What the D'ast? Spiral
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
I fell for this mesmerizing Cosmic QT (sorry, TL) while still reading the adventures of those Uncanny X-Men back in the Claremont days. In the Mojoverse or among costumed criminals on Earth, the celestial beauty known as Spiral shined – in a demonic sense, of course.
Spiral was created to be an agent of Mojo, the despotic leader of Mojo World, often used as his favored personal servant, executioner and spy.
She, along with Gog and Magog, were sent by Mojo to capture Longshot, the rebel leader who escaped Mojo World and landed on Earth. Spiral, Gog and Magog failed, forcing Mojo himself to come to Earth. Not only did Mojo hope to keep Longshot from returning to Mojo World, he decided to begin a plan to enslave Earth as well. Aided by Ricochet Rita (gotta love the name!), a stuntwoman and his love interest, Longshot defeated Mojo, forcing him into an interdimensional portal with Spiral. The heroes also entered the portal in order to continue the fight, but Mojo managed to return Longshot to Earth amnesiac.
It remains unrevealed if Spiral later became trapped on Earth or elected to stay, but she next appeared having joined for unknown reasons the government-sponsored team called Freedom Force. (It is suggested that she used this as a means of learning more about Earth). During this time, she battled many opponents such as Magneto, Daredevil, the Avengers, X-Factor and Firestar. Spiral eventually left the team shortly after a clash with the X-Men in Dallas, Texas, where the X-Men seemingly died (but did not, thanks to Roma) in battle with the trickster-god, the Adversary.
During her time on Earth, Spiral also created a guise as "pro-priestess" of the Body Shoppe, a place where genetics and technology are used to alter people in the same way that Spiral herself was altered. She is responsible for the transformation of Lady Deathstrike as well as, presumably, many of the cyborg Reavers. Also during this time, Spiral lured Rachel Summers to capture as a slave in Mojo's universe. Similarly, she also helped Mojo capture Betsy Braddock, at which point Betsy was given bionic eye implants. The New Mutants rescued Betsy with the help of her brother, Captain Britain, but Mojo had planned all of this from the start, so that Betsy's new eyes would broadcast images of the X-Men to the television-obsessed society of Mojo World. (Professor X was played by … Professor X!)
Spiral was later revealed to be Ricochet Rita from an alternate future, one in which she was abducted by Mojo, transformed by the engineer Arize, and granted the ability to wield magic. (She had long thought of herself as another of Mojo’s humanoid slaves, artificially created through genetic engineering and designed with six arms, rather than only two, so as to ensure Spiral's hatred of other humanoids.)
On one of her next appearance, Spiral was marked with a sigil of the Crimson Dawn, although the implications of this remain a mystery. The cultists known as the Dragons of the Crimson Dawn had kidnapped Captain Britain, hoping to use his connection to extradimensional energies to usher in the “Coming of the Crimson Dawn,” but Spiral sought out his teammates of Excalibur to help rescue him. Although she claimed she was capable of using the energies of Crimson Dawn for her own purposes, she chose to help Excalibur and defeat the Dragons, whereupon she teleported away as mysteriously as she came. Weird … even then!
Spiral was once again at Mojo’s side when the X-Babies needed to use Mojo’s machines to save their teammate Psychilde and, later, when Mojo hoped to kidnap the Exiles’ teammate Morph.
Spiral later sought out the sacred blade known as the Five Fingers of Annihilation, a weapon forged to defeat the alien Skornn. She tricked Shatterstar into fighting Dominicus Pierce, its current owner and Spiral’s former lover, but Pierce handed the weapon to him, knowing Shatterstar to be a capable warrior. Spiral then revealed herself and her true intentions, to welcome, not defeat, the Skornn. Shatterstar fought Spiral and agents of her creation, which included Roundhouse, but the battle ended with the two enemies thrown into a portal and landing on an alternate Earth, although separated by many years.
Returning to Mojo’s side, Spiral encountered Juggernaut and Nocturne who had been sucked into the Mojoverse after falling into a portal created by Xorn. Spiral led Nocturne to believe she had successfully used her powers to possess her and return to the X-Men’s mansion, but in fact she was merely playing possum so that Mojo could capture more X-Men and return them to Mojo World. She transformed the X-Men into “X-Babies” versions of themselves, but the X-Men escaped and soon turned the tables on her and Mojo.
Sprial was always a menacing woman but so much fun as well. Ya gotta love a six-armed dimensional teleporter!
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