Membership: Three unidentified members
Purpose: Unrevealed (see comments)
Enemies: Grip (Brandon Blake)
Base of Operations: Milan, Italy
First Appearance: Europa#3 (September 1996)
(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed means a trio of Italian-based (and possibly Italian) criminals gained access to sophisticated, high-tech weapons, possibly including cybernetics.
(Europa#3 (fb)) - Taking inspiration
from American examples, they became the self-professed "supercriminals"
Vandalia, and launched an unexpected raid in the heart of Milan, razing
two banks to the ground and spreading panic.
The police proved helpless against their firepower, but Gemini member Grip swiftly put an end to their rampage.
Comments: Created by Giorgio Lavagna, Francesco Mio, Luca Poli and
Carmine Di Giandomenico.
Poli and Di Giandomenico did the character designs for the Gemini characters, while Fabrizio Ugolini and Giampaolo Frizzi drew and inked the actual series.
With only four panels showing them rampaging with no apparent focus,
it's uncertain what motivated Vandalia's members.
The text mentions
that they "razed" banks, but it's not mentioned if that included
robbing them. Given they hung around to shoot the city up, and their
choice of name echoing "vandal," they might simply have wanted to
cause chaos and destruction.
Their origins are similarly vague - they
might have been connected to the Alba Nera (Black Dawn) terrorist
group mentioned in other parts of the story, their tech might mean
they were connected to A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), also mentioned in the story, or they might
have been independent from both - given their tech and that two looked
at least partially cybernetic, maybe they are rogue Reavers who evaded
capture by the X-Men and didn't return to the group when Donald Pierce
Profile by Loki, with invaluable aid from comic translator Angelo Mammone.
Vandalia has no known connections to:
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Europa #3, p2-3, pan1 (main image)
Europa #3, p3, pan4 (defeated by Grip)
Europa #3 (September, 1996) - Giorgio Lavagna and Francesco Mio (writers), Fabrizio Ugolini (pencils), Giampaolo Frizzi (inks), Enrico Fornaroli; Marco M. Lupoi; Miguel Carrasco (editors)
First Posted: 09/30/2020
Last updated: 09/30/2020
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