Earth Force (Marvel Comics)
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|First appearance||Thor #395 (Sept 1988)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz|
Earth Force is a fictional superhuman team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The team first appeared in Thor (1st series) #395. The team consists of three humans granted elemental powers by Seth.
The team subsequently appears in Thor #396-399 (October 1988-January 1989), #426 (November 1990), Thor Annual #16 (1991) and Thor #456 (December 1992).
One member of the team, Skyhawk, appeared in Civil War: Front Line #11 (April 2007).
Earth Force has an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #2.
Fictional team history
The death god Seth took three hospitalized people from New York City to his own "dimension of death", Kyle Brock; a policeman who had been hospitalized when he was shot by criminals, Winston Manchester; a businessman working who had been hospitalized from overwork, and Pamela Shaw; a suburban housewife who had been hospitalized when she had attempted suicide after her baby had died and her husband had left her. While there, Seth healed them, and gave them elemental superhuman powers, calling them Earth Lord, Skyhawk and Wind Warrior.
Employed by Seth these three humans, now known collectively as Earth Force, worked as pawns for vengeance. Seth tricked Earth Force into thinking that Hogun was a menace, and they fought Thor and Hogun, until Thor exposes Seth's evil nature to them. Their first mission fails and they reconciled with Thor and Hogun, and were transported back to Seth's dimension. They fought Seth's warriors and were captured by Seth's forces. They were freed by Hogun, and continued to battled Seth's forces. Earth Force then confronted Seth, and were mortally injured by him. They were restored to life and returned to Earth by the gods of Heliopolis.
Civil War / Initiative
After the superhuman Civil War, Skyhawk was identified as a registered superhero, working as part of the Fifty State Initiative on the unnamed stationed team of Washington state. It's unknown if Earth Lord and Wind Warrior are also on this team. This Skyhawk is revealed to be a Skrull in disguise, however. After the invasion is over, the real Skyhawk isn't shown in a support group meeting with the others that had been replaced by Skrulls. His current whereabout are unknown.
Kyle Brock was a policeman working in New York City, who had been hospitalized when he was shot by criminals. His superhuman powers were magically endowed to him by the Egyptian god, Seth. As Earth-Lord, he has superhuman strength, stamina, and durability. He has the ability to draw strength and mass from the ground to become a giant with superhuman physical attributes, and can return to his normal size and mass at will. He wears a costume of enchanted metal and fabric that grow and shrink as Earth-Lord changes size. The glowing sign of Aton can appear on Brock's palm. Brock is a good hand-to-hand combatant, having received police training in unarmed combat and marksmanship with firearms. As Brock, he employs a conventional handgun and nightstick as a policeman.
Winston Manchester was a businessman working in New York City, who had been hospitalized from overwork. His superhuman powers were magically endowed to him by the Egyptian god, Seth. Skyhawk possesses the power of flight, by using his powerful underarm-to-rib cage wings. He also possesses superhuman strength (10 tons).
Pamela Shaw was a housewife living in New York City, who had been hospitalized when she had attempted suicide after her baby had died and her husband had left her. Her superhuman powers were magically endowed by the Egyptian death god Seth. As Wind Warrior, she has the ability to transform her body to become winds and whirlwinds of strengths raging up to tornado force, and has the ability to fly by summoning winds strong enough to bear her aloft. As Wind Warrior, she also possesses superhuman strength.
- Thor #395-399
- Uchtman, William; Hoskin, Michael. "Seth". marvunapp.com. the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- Thor #400
- "Avengers West Coast". Marvel Comics Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe (2008). Published by DK Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7566-2358-6
- Thor #426
- Thor Annual #16
- Avengers: The Initiative #19
- Avengers: The Initiative #20
- Earth Force at the Marvel Universe wiki
- Earth Force at the Comic Book DB
- Earth Force (Initiative) at the Comic Book DB