sunder-mystech-dg3-combatformSUNDER

Real Name: Unrevealed;
    possibly Sunder

Identity/ClassApparently artificial construct / "smart weapon"; see comments

Occupation: Warrior;
    agent of
Mys-Tech;

Group Membership: Mys-Tech; (notably Collapsar, Permafrost, Gudrun Tyburn and her artificial replicant)

Affiliations: Posed as allies but secretly manipulated the Egaliterns of Eopia, notably their leader, Trusivor

EnemiesDark Guard (Albion/Peter Hunter, Dark Angel/Shevaun Haldane, Ultra-Marine/Kith Nasca), the Technarchy of Eopia;
    indirectly, the rest of Dark Guard (Stacy Arnheim, Death's Head/Minion, Killpower/Julius Mullarkey, Colonel Tigon Liger, Motormouth/Harley Davis), Clementine (Liger's sentient weapon), Superconductor, the Time Guardian

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "My Good Fellow" (from Albion)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly 
Eopia, capital of the Egalitern bloc on the planet Eopia; Eopia's star system and galaxy are unrevealed;
    perhaps formerly Earth (if Mys-Tech created him there)

First Appearance: Dark Guard#2 (November, 1993)


sunder-mystech-dg3-seismicsunder-mystech-dg3-seismic_tunnelPowers/Abilities:  Sunder is large and powerful, perhaps able to lift 5-10 tons or more and apparently composed of rock or a similarly appearing synthetic material. As such, he has a level of superhuman durability, although the combined force of full-strength punches from Albion and Ultra-Marine, each of whom could perhaps lift between 10-25 tons.

     It is unrevealed whether he can reform or be rebuilt from the shattering of his physical form (see comments).

     Sunder has powers of seismic control. He can plunge his hands into the ground/soil and trigger an shockwave that "churns the ground like thick water." He can cause rock and soil to rise like a rock, or he can open a hole in the ground and plunge himself and/or other objects or beings into it, causing the rock and soil to cover them up again afterward as desired.

     He is able to adopt a humanoid form, substantially smaller in size/frame, as needed.

     Although reportedly a construct, Permafrost was a trash-talker (as was Sunder), delivering taunts and speaking colloquially.

     He apparently had a strange voice, as his speech balloons had an irregular shape.

Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 8-9'; human form perhaps 7')
Weight: Approximately 1 ton (see comments)
Eyes: Solid white
Hair: None
Distinguishing features: Sunders
appears to be made of rock, and he lacks any visible external aural (ear) or nasal (nose) structures. 

     He has three fingers and a thumb on each hand. 

     His feet are not shown clearly, but per one peripheral image, he may have two toes on each foot, as does Permafrost.



History:
(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS /
Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Mys-Tech established a presence on the planet Eopia in the Albedo Crux Cluster, escalating the war between Egaliterns and Technarchy in an effort to cause the planet's destruction via thermo-nuclear war... 

(Dark Guard I#3 (fb) - BTS) - so they could harness its death scream to pay off Mys-Tech's debt to Mephisto.sunder-mystech-dg2-human.jpg

(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Mys-Tech agents Sunder and Permafrost were sent to manipulate the Egaliterns, and they seemingly allied with Egalitern ruler, Trusivor, who sough a peaceful resolution to the conflict with the Technarchy. Permafrost and Sunder promised to protect Trusivor.
    
Collapsar

(Dark Guard I#1 - BTS) - The Time Guardian gathered the Dark Guard to oppose Mys-Tech's becoming a universal threat. They were subsequently sent to to Eopia where they were engaged by hostile forces in Technarchy territory.

(Dark Guard I#2 - BTS) - As Technarchy reinforcements arrived, Death's Head, Killpower, and Tigon Liger rushed for the portal back to the Time Guardian's realm. However, Collapsar captured Killpower and Liger and departed, while Death's Head was knocked back to the rest of the Dark Guard. sunder-mystech-dg2-combatform

(Dark Guard I#2 - BTS) - The Time Guardian's Superconductor assistant detailed the situation on Eopia and Mys-Tech's involvement, including the presence of their superhuman agents.

(Dark Guard I#2 - BTS) - While Death's Head and Motormouth were sent to the Helios Plateau to rescue Killpower and Liger, the other free members -- Albion, Dark Angel, and Ultra-Marine -- were sent to try to reason with the Egaliterns.

(Dark Guard I#3 (fb) - BTS) - In conventional humanoid forms, Permafrost and Sunder stood by Trusivor as he prepared to meet with the Technarchy ambassador.sunder-mystech-dg3-smash-albion

(Dark Guard I#2) - As the aliens (Dark Guard members) approached Trusivor and Dark Angel noted they would speak with him, Trusivor called on Sunder and Permafrost to fulfill their apparently sworn duty to protect him and to slay what he believed to be Technarchy assassins. In response, Sunder and Permafrost assumed their massive true forms, intimidating the Dark Guard members.

(Dark Guard I#3) - Although Albion tried to explain to Trusivor that he had mistaken their intentions, Ultra-Marine flew in to confront the warriors, and Permafrost caught him in a grip that instantly encased him in ice and rendered him helpless. Permafrost instructed Sunder to "squash this squalling runt," which Sunder noted he would do with pleasure, but before he could land his first blow, Albion blasted Sunder away.

    Alighting near Sunder, Albion asked him to hold still so they could negotiate. Complimenting Albion on the "humongous" energy blast, Sunder noted that it was a mistake landing, at which point he caused an upheaval in the ground that smashed Albion back into the air.

    After Albion crashed back to the ground, Sunder told the "little man" not to bother to get up, as he would make this short and painful. Recovering, Albion delivered a powerful punch to Sunder while telling him he should have stuck to his seismic tricks. Pained and angered, Sunder smashed the Albion into the ground, apparently manipulating the soil to surround them as he drove Albion deeper underground. "You like my seismic tricks, eh, loser? Tell me...how do you like it buried alive!"

    Unable to breathe with the earth covering his face and the pressure wave of power driving him down while Sunder's Hulk-sized hand constricted his throat, Albion was sure he was going to die, but he got a reprieve when they dropped into a storm drain.

    Releasing Albion, Sunder bragged that he was going to bring down all of the rock around them and crush Albion alive. Regaining his breath, Albion asked Sunder about the train coming at him. Detecting the light behind him, Sunder noted that there shouldn't be any train there just before Ultra-Marine -- having melted out of his containment and pursued Albion down through the ground, emerging at least several yards away in the tunnel behind them -- flew forward and punched Sunder with all of his might. sunder-mystech-dg3-albion-um

    With Sunder stunned, Albion and Ultra-Marine simultaneously punched him with all of their might, shattering his form. 

    Albion was concerned that they had killed their foe, but Ultra-Marine noted that Sunder had no heat signature and that he thought Sunder was one of Mys-Tech's
smart weapon constructs.sunder-mystech-dg3-shattered
   
(Dark Guard I#3 - BTS) - After Dark Angel destroyed Permafrost, she noted that both Permafrost and Sunder were Mys-Tech smart weapon constructs.

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - Dark Guard subsequently thwarted the Mys-Tech plot, preventing nuclear war and taking down the war-mongering Tansteele, and allowing the Egaliterns and Technarchy to begin brokering peace.

Comments: Dan Abnett, Carlos Pacheco, and Oscar Jimenez under the Marvel UK imprint.

    Sunder and Permafrost were no comparison to Collapsar in terms of power, but they were still very dangerous, and they were also pretty cool, visually.

    It seemed to me that Sunder and Permafrost were solid rock and ice, respectively, or synthetic equivalents, but somehow imbued with intelligence, mobility, and power, rather than being robotic. Perhaps there was a program/energy packet Mys-Tech or others could imbue into the materials to recreate them both.

    The narrative notes Sunder to be "close to a ton."
    I asked our OHotMU engineer, Spider-Mike Fichera, and he replied:

Let’s use the density of a typical mineral is 2.5 compared to a human at about 1.0.
6 feet weighting 250 as human x 2.5 = 625 lbs
Mike taught us that changes in height relate to a cubed increase in weight with proportional size--SnoodScaled up to 8’ is 0.74 tons
At 9’ is 1.05 tons
So seems about right.
MikeF 

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Sunder
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)

Dark Guard#2, last page, panel 2 (with Trusivor; human form);
            panel 4 (with Trusivor; morphing into combat form);
    #3, pg. 2-3 (with Trusivor; combat form in profile);
        pg. 5, panel 1 (seismic wave against Albion);
        pg. 6, panel 5 (smashing Albion);
        pg. 7, panel 1 (forcing Albion through seismic tunnel);
        pg. 8, panel 2-3 (shattered by Albion and Ultra-Marine);


Appearances:
Dark Guard#1-4 (October, 1993 - January, 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Oscar Jimenez (inks), Stuart Bartlett (editor)


First posted: 01/15/2022
Last updated: 01/17/2022

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