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Mantis

This One’s aura is as peculiar as her origin. Born of human parents, Mantis was raised by a Kree alien sect, worshipped as their Celestial Madonna. A former Avenger and Guardian of the Galaxy, she has psychic intuition and command of martial arts.

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First Appearance

in Avengers (1963) #112

Mantis’ mysterious debut! Fated to be an Avenger, Mantis seeks out Earth’s Mightiest with her lover Swordsman.

Becoming an Avenger

in Avengers (1963) #114

Mantis joins the official roster! And in her first Avengers battle, ‘This One’ subdues the Lion God and Thor - with a nerve touch to the neck!

Origin

in Avengers (1963) #123

Years ago, Libra of the Zodiac gave his Half-German, half-Vietnamese baby to the Kree’s Priests of Pama, allowing his daughter to be groomed as a psychic master.

Wedding Issue

in Giant-Size Avengers (1974) #4

Mantis marries her Cotati mate and quits the Avengers to give birth to the Kree’s Messiah.

Celestial Quest

in Avengers: Celestial Quest (2001) #1

Mantis’ fragmented psyches become One in her starring mini-series. The Avenger fulfills her prophecy to the Priests by returning to the planet of her son, tree-like Sequoia. A fling with Vision ensues.

Annihilation Conquest

in Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord (2007) #1

Mantis joins Star-Lord’s motley crew of Bug, Captain Universe, Deathcry, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, to prevent universal conquest by the Phalanx. Although out of touch, she’s an undeniable asset.

Guardian of the Galaxy

in Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #1

The cosmic duo of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning present the modern day Guardians of the Galaxy in this smash hit series. Mantis is the team’s precognitive.

Return?

in Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #5

This One makes an enigmatic appearance to help Star-Lord with a troubling vision.