Who the Clix? Orb

Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.

When the Orb pops up, it gives you chills, right? Because if I’m here, you can bet something epic is about to happen. Something world-shaking. Universe-shaking. Something like all of you. Doom Supreme, the Doom Above All. Dark Phoenix and her pet berserker. A young Thanos, still wet with his mother’s blood. King Killmonger, conqueror of both Wakanda and Asgard. Norman Osborn, the Ghost Goblin, with his satchel of exploding skulls. Herr Venom, the Black Skull. The almighty Masters of Evil, assembled from across the eras, from across the Earths! You people have the potential to be… the finest mass murderers… I have ever had the pleasure to witness. I’m… I’m sorry for getting choked up, but this is such a big moment! And I simply can’t wait to see who you’re gonna kill next!

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Appearances in Heroclix:  Wheels of Vengeance
First Appearance: Ghost Rider (vol. 6) #26 (October 2008)  
Team Affiliations: N/A
Powers/Abilities: Ray Gun; Merged with eye of a Watcher (former)  
Created by:  Jason Aaron – Tan Eng Huat

Character is copyright/trademark Marvel; used under Fair Use

The second Orb is born with a giant eyeball for a head and is abandoned by his parents at a young age. Luckily, he is taken in by a traveling freak show and cared for by his fellow freaks. Possibly because of this early trauma, Orb has a tendency to start talking and just never stop. Which can be frustrating to those around him.

Orb’s first job as a goon for hire is to take down the Caretaker alongside Blackout, Death-Ninja and Doghead. Blackout claims that Orb dies on this mission but the villain is merely hospitalized with massive eye trauma. Orb later helps Blackout again when they attack Ghost Rider. Zadkiel later breaks Orb out of prison and employs the villain in a crusade against Ghost Rider. A crusade that ends with the Orb back in prison.

Orb is eventually free again just long enough to rob a bank and be sent through time by mystical time diamonds. Though he has some adventures, they are short lived. When Orb appears again, he seems to have lost some control of his mental faculties, stealing people’s actual eyes and coming up against Hulk and Red She-Hulk.

After the murder of Uatu, Orb comes into possession of one of the Watcher’s eyes. Orb is taken into custody by Dr. Strange and Punisher, who believe that he is behind the Watcher’s murder. In the course of confronting the real muderer, Orb escapes and merges with the eye, gaining horrifying insight.

Orb later resurfaces and tries to stop Deadpool from obtaining a device that can tell the future. This is largely because he doesn’t want anyone else to have the terrible burden that Uatu’s eye has placed on him. Orb kidnaps Dr. Strange and has become more brutal, using Uatu’s powers to influence others. Whatever scheme he is up to is interrupted by the arrival of Mordo and Dormammu.

Orb is a part of the tournament to choose a new host for the Phoenix and is defeated by Valkyrie in the first round. Orb witnesses the arrival of the Multiversal Masters of Evil and declares his intentions to watch their actions. Doom Supreme responds by killing the Orb.

In Hell, The Orb is seen annoying Mephisto by talking…and talking…and talking…

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