Amazon II

Amazon II for Champions

Real name: Katina Luisa Von Horn
Other known aliases: Wilma, Man-Killer
Occupation: Criminal mastermind.
Current group affiliation: None
Past group affiliations: Thunderbolts, Masters of Evil VI, Masters of Evil VII
Major enemies: The Masters of Evil, formerly the Thunderbolts.
First appearance: Marvel Team-Up #8
Description: Amazon II is an attractive woman with an incredibly muscular physique and red hair.


43     STR     33
18     DEX     24
23     CON     26
20     BODY    20
13     INT      3
11     EGO      2
20     PRE     10
16     COM      3
13     PD       4
 9     ED       4
 4     SPD     12
14     REC      0
46     END      0
54     STUN     0
Characteristics Cost: 141

Powers and Skills

15     5/5 Armor     
12     12" Running                2
 3     Acting 13-     
 3     Climbing 13-     
 2     11- Contact: Mob contacts.     
 4     Crush     
 4     Fast Strike     
 3     Interrogation 13-     
 4     Martial Disarm     
 2     PS: Bartender 11-     
 3     Streetwise 13-     
Powers Cost: 55


Base Points: 100
 5     Distinctive,"Amazon build.",easily concealable,minor
10     Enraged,"If she is betrayed.",uncommon,occur 14-,recover 11-
15     Hunted,"by authorities.",as powerful,non-combat influence,
        harsh,appear 8-
 5     Physical Lim,"Occasionally overuses her STR in normal use.",
15     Psych Lim,"Becomes angry at men at the drop of a hat.",
15     Psych Lim,"Overconfident",very common,moderate
 1     Quirk - Homosexual
10     Rep,"Minor villain strong woman.",occur 8-,extreme
15     Secret ID,"Katina Luisa Von Horn"
 5     Unluck,1D6
Disadvantages Total: 96

Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 196

Explanation of the conversion: Little is known about Amazon II's strength level or the origin of her superpowers, so I decided to write her as if she had received the Power Broker augmentation.

History: Katrina Luisa Van Horn grew up to be a champion skier for an unnamed Eastern European country. When competing in the Winter Olympics for the first time, Van Horn overheard a male rival, Karl Lubbings, denigrate women athletes. Van Horn challenged Lubbings to a race that night, but in the course of the competition Lubbings abruptly cut Van Horn off as they skied down the mountain. In the resultant fall, Lubbings was killed and Van Horn was crippled.

Marvel Team-Up #8 Van Horn was driven nearly insane by bitterness and anger, and her plight was soon discovered by agents of the subversive scientific organization called Advanced Idea Mechanics. Operating covertly, AIM financed a militant feminist group that recruited Van Horn, and the organization also secretly funded her lengthy rehabilitation process. Moreover, Van Horn, who adopted the code name Man-Killer, was outfitted with a powerful exoskeleton that granted her superhuman strength. As the Man-Killer, Van Horn embarked on a campaign of terrorism that began with the assassination of a strongly anti-feminist Chicago mayoral candidate. In the course of this attack, Van Horn encountered Greer Nelson in her original costumed identity as the Cat, but swiftly subdued her and escaped. Journeying to New York City, the Man-Killer carried out a plan to steal fissionable radioactive material from a Harlem power plant, only to be opposed by both Spider-Man and the Cat, who had followed her to New York. The Man-Killer ultimately surrendered after the Cat confronted her with the fact that her AIM benefactors had been men (Marvel Team-Up #8).

Daredevil #123 Van Horn was soon freed under the auspices of a splinter group of the terrorist organization HYDRA. This cell had come under the leadership of the Maggia crime lord Silvermane, who filled the section chief positions with costumed criminals. Van Horn was herself appointed the head of HYDRA's assassination division. However, Silvermane was ultimately out of his depth running HYDRA, and his organization's headquarters was soon invaded by Daredevil, the Black Widow, and agents of SHIELD. The Man-Killer herself was captured after the Black Widow's ally Ivan Petrovich affixed a device to her exoskeleton that deactivated it.

Van Horn was freed from custody months later by Justin Hammer, who financed the reconstruction of the Man-Killer's armor in exchange for a percentage of any profits she might make, as well as her loyalty. Van Horn was part of a small army of super villains in Hammer's employ who were pitted against Iron Man aboard Hammer's floating villa near Monaco. Like the other criminals present, the Man-Killer was summarily defeated by Iron Man, though she managed to escape European authorities soon afterwards.

Van Horn recruited a new gang of militant feminists, and sought to increase her group's credibility by freeing Hildy Dawes, a former underground terrorist leader who had surrendered to the authorities after years as a fugitive. Despite the opposition of Spider-Man and the She-Hulk, the Man-Killer managed to escape with Dawes. However, Dawes had no desire to escape, and, hoping to atone for her own terrorist actions, used an exposed power cable to apparently electrocute both herself and the Man-Killer.

Thunderbolts #3 Though believed dead for many months, the Man-Killer was apparently alive and in hiding during this time. She also gained superhuman strength from the Power Broker. She was contacted by Crimson Cowl III and invited to join the Masters of Evil VI. The Man-Killer was one of the small core group of the sixth Masters, and acted with other members of the core group in taking mercenary work to raise funds for the Cowl's worldwide blackmail scheme. Acting as security for the so-called Arms Merchant, the Masters battled the Thunderbolts, who were themselves members of the fourth Masters of Evil in heroic guises, and the Black Widow. Though they failed in their assignment, the Masters escaped. Much later, after the Thunderbolts' imposture had been revealed, the Masters attempted to recruit the remaining Thunderbolts who had decided to retain their heroic roles, threatening to turn them over to their other criminal adversaries if they refused. Ultimately, resenting these threats, the Thunderbolts unsuccessfully battled the core group of Masters.

Shortly thereafter, the Avenger Hawkeye became the Thunderbolts' leader, and the team decided to capture the Masters of Evil in hopes of establishing for the public their noble intentions. Despite being confronted by the entire 25-member lineup of the sixth Masters, the Thunderbolts succeeded in defeating them all and thwarting their scheme to extort 1 trillion dollars from the governments of the world. Though most of the Masters were captured, Man-Killer was one of the three criminals who escaped the scene of the battle.

Van Horn adopted a cover identity as a bartender in Colorado, but was soon discovered by the alter ego of the Thunderbolt Atlas. Altas remained unsure whether to expose her, but at some point Man-Killer had also deduced Atlas' identity. Altas ultimately confronted her when he was attacked by Wonder Man as part of plan formulated by Count Luchino Nefaria. Van Horn rejected his overtures of friendship and escaped, her cover blown.

Man-Killer made her way to France where she worked for the Masters of Evil again, alongside Gypsy Moth and Cyclone II.

Thunderbolts #73 Hawkeye then approached them with proof that Justine Hammer had placed a secret device inside them. He talked the three into joining his new Thunderbolts lineup, and Wilma took the name Amazon II. She accompanied the Thunderbolts to hunt down the Crimson Cowl III.

Trivia: The first Amazon was a clone of the She-Hulk created by the Master of the World to help him defeat the Heroes for Hire.

Powers: Amazon has developed superhuman strength enabling her to lift at least 10 tons, possibly more. Her body is also more resistant to harm then normal.

Initially Man-Killer wore an exoskeleton under her costume that increased her strength.

Links to other Amazon II pages:

  • Character created by Marvel Comics.
    Conversion to Champions rules by Mathew R. Ignash -
    Last Updated - May, 2010

    - Back to Matt's Champions Page.-

    Authored on Amiga.