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Information-silkReal NameRobert L. Hunter
Information-silkCurrent AliasNitro
Information-silkRelativesMaru Hunter (wife, deceased);[1]
Virginia Hunter (daughter)[2]
Information-silkAffiliationformerly Hood's Gang, Untouchables, Thanos' Secret Defenders, Lunatic Legion
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile; formerly Latveria; Atlantis; Raft; Stamford, Connecticut; Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Facility
Status
Information-silkAlignmentBad
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusWidowed
Information-silkOccupationTerrorist; criminal, prisoner, former fugitive, electrical engineer[3]
Information-silkEducationHigh School
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight6' 3"
Information-silkWeight235 lbs (107 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairWhite
Origin
Information-silkOriginMutate (Kree experiment)
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthScranton, Pennsylvania
Information-silkCreatorsJim Starlin
First Appearance
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HistoryEdit

Quote1 Officers, I'm no bomber... I'm a bomb! A LIVING BOMB! Quote2
-- Nitro src 

Origins

Nitro 001

Robert Hunter was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Due to genetic alteration carried out on him by the Kree; Lunatic Legion, Robert gained the ability to explode and reform himself at will.[4][5]

Captain Marvel

The Lunatic Legion send their agent, Nitro, to steal a top secret government nerve gas called Compound 13. He is confronted by Captain Marvel who defeated Nitro by having Rick Jones hit his Nega Bands together at the moment Nitro explodes. The gas canister was ruptured in the explosion and Mar-Vell successfully resealed the container.[6] However the exposure to the nerve gas will ultimately lead to Mar-Vell's cancer.[7]

Omega the Unknown

Nitro reappeared and is looking for revenge against Captain Marvel, briefly mistaking Omega the Unknown as him. Angered by the villain's attack, Omega chased him to a warehouse filled with Stark Industries technology where Nitro hoped to draw out Iron Man, and Captain Marvel. Omega engaged him in battle, ending it by clamping a titanium tube over Nitro just before he explodes, causing him to shoot his atoms up into the sky, but also causing the ceiling to collapse on Omega.[8]

Return of Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel returned from space and resolved to find some kind of life for himself now that he is separated from Rick Jones only to end up battling a revenge seeking Nitro.[9]

Spider-Man

He escaped from thge Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Facility, and then battled and was defeated by Spider-Man.[2] He was later freed from his containment canister by the Vulture in Albany, New York. [10] Spider-Man met Quasar in a secured ambulance transporting Nitro to Project Pegasus. They talked while ambulance continued its journey. They were however called away due to attack on Empire State University by Lightmaster.[11]

Skids

He battled Skids (Sally Blevins) of the New Mutants, and was unable to re-form his body within Skids' force field.[12][13]

Untouchables

He joined Hardcore's team the Untouchables. He sent Nitro Kickback and Tombstone to fight Luke Cage and capture Dakota North.[14][15] However, Kickback chose this time to attempt a rebellion which proved unsuccessful. Hardcore blew up the Black Hole in Colorado after almost killing Cage.[16]

Secret Defenders

Nitro joined Thanos' Defenders an organized group of super-villains that was in the quest of finding and obtaining the Oracle of Ancient Knowledge.[17] They apparently disbanded after the mission was successful.[18][19]

Genis-Vell

Nitro battled Legacy (Genis-Vell) who wants to kill him for his part in his father's death, however, he decides to just arrest him after reading a quote by his father on a display in a museum on Hala: "Defeat your enemy, do not become your enemy."[20]

Heroes for Hire

Nitro

The Heroes for Hire batted Nitro in the Alantic Coast Rail Yards. Hercules defeated Nitro by throwing a tanker of natural gas, forcing him to disperse, risking his teammates' lives. Iron Fist realized that Hercules is drunk, much as he was when he attacked the U-Foes.The Heroes confront Nitro and Dane Whitman decided to become involved as well.[21] Black Knight rode his magical steed, Strider, into battle against Nitro. Iron Fist stood up to Nitro, but even his iron fist is no match for his enemy, though the resulting explosion sends everyone flying. Nitro was about to kill Iron Fist when Black Knight stepped in to protect him. Nitro attacked the Knight but using his Shield of Night, Dane absorbed the energy of the blow, re-directing it through the Sword of Light to explode the ground beneath Nitro, knocking him out with shrapnel. [22]

Kingpin

He was hired by the Kingpin as one of many assassins to launch a carefully planned attack on several New York crime bosses, including Hammerhead, Don Fortunato, Silvermane and Caesar Cicero. Nitro's target was Norman Osborn, however he survived the attack.[23]

Iron Man

When Nitro was hired to kill Tony Stark a fight developed between him and Iron Man. Iron Man, whose sensors and telecommunications gear had been recently upgraded, noticed that every time he exploded, a high-frequency pulse was emitted by his body. Experimenting, Iron Man duplicated the pulse, causing Nitro to explode. After he exploded several times in a minute, he passed out from exhaustion (presumably, it takes energy to explode, and he could only spare so much before he passed out). Iron Man handed him over to S.H.I.E.L.D., along with a recommendation on constructing a null-harness. He was sent to prison.[24]

Count Nefaria

Nitro battled Iron Man along with Count Nefaria's Death Squad and Whiplash. Nitro now wore a defensive scrambler to keep Iron Man from remotely activating his powers as before, but Iron Man shot it and set Nitro off, using him against his own side, who swiftly retreat.[25]

Daredevil

Nitro was hired as a hitman to kill Matt Murdock, but was apprehended by police.[26][27]

Stamford, Connecticut

Namorita vs Nitro
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The New Warriors performed a videotaped raid of a house in Stamford, Connecticut, where the Cobalt Man, Speedfreek, Coldheart and Nitro were living after having escaped the Raft during the Ryker's Island incident.[28] The New Warriors attacked each member, with Namorita going after Nitro. Slamming him into a school bus, Namorita continued to taunt him until Nitro let off a massive explosion.[29]

This explosion apparently killed Namorita, Night Thrasher, Microbe, and the supervillains he was with during the raid, along with sixty children at the nearby elementary school and the surrounding neighborhood in the town where the fight took place.[29]

Civil War

The aftermath of the tragic incident was picked up by the superhero teams, who were already split over the issue of Superhuman registration this lead to the superhero Civil War.[30][31]

Wolverine

Nitro and Wolverine

Knowing that Nitro's explosive power could not be that great (at least not under normal circumstances), Wolverine began hunting him after he escaped in the back of a pickup truck.[32] Nitro was found by Wolverine and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, but used his powers to kill the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and seemingly kill Wolverine. Nitro then took a phone call to an unknown government official who may be involved in the aforementioned Stamford Incident.[33]

Robert Hunter (Earth-616) Wolverine Vol 3 43

After the phone call, however, Nitro found himself in the grip of a nearly fully regenerated, and enraged, Wolverine. As Wolverine pounded on him, theorizing correctly that Nitro's powers couldn't affect anyone or anything in very close proximity, Nitro revealed that he had been taking Mutant Growth Hormone to increase his powers, hence why he was able to cause the disaster in Stamford.[34] Nitro also hinted that there was someone bigger behind the events of Stamford, but before the name was given, the two were confronted by the three mystery agents. They were revealed to be Atlantean Royal Guard sent by Namor to apprehend Nitro for the murder of Princess Namorita.[35]

Wolverine Vol 3 43 page 17-18 James Howlett (Earth-616)

During his battle with Namor, Wolverine was knocked unconscious and the Atlanteans took Nitro to New Pangea for torture and interrogation. Wolverine pursued them in the Iron Man Armor and "negotiated" with Namor to see Nitro, only to find that Nitro had killed his interrogators. Wolverine cut off Nitro's arm at the elbow. As Nitro begged for mercy, Wolverine recanted on his promised protection. He allowed Namor to do what he wanted with Nitro, who stayed as a "guest" of Atlantis. His secret benefactor was revealed to be Walter Declun, the CEO of Damage Control.[36]

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New Pangea

Cell-13 an Atlantean splinter cell lead by Kamar; Namor's son, who had been siphoning Nitro's power to create a weapons to attack the surface world.[37] Namor decided the city had been compromised and he had enough of the involvement with the humans, he decided to evacuate the city through old tunnels running through the ground, the civilians would live amongst the humans, not in one city any more. He made the preparations for the destruction of Atlantis, he would use Nitro whom was still in his jail to blow up the entire city like a time bomb and chain his son to the crown to die with the Nitro and the city as punishment for his betrayal.[38] The city was evacuated and then blown up and completely destroyed only leaving some wreckage behind. But Namor and his army found refuge in Latveria.[39]

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Penance

Nitro escaped Atlantis to the sewers with a few Atlantean terrorists. He was later captured in Latveria and held in Castle Doom's dungeons by Doctor Doom. Penance later attacked Latveria and forced Doctor Doom to release Nitro, who Penance tortured and almost killed, even forcing Nitro to wear the painful costume.[40] He was found by the Thunderbolts, many of whom were shocked at the level of the injuries. It can be assumed that Nitro was arrested by the Thunderbolts.[41]

The Hood's Gang

Nitro joined up with the Hood's Gang. They stole a treasure from an Arabic diplomat, then had a celebratory party were the Hood shows them how he's the leader and the ways he delegates the job.[42]

Nitro attended Sabretooth's party in Madripoor.[43]

Nitro and a group of villains battle Spider-Man on a Sub-Marine.[44][45]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

  • Self-Explosion: Nitro possesses the superhuman ability to literally turn himself into a living bomb.[46] Nitro can blow up his entire body at will and exists in a sentient, gaseous form until he reconstitutes himself. Typically, Nitro's maximum blast force is equal to about 250lbs of TNT.[1] However, while taking Mutant Growth Hormone, his power was enhanced far beyond his original limits, sufficient to level the city of Stamford, Connecticut.[35][46][47]
    • After he explodes, he can reconstitute himself at will[46] and can remain in this gaseous form for an indefinite period of time.[1] Nitro also generates a type of kinetic field around his body that also allows himself to reconstitute the clothes he wears at the time he explodes.[48][49][50][51][52]
Power Grids
Official Ratings[53]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 3
Durability
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
 2
Fan Ratings
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 3
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
 1

Weaknesses

  • A high-frequency pulse is emitted by his body each time he explodes. Iron Man duplicated the pulse, causing Nitro to explode. After he exploded several times in a minute, he passed out from exhaustion.[24]
  • If separated or dispersed, it will be longer or impossible to reform.[1] He cannot reform if partially trapped within a forcefield.[13]
  • During an encounter with Wolverine, it was discovered that if an individual can get close enough to Nitro, less than a few feet, it nullifies Nitro's ability to explode and leaves him as vulnerable as any ordinary human to physical assault.[34]
  • He is also missing half of his right arm, which was hacked off by Wolverine.[35]

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

  • Mutant Growth Hormone: During the Civil War, Wolverine discovered that the super-villain Nitro used Mutant Growth Hormone to increase his power level, which allowed him to annihilate Stamford, Connecticut.[35][46][47]
  • Null-Narness: Tony Stark constructed the Null-Harness which keeps Nitro from exploding whilst in custody.[24]

NotesEdit

  • While looking through a S.H.I.E.L.D. folder, Deadpool remarked that Nitro was the lamest villain ever![54]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #4
  2. 2.0 2.1 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #55
  3. Civil War Battle Damage Report #1
  4. Captain Marvel #38
  5. Captain Marvel Vol 3 #2
  6. Captain Marvel #34
  7. Marvel Graphic Novel #1
  8. Omega the Unknown #8
  9. Captain Marvel #54
  10. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #56
  11. Marvel Team-Up #113
  12. New Mutants #83
  13. 13.0 13.1 New Mutants #86
  14. Cage #2
  15. Cage #3
  16. Cage #4
  17. Secret Defenders #12
  18. Secret Defenders #13
  19. Secret Defenders #14
  20. Cosmic Powers #4
  21. Heroes for Hire #2
  22. Heroes for Hire #3
  23. Spider-Man #95
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Iron Man Vol 3 #15
  25. Iron Man Annual #1999
  26. Daredevil Vol 2 #26
  27. Daredevil Vol 2 #27
  28. New Avengers #4
  29. 29.0 29.1 Civil War #1
  30. Civil War: Front Line #1
  31. Civil War: Front Line #2
  32. Wolverine Vol 3 #42
  33. Wolverine Vol 3 #43
  34. 34.0 34.1 Wolverine Vol 3 #44
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Wolverine Vol 3 #45
  36. Wolverine Vol 3 #47
  37. Sub-Mariner Vol 2 #1
  38. Sub-Mariner Vol 2 #5
  39. Sub-Mariner Vol 2 #6
  40. Penance Relentless #4
  41. Penance Relentless #5
  42. Dark Reign: The Hood #1
  43. Wolverine Vol 2 #304
  44. Marvel Knights: Spider-Man Vol 2 #3
  45. Marvel Knights: Spider-Man Vol 2 #4
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 Civil War Files #1
  47. 47.0 47.1 Dark Reign Files #1
  48. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #2
  49. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8
  50. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #9
  51. New Avengers Most Wanted Files #1
  52. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8
  53. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #4
  54. Deadpool GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular #1



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