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The Biggest Losing Avenger Marvel Keeps Getting New Versions

Today we will see how Jacques Duquesne, the Swordsman, dealt with multiple versions during the 1990s.

In each installment of Love Forsaken we examine stories, plots, and ideas from the comics abandoned by a later writer without actively contradicting an earlier story (so the most passive definition of retcons is anything that is retroactively added to continuity, even if there is no particular conflict with a story in the past). Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any suggestions for future editions of this article.

My recent series of articles on the hilarious and controversial history of the most lost Avenger, the Swordsman, now tells us how he came back TWO during the 1990s … well, two! versions of the Swordsman, at least! First, let ‘s take a quick summary. I recently talked about how the Swordsman went from being an old enemy of the Avengers to snuck into the team at one point to becoming a legitimate member of the team. She then died saving her colleague and lover, Mantis, from being killed. He was resurrected, in a way, by his body being possessed by the mind of a member of the Cotati, a species of peace-loving plant that Mantis married and filled with the “Heavenly Messiah”, the perfect match between man and plant . . After merging with one, however, the Cotati version of Swordsman became corrupted by the original Swordsman loser status and recently came close to killing everyone on Earth as part of a misguided plan (by manipulating his son on the dirty work using the powers of the Messiah Heaven).

In the 1990s, the Avengers confronted a group called the Gatherers, who were alternate reality versions of the Avengers led by a mysterious villain called Proctor (who was eventually revealed to be an alternate reality version of the Avengers). of the Avengers, Black Knight). One of the Gatherers was an alternative to Swordsman, who hated the Avengers for relying on his life. Eventually, he learned that the Avengers were the good guys and they changed sides and formed an alliance with the Avengers for the rest of the 1990s.

The Fridays fall into a trance

During the Onslaught crossing, the Avengers and Fantastic Four (but not Swordsman, so by the way he was busy somewhere else and did not try this fight because it seemed like a suicide mission) joined the X-Men in the final battle against Onslaught Attack: Marvel Universe # 1 (with Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Adam Kubert, Joe Bennett, Dan Green, Art Thibert, Tim Townsend, and Jesse Delperdang). The warriors finished through the villain’s psychic armor, discovering that if humans were exposed to psychic energy, they could absorb some of its power (mutants could not be because it would take their bodies as a direct host, which is what was intended to do)., with the kidnapped X-Man Scarlet Witch was able to enter because of her hexes to protect her from Onslaught), so all the warriors sacrificed themselves to siphon her, although he apparently killed them by doing so.

Once “anchored” by the largely non-mutant heroes, the mutants destroyed the energy, but, again, in the process appeared the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Panther , Crystal, Vision. , Scarlet Witch, Namor, Doctor Doom, Giant-Man, Wasp, and Blue are all dead. In fact, Franklin Richards subconsciously harnessed his great cosmic powers and transformed the heroes from the form of energy turned into them while fighting Onslaught into humans back to an alternate Earth.

This was part of a publishing plan in which Marvel gave these titles to Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld to do whatever they wanted with them in a new sequel called “Heroes Reborn”.

THE REFLECTIONS ARE AGAINST … A NEW SURRENDER

I repentance # 1 (with Liefeld, co – writer Jim Valentino, co – writer Chap Yaep, and inks Jon Sibal and Marlo Alquiza), we meet the new team of superheroes put together by SHIELD, led by a fresh Captain America from suspended animation. Loki, not knowing how he came to this new world, explores this new team of Avengers and we meet for the first time a new version of Swordsman …

Those panels are just the biggest character development Swordsman gets in the series. I mean, it’s only when the other characters are much colder, but still.

The Avengers take action for the first time …

We see that there is friendly competition between him and Hawkeye …

In the end, they convince Thor, who they find ALSO suspended in the ice animation, to join the Avengers and the question ends when the new team is confirmed …

The second edition also featured the rivalry between Hawkeye and Swordsman …

We do not know his name in the series. It obviously does not look like Jacques Duquesne, but so do the versions.

MANY GUARANTEES NEED TO BE HANDLED FOR THIS NEW REALITY OR IN THE ORIGINAL

Unfortunately, the Swordsman of this universe was not exactly a prominent character, and the Swordsman was not “our” reality. In the second edition, he ignores Captain America’s orders and quickly kicks off startup Kang …

In the next issue, he’s even kicking for his mistake …

I repentance # 4 (with Jeph Loeb now writing the book with Liefeld and Ian Churchill making a few pages before he soon becomes a major artist), Swordsman is flirting with Captain America and basically telling him that he knows that Cap has a bad opinion of him (Cap tries it). hide it’s pretty clear he doesn’t really think about it) …

The Hulk then attacks them and the Jade Giant Swordsman handles …

Thor shows up and has a big fight with the Hulk that leaves Cap, Swordsman and Hawkeye covered in debris from the browser …

we see i repentance # 6, when Swordsman and Cap are removed from the rubble and taken to hospital …

I repentance # 7 (with Liefeld, Loeb, Churchill and Lary Stucker), Cap feels bad that the Swordsman is so bad …

The series was then taken from Liefeld’s studio and given to Lee, who was to introduce other writers to the newly added books, with Walter Simonson taking over. repentance and i repentance # 9 (with Simonson, Michael Ryan, Saleem Crawford and Sal Regla), Swordsman disappears from his hospital bed …

It’s not picked up again during the original Reborn Heroes stories, because the Swordsman character is simply abandoned, really. Interestingly, since no one paid so much attention to him, Swordsman is still a background character in other books, such as the Captain America # 12 (with James Robinson, Joe Bennett, Ed Benes and many inks) …

Then in the miniseries Heroes back (with Peter David, Salvador Larroca and Scott Hanna), Swordsman only mentions that all the heroes decide to return to their original Earth when they discover that they do not really belong in this world …

The Swordsman doesn’t even get a wink. It’s hard for him.

It is noteworthy that, after being left behind, Swordsman became a much more prominent character in a world that was not otherwise heroic, as Marvel has done a few sequences in this “Counter-Earth” over the years. . CBR’s own Andrew Herbison explained what happened next in a CBR article earlier this year.

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Miyu Hikari

J'aime la musique et l'art des anime/manga ; j'aime les genres shoujo, seinen, spokon, slice of life et certains shonen.

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