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Vernon French was the Crimson Daffodil, a violence-despising gentleman thief. During a bank heist, he took Tandy Bowen hostage, while using his powers to make the bank manager bend to his will and clean out the vault. French was faced with the difficult task of keeping his violent henchmen in check. He preferred to use his powers, not force, to carry out his crimes. This particular heist was interrupted not only by Cloak and Dagger and his own henchmen, but also by the arrival of Cloak and Dagger's foes, Ecstacy and the Disciplinarian.

Vernon French (Earth-616) from Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger Vol 1 11 001

As the Wombat

In the ensuing brawl, the Daffodil was knocked out by a stray light dagger. Upon awakening, he told Dagger that he was going straight, and exited dramatically through the skylight.[2] Returning later, French had manifested a secondary mutation and taken on a new identity as The Wombat. He attempted to help the pair against the Marked Man, but was quickly defeated.[3]



As Crimson Daffodil, French had the power to re-route signals from the pain center of the brain to the pleasure center, making people very docile. Later, he developed a secondary mutation that gave him superhuman digging skills. With these powers, he took on a new identity as the Wombat.


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