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MOURNING STAR

Real Name: Mariah Autumn

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-95431) cyborg

Occupation: Health spa operator; covert serial Ultra killer;
   formerly alien collaborator;
   formerly human resistance

Group Membership: Juventus Clinic and Health Spa;
   formerly Dragoons (Earth-95431)

Affiliations: Custodians, Tradesmen, Captain Tyburn (all Earth-93060), Entity (Amber Hunt) (Earth-95431)

Enemies: Chaotician, Jack Dancer, Foxfire, Mustang (Cal Dean), Thorn Boy, other Ultra prisoners (all Earth-93060), Mr. Autumn (Earth-95431), mobsters (Jared Pike, others), Punisher (Frank Castle) (Earth-616)

Known Relatives: Mr. Autumn ("husband", deceased), Foxfire (Rose Autumn) (adopted daughter)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in USA (Earth-93060/Ultraverse); briefly New York City, USA (Earth-616);
   formerly Earth-95413

First Appearance: mentioned: The Phoenix Resurrection: Aftermath (January, 1996); partially seen Foxfire#1 (February, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Mourning Star is a mechanical cyborg of futuristic design with heightened strength and durability, although she can be melted under extreme temperatures. She is coated with a substance that replicates human skin and topped with near-indestructible auburn hair. Her chassis has been damaged in a fight and needs to be sustained with the life essences unique to super-powered Ultras. Via alien technology, she can mind-link with an organic humanoid to transfer her consciousness. She is ruthless, violent and cunning, and programmed to deceive.

Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Green (outer human shell); green lit lens (exposed cyborg shell)
Hair: Auburn (artificial)

History:

(The Phoenix Resurrection: Aftermath (fb) - BTS) - On Earth-95431, fifty years in an apocalyptic future, where the alien Progeny race had devastated the Earth, an alien/Ultra human hybrid was created to save the human race, but had to be activated by cosmic rays. The Phoenix Force's visitation to the Ultraverse (Earth-93060) in the 1990s was considered the key, so the baby, Rose Autumn, was assigned to be sent back with two cyborgs (Dragoons) to act as carers in the guise of parents.

(Foxfire#4 (fb) - BTS) - The treacherous Entity, adviser to the human leader, secretly reprogrammed one of the Dragoons, Mariah, to prevent Rose's cosmic activation.

(The Phoenix Resurrection: Aftermath (fb) - BTS / Foxfire#4 (fb)) - The two Dragoons were sent back to the late 1970s with the baby, but Rose's cyborg father had to battle Mariah for custody of Rose. It was thought Mariah had malfunctioned; she was deactivated and considered dead.

(Foxfire#4 (fb) - BTS) - But Mariah Autumn survived and discovered that she had now gained a will of her own, but her cyborg structure was permanently damaged. Becoming Mourning Star, she built a covert business empire and allied herself with the alien Tradesmen, who showed her technology to transfer her mind into a human body. To that end, she sought to eventually take her daughter's cosmically transformed body, also targeting super-powered Ultras, milking (and ultimately killing) many by harvesting their genes to extend her life.

(The Phoenix Resurrection: Revelations) - Rose Autumn was cosmically triggered by the Phoenix Force, becoming Foxfire, and quickly taken to the future by her cyborg father.

(Foxfire#3 (fb) - BTS) - Using advanced technology, Mourning Star intercepted the timeslide that returned Rose and her father from the future. Mourning Star wanted Rose, but only secured the father. She dismembered and tortured him.

(Foxfire#1) - Tyburn, one of Mourning Star's human agents, informed her of a new Ultra. From Juventus Clinic and Health Spa, a front for her operations, Mourning Star ordered the Ultra's capture, unaware this new Ultra was Rose.

(Foxfire#3) - Unhappy with the immortal Ultra Jack Dancer's interference in her schemes, Mourning Star had him tortured to find his pain threshold.

   Later, discovering Rose as Foxfire trying to escape with Mustang and Dancer, Mourning Star ordered Tradesmen aliens kill her two male allies, but that Foxfire be unharmed. However, the former prisoners escaped via a damaged transmat platform to Earth-616. Obsessed with taking over Foxfire's body, she demanded that the Tradesmen find her.

(Foxfire#4) - Mourning Star and the Tradesmen followed via the same dimensional jump to Earth-616, but were momentarily distracted by a gunfight between Punisher and several mobsters. Further shooting triggered an explosion that exposed Mourning Star's cyborg body until just Mourning Star and a renewed Foxfire were left to confront each other. Mourning Star revealed her plan and she began a mind-link to transfer her consciousness into Foxfire's body. But Foxfire resisted, the mind-link instead unlocking untapped reservoirs of control. Foxfire mercilessly melted Mourning Star to slag, then incinerated alien Tradesmen technology to prevent infecting Earth-616's timeline.

 

 

Comments: Created by Ian Edgington & Dan Abnett (writers), Kevin West (pencils), Philip Moy & Bob Almond (inks).

Jared Pike was the real-life winner of a competition that was linked to Phoenix Resurrection: Revelations (although I can't see the competition details there) wherein you would be drawn in a Malibu comic book. In this case, Jared made it into Earth-616; whether he survived Mourning Star's counter-attack is unrevealed.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Mourning Star has no known connections to:


Custodians

The Custodians were large, heavily armored and armed robots guarding the Ultra prisoners being milked for their life essences by Mourning Star on Earth-93060. Some had handheld guns while others had blaster weapons built into their arms. At least four pursued Foxfire, Mustang and Dancer as they attempted escape, and were responsible for the death of the Foxfire's cyborg father. Foxfire and Mustang destroyed them before they made their escape. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Foxfire#3


Jared Pike

Jared Pike was an armed mob enforcer firing on the Punisher from a rooftop in New York City (Earth-616) when Foxfire, Mustang and Dancer suddenly arrived from Earth-93060. They were quickly pursued by the cyborg Mourning Star and three Tradesmen aliens. The mobsters foolishly also shot at the newest arrivals, who then fired back with superior weaponry, demolishing that corner of the building.

 

 

 

 

--Foxfire#4


Captain Tyburn

Captain Tyburn (first name unrevealed) was a police captain and human agent of Mourning Star on Earth-93060, informing her of any new Ultras apprehended by local New York police stations that could be rounded up by her forces so that she could later drain them of life. Tyburn reported the manifestation of Autumn Rose's Ultra powers and shot her with a tranquilizer dart so that she could be taken to Mourning Star's secret lab.

 

 

 

 

 

--Foxfire#1 (Foxfire#3 (fb)


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Foxfire#4, p8, pan3 (pure cyborg form)
Foxfire#3, p23, pan3 (human shell)
Foxfire#3, p16, pan3 (Custodian)
Foxfire#4, p2, pan2 (Jared Pike)
Foxfire#4, p24 (Jared Pike - real life headshot)
Foxfire#1, p8, pan1 (Tyburn)


Appearances:
Foxfire#1 (February, 1996) - Ian Edgington & Dan Abnett (writers), Kevin West (pencils), Philip Moy & Bob Almond (inks), Scott Bernstein & Hank Kanalz (editor)
Foxfire#2 (March, 1996) - Ian Edgington & Dan Abnett (writers), Kevin West (pencils), Philip Moy & Bob Almond (inks), Phil Crain (editor)
Foxfire#3 (April, 1996) - Ian Edgington & Dan Abnett (writers), Kevin West (pencils), Bob Almond & Philip Moy (inks), Phil Crain (editor)
Foxfire#4 (May, 1996) - Ian Edgington & Dan Abnett (writers), Kevin West (pencils), Philip Moy & Bob Almond (inks), Phil Crain (editor)


First posted: 09/10/2019
Last updated: 09/10/2019

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