Nikki (comics)

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For British comic, see Nikki (D.C. Thomson).
Nikki
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Presents #4 (Apr 1976)
Created by Steve Gerber and Al Milgrom
In-story information
Alter ego Nicholette Gold
Team affiliations Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers
Abilities superhuman ability to withstand heat and ultraviolet radiation, can see clearly in very bright light, good acrobat and sharpshooter

Nicholette "Nikki" Gold is a fictional character, a woman in the Earth-691 timeline of the fictional Marvel Universe, genetically engineered to live on the planet Mercury. As such, she has a superhuman ability to withstand heat and ultraviolet radiation, and can see clearly in very bright light. She is bald, although she expels body heat through her head in a low-temperature flame resembling hair in shape. She was the sixth member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and is noted for her acrobatic and sharp-shooting skill.

Publication history[edit]

Nikki first appeared in Marvel Presents #4, and was created by Steve Gerber (who did not call her Nicholette Gold). She was first referred to in FOOM #12.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Nicholette "Nikki" Gold was born on the planet Mercury in the 31st Century. She was rescued from an abandoned spacecraft by the Guardians of the Galaxy. She joined the Guardians, seeking excitement and adventure after years of solitude aboard the abandoned spacecraft.[2] She later joined with Vance Astro in a metaphysical union in a successful attempt to use the force of human love to destroy the Topographical Man. The sexual nature of this union embarrassed Vance, but not Nikki.[3]

Nikki traveled to the present with the other Guardians, and assisted the Avengers in battle against Korvac.[4] She traveled to the present again, and battled Hammer and Anvil alongside Spider-Man.[5]

Alongside the Guardians, Nikki later went on a quest to find the lost shield of Captain America, and battled Taserface.[6] She battled the Stark alongside the other Guardians.[7] She encountered Firelord.[8] She battled the super-humanoid team known as Force alongside the Guardians.[9]

During her time on the team, Nikki had a romantic relationship with Charlie-27, though they later amicably separated.[volume & issue needed] She became attracted to later Guardian recruits Firelord and Talon though both simply wished to remain friends.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Nikki is a member of a genetically engineered offshoot of humanity whose traits were designed for survival in the harsh conditions of the planet Mercury. As such, she has the ability to see in intense light, and has a high degree of resistance to heat and most types of radiation. As she has matured, Nikki has demonstrated an ability to increase the intensity of the flames radiating from her scalp, to the point of being able to briefly project the flames outward as an offensive tactic; she has been shown using this ability to burn the hair from Charlie-27's scalp and eyebrows,[10] scorch opponents such as the evil mutant Blockade,[11] and lay down a wall of flame to repel attackers.[12] Another side effect of Mercurian physiology is a natural body temperature of several hundred degrees;[12] at one point, Nikki took up swimming to temporarily reduce her body temperature for Charlie-27's safety while they were in a romantic relationship.[13]

Nikki has achieved extensive proficiency in hand-to-hand combat and proficiency in gymnastics and sharp-shooting. She is self-taught from memory tapes.

Nikki is often armed with a neuronic frequency stun gun, a laser pistol, and various handgun-type weapons as needed.

In other media[edit]

Games[edit]

  • Nikki was a playable character in the Galactic Guardians set of Marvel Heroclix.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GOTW - Nicholette "Nikki" Gold". 2002-06-29. Archived from the original on 2003-04-09. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  2. ^ Marvel Presents #4
  3. ^ Marvel Presents #7
  4. ^ Avengers #172-177
  5. ^ Marvel Team-Up #86
  6. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #1
  7. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #2-3
  8. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #4
  9. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #5-6
  10. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #32
  11. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #39
  12. ^ a b Guardians of the Galaxy #41
  13. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #8
  14. ^ More Galactic Guardian Heroclix Spoilers, Heroclixworld.com

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