Annex (comics)

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Annex (Marvel Comics character).jpg
Art by Steve Uy.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27 (1993)
Created by Jack C. Harris
Tom Lyle
In-story information
Alter ego Alexander Ellis
Team affiliations Initiative
Abilities superhuman athletic ability, weapon creation, flight, informational downloading methods

Annex (Alexander Ellis) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as associated with Spider-Man. His first appearance was in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27. With powers resulting from prosthetics through computer technology, he possesses the ability to increase his physical abilities, as well as create any weapon he requires.

Publication history[edit]

Annex was created by writer Jack C. Harris and artist Tom Lyle and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27 (1993)[1] as an enemy of Spider-Man, but went on to become an ally. His next appearance was Spider-Man Unlimited #3, followed by a self-titled limited series, Annex.

He appeared in the Avengers: the Initiative series beginning with issue #13.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ellis is a Desert Storm veteran whose leg was wounded in combat. The damage to his leg was so extensive, his leg had to be amputated. He signed up for an Annexing unit, where computer technology will grow a newly functioning limb. Because of a computer glitch, Ellis loses his memory and becomes the villain Annex. Annex is quickly defeated by Spider-Man, and changes back into Ellis.[2]

Annex joins Camp Hammond to be trained in the Fifty State Initiative program.[3] After the Skrull invasion, Annex was assigned to New Mexico's Initiative team.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

As a result of his exo-skeleton armor, Annex possesses the ability to increase his strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, reaction time, coordination, agility, dexterity, balance, and endurance. Annex can also create any weapon he requires. The armor also grants him flight, "schema mode", and informational downloading methods, all at the base of a computer generated robotic structure.


  1. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1990s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 203. ISBN 978-0756692360. The debut story of Annex was written by Jack C. Harris and drawn by Tom Lyle. 
  2. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27 (1993)
  3. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #13
  4. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #21

External links[edit]

  • Annex at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe