Avataars: Covenant of the Shield

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Avataars: Covenant of the Shield
Avataars: Covenant of the Shield #1
Cover art by Oscar Jimenez and Eduardo Alpuente
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Publication date September–November 2000
No. of issues 3
Main character(s) Champions of the Realm
Dreadlord
Four Fates
Minions of Evil
X-Changelings
Creative team
Written by Len Kaminski
Penciller(s) Oscar Jimenez
Javier Saltares
Inker(s) Eduardo Alpuente
Chris Ivy
Walden Wong
Colorist(s) Joe Rosas

Avataars: Covenant of the Shield is a three-issue comic book mini-series, published by Marvel Comics in 2000. The series is written by Len Kaminski and pencilled by Oscar Jimenez and Javier Saltares.

Set in a sword and sorcery version of the Marvel Universe Earth, it features alternative versions of Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Doctor Doom, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.

Publication history

Avataars: Covenant of the Shield was initially intended as a twelve-issue project featuring the established Marvel characters in a fantasy setting, but the story that was originally planned was never published. Marvel was in financial trouble at the time, and a twelve-issue series was not considered viable, so the creative team instead produced a three-issue prologue to the main saga, an unsuccessful attempt to generate sufficient interest in a longer story.[1]

Plot

Eurth

The series begins with the formation of the planet Eurth by the Shaper of Worlds under the supervision of the Living Tribunal, Eternity, and Infinity. Their purpose is to create a planet that is an alternative version of Earth in order to further understand the heroes that inhabit that world.[2]

Covenant of the Shield

The overall plot involves the kidnapping of St'vaan Jr., the son of Captain Avalon (this reality's version of Captain America) by forces employed by the Dreadlord (this reality's version of Baron Zemo). Various heroes become involved in the rescue efforts, most of these being members of the Champions of the Realm (this reality's version of the Avengers).[2]

Characters

Most of the characters listed are Eurth's versions of known Marvel Comics characters:

  • Champions of the Realm - The protectors of Captain Avalon's realm. They are this reality's version of the Avengers.[2]
    • Captain Avalon - St'vaan is the leader of the Champions of the Realm and the king of Avalon. He is this reality's version of Captain America.[2]
    • Apollyon - A green-skinned man who is a skilled fighter.[3]
    • Avalonia - A skilled fighter. She is this reality's version of Ms. Marvel.[3]
    • Behemoth - An enormous warrior with super-strength. He is this reality's version of Hank Pym.[3]
    • Blackthorn - An archer. He is this reality's version of Hawkeye.[2]
    • Bloodraven - A winged warrior that wields daggers in battle. He is this reality's version of Falcon.[3]
    • Bluestone - A skilled fighter. He is this reality's version of Blue Diamond.[3]
    • Ch'll - A warrior with cryokinesis. He is this reality's version of Jack Frost.[3]
    • Faery Queen - A fairy. She is this reality's version of Wasp.[3]
    • Idol/Phantazm - A skilled warrior who was controlled by Dreadlord. Upon his suicide, he becomes an energy being thanks to Witchfire's hexes. Idol is this reality's version of Wonder Man while Phantazm is this reality's version of Vision.[3]
    • Ironheart - A warrior that wore a huge armor that gave him super-strength. He is this reality's version of Iron Man.[3]
    • Merman - A warrior and founding member of the Champions of the Realm that can survive in water, has super-strength, and can fly. He is this reality's version of Namor.[2]
    • Nighthowl - A warrior who has enhanced senses and hunting skills. He is this reality's version of Wolverine.[3]
    • Nosferata - A skilled fighter. She is this reality's version of Black Widow.[3]
    • Skorch - A warrior with pyrokinesis. He is this reality's version of Human Torch.[2]
    • Swift - A warrior with super-speed. He is this reality's version of Quicksilver.[2]
    • Warmaker - A warrior who is immortal due to him being part of the Unliving.[3]
    • Witchfire - A witch who can cast magical hexes. She is this reality's version of Scarlet Witch.[2]
  • Duke Ctranj - A wizard who is loyal to Captain Avalon. He is this reality's version of Doctor Strange.[2]
  • Four Fates - Legend has it that the Four Fates gained their abilities when St. Nathaniel tapped into the comic pulse of life which affected his sons and daughter. They is this reality's version of the Fantastic Four.[3]
    • Lord Nimbus - An aerokinetic member of the Four Fates. He is this reality's version of Mister Fantastic.[3]
    • Count Crag - A rock monster and member of the Four Fates. He is this reality's version of Thing.[3]
    • Lady Aqua - An aquakinetic member of the Four Fates. She is this reality's version of Invisible Woman.[3]
    • Prince Morningstar - A pyrokinetic member of the Four Fates. He is this reality's version of Human Torch.[3]
  • St. Nathaniel - A brilliant alchemist and technomancer that played a part in the origin of the Four Fates. He is this reality's version of Nathaniel Richards.[3]
  • Greenskyn Smashtroll - A green troll and former member of the Champions of the Realm with super-strength that had fallen to the ale. He is this reality's version of Hulk.[2]
  • Queen Sharaan - The Queen of Avalon, wife of Captain Avalon, and father of St'vaan Jr. She is this reality's version of Sharon Carter.[2]
  • St'vaan Jr. - The son of Captain Avalon and Queen Avalon.[2]
  • Webslinger - A man who was turned into a humanoid spider with great responsibility for breaking his vow to the Widow of the Web not to use his abilities for personal gain by saving his uncle. Since then, Webslinger protects Webwood. He is this reality's version of Spider-Man.[3]
  • Widow of the Web - A spider-themed sorceress.[3]
  • X-Changelings - A group of outcasts that were gathered to promote co-existence between humans and the "ex-changed." They are this reality's version of the X-Men.[3]
    • Seer - The leader of the X-Changelings who has a psionic projection ability. He is this reality's version of Professor X.[3]
    • Brutus - A humanoid beast warrior that wields an axe. He is this reality's version of Beast.[3]
    • Icemaker - A cryokinetic member of the X-Changelings. He is this reality's version of Iceman.[3]
    • Psyche - A psychic member of the X-Changelings. She is this reality's version of Jean Grey.[3]
    • Redeye - A knight who can shoot beams from his eyes. He is this reality's version of Cyclops.[3]
    • Whitehawk - A warrior with wings instead of arms who can fly. He is this reality's version of Angel.[3]

Villains

  • Doomsmith - A full-armored warrior who watched the Champions of the Realm leave Castle Bakstur. He is this reality's version of Doctor Doom.[3]
  • Dreadlord - A hood-wearing warrior who was Z'axis' greatest general and the boss of the Minions of Evil. He is this reality's version of Baron Zemo.[3]
  • Goblin King - A goblin residing in Webwood who is the boss of the Six Most Sinister. He is this reality's version of Green Goblin.[3]
  • Minions of Evil - A group of villains gathered together by the Dreadlord to fight the Champions of the Realm. They are this reality's version of the Masters of Evil.[2]
    • Black Blade - A swordsman that wields a black blade and rides a demonic winged horse. He is this reality's version of Black Knight.[2]
    • Darkwater - A liquid warrior. Darkwater was accidentally killed by Black Blade during the Minions of Evil's fight with the Champions of the Realm. He is this reality's version of Hydro-Man.[4]
    • Deathlight - An armored warrior that projects black energy.[4]
    • Deathmaster - A warrior who is covered in his weapons.[2]
    • Green Death - A humanoid-shaped cloud.[4]
    • Ill Wind - A warrior who can spin at super-speed in order to produce winds. He is this reality's version of Whirlwind.[2]
    • Iron Cross - An armored warrior who is a skilled fighter.[4]
    • Moonchild - A sorceress.[2]
    • Savagri - A warrior who wielded an axe and a shield. Savagri was accidentally killed by Scorpius' tail. She is this reality's version of Titania.[2]
    • Scarabus - A helmeted man in a robe.[4]
    • Scorpius - A humanoid scorpion. Scorpius was impaled by Merman who accidentally killed Savagri upon his death. He is this reality's version of Scorpion.[2]
    • Scythe - A skeletal creature who wields a giant scythe. He is this reality's version of Grim Reaper.[4]
    • Skreech - A warrior who can project sonic attacks from the metallic weapon that is affixed to his right hand. He is this reality's version of Klaw.[4]
    • Slag - A warrior who can generate fire and heat. He is this reality's version of Melter.[2]
    • Swashbuckler - A swordsman. He is this reality's version of Swordsman.[4]
    • Titan - A warrior. He is this reality's version of Atlas.[4]
    • Von Bludving - A vampire who wields a bone-like sword and shield. He is this reality's version of Baron Blood.[2]
  • Simon Magus' X-Changelings - The opposing band of the X-Changelings that want to supplant the humans. They are this reality's version of the Brotherhood of Mutants.[3]
    • Simon Magus - The leader of his X-Changelings who can generate generate energy shields and break hexes. He is this reality's version of Magneto.[3]
    • Aura - A swordsman.[3]
    • Hop-Friend - A man with leaping abilities. He is this reality's version of Toad.[3]
    • Humongous - A man with immovable abilities. He is this reality's version of Blob.[3]
    • Illusio - An illusionist.[3]
  • Six Most Sinister - A brigand in Webwood that work for Goblin King into collecting tolls from those who pass their way. They are this reality's version of the Sinister Six.[3]
    • Huntsman - A hunter who wields two daggers. He is this reality's version of Kraven the Hunter.[3]
    • Jolt - An electrical being. He is this reality's version of Electro.[3]
    • Mysterium - A gas-emitting warrior. He is this reality's version of Mysterio.[3]
    • Sandstorm - A sand monster. He is this reality's version of Sandman.[3]
    • Talon - A humanoid vulture whose feet wield two daggers. He is this reality's version of Vulture.[3]
    • Tentaclus - A humanoid octopus. He is this reality's version of Doctor Octopus.[3]

In other media

Captain Avalon and Greenskyn Smashtroll appear as playable characters in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.[5] Their setting in Medieval England is one of the components of Kang the Conqueror's Chronopolis. While Captain Avalon helps Captain America, Doctor Strange, Gamora, Groot, and Star-Lord reclaim Sir Percy's land from Enchantress and the Nathan Garrett version of Black Knight, Greenskyn Smashtroll appears in the Sakaar area of Chronopolis as one of the "World Breakers" enslaved to the Red King.

References

  1. ^ Brevoort, Tom (July 28, 2006). "Friday, 9:26". Marvel.com. Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Avataars: Covenant of the Shield #1. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq Avataars: Covenant of the Shield #2. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Avataars: Covenant of the Shield #3. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ https://www.cinemablend.com/games/1684189/lego-marvel-superheroes-2-just-confirmed-a-bunch-of-new-characters

External links

  • Eurth at Marvel Wiki
  • Eurth at Marvel Appendix
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