Real Name: Gabriel Caine

Identity/Class: Human mutate;
    British citizen (see comments)

Occupation: Superhero

Group Membership: Gemini (Balance/Debora Crovi,, Grip/Brandon Blake, Mandala/Iman Dashire, Suede/Nicholas Blake), S.H.I.E.L.D.;
   possibly EuroMind (see comments)

Affiliations: Edwig Caine, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Lancelot, Carlo Paci;
Mr. Illusion, Dr. Alma Zareth

Enemies: Alba Nera, Alma Matrix (Alma Zareth), Euroadaptoid, Mr. Illusion, Nosferath;
   formerly Lancelot, Voyager

Known Relatives: Edwig Caine (adoptive father)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
Vera Croce (True Cross) Base, Northern Italy

First Appearance: Europa#0 (April 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Front can regulate at will all his bodily functions and organs, allowing him to, for example, generate an adrenaline surge that boosts his strength and durability to the point where he can punch through Iron Man's armor with his bare fist. Presumably as part of this ability, his body can also generate an unspecified type of energy. He wields a gun which contains an AI, Revo, that he is empathically linked to and which can draw power directly from him via metal tendrils connecting the gun to his arm. He can mentally regulate its blasts in intensity, reducing them to non-lethal or ramping them up to be strong enough to disintegrate an entire arm of Iron Man's armor. Revo can also monitor lifesigns and scan opponents, and given a few seconds to analyze frequencies can duplicate simple signals, such as when Front asked it to copy the heart beat signature of a terrorist connected to a deadman-switch heart monitor.

Height: 6'3" (by estimation)
Weight: 210 lbs. (by estimation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

(Europa#4 (fb)) - Eons ago an entity called Nosferath was imprisoned in a Hell dimension. Eventually, it found a means to escape, using an energy discharge as a key to unlock its prison and enter Earth's dimension incarnated in the body of a human child born in...

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) Segrate International Hospital in northern Italy.

(Europa#3 (fb) - The energy discharge caused by Nosferath's arrival was detected by Professor Edwig Caine.

(Europa#0 (fb) - BTS) - Fascinated by superhumans, Edwig Caine, a former MI5 secret agent, had studied them extensively for decades...

(Europa#1 (fb) - BTS) - searching for a reason for behind their existence of superhumans.

(Europa#4 (fb) - BTS) - Detecting what he dubbed the "Meta-impulse," he took an army unit with him to investigate.

(Europa#3 (fb)) - The Meta-impulse Nosferath had caused killed all the other infants in the hospital nursery, and horrifically mutated those adults not similarly slain. After fighting their way to the nursery, Caine and his men, including one who was video taping their progress, found the Nosferath...

(Europa#4 (fb)) - in the body of its infant host, floating in the air above the cribs, glowing with green energy. Caine communicated with the glowing infant, who explained the true nature of the Meta-impulse and itself. Though possessing almost infinite power, Nosferath was confused and unarmed in its infant body, which Caine dubbed Child One. Needing help, it struck a deal with Caine, agreeing to divide part of its power into some of the slain babies in return for Caine providing it with the assistance a human child needed. 

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - At Caine's direction, ...

(Europa#4 (fb)) - the transfer of transformative energy from Child One revived five of the infants and healed their injuries. One of these was Gabriel.

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - Caine then placed Child One into a containment pod.

(Europa#4 (fb)) - However, Caine had no intention of honoring his end of the bargain, instead planning to keep Nosferath trapped in a child's body forever, keeping it unconscious and treating it like a guinea pig.

(Europa#2 (fb)) - Surviving the explosion, an unidentified man attending the hospital had saved a woman, Laura Di Giovanni. Now they were both drawn back inside by Nosferath's telepathic summons. Unnoticed by Caine or his soldiers, they witnessed Caine and his men flooding Child One's containment vessel with coolant, rapidly decreasing the temperature within and sending the infant into hibernation. Sensing it would lose consciousness imminently, Nosferath implanted instructions into the man's subconscious to make him eventually gather the surviving children and deliver them into Nosferath's hands, after which it imbued the man with a fraction of its power, giving him the ability to generate hallucinations; the man used this ability to become the stage magician Mr. Illusion, his dreams plagued by nightmares of the hospital incident.

(Europa#1 (fb) - BTS) - Caine hid the truth behind the disaster, locking it away within himself.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - Since the terrorist group Alba Nera (Black Dawn) had already been linked to a spate of bombings in Italy, they became convenient scapegoats for the incident at Segrate International Hospital.

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - Members of Alba Nera were framed and imprisoned for the massacre.

(Europa#1 (fb) - BTS) - Though genuinely guilty of other atrocities, being blamed for one they had not caused in combination with their existing hatred of the Italian government left the group eager to clear their name.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - The official story became that only five newborns had survived the "massacre," in desperate condition, leaving Caine with no option but to risk flooding their bodies with "meta-impulses," giving life back to burned limbs and giving the infants a chance to survive. Those with surviving family were returned to them, and the others adopted, in Gabriel's case by Edwig himself.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - The children manifested superpowers as they grew, though the public were informed that Caine had not anticipated this development. Caine convinced all of them to take up his dream of forming a team of superheroes. 

(Europa#1 (fb) - BTS) - As he grew up Gabriel suffered nightmares about what had happened at the hospital, subconsciously recalling what had really happened, but his adoptive father reassured him they were false memories and fantasies, stating he had been too young to remember things accurately. Under Caine's tutelage, Gabriel grew up fully believing his adoptive father's stated mission, in "power and responsibility," that things were clear cut: good vs. evil, superheroes and supervillains.

(Europa#0 (fb) - BTS) - Edwig Caine gathered the five now-adult survivors at Vera Croce Base in northern Italy, and trained them to become superheroes. He named the group Gemini, after the zodiac sign all of them had been born under. Gabriel, able to control his own body's systems and generate energy boosting his capabilities, became Front, the team leader, armed with Revo, an AI built into a gun, while the others adopted the codenames Balance (telepath Debora Crovi), Grip (Brandon Blake), Suede (Nicholas Blake) and Mandala (Iman Dashire).

(Europa#1 (fb) - BTS) - Front and Balance became romantically involved.

(Europa#0 (fb) - BTS) - Caine's assistant, Dr. Alma Zareth, a world expert on artificial intelligence, created a virtual reality training program for their EuroMind series supercomputer, enabling them to practice their combat techniques safely against simulated opponents; accessing the cerebral areas that generated dreams, those inside the simulation believed themselves to be in genuine combat and real danger, thus ensuring realistic responses. Eager to obtain S.H.I.E.L.D. backing for the team, Caine arranged for the team to be officially evaluated, and programmed their simulation with a standard training program sent to them by S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Europa#0) - When American S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Lancelot arrived at Vera Croce to carry out the evaluation, the team were already in the training program. After Caine and Zareth greeted the new arrival, Lancelot and Caine monitored the simulation using interface helmets, effectively electronic ghosts watching the action from inside the battle. Lancelot witnessed Front taking on an evil version of Iron Man, first boosting Revo's power using his mutant energies so that it destroyed "Iron Man's" entire left forearm with a single shot, then smashing an adrenaline-boosted fist clean through "Iron Man's" chest and ripping out his innards. Though Lancelot recognized how impressive Front's performance had been, he also noted that Front had continued his assault longer than he needed to, and as a result would have killed a living opponent. Switching his attention one by one to the rest of Gemini, Lancelot noticed each of them demonstrating similar tendencies to being over aggressive or using excessive force.

   Telepathically sensing that Lancelot had concluded that Gemini was not ready Balance mentally attacked the agent, pulling him fully into the simulation and forcing him to briefly fight for his life before releasing him back into the real world.  Declining Caine's invitation to stay for dinner, Lancelot left, deciding to ask S.H.I.E.L.D. for more tests and to obstruct Caine's project by any means. Back at Vera Croce, Caine chastised the Gemini members for failing to impress Lancelot. Front seethed at the thought of wasting years of training, while Balance silently waited for the next round against Lancelot.

(Europa#1) - Alba Nera seized control of a military base near the town of Monfalcone and took hostages. Iron Man (Tony Stark) was in the area, but, because the base archived documents that might expose dirty tactics used by Italy's secret service,...

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - including the truth behind the Segrate incident, evidence of which was what Alba Nera wanted to find,...

(Europa#1) - the Italian government asked the U.S. President to instruct him not to intervene, though the armored Avenger remained on stand-by in the area. Similarly sidelined, Lancelot also monitored the situation. However, with national television covering the crisis live, Caine saw the opportunity to prove Gemini's worth and sent the team into the base, knowing that if they managed to resolve the crisis Lancelot would have little option but to grant them S.H.I.E.L.D. membership and integrate them into EuroMind.

(Europa#1 - BTS) - Front told the team they had to emulate the Avengers, which meant no killing if possible, and so the members planning to use guns loaded their "ultra-tech" weapons with anesthetic capsules.

(Europa#1) - While the rest of the team engaged the terrorists out the front of the building, elsewhere within the base Front traversed roof beams as he snuck up on another terrorist who was searching through the base's video archives. Instructing Revo to regulate itself to non-lethal intensities, Front dropped from the roof beams to challenge the terrorist, offering him the choice of being blasted to smithereens or peaceful surrender. The man raised his hands, correctly deducing that his opponent was one of Caine's superhumans, but then grinned, revealing that the base was rigged with explosives synchronized to his heart beat, and that he was holding a grenade primed to go off if he released the safety catch. Front swiftly asked Revo if it could generate a frequency matching the terrorist's heart beat, in order to fool the bombs' sensors, but hearing this the terrorist detonated the grenade, literally blowing himself in half. As Revo warned Front that it had not had time to copy the frequency, the terrorist, barely hanging on to life, told Front to look at the monitor which was displaying what he had discovered in the archives. Front instead grabbed for the man, intending to try to carry him to safety before the detonation, but then he glanced up, and recoiled in horror at what he saw...

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - which was the video of Caine and the soldiers moving into Segrate International Hospital and the subsequent shootings of the transformed victims. The revelation that Caine had lied to him and appeared to have murdered innocent civilians at Segrate devastated Front.

(Europa#1) - Screaming in denial, Front fired his gun rapidly, destroying the monitors.

(Europa#1 (fb)) - Front grabbed a laser disc holding the video footage he had watched from the archive room's computer.

(Europa#1 - BTS) - Front then fainted. 

(Europa#1) - Balance found him moments later. Following Revo's instructions, she kept the dying terrorist's heart beating via a combination of telepathy and telekinesis as she revived Front and half-dragged him out of the facility. Struggling to keep the terrorist alive and awash in his pain and fear, she just managed to get herself and Front clear before she let the terrorist's heart stop beating. The reunited team, along with Caine, then helicoptered back to Vera Croce, their flight back-lit by the massive explosion.

   Back at Vera Croce, Caine evaluated the mission, judging it a success and sure that though rattled, Balance would recover. As he reviewed video surveillance tapes from Monfalcone, he witnessed Front taking the laser disc, and concluded that Front now knew that what he had been told of his origin was a lie. Caine realized Front would soon come to confront him over this deception, demanding explanations Caine was still unwilling to provide.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - Believing that the best way to protect Gemini from Front revealing what he had learned lay in discrediting Front's credibility, Caine contacted Lancelot and informed him that he suspected Front of being a traitor who planned to assassinate him. Caine claimed he wanted to give Front a chance to expose himself, so at Caine's behest S.H.I.E.L.D. provided him with a Life Model Decoy android to stand in for him during the imminent confrontation.

(Europa#1) - Feeling that what he had learned had shattered his belief in the group's stated mission and his trust in his adoptive father, Front visited the church erected on the site of the destroyed hospital, trying to come to terms with whether or not he should tell his teammates what he had found, thus sharing the unbearable weight of the revelation, but fearing doing so might destroy their lives as he felt it had now destroyed his. Things had seemed clear cut to him, good vs. evil, until he saw the video, and he prayed for guidance as to what to do now. Deciding he couldn't condemn Caine until he heard what the man had to say, Front returned to Vera Croce, instructing Revo to stay silent under his jacket but to keep its sensors fully active. As they approached Caine's office door, Revo informed Front that it had performed a full scan and detected nothing, and warned him to beware. Front chastised Revo for being paranoid, but when they entered the office they found "Caine" waiting, his pistol drawn and pointed at Front. Revo cried to Front that it still couldn't "hear" Caine, urging him to shoot immediately. Front hesitated for a second, then fired at point blank range. "Caine" went down; standing over his seemingly lifeless body, Front glanced down...

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - and saw the LMD's robotic shell exposed through gaps in the ripped fake flesh on "Caine's" face and neck.  

(Europa#1) - Front informed Revo that he understood now, and knew what he had to do next.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - Knowing that Front destroying a robotic doppelganger would not be sufficient to turn the rest of Gemini against their leader, Caine told Lancelot to maintain the deception, letting the team and the world believe him truly dead.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - With Caine's seeming demise, S.H.I.E.L.D. stepped in and took charge of Gemini. By chance, apparently unconnected to other events (see comments), around the same time a dissident faction of A.I.M. that believed high-tech random terrorist incidents bolstered their unspecified ultimate cause, decided to target the busy Milan subway and inflict multiple civilian casualties.

(Europa#2) - Switching off Revo since Gemini could easily track the AI, Front fled to Milan, hiding in plain sight in the subway while he tried to figure out his next move. He felt he should show his teammates the video, but feared they would be disinclined to listen since they would believe he had murdered Caine. Next he considered going instead to the media and exposing Gemini as a stunt, the experiment of a mad scientist who had manipulated innocent lives, but he ultimately decided his best course of action was to make contact with Alba Nera, suspecting the terrorists must know more about the truth behind Gemini. Front's internal debate was interrupted when he noticed a briefcase left unattended on the platform near him. As he glanced at it, a nearby young girl's curiosity got the better of her, but when she touched the briefcase it sent out mechanical tentacles that engulfed her, and the briefcase expanded and transformed into a robot with the child trapped within its framework. Declaring that "adaption was complete," it identified itself as a Euroadaptoid. Front activated Revo, which analyzed the Euroadaptoid, identifying it to be parasitic, using the human hostage's nervous system to boost its memory.

(Europa#2 - BTS) - Alerted by Revo's activation, Gemini raced towards his location.

(Europa#2) - As the panicked public fled, Front fired at the rampaging creature, trusting Revo to assist his aim so he did not hit the child, but the Euroadaptoid shrugged off the x-ray laser blast and grabbed him, intending to replace the girl with Front. He shot it, disrupting the process, but the girl screamed as he did so, and the the robot swatted Front away. Revo confirmed that the Euroadaptoid had tapped into its hostage's nerves, so that damage to its metal body caused her pain, adding that destroying it might kill her. The Euroadaptoid returned to its main mission, to randomly slay twenty-five civilians, and began gunning fleeing commuters down, counting them off as it went. Front hastily evacuated people up the steps leading out of the subway, then turned to fire on the robot, only to find it had vanished. The girl's distraught mother pleaded to Front to save her child, and he tried to reassure her, but while he was doing so, Revo warned him he had company. He turned to find Balance behind him, her gun trained on him. Mistakenly thinking the woman to be Front's hostage, Balance demanded he let her go, ignoring his request to help evacuate the remaining bystanders from the area as she informed him that she needed to hand him over to S.H.I.E.L.D. and berated him for killing Caine. Front again tried to appeal to her to help get everyone to safety, but she reiterated her demand he surrender, declaring him a murderer. As she did so, the rest of Gemini arrived and surrounded their former leader. Grip angrily concluded that Front was using civilians to protect himself, openly wondering if he had always been a traitor and demanded to know who had paid him to kill Caine. The revelation that his former teammates had apparently already judged and condemned him horrified Front, but Mandala assumed Revo was calculating their next moves. She warned the others that Front would not hesitate to kill them, prompting Suede to suggest they all attack him simultaneously. Front dodged as Mandala unleashed a blast from her energy discs, while Suede realized he could not activate his powers in the enclosed space of the subway for fear of burning up all the oxygen. Mandala shouted to Grip to stop Front, but as Grip moved to attack, Front noticed the Euroadaptoid sneaking up behind Balance and shouted a warning. Grip derided this as a childish attempt to distract him until Balance screamed; deeming Balance a better host than the child, the robot absorbed her into its framework.

   While the terrified but now freed child fled to its mother's arms, the robot decided the Gemini members were threats and turned its attention towards them, snatching them up with metal tentacles. Front grabbed at Suede as he began to ignite, warning him that damaging the robot would hurt Balance, but Suede mistook this for him defending the robot. Losing his cool at his former teammates' bull-headedness, Front angrily ordered them to only hit peripheral parts and stick to defensive hits, then began snapping the tentacles holding them, hoping that doing so would not cause Balance irreparable damage. Declaring him the main target, the robot knocked him to the ground, then returned to its extermination protocol. With the civilians all gone now, it opened fire on Mandala, but Front tackled her out of the way, taking a hit to the shoulder as he did so. As he got painfully back to his feet, Mandala pleaded with him not to attack the Euroadaptoid, fearful it would kill him, but he threw this back at her, asking her if that wasn't just what she wanted anyway. Rushing towards the robot, Front asked Revo if it could upload a virus into it, and Revo confirmed it might be able to, but only if it used Front's brain nerves as an interface. Analyzing Front as he attacked, the Euroadaptoid concluded that he was bursting with "A-class superenergy" and it would be unable to defeat him in a direct fight, so it switched to adapting to him instead. Front let himself be caught, despite Revo's pleading not to risk himself, and as he was absorbed, Balance was released, collapsing to the ground stunned. While the Euroadaptoid struggled to assimilate Front, Grip suggested his teammates seize their chance and attack it, but Mandala vehemently rejected this, pointing out that Front was fighting the machine on their behalf. Grip and Suede were both dismissive, still sure he had murdered Caine and betrayed them, but Mandala pointed out that he had saved both her and Balance's life, sacrificing himself for the latter when he could have run. Grip remained unconvinced, reminding Mandala that they had orders to capture Front, but he was interrupted as the Euroadaptoid announced that contact had failed and Front screamed. As they watched, the robot declared a system error and overloaded. Front ripped himself free from the dying machine, then crushed the robot's head, but as he declared the Euroadaptoid's threat ended, he was shot in the face by the newly arrived Lancelot. Screaming in agony as his face burned, Front fled. Lancelot prepared to shoot him in the back, but Balance knocked his gun arm to spoil his shot. Lancelot angrily instructed the other three Gemini members to pursue Front, but they defiantly ignored his order.

(Europa#2 - BTS) - Lancelot learned of Front's actions in stopping the Euroadaptoid, making him re-evaluate what he had been told, and regret the injury he had inflicted.

(Europa#2 (fb) - BTS) - Front only survived thanks to his ability to control his own blood stream, but suffered irreparable facial injuries down to the bone. In shock, he reached a disused subway tunnel; deeming the location reasonably safe, Revo injected a sedative into him, sending him to sleep.

(Europa#2) - Later, back at Vera Croce, Lancelot debriefed Caine on the encounter, noting that the Euroadaptoid's unanticipated presence had complicated matters, and pointing out that if it hadn't been for Gemini, and Front specifically, there would have been a massacre. Lancelot argued that Front's behavior was that of a hero, not a traitor, and demanded to know why Caine had wanted to frame him. Stating that the time for deception was past, Caine began to tell him of the sixth infant, Child One. Meanwhile, unknown to anyone else, Dr. Zareth decided to tap into Child One's full power, but she did not, and with a microchip salvaged from the Euroadaptoid she entered Child One's dreams to communicate with it.

   After nearly a day asleep, a confused Front awoke in the subway tunnel. Revo reminded of what had happened, informed him of the extent of his injuries, and promised to provide an acceptable approximation of his face.

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - Caine apparently revealed he was still alive to the Gemini team members (see comments).

(Europa#3 (fb) - BTS) - With his disfigured face now hidden behind a golden mask, Front approached investigative T.V. journalist Carlo Paci, who had long suspected there was more to the attack on the hospital and Gemini's origins than Caine had told the world, and had sought to find the truth.

(Europa#3) - The attack in Milan seemed to mark an increase in criminal activities, and the next day Milan suffered another attack, this time by the high-tech supercriminal trio who called themselves Vandalia, but they were soon brought down by a solo Grip. Front and Paci watched this on the news, before returning to their conversation. Eager to get to the truth, Front instructed Revo to play the reporter the recording he had take from Monfalcone. Paci watched in horror as Caine dictated the story of what had truly occurred at the hospital over footage shot at the time, showing the army unit assigned to him being forced to kill transformed civilians as they fought their way to Child One. As the video ended, Front demanded Paci share his own findings, eager to learn what the video had been unable to answer, and Paci agreed to help him uncover the full story, explaining that he had a source of information he had previously hesitated to follow up on.

(Europa#3 - BTS) - While they pursued this new source, Zareth's experiment woke Child One, who took over the scientist and transformed her into its newest minion, Alma Matrix. She then used took over the Vera Croce base, launched into into space and captured the other members of Gemini. Lancelot escaped by skydiving from the upper edge of the exosphere.

   On Earth, Front and Paci arrived at the caravan Mr. Illusion lived in to find the magician being attacked by thugs he had humiliated during a recent show. Front intervened, and when one of the thugs pulled a gun, Front drew Revo, initially ordering the firearm to use anesthetic rounds, then loudly changing this to lethal force, explosive bullets. As he began counting down from five, the thugs saw sense and fled. The two new arrivals introduced themselves to Mr. Illusion, who recognized Front as one of the children from the hospital. Asking to touch Front, he removed the gold mask and informed Front he was cured...

(Europa#4 (fb) - BTS) - though in truth he had merely hidden the scars with an illusion, which soon wore off. He told them of what he had witnessed that night at the hospital, though his story answered few of their questions, as Mr. Illusion lacked any idea what Nosferath was.

(Europa#4) - Lancelot was saved from burning up as he entered the atmosphere by Iron Man, who safely returned him to Earth. Meanwhile on Earth, Mr. Illusion took Front and Paci to a cemetery, to show them the grave of Laura Di Giovanni, explaining that she had died three years earlier, allegedly killed by the recurring dreams of what she had witnessed in the hospital. Feeling themselves little further in their investigation than before they had talked to him, Paci suggested their next move should be to nail Caine, or get to someone senior in S.H.I.E.L.D. Front responded that the only S.H.I.E.L.D. agent he knew had shot him in the face, adding that he was eager to see that man again. As he said this, they were surprised by an aircraft performing a vertical landing only feet away. Lancelot exited, shouting to the flabbergasted Front to accompany him, as Gemini needed him. For a moment Front hesitated, instantly suspicious of the man he hated most in the world but briefly wondering if he might be telling them truth, then he drew Revo and angrily told Lancelot "Goodbye." Before he could shoot, another voice cried out, telling him to stop, and Front turned to see Iron Man, the Avenger's gauntlets charged and ready to fire. Iron Man noted that he understood Front's anger towards Lancelot, but stated that the agent was under his protection and reiterated that Gemini was in danger. Deciding to trust Iron Man's word, Front agreed to go with Lancelot. After Iron Man departed, returning to the U.S. to deal with his own concerns, Front informed Paci he would have to stay behind, ignoring the journalist's protests that he wanted to follow his story to its conclusion, retorting that the reporter had to stay alive if he intended to tell the world that story.

(Europa#4 (fb) - BTS) - Before departing, Front slipped a copy of the hospital footage into Paci's pocket.

(Europa#4) - Front and Lancelot took off in the agent's aircraft, unknowingly accompanied by a cloaked Mr. Illusion. After a short flight they boarded the orbiting Vera Croce base, and were shocked to be greeted by Caine and Balance, both seemingly fine and happy to see them; unnoticed, behind them, Mr. Illusion appeared, apparently unable to cloak himself while producing other illusions. As Balance moved towards him, Front sensed something off, and despite Lancelot's attempts to stop him, he fired Revo, blowing away half of Balance's head. Despite this, she got back up and continued coming towards them. Spotting Mr. Illusion, Lancelot grabbed the magician, accused him of being behind this, and shoved him into the revenant's path, which shattered on impact into a writhing mass of worms. The facade they had been seeing dropped away, revealing Gemini and Caine trapped by organic-looking growths protruding from the walls, and in the center Alma Matrix and the floating form of Child One. Desperate to be free of Nosferath's nightmarish influence, Mr. Illusion proclaimed that he had brought his lord the final child, and the entity happily acknowledged that he had served his slave purpose well, including slaying its "Earthling mother." Now ready to reclaim its energies, Child One turned to Alma Matrix and, ignoring her protests and screams, drained her lifeforce, initiating its transformation into its true form. Seizing this momentary distraction, Front hastily shot his teammates free, and they began attacking Nosferath, but the entity taunted them, noting that their powers were part of it and so their attacks merely fed it. Declaring the games to be over, Nosferath began draining the five Gemini members and Mr. Illusion, all of whom collapsed helpless as it extracted their energies. Just as all seemed lost, a wall exploded and a strange figure entered, the Voyager, an agent of order intent on returning Nosferath to its prison. The entity instantly regressed to its infant form as Voyager began binding its power, and it began protesting helplessly, desperately switching between pleading to Caine, seemingly slain by Voyager's explosive arrival, then berating the barely conscious Gemini members. Child One screamed that Voyager would not only destroy it, but also Earth, but Voyager told it to shut up and accept its imprisonment, then opened a portal that sucked Child One through into its prison dimension.

   Voyager declared that with Nosferath now recaptured, the explosion sequence could be stopped, but only after the humans infected by Nosferath had been eliminated. Lancelot made a futile attempt to stop Voyager, but though he only managed to distract the cosmic entity for scant moments, it was enough for Front to climb painfully to his feet. Trying to get a clean shot, the Gemini leader told Lancelot to get out the way, and Voyager paused, reconsidering its next move. Apparently impressed by their resolve, Voyager decided that justice would not be served if it destroyed them, and departed without a word, much to Lancelot and Front's surprise.

   Lancelot returned with the injured Gemini members to Earth, where the media coverage of their return attributed the loss of Vera Croce base, Caine and Zareth to another terrorist attack. Though seriously injured, the Gemini members were expected to full recover, having retained their super-human metabolisms. Watching this report, Paci wondered what to do next, knowing that he could create a scandal that would destroy Gemini if he released the hospital video footage that Front had given him. Not sure what to do, Paci decided to put aside the decision for today.

 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.

Profile by Loki, with invaluable aid from comic translator Angelo Mammone.

Front has no known connections to:

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Europa#1, p4-5, pan1 (main image)
Europa#2, p7, pan3 (headshot)
Europa#3, p19, pan4 (Revo close-up)
Europa#1, p14, pan2 (side-on, pointing Revo)
Europa#1, cover (racing into action at the head of the team)
Europa#2, p14, pan2 (absorbed by the Euroadaptoid)
Europa#2, p15, pan6 (shot in face)
Europa#3, p20, pan2 (gold mask on face)
Europa#3, p20, pan6 (mask on its own)
Europa#3, p20, pan1 (using Revo to blast fire).

Europa #0-5 (April-October, 1996) - Giorgio Lavagna and Francesco Mio (writers), Fabrizio Ugolini (pencils), Giampaolo Frizzi (inks), Enrico Fornaroli; Marco M. Lupoi; Miguel Carrasco (editors)

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