Murmur gets an OHOTMU entry!

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #3
Oct 2010

This five-issue OHOTMU Update series updates the fourteen-issue A-Z Hardcover series from 2008-2010, covering additional entries that didn’t make it in the first time around. There was a similar “update” series in 2007 that served the same purpose, so be careful when collecting that you get the right one. Murmur appears in a 1/2 page entry.

This is a significant entry for Alpha Flight fans because Murmur had not had her own entry in any other OHOTMU book. Strangely, her teammates Radius and Flex did get 1/2 page entries in recent books, so this fills out a noticable gap – a situation similar to Manbot’s recent entry in issue #1 of this series. Note that at the beginning of Alpha Flight volume 2, Murmur was a full member of Alpha Flight, so this omission has been glaring for quite a while.

Murmur did have a small 1/3 page entry in the Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 2: X-Men book, which had a different format from the official books. For those of you who keep track of these sorts of things, her stats have changed since that entry: Intelligence (2) is now (3), Strength (2) is also now (3), Energy Projection (2) is now (1/2) – [(1) due to her depowering, (2) before depowerment], Fighting Skills (3) is now (1), and her height of 5’8″ is now 5’6″, while her weight went from 134lbs to 130lbs. So she got smarter, stronger, depowered, shorter and lost some weight. Another change is that her listed powers no longer include teleportation – no surprise since it wasn’t exactly clear if she had the ability to teleport others in the first place.

Like Manbot in issue #1, Murmur gets a brand new illustration by Gus Vazquez – the first new image of Murmur since Wolverine #142 (Sep 1999). Since new illustrations are fairly rare in these books, this is also a nice treat for Alpha Flight fans.

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11 Responses to “Murmur gets an OHOTMU entry!”

  1. Chris Says:

    Murmur certainly hasn’t lost any weight in the chest area. This latest entry finally rounds out all the new Alphans from volume 2 đŸ™‚

    • rplass Says:

      Well, neither Mac’s clone nor the “real” Sasquatch have had their own entries, but they were mentioned in Guardian’s and Walter’s entries. The last Alphan from v2 to get an entry should be Ghost Girl, and I’ll even stipulate that Ouija and Flinch can be omitted. So now we’re down to just Ghost Girl from v2.

      On Tue Oct 5th, 2010 10:34 AM EDT

  2. Chris Says:

    If Mac Jr hadn’t been so hastely killed off by Erik Larsen, he possibly could have gone on to bigger and better things and received his own entry. We’ve talked before about how Jay Faerber mulled over the idea of putting him in New Warriors v2

    http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/05/03/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-101/

    • rplass Says:

      Oh thanks for posting that link! You did send this to me before (by email) but thanks again. Synth Mac was mentioned rather extensively in recent Guardian entries, but yeah, had he lived and joined the New Warriors, he’d almost certainly have had his own page!

  3. Ahab Says:

    Are all of the Legacies officially depowered? (or dead, in Radius’ case?)

    • rplass Says:

      Flex, Radius and Murmur are depowered. No status is known for Ghost Girl, and we don’t know if Ouija and Flinch were mutants. Radius is not dead, as his mutant signature showed up in the Collective.

  4. Ahab Says:

    That’s too bad. I really liked Flex. I’m not shedding a tear for the others though. I thought they were obnoxious. Never understood why Murmur was created when Persuasion was already such a part of Alpha’s history. And how was Radius different than Skids? or Cecilia Reyes? Can we say “unoriginal”? Even Ghost Girl was boring, though I liked what we saw of her personality. Otherwise, she was just another Shadowcat to me.

  5. Dana Says:

    I have to agree about the Volume 2 “Legacies” being obnoxious, sad copies of other heroes/villains (most of them anyway). Can’t say that I like the artwork for Murmur, she looks ill in that pic…Or like a young man with breasts.

    Do you know that none of the comics stores near me have carried any of the Handbook Updates…I’m not too pleased about that.

  6. Dana Says:

    Whoa! I just read the article again…Rplass, The entry for Murmur said she had teleportation as a power? Since when? That was never one of her powers.

    • rplass Says:

      The Marvel Encyclopedia Vol. 2: X-Men book listed teleportation, yes. It appeared that she was able to teleport one of the Zodiac (Virgo), but it’s not exactly clear if she was causing the teleportation, or if she influenced Virgo to use his teleportation device. In any case, that book wasn’t “official” anyway, so it doesn’t matter, and the writers omitted the power in the official book.

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