify that the
Coptic staff was vulnerable to high spectrum sonics and shattered the
staff with his repulsors. With the staff disabled, Ward blasted the now
unprotected Horus in half in a demonstration of strength. Soon after,
the helmeted Ward posted the kill on the Dark Web and that the
remaining 86 protocols would be up for auction in 48 hours.
Comments: Created by Marc Guggenheim & German Peralta.
A one-page character who really deserved more back-story or mentions elsewhere. It is unrevealed if he or the staff had any links to the Heliopolitan gods (ancient Egyptian gods) or Horus himself; the name would suggest this (certainly with the Coptic staff (Copts relating to ancient Egyptians)).
The origin of the serpent head on the staff certainly
warrants clarification. It may relate to Nehebkau (once
chaotic, later viewed as a protective and funerary deity) or, much more
likely, the cobra goddess Wadjet, protector of
kings and of women in childbirth; she was said to be the nurse and
protector of the infant god Horus.
Dropping an Egyptian deity-themed hero into an east Asian nation is unusual (i.e., why not theme a more regional deity?). Was this Horus supposed to be Egyptian/Middle East based, but then placed in Madripoor so Grant Ward wouldn't have to fly from Cairo/Alexandria to the Madripoor auction site at speeds that would challenge/exceed the capabilities of his (counterfeit) armor?
Tarik Fayad may have been an Egyptian citizen (given the Horus-Egypt link) or a Madripoor citizen (given he was its defender and likely resident). It's unrevealed if he was a legally sanctioned guardian of the Madripoor government, or simply a local vigilante.
Horus' civilian identity Tarik Fayad is very likely
based on the former Marvel intern,
who helped with editing, continuity, recaps, solicits, obituary ads for
the Ultimate Universe, etc., around 2009.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Horus (Tarik Fayad) has no known connections to:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2, p6, pan1 (main image)
p6, pan5 (headshot)
p6, pan6 (death)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2 (April, 2016) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), German Peralta (pencils & inks), Katie Kubert (editor)
First posted: 03/13/2021
Last updated: 03/13/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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