Shamrock (comics)

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Shamrock
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (Jun 1982)
Created byMark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, and John Romita Jr.
In-story information
Alter egoMolly Fitzgerald
SpeciesHuman Mystic Mutant
Abilitiesprobability manipulation.

Shamrock is a fictional comic book superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Shamrock first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes: Contest of Champions #1 (June 1982). She also appeared in issues #2-3 of the series (July–August 1982).

The character subsequently appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #279 (January 1983), Rom #65 (April 1985), Marvel Comics Presents #24 (July 1989), Alpha Flight #108 (May 1992), Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #3 (1993), Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #4 (1994), Excalibur #108 (April 1997), and Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters (November 2005).

Shamrock received an entry in the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #9, and in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #9 (2006).

Following a thirteen-year absence from comics, Shamrock returned to the Marvel Universe in a short story published in Girl Comics #2 (2010), where she is depicted as having become overweight during her retirement. The story is written by Kathryn Immonen and illustrated by Colleen Coover.[1] In 2013 she appeared in Fearless Defenders #9.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Molly Fitzgerald was born in Dunshaughlin, Ireland, and was the daughter of a militant member of the IRA. As Shamrock, she serves as a vessel for displaced poltergeists and souls that have died as innocent victims of war; these spirits manifest themselves for fractions of seconds to cause good luck for her and bad luck for those who oppose her.[volume & issue needed]

She was teleported away by the Grandmaster, along with hundreds of other heroes of Earth, so that the Grandmaster and Death could choose champions from among them. Shamrock was chosen for Death's team, fighting alongside fellow heroes Le Peregrine, Iron Man, Vanguard, Iron Fist, Storm, Arabian Knight, Sabra, Invisible Woman, Angel, Black Panther, Sunfire, and the Collective Man. When the Grandmaster's team won the contest, the heroes were returned to Earth.[volume & issue needed]

Later, her father drugged her to allow Arnim Zola to attempt to duplicate her powers.[2]

She later retired from superhero activity and became a hairdresser.[3] She eventually moved to New York City, where she opened a bar.[4] She was later revealed to have become a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent at some point.[5]

In Girl Comics #2 (2010) she is seen running a superhero salon.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Shamrock is possessed by the souls of thousands of victims of wars who manifest themselves as poltergeists which affect probability within a 20-foot radius of her, altering situations so that she is given an advantage, in essence having "The Luck of the Irish".[volume & issue needed]

Other versions[edit]

In the Marvel Zombies universe, she became infected with the zombie virus and traveled the world in search of uninfected humans, which had become all but extinct. She encountered Earth-616 (Marvel's core universe)'s Deadpool, who was traveling with two A.I.M. scientists and a zombie-head Deadpool. Tigra assisted Shamrock in trying to eat the humans but was destroyed by the scientists. Shamrock boasted that her luck powers would allow her to prevail in a fight against him until Deadpool began conversing with her about how hard it must be living with her insatiable hunger, but having nothing to eat. He then pulled her around to the idea that sometimes death might be preferable to such an existence to which she agonizingly agreed. In having admitted that, her own power worked against her, increasing her luck that she could be killed which Deadpool was happy to help her accomplish, cutting her in half, lengthwise with a katana.[7]

In an alternate future seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #3 in 1993, Shamrock becomes one of the many powers involved in the Ireland-based resistance against the invading Martians. She works closely with Doctor Druid; part of her duties is to guard the Book of Kells, which had the Martian battle added to it. Her adventures allow her to live long into what is to her, the future.[8]

Reception[edit]

Screen Rant ranked Shamrock as one of the superheroes that Marvel wants you to forget.[9]

Comic Book Resources placed her as one of the superheroes Marvel wants you to forget.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comic Viewer: GIRL POWER 4-View: GALACTA, GIRL COMICS, HER-OES, RESCUE Newsarama; Accessed July 16, 2010
  2. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #24. Marvel Comics (New York).
  3. ^ Excalibur (volume 1) #108
  4. ^ Fearless Defenders #9 (September 2013). Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Marvel Knights: Hulk #2. Marvel Comics (New York).
  6. ^ Girl Comics Vol 2 #2 (2010). Marvel Comics (New York).
  7. ^ Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #8. Marvel Comics (New York).
  8. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #3 (January 1993). Marvel Comics (New York).
  9. ^ Byrd, Matthew (29 August 2017). "15 Superheroes Marvel Wants You To Forget". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  10. ^ Smith, Gary (20 August 2017). "15 Superheroes Marvel Wants You To Forget". CBR. Retrieved 2 September 2017.

External links[edit]

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