Magus (Marvel) (02 - Technarchy)
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The Magus is a techno-organic entity, that is a creature composed entirely of living circuitry. His body is black and yellow, and tens to be hundreds of meters high. Like all others of his kind, his powers include shapeshifting, super strength, starflight, the ability to mimic and interface with any technological artifact, and the ability to transform any organic lifeform into a techno-organic being like himself via the infectious Transmode Virus. Though able to draw energy from a variety of ambient and artificial sources, transforming living beings and draining them of their life energy seems to be his preferred means of sustenance. His size and strength are limited only by the amount of power he can acquire and store.
The Magus is extraordinarily violent, brutal, and arrogant. His species, (save Warlock, who is a mutant) is incapable of love, compassion, or mercy. Entirely male, they reproduce by mechanical means, after which it is customary for father and son to fight to the death. Though the Magus boasts the power to tear apart stars, he has proven vulnerable to relatively mundane attacks. Nonetheless, he has occasionally performed feats whose grandeur is on par with those of beings like Galactus.
The Magus has also demonstrated a high level of intelligence and cunning. As proven by his ability to enter Limbo under his own power, Magus also possessed the ability to enter different dimensions at will.
The Magus is the ruler of the extra-terrestrial Technarchy. Due to a bizarre custom wherein Warlock was expected to kill his father, Warlock instead fled to Earth and joined the New Mutants. He did this to escape having to kill or be killed by his father and to escape the potential responsibility of being ruler of a world of depraved robotic fiends. The Magus followed him, arriving on Earth the following winter in the form of a meteorite impacting near the X-Mansion. Only three X-Men (Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Rogue) were then on the mansion grounds to oppose the Magus, yet still inflicted upon him a painful and humiliating setback which prompted Magus to hide himself on Earth in human guise in order to study the mutants of Xavier Mansion incognito. Magus eventually did battle with Warlock and his New Mutant teammates resulting in Magus being sent back to his point of origin.
Deep in space, Magus met the New Mutants again. Assisted by the Starjammers and Professor X, the Magus was "reprogrammed" into reverting to an infant state. He later returned to normal and sought out his son. He confronted a new version called 'Douglock', which was not exactly the entity he expected. A combined force consisting of several Avengers, Wolfsbane and two newer super-powered people, Hope and Psimon, confronted him during his attack on New York. Magus was defeated when Douglock combined his abillities with Hope's matter-transformation powers.
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #18
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Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Album (1979)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#18 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Bloody Sunday'#47
- 'My Heart for the Highlands'#50
- 'Father's Day!'
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#7 X-Force (2008)
- 'Human Error'#9
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 2'#6
- 'Angels and Demons: Part 6'
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