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Avalanche (Marvel)(01 - Dominic Szilard)
Real Name: Dominic Janos 'Petros' Szilard
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Avalanche is a mutant with the superhuman ability to generate powerful waves of vibrations from his hands, creating highly destructive effects. The vibrations can cause an inorganic object to shatter or crumble into dust. When directed against large objects like buildings or upon the earth itself, the vibrations can produce effects similar to those of an earthquake or avalanches within limited areas. Avalanche need not touch an object to affect it: he can direct the vibrations against it from some distance away from it.

Avalanche himself is immune to the generation of his vibratory waves. However, were the vibrations to be reflected back upon him, he would be injured.

As yet there is no known limit to the amount of area upon which Avalanche can use his powers at one time. There is no evidence, however, that he could create an earthquake capable of destroying an entire city.

Avalanche's past, before Mystique recruited him for the second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, is almost entirely unknown, except for the fact that he is an immigrant from Greece. He first publicly appeared with the Brotherhood when they unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Senator Robert Kelly during his hearings on the menace that mutants allegedly pose to humanity. Avalanche briefly left the Brotherhood in an attempt to blackmail the state of California into paying him an enormous sum to prevent him from using his power to trigger a major earthquake there. Avalanche fought the Hulk on this occasion, and suffered broken arms when he attempted to use his powers against the Hulk’s body. He has since returned to the Brotherhood. Recently, Mystique offered the Brotherhood's services to the United States government. Their first mission under their new name of Freedom Force was to capture the mutant Magneto. He later abandoned the rest of Freedom Force during battle with Desert Sword to save the seriously injured Crimson Commando.

When Freedom Force was disbanded after the botched mission in the Gulf War, Avalanche continued to work for the government as part of Project: Wideawake, but soon left when he found out that his friend Pyro had contracted the Legacy Virus. Avalanche spent a lot of time afterwards trying to help find a cure for his friend's condition, but he eventually gave up, and Pyro died.

Recently, Avalanche assaulted the center of New York City, but he was taken down quickly and cleanly by the then-powerless Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane) and delivered to the authorities. What he intended to accomplish is unknown. Following that, Avalanche re-appeared in a Brotherhood attack on Philadelphia, and again at the X-Mansion, led by Exodus. How he escaped the NYPD in the first place is unknown, and his current fate is equally uncertain, as he and the rest of the Brotherhood were sucked into the black hole in Shen Xorn's head. However, Avalanche is one of the few mutants to keep his powers during the M-Day.

After M-Day left the mutant population decimated, Avalanche decided to quit the criminal business and opened a bar under a new alias in San Francisco. However, that didn't stop the X-Men from harassing him.

Avalanche participated in a riot when Norman Osborn started causing trouble for mutants in the city, and was nearly killed by Daken, but that was stopped by Emma Frost. He was arrested with others by the Dark X-Men and H.A.M.M.E.R. They were later freed by X-Force. He would later fight with his former enemies against Juggernaut (as Kuurth) and Nimrod Sentinels.

Later, Avalanche was captured by Red Skull, had part of his brain replaced with a machine to put him under Red Skull's control and released into New York City to cause chaos and renew anti-mutant hatred. Captain America fought against Avalanche, and eventually, Avalanche was forced to kill himself by jumping off a cliff.


First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #141

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (1991)
Cable (1993)
Captain America (1968)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
Gambit (2004)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Iron Man (1968)
Marvel Collector's Edition (1993)
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Knights: X-Men (2014)
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
New Mutants (2003)
New Mutants (2009)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Quicksilver (1997)
ROM (1979)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Avengers (1963)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Punisher (1987)
Uncanny Avengers (2012)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Villains For Hire (2012)
Weapon X (2002)
Weapon X: Days of Future Now (2005)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If? (1977)
What If...? (1989)
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Men (1991)
X-Men Experiment on Muir Island (1994)
X-Men Forever (2001)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
X-Men Unlimited (2004)
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants (2002)
X-Men: Manifest Destiny (2008)
X-Men: Mutant Empire (1996)
X-Men: Odd Men Out (2008)
X-Men: Regenesis (2011)
X-Men: The 198 Files (2006)
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
X-Men: Time Gliders (1995)

Video Game Appearances:
X-Men: Legends (2005)

Group Affiliation(s):
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (03 - Freedom Force)
Brotherhood of Mutants (Marvel)
Freedom Force (01 - Brotherhood of Evil Mutants)
X-Corps (Marvel)

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