Real Name: Meruda (full name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman)
citizen of Kenya
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Fenech the Foul, Gawa, Lord of Death, Yakuba the Bloodless
Enemies: Ayuba, Mumbi Sefularo, X-Men (Beast/Henry McCoy, Firestar/Angelica Jones, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Kenya
First Appearance: Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1 (August, 2014)
Powers/Abilities: After undergoing Terrigenesis, Meruda grew to a massive size and developed the ability to manipulate the elements (including wind and water), and to manipulate sand, from which he created an axe as well as sand creatures to follow him. Meruda's control of the sand allowed him to shape the sand into the form of his own memories. Meruda had training in the mystical arts, knowing how to summon the gods Fenech the Foul, Yakuba the Bloodless and Gawa, Lord of the Undead, through human sacrifice. Meruda appeared to have super-strength and durability. The full extent of his powers is likely unrevealed.
Meruda also had a group of followers who recognized
him as their leader.
History: (Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1 (fb) – BTS) – Meruda grew up in a tribe in Kenya. Years ago, Meruda saw young Ororo Munroe, the goddess Storm, go after the Black Panther around the same time that a sandstorm wiped out Meruda's entire tribe. He grew up believing that Storm was responsible for the death of his tribe. At some point, Meruda developed skills in summoning dark gods. After the Terrigen Cloud hit, Meruda emerged transformed and with super powers related to sand and weather control.
(Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1) – Meruda, determined to get long overdue revenge against Storm, attacked the tribe containing her family members, killing many including Mumbi Sefularo. Meruda then kidnapped Ayuba, the cousin of Storm. Meruda returned to his adopted tribe, where they were setting up a pentagram and ritual, and various candles and animal parts were placed at each point. After blasting one of his followers for knocking over a candle, Meruda tried summoned Fenech the Foul and Yakuba the Bloodless. Just as the X-Men (Storm, Wolverine, Beast, Nightcrawler, Firestar) arrived, Meruda summoned Gawa, Lord of the Undead, and Ayuba's spirit left her body. Meruda did battle with Storm while the X-Men sparred with Gawa. Meruda shaped the sand into shapes to tell the story of his memories to Storm then he hit her with her strongest winds and blasts of lightning. Storm, able to control the elements, overwhelmed Meruda's powers and he went crashing into the sea. The connection broken, Gawa fell, and Ayuba's spirit returned to her body.
Comments: Created by Monty Nero and Salvador Larroca.
Profile by Chadman.
Meruda should be distinguished from:
(Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1 (fb) – BTS) – In Kenya, Ayuba, the cousin of Storm, was kidnapped by Meruda.
(Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1) – Ayuba's spirit was drained from her body for Meruda to summon Gawa, Lord of the Undead. Beast of the X-Men tended to Ayuba as Storm battled Meruda. When Meruda and Gawa were defeated, Ayuba's spirit returned to her body.
--Amazing X-Men Annual II#1/1 (1/1 (fb) - BTS, 1/1,
Fenech the Foul and Yakuba the Bloodless
(Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1 - BTS) - Meruda sought to raise the gods Fenech the Foul and Yakuba the Bloodless to serve him.
X-Men II Annual#1/1 - BTS
Gawa, Lord of the Undead
(Amazing X-Men II Annual#1) – Gawa, Lord of the Undead, was summoned by Meruda in Kenya, who sacrificed the spirit of the girl Ayuba. The X-Men (Firestar, Beast, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm) attacked, quickly discovering that Gawa was surrounded by a force field that could only be penetrated by his own weapons. After Meruda was defeated, Gawa easily fell as the mutants stabbed him with his own weapons.
Gawa is a powerful god with multiple mouths and spikes growing out of his body, long claws on his hands, multiple hands holding arrows and a tendrilly snake body. Gawa is surrounded by a magical force field which can only be penetrated by his own weapons
--Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1
(Amazing X-Men II Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - A relative of Storm's in Kenya, Mumbi Sefularo was killed when Meruda attacked her tribe.
X-Men II Annual#1 - BTS
Amazing X-Men II Annual#1, p2, pan1 (main)
Amazing X-Men II Annual#1, p10, pan4 (face)
Amazing X-Men II Annual#1, p11, pan3-4 (human form)
Amazing X-Men II Annual#1, p18, pan3 (Ayuba)
Amazing X-Men II Annual#1, p7, pan3 (Gawa)
Amazing X-Men II Annual#1/1 (August, 2014) – Monty Nero (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
First Posted: 06/03/2020
Last updated: 06/03/2020
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