Karima Shapandar

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Omega Sentinel
Karima Shapandar.jpg
Omega Sentinel.
Art by Chris Bachalo.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men Unlimited, vol. 1 #27 (June 2000)
Created by Chris Claremont
Brett Booth
In-story information
Alter ego Karima Shapandar
Team affiliations Acolytes
Marauders
X-Men
Genoshan Excalibur
Omega Prime Sentinels
Notable aliases Malice
Abilities As a Prime Sentinel;
Superhuman strength.
Resistance to injury and regenerative abilities.
Electrostatic poles mounted on her arms.
Flight.
Selection of unspecified weapons and mechanisms that retract into body.

Omega Sentinel (Karima Shapandar) is a fictional character associated with the X-Men and its spinoff Excalibur. She first appeared in X-Men Unlimited, vol. 1 #27 (June 2000) and was created by Chris Claremont and Brett Booth.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Prime Sentinel[edit]

Shapandar was a police officer from India who was transformed into an Omega Prime Sentinel by Bastion of the Operation: Zero Tolerance program. It all started when Karima was dispatched to look after Neal Shaara (who would later become known as Thunderbird). Neal was looking for his brother, Sanjit, who had gone missing while researching some mysterious disappearances in Calcutta. A bond quickly developed between the two, and they were on the verge of beginning a romantic relationship when they were attacked and captured by Bastion. Neal learned that Sanjit had become a Prime Sentinel, programmed to seek out and destroy mutants. Bastion intended to do the same to Neal and Karima, but the morphing process catalyzed Neal’s latent mutant power, which destroyed the building around him. Sanjit fought his programming long enough to disable the other Sentinels, but died in the process.[1]

As Neal cradled Sanjit’s body, Shapandar quietly told Neal to run. She had discovered that she was a Prime Sentinel; humans transformed into sentinels and set up as 'sleeper' agents, unaware of their programming until a nearby mutant activated them (as in Neal's usage of his mutant powers).[2]

Neal refused, saying he loved Karima. Karima begged him to leave, saying she couldn't hold on much longer. Neal was forced to flee.[4]

Genoshan Excalibur[edit]

Karima later resurfaces on the decimated island of Genosha, where she encounters Charles Xavier and Magneto. The two were able to disable her Sentinel programming and restore her mind, but the technological modifications to her body remained.[5]

Karima stayed on the island with the others, working as a police officer to restore order. She is trying to adjust to her new form, which comes into conflicts with her Hindu beliefs. It is assumed she left the island with most of the other residents after Decimation.[6]

Joining the X-Men[edit]

The X-Men discovered a disassembled Karima, along with Lady Mastermind in a lab of the Fordyce Clinic that was testing on mutants to see if someone can catch mutation like a disease. Beast reassembled her,[7] but she appears to have lost part of her memory from the moment she got disassembled. Rogue officially recruited her onto the team to help fight the Children of the Vault.[8]

Since then she was able to help fix a teleporter in the search to find Pandemic, helping in the fight to defeat him. After Rogue was infected with a virus by Pandemic, Cable took the team to his island so Rogue could be cared for. On the island, Karima helped the team and the island residents who were attacked by the Hecatomb.[9]

Marauders and Malice[edit]

Omega Sentinel is possessed by Malice, who is now a digital entity instead of a psionic one, via email virus; thus, she unwillingly ends up joining the new Marauders. The other X-Men, save Emma Frost, were unaware of her being possessed until they were attacked by her along with the rest of the new Marauders, including Mystique and Lady Mastermind. She later fights alongside the other Marauders in Flint, Michigan, against Iceman and Cannonball, as both sides try to obtain the Diaries of Destiny.[10]

Messiah Complex[edit]

Along with fellow Marauders Sunfire, Gambit, Prism, Blockbuster, Lady Mastermind, and Scalphunter, Malice travels to Cooperstown, Alaska to find the baby but instead come across the Purifiers and they come to blows.[11]

The next time she is seen, she is fighting Colossus along with Arclight, Frenzy, and Unuscione. She then teams up with Lady Mastermind in taking out Wolverine by throwing a disguised Scrambler at him. After he realizes the deception, she hits him with an energy blast. While asking him about how he wants to die, Nightcrawler teleports in and knocks her out along with Lady Mastermind.[12]

She recovers and joins Gambit, Sunfire, and Vertigo when they confront Bishop who is about to kill the baby. She seems to show a lot of affection towards the baby and finds it extraordinary that she isn’t scared at all when she picks her up. She is present when Gambit delivers the baby to Mystique (in the guise of Mister Sinister) at the Marauders' base on Muir Isle and later battles the X-Men, X-Factor, and X-Force when they arrive to take the baby. During the final battle over the child, Omega Sentinel is stabbed and somehow incapacitated by Pixie's Soul Dagger.[13]

Divided We Stand[edit]

After the events of Messiah Complex, Karima manages to recover being taken over by the digital Malice, but has no memory of the events that took place, apparently a side effect of being wounded with Pixie's Soul Dagger. All she knows is that some of her files have been infected or damaged by a virus and can no longer access them in case of reinfection. She stayed with the Acolytes, saying the only reason she is there is because Professor Xavier was there for her when she was first turned into a Sentinel.[14]

After asking Magneto which of their philosophies was right, Karima helps Magneto to revive the Professor from his coma and defends him against Joanna Cargill's murder attempt. Karima tries to stop Cargill by bombarding her with microwave radiation, but her physical invulnerability proves to be too much for her, and Cargill severely damages her. Magneto manages to stop Cargill from killing Xavier by firing a surgical laser into her eye when Exodus shows up and after trying to kill Magneto, engages the Professor in a fight on the astral plane.[15]

When they finish their skirmish, Karima, Magneto, and Xavier leave the Acolytes and as Xavier parts with Karima and Magneto, he asks them not to follow him.[16]

Later, Xavier returns to New Avalon and convinces Exodus to disband the Acolytes and find a new way to help mutantkind. While Exodus embarks on a personal pilgrimage to this effect, Karima, along with Amelia Voght and Random decide to relocate to San Francisco.[17]

Following Cable's death at the end of Second Coming, Karima can be seen attending the memorial service for Cable.[18]

Fables of the Reconstruction[edit]

To help deal with the damage to San Francisco done by Bastion and his forces, Cyclops puts together a team of X-Men including Karima. On the boat trip to the mainland, Karima reveals to Psylocke she has been experiencing some glitches as of late, not knowing that she is actually suffering from the virus unleashed on the Nimrod sentinels during Second Coming.

Arriving at the worksite for a building, Karima is paired with Danger and told to help excavate the site. As the day goes on, Karima's glitches get worse, and while helping Colossus, she accidentally shoots him with a powerful laser. She decides to sit out for a bit to check on her systems, but her Sentinel technology begins to take over, identifying the threat levels of each of the X-Men present, much to Karima's confusion. Suddenly, against her will, she flies towards Hellion and Hope Summers and begins attacking them. Assessing that Hope is the biggest threat present, she punches Hellion and tells Hope to run. When Hope questions Karima, she replies that it's too late and fires a laser blast at Hope.[19]

Karima continues battling her fellow X-Men, and when her human side reasserts itself, she asks Hellion to put her out of her misery. He does so, cutting loose with his telekinetic abilities and causing massive damage to Omega Sentinel, who is left in a coma, possibly brain dead. Her body is moved to a stasis tank in the X-Men's lab.[20]

Return[edit]

Karima's body is later reactivated and possessed by Arkea, a sentient bacterium and the sister of John Sublime.[21] After taking control of much of the Jean Grey School's systems, Arkea begins to hunt down her brother for revenge from when he tried to kill her after they were formed, but is forced to retreat when she is confronted by Kitty Pryde, whose powers can destroy her systems.[22] A group of X-Men and Sublime hunt her down to the crash site of the meteor in which she arrived on earth, and confront her in a hospital specializing in mechanical implants. Karima manages to gain momentary control of her body and plunges Psylocke's psychic knife into her own head, apparently purging Arkea from her body and returning her to normal.[23] After being given a complete physical by the Beast, he tells Karima her Omega Sentinel technology has been rendered inert due to Arkea's possession of her and that she is essentially human again. She decides to remain with the X-Men regardless of this.[24]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Karima is fitted with Omega-Prime Sentinel nanite technology which gives her superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and endurance. She also has flight capacity, regeneration to repair any physical injury/damage she receives, and several projectile weapons, including high energy power blasts, as well as electrostatic poles built into her forearms that generate massive amounts of electrical energy and microwave radiation emitters. Her strength and durability were enhanced after she was rebuilt by the Beast. She appears to show limited technopathy and machine control, due to being able to "find" information from machines, and having the ability to control nanites in others' blood. She also has life-support technology built into her systems as evidenced in X-Men: Legacy #208 (Apr. 2008).

Before she was a detective in India, she was trained in basic combat skills, identity tracking, and other basic skills that come with being a human detective. She also possesses knowledge on how to work most basic and advanced Earth-based technology.

Other versions[edit]

House of M[edit]

She appears in the House of M still as an Omega Sentinel but as the leader of the Sentinel Police for the House of Magnus.

X-Men: The End[edit]

Karima briefly appears fighting alongside the other X-Men in outer space. Not much is known about her.

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Omega Sentinel is featured as a boss in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. She can later be unlocked as a playable hero by collecting 8 different comic book covers contained in Omega Lockboxes that can be obtained through various tasks in Special Operations 8.
  • Omega Sentinel is an unlockable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #27
  2. ^ X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #27
  3. ^ X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #27
  4. ^ X-Men Unlimited (vol. 1) #27
  5. ^ Excalibur (vol. 3) #4
  6. ^ Excalibur (vol. 3) #5-13
  7. ^ X-Men, vol. 2 #189 (Sep. 2006)
  8. ^ X-Men, vol. 2 #192 (Dec. 2006)
  9. ^ X-Men, vol. 2 #197-199 (2007)
  10. ^ X-Men, vol. 2 #200 (2007)
  11. ^ X-Men: Messiah Complex #1
  12. ^ X-Men, vol. 2 #205 (2008)
  13. ^ X-Men, vol. 2 #207 (2008)
  14. ^ X-Men: Legacy #208
  15. ^ X-Men Legacy #209-210
  16. ^ X-Men Legacy #210
  17. ^ X-Men: Legacy #225 (Aug. 2009)
  18. ^ X-Men: Second Coming #2
  19. ^ X-Men: Legacy #242 (Jan. 2011)
  20. ^ X-Men: Legacy #243 (Feb. 2011)
  21. ^ X-Men (vol. 4) #2 (June 2013)
  22. ^ X-Men (vol. 4) #2 (June 2013)
  23. ^ X-Men (vol. 4) #3 (July 2013)
  24. ^ X-Men, vol. 4 #7 (November 2013)

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