War (comics)

War (comics)

:"For the Marvel Comics limited series, "The War", set in the New Universe, see The War (comics)"

War is the name of two fictional characters, who are Marvel Comics supervillains. Two are discussed here: both members of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. the first War (real name unknown) and Abraham Kieros. The title was also briefly held by Bruce Banner, the Hulk.

War (Abraham Kieros)


caption=War, in action. Art by Walter Simonson.
real_name=Abraham Lincoln Kieros
species=Human Mutant
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="X-Factor" #11 (December 1986)
creators=Louise Simonson
Walter Simonson
alliances=Four Horsemen of Apocalypse
powers=Ability to create explosions through kinetic contact|

Publication history

War first appeared in "X-Factor" #11 (December 1986), and was created by Louise Simonson and Walter Simonson.

The character subsequently appears in "X-Factor" #15 (April 1987), #17 (June 1987), #19 (August 1987), #22-25 (November 1987-February 1988), "Daredevil" #252 (March 1988), "X-Factor" #26-27 (March-April 1988), "X-Factor" #84 (November 1992), "Uncanny X-Men" #294–295 (November-December 1992), and "Wolverine" #147 (February 2000).

War appeared as part of the "Apocalypse's Horsemen" entry in the "Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89" #1.

Fictional character biography

Kieros was a young Vietnam War veteran that lost the ability to move in combat. He was kept in a hospital and placed in an iron lung, but felt as though he was betrayed and forgotten by his country. Apocalypse appeared to him one day and offered him the ability to move and to get revenge on those who had tossed him aside. ["X-Factor" #11] He accepted the offer and was indeed given the ability to move again, which allowed him to use his mutant power—the ability to create explosions through kinetic contact, usually by clapping his hands together—in Apocalype's service as his Horseman of War. He often bickered with one of the other Horsemen, Famine, and disliked her total lack of obedience.

War liked to take control of situations and during their first confrontation with X-Factor, attempted to lead the other Horsemen. Famine and Pestilence refused to obey his orders and flew off to do their own business. Soon after, Death took over leadership and the Four Horsemen learned to ride as one. During the attack on Manhattan, War immediately attacked Cyclops and was later teleported back to the ship by Apocalypse, where he fought several more X-Factor members. He was eventually defeated by Iceman. Apocalypse then grabbed War and fled.

Later, during the X-Cutioner's Song story arc, War attacked Colossus and Iceman, but soon fled after Caliban grabbed Jean Grey and Cyclops, handing them over to Apocalypse, who was really Mr. Sinister in disguise. The X-Men sought out the Horsemen and War was presumably defeated in combat.

Much later, War was apparently abandoned by Apocalypse and left in the hospital, once again paralyzed from the neck down. Archangel took his newfound powers and healed War of his wounds, giving him hope to start over with a new life. ["Wolverine" #147 (February 2000)]

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

War appeared in the Age of Apocalypse as a member of Apocalypse’s first wave of Horsemen. It is unknown what happened to him but he may have been usurped by one of the current Horsemen.

Mutant X

War also is seen in "Mutant X", where he constantly bickered with Death, but they had a mutual respect for each other.

In other media


War appeared in three episodes of the "X-Men" animated series: the first, “Come the Apocalypse,” where War was selected by Apocalypse and transformed into his Horseman; the second and third, “Beyond Good and Evil,” Parts 3 and 4, where he fought alongside the other Horsemen when the X-Men sought out Apocalypse’s Lazarus chamber. Instead of using his mutant abilities in the latter two episodes, he used an energy-projected sword.

War (Apocalypse vs. Dracula)


caption=Art by Clay Henry.
real_name= N/A
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula" #1 (February 2006)
creators=Frank Tieri
Clayton Henry
alliances=The Riders of the Dark, Four Horsemen of Apocalypse
relatives=None known
powers=Superhumanly strong
Wields dual axes which he throws with remarkable accuracy|

The earliest depiction of Apocalypse's Horseman, War. Not much is known about this incarnation of War. He was chosen by Apocalypse sometime during the fifteenth century to become his horseman and lead his army, the Riders of the Dark. This army was so fierce and powerful that most people presumed it was just a myth used to scare soldiers before their first battle. It was no myth at all, and it precisely was what people thought it was, fierce and strong. In most of their battles, the only soldier who had to fight was War, who would single-handedly defeat hordes of men just by himself.

In 1459, the Riders of the Dark appeared in Romania where Vlad Ţepeş’ army was fighting against the Ottomans and emerged victorious. Unfortunately for Vlad (whom would become Dracula), War defeated Dracula’s army. The survivors fled for their life, abandoning Dracula on the field who stood his ground and faced War but ultimately fell.


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