Asp (Marvel)(02 - Cleo Nefertiti)
Real Name: Cleo Nefertiti
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The Asp generates an unknown form of energy within herself, which is constantly through her skin in undetectable bursts which have the effect of rendering her toxic; prolonged skin-to-skin contact with her can be fatal. She can release this energy in blasts of various strengths; at maximum intensity she could kill a normal human with ease. After emitting a high-intensity blast it takes some time to recharge so that she can let loose with another, usually about one minute. Asp's skin tone is slightly grey. Asp has some expertise with security systems, and is an accomplished dancer and acrobat in excellent physical shape; however, she possesses no real hand-to-hand combat skills. She has a small transceiver implanted in her skull which allowed Sidewinder to track her; it is unclear if she or any other Society members are aware of this.
This energy is stored in Asp's body and requires 30 minutes to recharge once depleted entirely.
Intelligent yet soft-spoken, Asp was born in Tanta, Egypt. It was there that she earned her reputation as an exotic dancer, being able to charm snakes with her sensual movements. Her ability to generate blasts of energy which cause paralysis intrigued the leader of the Serpent Society, Sidewinder, and he invited her to join the group.
Given the task to spread the word of a new criminal organization to those who would be interested brought Asp and her comrade, Cottonmouth, straight to the notorious Kingpin. She also participated in the mission to murder M.O.D.O.K., though she was defeated when Captain America entered the battle. She was, however, not as cold-hearted as some of her teammates, though she didn't hesitate to get down and dirty with the best of them. While in the Society, Asp became good friends with Diamondback and Black Mamba. She stood by them and Sidewinder when Viper took over leadership, and abandoned the Serpent Society when Cobra ordered the death of Diamondback. She also briefly battled Alpha Flight during the Acts of Vengeance while fleeing the first Superhuman Registration Act, where it was revealed that she is a mutant. She soon joined Diamondback and Black Mamba in forming B.A.D. Girls, Inc.. After being ambushed by Anaconda, the B.A.D. Girls joined Superia's Femizons. When Captain America and Paladin infiltrated the cruise ship the Femizons resided on, Asp and Black Mamba decided to help the heroes.
She later joined up with the Serpent Society once again, but then left to be reunited with the B.A.D. Girls as freelance mercenaries. They went up against Cable, Deadpool, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, and eventually teamed up with The Cat to find the "Dominus Objective." However, the B.A.D. Girls eventually discover that Cable was the one who hired them. Asp presumably continues working with the B.A.D. Girls. She is one of the few mutants who retained their powers after the events of M-Day.
The Asp and the other B.A.D. Girls were members of Captain America's "Secret Avengers", openly opposing the Superhuman Registration Act. After Cap's side lost, the group still refused to register and were later captured by the Mighty Avengers. Eventually, Asp joined the Women Warriors, who belonged to the Initiative.
First Appearance: Captain America (1968) #310
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
#79 America (2017)
- 'Counter Moves'
#6 Avengers Vs. X-Men (2012)
- 'Your Heart is True'#7
- '''Baby, It's You'''
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
#26 Cable & Deadpool (2004)
- 'Up is Down'#29
- 'Poisoned Chalice'#32
- 'Seize The Day'
#20 Captain America (1968)
- 'Bosom Buddies, Part 1: B.A.D. to the Bone'#21
- 'Bosom Buddies, Part 2: Friendly Fire'#22
- 'Bosom Buddies, Part 3: Crack the Internet in Half'#23
- 'Bosom Buddies, Part 4: Fighting Myself'
Captain America (2002)
#30 Deadpool Corps: Rank and Foul (2010)
- 'Super Patriot Part 2'#31
- 'Super Patriot Part 3'
#9 Giant-Size Avengers (2008)
- 'A Man Walks into a Bar...'
Iron Fist (2017)
Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue (1991)
#1 Siege (2010)
- 'The Swimsuit Issue'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
- 'The Siege of Asgard - Phase One'#2
- 'The Siege of Asgard - Phase Two'
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Prowler to Serpent Society'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Abomination to Batroc's Brigade'
Uncanny Avengers [II] (2015)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
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Femizons (Marvel)(02 - Superia's Group)
Serpent Society (Marvel)
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