Aquila

Aquila
Real name
Unknown
Current alias
Aquila
Aliases
Slave of the Devourer; Hunter of Men; Taker of Men's Souls; Man Without a Soul
Affiliation
The Devourer
Universe
Base of operations
Roman Britain

Characteristics
Gender
Eyes
Hair
Unusual features
Roman eagle carved into his chest
Status
Marital status
Occupation
Reaper of souls
Origin
Origin
Diabolical intervention
First appearance
Last appearance

2000 AD prog 2012
2000 AD prog 2000

History

The eponymous protagonist of the 2000 AD strip Aquila was a former slave turned gladiator crucified in 71 BC following the failed revolt of the legendary Spartacus. Crying out for vengeance as he died a slow and painful death, he was saved by Ammit the Devourer, who took his soul but granted him invulnerability in return for sending her the souls of evil men by killing them. More than 130 years later, Aquila discovered he was neither the first nor the only man chosen to serve the Devourer in this way when he encountered and battled the man known only as the Spartan.

It is Aquila who is responsible for the dominant god in Rome becoming the "carpenter god" rather than a deified Emperor Nero (see Carnifex in 2000 AD progs 1890 to 1899). Nero wanted Aquila to act as his 'carnifex' or butcher by collecting the heads of seven Roman deities, the material the psychotic emperor needed for his apotheosis. Aquila had other plans — which were, however, no less sanguinary.

Aquila hangs out with a sneaky little spiv called Felix who regards him as his "meal ticket."

Powers and abilities

Powers

Invulnerability; no locks, binds or fetters can hold him (which apparently includes the power to break down any door); won't age or die until his debt to the Devourer is paid; can see the evil in men's souls; doesn't need to sleep.

Abilities

Fighting skills.

Strength level

Strong enough to smash a huge golem into pebbles using only a sledgehammer (2000 AD prog 1892).

Weaknesses

Can be temporarily incapacitated by poison.

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Sword.

Notes

Aquila is thematically (and physically) very similar (read: almost identical) to the earlier Black-Hawk, which is apparently not entirely coincidental. 'Aquila' is Latin for 'eagle'.

Trivia

Aquila had a cameo in 2000 AD prog 2000 (published September 2016) which was drawn by Boo Cook. He was shown picking a fight with Shakara.

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