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Foundationed Deep – Banshee Helped Create Omega Red?!

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Rene, we look at the revelation that Banshee has history with not only Magneto but the creation of Omega Red, as well!

Omega Red was a Soviet super agent who tangled with Wolverine on a number of occasions, using his “death spores” to kill people.

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In an adventure in Generation X #10-11, he attacks and nearly kills Banshee in the present, leading to his pupils having to stop Omega Red in the present while Emma Frost examines the memories of Banshee to discover the connection between Banshee and Omega Red. The resulting story is a big surprise (written by Scott Lobdell, issue #10 was penciled by Tom Grummett and issue #11 was penciled by Val Semeiks. They were both working with a whole pile of inkers), as we learn that Banshee was indirectly responsible for CREATING Omega Red!!

The flashback begins with young Sean Cassidy tracking a serial killer…

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We then discover that he’s working with…Magneto?!?

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In the next issue, Sean goes to his ancestral home, but the other detective is hot on his trail…

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Good stuff from Lobdell.

Then Sean begins to interact with Emma (as he is now close to recovering) and he explains that Arkady survived and it was Sean shooting him so many times that led to him being experimented on and becoming Omega Red…

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What an interesting new back story for Banshee!

Thanks to Rene for the suggestion! If anyone else has an idea for a future Foundationed Deep, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

14 Comments

Someone should write a detective miniseries starring Sean Cassidy. Sometimes helped by Kurt Wagner, he of the swashbuckling, and Piotr Rasputin early in his stay in the USA, as comedy relief

Val Semeiks was great in the Lobo monthly series.

love how not only did it play on banshee’s agent back ground more but for once omega red did not turn out to be another wolverine foe just another result of the weapon x program plus throwing in magnetoe and banshees working together to boot makes the whole thing interesting even if sean did help lead to the birth of omega red the evil mutant mechinical octopus of death

It’s nice that the detective takes the time to dress up as Slutty Carmen Sandiego before helping Sean catch Omega Red.

The “Russian mutant psycho turned into Soviet mutant killing machine” origin is simple and effective. This thing with Interpol and cover-ups and shady special-interest groups doesn’t make sense.

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

January 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

Hmm. I recall liking the early issues of Generation X back in the day, but I guess there really wasn’t all that much to that comic without Chris Bachalo’s art.

Wow, I don’t even remember suggesting that. :) I suppose it’s been a while since I mentioned it.

I liked Generation X back in the day. It was my favorite X-title of the 1990s. Yeah, I realize that that is pretty faint praise.

I do think a big part of it was that Lobdell knew how to use Banshee, Emma, and Jubilee. Funny that people often forget that Emma had a prior stint as an ally of the X-Men.

Has it ever been established how old Sean Cassidy is supposed to be in the present day? I know that it was stated he was older than most of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, and he also has a daughter who is in her late teens. I guess it can work that Sean was already an Interpol agent before the general public became aware of the existence of mutants. With the whole sliding timeline, that’s about 15 to 20 years or so in the past. If Sean was in his mid 20s in these flashbacks, then he’d be in his 40s in the present day, which seems reasonable.

I don’t think that Sean really helped “create” Omega Red. Certain governments and politicians were going to use Arkady as a weapon regardless. Sean shot Arkady multiple times, which *should* have killed him, but somehow didn’t, leading the Soviets (or Russians, depending upon that aforementioned sliding timeline) to experiment on him and turn him into Omega Red. The only thing you can “blame” Sean for is turning Arkady over to the authorities instead of just letting him die from his injuries. How would Sean know what would happen next? But I can see why Sean personally feels responsible. It’s an irrational but all too human reaction.

By the way, I wonder if one of Magneto’s seldom-seen powers is to keep his face constantly hidden in shadow. He probably only uses that when he is aware that he is appearing in a retcon with a character who is not supposed to have met him for the first time until many years later!

It’s nice that the detective takes the time to dress up as Slutty Carmen Sandiego before helping Sean catch Omega Red.

Jazzbo, you took the words right out of my mouth!

Demoncat – the evil mechanical mutant octopus of death is from now on going to be my catch cry!Awesome stuff!

Oh, yeah, I just remembered, there was another retcon to Omega Red’s origin, in Iron Man #296-297 of all places. Remember, this was in early 1990s, when the X-Men were insanely popular, so you had X-Men members and supporting cast characters and villains randomly guest starring all over the Marvel line in an attempt to increase sales. So we got Omega Red showing up in a couple of issues of Iron Man.

Anyway,Omega Red is trying to kill MODAM, the female big-headed living weapon created by AIM as a replacement for MODOK. Omega Red believes that MODAM, before she was mutated by AIM, was a woman who betrayed him to the KGB. Iron Man gets stuck having to save MODAM from Omega Red in order to convince AIM to sell back some nuclear materials they acquired from Stark Enterprises.

Not sure how this fits in with Lobdell’s retcon, though. Omega Red is one of those characters who backstory became unnecessarily complicated over time. It seems that anyone in the Marvel universe who had a connection to Wolverine eventually had that happen to them by association.

“By the way, I wonder if one of Magneto’s seldom-seen powers is to keep his face constantly hidden in shadow.”

I think that gets a (distant) second place as ‘Most common superpower’.

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego’s pants?

Oh, come on. How many of the X-Men are somehow inadvertently tied to each other? I remember when they gratuitously decided to make Blink a descendant of Apocalypse, too…

This makes no sense what so ever. Arkady is a serial killer because he wants to be caught up with and killed? Isn’t there about 10.000 faster and more effective ways of achieving that, even taking straight up suicide off the table?

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