Quote1.png I may be a tenderhearted poet, but I’m also a killing machine. Quote2.png
-- Solem src

 

Solem is an Arakkii mutant with Adamantium skin. 100 years ago, Bracken challenged Solem, who then killed him. For this murder, Solem was imprisoned in the pit of the Tower of Broken Will. Bracken's wife, War, gave Solem Bracken's Hellblade believing that the solitude would drive him mad and that he would kill himself with it. However, Solem was undaunted as he actually enjoyed the solitude, while other Arakkii who still adored him came to visit and brought him gifts. As Solem was one of the chosen individuals for Saturnyne's Ten of Swords challenge, War and Pestilence were forced to break him free in order to win the challenge.[1]

After getting the information he needed from the Oracle of Arakko, Solem used the Hellblade to access Hell. There he met his opponent, Wolverine, imprisoned while regenerating. After he introduced himself to Logan, the two were forced to cooperate in order to get their hands on the Muramasa Blade. They went looking for Muramasa himself, who had become a slave for the Hand. They stumbled across a Hand wedding carried out by the Beast, with Muramasa giving the couple their own blades. The mutant duo assaulted the wedding and killed the couple, with Solem taking the two swords, while Wolverine was snatched by the Beast. Solem offered to help Logan escape with one of the swords, in exchange for a favor, to which Logan agreed.[2]

During the tournament, Solem was pitted against his own teammate, War, in a challenge to see who could cut a limb off of an opponent first. Solem called in his favor with Logan, asking Saturnyne to summon him and telling War that he had just killed her son, before leaving. Logan was successful in winning the challenge, slicing off War's hand.[3]

Powers

Solem is a mutant with the following powers:

  • Superhuman Strength: Solem was able to break free from Wolverine's grip with ease.[1]
  • Superhuman Durability: Solem’s skin is comprised of Adamantium.[2]
  • Advanced Longevity: Solem is more than one hundred years old and still looks young.[1]


Weaknesses

  • Muramasa blade: Solem skin can be cut using one of the Murasama swords.[2]


Weapons

  • Solem is known as a great seducer, always knowing how to please and attract anyone he meets.[2] Moreover, even after being sentenced for his crimes the citizens of Arakko continued to adore him and visited him in the pit he was imprisoned at, bringing gifts.[1]
  • Solem was initially invisioned by Jonathan Hickman and designed by Pepe Larraz.[4][5]
  • In the Annals of Arakko: The Trial of Solem, it is mentioned that Solem is attracted to both genders as he indulged in excess to various men and women’s cravings of him. Moreover, it is speculated that Solem had an affair with Bracken and that he had also made advances towards War. [1]

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