- Reaper (Marvel Comics)
real_name=Pantu Hurageb (possibly Hugares)
Rob Liefeld Louise Simonson
X-Cell, Mutant Liberation Front, All-New Exiles, Weapon X
powers=Can paralyse people with his scythe. Cybernetic hands and leg.|
Reaper is the name of several fictional characters in the pages of
Marvel Comics, most notably the Reaper whose real name is Pantu Hurageb, a mutant in the " X-Force" comic book series. He has been a villain in the main Marvel Universebut a hero in the Ultraverse.
Fictional character history
Reaper is a mutant
terroristin the Mutant Liberation Front(MLF), and routinely fought the X-Menand X-Force. During X-Force's first mission against the MLF, Shatterstarfought Reaper and cut off one of his hands. His hand was replaced by a cybernetic prosthesis. In an attempt to flee from X-Factor, the MLF's teleporter Zero opened a portal for Reaper and his teammates to escape through, but when Havok attacked Zero, Zero was forced to close the portal while Reaper was still in it, causing him to lose a leg as well. The leg was also replaced with a prosthetic.When the MLF was arrested during the X-Cutioner's Song, Reaper and three of his teammates were transferred to a special prison. They were freed by Reignfireand made part of his new MLF. During an attempt to kidnap Henry Peter Gyrich, Reaper faced Shatterstar again and lost his other hand. He was thought to have been killed in the fight, but he survived.
An attempt to recruit
Siena Blazefor the MLF resulted in Siena's powers somehow transporting Reaper and Siena to the Ultraverse.There he joined the Exiles along with other Marvel Universerefugees Juggernaut and Siena Blaze. Reaper bargained with the alien race known as the "Tradesmen" for a new upgraded version of his scythe, but the Tradesman was murdered during the deal. The Tradesmen returned to demand a life in exchange for the Tradesman they lost and Reaper turned his scythe on Juggernaut, sending him back to the Marvel Universe. The Tradesmen accepted and left, but Reaper's teammates were less than happy with Reaper's actions. Reaper started to like life in the Ultraverse and slowly became a reluctant hero.
Eventually Reaper returned to the Marvel Universe and was one of the mutants incarcerated by
Weapon Xat "Neverland", their mutant death camp. Reaper was offered to work for Weapon X and he accepted. Reaper and former MLF teammate Wildside would pose as mutant terrorists and attack civilians to increase the anti-mutant sentiment, thus reducing public backlash against the unlawful arrests committed by Weapon X. Cable's Underground captured the two and during a telepathic interrogationCable accidentally damaged Reaper's brain, leaving him in a coma.
However, he was still alive and in "New Avengers" #18 he was confirmed to be depowered by the events of M-Day, in which the
Scarlet Witcherased the mutant genomefrom over 90% of the world's mutant population. Recently, in Son of M #6, Quicksilver, who had gained the power to give depowered mutants their powers back, found Reaper begging on the streets. Reaper was the very first mutant to regain his powers and now has the Weapon X implanted scythe at his control. At this point, it remains unclear if his powers will remain active or not. In any event, Reaper has recently joined the X-Cell. During battle, Abyss flung him and Fatale into the Brimstone Dimension and followed them. What happened to them after that is unknown.
Powers and abilities
Reaper possessed the power to secrete paralytic
neurotoxinsthrough his skin. When introduced into a victim's bloodstream, their muscles locked down and they could not move without extreme pain. Reaper used a specially designed scytheto channel his powers into the bodies of anyone cut by its blade. Reaper had two cybernetic hands and a cybernetic leg. None of these artificial limbs seemed to have any superhuman abilities. While in the Ultraverse, Reaper was actually able to injure Juggernaut by simply slashing him with his scythe.
However, when he entered the Weapon X Program, he received upgrades to his mutant abilities and/or appearance like all new operatives. For Reaper, it was finally having organic limbs again, but these limbs also contained the added ability of being able to morph into a scythe-like blade for him to conduct his power through.
The status of Marvel characters' Ultraverse appearances in canon is unclear. The stories are never referenced within Marvel Comics, but a recent
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universedid mention events in the Ultraverse.
Other Marvel Comics characters named Reaper
Reaper (Gunther Strauss). Nazi agent. Killed by Captain Americaduring World War II.
*Reaper, a demon-worshiping villain who came into conflict with
Morbius, the Living Vampire. [" Vampire Tales" #7-8] [ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/reaper3.htm Reaper (demon worshiper)] at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe.]
*Reaper, a member of the
Mutant Liberation Fronton an alternate earth (Earth-21993). [" What If?" vol. 2 #46-47] [ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/earthcablekilledxmen.htm#reaper Reaper (Mutant Liberation Front)] at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe.]
*Reaper, a demonic villain who clashed with the vampire-hunter Blade. ["Blade: Vampire Hunter" vol. 2 #2 (Jan 2000)] [ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/reaperblade.htm Reaper (Blade foe)] at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe.]
*Reaper, an ex-policeman named Louis Dawson who clashed with
Power Manand Iron Fist. ["Power Man and Iron Fist" #109]
*Reaper of Demon Fire, a villain appearing in the pages of "
Vampire Tales". [" Vampire Tales" #7 (October 1974)]
*Reaper of Souls, an occult superhero who more typically goes by the name
*Reverend Reaper, a villain who clashed with the first
Phantom Rider. ["Western Gunfighter" #6]
*Reaper 2099, a villain from "
Ghost Rider 2099". [" Ghost Rider 2099" #18-19]
Grim Reaper (comics), an Avengers foe
*"All-New Exiles" #1-11
*"All-New Exiles Infinity"
*"All-New Exiles vs X-Men" #0
*"Cable: Blood & Metal" #1-2
*"New Mutants" vol. 1 #86-87, 100
*"Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis"
*"Phoenix Resurrection: Resurrection"
*"Siren Special" #1
*"Son of M" #6
*"Ultraverse Unlimited" #2
*"Weapon X vol. 2 #5, 8-11
*"X-Factor" vol. 1 #77-78, 85
*"X-Force" vol. 1 #1
*"X-Men" vol. 2 #14-15
* [http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/pov/showquestion.asp?faq=5&fldAuto=46 Uncannyxmen.net entry on Mutant Liberation Front]
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