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HORUS

Real Name: Tarik Fayad

Identity/Class: Normal human (citizen of Egypt and/or Madripoor - see comments)

Occupation: Adventurer, defender of Madripoor

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unrevealed

Enemies: Hydra, Grant Ward (Iron Thief)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Madripoor

First Appearance: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2 (April, 2016)

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 enchanted with 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.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History:

(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.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Horus (Tarik Fayad) has no known connections to:


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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.#2, p6, pan1 (main image)
   p6, pan5 (headshot)
   p6, pan6 (death)


Appearances:
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

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