QUARKquark-enigma_force-intro

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Microverse

Occupation: Warrior

Group Membership: Enigma Force (Micronauts by another name;  Bug, Flare, Marionette/Mari, Arcturus Rann, Redeemer)

Affiliations: Enigma Force;
    loose/temporary alliance with Venom (Flash Thompson) and Scarlet Spider (Kaine)

Enemies: Carnage (Cletus Kasady), Klyntar/symbiotes, Klyntar/symbiote clones, Marquis Radu and his forces, others unspecified;
    possibly
Baron Karza (if he didn't oppose him with the Enigma Force, he likely still felt his tyranny)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Homeworld Microship Endeavor, mobile throughout the Microverse;
    formerly Homeworld (?), Microverse

First Appearance: Scarlet Spider II#10 (December 2012)quark-enigma_force-pain-eyes

Powers/Abilities: Quark is apparently composed entirely of rocky materials, which renders him highly durable and resistant to temperature extremes and harsh atmospheric conditions. He can reshape his form somewhat, elongating his limbs, extending spikes or plates from them, etc.

    It is unrevealed whether he requires air, food, or water to survive.

    Like almost all beings native to the Microverse, he is highly vulnerable to damage from contact with the Klyntar symbiotes from the Earth dimension.

Height: Unrevealed (She appeared to be perhaps 8' (2.4 meters) tall compared to the relative height of Bug in the Microverse and to the rest of his team; as far as the confirmed stories, he has not appeared in Earth's universe/dimension, but based on previous characters' relative size when appearing in Earth's dimension, if he appeared at the same shrunken 6' to 6" ratio, she would be about 8" (20.3 cm); however, based on the method of transport, Microverse inhabitants have sometimes maintained a relative height proportional to humanity)
Weight: Unrevealed (based on the the above height, if composed of solid rock, he would be around 1.3 ounces (37 grams) in the Microverse; if appearing in Earth's universe at the 1/12 proportional height, she would be .00075 ounces (46.88 mg))
Eyes: Solid white (or green; when pained, they were different; perhaps the lines seen represent is eyelids closed in pain?)
Hair: None

History:
(
Venom II#26 (fb) - BTS) - Quark was a product of the Body Banks, considering himself a "Body Banks reject."

(Venom II#27 (fb) - BTS) - Marquis Radu apparently battled the Enigma Force team on multiple occasions, often at the most inopportune time.

(Scarlet Spider II#11  (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to become God of the Microverse, Radu considered that in order to be the new god, the old god (the Enigma Force) had to die. 

    As killing the old god was against his religion, Radu resolved to summon a symbiote to the Microverse to destroy the Enigma Force.

(Minimum Carnage Alpha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Radu's agents transported Carnage (along with his captive, Katy Kiernan) to the Microverse via the Dr. Ketola-created Prometheus Pit in Houston, Texas.quark-enigma_force-fighting-frontal

(Scarlet Spider II#10 - BTS) - Venom (Flash Thompson) and the Scarlet Spider (Kaine) entered the Prometheus Pit. They were split up and Venom ended up on Tropica, where he was assaulted by the native fairy-types, who recognized his symbiote as one of the type that had long ago assaulted the Microverse.

(Scarlet Spider II#10 - BTS) - The Redeemer sent the Enigma Force to recover Venom.

(Scarlet Spider II#10) - Quark was amongst the rest of the Enigma Force who broke up the fairy-creatures' assault.Introducing himself and Marionette, Arcturus Rann told Venom they needed his help.

(Venom II#26 (fb) - BTS) - Venom accompanied the Enigma Force aboard their ship.

(Venom II#26) - After Rann introduced himself and his teammates, Venom's threat to the Microverse was discussed, but Rann noted that the Redeemer wanted to see Venom. However, their ship then detected two dozen of Marquis Radu's fleet warping in right in front of them.

(Venom II#26 (fb) - BTS) - Radu's forces tore through the Enigma Force's ship, disabling it and leaving it spinning through space. The crew was spared by shields and inertial dampeners.

(Venom II#26) - Quark, the rest of the Enigma Force, and Venom battled Radu's forces. Weathering multiple blasts from their opponents while shielding Rann from the same and receiving Rann's thanks, Quark noted that while his physiology may mark him as a Body Banks reject, there were some beneficial side effects.
    Eventually, one of Radu's agents' sonic weapons drove Venom's symbiote into a maddened frenzy.

(Scarlet Spider II#11) - Arcturus Rann instructed Quark and Flare not to kill Venom, just wound it. Ultimately, Flare's song calmed the symbiote, allowing Flash to regain control. However, the Endeavor then crashed into a larger ship.

(Scarlet Spider II#11 (fb) - BTS) - Radu's forces captured Venom and the Enigma Force and brought them to Radu's base.quark-enigma_force-incapacitated

(Scarlet Spider II#11) - Quark watched silently as Radu arrived, introduced himself, and easily subdued Carnage who had been brought to meet him.

(Venom II#27 (fb) - BTS) - Shard and the rest of the Enigma Force were imprisoned in a cell in Radu's base alongside Katy Kiernan, who had refused to act as Radu's chronicler. Quark was left a shattered pile of rocks and prevented from reassembling by a number of energy spheres.

(Venom II#27) - Katy revealed she had stolen a sonic key from Radu's guards.

(Venom II#27 (fb) - BTS) - Quark and the Enigma Force escaped their cell. Quark reassembled his form.quark-enigma_force-profile

(Venom II#27) - Quark and the Enigma Force joined the fight against the Carnage-controlled symbiote clones. Flare reminded the others not to let the symbiotes touch them, but Quark painfully noted that that was difficult for him as his body was his only weapon. When he cried out as contact with the symbiotes burned him, Mari told him to keep his wits about him as they had faced worse than this. He asked her, "When was this exactly?"
    Quark stayed behind to fight off the symbiote clones while Mari and Bug (along with Katy) headed off to try to cut the symbiotes off at their source.

(Venom II#27 - BTS) - When Venom exerted control over the symbiote clones, they began to disintegrate.

(Venom II#27) - Quark looked around in surprise as the symbiote clones disintegrated.

(Venom II#27 - BTS) - Carnage retreated to Earth, taking the symbiote clones with them.

(Minimum Carnage Omega#1 (fb) - BTS) - Quark and the Enigma Force (including the Redeemer) returned to the Endeavor alongside Venom and the Scarlet Spider.

(Minimum Carnage Omega#1 - BTS) - Under the guidance of the Redeemer, the Enigma Force team flew the Endeavor as close to the Spacewall as possible. The Redeemer then explained how Venom's symbiote could bring him, Scarlet Spider and Katy Kiernan back to Earth, which it then did.

Comments: Created by Christopher Yost, Khoi Pham, Reilly Brown, Tom Palmer, and Chris Sotomayor.

    It seems to me like Flare and Quark were replacements for Fireflyte and Huntarr, as if they couldn't decide whether they could use those characters or not. Like Huntarr, Quark is a product of the Body Banks.

    Regardlessly, Flare and Quark first appeared in October 10, 2012 in two comics simultaneously. Scarlet Spider II#10 showed up the same day as Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes I#7, which covered the Reality-8096 version of the characters...the series was based on the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon, although the "Microns" did not appear in the cartoon, only the comic adaptation.

    Good images of Quark were in short supply, and, like the others in the Minimum Carnage arc, his appearance varied somewhat between appearance.

    Although we didn't see Quark do much, I would think his abilities are similar to those of the mutant Rockslide (Santo Vaccarro).

    This profile was completed 3/08/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Quark
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)

Scarlet Spider II#10, pg. 17, panel 1 (main image; knees up; right arm off panel)
Venom II#27, pg. 7, panel 1 (rockpile);
       pg. 12, panel 1 (partial profile; spike arms);
          panel 3 (combat);
          panel 4 (pained; eyes different)


Appearances:
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)
Scarlet Spider II#11 (January 2013) - Christopher Yost (writer), Khoi Pham & Reilly Brown (pencilers), Tom Palmer & Chris Sotomayor (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor), Stephen Wacker (senior editor)
Venom II#27 (January 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Declan Shalvey (artist), Tom Brennan (editor), Stephen Wacker (senior editor)
Minimum Carnage Omega#1 (January, 2013) - Christopher Yost & Cullen Bunn (writers), Lan Medina, Declan Shalvey, & Khoi Pham (pencilers), Karl Kesel, Walden Wong, Jaime Mendoza & Bit (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor), Stephen Wacker (senior editor)


First posted: 09/26/2021
Last updated: 09/25/2021

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