Real Name: Inapplicable
Identity/Class: Terrestrial insect hive mutant
Occupation: Servant of Macrothrax
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Bug Lords, Macrothrax, Thread, Vespa
Enemies: Ant-Man (Scott Lang),
Chudley, Pam, Stinger (Cassie Lang), Swarm (Fritz von Meyer)
Known Relatives: Inapplicable
Aliases: "Brother," "the Rhino Beetle Hulk," "the Thing That is Beetles"
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth
First Appearance: Ant-Man II#1 (April, 2020)
Powers/Abilities: Tusk existed as a humanoid
shape composed of thousands of rhino beetles given a semblance of hive
intelligence and organizational skills. Due to his nature as a
composite being, Tusk could individually control the rhino beetles that
made up his form and he had somewhat enhanced durability due to the
mutated rhino beetles' armored carapaces. The beetles' horns usually
protruded from various parts of Tusk's form and a group of beetles
stationed at the head of his form created a trio of sharp horns with
which Tusk tended to use as spears.
History: (Ant-Man II#2 (fb)) - A hive of rhino
beetles were mutated, granting them a hive intelligence and
organizational skills. After the insect master Macrothrax soon learned
of transformed Nazi Swarm and his experiments that had caused his human
consciousness to inhabit a mutated hive of killer bees, Macrothrax
forced Swarm to recreate the ray that had given his hive humanoid form
and use the ray to grant the mutated hive of rhino beetles humanoid
form as Tusk. Tusk and similar mutates Vespa and Thread, all given
humanoid form without a human conscious, soon began to think of Swarm
as impure and they attempted to kill Swarm, chasing him across the
(Ant-Man II#1) - Tusk, Vespa and Thread arrived to confront Swarm in Florida, where Swarm had been defeated by Ant-Man.
(Ant-Man II#2) - Swarm begged Ant-Man for protection from Tusk, Vespa and Thread and the trio of insect hive mutates quickly attacked, with Thread insisting that Ant-Man turn Swarm over to them. Tusk charged at Ant-Man, who shrunk down to avoid an attack from Vespa. While Ant-Man was shrunk, one of the rhino beetles making up Tusk's form pinched Ant-Man, forcing him to enlarge to his normal size in shock and pain. Tusk, Thread and Vespa continued their chase of Ant-Man and Swarm until Ant-Man enlarged a bee to block their escape. Tusk, Vespa and Thread soon destroyed the enlarged bee and emerged to bow before the arriving Macrothrax. Macrothrax soon determined that Ant-Man would stand in the way of his insect domination of Earth and ordered Tusk, Vespa and Thread to devour Ant-Man. Tusk led the charge but Ant-Man enlarged a single rhino beetle in Tusk's form, momentarily stopping Tusk in shock. Swarm and Ant-Man soon escaped and Tusk accompanied Macrothrax, Vespa and Thread in torturing and interrogating Ant-Man's enlarged ant Chudley for information on Chudley's enlargement.
(Ant-Man II#3) - Tusk accompanied Vespa and Thread as Macrothrax received a message from the Savage Land Bug Lords in the Florida Everglades. Ignoring the Bug Lords to focus on his own plan to acquire Ant-Man's Pym Particles, Macrothrax sent Thread to keep Ant-Man and his allies busy while Tusk and Vespa accompanied him to the ant hill where Ant-Man had been residing. When Vespa confirmed that Pym Particles were inside the ant hill, Macrothrax ordered Vespa and Tusk to take the Pym Particles and destroy every ant in the ant hill.
(Ant-Man II#4 (fb)) - Tusk and Vespa sent individual
insects from their form into the ant hill, killing nearly all of the
ants and stealing the Pym Particles.
(Ant-Man II#4) - As the surviving ant Pam informed
Ant-Man of the attack on the ant hill, Tusk accompanied Vespa and
Macrothrax to the Savage Land, where Macrothrax convened with the Bug
Lords. Macrothrax was thrown out of the Bug Lords' domain for insolence
and Tusk rushed to his master's side, asking if the Bug Lords had
punished Macrothrax. Macrothrax replied in the affirmative and insisted
he would make the Bug Lords see his vision as Ant-Man and Stinger
arrived to stop Macrothrax. After Stinger dispersed Vespa, Macrothrax
shoved Tusk into battle, ordering him to give his life for the world
hive. A confused Tusk hesitated and Stinger used her newly-improved
helmet to force the insects that made up Tusk's form to disperse,
apparently destroying Tusk.
Comments: Created by Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett.
Unlike his fellow mutated hives, Vespa and Thread, Tusk was specifically mentioned as being male by Macrothrax, who called Tusk "brother."
While Tusk seemingly died when the rhino beetles that
made up his body were dispersed, it wouldn't be the first time a
composite character was resurrected by reconstituting himself so I see
no reason why another future writer couldn't bring Tusk back if need be.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Tusk has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Ant-Man II#1, p20, pan1 (Tusk, main image)
Ant-Man II#4, p6, pan2 (Tusk, headshot)
Ant-Man II#4, p14, pan2 (Tusk's apparent death)
Ant-Man II#1 (April, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#2 (April, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#3 (May, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
Ant-Man II#4 (July, 2020) - Zeb Wells (writer), Dylan Burnett (art), Darren Shan (editor)
First Posted: 09/27/2020
Last updated: 09/27/2020
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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