Avalanche (Marvel)(01 - Dominic Szilard)
Real Name: Dominic Janos 'Petros' Szilard
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Avalanche is a mutant with the superhuman ability to generate powerful waves of vibrations from his hands, creating highly destructive effects. The vibrations can cause an inorganic object to shatter or crumble into dust. When directed against large objects like buildings or upon the earth itself, the vibrations can produce effects similar to those of an earthquake or avalanches within limited areas. Avalanche need not touch an object to affect it: he can direct the vibrations against it from some distance away from it.
Avalanche himself is immune to the generation of his vibratory waves. However, were the vibrations to be reflected back upon him, he would be injured.
As yet there is no known limit to the amount of area upon which Avalanche can use his powers at one time. There is no evidence, however, that he could create an earthquake capable of destroying an entire city.
Avalanche's past, before Mystique recruited him for the second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, is almost entirely unknown, except for the fact that he is an immigrant from Greece. He first publicly appeared with the Brotherhood when they unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly during his hearings on the menace that mutants allegedly pose to humanity. Avalanche briefly left the Brotherhood in an attempt to blackmail the state of California into paying him an enormous sum to prevent him from using his power to trigger a major earthquake there. Avalanche fought the Hulk on this occasion, and suffered broken arms when he attempted to use his powers against the Hulk’s body. He has since returned to the Brotherhood. Recently, Mystique offered the Brotherhood's services to the United States government. Their first mission under their new name of Freedom Force was to capture the mutant Magneto. He later abandoned the rest of Freedom Force during battle with Desert Sword to save the seriously injured Crimson Commando.
When Freedom Force was disbanded after the botched mission in the Gulf War, Avalanche continued to work for the government as part of Project: Wideawake, but soon left when he found out that his friend Pyro had contracted the Legacy Virus. Avalanche spent a lot of time afterwards trying to help find a cure for his friend's condition, but he eventually gave up, and Pyro died.
Recently, Avalanche assaulted the center of New York City, but he was taken down quickly and cleanly by the then-powerless Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) and delivered to the authorities. What he intended to accomplish is unknown. Following that, Avalanche re-appeared in a Brotherhood attack on Philadelphia, and again at the X-Mansion, led by Exodus. How he escaped the NYPD in the first place is unknown, and his current fate is equally uncertain, as he and the rest of the Brotherhood were sucked into the black hole in Shen Xorn's head. However, Avalanche is one of the few mutants to keep his powers during the M-Day.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
#84 Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (1991)
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#332 Dark Avengers (2009)
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- 'The Replacement'#334
- 'Basic Training'#339
- 'America The Scorched!'#346
#7 Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Part 3'
#1 Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Conclusion'
#2 Gambit (2004)
- 'I'm the Juggernaut!!!'
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Iron Man (1968)
#214 Marvel Collector's Edition (1993)
- 'Bring Me Spider-Woman!'
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
#18 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'Die Rächer: Todesfalle das Verlies'
#41 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
- 'China Beachhead/With a Vengeance/Long Live The King?/Forced Fed!'#82#83#84#86
- 'Two Cents/True Colors/Just Friends/Paladin'
Marvel Knights: X-Men (2014)
#2 Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
- 'Haunted Part Two of Five'#3
- 'Haunted Part Three of Five'
HC Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
#11 Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
- 'Fireworks / Not to Touch the Earth / Cry Vengeance'
#1 New Mutants (2003)
- '1989 The Year in Review'
#9 New Mutants (2009)
- 'The Ties That Bind, Part 3'
#14 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Second Coming: Chapter 11'
#6 ROM (1979)
- '...Mists and Tempests...'#8
- 'Rescue Mission(s)!'#9
- '...Escape From the Savage Land!'
#31 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'West Virginia REEL'
#695 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Danger Zone Part One: Warning Signs'
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#263 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet, and the Sky Come Tumbling Down!'#369
- 'Silent Screams'
The New Mutants (1983)
Annual 07 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Pawns of Senescence'#65
- 'Let's Make a Deal!'#80
- 'Curse of the Valkyries'
#2 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'B-C: From Baron Mordo To The Collective Man'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'#4
- 'Doctor Strange to Galactus'
The Punisher (1987)
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Annual 15#141 Villains For Hire (2012)
- 'Days of Future Past'#141 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Days of Future Past'#142
- 'Mind Out of Time!'#158
- 'The Life That Late I Led...'#177
- 'Hell Hath No Fury...'#199
- 'The Spiral Path'#200
- 'The Trial of Magneto!'#206
- 'Freedom is a Four Letter Word!'#223
- 'Omens & Portents'#225
- 'False Dawn!'#226
- 'Go Tell the Spartans'#227
- 'The Belly of the Beast!'#255
- 'Crash & Burn'#388
- 'The Past Is But Prologue!'#401
- 'Golden: A Silent Adventure'#402
- 'Utility of Myth'#403
- 'Army Ants'#405
- 'Ballroom Blitzkrieg'#406
- 'Staring Contests Are For Suckers'#513
- 'Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, Part 2'#542
#1 Weapon X (2002)
- 'Knight Takes King'#3
- 'No Strings'
#4 Weapon X: Days of Future Now (2005)
- 'The Hunt for Sabretooth Conclusion'
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If? (1977)
#27 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If Phoenix Had Not Died?'
#46 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- '...What If Cable Had Destroyed the X-Men?'#47
- 'What If Magneto Took Over the United States?'#50
- 'What If Hulk Killed Wolverine?'#66
- 'What If... Rogue Possessed The Power of Thor?'
Annual 02#106 X-Men Experiment on Muir Island (1994)
- 'Search and Rescue, Chapter One'#161
- 'Heroes and Villains: Part 1'#162
- 'Heroes and Villains: Part 2: Treachery'#163
- 'Heroes and Villains: Part 3: Foreshadowing'#164
- 'Heroes and Villains: Part 4: Full Circle'
X-Men Forever (2001)
#2 X-Men Legacy (2008)
- 'Choices Once Made'#3
- 'All of God's Creatures'
Annual 01 X-Men Unlimited (2004)
- 'Devil at the Crossroads: Part 1'#226
- 'Suppressing the Fire: Part 1'#234
- 'The Telltale Heart'
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants (2002)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny (2008)
#5 X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
- 'Kill or Cure: Part 5'
X-Men: Odd Men Out (2008)
X-Men: Regenesis (2011)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
X-Men: Time Gliders (1995)
- 'The Time Gliders: Part One'#2
- 'The Time Gliders: Part Two'#3
- 'The Time Gliders: Part Three'
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X-Men: Legends (2005)
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