The Hood (Marvel)(02 - Parker Robbins)
Real Name: Parker Robbins
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While wearing his mystical cloak, Robbins can turn invisible, but only when he is holding his breath. His boots allow him to walk on and float in the air. The garments also enable the Hood to discharge some sort of electrical energy through his hands.
Robbins' father worked closely with the Kingpin and was around while Parker was growing up. As a child, he and his father witnessed a battle between Daredevil and Electro. This battle would have a profound effect on Robbins' later life. At some point, his father died, while his mother became very ill and entered a near-vegetative state. Parker still visits his mother, telling her stories of various "jobs" he's acquired and how he's making himself into a better person. However, these "jobs" are merely lies to please his mother; his shiftlessness is apparent when he threatens an orderly with a knife in order to keep his mother from knowing the truth.
Parker's well-meaning nature is juxtaposed with his philandering and thieving ways. He takes care of his pregnant girlfriend Sara, while visiting the prostitute Gro on the side. His cousin, John King, is a recovering drug addict and thief, but remains one of the closest relationships that Parker has. In fact, King is responsible for the job that leads to Robbins' acquiring his magic hood and boots. While at a bar, King approaches Robbins over a job in a warehouse said to be housing unknown but valuable goods. After recognizing Electro in the bar and admiring the perks to being a villain, Robbins takes the job in order to move his mother to a better care center. After visiting both Gro and Sara, Robbins assists King in breaking into the warehouse.
Inside the warehouse, both men encounter a mystic ritual which results in an encounter with a creature known as the Nistanti. Shooting and apparently killing it, Robbins steals its hood and boots rather than leave empty-handed. After disposing of the gun in a dumpster, Robbins encountered a gang who wanted the boots he had stolen off the HYDRA agent. Throwing them at the gang, he fled and put the Nisanti's boots on, unexpectedly learning of their levitation powers. After jogging through the air, he shared his discovery with King, and then tried on the cloak. After receiving a haymaker for scolding his cousin's drinking habit, Robbins discovered that holding his breath allowed him to turn invisible. After utilizing the cloak to fulfill his lechery and to commit several other petty robberies, Robbins was then recruited by King to steal a shipment of hot diamonds.
Unaware to the cousins, the hot diamonds were the responsibility of one Dennis Golembuski, aka the Golem. The Golem had hired several metahuman enforcers to ensure the safety of his diamonds, including Constrictor, Jack O'Lantern, Shocker, and his own enforcer, Madame Rapier. With Madame Rapier in charge of the three villains, Golem figured his diamonds were being safely smuggled in. However, Robbins confronted the group and with a little luck defeated the enforcers and stole half of the diamonds. Upon rendezvousing with his cousin, both Robbins and King were confronted by two officers. Robbins shot one officer in the neck and King incapacitated the other. King stayed behind to take the blame while Robbins fled. As a result of this incident, Robbins was dubbed "The Hood" by the authorities and a bounty was placed upon his head as a reward for his arrest.
Now pursued by not only the Golem and the local authorities, but also by two hotshot FBI agents, the newly christened Hood hatched a plan to get King out of prison. After being confronted by the FBI agents and two faux A.I.M. agents and losing control with an electrical burst, the Hood attempted to pawn the diamonds for King's lawyer fee, but almost immediately ran into the Shocker, who was looking for the diamonds for the Golem. Learning of the Golem, Robbins asked King about the underworld figure. With this knowledge in hand, the Hood surprised the Golem and Madame Rapier at the Golem's office, and then proposed a rendezvous to return the diamonds, minus a small cut for the Hood. Golem agreed to send Madame Rapier, but instructed her to kill the Hood when the opportunity presented itself.
Knowing he was being set up, the Hood purchased a similar cloak, and went to the rendezvous point. While the other three villains watched from afar, Madame Rapier confiscated the Hood's gun before the exchange. Seeing her opportunity, she attacked, but ran out of bullets, as the Hood only loaded a small amount. With an extra gun and Madame Rapier at his mercy, the Hood made her dress in the spare cloak, and then had her confront the FBI agents with the end result of being shot to death. The Hood then confronted the other three villains, and gave back the diamonds as a deal was a deal. However, he then informed them to tell the Golem to leave him alone.
The FBI agents, having shot Rapier dressed as the Hood, agreed to release King if he agreed that the Hood was a female. Readily agreeing, King was then picked up by Robbins, who told Sara that he would be staying for a few days. Robbins then visited his mother and told her that he would begin helping people and making her proud. Meanwhile, the Golem weeps over a photograph of his family, including his mutant daughter, knowing the price of failure and vowing that he wasn't done with the Hood. As for the officer that King shot, he was actually having an affair with his partner, unknown to his loyal wife. Having been in a coma since the shooting, his wife read him Jack London's White Fang until he succumbed, leading her to utilize her technical expertise and create a suit to avenge him as White Fang. The Nisanti is also shown to have revived with Parker's name on its lips, thanks to King shouting out his name during the robbery attempt.
The Hood next appeared in the miniseries Beyond! Alongside Spider-Man, Venom (Mac Gargan, formerly Scorpion), Gravity, Medusa, Hank Pym, the Wasp, Kraven, and Firebird, the Hood found himself being transported to the newly reconstructed Battleworld. While in transit, they are told that one victor would have his or her wish granted by the Beyonder, should he kill the other combatants. The Hood attempted to capitalize on this by using his invisibility to launch a sneak attack on the gathered heroes and villains, but was battered by Kraven utilizing his enhanced sense of smell. During the confusion of the Hood's attack, Venom managed to impale and kill Spider-Man. After crashlanding on Battleworld and losing Spider-Man's body, the group encountered Deathlok, who assisted them in battling against Dragon Man. After the battle, the Hood followed Kraven as the latter encountered Spider-Man, who has a gaping chest wound but was still alive. After Kraven left, the Hood then revealed himself and shot Spider-Man in the knees. Dragging Spider-Man by the lungs back to camp, the Hood forced him to reveal himself as the original Space Phantom. After battling the Space Phantom, the Hood accompanied the group into Limbo to wait for the Space Phantom to appear. While in Limbo, Venom destroyed the portal on Battleworld, claiming victory. While in Limbo, the Hood and Gravity bonded by showing each other their respective girlfriends' pictures. Using the Space Phantom to return to Battleworld, the group confronted Venom and realized that Uatu the Watcher was there. Pym then shot the group, seemingly killing them all, in order to draw out the "Beyonder." In truth, this was the Stranger, who was fooled by Pym shrinking the entire group down. The Hood then attacked the Stranger alongside the other combatants, before the Stranger left due to his paranoia over Uatu's presence. With Battleworld crumbling since the Stranger's will was no longer holding it together, the Hood and the others escaped, but not before Gravity sacrificed his life in order to save the group. While on Earth, he attended Gravity's funeral with Sara. Some time after this, Sara gave birth to his child.
First Appearance: The Hood (2002) #1
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