Big Hero 6

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Big Hero 6
Cover to Sunfire and Big Hero 6 #1. Featured are Sunfire in the center, along with (clockwise) Silver Samurai, GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Hiro Takachiho, and Baymax.
Art by Gus Vasquez.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1 (September 1998)
Created by Steven T. Seagle
Duncan Rouleau
In-story information
Base(s) Cool World Amusement Park in Japan
Member(s) Hiro Takachiho
Honey Lemon
GoGo Tomago
Baymax
Wasabi-No-Ginger
Fred
Ebon Samurai
Silver Samurai
Sunfire
Sunpyre

Big Hero 6 is a team of fictional comic book superheroes appearing in Marvel Comics. Created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, the team first appeared in Alpha Flight #17 (December 1998). They then appeared in their own self-titled miniseries by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Gus Vasquez, which due to scheduling issues, was published before Alpha Flight #17.[citation needed] A subsequent six-issue miniseries was launched by Marvel Comics in September 2008. An animated film based on the series produced by Walt Disney Pictures will be released in November 2014.

Background[edit]

When the Japanese government wanted a team of state-sanctioned superheroes at their disposal, a top-secret consortium of politicians and business entities known as the Giri was formed to recruit and train potential superhuman operatives for "Big Hero 6." Despite reservations by some members of the Giri, Silver Samurai, a freelance ronin and former bodyguard of the terrorist Viper, was appointed as field commander. Secret agent Honey Lemon, inventor of the nanotechnology-based Power Purse from which she could access any object, also agreed to join the team. The tough-talking GoGo Tomago, able to transubstantiate her body into a fiery force blast by uttering her code-name, was released from prison on the condition that she serve on the team. The Machiavellian bureaucrat known only as Mr. Oshima was appointed as the Giri's spokesperson and coordinated Big Hero 6's activities.[1]

Government scientists next identified 13-year-old boy genius Hiro Takachiho as a potential operative. Unimpressed with the Silver Samurai, Hiro declined joining the team until his mother was kidnapped by the Everwraith, the astral embodiment of all those killed in the 1945 nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Baymax, a synthetic bodyguard capable of synthforming into a dragon, was created by Hiro using the brain engrams of his dead father. With Baymax, Hiro reluctantly joined forces with Big Hero 6 to prevent Everwraith from slaughtering millions in downtown Tokyo. During the battle, Big Hero 6 was joined by Sunfire, Japan's premier superhero who is a mutant with the ability to super-heat matter into plasma; Sunfire was instrumental in the Everwraith's defeat.[2]

Soon afterwards, Big Hero 6 moved their headquarters from the Giri Office Building to Japan's Cool World Amusement Park, where they were attacked by X the Unknowable, a monster born from a child's drawings that could transform its atomic structure into any form and shape. With the help of Alpha Flight, Big Hero 6 destroyed X the Unknowable in the fires of Mount Fuji. Afterwards, Big Hero 6 continued to protect Japan from all threats, such as when the team rescued Tokyo residents from a freak blizzard caused by the Crimson Cowl and her Masters of Evil.

Eventually, Sunfire left Big Hero 6 so that he could work at Charles Xavier's X-Corporation office in Mumbai, India. His spot on the team was filled by Sunpyre, a young woman with similar solar-based powers who was pulled into this reality through the Power Purse and came to worship Honey Lemon as her own personal god. Similarly, after Silver Samurai was seemingly slain in an altercation with the assassin Elektra in Iraq, his spot on the team was filled by the enigmatic Ebon Samurai. With the two most experienced members of Big Hero 6 gone, Hiro became the team's new leader.

Sometime during the team's operation, they are attacked by minions of Yandroth. As part of a plan to gain power via superhero battles, Yandroth sends a team of Living Erasers into their building. These entities are capable of transporting beings out of reality. The entire battle takes place off panel and is only mentioned in conjunction with attacks upon other superhero teams.

At a later point, the members of Big Hero 6 fall victim to a mind-control device implanted within Baymax. Traveling to Canada, the mind-controlled superheroes attack a new incarnation of Alpha Flight at a national park. After a brief battle, the mind-control device is short-circuited and the two teams part as friends. Big Hero 6 returns to Japan to seek out the parties responsible for their mind control.

During the Ends of the Earth storyline, Spider-Man calls upon Big Hero 6 to help him defeat Doctor Octopus. The team (now operating from the Giri Institute) have to deal with Octopus' Octobots that Doctor Octopus has sent to Japan. Even when Big Hero 6 fights through the Octobots, they still have to fight the local facility's last line of defense, which happens to be Big Hero 6's old enemy Everwraith. Despite the tough battle, Big Hero 6 are victorious.[3]

Team roster[edit]

Silver Samurai[edit]

Main article: Silver Samurai

Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada), the illegitimate son of Shingen Yashida, is a Japanese mutant with the power to charge almost anything, most notably his katana, with mutant energy (described as a tachyon field) which enables it to slice through any known substance excluding adamantium. He also sports a suit of traditional samurai armour. It is made of a silver metal, hence his professional name.

Harada was once the bodyguard for the international terrorist known as the Viper and was subsequently an occasional mercenary, but he became the head of Clan Yashida after his half-sister Mariko Yashida's death. He attempted to pay off his clan's debts to the Yakuza and restore its honor. Though once one of Wolverine's greatest enemies, he had apparently impressed Wolverine so greatly that Wolverine entrusted him with the care of his adopted daughter, Amiko Kobayashi. The Samurai even once helped Wolverine destroy the monster known as "Doombringer," and later helped Logan rescue Amiko and Yukio from their kidnappers. During his time as a hero, the Silver Samurai became the leader of the Big Hero 6.

Silver Samurai eventually became the bodyguard of the Japanese prime minister, but was killed while defending his family home from a ninja attack.[4]

Sunfire[edit]

Main article: Sunfire (comics)

Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) was a one-time member of the X-Men and a former nationalist who changed his views after the death of his father. Possessing the ability to fly and generate super-heated blasts of plasma, Shiro became one of Japan's most prominent heroes. He soon left Big Hero 6 to become a member of the X-Corporation, but ended up disgraced after it was discovered that he had past ties to Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.[5] Sunfire has since appeared as a member of the Marauders and the Uncanny Avengers.

GoGo Tomago[edit]

Main article: GoGo Tomago

GoGo Tomago (Leiko Tanaka) is known as the hothead of Big Hero 6. GoGo transforms her body into an explosive ball of energy which is able to be projected at vast speeds.

Honey Lemon[edit]

Main article: Honey Lemon

Little is known of Honey Lemon's past, or how she obtained the purse that gives her "superpowers."

Hiro Takachiho[edit]

Main article: Hiro Takachiho

Hiro Takachiho is a thirteen-year-old boy whose intelligence would astound the most brilliant minds around the world.

Baymax[edit]

Main article: Baymax

Created by Hiro for a school science project, the synthetic entity known only as Baymax became much more to Hiro after the death of his father. Now the best friend, father figure, and bodyguard of young Hiro, Baymax is at Hiro's side every hour of every day.

Ebon Samurai[edit]

Main article: Ebon Samurai

In his prior life, the Ebon Samurai (Kiochi Keishicho) was a Tokyo police officer who was slain by Silver Samurai during an attack by HYDRA. After making a deal with Amatsu-Mikaboshi, Kiochi was allowed to return to Earth and exact vengeance upon the Silver Samurai. Wielding a demonic katana and permanently bonded to black variant of his foe's armor, Kiochi was reborn as the Ebon Samurai.[6] However, upon learning that Silver Samurai had become the bodyguard of the Japanese prime minister, Kiochi abandoned his quest for revenge, realizing that murdering Harada would constitute a betrayal of his country.[7] He subsequently left the team to accompany Sunpyre when she returned to the Microverse.

Sunpyre[edit]

Main article: Sunpyre

An alternate reality version of Sunfire's deceased sister Leyu, Sunpyre (Lumina) is the crown princess of Coronar, a planet hidden deep within the Microverse. As a result of being pulled out of the Microverse through Honey Lemon's purse, Sunpyre worships her as a goddess, and joins the Big Hero 6 out of a sense of gratitude. She and the Ebon Samurai later left the team to return to the Microverse and oust the villains who had taken over Coronar during her absence.[8]

Wasabi-No-Ginger[edit]

Main article: Wasabi-No-Ginger

A trained chef who uses various swords to fight. He can also give form to his Qi-Energy, usually materializing it as throwing knives that can paralyze opponents.[9]

Fred[edit]

Main article: Fredzilla

Nicknamed Fredzilla, he can transform himself into a Godzilla-like creature.[10]

Film adaptation[edit]

Walt Disney Animation Studios is producing a computer-animated film adaptation of Big Hero 6, which will be the first Marvel-based production from Disney's animation division. The film will be released on November 7, 2014.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Teams 2005 (May 2005)
  2. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Teams 2005 (May 2005)
  3. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #685 (July 2012), Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #1 (July 2012)
  4. ^ Wolverine (vol. 4) #1
  5. ^ Rogue #6
  6. ^ Big Hero 6 #2
  7. ^ Big Hero 6 #3
  8. ^ Big Hero 6 #4
  9. ^ Big Hero Six #1 (September 2008)
  10. ^ Big Hero Six #2 (October 2008)
  11. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (9 May 2013). "Exclusive: Disney Animation announces first Marvel movie, ‘Big Hero 6′". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (9 May 2013). "Disney is reanimated with 'Frozen,' 'Big Hero 6'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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