Real Name: Selene Gallio
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Able to manipulate inanimate objects; telekinesis; hypnosis; able to psionically drain life force to retard aging process; can assume shadow form. She can also wield magic to a devastating affect and can use it for various uses.
Selene is very proficient in sorcery.
The long-standing Black Queen of the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle, Selene Gallio professes to have lived for several millennia, and to have been a foe of the ancient sorcerer, Kulan Gath. In past ages, she was renowned as a sorceress whose power was feared and respected by other magic users. She eventually came to live in the ancient Roman Republic. At some point, Selene established herself as the Goddess of the Moon of Arthurian legend. Perceived by various sources as being a powerful sorceress, Selene is actually one of the long-lived mutants known as the Externals, possibly the oldest. Over the millennia, her worshippers grew into a world-wide cult.
In her efforts to obtain power, Selene was responsible for the establishment of the hidden Amazonian city Nova Roma. These supposedly Roman citizens were said to have fled the first century B.C. Italy and lived there for roughly two thousand years, and was supposedly where Selene first founded her Cult of Fire as its Black Priestess. (However, it has been since revealed that Nova Roma was a massive illusion maintained by Selene and her minion, the mutant known as Empath, to hold its citizens, really, kidnapped British and American tourists, captive.) Prior to this revelation, however, Selene posed as the wife to Nova Roma Senator Marcus Domitius Gallo, whose plot to abolish the republican Nova Roman government led to her to first encounter students of Charles Xavier in the form of the New Mutants.
Selene soon after traveled to New York, where members of her world-wide cult had a church. The leader of the cult, Friedrich von Roehm, was also a member of the Hellfire Club. With Von Roehm's help, Selene entered the Inner Circle of the Club and rapidly rose to the high rank of Black Queen. As the Black Queen, Selene had tried numerous attempts to overthrow her current leader, the Black King Sebastian Shaw. One such attempt brought Jean Grey (in reality, the Phoenix Force,) into the Inner Circle, which led to the intervention of the X-Men in the Club's plots.
At one point, she helped formed the Upstarts, a group of hedonistic young mutants who played a game when killing off other mutants. Although she never directly participated in the Upstarts’ plots, she enjoyed the benefits of their decimating the ranks of the Inner Circle. Later, for reasons of her own, Selene took it upon herself to begin killing the remaining members of the Externals, absorbing their life forces. Despite the efforts of X-Force, Selene escaped.
In a recent plot against the Hellfire Club, Selene usurped the Black King's position and replaced him with her demonic ally, Blackheart. Her plan was foiled by the combined efforts of the Fantastic Four and the Shadow Hunters.
She then blackmailed Sunspot into joining the Hellfire Club by claiming that the Damocles Foundation, formerly run by the Externals' Gideon, was seeking to begin a new experiment similar to the process that created Sunspot's "evil twin," Reignfire. The two raced to stop it, and they were joined by X-Force. However, Selene wanted the process for herself, and she subdued Sunspot and X-Force. She then offered to resurrect the spirit of Juliana, Sunspot's first love, in exchange for his agreement to become a member of her new Hellfire Club, and Sunspot agreed.
As always, Selene remains extremely ambitious and deceitful, and should always be approached with caution.
Recently, Selene, with the help of Eli Bard, resurrected many deceased mutants, with the purpose of using them to become a goddess. She absorbed many souls, finally becoming a goddess. However, X-Force stepped in and Selene was stopped by Warpath, who had stabbed her with his dagger. This caused Selene to explode into light rays.
Selene wasn't really dead. Her body and soul existed as airborne particles and stored in a vault in stasis. Lady Deathstrike and Enchantress found the vault and through enhanced magic, restored Selene to physical form. Selene joined the Sisterhood of Mutants.
Aliases: Black Queen.
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #9
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#150 Captain America (1968)
- 'The Newer Mutants Chapter 1'#151
- 'The Newer Mutants Chapter 2'#153
- 'The Newer Mutants Chapter 4'#154
- 'The Newer Mutants Chapter 5'
Captain America (2018)
Dark Reign Files (2009)
Dark Reign: The Cabal (2009)
Fantastic Four (1998)
Free Comic Book Day 2018 (Avengers/Captain America) (2018)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#78#89 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
- 'Five Scents Worth/My Pal Mugsy/Young Blood/What's Wrong With This Picture?!'
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC New Avengers (2005)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
New Mutants Forever (2010)
#1 New Mutants Saga (2009)
- 'Shadows in the Night'#2
- 'Fight-- In the Favela!'#3
- 'To Sacrifice Selene?!'#4
- 'Living--A Nightmare!'#5
- 'Shall We Rise Again?'
nn New X-Men (2004)
- 'The New Mutants Saga'
#32 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Whatever Happened to Wither?'
The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
The New Mutants (1983)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Wolverine Saga (1989)
#4 Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook (2010)
- 'Book Four: The Hero Triumphant'
X Necrosha (2009)
X Necrosha: The Gathering (2010)
#52 X-Force (2008)
- 'Bad Girls'#53
- 'Even an X-Ternal Can Die'#54
- 'Q & A'#75
- 'Artifacts & Apocrypha'#96
- 'Family Secrets'#97
- 'Cracked Foundation'#98
- 'Bad Company'
Annual 01#11 X-Man (1995)
- 'Who The Hell Is Eli Bard?'#19
- 'Not Forgotten: Part Three'#21
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Two'#22#23
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Four'#24
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Five'#25
- 'Necrosha: Conclusion'
#7 X-Men (2013)
- 'Whispers In The Night'#13
- 'The Hunted Below'#16
- 'Survivors of the Storm'#17
- 'One Step Forward'#20
- 'The Mourning After'#21
- 'Open Cage'#22
- 'Falling Up'#23
- 'Crash Course'#28
- 'Dance With the Devil'
X-Men Fairy Tales (2006)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
#231 X-Men: Hellfire Club (2000)
- 'Earth Give Up Your Dead: Part 1'#259
- 'Half a Step Part One'
#4 X-Men: Manifest Destiny (2008)
- 'Also Sprach Sebastian'
#1 X-Men: Messiah Complex - Mutant Files (2007)
- 'Kill or Cure: Part 1'
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
Power Elite (Marvel)
Sisterhood of Mutants (Marvel)
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