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Monarch


Monarch kills Dove, Armageddon 2001 Special #2
Art by Dan Jurgens Image File history File links Monarchdcu0. ... Hawk and Dove are the names used by a number of DC Comics superheroes who fight crime together as duos, despite their sharply differing methods and attitudes about violence. ... Dan Jurgens is an American writer and artist of comic books. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Armageddon 2001 #2
(October 1991)
Created by Archie Goodwin
Denny O'Neil
Dan Jurgens
Characteristics
Alter ego Hank Hall
Notable aliases Extant, Hawk
Abilities base powers, plus the abilities contained within the armor.

Monarch is the name of a DC Comics supervillain created by Archie Goodwin, Denny O'Neil and Dan Jurgens. Hank Hall, the character who first became Monarch, was created by Steve Ditko. Monarch first appears in the one-shot, Armageddon 2001 #1, cover dated October (1991), and becomes Extant for the Zero Hour crossover. The second Monarch is Nathaniel Adam, reflecting the controversy surrounding the last minute change to Hank Hall of the original Monarch. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ... Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937 – March 1, 1998) was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. ... Dennis ONeil (A.K.A. Denny ONeil) is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. ... Dan Jurgens is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937 – March 1, 1998) was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. ... Dennis ONeil (A.K.A. Denny ONeil) is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. ... Dan Jurgens is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ... The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964): Cover art by Ditko. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Zero Hour was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ...

Contents

Hank Hall

Main article: Hank Hall

Monarch is an oppressive tyrant from a bleak, dystopian Earth fifty years in the future. The people were unhappy with his rule, particularly a scientist named Matthew Ryder, an expert on temporal studies, who was convinced he could use his technology to travel back in time and prevent the maniacal ruler from ever coming to power. He learned that forty years ago, one of Earth's heroes would eventually turn evil and become Monarch, and ten years from that he would conquer the world. Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ... A dystopia (alternatively, cacotopia[1], kakotopia or anti-utopia) is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. ... For alternate uses of time, see Time (disambiguation) or see TIME (magazine). ...


Armageddon 2001

Main article: Armageddon 2001

Chosen by Monarch to take part in a time-travel experiment, Matthew Ryder traveled back to the DC Universe equivalent of 1991; Ryder was determined to find out who the Monarch really was and, if possible, kill him before he could rise to power. As he travelled through the rift, his body mutated into a form of living temporal energy, and upon arriving at his destination, he took the name Waverider. Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... Waverider is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


Although Waverider used his abilities to look into the future of various characters, he could not pinpoint who would become Monarch though he did appear to conclusively eliminate Hawk and Dove as he saw them fighting Monarch in their future. Eventually, Waverider accidentally came in physical contact with Captain Atom, unleashing a storm of temporal energy that opened a gate to the future through which Monarch emerged. Monarch, it seems, had been monitoring Waverider's every move in the past ever since he left the future, and merely waited for the perfect time to travel back and stop him from erasing his existence. Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. ...


In a subsequent battle with the Justice League, Monarch retreated, taking Dawn Granger, the current Dove, with him. Hank Hall followed, and caught up to him just in time to see Dawn killed in front of his eyes. Being created as two beings whose natures were supposed to be in balance, Hank became enraged when his partner's pacifist nature could no longer contain his warlike spirit. He beat the Monarch to death, only to learn the horrible truth: he was the one who would be the Monarch of the future. Upon seeing Monarch's dead body and the device he was building to enslave humanity, he mused that the Earth would need someone to keep the balance, so he put on Monarch's armor and continued building his machine. The reveal of Hank Hall as Monarch led to some controversy amongst the fan community. Hawk and Dove are the names used by a number of DC Comics superheroes who fight crime together as duos, despite their sharply differing methods and attitudes about violence. ... Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ... Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ...


Eventually, the Justice League found him, and Captain Atom feeling guilty that he let Monarch slip through the timestream in the first place, decided to fight him one-on-one. The battle caused Atom's suit and Monarch's energy to clash, creating a portal that sent them both back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... Orders Saurischia    Sauropodomorpha    Theropoda Ornithischia Dinosaurs are giant reptiles that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for most of their 165-million year existence. ...


Armageddon: The Alien Agenda

After being thrown back to the middle of the Triassic, Monarch and Captain Atom encounter hostile aliens who attempt to enlist each one separately and without the other's knowledge, to assist them in creating a wormhole. The wormhole's creation would destroy the Milky Way Galaxy of which Earth was a part, but would allow the aliens to travel freely. [Please note: All of the events described here occur immediately after issue 2 of Armageddon 2001 (cover date October 1990). ... The Triassic is a geologic period that extends from about 251 to 200 Ma (million years ago). ... Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. ... The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Galaxia Kuklos; or simply the Galaxy) is a barred spiral galaxy in the Local Group, and has special significance to humanity as the location of the solar system, which is located near the Orion...


Extant

Zero Hour

Main article: Zero Hour (comics)

Monarch joins forces with renegade Green Lantern Hal Jordan, now known as Parallax and becomes Extant during Zero Hour, eventually confronting Waverider and absorbing him and most of his time-warping abilities, giving him the power to travel through time as he pleased. Zero Hour was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Parallax is a fictional comic book villain from DC Comics. ...


Some time after Zero Hour, Extant is killed while facing the JSA when Atom Smasher, with the aid of Metron, swaps Extant with Atom Smasher's mother, who had been killed in a plane crash caused by Kobra. The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Atom Smasher (sometimes spelled with a hyphen) is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Kobra is a DC Comics supervillain. ...


Nathaniel Adam

Main article: Captain Atom

Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. ...

Extreme Justice

In the Justice League spinoff, Extreme Justice, a new version of Monarch was introduced, but he now had the identity of Nathaniel Adam, better known as Captain Atom. He revealed that Captain Atom was actually a copy of him, created as a side-effect of the process that trapped him in the timestream. Extreme Justice #0. ...


He was housed in a shell of alien metal, under which an atomic bomb was detonated, propelling him into the quantum field. There, the metal fused with Adam, allowing him to survive in the void, and giving him a connection to the 'quantum field'. The excess metal formed into a clone of him, which re-entered the timestream in the mid 1980s as Captain Atom, unaware that it was a clone.


Adam escaped the quantum field when Monarch (Hank Hall) was trapped there after the events of Armageddon The Alien Agenda. Adam trained Hall in how to manipulate the quantum field, enough to allow him to gain his Extant powers of time travel, allowing him to escape back into the timestream. In return, Hall sent the Monarch armor back to Nathaniel Adam, allowing him to escape to the 1990s. [Please note: All of the events described here occur immediately after issue 2 of Armageddon 2001 (cover date October 1990). ...


Infinite Crisis and Beyond

After some time trapped in a parallel universe, Captain Atom managed to return to the DC Universe. One Year Later, he is revealed to be contained inside a secret S.H.A.D.E. facility in Blüdhaven and used to administer radiation treatments to metahumans. Apparently, his voyage back to DC Universe caused multiple damages on his radiation-shielding skin, leaving him comatose and unable to keep down his body radiations to safe levels, forcing the modern day Atomic Knights to keep him constantly contained. WildStorm WildStorm Productions, or simply WildStorm, is an American publisher of comic books. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... One Year Later event logo. ... All comic book fictional universes depict their own versions of our reality except with the added complication of men and women who exhibit superhuman abilities. ... Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Universe. ... Meta human is a term to describe superhumans in the DC Universe. ... Atomic Knight is a DC Comics superhero and was briefly a member of the Outsiders team. ...


The Knights fitted Atom with an updated version of the Monarch armor in order to contain the radiation leaking from his breached skin. Captain Atom awakens, and breaks free of the facility. He then apparently kills the rampaging Major Force by absorbing his energy, and, after the city has been evacuated, triggers a vast explosion, completely obliterating what was left of Blüdhaven. His mental condition is unknown at this time.


Note that Captain Atom has not been referred to as Monarch in the comics, but Dan DiDio refers to him as Monarch in Wizard Magazine.[1] Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ... Wizard: The Comics Magazine is a magazine about comic books, published monthly in the United States. ...

Spoilers end here.

Equipment

  • The original Monarch's armor was crafted using advanced technology from an alternate future, it was highly durable and had various uncatalogued functions.
  • The updated Monarch armor currently worn by Captain Atom, contains a "nanoweave" designed to contain radiation leaking from a breach in his chest. It also contained instruments for monitoring his vital signs, through a direct neural interface.

References

  1. ^ "One of the things we want to do with Captain Atom, and what comes about with Monarch, is to see what the differences between the Wildstorm and the DC Universe are. You see the difference in attitude, and how the characters act and behave. And some of those behavioral patterns that Captain Atom picked up in the Wildstorm Universe, will affect how he behaves as Monarch."
    Dan Didio as interviewed by Dylan Brucie. Wizard Magazine #179, page 46 July 27, 2006.

Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ... Wizard: The Comics Magazine is a magazine about comic books, published monthly in the United States. ...

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