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