Ultimate All-stars: The New Ultimate Marvel Universe
The Earth no longer belonged to just the humans. Alien races had been traveling to earth and integrating themselves into human societies since ancient times. In 1942 an invasion by the Alien Warlord Galactus put an end to World War II, and united the Human race against a common threat. However, it wasn't just humans who rose up against Galactus and his forces. Unknown to the world, there had been other Aliens hidden amongst them for centuries. Whether they were plotting to take over the earth themselves or not remained a mystery. All that is known is that they wanted to protect the earth from the threat of Galactus just like the humans, and so revealed themselves to join in the struggle. They were not alone. Gods, who had long since hidden behind mere stories and religious beliefs began to join the fray. With the combined might of Humans, Aliens, and the Gods themselves, Galactus was defeated and cast from the earth. But the damage was done. Earth had been changed forever. In Modern times, Humans aren't the only species to lay claim to regions of the earth. Various alien races have claimed countries and civilizations of their own. Religious cults and Churches have become the strong holds of the gods, and in some instances, demons. Mutants have come into existence, some saying because of mixed alien blood, others believing it a natural evolution of humans as an answer to the power of the other beings. The earth, and the very universe had become a whole new playing field. This is the New Ultimate Marvel Universe.
Ultimate Comics: The Allied Avengers:
Written by: Jonathan Ross [America's Got Powers] Art by: Micah Gunnell [Idolized, Shrugged]
After the Invasion of the Alien Warlord Galactus ended, America became the first country to welcome a treaty with various alien races and gods that had come to call earth home. Creating an alliance with many of them, believing it the best course of action to avoid wide spread, and devastating wars. To this end, after decades of preparation, The American government created a team of piece keepers, lead by The United State's own Captain America, and consisting of representatives from the other members of the Alliance. They were known as the Allied Avengers.
Captain America - Steve Rogers, a veteran of both World War II, and the First Galactic War, he was a product of genetic testing with Alien DNA, the first and only success, becoming America's first Super Soldier and instrumental in Earth's Victory. After the Galactic war he was put into stasis in order for scientists to study what made him successful, though was awakened decades later in order to lead the Allied Avengers.
Thora - The Goddess of Thunder, and Asgard's representative in the Alliance. During the Galactic War, Asgard had been hesitant to join the battle. Against her father Odin's wishes, Thora leaped at the chance to drive Galactus and his forces from a world she'd come to love, with many Asgardians eventually following her lead and helping turn the tide of the War in Earth's Favor. When America came up with the idea for the Alliance, Thora jumped at the chance to fight along side her earthen comrades once again, and become a shield against the threats that came from her divine brethren.
Ms. Marvel - Cara-Vell was the daughter of Kree Ambassador Mar-Vell, and former American Air Force pilot and current movie star, Carol Danvers. With the Kree being the most popular Alien Race amongst the American people, and being the daughter of a beloved icon, Cara was the perfect choice to represent the Kree in the Alliance. Young and confident in her abilities, she was welcomed by most of her comrades with open arms.
Silver Patriot - Norrin Radd was once a general in The Warlord Galactus' army. His most steadfast and powerful weapon, he was instrumental in Galactus taking an early upper hand in the Galactic War. However, the only reason Norrin was so steadfast in his service was for the protection of his home planet. When he found out that Galactus had already destroyed his planet for the massive amounts of energy it provided, Norrin quickly switched sides and partnered with United States, providing the alien DNA sample that turned Steve Rogers into a Super Soldier. Held in secret by the American Government since the end of the Galactic War, he was recruited into the Allied Avengers because he was trusted by Steve Rogers, and his knowledge of any threats that might once again come from space.
Iron Man - Tony Stark made his fortune as a young trader of alien technology, and specialized in it's adaptation for human use. He had many adventures pirating left over cache's of alien weapons, and had his share of relationships with interesting alien women. When his country called on him for duty, though loath to leave his easy life of adventure and profit, he chose to serve his Country without fail. Recruited into a new Government program called S.W.O.R.D and S.H.I.E.L.D, charged with not only protecting the United States and the human race from otherworldly threats, both from space and the Planet itself [S.H.I.E.L.D], but with proactive missions that located threats and nullified them before they could get big enough to alert the public [S.W.O.R.D]. With his experience with alien technology and an intellect that was considered second only to Dr. Bruce Banner, and President Reed Richards, he became the backbone, and leader of the S.W.O.R.D and S.H.I.E.L.D's field teams. Donning a suit of highly advanced, self evolving armor that used an amalgam of different alien technologies, he became Iron Man, and was recruited into the Allied Avengers to be the intellectual foil to Steve Roger's pure patriotism.
Human Torch - Johny Storm was the hot headed brother-in-law of the President of the United States, Reed Richards. A former hot shot air force pilot, Johny was the first to volunteer for Bruce Banner's new Alien DNA Super Soldier Program called Weapon X. Using the DNA of the original Human Torch, a fiery alien who died protecting the earth during the Galactic War, Banner was successful in granting Johny Storm greater powers than the original, making his hot head nickname quite literal. Carefree and aloof, President Richards put Johny into the Allied Avengers program in hopes that it would teach him responsibility, humility, and instill in him a sense of duty.
Scarlet Witch - The Sorceress Supreme, Wanda Maximoff was born a mutant with the ability to harness and control massive amounts of magical energy. This made her path to becoming Sorceress Supreme, the guardian of Earth Realm's magic, an easy one, allowing her to defeat Sorcerer Supreme candidate Dr. Stephen Strange without difficulty. Though they had once been lovers, Stephen's defeat drove him mad, leading him to make a deal with Satan and becoming the dread demon sorcerer Dormammu. After sealing her former lover away in hell, she was welcomed to join the Allied Avengers as it's occult specialist, to help ensure that America was protected from supernatural threats, as well as Alien ones.
Black Widow - Natalia Romanova was of S.H.I.E.L.D's best undercover agents, posing as a lab assistant in Norma Osborn's Oscorp Genetics division. Her job was to gain information on Norma's DNA research, as she had been discovered to have an incomplete version of Bruce Banner's Super Soldier equation. Natalia found out, that instead of alien DNA, Norma and her scientists were using animal, insect, and arachnid DNA. Just as Natalia was about to pull out and get the information she'd gathered back to S.H.I.E.L.D, she witnessed one of Norma's test subjects about to be put to death and tried to save him, but was captured and injected with an unfinished version of one of Norma's serums. At first a death sentence, another of the young test subjects, Peter Parker, a boy genius, helped her escape and injected her with a serum that contained the missing DNA sequence needed to keep her alive. Thanks to Parker's help, the serum turned her into a successful Super Soldier with various abilities she then used to help Peter and a group of his friends escape the clutches of Oscorp. After leaving the young test subjects with an old friend, Natalia returned to S.H.I.E.L.D to report in, and get herself checked out. Once she was cleared for duty, far better than ever before, she took on the Code Name Black Widow and was recruited into the Allied Avengers to gather information on it's members and keep an eye on them.
Major Supporting Characters:
Bruce Banner - Genius Genetic Scientist who became Weapon 0, testing his first finished serum on himself, becoming a out of control Jade giant when he got angry. Unable to control himself in that form, he had Tony Stark create limiters out of alien technology to keep himself in check while continuing his research for the Alliance.
President Reed Richards - It was his genius an tactics that allowed the Earth to win the Galactic war, making him a hero and later President of the United States.
Sue Richards - First lady, and wife of the President.
Benjamin Grimm - Leader of the President's special forces and second volunteer of Bruce Banner's Weapon X program which enabled him to take the form of a stone giant at will.
Hank McCoy - The world's lead genetic scientist in Mutant Studies, Hank, better known as Beast, is Bruce Banner's lab partner as they help one another discover the mysteries of Alien, Mutant, and Divine DNA.
Story Arcs -
Allied Forces [Issues 1-4]: This arc will tell the story of the immediate aftermath of the Galactic War, the initiation of the Allied Avengers Program after the discovery of antagonistic forces, Alien, Divine, and otherwise, and the official formation of the team.
Remnants of War [Issues 5-8]: Silver Patriot is contacted by his old comrade and fellow General of Galactus, Terrax and finds out that a large remnant of Galactus' forces stayed on earth and went into hiding. Willing to forgive Norrin for his betrayal if he joins his side, Norrin declines the offer, instead reporting to Captain America about Terrax's imminent threat, sending the Allied Avengers into their first major conflict since being formed.
Prelude to War [Issues 9-12]: Having been rescued by the dark sorceress Victoria Von Doom and her husband, the Norse God Loki, Terrax works along with them in order to summon a threat to the earth far worse than Galactus, the intergalactic Lord of Death Thanos. The Allied Avengers must work fast in order to stop Victoria, Loki, and their forces or face a second Galactic War. One they may very well lose.
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Men:
Written by: Jimmie Robinson [Bomb Queen, Five Weapons] Art by: Ryan Ottley [Invincible, Haunt]
Norma Osborn had been one of the top Genetic Scientists in the world, though that didn't stop her from always being over shadowed by her mentor, Dr. Bruce Banner. Recruited to help him develop his super soldier program, Norma always pushed her mentor to go farther in his studies and experiments until one day, she convinced him to test his finished serum on himself, indirectly creating the Jade Beast called the Hulk. Afraid that she would be blamed for the accident, she left the Super Soldier program, though not before taking one of Dr. Banner's incomplete formulas. After seeing the power of the Hulk, Norma was hungry create one of her own, so as to never be overshadowed by her mentor again. After establishing her company Oscorp as one of the leading genetic research companies in the world, she set her teams of scientists to the task of helping her perfect a new serum, one that used earth creatures as a DNA base instead of Aliens. Kidnapping young test subjects who had the perfect genetic sequences to match with the serums, Norma would stop at nothing to create the perfect super soldier, superior to anything Bruce Banner could come up with. Everything seemed on track until one day an undercover agent of S.H.E.I.L.D was discovered. After ordering the spy to be killed, Agent Natalia Romanova was instead rescued by another of Norma's test subjects, Peter Parker. Together with a group of subjects her serum's had been successful on, Parker and Romanova escaped, destroying her labs and her serum's in the process. Driven mad by the failure, Norma injected herself with one of Bruce Banner's finished serums, stolen from his new Weapon X project and was transformed into a hideous mutant beast, not unlike Bruce had been. Though thanks to her dementia, she was able to keep herself under control, she was forever stuck in her new form. Vowing revenge on Peter Parker and his escaped comrades, Norma named herself The Goblin Queen, and set on the road of their destruction.
Spider-Man: Peter Parker had it all. He was a budding Genius, had a beautiful girlfriend that made all the high school jocks jealous, and a loving family. That all ended the day he was on a science class trip to Oscorp's genetic division. Fascinated by the genetically altered arachnids they had on display, he fell behind his group, and didn't notice when one of the spiders escaped and bit him, causing him to black out in intense pain. He woke up in a science cell deep beneath Oscorp's labs, imprisoned as a test subject because he had not only survived the deadly bite of the spider, but his body changed, gaining many spider-like abilities including superior strength, agility, healing, a spider sense, and the ability to produce webbing from his wrists. After saving the life of S.H.I.E.L.D agent Natalia Romanova, Peter, along with four other young test subjects who had successfully survived Norma Osborn's serums, escaped and went into hiding with Dr. Curt Conners, an old friend of Romanova's.
Spider-Girl: Jessica Drew was the daughter of one of the Daily Bugle's best investigative reporters. When her father went missing after pursuing a story on dirty happenings in Oscorp's genetics division, she used her own detective skills to follow her father's trail, leading her directly into the heart of Oscorp's labs where she was captured. After being told of her father's death, she was subjected to experiments, and successfully turned into one of Norma Osborn's super soldiers. Like Peter, she gained heightened strength, agility, and constitution. She gained the ability to produce webs from her fingers, and though they were not nearly as strong as Peter's, she was able to conduct a shocking venom strike through them, making them a potent weapon. Bonding with a few of the other test subjects she jumped at the chance to escape along with them and go into hiding from The Goblin Queen.
Araña: Anya Corazon had been a homeless runaway, living on the streets of new york along with her companions, brothers Ben and Kaine Reilly after meeting them at a train yard. Street Smart and trained in combat skills by her deceased soldier father, Anya had vowed to the brothers to protect them. When they were kidnapped by one of Norma Osborn's Black Ops teams to be used as test subjects, she failed her vow. Anya survived the serum to become one of the few successful super soldiers for Norma Osborn's project. While she lacked the agility that others had gained, she made up for it in strength, becoming the strongest member of the renegade test subjects. She also gained an almost full 360 sight that replicated the multiple eyes of a spider. While she also lacked the ability to produce webbing as a projectile, she could grow it from certain parts of her body, such as beneath her arms, that enabled her to glide through the air after a large jump. To her horror, while Kaine Reilly had survived the serum process, Ben's body had rejected it, and became deathly ill. When he was to be disposed of, S.H.I.E.L.D agent Natalia Romonova tried to save him, but was unable to. When Anya escaped with the others, she tried to get Kaine to come with them, but angry at the death of his brother, and at Anya's failed vow to protect them, he left on his own, leaving Anya to leave with the rest of the renegade group.
Scarlet Spider: Miles Morales had it rough. He lost both of his parents in a plain crash, and was sent to New York to live with his uncle, who unknown to Miles, was a member of Oscorp's Black Ops teams, charged with finding suitable test subjects for Norma Osborn's super soldier project. When his uncle was found to be stealing Osborn Tech and selling it on the black market, he turned Miles over to Norma as a test subject in exchange for his life, and disappeared soon after. Feeling alone and betrayed, Miles was slow to trust anyone ever again. Surviving the serum to become one of Norma's super soldiers, Miles gained abilities similar to those of his fellow subjects, including super strength, agility and a healing factor. He lacked any kind of web production, but gained a less powerful version of Peter's spider sense, along with the ability to make himself invisible by blending in to his surroundings. He also had the ability to produce a powerful venom shock he could generate through sharp talons at his finger tips and toes, or shot it from his hands in a less potent projectile. After weeks of convincing, he finally came to trust Peter, and escaped with him and the rest of the renegade test subjects, helping them fight against the Goblin Queen and her forces.
Venom: Not much is known about the final member of the renegade test subjects. He always wore a black mask, never spoke and was kept in a highly secured cell. The other test subjects caught glimpses of him every now and then, but nothing more than that. It is not known how long he had been held beneath Oscorp's labs, only that he had been there longer than any of the others. When Natalia Romonova set off explosives to help the others escape, Venom escaped as well, saving the others from a pursuit team with his strange shape shifting abilities, becoming a mysterious, silent guardian for the team of renegades.
Major Supporting Characters:
Dr. Curt Connors - A former military doctor who saved Natasia Romonova's father during the Cold war and remained a family friend. He is intrusted with hiding the Renegades from Norma Osborn.
Mary Jane Watson - Peter's high school sweetheart, she goes into a depression after Peter's initial disappearance. After catching a chance glimpse of him along with the other renegades and seeing him alive, she follows them and reunites with Peter after almost being killed by Norma Osborn's Black Ops unit. Despite Peter wanting her to stay away for her own safety, she continues to help out the renegades whenever she can.
Gwen Stacy - Daughter of George Stacy, a police captain on Norma Osborn's payroll, she finds out that her father is a dirty cop and that he is after the Spider-Men. Doing everything she can to stop her father's plans to catch them, she uses her hacking skills to digitally support the Renegades whenever possible.
May Parker - Peter's Aunt called to New York from her Hawaiian island home after the disappearance of Peter and the death of Peter's parents. After having a talk with Peter and being told by him that it would be best if she returned to her island, she instead hires a private detective named Jessica Cage to find out what's going on with her nephew.
Story Arcs -
Renegades [Issues 1-4]: The story Peter Parker's capture and escape from Oscorp along with a small group of renegade test subjects of Norma Osborn's underground super soldier project. Going into hiding after Norma injects herself with a stolen serum, turning herself into the monstrous Goblin Queen, hell bent on destroying the escaped renegades who ruined her project.
World Of Carnage [Issues 5-8]: After a narrow escape from The Goblin Queen and her mercenaries, thanks to the sacrifice of Dr. Curt Connors, the renegade Spider-Men must now deal with a psychotic killer sent by The Goblin Queen known as Carnage. With similar, yet superior abilities to Venom, the team must find out the connection between the two and find out a way to stop Carnage before murders everyone around him, including the Spider-Men themselves.
Sinister Tidings [Issues 9-12]: With a second Galactic War on the horizon, The Goblin Queen pulls out all the stops to bring in the Renegades so she can use them to create more successful super soldiers before the war starts. When the defeated Carnage turns out to be a clone of Venom, jogging his lost memories, and making him realize that he was Harry Osborn, the son of The Goblin Queen and that he was her first attempt at a Super Solder using the last of her stolen alien DNA, Venom uses his newly recovered memories to help the Spider-Men take the fight to his deranged mother. But now they must face a group of failed, but powerful Super Soldiers called the Sinister Six, lead by the only successful subject to return to her side willingly, Kaine Reilly. Together with The Scorpion, Tarantula, Dr. Octopus, The Beetle and The Rhino, all of who only have one week to live, they seek to bring in the Spider-Men for The Goblin Queen. Even if its in pieces. Peter, distraught after Carnage killed his parents dives head first into the fray, not caring if he lives or dies, and it is up to his team mates to bring him back from the edge, and back to his lighthearted, wise cracking self.
Ultimate Comics: Midnight Sons:
Written by: Mark Miller [Hellraiser, Next Testament] Art by: Stjepan Sejic [Witchblade, Ravine, Artifacts]
When the world was thrown into chaos by the Galactic War, beings from the world's supernatural realms rose up to help in order to protect their feeding ground. In the aftermath of the war, they returned to their normal status quo. What did it matter to them who dominated the Earth? They could feed on human and alien alike. But now the supernatural world has a crisis of it's own. The Demon Lord of Hell, Satan is dead, killed by the Arch Angel Michael in a battle that lasted thirteen days, and thirteen nights. After the battle, Michael took Satan's head and disappeared, leaving his body, and power behind to turn to dust. However, the dust is charged with the full power of The Devil, and thanks to the battle between the two powers, warps and rifts have opened up, causing the dust to not just flow through hell, but the other living realms as well. Now humans and demons alike are scrambling to gain Satan's power for themselves, while others happen upon pockets of The Devil's Dust by chance, and are changed forever. Daimon Hellstorm, the son of Satan had been satisfied that his father was complacent ruling the realms of hell, leaving him to enjoy his life on earth amongst the humans. When he felt his father's death and felt his power scatter over the realms, he knew it was only a matter of time before someone else became powerful enough to take his father's place and lead the armies of hell onto the earth, creating a chaos so potent, it could dwarf the Galactic War. In order to put a stop to this, and gather his father's scattered power, Daimon gathers a group of powerful supernatural beings to help him.
Main Characters -
Daimon Hellstorm: The son of Satan and the First Daughter, Lilith, Daimon gave up his seat as prince of hell in order to live on earth, blending in with the human race and living a life free of responsibility. He'd come to love the earth so much that when it was invaded by Galactus during the Galactic War, he fought along side the humans, and newly discovered alien races in order to save it. Ever since then, he had remained a silent guardian, watching the movements of both the aliens, and the supernatural beings. One night he woke up in a cold sweat, feeling the death of his father, Satan. He returned to hell only to find his father's body gone and his power scattered throughout not just hell, but the earth realm and god realms as well. In order to keep his father's power out of the wrong hands, and to keep the wrong person from taking his father's throne, he set off to gather a group of beings to help him, starting with his best friend Johny Blaze.
Ghost Rider: Johny Blaze was a retired stunt driver, settled down with his wife to be, Danielle Ketch away from his hazardous former profession. But before their life together could even begin Danielle was in a car accident that put her into a life threatening coma. Distraught, Johny was willing to do anything to help her, even make a deal with the Devil. In exchange for his soul, Johny was given the power to save Danielle. However, like all deals with the devil, nothing was ever that straight forward. When Johny went to heal Danielle, he instead summoned a hell flame that engulfed her body and turned it to dust. Enraged and hunted for the death of his own love, Johny hunted down The Devil, only to find out that it wasn't Satan he'd made a deal with, but another powerful Demon named Mephisto. The demon had used Johny to gather Danielle's pure soul before her body could die, and it passed on naturally, needing it to overthrow Satan. Cornered, Johny was saved by the sudden appearance of Daimon Hellstorm, the son of Satan. Before Mephisto could take Danielle's soul from within Johny, Daimon unleashed the power from within it, causing her soul to merge with Johny and turn them into the flaming spirit of Vengeance Ghost Rider. Driving Mephisto back to hell with their new found power, the couple, now bound forever thanked Daimon who told them that he would call upon them for a favor one day. That day came when Satan was killed and his power scattered. When Daimon came calling, they gladly joined him in his quest.
Sersi: Born an Eternal, an immortal conduit to the earth's power, she spent her years in the mountains of Romania, protecting and cultivating the Dragon's Vein, a major leyline and a focus of earthen energy. When Satan was killed and his power scattered, some of it began to warp the energy of the earth. Noticing this, Sersi set off to find a way to stop the earth's corruption, later joining up with Daimon Hellstorm and his group, lending her power to their common goal.
Angel: Warren Worthington III was a mutant much like Wanda Maximoff, his ability allowing him to tap into supernatural energies. Though instead of magic like the Scarlet Witch, Warren was able to tap into divine energies. His power allowed him to directly channel the powers of the Divine Host, becoming an avatar to various Seraphim for a limited amount of time. Even without channeling their energy directly, he was gifted with angelic wings and the power to heal himself and others. When the Archangel Michael killed Satan and disappeared, Warren was visited by the fiery angel Gabrielle and charged with finding him. His journey put him on a direct course for Daimon Hellstorm and his group, joining them and helping them face the demonic up-rise.
Blade: Misty Knight was the product of a human/vampire union. She lead a normal life with her mother, thinking her father normal and worked long nights, until one day she woke up to find her mother dead on the kitchen floor, and her father covered in her mother's blood. It was the first time she'd seen him for what he really was. A vampire. A demon. A Monster. That was the last time she saw her father. She was taken in by a priest who was an old friend of her mothers who was no stranger to the supernatural world that dominated the night. The priest raised her to channel her hate and the powers she inherited from her father to help those in need of protection from the night. She became a hunter, the best, her life a blur of hunting until the night her guardian and adopted father turned on her. Possessed by a demonic power, she froze and was almost killed but was saved by the sudden appearance of her real father Morbius. Morbius drove the demonic power out of the priest and explained to Misty that it was the same phenomenon that had driven her mother to attack her father and forcing him to kill her. However Morbius reveals to her that her mother is still alive, and still possessed, and that he'd been hunting for her all this time. Misty grudgingly joined her father in his quest, the two of them crossing paths with Daimon Hellstorm, and believing him to be their best chance at solving this mystery they joined his team of supernatural misfits.
Morbius: An ancient Vampire who'd tired of the "night life" and settled down with the woman he loved, having a daughter with her. One night he was attacked by his wife, who had been possessed by some demonic power and was forced to kill her, their daughter walking in to see him covered in her blood. Taking her away to safety, leaving her with an old friend before returning to find his wife's body gone. He could smell the demonic energy still lingering and knew that she was still alive. Knowing his daughter Misty was in good hands, he set off to hunt down his possessed wife to either help her, or put her out of her misery. When his path brought him back to his daughter, now a grown Hunter, he explained what really happened to her, and together they joined Daimon Hellstorm's plight to put an end to the hell that was rising in the world.
Story Arcs -
The Devil's Dust [Issues 1-4]: Daimon Hellstorm sets off to stop demons and humans alike from gathering his father's scattered power and wreaking havoc on earth, heaven, and hell alike. Gathering a group of supernatural misfits, Daimon and his group track down those who have absorbed enough of The Devil's Dust to cause major trouble, hoping it will lead them to the true source.
Hell Raising [Issues 5-8]: When Satan was killed, his unleashed power also freed the dread demon Dormammu. A former sorcerer and lover of the current Sorcereess Supreme, Wanda Maximoff before he was sealed away, Stephen Strange had stolen some of Wanda's essence and used it along with some of his own to create a pair of children, making he and Wanda their spiritual parents. Knowing their great potential, Dormammu seeks out the now teenage Nico and Wiccan in order to use them to channel great amounts of the Devil's Dust and make himself a demon god. With the help of The Sorceress supreme, Daimon and his group must put a stop to Dormammu's plans.
A Game Of Thrones [Issues 9-12]: After the defeat of Dormammu, Daimon and his group get no time to breath, as their battle has attracted no less than four powerful beings who have their eyes set on the Throne of Hell. The fallen Archangel Lucifer, the demon Mephisto, the dark lord Cyttorak, and Daimon's own mother, the first daughter Lilith, step into the game to stake their claim on the throne of hell. Even with rumors of another Galactic war looming, Daimon and his friends have their hands full with a war of their own, and might not live to defend the earth against the coming galactic threat.
Ultimate Comics: Nation X:
Written by: Joshua Dysart [Harbinger, Unknown Soldier, Violent Messiahs, BPRD] Art by: Caanan White [Uber, Ptolus: City by the Spire ]
Ever since the Galactic War, the human race has struggled to fill the power gap between they and the beings seeking a place on earth. They got their wish when the first Mutant, James Howlett emerged a hero of the Galactic War. When DNA and genetic testing proved that he was neither of alien or supernatural origin, but a evolution of mankind, the human race was changed forever. After James, Code named Wolverine came out as a mutant successfully, other Mutants who had been hiding themselves from persecution began to emerge, with more new mutants born every day. While there were those who still distrusted mutants in the light of the Galactic War and everything it set into motion, most of the human race saw Mutants as their champions, their chance to strike back at those who sought to take their place on earth. In the decades since the war, the mutant nation has grown and prospered, dominated the west coast of the United States, with many of the western US States and cities having mutant political leaders. However, like any other nation, the mutant nation is not totally unified in their vision. The mutant nation is split into two major factions, each with a different view of what mutant kind should be, and how they should exist in the world.
The Xavier Faction
Lead by Charles Xavier, this faction follows his dream to live equally with the people of the world, be them human, mutant, alien, or god, and seek to stop the conflicts brought on by their differences.
Professor Charles Xavier - Xavier was only a child when he lost his parents to the Galactic War. He was taken in by an elder couple who raised them as their own along with their own daughter Lilandra. When he was a teenager his adoptive parents were killed by Christopher Summers, who revealed them as Shi'ar Royals hiding on earth from a civil war on their own planet. He blamed all of the Shi'ar for the death of his wife and unborn son. It was then that Charles awakened his abilities as a powerful mutant Psychic, using his abilities to help he and Lilandra escape from Summers and his men. Years later, Xavier watched as Christopher Summers, the man who killed his and Lilandra's parents became a leader of the Mutant Community, preaching that Mutants were the guardians of the earth as an extension of man kind, their protectors. But he also preached against the Aliens and other beings who had come to call the earth home, and how he would not tolerate them as long as he had the power to wipe them out. Having witnessed first hand that the Aliens had good amongst them, just as any other race did, Xavier had a vision of the world that involved all of the races co-existing, and with the help of his adoptive sister Lilandra, a princess of the Shi'ar, Xavier began to gather like minded mutants and aliens to help in his cause. He also received support from the government organization S.W.O.R.D, who saw Summers as a potential threat that needed to be contained.
Lilandra Neramani - An exiled princess of the Shi'ar empire, she escaped to earth along with her parents when they were driven away by a civil war started by her mad uncle D'Ken with the help of the Warlord Galactus. Before they took in Charles Xavier, Lilandra and her family were on the run from the mercenaries her uncle had sent after them. Taken in by Katherine Summers and hidden. Because of this, Katherine, and her unborn child were killed by D'Ken's mercenaries, just as Christopher was too late to save them. Escaping once more, they found a place to settle in the aftermath of the Galactic War, and lived happily with their adopted son Charles until Christopher, an awakened mutant hunted them down. Watching her parents be turned to dust by Summer's power, she was in shock as Charles' own mutant powers manifested and allowed them to escape. As the years passed, Lilandra did whatever she could to help and support her brother in his cause, training and using her heightened Shi'ar physical abilities to protect him in any way she could.
Wolverine - James Howlett had always known he was different. Able to heal from any wound, his bodily senses heightened to painful levels sometimes, and how slow he aged. He just didn't know what he was. So he did the only thing he could do, became a soldier. He traveled the world, fighting for whoever would have him, landing in the United States during World War II. When the Galactic War started, he thought he finally found out what he was, thinking himself an alien, or the off spring of one. But when he allowed himself to be tested by genetic scientists, they found that he was not an alien, nor was he anything supernatural. He was an evolution of mankind. This discovery created a wildfire through the human race that would change the world forever, giving them hope that they would be able to keep up with the beings they now shared the world with. Fighting along side Captain America and Norrin Rad during the end of the Galactic War, James allowed himself to be experimented on, his healing factor allowing scientists to bond his skeleton with an alien metal alloy called Adamantium, making James near indestructible. Taking on the name Wolverine, he helped end the Galactic war, and after continued to help the world recover, and protect itself from further invasions. To this end he helped found the Government organization S.W.O.R.D and S.H.I.E.L.D. After decades of work, James retired from active duty and became a trainer. It was then that he met a young Charles Xavier, and his sister Lilandra. Impressed by Xavier's vision, he decided to help in whatever way he could, training Lilandra in combat, and later when called upon, joining Xavier's faction in opposition to the Summers Faction.
Jean Grey - A young, but powerful telepath, Jean was almost recruited by the Summers faction after falling in love with Scott Summers. However, when her powers went out of control in the presence of another mutant telepath named Emma Frost, she accidentally read the minds of Christopher Summers most dedicated followers and saw that their vision for a united human kind was just a front for the destruction of the Aliens and Gods, particularly the Shi'ar. Losing control of herself, she fled, but was later helped out by Lilandra, who had defenses against telepathy, and thus wasn't repelled by Jean's out of control powers. After being taken to Charles Xavier and calmed, he agreed to help her gain full control of her abilities. Coupled with his vision, Jean found a home with Xavier's faction, and dedicated herself to helping that vision come to pass.
Ice Man - Bobby Drake was young, brash, and arrogant, the ice controlling mutant was a perfect fit for the Summers Faction. Except that after meeting Lilandra, he developed a crush on the older warrior woman, joining Xavier to be close to her at first, but later growing to truly believe in his cause.
Gladiator - Personal guard of the Shi'ar royal family, he stayed behind to give Lilandra and her parents a chance to escape. Surviving his sacrifice, he eventually made his way to earth to reunite with his charges, only to find that Lilandra's parents had been killed. Enraged, he joined Xavier's Faction out of gratitude for protecting Lilandra, and to get revenge on Christopher Summers for the royal blood on his hands.
Mystique - Mutant shape shifter, Captain of S.W.O.R.D's field unit, as well as on again, off again lover of Wolverine, Raven Darkhölme was charged by her superiors to help and support Wolverine in his mission to help the cause of Charles Xavier, gladly supporting her dear mentor in whatever way she could.
Colossus - Grandson to one of Wolverine's old war buddies, Piotr Rasputin was recruited by him into Xavier's faction to help train him in the use of his mutant ability to change his body into an unbreakable metal alloy, not unlike his own Adamantium, and to lend his strength to Xavier's cause.
Storm - A powerful mutant who could control mother nature herself, Oro Munroe traveled the world to help those in need, wanting to use her abilities for the good of others. When Xavier approached her with his vision, it didn't take much for him to convince her to join his faction, seeing that helping him would be helping not just humans, but everyone.
Major Supporting Characters -
The Summers Faction - Lead by Christopher Summers aged veteran of World War II as well as the Galactic War who sees mutants as not just the evolution of the human race, but their protectors, and believes that it is their duty to guard their people, mutant and normals alike. At least on the surface.
Christopher Summers - Born a human, Summers was a soldier who fought for his country in World War II, and his world in the Galactic War. After the war ended, he settled in with his wife. One day he returned home just in time to see his wife killed by alien mercenaries while protecting a small alien family. As she died in his arms, somehow his unborn son, Gabriel, passed on his mutant powers to his father, giving him control over almost any kind of energy. Christopher used these new powers to eradicate the alien mercenaries, though not before torturing one of them for information. Learning who they were, and why they were there, he spent the next ten years gathering resources, and power while hunting down Lilandra and her parents. When he finally found them, he killed Lilandra's parents, but was unable to kill Lilandra thanks to the young Charles Xavier, who used his powerful psychic abilities to help them escape. Impressed by the young boy's power, Christopher decided to gather more like him, becoming a public figure to the Mutant Nation, and gathering both support and allies who believed in his cause to unite mutant's and humans against the threat to their world. The Aliens, and any others who got in their way, be them God or Devil.
Magneto - Though Max Eisenhardt didn't share Christopher's love for non mutant humans, believing that Mutants were superior, he respected Christopher's power and dedication. One of the few who knew of Christopher's plans to eradicate non human life from the earth, he used his magnetic abilities as Christopher's right hand and general to further his cause. Once the war with the others was over, he could focus on the humans after.
Cyclops - Scott Summers was Christopher's oldest son with his second wife, he raised him with many of his beliefs and convictions, creating a young, steadfast warrior who could be trusted to carry on his mission and vision should something ever happen to Christopher. Inheriting some of his father's energy manipulation abilities, he can gather small amounts of solar energy and convert them into concussive blasts of heat from his eyes.
Havok - Alex Summers was Christopher's youngest son with his second wife, and though he didn't share his older brother's steadfast dedication to their father's vision, finding it rather boring, he was loyal and would never betray his family. Like Scott, he inherited some of his father's energy manipulation abilities, able to absorb cosmic radiation, and send it out from his body in devastating waves.
Sabertooth - Victor Creed was a hired mercenary and feral mutant, he joined the Summers faction just to have a chance at killing Wolverine, who stole Mystique from him.
Emma Frost - A powerful telepath, and haughty fashion model, she is Scott Summer's girlfriend, though she uses both the Faction and Scott to further her image.
Rogue - Anna Marie was a young mutant with the power to absorb the abilities of anyone she touched. Raised by Victor Creed, she was a cold, vicious fighter, even without her powers, and was welcomed into the fold by Christopher Summers, willing to use her as an assassin if need be.
Polaris - Lorna Dane was the daughter of Magneto, sharing many of his magnetic mutant abilities. Though she did not completely share in her father, or Christopher's visions, she would do anything to make her father proud of her, and followed without question.
Strong Guy - Guido Carosella was one half of Christopher's muscle, a devout believer in Christopher's vision. Though fun loving most of the time, when it came to fighting for the Summers Faction cause, he got down to business.
M - Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix was the other half of Christopher's muscle, and one of the strongest mutants in his faction. Though not quite on par with Emma Frost or Jeane Grey, Monet possessed telepathic abilities, as well as super strength, flight, invulnerability, perfect memory, and a healing factor. Though not trusted by Emma because her mind was shielded from her telepathy, M was a steadfast follower of Summers on the outside.
Story Arcs -
Nation X [Issues 1-4]: Professor Charles Xavier starts his own faction with the help of his adoptive sister Lilandra, Mutant Hero Wolverine, and his partner Mystique, gathering more young mutants in order to protect the world from Christopher Summers' ambitions to wipe all non human life from the planet.
Phoenix Fall [Issues 5-8]: With both factions gaining more and more support from both humans and mutants, Charles begins to gain an advantage thanks to the appearance of Lilandra's Guardian, Gladiator, who helps him gain influence with the Shi'ar who settled on earth. Backed into a corner, Christopher uses M as a conduit for the devastating Phoenix Force, a power he hopes to use to wipe all alien life from the earth, including the rumored Second Galactic War on the horizon.
Days Of Future Gone[Issues 9-12]: With M revealed as an undercover agent of S.W.O.R.D, and purging herself of the Phoenix force with the help of Charles Xavier and Jean Grey, Christopher absorbs the Phoenix force into himself using his power over energy and sets his plans to purify the world into motion. Just when Charles is on the verge of throwing the world into chaos, a group of time traveling mutants named Cable, Bishop, Marvel Girl, Shatterstar, and Blink show up to stop him. But are they truly hear to stop Charles from destroying the world, or saving him to destroy something else?
Authors Overview: Alright, I took the risky rout of making the initial line all team books. Allied Avengers and Midnight Sons started off as Cap and Hellstorm books, but the story layouts in my mind made them read as team books anyway. I also wanted to have the books all tie in to a bigger epic with Midnight Sons being the most self contained. The final arcs of each book lead to a second Galactic war, that while spanning the whole New Marvel Universe, would mostly take place in Allied Avengers with the other books showing the repercussions of the war around the world without them being hardcore tie-ins. Hope you guys like it!