Amphibian (03 - MAX)
Real Name: Kingsley
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In 2003 Marvel published a series written by J. Michael Straczynski entitled Supreme Power under its MAX imprint. For this series he created characters based on the Squadron Supreme works of both Roy Thomas and Gruenwald, including Amphibian. While Straczynski kept some aspects of the characters the same or very similar to the previous works, he did make some notable alterations. With Amphibian he gave the character an origin that actually played out during the series, changed gender, and, with artist Gary Frank, reworked the physical appearance to incorporate fish-like elements, making the character appear more non-human.
Amphibian was introduced into Straczynski's story in Supreme Power #2 (Nov 2003). In that issue she is left to die in the ocean after her mother commits suicide and her father goes insane, both as a result of their daughter's birth. Due to her amphibious nature, she is able to survive and grows up as a feral child, not encountering humans until she is an adult. The point in the story where this encounter occurred was one of two pivotal events for Amphibian. In this encounter, she comes across a female diver who panics when confronted with her inhuman appearance. The diver's air hose breaks, causing her to suffocate in front of Amphibian. She surfaces with the dead body, returning it to a nearby boat where the divers husband is waiting. He also panics, assuming she had killed his wife, and attacks her with a spear gun. She retaliates, killing him.
The second pivotal event for the character happened after the confrontation between Hyperion and Doctor Spectrum. At this point, Amphibian discovers Doctor Spectrum on the ocean floor, regenerating in a cocoon generated by his power crystal. When he awakens, they discover that she has some form of telepathic ability, and are able to converse. Spectrum finds himself attracted to her, and promises to return after reporting to his superiors. When he does, he takes her to a remote vacation home that once belonged to one of his targets. He's integrated the house with a giant open-air salt-water aquarium, and Amphibian is quite pleased with her new accommodations. Spectrum then voices his attraction to her and christens her "Kingsley Rice".
In the follow up series, Squadron Supreme vol. 2, also written by Straczynski, Kingsley is among the superhumans that either volunteer or are drafted into the Squadron Supreme. As a member of that team she is also given the codename "Amphibian".[issue # needed]
In keeping with the premise of her being a feral child, Straczynski has played up two character elements. First, that she does not speak in the stories, but instead relies on a telepathic ability. This follows from her growing up in an environment that prevented vocalization, and not having had anyone to teach her speech. Second, aside from public appearances with the Squadron, the character is seen in the nude. This also follows from her environment, clothes not being a natural or needed thing. The latter was also a visual element that was supported by the series being published under the MAX imprint. Since the imprint was designed for stories containing material for mature readers, Gary Frank had a freer hand in showing this aspect of the character.
In addition to a telepathic ability, the character has been shown to possess superhuman strength and retractable organs similar to that of a predatory fish (gills, fins, sharp claws) that she extends when expressing intense emotion.
First Appearance: Supreme Power (2003) #2
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Squadron Supreme (2006)
#4 Supreme Power (2003)
- 'Blood and Sand, Part 1'#5
- 'Blood and Sand, Part 2'#6
- 'Questions of Loyalty'#7
#2#7 Ultimate Mystery (2010)
- 'Powers and Principalities'#9
- 'Ten O'Clock'
Ultimate Power (2006)
- 'Part 1 of 9'#2
- 'Part 2 of 9'#3
- 'Part 3 of 9'#9
- 'Part 9 of 9'
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