Appearing in "Manslaughter!"
- Manslaughter (First full appearance)
Synopsis for "Manslaughter!"
Returning home from his lecture tour, the Beast is surprised to find the Defenders headquarters looking abandoned. When he searches inside, Beast is nearly strangled by Valkyrie until she realizes who he is. The other Defenders are in hiding after receiving repeated threats from some called Manslaughter. Somehow, Manslaughter has been able to sneak in and out of the Defenders headquarters to leave notes warning them that he is coming. He even manages to steal Valkyrie’s sword. He claims to have been hired by the drug dealer whose plans were thwarted by the Defenders in the previous issue. Moondragon notes that she cannot feel his mind and believes he is some sort of psi-assassin. Suddenly, Gargoyle vanishes. As the Defenders wait for Manslaughter to strike, he seemingly kills them off one-by-one. He cuts Cloud’s throat, breaks Iceman’s neck, poisons the Angel with gas, and cuts Valkyrie with her own sword that he tipped with poison. When confronted by Moondragon he reveals that his telepathic powers enable him to block others’ peripheral vision and subliminal hearing, which renders him invisible unless a person is looking directly at him. Manslaughter links Moondragon’s mind to his nervous system, so she feels any pain he inflicts on himself. However, Iceman appears and puts Manslaughter on ice. Manslaughter was not prepared for the Beast, who came up with a plan to get Manslaughter to reveal himself by faking the deaths of the other Defenders. Cloud turned her throat into mist when Manslaughter tried to cut it and Iceman created an ice duplicate of himself that had its’ neck broken. Iceman has also frozen Angel and Valkyrie to keep them alive until Manslaughter’s poison can be analyzed and neutralized. When Beast asks Manslaughter what happened to Gargoyle, the assassin claims that he had nothing to do with Gargoyle’s disappearance. Moondragon wants to kill Manslaughter for having invaded her mind and breaks down. Cloud comforts Moondragon and tells her, “I love you.”
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