Smasher I by Dave Cockrum
|First appearance||X-Men #107 (Oct 1977) (I)
War of Kings #1 (March 2009)(II)
War of Kings #3 (May 2009)(III)
|Created by||Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum|
|Alter ego||Vril Rokk (I)
Salac Tuur (II)
Isabel "Izzy" Kane (IV)
|Team affiliations||Imperial Guard (I, II, III, and IV)
|Abilities||Superhuman strength via cosmic radiation absorption
Ability to download additional powers via exospex
Flight via anti-gravity "flight patches"
Smasher is the name of multiple different fictional characters in Marvel Comics.
The character subsequently appears in X-Men #137 (September 1980), Classic X-Men #43 (January 1990), X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers #2 (June 1990), Uncanny X-Men #275 (April 1991), Quasar #32 (March 1992), Thor #446 (April 1992), Avengers West Coast #82 (May 1992), Starblast #2 (February 1994), Quasar #55 (February 1994), Starjammers #4 (January 1996), Untold Legend of Captain Marvel #1-3 (April–June 1997), Inhumans Vol. 4 #4 (September 2000), New X-Men #117 (October 2001), #122 (April 2002), #124-126 (May–July 2002), JLA/Avengers #1 (September 2003), X-Force #5-6 (February–March 2005), and Uncanny X-Men #477 (October 2006), and #480 (January 2007).
Smasher appeared as part of the "Imperial Guard" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #6.
Yet more Smashers, operating directly under Imperial control, appear in the 'Infinity' crossover.
Fictional character biography
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The first Smasher was Vril Rokk, who had a long, distinguished service with the Guard. He was also romantically linked with fellow Guardsman Plutonia.[volume & issue needed]
In Untold Tales of Captain Marvel — which takes place before his first encounter with the X-Men — Smasher, the Guard, Marvel and the Kree face all meet. A small division of the Guard, Deathbolt, Smasher, Fang and Oracle had been selected to guard the personage of Deathbird, the current ruler of the Shi'ar empire. They allied, then fought with the Kree after the latter came to their assistance against a murderous attack from the Skrulls. They later are involved with a confrontation against the Brood.
When Cassandra Nova was decimating the Shi'ar empire, Smasher was one of the few entities that managed to personally protect the empress Lilandra.[volume & issue needed] Under protest, Smasher is ordered to travel to Earth to warn the X-Men about the threat Nova posed.[volume & issue needed] He crash lands in a field full of cows. He does not make it to the mansion until well after the Imperial Guard, brainwashed by Nova, were attempting to kill the X-Men. His presence manages to convince the Guard to fight against Nova, although he and the others were swiftly defeated by her.[volume & issue needed]
Vril Rokk is soon replaced with another Smasher, Salac Tuur. The new Smasher was among the Imperial Guardsmen who attacked the Kree homeworld during the wedding of Crystal and Ronan the Accuser. During the battle, Smasher was slain by the Inhuman Karnak.
The uniform and title of Smasher has since been passed onto an unidentified member of the original's race. However, the newest version of Smasher was killed by Gladiator during a raid performed by Starjammers and Guardians of the Galaxy. The Strontian praetor killed Smasher as a sign of defecting to Lilandra.[volume & issue needed]
A new Smasher appears in the Marvel NOW! relaunch as part of Captain America's new Avengers line-up. She joins the Avengers to help fight Ex Nihilo on Mars. She is revealed to be Isabel "Izzy" Kane, a college student and astronomer from Iowa. After finding a pair of high-tech goggles that had been left behind in a cornfield by Vril Rokk when he crashed to the Earth to warn the X-Men about Cassandra Nova, Izzy becomes the new Smasher and Earth's first member of the Imperial Guard. Izzy is introduced to Captain America by her grandfather Dan Kane, an acquaintance from World War II.
Originally, Smasher's name was given as "Isabel Dare" but, the collected edition which featured her first appearance displayed her surname as "Kane". According to editor Tom Brevoort, this change was made on purpose, and even stated that "Dare was a mistake in the first place," as the character was intended to be Captain Terror's granddaughter from the very first time she appeared.
When the source of mysterious seismic events was revealed to be A.I.M. Island, Smasher went to investigate along with Cannonball and Sunspot. When they arrived to the location, they were captured by A.I.M. Troopers. Smasher was chosen by Andrew Forson and Jude the Entropic Man to become his Messenger for the secret of the universe, that "Everything dies." Smasher is made to do so by Andrew Forson. She is seen eight months in the future, having started a family with teammate Sam Guthrie. She later rejoins with an Avengers team headed by Roberto DaCosta and Thor. Their goal is to find the threat causing the slow death of the multiverse and to kill it. This brings Smasher in direct opposition with Captain America's group.
Powers and abilities
Like his predecessors, Smasher could naturally absorb cosmic radiation from his environment in order to increase his strength to superhuman levels.
Smasher wore special goggles called "exospex" that enabled him to "download" additional superhuman powers.[volume & issue needed] Via the exospex, he could obtain "penta-vision" (a form of X-ray vision), superhuman durability, even greater physical strength, and the ability to travel into hyperspace ("4-space"). Smasher was only capable of downloading one superpower at a time.
Smasher wore small anti-gravity "flight patches" that enabled him to fly. Flight patches are standard issue for Imperial Guardsmen who lack the power of flight.
Several of the members of the Imperial Guard are at least partly based on members of the DC Comics' team Legion of Super-Heroes. Dave Cockrum (co-creator of the Guard) also had a long run as artist on the Legion. Smasher is based on LSH member Ultra Boy.
X-Men: The End
In the alternate future of X-Men: The End Smasher is a veteran Guardian on duty when the plans of the series main villain is revealed. He attacks with a small group of other Guardians. They are all slain, Smasher's neck is snapped.
Smasher also appears in Star Trek/X-Men #1 (December 1996). He, and several other members of the Imperial Guard assist Deathbird in a mission.
In other media
- The first Smasher appears in the X-Men episodes "The Dark Phoenix" and "Fate of the Phoenix." He and the Imperial Guard had to fight the X-Men to determine the fate of Jean Grey after what the Phoenix Force did[vague] to some of the galaxies.
- Wolverine and the X-Men Annual #1 (Nov. 2013)
- Untold Tales Of Captain Marvel #1-3 (1997)
- War of Kings #1 (March 2009)
- War of Kings #3 (May 2009)
- Avengers vol. 5 #1 (December 2012)
- Avengers vol. 5 #2
- Avengers vol. 5 #5
- New Brevoort Formspring
- Guardians Team Up #1-2 (May 2015)
- Avengers World #1
- Avengers World #2
- Avengers #35 (Sept. 2014)
- Avengers #39 - #40
- X-Men: The End: Book 3: Men & X-Men #1-2 (March–April 2006)