Doktor Archeville's Laboratory

The Ten Rings of The Mandarin

  • Top image from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (Deluxe Edition) v.2:no.8 (July 1986), written by Mark Gruenwald & Peter Sanderson, art by John Byrne & Josef Rubinstein
  • Bottom image from… my best guess is the Matt Fraction/Salvador Larroca run on Invincible Iron Man, but I cannot find which issue.

Some of the changes/upgrades are pretty nifty, but others are odd:

  • Ice Blast = Zero
  • Mento-Intensifier = The Liar and Daimonic?
  • Electro-Blast = Lightning
  • Flame Blast = Incandescence
  • White Light = Incandescence?
  • Black Light = Nightbringer
  • Disintegration Beam = Remaker?
  • Vortex Beam = Spin?  Spectral?
  • Impact Beam = ???
  • Matter Rearranger = Remaker, and Influence?

Incandescence was recently shown to be capable of creating  electromagnetic pulses (by generating/mimicking solar flares).

They also appear to now be sapient (though this was hinted at back in Invincible Iron Man #522 [October 2012], when Mandarin stated that each ring contained the soul of “a long-dead cosmic warriors” — Makluan, or other?), and are a big player in the current Iron Man story, “Iron Metropolitan,” by Joe Bennett & kierongillen (part one in Iron Man #18, two in Iron Man #19, three [two links] in Iron Man #20 [links to scans_daily]).  Gillen readily admits that some comics fans will see the sapient rings — which are flying around finding new hosts — and think of the other ring-bearers (from the Distinguished Competition), but he also promises some new twists.

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