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12 Comics About Obscure Characters in Marvel Snap

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Chris M. Arnone

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The son of a librarian, Chris M. Arnone's love of books was as inevitable as gravity. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. His novel, The Hermes Protocol, was published by Castle Bridge Media in 2023 and the next book in that series is due out in winter 2024. His work can also be found in Adelaide Literary Magazine and FEED Lit Mag. You can find him writing more books, poetry, and acting in Kansas City. You can also follow him on social media (Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, website).

Marvel Snap is one of the hottest games on mobile devices right now. Created by Ben Brode, one of the original designers of Hearthstone, Marvel Snap is a deck-building game filled with Marvel characters and Marvel locations. While plenty of the characters in the game — like Iron Man, Shuri, Gamora, and Wolverine — are known to pretty much everybody, there are also a lot of really obscure characters as well.

Some of these characters aren’t so obscure if you’re a comic book reader, while others have never had a chance to develop even in the glossies. This is a group that includes D-list villains, recent additions to the Marvel universe, and fan-favorite niche characters. A few have appeared in animated shows, sure, but none of these have spent any time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I could just give you the origin stories or bullet-point biographies of these characters, but you’ve come to Book Riot for the books. So, along with the 411 on these obscure characters, I’m going to give you the must-read comics to get to know them better. So while you’re trying your hardest to unlock Ultron or Taskmaster, here are some comics for you to read to get to know these oddities.

Aero and Wave

cover of Aero Before the Storm

Aero Vol. 1: Before the Storm by Zhou Liefen, Greg Pak, Keng

Aero and Wave made their first appearances together in War of the Realms, first as opponents before realizing they were both being manipulated. Aero is a Shanghai operative, while Wave was a guardian of the North Pacific. In the Aero series, half of each book was focused on Aero alone, while the second was a team-up between these two heroes.


cover of Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha and Omega

Wolverine & the X-Men: Alpha & Omega by Brian Wood, Mark Brooks, Roland Boschi

Armor is a mutant whose power is pretty straightforward. She can summon a bubble of energy around her that is nearly impenetrable. This miniseries from back in the day when Wolverine ran the school saw Wolverine and Armor stranded in Wolverine’s mind.

Blue Marvel

cover of Adam Legend of the Blue Marvel

Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel by Kevin Grevioux, Mat Broome

Blue Marvel is a seriously underused powerhouse in the Marvel universe. Strong, invulnerable, fast, and loaded with energy powers, he’s a top-tier hero. This miniseries was his first appearance and origin of a hero who wore a mask in the 1950s so the public would not discover that he was African American. It’s a shame he’s one of the obscure characters in Marvel Snap.


cover of Civil War Prelude New Warriors

Civil War Prelude: New Warriors by Zeb Wells, Scottie Young

The New Warriors were a big part of the build-up to the original Civil War, and Debrii was introduced during that build-up. Her powers focus on manipulating debris. Yep, she can telekinetically move junk around. Nevertheless, this is her introduction.

Devil Dinosaur and Moon Girl

cover of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur The Beginning

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: The Beginning by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natasha Bustos

These two are a strange pair and inextricably linked. Devil Dinosaur is from an alternate Earth filled with dinosaurs, though this particular dino is laden with powers like heightened intelligence. When he crosses into Earth-616 to avenge Moon Boy, he discovers Moon Girl, a brilliant 4th grader. They’re instant BFFs.


cover of Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

There’s not much characterization to Giganto. He just goes back to the very beginning of the Fantastic Four. He’s right there on the cover of the very first issue! This monster is one of the obscure characters in Marvel Snap, but every devout Marvel reader knows that ugly mug and gaping maw.


cover of Ka-Zar Lord of the Savage Land

Ka-Zar Lord of the Savage Land by Zac Thompson, German Garcia

Ka-Zar is a man among monsters living in the Savage Land. Really, he’s one of many characters Jack Kirby was asked to replicate from his days at DC Comics. This miniseries is the only to focus on this frequent ally of the X-Men and his bestial buddies.


cover of X-Terminators #1

X-Terminators by Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove

Leech is a small, shy mutant who definitely doesn’t go to the front lines of any battle with the X-Men. However, his power is to cancel out other mutant powers. That’s no small thing. This is just a great story from Louise Simonson that sees Leech dragged along into way more adventure than he prefers.

Strong Guy

cover of X-Factor Afterlives

X-Factor Epic Collection: Afterlives by John Francis Moore, J.M. DeMatteis, Todd DeZago, Jan Duursema, Matt Broome

Strong Guy has been around the mutant books since the 1980s. He’s strong, obviously. He actually absorbs kinetic energy in order to enhance his strength. There’s a drawback that rears its head in issues 110 and 111 of this X-Factor series: the strain that absorption puts on his muscles includes his heart.


cover of Unstoppable Wasp

The Unstoppable Wasp: Unlimited Vol. 2: G.I.R.L. vs. A.I.M. by Jeremy Whitley, Alti Firmansyah

Swarm is almost laughably obscure. He’s a former Nazi scientist who turned himself into a swarm of bees. He’s the kind of villain who shows up, menaces, and is defeated. So I just picked my favorite story with him. In issue #7 of this series, an animal-themed group of baddies called The Menagerie attack’s Janet’s party. It’s silly and fun.

Sword Master

cover of Sword Master

Sword Master Vol. 1: War Of The Ancients by Shuizhu, Greg Pak, Gunji

Sword Master, a.k.a. Lin Lie, is a very recent addition to the Marvel universe. He’s a Chinese superhero who — you guessed it — is a master swordsman. This is his origin story and finest story to date.


cover of Askani'son

Askani’son by Jeph Loeb, Scott Lobdell, Gene Ha

Zero was built in the 39th century as a peacekeeping robot capable of teleportation and dampening powers. While Askani’son was not Zero’s first appearance, it was its biggest role when the villain Stryfe reprogrammed it to be his most trusted ally.

This game is only a couple of months old and already stuffed with big-name and obscure characters alike. Who do you want to see added to the game? Who is already in the game that you’re just aching to unlock?