Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate
former perimeter patrolman
Group Membership: Maximus' "Evil Inhumans" (Falcona,
Makus, Nebulo, Stallior,
Van Zante, Firebrand/Russ
Broxtel, Firewall/Min Li Ng, Sunstreak/Andrea
Affiliations: Gargantua (Edward Cobert), Maximus the Mad, Norman Osborn's Avengers (Ares, Hawkeye/Lester, Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn, Ms. Marvel/Karla Sofen, Sentry/Bob Reynolds, Spider-Man/Mac Gargan, Wolverine/Daken), Project: Earth (Madelyne Naylor Baldwin, Omar Barrenos, Li Muan Ho, Michael Shauneghan, Sasha Yamir), Psionex (Asylum, Coronary/James Sharp, Impulse/Dwight Hubbard, Mathematic/Thomas Sorenson, Pretty Persuasions/Heidi P. Franklin), U-Foes (Ironclad/Mike Steel, Vapor/Ann Darnell, Vector/Simon Utrecht, X-Ray/James Darnell), Wizard (Bentley Wittman), Women Warriors (Asp/Cleo Nefertiti, Black Mamba/Tanya Sealy, Diamondback/Rachel Leighton, Quicksand, Skein/Sybil Dvorak)
Enemies: Asgardians, Fantastic Four
(Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Richards, Mister
Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Gen.
Hamza Alim Halladah, Heavy
Hitters (Nonstop, Prodigy/Ritchie
Gillmore, Telemetry), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Inhumans (Aven,
Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crystal/Crystalia Amaquelin, Gorgon,
Karnak, Lockjaw, Medusa/Medusalith Boltagon, Oracle,
New Warriors (Firestar/Angelica Jones, Marvel Boy/Vance Astrovik,
Namorita/Namorita Prentiss, Nova/Richard Rider, Rage/Elvin Halliday,
Silhouette/Silhouette Chord, Speedball/Robbie Baldwin), Quicksilver
(Pietro Maximoff), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Aeolus, Aireo the Floating Man
Base of Operations: None;
First Appearance: (unidentified): Fantastic
Four I#47 (February, 1966);
(identified): Incredible Hulk II Annual#1 (October, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: After being exposed to Terrigenesis, Skybreaker/Aireo developed the ability to alter his own body weight and air currents to fly or hover at will. Able to fly at hundreds of miles per hour and to lift over a thousand pounds on the air currents, Skybreaker can also generate and control wind currents in small and vast amounts, including giving him the ability to take air out of someone's lungs (rendering them unconscious) or to form focused bursts of air that can hit with the precision of a bullet.
Weight: 110 lbs.
Hair: Reddish blonde
History: (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#6 (fb) – BTS) – The man who would become Aireo was subjected to Terrigenesis shortly after birth and he gained the ability to manipulate air currents. Learning to fly on the air currents, he became a perimeter patrolman in Attilan.
(Fantastic Four I#47) – The Fantastic Four saw Aireo flying over the Attilan and realized where the city had been hidden.
(Incredible Hulk II Annual#1 (fb) – BTS) – A group of Inhumans gathered together, seeking to overthrow Black Bolt as the ruler of Attilan, wanting to take over the city themselves. The group included Aireo the Floating Man, Stallior, Nebulo, Falcona, Leonus and Timberius. The group attacked the city but they were defeated.
(Incredible Hulk II Annual#1) – Aireo and his allies were put on trial, presided over by Black Bolt and the Oracle. When Stallior tried to turn on the others for his own gain, he was attacked by his allies, with Leonus out for blood. Black Bolt stopped the fight and, ignoring the cries of Maximus the Mad that Black Bolt should be the one on trial, the king found the six guilty and sentenced them to imprisonment in the Un-Place in another dimension behind an impenetrable shield. The group was shocked when Lockjaw later teleported the Hulk into the Un-Place as well. Hulk, refusing all offers of alliance from the imprisoned Inhumans, began smashing at the barrier and after several blows, smashed it, freeing the Inhumans along with him. Maximus the Mad teleported to the Un-Place and teleported the group back to Attilan, where he unleashed Hulk on the city while he took the others into his secret lab. After taking them through the lab, Maximus told them of the ancient scientist, who had left behind a deadly weapon that was behind a strong barrier. Maximus hoped the Hulk could break through it and that he could use the weapon to take over Attilan. Maximus sent Nebulo (who punched Aireo to prove his worth and who demanded to be second in command to Maximus) to lure Hulk in and Nebulo gained Hulk's trust by grabbing a gun and shooting down a plane. Back in the lab, Hulk agreed to be friends with the Inhumans and he smashed the barrier, releasing Romnar's substance, which Maximus then weaponized. Maximus demanded control over the entire city and the Inhumans realized he was mad with power. Aireo seized the weapon and hit the Hulk with it while the others seized Maximus. When Hulk attacked the Inhumans, Aireo and his allies turned on him, hoping to win the favor of the city so they could seize control of it as Black Bolt defeated Maximus, destroying the weapon.
(Fantastic Four I#83 (fb) – BTS) – Maximus seized control of the Inhuman crown, imprisoning the Royal Family (Black Bolt, Triton, Karnak, Gorgon) while using science and hypnosis to keep control of Medusa and Lockjaw. Maximus managed to capture the Fantastic Four (Crystal, Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic, Thing) as well then made plans to conquer the world. Aireo, Stallior, Leonus, Falcona and Timberius continued serving him.
(Fantastic Four I#83) – Maximus had Aireo and the others attend to him in the baths then he forced them to bow after they dressed him for the day. Maximus prepared to activate the Hypno-Ray that would help him attack the human world but the Royal Family and Fantastic Four escaped and destroyed it. Maximus fled with his five allies then they boarded a ship into space to find freedom.
(Incredible Hulk II#119 (fb) – BTS) – Maximus took Aireo and the others back to Earth, where Nebulo rejoined the team. Maximus hypnotized the civilians of Costa Salvador, making them mindless slaves while he took over ruling the land. He planned to expand his power outward.
(Incredible Hulk II#119) – Hulk soon broke through Maximus' force field and the Inhumans attacked. Timberius restrained the monster with roots then Aireo lifted Hulk, preparing to drop him in quicksand, but Hulk broke free. When the American military attacked, Maximus invited Hulk to join them.
(Incredible Hulk II#120) – While the Hulk held off the military, the Inhumans fought amongst themselves about whether they should turn on the Hulk. Maximus was prepared to kill those in the military so Hulk fought back and Maximus unleashed a giant robot he'd developed. Hulk destroyed the robot and Maximus fled in a rocket with the Inhumans.
(Amazing Adventures II#1 (fb) –BTS) – Maximus set up base on a remote island, where he forced Aireo (whom he called Aeolus), Stallior, Leonus and Timberius to wait on him hand and foot. Maximus prepared missiles to send against the Royal Family in Attilan.
(Amazing Adventures II#1) – Aireo and his allies tended to Maximus while the missiles were launched.
(Amazing Adventures II#2) – Maximus manipulated the Royal Family into fighting the Fantastic Four as Aireo, Leonus, Stallior and Timberius tended to him. Soon, Maximus was captured by the Royal Family, who defeated him and stopped the missiles.
(Silver Surfer I#18 (fb) – BTS) – Maximus and his followers were exiled from the city and forced to live on their own while Black Bolt controlled the Great Refuge.
(Silver Surfer I#18) – When Silver Surfer got close to Attilan, Maximus sent Aireo, Leonus, Stallior and Timberius against him. Aireo knocked Surfer off his board but Surfer easily recovered. Silver Surfer sent the Inhumans scrambling back to Attilan, where Maximus hoped to turn Surfer against Black Bolt. After Surfer fought the Royal Family, Maximus and his allies attacked Attilan in their airship, firing electron bolts on the palace, but the ship was soon repelled by the Royal Family.
(Inhumans I#5 (fb)) – Maximus and his allies, including Aireo and Makus, took over Attilan after capturing Crystal and Quicksilver, promising to kill them unless the populace surrendered.
(Inhumans I#4) – When the Royal Family returned to Attilan, Falcona, Leonus and Aireo stood with Maximus as he welcomed Black Bolt and the others home.
(Inhumans I#5) – Aireo was ordered to chain Black Bolt to the ceiling, where the ruler stayed for nine straight days.
(Inhumans I#6) – Escaping, Black Bolt destroyed part of Attilan with his voice. As he gave a speech through Medusa about taking the Inhumans into space, Maximus and the mind-controlled Inhumans including Leonus, Timberius, Aireo, Falcona and Stallior, prepared to fire a cannon on the Royal Family but they were swiftly defeated.
(Marvel Fanfare I#14/2) – Aireo stole the Royal Scepter, knocking out its guardian Aven. For a time, the other Inhumans thought Quicksilver was the thief and they confronted him but Quicksilver soon exposed Aireo as the thief. Aireo tried destroying the Scepter in retaliation but Quicksilver saved it.
(New Warriors I#8 (fb) – BTS) – Aireo left Attilan and joined with the organization Project: Earth. They gave him the new costumed identity of Skybreaker and formed the team Force of Nature with members Aqueduct, Firewall and Terraformer. Their leader, Omar Barrenos, planned to use the team to fight for nature, protecting the rainforests.
(New Warriors I#7) – Protecting a Project: Earth plot in the Brazilian rainforest, Force of Nature questioned and killed a man to discover the identities of arriving Americans, the New Warriors.
(New Warriors I#8) – The Force of Nature attacked the New Warriors in the Brazilian jungle, with Skybreaker pulling the air from the lungs of Namorita and Firestar. When the Warriors were restrained, they saw Project: Earth assemble (including Omar Barrenos, Li Muan Ho, Sasha Yamir, Michael Shauneghan and Madeline Naylor Baldwin, the mother of Speedball).
(New Warriors I#9) – Force of Nature was sent against the rainforest contractors and they focused on doing as much damage as possible to them. The New Warriors attacked, rescuing the contractors and taking down the Force. During the fight, Skybreaker toppled bulldozers, putting civilians in danger, and Speedball soon knocked out Skybreaker with a smash.
(New Warriors I#29 (fb) – BTS) – The Force of Nature, with new member Firebrand replacing Firewall, entered war-torn Trans-Sabal to stop the environmental havoc there, including massive oil well fires ravaging the country. They spent several weeks in conflict with the Trans-Sabal army, led by General Halladah (who piloted Mandroid armor), and the People's Armed Front, led by Araq Mezdbadah, trying to protect the interests of the environment. Each member of the Force of Nature ended up adopting a darker persona, using their powers in new deadly ways.
(New Warriors I#29 (fb) – Project: Earth asked the New Warriors (Firestar, Namorita, Nova, Rage, Silhouette, Speedball) to intervene in a civil war in Trans-Sabal to pull out the Force of Nature. The Warriors arrived as a battle between the Army and the Front was coming to a head. Halladah and Mezdbadah prepared to face off in a final struggle.
(New Warriors I#30 (fb)) – Aqueduct, by firing a burst of water, intentionally dehydrated Halladah, killing the general. During the conflict, Skybreaker attacked Speedball but Silhouette knocked him out of the air. The Force of Nature continued the fight in the country's capital alongside the New Warriors until the young heroes chose to leave the country.
(New Warriors I#36) – Imprisoned at the Vault, Aqueduct, Terraformer and Skybreaker aided the Wizard and Gargantua in a revolt against the Guardsmen to gain better rights for prisoners, such as Terraformer having a plant with him to survive. Fellow prisoner Marvel Boy (Vance Astrovik) helped the revolt die down.
(Avengers: The Initiative I#26 (fb) – BTS) – Force of Nature, with new recruit Sunstreak, was recruited by the corrupt Norman Osborn's Initiative to be the official sanctioned super hero team of Oregon.
(Avengers: The Initiative I#26) – The Force of Nature was revealed to the public, alongside other teams, including Psionex (for Maryland), the U-Foes (of North Carolina) and the Women Warriors (of Delaware). Norman Osborn fielded questions from reporters.
(Avengers: The Initiative I#28)
– When the Heavy Hitters
(Nonstop, Prodigy, Telemetry) in Nevada seceded from the Initiative,
in the Force of Nature to straighten them up. Under Sunstreak's
they attacked the Heavy Hitters on a rooftop. During the fight,
scattered a news helicopter with a burst of air.
(Siege I#1) – The Force of Nature was sent by
Osborn, alongside other Initiative recruits and his dark Avengers, to
Asgard over Broxton, Oklahoma. Skybreaker then participated in the
intense battle that followed.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
The "League of Evil Inhumans" was never officially
this on panel and it is unrevealed how much of Aireo's involvement on
was due to Maximus the Mad taking mental control of him.
Aireo received a major upgrade when he became Skybreaker and worked with Force of Nature, showing control of air, which he used in particularly savage ways.
Profile by Chadman.
Skybreaker/Aireo should not be confused with:
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FF: 50 Fantastic Years, p49, pan1 (Skybreaker, main)
Fantastic Four I#47, p14, pan5 (Aireo in purple and green costume)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#6, p27, pan2 (Aireo in 2nd costume)
Silver Surfer I#18, p1, pan1 (flying after Silver Surfer)
New Warriors I#8, p9, pan6 (Skybreaker, with Force of Nature)
Avengers: the Initiative I#28, p12, pan3 (as part of Initiative)
Fantastic Four I#47 (February, 1966) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Incredible Hulk II Annual#1 (October, 1968) – Gary Friedrich (writer), Marie Severin (penciler), Syd Shores, Frank Giacoia, John Verpoorten (inkers), Stan Lee (editor)
Fantastic Four I#83 (February, 1969) – Stan Lee/editor (writer), Jack Kirby (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker)
Incredible Hulk II#119 (September-October, 1969) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Herb Trimpe (artist)
Incredible Hulk II#120 (October, 1969) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (artist)
Amazing Adventures II#1-2 (August-September, 1970) – Gary Friedrich (writer), John Buscema (penciler), John Buscema (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Silver Surfer I#18 (September, 1970) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Herb Trimpe (inker)
Inhumans I#4 (April, 1976) – Doug Moench (writer), George Perez (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Inhumans I#5 (June, 1976) – Doug Moench (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Inhumans I#6 (August, 1976) – Doug Moench (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Frank Chiramonte (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#14/2 (May, 1984) – Mary Jo Duffy (writer), Alan Weiss (artist), Al Milgrom (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition II#8 (May, 1986) – Mark Gruenwald, Peter Sanderson (writers/artists/editors), Josef Runbinstein (inker)
New Warriors I#7-9 (January-March, 1991) – Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Larry Mahlstedt (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
New Warriors I#29-30 (November-December, 1992) – Fabian Nicieza (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Larry Mahlstedt, Brian Garvey (inkers), Rob Tokar (editor)
New Warriors I#36 (June, 1993) – Fabian Nicieza (writer), Craig Brasfield (penciler), Jeff Albrecht (inker), Rob Tokar (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative I#26, 28 (September, November, 2009) – Christos Gage (writer), Rafa Sandoval (penciler), Roger Bonet (inker), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Siege I#1 (March, 2010) – Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Olivier Coipel (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 04/08/2020
Last updated: 04/08/2020
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