Real Name: Unrevealed; possibly Xerxes (see comments)
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Microverse)
Group Membership: Member of an unidentified group of assassins/agents (Centivros, Null-Tron, Raidus Dren, Krevius Trell, Verus);
Affiliations: Marquis Radu;
formerly Carnage (Cletus Kasady);
Enemies: Carnage (Cletus Kasady), Enigma Force, Enigma Force team (Bug, Flare, Marionette/Mari, Quark, Arcturus Rann), Nell Fletcher, Dr. and Ryan Ketola, Katy Kiernan, Redeemer, Scarlet Spider (Kaine); he guards at Thunderbolts mountain maximum security prison and those civilians injured, slain, and/or terrorized by Carnage following his escape
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly various worlds in the Microverse, likely including Homeworld
First Appearance: Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (December, 2012)
Powers/Abilities: Xerxes wore a suit of sleek body armor of unspecified composition. It presumably provided some enhanced level of durability +/- strength.
The suit's glider pack allowed hovering and flight at unspecified speeds.
The wings of the glider were razor sharp, allowing Xerxes to slash/slice opponents as he flew by.
Height: Unrevealed; he (and the rest of the
squad) appeared to be much shorter than Carnage, who is 6'1", but can
alter his size somewhat via his symbiote (I would guess he has a
height equivalent to 5'8" or so)
(on Earth) 1"
Weight: Unrevealed; based on his build, I'd estimate about 154 lbs. (Earth equivalent); his weight in the armor is impossible to estimate without knowing more about the armor.
(on Earth) .00047 lbs. (.007 oz.; 0.211 grams)
(Scarlet Spider II#11 (fb) - BTS / Venom II#27 (fb) - BTS) - Marquis Radu sought to both slay the Redeemer (the former Acroyear), the living embodiment of the Enigma Force, and to destroy the Enigma Force itself, after which he would rekindle the Enigma Force under his control and rule as God.
(Scarlet Spider II#11 (fb) - BTS) - With the goal of
using Carnage (Cletus Kasady) to destroy the Redeemer and to replicate Carnage's
symbiote via the Body Banks, Radu sent his agents -- a squad of assassins led by Verus: Centivros, Krevius, Null-Tron, Raidus, and Xerxes -- to the
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Radu's agents traveled to Thunderbolts Mountain maximum security prison in Colorado where they (presumably Verus) made the imprisoned Kasady a deal: If he killed someone for them, they would give him a new life and a whole new universe to kill people in (or so he subsequently paraphrased the offer).
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 - BTS) - Kasady accepted the offer.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Xerxes and the rest of the squad violently broke Carnage out of prison.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Footage of Carnage's escaped showed insect-sized agents killing the prison guards.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 - BTS) - Radu's agents slew police officers who discovered Kasady driving on I-25.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Based on the footage of Carnage's escape, Venom ("Flash" Thompson) had his reporter friend Katy Kiernan investigate tiny killers, which led them to a report on the Prometheus Pit being built in Houston Texas by Dr. Ketola at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) -
BTS) - Seeking Dr. Ketola to travel to the Microverse, Carnage and
Radu's agents confronted Dr. Ketola's husband, Ryan, and slew her
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 - BTS) - Rescuing Ryan Ketola, the Scarlet Spider (Kaine) learned of and sought out Dr. Ketola as well.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1) - As Carnage confronted Ketola, the Scarlet Spider tried to fight him off but was knocked out by Radu's agents, after which Verus told Carnage there was no time for this, as they had to get to the Pit immediately.
Verus then instructed Raidus and
Centivros to guard the exits, Xerxes to watch the skies, and Krevius
and Null-Tron to force Dr. Ketola to open the Pit. Xerxes acknowledged, "As you command."
As soon as the Pit was opened, Carnage threw Kiernan into it first. Verus instructed her squad to move out.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) -
BTS) - Xerxes and the rest of the squad passed through the Prometheus Pit and returned to the Microverse.
(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 -
BTS) - Carnage passed through the Prometheus Pit.
(Scarlet Spider II#10) - Back
in the Microverse, Raidus noted with disgust as Carnage began licking
the captive Katy Kiernan. Xerxes remarked, "This is the greatest killer the macroverse has to offer? He's insane."
(Scarlet Spider II#10 - BTS) - Xerxes and the rest of the squad, with Carnage and Kiernan, headed to their ship to seek out the Redeemer.
(Venom II#26 - BTS) - Xerxes and the rest of the squad brought Carnage to a Body Banks annexing station associated with Homeworld.
(Venom II#26) - When Carnage expressed disappointment in the lack of bodies at the Body Banks, Verus clarified that this was an annex station and that there were similar factories, all of them defunct or under the control of rogue skin merchants, scattered throughout the zones.
Katy Kiernan then suggested to
Carnage that the reason they had brought him there first rather than
taking him to the Redeemer was that he was intended to
be raw material from which the Body Banks would build an army.
(Venom II#26 (fb) - BTS) - Carnage apparently slaughtered Centivros, Krevius, and Null-Tron and bound Raidus against the wall.
(Venom II#26) - As Carnage asked Raidus where were
the rest of his new friends, Verus led Xerxes to assault Carnage anew,
noting how she had told the Marquis Carnage was unstable.
Carnage simultaneously tore off Xerxes' glider wings and knocked Verus back with a column projected from his symbiote.
Carnage then dove on top of Xerxes
and apparently shoved his fingers/tendrils below or through his visor
and tore him apart.
Xerxes screamed as horrible
shredding sounds occurred, and Carnage was left standing in a large
puddle of blood, at least.
Comments: Created by Christopher Yost, Cullen Bunn, Lan Medina, Karl Kesel, Cam Smith, & Walden Wong.
You want more information, you get more information!
XERXES. A space-glider type. Sleek body armor. Glider pack. The wings of the glider, however, are razor sharp, making the pilot into a flying slice and dice machine.
Profile by Snood.
Xerxes should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Minimum Carnage Alpha#1, pg. 18, panel 4 (mostly full body, standing with group);
pg. 20, panel 1 (profile in flight);
Scarlet Spider II#10 (Minimum Carnage, part two), pg. 13, panel 1 (face);
Venom II#26, pg. 12, panel 4 (charging Carnage);
pg. 13, panel 2 (grabbed by Carnage)
pg. 14, panel 2 (slaughtered by Carnage)
Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (December, 2012) - Christopher Yost & Cullen Bunn (writers), Lan Medina (penciler), Karl Kesel, Cam Smith, & Walden Wong (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor), Stephen Wacker (senior editor)
Scarlet Spider II#10 (December 2012) - Christopher Yost (writer), Khoi Pham & Reilly Brown (pencilers), Tom Palmer & Chris Sotomayor (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor), Stephen Wacker (senior editor)
Venom II#26 (December 2012) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Tom Brennan (editor), Stephen Wacker (senior editor)
First posted: 09/25/2020
Last updated: 10/19/2020
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