Harpoon (comics)

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Harpoon
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Uncanny X-Men #210 (Oct 1986)
Created by Chris Claremont
John Romita, Jr.
Dan Green
In-story information
Alter ego Kodiak Noatak
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Marauders
Abilities Ability to charge metal with bio-energy

Harpoon (Kodiak Noatak) is a fictional character created by Marvel Comics. He is a member of the mutant assassin team known as Marauders, who are employed by Mister Sinister. Little is known about Harpoon other than that he is Inuit.

Publication history[edit]

Harpoon first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #210-211 (October-November 1986), and was created by Chris Claremont, John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green.

The character subsequently appears in Thor vol. 1 #373-374 (November-December 1986), X-Factor vol. 1 #10 (November 1986), Power Pack vol. 1 #27 (December 1986), Uncanny X-Men #213 (January 1987), 221-222 (September-October 1987), 240-241 (January-February 1989), X-Factor vol. 1 #38 (March 1989), Wolverine vol. 2 #10 (August 1989), X-Man #18 (August 1996), Cable & Machine Man Annual 1999, Gambit #9 (October 1999), Weapon X #26 (September 2004), X-Men and Power Pack #4 (March 2006), New Avengers #18 (June 2006), X-Men #200-201 (August-September 2007), New X-Men #44-46 (January-March 2008), X-Factor #27 (March 2008), and X-Men #207 (March 2008).

Harpoon received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #3.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Harpoon was one of the Marauders who attacked the X-Man Angel during the Morlock Massacre. This is during the Marauders' murder of hundreds of Morlocks; Harpoon personally kills many, including the young mutant Cybelle.[volume & issue needed]

Harpoon pins Angel to the wall, but before he and his Marauder cohorts are able to slay him, the Thunder God Thor intervenes and drives them off. Harpoon is also responsible for the attack which left the X-Man Kitty Pryde trapped in a ghost-like state. Harpoon hurls a harpoon at the X-Man Rogue while she is vulnerable after having her powers neutralized by the Marauder Scrambler. Kitty, or Shadowcat, phases Rogue, hoping Harpoon's weapon would pass harmlessly through, but the spear struck them anyway, perhaps because it was in an energy state.[volume & issue needed]

Harpoon is thought to have been slain during the Inferno incident, but as often shown, Mister Sinister can clone his Marauders and bring them back at any time.[volume & issue needed] Harpoon is confirmed to be depowered after the M-Day incident.[1]

Harpoon appears with the rest of the Marauders.[2] Whether this is one of Sinister's clones has yet to be determined. To make up for his lack of power, he carries a weaponized harpoon, which Storm takes from him and wields herself.[volume & issue needed] During the final battle on Muir Island, he is telepathically dispatched by Emma Frost.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Harpoon could charge his metal spears with his own bio-energy for various effects, such as shocking or stunning his opponents. He was also exceptionally skilled in using his spears as weapons, both in melee combat and as thrown projectiles.

Other versions[edit]

Age of Apocalypse[edit]

In the reality known as the Age of Apocalypse, Harpoon appears to be a member of Apocalypse's Infinite Patrol, the enforcers of En Sabuh Nur's purity as his swords of Justice.[volume & issue needed]

As an Infinite, Harpoon is seen briefly fighting the X-Men, but he is quickly defeated by Rogue. He begs her that he wants to just surrender but unemotionally, Rogue hits him away from her; Morph shape changes into a wall to stop the soldier's pace and keep him from ending up in the Pacific Ocean.[3]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Harpoon first appears in the Wolverine and the X-Men episode "eXcessive Force", voiced by Fred Tatasciore. He is a member of Mister Sinister's Marauders. Cyclops encounters him on the streets and takes him down claiming to the X-Men that he knows where Jean Grey is. Emma Frost scanned his memory and there was no info on where Mister Sinister is. Iceman froze him when he was coming to. Emma Frost mentioned to Cyclops that Harpoon and Blockbuster were supposed to meet up with Arclight to drop off some DNA samples. He is dropped off at an MRD base.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Avengers #18
  2. ^ X-Men vol. 2 #200
  3. ^ X-Men: Alpha