Cyclone (Marvel Comics)

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Cyclone is the alias of a number of fictional characters appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The original Cyclone first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #143.

Fictional character biography[edit]

André Gerard[edit]

Cyclone
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man #143 (Apr 1975)
Created by Gerry Conway
Ross Andru
In-story information
Full name André Gerard
Team affiliations Cyclone's criminal gang
Maggia
Abilities Costume grants:
Ability to create whirlwinds

André Gerard was born in Lyon, France. Formerly a French engineer working for NATO, Gerard had a falling out with his former employees, supposedly related to political decisions over implementing his research, based on the development of a weapon that generates high velocity tornado-like winds. Cyclone took his invention and used it for his own criminal ends, developing his costume and other weapons. Like many criminal masterminds in Spider-Man comics, he decided to form a gang and capture J. Jonah Jameson, the owner of the Daily Bugle, and like so many criminal masterminds who follow this plan, he was defeated by Spider-Man.[1] He also kidnapped Joseph "Robbie" Robertson, but was again defeated by Spider-Man.[2]

He was subsequently broken out of prison by the Masked Marauder and employed by the Nefaria Family of the Maggia as an enforcer. He was sent to kill Spider-Man and Moon Knight, but was defeated by Moon Knight.[3] He was doing relatively well for himself, in spite of his defeats at the hands of Spider-Man. Concerned over the deaths of various costumed villains by the vigilante Scourge organization, Cyclone attended a meeting at the "Bar with No Name" in Medinah County, Ohio, to deal with the Scourge and was shot to death by a Scourge agent posing as the bartender.[4]

Gerard's DNA was later used by Arnim Zola to create a proto-husk. This proto-husk attacked and was killed by Deadpool.[5]

André Gerard seemingly returned from the dead in the 2007-08 Captain Marvel mini-series, but it is revealed that this is really a Skrull impostor. It was killed by Captain Marvel (who was actually a Skrull sleeper agent) with its remains decimated in one powerful attack.[6]

The original Cyclone was later among the eighteen victims of Scourge to be resurrected by Hood using the power of Dormammu as part of a squad assembled to eliminate the Punisher.[7] After the Punisher is captured, he is present at the ritual where the Hood intends to resurrect the Punisher's family. The Hood gives the Punisher a knife to sacrifice G. W. Bridge, but the Punisher instead uses the knife to slash Cyclone's throat.[8]

Gregory Stevens[edit]

Cyclone
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Comics Presents #97/4
Created by Sholly Fisch
Mark Bagley
Don Hudson
In-story information
Full name Gregory Stevens
Team affiliations Justin Hammer Industries/Hammer's operatives
Abilities Costume grants:
Ability to create whirlwinds

The second Cyclone appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #97/4 (December 1992). Gregory Stevens acquired the Cyclone costume, and at the "Bar with No Name," participated in a bar fight initiated by the Impossible Man posing as the Ace of Spades in a poker game.[9] He later assisted various agents of Justin Hammer in attacking Silver Sable and her Wild Pack.[10] Never saying a word in all of his appearances, Stevens was reported killed in a skiing accident.[11]

Pierre Fresson[edit]

Cyclone
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Thunderbolts #3
Created by Kurt Busiek
Mark Bagley
Vince Russell
In-story information
Alter ego Pierre Fresson
Species Human Empowered
Team affiliations Maggia
Masters of Evil
Thunderbolts
Abilities Costume grants:
Ability to create whirlwinds

The third Cyclone first appeared in Thunderbolts #3. Pierre Fresson was a member of a European crime family who was given the recreated Cyclone suit. Not wishing to serve the European crime family any longer, he stole the suit and fled. Now freelance, he operated as an agent of Justin Hammer, before being recruited into Justine Hammer's first incarnation of the Masters of Evil.[12][13] As a part of the Masters of Evil, Cyclone battled against the Thunderbolts and other assorted heroes.[14] Fresson also represented the European families when Grim Reaper called a meeting of Maggia bosses.[15] Later, he attempted to steal Justin Hammer's will, before being soundly defeated by the Thunderbolts again.[16] After it was revealed that Justin Hammer had planted time bombs in his former agents, Cyclone was given the option to work with the Thunderbolts to rid themselves of the threat. At first, Fresson attempted to flee, but quickly surrendered and joined the Thunderbolts. Running into Silver Sable like his predecessor, Fresson would assist the Thunderbolts in freeing Justin Hammer's former agents of their biological time bomb.[17] He was also with the Thunderbolts when they attacked the omnipotent Thanos after Thanos had received the power of the Heart of the Infinite. Cyclone would battle against the Elite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before Hawkeye would give him the option of either remaining a Thunderbolt or being cut loose. Choosing the latter, Cyclone was dropped with an electrical arrow and turned over to S.H.I.E.L.D. as he was no longer a Thunderbolt and therefore a felon.[18]

During the Civil War storyline, someone that looks like Cyclone popped up in Hammerhead's villain army when S.H.I.E.L.D. attacked their headquarters.[19]

Boomerang and Owl hire Cyclone onto the Sinister Sixteen, assembled to distract the Chameleon's forces while Boomerang steals from him.[20]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The original Cyclone was a man with gifted intelligence, with a Masters degree in mechanical engineering. He designed a costume for himself which contained mechanisms that enabled him to accelerate volumes of air up to 300 miles per hour (480 km/h) within a radius of 100 feet (30 m) from his body in the form of tornado-force whirlwinds about himself. He was able to use these whirlwinds to fly, and could use them offensively against opponents. His costume was later passed on to the second Cyclone and later recreated for the third Cyclone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #143
  2. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #144
  3. ^ Spectacular Spider-Man #22-23
  4. ^ Mark Gruenwald (w), Paul Neary (p), Dennis Janke (i). "Overkill" Captain America 319 (July 1986), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Deadpool Vol. 3 #0
  6. ^ Captain Marvel (vol. 7) #1
  7. ^ Punisher Vol. 7 #5
  8. ^ Punisher Vol. 7 #10
  9. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #97
  10. ^ Silver Sable #21-22
  11. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 2006 #3
  12. ^ Thunderbolts #18
  13. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 2006 #3
  14. ^ Thunderbolts #18-25
  15. ^ Avengers (vol. 3) #31
  16. ^ Thunderbolts #63
  17. ^ Thunderbolts #65-67
  18. ^ Thunderbolts #71-73
  19. ^ Civil War: War Crimes #1
  20. ^ Nick Spencer (w), Steve Lieber (p), Rachelle Rosenberg (i). "Department of Revenge-Ucation" The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12 (4 June 2014), United States: Marvel Comics

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