Real Name: Sluice
Identity/Class: Sub-Species of Humanity (Deviant)
Group Membership: The Deviants of Lemuria (Broop, Kro, Ragar, Brother Tode, Vira)
Enemies: The Eternals (Ikaris, Thena), Iron Man (James Rhodes), Ransak the Reject
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Deviant Lemuria
First Appearance: Eternals I#3 (September, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: Sluice demonstrated no unusual abilities aside from her Deviant appearance.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'0")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 230 lbs.)
History: (Eternals I#3) - Sluice was present with the royal family of Lemuria as they tortured Warlord Kro over his failure to prevent the arrival of the Fourth Host of the Celestials on Earth. Sluice joined other representatives of the royal family in jeering Kro. Sluice opined that no form of punishment would change Kro. When Brother Tode ended the torture, Kro groveled before him, causing Sluice to mock what she thought was false humility. However, Kro went on to explain his plan to turn humanity against the Celestials by posing as "the Devil" and Sluice joined the rest of Brother Tode's court in approving of the measure.
(Eternals I#8) - Sluice observed Ransak the Reject as he fought in an exhibition match before Brother Tode. Like other Deviants, Sluice was horrified by Ransak's human-like features and remarked how hideous he was.
(Iron Man I Annual#6) - Sluice was present with the royal family of Lemuria as they invaded Olympia and imprisoned the entire population of Eternals then began breaking them down into energy so that Brother Tode could consume them in the hopes of prolonging his life. When Iron Man liberated the Eternals, they took the Deviants captive.
(Avengers I#247 (fb) - BTS) - To safeguard themselves from the Deviants, the Eternals rearranged their molecules into a solid block of stone which they placed in the midst of Olympia.
(Avengers I#247 - BTS) - The Eternals explained the fate of the Deviants to the Avengers and showed off the block which they had been transformed into.
(Avengers I#248 - BTS) - When most of the Eternals chose to leave Earth as the Uni-Mind, the Uni-Mind ferried the block of Deviants into space with it to ensure those Deviants would never menace Earth again.
Comments: Created by Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten.
Sluice's name and job title were revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3 Deviants entry.
Avengers I#247-248 came out at a time when editor Mark Gruenwald seemed determined to "tidy up" the Marvel Universe, perhaps just to make writing the Official Handbook a little easier. Gruenwald seemed to take a dim view of the many sub-species dwelling on Marvel's Earth and other fantastic locales (see also Cat People, Savage Land). In addition to depicting the exit of most of Earth's Eternals, the story seemed to suggest that all the Deviants of Earth had been fused into the stone block and expelled from Earth. Eternals II#1 would later clarify that only the royal family had been part of the invasion of Olympia and Eternals II#2 would confirm that Kro was spared that fate.
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Sluice should not be confused with:
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Eternals I#3, page 6 (main)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#3, Deviants entry (headshot)
Eternals I#3 (September, 1976) - Jack Kirby (writer, pencils, editor), John Verpoorten (inker)
Eternals I#8 (February, 1977) - Jack Kirby (writer, pencils, editor), Mike Royer (inker)
Iron Man Annual I#6 (1983) - Peter Gillis (writer), Luke McDonnell (penciler), Roy Richardson (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
First posted: 05/23/2022
Last updated: 05/23/2022
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