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Top Five Characters From the 1993 Marvel Annuals

Top Five Month (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) kicks off with a look at the best of the mediocre-to-awful characters that were introduced in the 1993 Marvel Annuals. Having each of 28 Marvel Annuals in 1993 introduce a brand-new character was not a particularly great idea, as 1993 was soon after the beginning of Image Comics, so it was not exactly a great time to tell your creators, “Hey, come up with a cool new character for us to exploit!” And as a result, certainly no one was giving Marvel exactly their “A” ideas. So instead we got lots and lots of Ds with a few Cs here and there (maybe even some Bs) and one A (and even then, it was spinning off of an established character).

So here are the top five of these characters!


5. Annex

Created by Jack Harris and Tom Lyle, Annex was Alexander Ellis, a former military man who had lost a leg in combat. Determined to gain a new leg, he ended up experimenting for a special suit that allowed its wearer to “download” material such as a leg, or a gun, etc. from a special “annex” (hence the name). At first, Ellis was controlled by the armor but he ultimately wrested control away and began to use the armor for good. He ended up becoming a member of Avengers Initiative. Annex is one of only two characters from the 1993 Annuals to get his own comic.

4. Adam-X, the X-Treme

Created by Fabian Nicieza and Tony Daniel, Adam-X the X-Treme was originally going to be the long-lost third Summers Brother! Instead, he mostly fell into obscurity, but he recently popped up in the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men crossover last year, so he is remembered by people! His power was the ability to “flash fry” exposed blood, like if he cut you, he could then zap you via your blood. This is why he carried a lot of knives, so he could cut people and then zap them.

3. Bloodwraith

Glenn Herdling and Mike Gustovich created the idea of Bloodwraith, using an established character, Sean Dolan (a friend and ally of the Black Knight), as their “guinea pig.” The concept is one so basic and simple that it really works well. The Black Knight gave up his ebony sword because it was cursed. That’s why he used electronic swords while in the Avengers during the early 1990s. Well, if the ebony sword is OUT there, then what if someone ELSE bonded with the sword and became a villain?

Enter Bloodwraith.

It’s a strong concept and it makes for the Black Knight actually having a real nemesis, which was good.

2. The X-Cutioner

Created by Scott Lobdell, the X-Cutioner was a clever idea. Carl Denti was an FBI Agent partnered with Fred Duncan, the FBI contact and friend of Professor Xavier that the X-Men used a lot in the pre-All-New, All-Different X-Men days. After Duncan passed away, Denti discovered that Duncan had been compiling an extensive collection of information about mutants as well as a number of weapons from X-Men villains. Denti was shocked to learn of all the crimes mutants committed that they never were brought to justice for, so he took the weapons and cobbled together an outfit and began calling himself the X-Cutioner. He dedicated himself to bringing his own brand of vigilante justice to any mutant who has failed to be properly punished by the law.

It’s an interesting set-up, and Denti has been used by a number of different writers over the years, both as a villain and as an anti-hero. It’d be interesting to see him pop up again.

1. Genis-Vell

This is the big one – the Ron Marz and Ron Lim-created son of Captain Marvel (the Kree one). Kurt Busiek, Peter David and Fabian Nicieza later did a lot with him as he went on to have his own critically acclaimed title by Peter David for a few years.

He’s definitely the cream of the crop for the characters from the 1993 Marvel Annuals.

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!


Picture-wise, all I’m seeing is Annex.

Thanks, Mark, fixed that little code snafu!

I actually have that Amazing Spider-Man Annual. It was a good issue and a great concept I thought. Since that was the only one of those 5 I had read, I’m partial to that one.

Interesting. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that now we’d like to see the 5 WORST characters from the 1993 annuals.

Adam-X the X-Treme is an X-tremely stupid name.

Behold… the Battling Bantam!

i love the Face Thief villain from the 1993 Iron Man Annual #14. it’s a Kaminski creation, so that basically means it’s awesome by default.

Interesting. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that now we’d like to see the 5 WORST characters from the 1993 annuals.

Yes, that would be great! If these were the best, I shudder at the worst…

I remember Marvel doing this and DC doing Bloodlines. It resulted in alot of throwaway characters. Genis-Vell and Bloodwraith (how 90’s is that name?) were the ones that seemed the least forced to me.

I’ve got some 25 cent Namor issue where he fights Bloodwraith and although it’s a sub-par story, BW is a pretty decent villain. Legacy and the X-Cutioner are also pretty decent.

But Annex looks terrible! I’m no designer but isn’t it a pretty basic idea that any kind of uniform/outfit/design should have a maximum of three colours?

I guess you have to cast a pretty wide net to catch a few tuna?

Poor Wildstreak! She deserves some attention.

Honest to god, someone could do great, great stuff with Adam X. I completely and utterly believe that. He’s the poster child for “no bad characters, just badly used ones.” Someone will do BRILLIANT things with him and that writer will get all the credit he deserves for it someday.

X-Cutioner, for instance, was used so well in Nicieza’s wildly underrated Gambit book.

If these are the five best, it must have been a pretty weak list. Adam-X? Really?

(And I have an instant dislike for Genis-Vell because he led to Monica Rambeau being stripped of her moniker.)

Annex showed up in the Initiative and was pretty OK. I did enjoy how every forgotten character wound up there somehow.

And even if it wasn’t a great idea, they did get a lot of mileage out of these five characters at least.

Bloodwraith (how 90?s is that name?)

Despite the Liefeldian usage of the word “blood” in his name, I’d argue that the other 4 guys’ names are even more obnoxiously 90s. Adam-X the X-Treme and X-Cutioner? Gratuitious uses of X’s and hyphens to hammer home an X-Men connection with jackhammer subtlety are as 90s as they come. And come on, “X-Treme?” Even spelled correctly, the word extreme is extremely 90s. Annex and Legacy are also very 90s-type names in that they are one word names that have nothing to really do with their abilities, looks or powers (although Legacy does make some sense with Genis-Vell given his personal history, it has zero insight into his powers or visual). Cable is the originator of the one-word name that has nothing to do with the visual or powers of the character.

[Adam X the X-Treme’s] power was the ability to “flash fry” exposed blood, like if he cut you, he could then zap you via your blood. This is why he carried a lot of knives, so he could cut people and then zap them.

Hahahaha, soooo 90s. From the self-satirizing name to the “omg blood – kewl!” gimmick, I think the only way this character could be more 90s is if he had cybermetic enhancements of some sort.

Pretty much — Iliked the idea of the background of Adam -X being a Summers brothers but the powers were horrible

and i agree with the top spot… and if these were the best… the worst have to be really bad…

any chance of the whole list just for giggles?

this list shows that what starts off as a good character can wind up in the end. lame. though thought the exicutioner was interesting . adam x love the concept of his power.nice list.

I remember reading the Avengers one and the X-men one. For me what really stood out was Jason Pearson’s art on the Uncanny annual. I was pleasantly surprised when I originally picked this up. Just gorgeous.

I’ll give another vote of appreciation for the X-cutioner, though unless he got business cards made up, I doubt the ridiculous spelling of his name would matter. I remember the Gen X where he showed up to fight Skin and thought that he was pretty well-developed for a throw away charater.

I read that Spider-Man annual with Annex and loved everything about the concept of the character, although even as a young’un I could see that the writing wasn’t the best. Still though, I read the mini, which expanded on the concepts and continued to show that this was a character with potential… but was so poorly executed on every level that I could understand why he never developed into anything. The plain and simple problem was that the guys who came up with the excellent ideas weren’t capable of executing them. It was kind of bittersweet to see him show up in Initiative, since it was a given that he’d get lip service like most of the characters–he’d have three lines, show up in the background a lot, and if we were lucky, one fight scene might give us an idea of his powers.

Glad to see him on the list. I like to think that it means I’m not the only one who saw the untapped potential!

The Fabian-written New Warriors annual was the finale of a story in the NW comic, which introduced a villan, Darkling, who could control the Darkforce dimension tot he point of becomign Godzilla made of Darkforce. I remember a particualrlylackluster Quasar comic just running out of gas and ending, by explaining that the Darkforce baddies being fought were depowered because over in the NW annual Darkling was using ALL of the Darkforce energy, hence none for them. (To further the geekitude, the baddies attacking in Quasar were from the New Universe and transported over, thereby establishing that the Darkforce dimension was tappable from multiple planes of reality.)

What was it about 1993? Isn’t the same year DC tried to launch a ton of bad new characters through their annuals? Or is that tomorrow’s Top 5?

Don’t remember the ’93’s. Maybe that’s a good thing. ;-)

I think the staying power on Dc’s annual (Bloodlines) tended to be a little longer than Marvel — Hitman alone made Bloodlines worth the exvent

The ’93 Annuals for DC were the Bloodlines gimmick. Hitman and Argus were probably the two characters that came out of that which did anything later (Waid tried to use Argus in Flash quite a bit). I just remember that year as being an incredibly crappy annual year after a couple of stronger efforts the past few previous years (with Evolutionary War and Atlantis Attacks in the late 80’s followed by some interesting short story work by Marvel in the early 90’s; I enjoyed Lifeform, for example, simply because it’s hard to imagine Daredevil, Hulk, Punisher, and Silver Surfer working together well in one story arc). Armageddon 2001 and Eclipso were the DC side; most of these were fun to read for annual stories, but the one new character each annual concept really fell apart for me (and I remember wanting to collect all of Bloodlines at the time, but I swear EVERY book DC put out at the time had an annual that year unlike with Eclipso and Armageddon 2001…ridiculous).

I tend to think some of the concepts were workable, but new characters take a while to catch on if not used properly. Consider that I would guess that close to 50 new characters debuted in the summer of 93 between the two companies; out of those, we probably remember one (Hitman) the best, and he’s by any measure the most successful of the bunch.

Bloodlines isn’t better. Hitman is the top character for both events combined, but number two is probably Anima. This is a character who DC recently decided was worth seemingly being killed twice in roughly a year and a half.

(Who else would be number two? Argus? Gunfire???)

The Annuals were, and I think this is all of them:

Amazing Spider-Man 27: Annex
Captain America 12: Bantam (A boxer dressed as a chicken; I think he died during the Civil War)
New Warriors 3: Darkling
X-Factor 8: Charon
Avengers 22: Bloodwraith
Web of Spider-Man 9: The Cadre (I believed they ot thier people appeared in Moon Knight later)
Dr. Strange 3: Kyllian
Uncanny X-Men 17: X-Cutioner
Fantastic Four 26: Wildstreak
Darkhawk 2: Dreamkiller
Wonder Man 2: Hit Maker
Namor 3: The Assassin (Robotic Geisha)
Daredevil 9: Devourer
Inc. Hulk 19: Lazarus
Might Thor 18: The Flame
Iron Man 14: Face Thief
Punisher War Zone 1: Phalanx (Soon killed in one of the Punisher series, but his armor may still be around)
Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Cuchulain, the Irish Wolfhound
Excalibur 1: Khaos
Spec. Spider-Man 13: Nocturne
Avengers West Coast 8: Raptor
Ghost Rider 1: Night Terror
Silver Surfer 6: Legacy (Genis-Vell)
X-Men 2: Empyrean
Punisher 6: Eradikator
Deathlok 2: Tracer
X-Force 2: Adam-X the X-Treme.

Three of the Bloodlines characters got ongoing series: Hitman (61 issues), Anima (16 issues), and Gunfire (14 issues). Two of them got solo limited series: Argus and Loose Cannon. And eight of them were put together as a team and given a limited series in Blood Pack.

Bantam is from the only annual I’ve read. So ridiculous, it had to be good!

Battling Bantam! I was trying to remember the name of the guy who was a boxer dressed like a chicken. Even in ’93, how did anyone think he wasn’t completely ridiculous? God, I love comics.

And I’ll toss in my vote to see the bottom 5 as well.

Lost my comment but to sum up,good list. The last X-Men comic that featured Adam was really good (Adam and Scott’s grandad).

Charon was pretty good but in an intentionally lame way (it is a PAD comic and tied up a running gag from the eearlier issues).

Empyrean was a decent idea but the tie in with the legacy virus pretty much killed it.

I bought all of these annuals. I still have the trading cards that came with them.

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual 3 has the second best appearance of Shamrock ever.

Another vote for the Darkling from the New Warriors Annual. It was the conclusion of a multi-part storyline in the main New Warriors series that had some fun artwork from Dark Robinson. A ton of ink must’ve been used on that story.

I remember ‘Lionheart’ (DC’s answer to Captain Britain) in one of the Bloodline annuals (JLI?? JLE??)
Great article!!!

I liked the New Warrior STORYLINE, but I wasn’t too impressed with Darkling as a character.

Hah. Why in the universe did I call Darick Robertson “Dark Robinson”?

Anyway, that’s certainly fair, Brian.

Were any of the other Marvel Annuals a conclusion or part of a storyline like the New Warriors one? Of the others I read, they all seemed relatively self-contained.

They all sound like bad characters from Bloodlynes, the worst (well, no, Zero Hour was the worst one) DC annual crossover event ever.

Bloodlines also brought in Sparx, who’d go on to join the Ravers in Superboy’s series…she shows up for crowd scenes and is currently hiding until the DCU is safe for fun characters to walk in freely.

Bloodlines also brought in Sparx, who’d go on to join the Ravers in Superboy’s series…she shows up for crowd scenes and is currently hiding until the DCU is safe for fun characters to walk in freely.

Sparx MAY have been killed in Final Crisis.

Ricardo, Zero Hour wasn’t an annual crossover event. Every series had a #0 Zero Hour issue, but they were regular-length issues, not annuals. DC’s annuals in 1994 (the year Zero Hour was released) all had an Elseworlds theme.

I remember a friend of mine got pissed off because I opened the polybag to read the Captain America annual. , thus making it worthless. You can debate if he was dumber for thinking it would be worth something or me for wanting to read the debut story of Bantam.

See, some things I just totally missed.

I think there was a fairly extensive series of posts about these on the CBR forums a few years back, but other than that I never would have heard of these.

That’s a gallery of shitty artwork and third rate characters.

Check it out, Genis-Vell is wearing Wonder Woman’s new costume.

Good grief, I am not familiar with most of these. Seriously, Brian can you do a CBLR on whether these creators intended these characters as jokes? A character that cuts people and has the power to” fry” exposed blood has got to be the most asinine teenaged boy concoction have ever heard. Between that and the “show me your the” cover, pound for pound that X-Force packs more “1993” per square inch than all others combined.

There are no bad characters, only bad writing- a good writer can take the lamest character and find an “angle” that makes it work. I never cared for Swamp Thing until Alan Moore wrote him, for example. That said, some characters have more potential for stories than others- Genis-Vell had an unfair advantage in that he was created to continue the awesome legacy of the original Captain Marvel. (And, he was written by Peter David, who is also pretty good at taking two-bit characters and making them interesting.)

Regarding his name, I always felt Genis should’ve been named Captain Marvel right away. Monica was a character created just to keep the trademark from falling off Marvel’s hands (and into DC’s) but she had *nothing* in common with the original. Don’t get me wrong, I like her, but it takes some kind of nerve for a brand new hero to suddenly start using the name of a deceased famous one- I’m surprised she didn’t take more flak for it, especially from the Avengers.

BTW, DC comics also had a year’s worth of annuals dedicated to introducing new, international heroes. Most of them went nowhere. Sad, because I liked the idea, though I must admit most of them didn’t seem to have that much potential. Still if they wanted more ethnic variety I prefer if they do it by creating new characters instead of reinventing existing ones.

Sadly, I’ve got all these 93 annuals, from both companies. I KNOW DC made sure that every single character appeared in other annuals. Did Marvel?

I bought a ton of these when I spent the summer of 93 at my grandmother’s house. Bloodwraith was awesome and I spent the whole summer drawing homemade comics that blatantly ripped him off. I also read the Battlin’ Bantam, Wildstreak, Annex and Face Thief. I have no memory of what that Iron Man Annual was about, but reading “Face Thief” made me shudder a bit. I think he really creeped me out.

So, I honestly don’t know which one is Adam-X on that X-Men cover, beyond the fact that I kind of recognize (that art – “the goggles, they do nothing!”) Cable and some (oversized, goofy-looking) form of Thunderbird and I think I recognize that whatsisface-Liefeld-character with the stupid-Liefeld-face-frame-thing, but I honestly have no idea which of the others he is, beyond not being the woman.

He’s in the top left corner jumping in front of the X-Force logo.

Yeah, I realize that only leaves three guys, but I still have no idea which one he is, and oops, that’s an X-Force cover, but I don’t feel too bad, seeing as we’re talking about a period during which all the X-titles were ass.

I had to snort at the reference to Black Knight’s “electronic sword” because when I first saw him use it I thought “lightsaber”!! (Actually Black Knight’s costume kind of fits Darth Vader …)

And Sijo, don’t remind DC that they have these minor characters from Bloodlines hanging around, as it may prompt DC to kill them off (or perhaps not, because of the flack they would get for wiping out more non-white characters)

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Annex! I always thought he was ridiculous, but AWESOME! “Oh, I want to feel my leg, and I’ll do it even if I have to wear this armor all day!”

Jeremy A. Patterson

September 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm

The DC Anuual event with the international heroes is 2000’s Planet DC!


I bought the Uncanny X-Men one with the X-Cutioner about half a year after it came out, because it was already in a 3-for-a-dollar box. In recent years I’ve bought the New Warriors, Excalibur (awful), and Wonder Man (even worse). The New Warriors was the only one I paid more than a dollar for, and it was the only one worth buying at any price. (It is a pretty good story, but I don’t know if it properly followed the rules since the Darkling had been present in the three previous chapters, even if he didn’t make his full appearance in character until the annual.) The New Warriors was also the only read that had ever been read– the others were all still in the original bags with the cards included. Which could mean that they had never been sold until I bought them. I wonder how many stores still have issues like these from that time that have sat around unsold for nearly two decades. (That doesn’t just go for the annuals, but a lot of other books from that time.)

And Sijo, don’t remind DC that they have these minor characters from Bloodlines hanging around, as it may prompt DC to kill them off (or perhaps not, because of the flack they would get for wiping out more non-white characters)

I just assumed knowing DC that all those characters were already all dead. Are there really some still alive?

The Darkling story was not bad, even though it was what I would privately call the “typical Fabian Nicieza story.” Many writers have favorite kinds of villains, and although he probably did it just this once on New Warriors, it’s amazing how many times Nicieza did it in X-Men.

It’s always a powerful villain with very ill-defined powers that have something to do with emotion. The villain can affect the heroes and make them face their fears or dark sides or traumas or whatever, and the villain itself is very tortured and uses his/her empathic whatever on the heroes. Eventually one or more of the heroes reach out to the bad guy, and it turns out the bad guy only needed a hug. Or something. The end.

It’s more group therapy focused on a trauma victim than it is a fight. But I gotta admit, the best of the “typical Fabian Nicieza stories” is the Darkling one.

For some reason, Bloodlines seems to get way more flak than these things, but at least we got Hitman out Bloodlines, not to mention decent third-tier characters like Sparx, Anima and Edge.

It’s always a powerful villain with very ill-defined powers that have something to do with emotion. The villain can affect the heroes and make them face their fears or dark sides or traumas or whatever, and the villain itself is very tortured and uses his/her empathic whatever on the heroes. Eventually one or more of the heroes reach out to the bad guy, and it turns out the bad guy only needed a hug. Or something. The end.

I haven’t read that many New Teen Titans stories but I remember a few Marv Wolfman stories following that exact pattern.

As I mentioned, DC essentially killed Anima off twice in a year and a half, both times to promote villains. First, in the Titans East special (she was later revealed to be merely badly injured a few months later, but at the time of issue there was no reason to believe she survived), and then in Faces of Evil: Prometheus. Gunfire was also badly hurt in FoE:P.

To add insult to injury, these deaths were used as lead-ins for Winick’s Titans launch and Cry for Justice.

Nocturne was the woman with Batwings right? She hung out for a while in Spider-Man appearing last in the early stages of the Clone Saga I think.

The DC Bloodlines characters, called New Bloods, were (in order of appearance):

Lobo Annual 1: Layla
Superman: Man of Steel 2: Edge
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 1: Joe Public
Flash 6: Argus
New Titans 9: Anima
Superman 5: Myriad
Green Lantern 17: Nightblade
Batman 17: Ballistic
JL International 4: Lionheart (I do not think he was a true New Blood)
Deathstroke 2: Gunfire; His father Ragnarok may also be a New Blood
Eclipso 1: Prism
Demon 2: Hitman
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 3: Cardinal Sin & Samaritan
Team Titans 1: Chimera
Robin 2: Razorsharp; Her two allies Channelman & Hackrat may have been New Bloods too.
Action Comics 5: Loose Cannon
Legion of Super Heroes 4: Jamm
Green Arrow 6: The Hook
Detective Comics 6: Geist & Rodney James
Justice League of America 7: Terrorsmith; Also Krag, Shadowstryke, & Slingshot
Adventures of Superman 5: Sparx
Hawkman 1: Mongrel

Loria showed up later in Blood Pack.

These characters seemed to be more successful than the Marvel counterparts, with most showing up somewhere after the Bloodlines story. Several had limited series, ongoing series, or joined teams.

Most are now forgotten, but some like Argus and Sparx still show up occasionally or are at least mentioned.
I think Sparx has appeared after her seeming death in Infinity Crisis

Gunfire had his hands cut off by Prometheus, so he may be retired.
Channelman may still be in a coma, but that did not stop him from helping Razorsharp out before.
Loose Cannon had his heart cut out and is last seen on life support, but that should not stop the Mood-Ring Hulk.

The following I believe are Dead:
Anima – Killed by Prometheus
Mongrel – Killed by Superboy-Prime
Geist (Kinda liked him for some reason) – Killed by Superboy-Prime
Ballistic – Killed by Superboy-Prime
Loria – Murdered by ?
Nightblade – Killed by Superboy-Prime (but had healing powers, so who knows)
Razorsharp – Killed by Superboy-Prime
Hook – Killed by phony Prometheus
Hitman – Killed in gun battle
Ragnarok – Killed by ?
Prism – Possibly killed by Eclipso
Terrorsmith – Killed by ?

“Cable is the originator of the one-word name that has nothing to do with the visual or powers of the character.”

Actually… “Cable” is meant to signify his connection between the past… and the future!

Thanks JD! To correct my earlier post Lionheart was more of a DC Union Jack than Cap. (Brit that is!)

For the heck of it:


This may have been posted here already somewhere else in a similar post; I don’t recall. Anyway, the important part of this isn’t the main blog writing itself, but that he posted the Tom Brevoort article about the 1993 Annuals and why the characters sucked, which is worth a look. You can click on each part of the article to enlarge it and read it.

@Matt K
I’m pretty sure Adam X was in the last chapter of legion quest. There was a page where you see all the crystal endings from the X books and a never explained Adam X freeze.

I don’t know the exact chronology of events, but the Adam-X appearance in “Legion Quest” was either tying or leading into the Captain Marvel miniseries (starring Genis-Vell and featuring Adam-X) that came out at around the same time.

Actually… “Cable” is meant to signify his connection between the past… and the future!

No, later writers retconned that explanation about his name in response to the same criticism I gave about his name, that it made no sense. When Cable was first created no one intended him to be a time traveler or Cyclops’ son at all.

You really love Marv Wolfman, don’t you, T? :)

And I recommend the link Smokescreen posted.

When you start to doubt whether 1990s Marvel could be really as bad as you remember, read those pages.

I makes me acknowledge everything Bendis writes as masterpieces.


IT makes me acknowledge everything Bendis writes as masterpieces.

You really love Marv Wolfman, don’t you, T?

It actually wasn’t meant to be a diss. It’s just a similarity I noticed. Maybe I wasn’t clear enough, but I was speculating that maybe Wolfman, being the older writer, was an influence on Nicieza because the villain-just-needs-a-hug angle is something I remembered appearing in a few Wolfman New Teen Titans issues I read.

Wow, I have 2 of these issues, and I haven’t read them in ages. The Surfer one was an okay story, from what I remember, but I have the XForce one and oh boy.

From the two lists posted above, Bloodlines was probably the better collection of heroes, but both of them sucked overall. I do have more Bloodlines annuals though. One of the Superman ones had David Lapham art! (I think the Superman annual 5 referenced above)

But Anima 0 was one of the worst comics I’d ever read to that point (collecting for about 3 years or something at that point, just turned 15). I got all of the DC zero issues through a mail order company, and most were decent (I even liked Xenobrood), but that Anima 0 — ugh, so “alternative”. And then I still got the New Titans annual that introduced her AFTER that! I liked to think of the book as “Enema”, to amuse myself.

I’ve read other Annex stories (going back to Marvel now…), in the SpiderMan Unlimited books or something. I guess it was an ok concept.

Off the top of my head, yeah, these are the only five characters from the 1993 Marvel annuals who made a significant amount of appearances after their introduction. And with Annex, the word “significant” might be pushing it a bit. I don’t know, did he make any cameos recently along with nearly every over super-powered character during the extended Initiative/Secret Invasion/Dark Reign period?

I do agree with Nick Marino, though. Face Thief was a REALLY creepy villain, and there’s definitely potential to the character as a macabre menace should someone decide to bring him back.

Oh, yeah, regarding the X-Cutioner, I think the best use of the character was when he teamed up with the Punisher, back when John Ostrander was writing that book. They were two very like-minded individuals when it came to their views on crime & punishment. What happened to the X-Cutioner? I guess nowadays, what with their only being 200 or so mutants around, he wouldn’t be easy to work into a story, since there aren’t too many B-list mutant villains left to use as cannon fodder for him to take out. But still, it’d be nice to see him return.

Adam-X got his own action figure. Think about that.


Matt D wrote: “Guardians of the Galaxy Annual 3 has the second best appearance of Shamrock ever.”

Oh, yeah, how could I forget that? And it had a flashback to what was (presumably) the very best Shamrock story, her origin in Marvel Comics Presents. It also had her battle with Arnim Zola. Yes that’s right Shamrock fought Arnim Zola. Truly one of the most bizarre match-ups ever.

In any case, huge Captain America fan that I am, and perhaps also being slightly demented, I bought Colleen Doran’s original artwork from the GOTG annual whch had that flashback…


Yep, like I said, odd. Nice artwork, though. Doran is such an amazing artist.

More astounding than Adam-X’s action figure to me is the fact that Annex got a MINISERIES. WOW, they were just giving those away at some point, weren’t they?

Also interesting is that the horrible Adam-X art above was done by Tony Daniel. When I see how much worse he USED to be, I have more respect for his art now. Even though I’m still not crazy about it, I have to give him credit, he has improved a LOT.

IIRC Annex recently died in the Marvel Zombies 3 mini-series. He was bitten by a zombie and killed himself before the virus took full control.

God…those Marvel Annuals as well as the DC Bloodline Annuals stunk. I was an idiot and purchased two of each marvel annual. One to open and read and one to save.

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