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Quote1 I'm not sure I can do it justice. All I can tell you is that you were gone, and the world was on the verge of following. But when the time came to make the highest sacrifice, the Avengers didn't blink. They did what only the mightiest heroes do. Quote2
-- Jimmy Woo src


James Woo's family ancestry dates back to the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan. Over the years the Mongol Empire evolved into the Atlas Foundation in more contemporary times. When James was born, the Atlas Foundation's Mr. Lao deemed that Jimmy was going to replace their current leader the Yellow Claw. Unwilling for their son to have this fate, the Woo family immigrated to the United States where they raised Jimmy to pursue a career in law enforcement, unaware that they were in the end, playing into Mr. Lao's well-laid plans. As an adult in the 1950's, Jimmy became a successful member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As it was during the height of the Cold War, and American feelings toward China and other communist nations were immensely negative, the Atlas Foundation sought to improve Jimmy's image until such a time that the world at large could accept a hero of Chinese descent. To this end, they used their agent Yellow Claw to act as an international terrorist in order to raise Jimmy's profile in law enforcement.[3]

Solo FBI Career

Yellow Claw first surfaced in the late 1950's. He arrived in the United States, bringing with him his grand niece Suwan and recruiting Nazi war criminal Karl von Horstbadden to come with him as well, under the pretense that he was working with the communist Chinese government to overthrow the United States. He pretended to aspire to conquer the entire world. Learning of the threat of Yellow Claw, the FBI assigned Jimmy as the main agent handling Yellow Claw-related cases. Jimmy traveled to San Francisco where he investigated throughout Chinatown and uncovered Yellow Claw operating out of a curio shop using escaped convict Rocky Miller to steal secret plans from government officials. Woo appealed to Rocky's sense of patriotism to help foil Yellow Claw's plans. It was while investigating the curio shop that Jimmy met the Claw's grand niece Suwan, and first became attracted to her. Trying to convince her to turn against her grand-uncle, she refused to do so out of honour, and also because he could hypnotize her into doing his bidding at any time. When Jimmy followed her to Yellow Claw's new headquarters he tried to apprehend the Claw, but was captured. Before Yellow Claw could have him executed, Jimmy was freed thanks to Suwan — the first of many betrayals to her grand-uncle that she would make over the years;[4]

Jimmy next investigated a series of strange happenings where reality appeared to be bent entirely out of order. With the help of Suwan, Jimmy located Yellow Claw's new headquarters where he had enslaved a group of mutants to combine their powers to do his bidding. Thanks to Jimmy's intervention the mutants were freed from his control, but Yellow Claw escaped. Jimmy tracked Yellow Claw and his minions aboard the S.S. Aloha where he prevented Yellow Claw from capturing two American diplomats for his communist benefactors, but once again the Claw managed to escape. Despite his reluctance to do so, Jimmy later followed the orders of his superiors to exploit his relationship with Suwan to find Yellow Claw's next hideout. However, Yellow Claw anticipated this happening and had Jimmy launched into San Francisco Bay in a plastic bubble while he once again escaped. Jimmy was next dispatched to the Malay jungles where Yellow Claw constructed a massive robot of Temujai to convince the locals to go to war against the United States. Jimmy was freed by Suwan after capture and used the robot to tell the locals to remain at peace before destroying the robot;[5]

Jimmy next investigated how top secret plans were being stolen from a secure facility. Discovering that Yellow Claw had used a shrinking ray to smuggle his spies into the facility, Jimmy used a similar device on himself to capture them, foiling the plot. Jimmy next investigated a strange UFO that was specifically targeting American missile tests. He discovered that Yellow Claw had manipulated an alien who he dubbed UFO the Lightning Man to do so, convincing him that democratic countries were warmongers. However, Jimmy and Suwan convinced UFO that Yellow Claw was lying. Disgusted by a species that would lie, UFO banished them all to their homes, erasing their memories of the encounter in the process. Jimmy seemingly succeeded in capturing Yellow Claw shortly after this, but quickly deduced that it was merely a robot duplicate that was rigged with an atomic weapon, and had the FBI dump it in a safe place to detonate. When Yellow Claw obtained a powerful sedative gas, he unleashed it on Central City in the hopes of looting the town, however Jimmy discovered his hideout, forcing Yellow Claw to retreat with his plans unfulfilled yet again.[6] Soon after this, Suwan was taken into FBI custody for Jimmy to question, but she refused to talk. Both Jimmy and Suwan were then captured by the so-called Living Shadows, creatures from another dimension that were enslaved by Yellow Claw. Brought to Yellow Claw's base without the terrorist's knowledge, Jimmy forced Yellow Claw to return the Living Shadows to their home dimension, but the Claw escaped once more in the process. Yellow Claw next attempted to decimate the United States by unleashing the Screamies to consume the food supply. But, Jimmy learned that the creatures had human level intelligence and taught them how to farm and convinced them to return to the island they came from. Attempting to foil Yellow Claw's operations from within, Jimmy employed a hypnotist named Sleepy Eyes to offer his powers to the Claw. Using his hypnotic power, Sleepy Eyes tricked Yellow Claw into thinking he successfully looted Central City. Yellow Claw then used the mental powers of Barnaby Wade to try and eliminate Jimmy Woo, however Barnaby's inability to control his powers and yet another betrayal from Suwan, allowed Jimmy to thwart Yellow Claw once again.[7]

Forming the G-Men

Deciding to recruit superhumans to his mission to stop Yellow Claw, Jimmy formed Department Zero and the G-Men. The team consisted of Gorilla-Man, M-11, The Uranian, and Venus. They operated for about six months in 1958 before it was decided that the world was not ready for such a team.[8]

Much later Jimmy was approached by millionaire inventor Howard Stark whom Woo owed a favor. Jimmy was teamed with the transforming demolitionist known as the Bear, Nessa the Kitten (a Vegas card shark), CIA agent Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, and US Special Forces Lieutenant Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross in forming a group later referred to as the Stark Seven. Stark had the group break into Area 52, a Nevada Casino owned and secretly run by aliens who called themselves the Greys in order to steal Rigellian Recorder #451, which Stark hoped to use to save the life of his unborn son.[9] Their mission was a success and the Recorder not only saved the unborn Stark child, but also biologically engineered him to become what the Recorder claimed would be the salvation of human kind.[10] When the Greys tracked down the Recorder, this threatened the secret of Stark's child, which the Recorder warned would cause the destruction of the Earth by other galactic empires who had grown nervous by the developments on Earth. Howard then regrouped the Stark Seven, including Jimmy Woo, and they attacked Area 52, destroying the Grey operation and wiping out the aliens in order to protect the secret of Stark's child.[11]

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Following the dissolution of the G-Men, Jimmy returned to regular government work. By the modern era, a still-youthful Woo joined Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. During this time with S.H.I.E.L.D. he fought along side Fury and Captain America in battling what appeared to be a revived Yellow Claw.[12][13][14]

Godzilla Squad

Jimmy later joined on as a member of Dum Dum Dugan's "Godzilla Squad" aboard The Behemoth mini-helicarrier. Their primary mission was to stop the massive mutated dinosaur Godzilla as he rampaged across North America.[15] He assisted in tracking the beast to Seattle,[16] then San Francisco,[17] clashing with Doctor Demonicus and his monsters.[18][19] He soon traveled to Detroit where he began assisting Godzilla expert Yuriko Takiguchi in constructing a mecha to battle Godzilla, and soon a romance began to bloom between Jimmy and Yuriko's assistant Dr. Tamara Hashioka.[20] When Yuriko's grandson Robert Takiguchi took control of the completed Red Ronin robot to battle Godzilla in San Diego, Jimmy relocated there to witness the battle.[21][22] He joined the Godzilla squad their pursuit of the giant lizard to Las Vegas,[23] the creatures battle with Yetrigar the Grand Canyon,[24][25] and Godzilla's battle with Triax, Rhiahn, and Krollar,[26][27] saving Robert from the Red Ronin robot after being knocked out in battle.[28] Woo and the Godzilla Squad continued to pursue Godzilla through the Midwest[29] and Salt Lake City,[30] eventually using Henry Pym's Pym Particles to shrink Godzilla down to size.[31] However Godzilla quickly escapes S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, sending Woo and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents scrambling all over New York City to try and find him.[32][33][34] Woo and S.H.I.E.L.D. finally captured the creature with the help of the Fantastic Four, who briefly displaced Godzilla to Earth-78411.[35] Godzilla eventually returned to New York at his full size.[36] Woo then witnessed a massive battle in New York between Godzilla, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers until the creature finally fled into the Atlantic in apparent defeat.[37]

Return to S.H.I.E.L.D. Duty

After the seeming defeat of Godzilla, Jimmy returned to regular S.H.I.E.L.D. duty, his relationship with Tamara Hashioka ended. During his tenure with S.H.I.E.L.D.. he was one of the high-ranking officers replaced by sentient Life Model Decoys known as Deltites,[38] but he was eventually restored when the Deltite crisis ended.

Agents of Atlas

On his last mission for S.H.I.E.L.D., Woo went rogue, leading a team of agents into the San Francisco branch of The Atlas Foundation. Inside the facility, they find a secret room and the team is all killed except for Woo. He is found by S.H.I.E.L.D. and barely alive when Gorilla Man, M-11 and Marvel Boy rescue him. Marvel Boy is able to restore not only Woo's health but his youth, at the expense of Woo's memories of the intervening 50 years. James Woo reassembles his 1958 team, with the addition of Namora, and goes after Atlas. Woo and his team go back to the San Francisco branch of Atlas and re-enter the hidden room. This time, they survive and confront Yellow Claw and Mr. Lao. It turns out that Yellow Claw was waiting for Woo to come, to claim the mantle of Gengis Khan. With the title of Great Khan, Woo also assumed control over the holdings of The Atlas Foundation. James Woo was seen leading his team against the Skrulls in a guerrilla campaign.

Student Contest of Champions

At some point Woo opened a school alongside former villain Sanjar Javeed. It is unknown why he opened the school, but it is believed that he opened it to train the next generation of agents.

His school will be participating with multiple other superhero schools in the Contest of Champions, which pits the students against each other in friendly combat.


Nick Fury's intel classified him as Power Level 2, as he is a normal human.[2]


Level 3 Interrogator.[2]

James Woo was a Level 8 agent some time before the Secret War.[2]

Discover and Discuss


  1. Dark Reign: New Nation #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Secret War From the Files of Nick Fury #1
  3. Agents of Atlas #6
  4. Yellow Claw #1
  5. Yellow Claw #2
  6. Yellow Claw #3
  7. Yellow Claw #4
  8. Agents of Atlas #1
  9. Iron Man Vol 5 #10
  10. Iron Man Vol 5 #11
  11. Iron Man Vol 5 #12
  12. Strange Tales #161
  13. Strange Tales #162
  14. Strange Tales #163
  15. Godzilla #1
  16. Godzilla #2
  17. Godzilla #3
  18. Godzilla #4
  19. Godzilla #5
  20. Godzilla #6
  21. Godzilla #7
  22. Godzilla #8
  23. Godzilla #9
  24. Godzilla #10
  25. Godzilla #11
  26. Godzilla #12
  27. Godzilla #13
  28. Godzilla #14
  29. Godzilla #15
  30. Godzilla #16
  31. Godzilla #17
  32. Godzilla #18
  33. Godzilla #19
  34. Godzilla #20
  35. Godzilla #21
  36. Godzilla #22
  37. Godzilla #23
  38. Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
  39. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #13
  40. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 13

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