- Selene (comics)
Infobox comics character
debut="New Mutants" (v1) #9 (November 1983)
Chris Claremont Sal Buscema
aliases=Black Queen, Black Priestess
powers=Superhuman physical attributes
Animation and control of non-living materials
Ability to drain the life force of others
Selene Gallio is a
fictional character, a comic book supervillainessfrom the Marvel Comicsuniverse. The character first appeared in " New Mutants" vol. 1, #9. She is a mutant, and an enemy of the X-Menoften associated with the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle.
Fictional character biography
Her long life is attributed to the fact that she is a psychic vampire, able to drain the life from others to extend her own. Her name derives from the ancient lunar deity
Selene, daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. She has claimed to have already been old when mankind was just emerging.
Selene was revealed to have been an old enemy of sorcerer
Kulan Gath. ["Uncanny X-Men" #191-192 (March - April, 1985)] Kulan Gath was active during the Hyborian Age(before any recorded civilizations) and is known to have faced both Conan the Barbarianand Red Sonja. In fact, Sonja reportedly managed to kill him and his spirit would not manifest again until the modern era ["Marvel Team-Up" #79] . Thus, Selene was active at least as early as the Hyborian age.
Selene is assumed to have been wandering the world for millennia. In relatively recent times, she was trapped for centuries in the Amazon in the Romanesque town of Nova Roma (
New Rome). She was worshipped as a goddess and worked to maintain the isolation of the town so she could maintain control. She was able to marry several times and have descendants. These include Amara Juliana Olivia Aquilla (Magma). Her most recent known husband was Marcus Domitius Gallio, a Senator of Nova Roma.
In Nova Roma, Selene attempted to kill Amara Aquilla. She knocked Amara into a lava pool, thereby releasing her latent mutant powers, as Magma. Selene fought and defeated Magma, and plotted to turn
Danielle Moonstarinto a psychic vampire like herself and conquer the world. Selene fought the New Mutants, and was cast into lava and buried alive. ["New Mutants" #9]
Selene directed her worshippers to undertake tasks that eventually allowed her to leave Nova Roma. In New York City, she nearly seduced and attacked the Juggernaut. She attacked Phoenix III and fought the
X-Men. ["Uncanny X-Men" #183-184] Selene soon became the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club. She was then captured by her ancient enemy, Kulan Gath. ["Uncanny X-Men" #189-191] She was later revealed to have been manipulating a power struggle within the Hellfire Club. ["Uncanny X-Men" #283]
After Selene left Nova Roma, the citizens regained their memories and sought to return to their previous lives. Later stories attempted to suggest Nova Roma had been an illusion, sustained by Selene, and later the mutant known as Empath. This was ultimately disproved by Magma, who discovered that the supposed revelation of Nova Roma being an illusion was a ploy to steal her away from her home and torment those who loved her. It is possible that Selene was the one who made Magma think Nova Roma was not real.
Of all the X-Men and their related teams, she possesses particular hatred for Magma and
Rachel Summers. In particular, Rachel almost killed her once, before being stopped by Wolverine. She was most recently seen during the latest membership change in the Hellfire Club, where she apparently has been kept prisoner beneath the building. However, she gained limited mobility from an alliance with Donald Pierce. She tried once again to take vengeance on Rachel, but was thwarted in this attempt as well. Selene remained trapped for a time beneath the Hellfire Club headquarters.
Selene was one of the few mutants to retain her powers after the events of M-Day.
Selene, disguised as an old woman, befriends Wither and they live together in Mutant Town. ["New X-Men #32"] She encourages him to use his powers and not be afraid of his natural gifts. She then asks him if he would use his powers to save his or her life. She had been killing a large number of people by draining the life out of them, and during her last feeding her disguise was spotted by a witness. She reveals to Wither that Laurie has died; while he was away, she was attacked by the police and managed to kill two of them before being shot multiple times. Wither arrives and kills the other two officers, only for Selene to drop her disguise, telling him she is immortal and that they are two of a kind and should be together. She tells Wither that she will be his queen if he agrees, then kisses him, and he consents.
Age of Apocalypse
In the dark reality known as Age of Apocalypse, Selene apparently became a Horseman of Apocalypse known as Death. She assisted in the Cape Citadel raid on the United States Nuclear Defense Arsenel by drainning the life force of the soldiers that were defending Cape Citadel. When the Horsemen were confronted by the X-Men, Death was defeated by Storm in combat, but survived to escape in Apocalypse's Celestial Ship. Death was most likely killed in a battle for succession as the Inhuman named Maximus would adopt her moniker and become the second Horseman called Death.
Powers and abilities
Selene is both a mutant and a powerful sorceress. She possesses a wide range of superhuman abilities, but it has never been clearly defined which of these are her actual mutant abilities and which are skills derived from magic or other sources.
Selene is a "psychic vampire" with the ability to sustain herself by psionically draining the life force of other human beings into herself. If she drains a person's entire life force, the victim dies and crumbles to dust in seconds. If Selene only drains the victim's life force partially, she achieves a measure of psychic control over her victim's mind, thereby subverting them to her will. Through unknown means Selene can also cause a human being to become a psychic vampire like herself, but be subordinate to Selene's own will. Selene's youthful appearance and vitality depends upon her absorbing the life forces of one or more people on a regular basis. This restores Selene to a youthful and healthy appearance when she has been injured, or when she over-exerts her other powers, and sustain her centuries-long life. A side-effect of this process is that Selene remembers the life of anyone she absorbs.
By using the absorbed life energies that sustain her, Selene can enhance her physical strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability to superhuman levels. The amount of energy she has retained from her victims does seem to correlate somewhat with her physical strength and resistance to injury. Selene can momentarily move at superhuman speeds rivaling those of QuicksilverFact|date=August 2008, though this requires a heavy expenditure of energy and can cause her to age rapidly and require more life energy immediately. It is not known how often Selene must drain a human's life force in order to survive. Great expenditure of power causes Selene to age rapidly, but she can rejuvenate herself by absorbing more life force.
She appears to be immune to most forms of conventional injury; she has survived both a knife wound and a crossbow bolt to her heart with no apparent pain or lasting effect. While not indestructible, She once survived and recovered completely from molecular discorporation, though it took considerable time to reconstitute herself.
Selene's most direct weapon is the telekinetic power to animate and/or levitate inorganic matter on a molecular level, by projecting part of her absorbed life force into it. She can affect nearly anything within her line of sight, causing objects to wrap around her foes, shape themselves into huge guardian "creatures," or twist themselves into any other desired shape or reduce themselves to dust. Using more traditional telekinetic means she can create powerful telekinetic shields around herself, and can levitate herself and others but cannot truly flyFact|date=August 2008. Selene can also control and manipulate fire in a variety of ways, though she cannot create the fire herself; whether this is a facet of her power over objects or a separate power is not clear.
Selene possesses formidable telepathic powers that allow her to blend her own psychic signature into the background thoughts around her, making her difficult for other psionics to locate or track. Selene is not as powerful as other high-order telepaths such as
Professor Xor Jean Grey, and is vulnerable to psionic attack should she be located. She often uses her telepathy to induce a hypnotic trance in others, and then slips away at superhuman speed, leaving them with the impression that she simply vanished.
Selene possesses considerable magical abilities and extensive knowledge of sorcery, enabling her to cast and counteract spells. While the full extent of Selene's magical powers isn't known, her greatly extended lifespan has given her great knowledge and experience sufficient to be considered a threat to
In more recent appearances, Selene has been depicted as a being of semi-substantial living darkness with the ability to appear and disappear at will and imprison people in the dark energy she is composed of.
In other media
* Selene appears as the final boss of Gambit's stage in the 1992 video game, "".
* In "", Selene (voiced by
Jeannie Elias) is one of the many characters to make a cameo. She is a captive in Apocalypse's citadel, and the X-Men free her as part of a deal they made with Sebastian Shaw earlier in the game. Selene promises to give them information, but upon being freed reveals she had no information, and had only said that so the X-Men would help her.
Kevin Greviouxstated that the character of Selene in his movie "Underworld" is loosely based on Marvel Comics Selene.Fact|date=February 2007
* Selene will appear in the new X-Men animated series,
Wolverine and the X-Menin the finale episodes of the first season as a member of the Inner Circle.Fact|date=October 2008
List of fictional characters who can manipulate darkness or shadow
* [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix4/seleneblackqueen.htm Selene] at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
* [http://www.selene71.coolfreepages.com Selene:The High Priestess]
* [http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/article/showquestion.asp?faq=4&fldAuto=122 "Selene - la belle dame sans merci" at UncannyXmen.net]
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