"Lo que para una persona puede ser una distancia prudencial, para otra puede ser un abismo" #HarukiMurakami
The Ten Rings of The Mandarin
- Top image from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (Deluxe Edition) v.2:no.8 (July 1986), written by Mark Gruenwald & Peter Sanderson, art by John Byrne & Josef Rubinstein
- Bottom image from… my best guess is the Matt Fraction/Salvador Larroca run on Invincible Iron Man, but I cannot find which issue.
Some of the changes/upgrades are pretty nifty, but others are odd:
- Ice Blast = Zero
- Mento-Intensifier = The Liar and Daimonic?
- Electro-Blast = Lightning
- Flame Blast = Incandescence
- White Light = Incandescence?
- Black Light = Nightbringer
- Disintegration Beam = Remaker?
- Vortex Beam = Spin? Spectral?
- Impact Beam = ???
- Matter Rearranger = Remaker, and Influence?
Incandescence was recently shown to be capable of creating electromagnetic pulses (by generating/mimicking solar flares).
They also appear to now be sapient (though this was hinted at back in Invincible Iron Man #522 [October 2012], when Mandarin stated that each ring contained the soul of “a long-dead cosmic warriors” — Makluan, or other?), and are a big player in the current Iron Man story, “Iron Metropolitan,” by Joe Bennett & kierongillen (part one in Iron Man #18, two in Iron Man #19, three [two links] in Iron Man #20 [links to scans_daily]). Gillen readily admits that some comics fans will see the sapient rings — which are flying around finding new hosts — and think of the other ring-bearers (from the Distinguished Competition), but he also promises some new twists.
Los anillos de El Mandarin