While working with the French government in Vietnam Gustav met and fell in love with Lua Nguyen. After marrying, they were hunted down by her brother Khruul throughout Vietnam for ten months before Lua gave birth to their daughter who would become known as Mantis. Soon, however, Khruul caught up to them and during a firefight, Gustav lost his sight, and Lua was killed. Gustav managed to save his daughter and soon came upon the Priests Of Pama where he was trained in martial arts and to live without his sight. After years of training, he left and did not take his daughter with him.
He then returned to America where he was approached by Cornelius van Lunt who offered him a position in his criminal organization known as Zodiac. Gustav accepted and took his position as Libra in Honolulu, Hawaii. Months later Libra attended a meeting with other Zodiac leaders when Nick Fury posed as Scorpio and "captured" the Avengers. Soon the Avengers managed to break free and a quarrel started between the two teams. Libra and the other Zodiac leaders managed to escape.
Months later under the leadership of Aries, Libra and the other members of Zodiac attacked the Avengers and tried to take over Manhattan. However due to the combined forces of Daredevil, the Black Panther, and the Avengers the team was transported to the Ankh Dimension in order to restore power to the Zodiac Key.
Using Spymaster as one of their operatives, they hypnotized Nick Fury into sending heroes into the Ankh Dimension to help re-power the Zodiac Key. Several Zodiac members also went into the Ankh Dimension in the hopes of destroying the Avengers and other heroes. During the battle that followed the Zodiac members lost and were jailed. However, Libra was not one of these members and continued to operate with the Zodiac Cartel.
Months later Cornelius came up with a plot to murder all the Geminis in New York City using a device called the Star-Blazer. However, the Avengers kidnapped a member of the team. Soon afterward the members of Zodiac broke into the Avengers Mansion and freed their imprisoned member. During this break-in Gustav met Mantis. Having recognized Mantis as his daughter he told her of their plan to kill all the Geminis in New York. Days after the break-in at the mansion the Cartel made their threat public. Aware now of the Cartels' whereabouts thanks to Mantis, the Avengers attacked the Zodiac Cartel and were captured. While in captivity Libra freed the Avengers who in return defeated the Zodiac Cartel. Libra then told Mantis that she was indeed her daughter. Mantis was in disbelief and enraged that he suggested the idea. In order to prove that she was his daughter, Libra led the Avengers and Libra to the Priests of Pama and they came into conflict with Khruul, confirming that Mantis was his daughter. Together they faced and stopped the Star-Slayer, who killed Khruul. Libra and the Avengers then returned to America where Libra willingly went to prison.
Escapes From Prison
While in prison Libra began studying the Balance and mysteriously disappeared from his cell. He then returned to Vietnam where he met the leader of the Cotati and witnessed the actions of Mantis and the Avengers. He then stood at Mantis' side when she was married by Immortus to the reanimated body of Jacques Duquesne, now possessed by the alien Elder Cotati. Gustav then returned to America and once again willingly went to prison where he continued to study and do research on the Balance.
After some time Libra escaped and resumed his criminal activities and was once again contacted by a member of the Zodiac Cartel. He then met other Zodiac members in a meeting in Texas where Scorpio revealed himself to be an LMD and had all the members killed. However, due to his study of the Balance, he was able to fool the LMDs into thinking he was dead.
Years passed and Libra began a correspondence with the Supreme Intelligence in a S.H.I.E.L.D. installation on the Blue Area of the Moon. They discussed the upcoming confrontation with Immortus and how Rick Jones would play a part in it. Soon the time came and the two helped the Avengers, Kang, and Rick Jones fight Immortus and the Time-Keepers. After the ordeal was settled Libra vanished back into a place called the Between to continue his research.
Gustav was chosen as the herald for the In-Betweener. The In-Betweener needed an agent to correct what he saw as an imbalance in the Earth's decreased chance of being destroyed after a White Event occurred there. Gustav tested the nature of Earth's current Star Brand, Kevin Connor, by asking if Kevin would destroy another planet (Kree-Pama) in order to save the Earth. When Kevin refused to destroy another world to save his, Gustav concluded that Kevin was unable to protect the Earth and therefore the imbalance the In-Between saw did not exist.
Powers and Abilities
Psychic senses, that allow him to clearly perceive his environment and esoteric aspects of reality.
Skilled martial artist.
Can teleport to the Place Between Places.
The mysterious Moonraker also claimed to be Gustav Brandt, but Brandt later denied this.
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