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GRINGRAVE

Real Name: Gringrave

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Mojoworld/Mojoverse) genetically engineered human

Occupation: Gladiator, assassin

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Death Sponsors (Cancellator, Deadair, Lead-In, Sweep Zweak, Timeslot), Dockmaster and the Longshoremen, Grandmaster, Mojo V, Sovereignshard (pawn);
   formerly Shatterstar (Gaveedra-7)

Enemies: Tina Cooke (see comments), Crimzor, End Woman (Earth-18140), Goldon, Night Thrasher (Earth-90214), Pug-Smasher (Earth-8311), Rictor, Shatterstar

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Horus IV;
   formerly Wildways, Mojoverse

First Appearance: Shatterstar I#1 (December, 2018)

Powers/Abilities: Gringrave has been genetically engineered to be a deadly gladiator for spectators' amusement. She has enhanced strength, stamina, speed and reflexes, and is a master of several combat techniques. She specializes in knives and thrown bladed weapons with lethal accuracy. Gringrave thrives on public adulation and enjoys wearing costumes, having much experience in the workings of Mojoworld's fickle entertainment politics of popularity.

Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black (formerly with red wig during bouts/missions)

History:

(Shatterstar I#1 (fb) - BTS) - One hundred years in the future in the Mojoverse was genetically engineered to be a high-performing gladiator in the fighting arena, gaining growing adulation from crowds. She was marketed as the Smiling Executioner.

(Shatterstar I#1 (fb)) - After finishing a stadium of foes for entertainment on Mojoworld, a new gladiator Shatterstar rose to the cheers of the crowd when Gringrave ran in as the next challenger. She quickly overpowered him and was ready to bloodily slay him for the audience but realized that the crowds cheered for him as much as they did for her. Seizing the opportunity for greater popularity, she forced a kiss on him, and made him her partner and protege.

(Shatterstar I#2 (fb)) - As a couple, the duo were unbeatable in the arena and incredibly popular, much to media mogul Mojo V's delight. During intimacy between matches, thinking he'd found love, Shatterstar told her of his feelings for her; instead, she pushed him away, telling him to follow her philosophy: never to love anything that others could use against you.

(Shatterstar I#3 (fb)) - Fellow gladiator Sovereignshard hoped to free Shatterstar from servitude and lure him to the rebel Cadre Alliance before the next day's bout. But the manipulative Gringrave had secretly edited the footage to make it appear that Sovereignshard would be coming to kill Shatterstar in a crime of passion and showed it to him, saying that she had been assigned to kill Windsong (Shatterstar's betrothed) in the next arena fight.

(Shatterstar I#4 (fb)) - Gringrave watched secretly nearby as Shatterstar killed Sovereignshard and the rebels, not realizing their true mission. She applauded after and revealed the truth to Shatterstar as her final lesson that sometimes justification is needed for a gladiator to fight.

(Shatterstar I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The relationship between the manipulative Gringrave and Shatterstar ended in tears and pain.

   Much later, Shatterstar had finally escaped Mojo for Reality-616 and became romantically involved with fellow adventurer Rictor. Shatterstar eventually set up Manor Crossing, a sanctuary house in New York City for interdimensional outcasts, including Tina Cooke, Crimzor, End Woman, Goldon, Night Thrasher and Pug-Smasher, but pushed Rictor away emotionally.

(Shatterstar I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Meanwhile, Gringrave had left the gladiator pits, along with other mercenaries from Mojoworld to work for Grandmaster of Reality-616, supplying gladiatorial entertainment to the Horusians of Horus IV.

(Shatterstar I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Gringrave set in motion an elaborate plot to lure Shatterstar to Horus IV for the Grandmaster's amusement.

(Shatterstar I#1) - Using Timeslot's time portal, Gringrave led the Death Sponsors to violently kidnap Manor Crossing's tenants as bait for Shatterstar while he was out.

(Shatterstar I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Gringrave killed Timeslot and left Night Thrasher-90214 alive long enough to provide a clue to Shatterstar and unite him briefly with Rictor to encourage a dramatic pursuit.

(Shatterstar I#2) - Gringrave and the Death Sponsors engaged the Dockmaster and the Longshoremen for instant interstellar transport to Horus IV with their victims. Shatterstar and Rictor arrived but were too late to stop the Star Dock portal, although Dockmaster's threat was ended. With barely seconds to spare, Shatterstar jumped through the Star Dock.

(Shatterstar I#3) - Gringrave led the Death Sponsors and the kidnapees to the amphitheater to be prepared for battle, while Shatterstar fought his way elsewhere to the amphitheater. Gringrave watched happily as the newly enhanced but inexperienced Tina Cooke died quickly in the arena.

(Shatterstar I#4) - Garbed and armed in new gladiatorial raiment, Gringrave strutted into the arena after seeing Shatterstar kill the last of her Death Sponsor agents (Cancellator, Lead-In, Sweep Zweak). Gringrave revealed her manipulations to Shatterstar as they fiercely dueled, stating that Shatterstar had betrayed her and all her lessons as a gladiator and in emotional distance. Despite the brutality, she claimed she loved him; Shatterstar embraced her and fell backward on his sword, piercing both bodies, but he knew he would survive. Her dying body bled out on the arena ground.

Comments: Created by Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa, Juan Vlasco.

Za's vid! Could the Grandmaster have resurrected her just prior to parading Shatterstar's past selves before the arena crowd? Did she have the same enhanced healing as Shatterstar? Or maybe, as the dying Tina Cooke noted in Shatterstar I#4, some characters are just bit players, not recurring and not leads.

Given genetically engineered Shatterstar's weight is lighter than would be expected for a human his build and height, I'll leave Gringrave's as unrevealed.

    Earth-1218 is supposed to be the real world that the readers live in. Writers love to use characters from Earth-1218, but since we don't have any super-powers or interdimensional portals, etc., as soon as some interaction with an alternate reality or super-powered characters occurs, it becomes just another previously "normal" reality that has since diverged.
    So, despite the fact that it is repeatedly called Earth-1218, I contend that it is a reality diverged from -1218; I may address this in the future, but since it is called -1218 repeatedly in the story, I'm not going to provide another reality designation at this point.
--Snood

This profile was completed 7/18/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Gringrave has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Shatterstar I#1, p16, pan6 (main image)
Shatterstar I#2, p6, pan1 (headshot)
Shatterstar I#4, p11, pan1 ("makeover")


Appearances:
Shatterstar I#1 (December, 2018) - Tim Seeley (writer), Carlos Villa (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Gerardo Sandoval (additional art), Jordan D. White (editor)
Shatterstar I#2 (January, 2019) - Tim Seeley (writer), Carlos Villa (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Gerardo Sandoval (additional art), Jordan D. White (editor)
Shatterstar I#3 (February, 2019) - Tim Seeley (writer), Carlos Villa (penciler & inker), Juan Vlasco (inker), Gerardo Sandoval (additional art), Jordan D. White (editor)
Shatterstar I#4 (March, 2019) - Tim Seeley (writer), Carlos Villa (penciler & inker), Juan Vlasco (inker), Gerardo Sandoval (additional art), Jordan D. White (editor)


First posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

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