Eshu aka the Master of the World, is a 40,000 year old caveman warrior who was cast out of his tribe after killing one of it's members in what is now northern Asia. He wandered the Upper Paleolithic world until summoned to an alien Plodex ship. He was mutated into a immortal world conqueror with vast knowledge and ambition to conquer the Earth. His awakening in Canada lead him into conflict with the protectors of the Great White North; Alpha Flight. Due to his patience, fortitude his ambition lead him to conquer other realms becoming Master of Weirdworld
- 1 History
- 2 Powers and Abilities
- 3 Paraphernalia
- 4 Notes
- 5 Trivia
- 6 See Also
- 7 Links and References
Eshu was an early human, a nomadic hunter born over forty thousand years ago, preserved by the alien Plodex ship. Before that he was a great hunter, but incredibly anti-social. After he was rejected by his tribe, he was lured northward where he was captured by the Plodex ship. It was supposed to diagnose him, but somehow he was able to implant his mind into the computers. He eventually took control of the ship, but was unable to leave.
He sent out a signal to Marrina, herself a member of the Plodex race, which brought her and Alpha Flight behind her. It seems that he knew of Alpha's existence and used them to escape from the ship. It is the Master's intention to one day rule the world and he will so anyway possible. His most recent attempts have involved creating genetically superior people to rule the land. He has particular interest in Marrina, as he believes her genetic structure is the most useful to him.
He once almost took control of the Canadian government under the guise of Joshua Lord in an attempt to start his dominion of the world there. Aiding him in this was the Antiguard, which was really James Hudson. Hudson's love for his wife Heather allowed him to stop the Master. When the Master realized that he would be going to prison, he faked his own death.
Heroes for Hire
He appeared again, in a plot to rid the earth of 70% of its population. His primary plan was to release a compound into the atmosphere that would render all people sterile so that he could choose who would be the next generation. He also planned to release a global electromagnetic pulse to disarm all conventional weaponry to prevent retaliation and warfare. To deal with superhumans, he cloned a group of superhumans from samples gleaned from the group Heroes For Hire. The Heroes were able to defeat him and destroyed his commandeered base, Hydra Island.
The Master next appeared when Kang attempted to seize control of the Earth. The Master used his technology to protect major North American cities. His "Plodex wolves" captured leaders across North America and he explained his plan to them. The Avengers infiltrated the Master's lair in an attempt to rescue the leaders and seize control of the the Plodex technology. Warbird, in battle with the Master, stabbed him with a piece of metal, apparently killing him.
The Master survived and was revealed to be behind the motives of the Unity Party which targeted Alpha Flight. He had Heather McNeil (Earth-616)Vindicator assemble Alpha Strike to spread the "Unity" program and take down Alpha Flight. During the final battle, he was once again killed.
Civil War II
Eshu returned to life through a regrown body. Taking up the identity of Philippe Beaulieu, he infiltrated Alpha Flight's Board of Governors as the representative for Canada. With the involvement of Alpha Flight in the use of an Inhuman profiler named Ulysses Cain, "Beaulieu" began to corrupt evidence in an attempt to isolate Captain Marvel and usurp her control over the predictive justice system, and incriminated her subordinate Aurora.
While Carol believed Aurora couldn't have been the mole affecting her operation, she decided to confront her in order to draw out the true villain. Aurora was detained together with Puck and Sasquatch and were interrogated by Beaulieu. He took advantage of the privacy of the interrogation to reveal his true identity and gloat before trying to kill the heroes, breaking the hull of the Alpha Flight Space Station and pushing them to the void of space. Captain Marvel rescued them and confronted Eshu, who stole Thundersword's sword from evidence lock-up to empower himself. The fight took Captain Marvel and the Eshu to Earth. Upon landing in a bar, the original Thundersword got his hands on the sword and removed its power, rendering Eshu powerless and subsequently subdued.
After breaking free from custody, the Master of the World reappeared in Nunavut, Canada. He established a facility with the intention to repair the damage caused to the glaciers by global warming. The true motive for this seemingly noble act laid in the fact that he wanted to preserve the planet so he could rule it in a distant future. His technology was powered by the Inua spirit, Sila, whom the Master of the World captured and kept restrained to leech off their energy. An Inuk teenager from the area, Amka Aliyak tried to investigate the Master of the World's facility and stumbled into Sila. She managed to free Sila, but after becoming infused with their energies, Amka was captured and became the facility's new source of power.
When the Champions caught notice of the Master of the World's plans, they approached the facility to investigate. After learning of Eshu's plans, they were reluctant to stop him since he was technically doing good and he wouldn't pose a threat until centuries into the future. The young heroes even fought to protect the Master of the World once Alpha Flight appeared to arrest him. Both teams then joined forces to take down Eshu after Spider-Man found Amka, freed her, and learned Sila's energies were being malevolently used to power the Master's plans. The Master of the World evaded capture, and additionally destroyed facility and the glaciers it had repaired.
Master of Weirdworld
The Master of the World kept track of the Champions' activities, and followed two of its members, the Wasp and the depowered Nova, when they were separated from their teammates and stranded in Weirdworld. Eshu found them amnesiac and mutated by Weirdworld's magic, with Nova having gained the ability to channel energy and activate the power of rare regional crystals. He took the two young heroes under his wing, becoming a father to them, and utilized Nova's new powers to explore and conquer the land. The new challenges he faced in this world prompted Eshu to renounce his goal of Earth's conquest, and instead set his sights on becoming the Master of Weirdworld.
When the rest of the Champions travelled to Weirdworld, they were scattered and transformed, though only Ironheart retained the memories of her past life. She managed to reunite the rest of the team, and together they intercepted Eshu's forces on their assault on the Crystal Labyrinth, where he intened to have Nova use crystal energy to exert his will on Weirdworld. During the battle, Brawlhammer attacked the Master of the World, and the distress caused Nova's powers to meltdown. Ironheart and Vivid Vessel managed to impose their will and use the crystal energy to revert themselves and their teammates to normalcy. Afterwards, Nova snapped out of the Master's influence, went back to normal, and returned to Earth with the Champions. During the explosion, Eshu had escaped.
Powers and Abilities
The Master can mentally control the living ship which is his base. Its advanced technology has protected him from the ravages of age and disease.
The Master is a highly proficient engineer and scientist, specializing in the use of an alien technology of undetermined origin.
Enhanced human (800 lbs. to 2 ton range)
The Master of The World wears a suit of armor that he designed. It grants him superhuman strength and resistance to injury and the elements. Its gauntlets can absorb, store and channel energy.
The Master of the World often carries a metal staff which can project energy beams.
The Master's ship possesses laboratory, engineering, and manufacturing technology far more advanced than anything known to the general populace of Earth. It is also intelligent to a limited degree but does not seem to possess self-consciousness or will. The ship is of Plodex design and is presumed capable of trans-galactic flight.
- The Master of the World is not to be confused with Voodoo practitioner, James Sinoda (also called the Master), from Monsters Unleashed #6.
- 59 appearance(s) of Eshu (Earth-616)
- 5 minor appearance(s) of Eshu (Earth-616)
- 8 mention(s) of Eshu (Earth-616)
- 23 image(s) of Eshu (Earth-616)
- 7 quotation(s) by or about Eshu (Earth-616)