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Cover to Avengelyne #1 (1995).
|First appearance||Avengelyne #1 (May 1995)|
|Created by||Rob Liefeld
Avengelyne [uh-van-jah-leen] is a fictional comic book character co-created by Rob Liefeld and Cathy Christian, and originally published in 1995 by Maximum Press and inspired from Ben Dunn's comic Warrior Nun Areala from Antarctic Press. By the end of the 1990s, Avengelyne had a stint at Awesome Entertainment (only one issue published) and enjoyed a short stint at Avatar Press. Avengelyne returned to comics in the Arcana Studio one-shot Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves (February 2010). July 2011 saw a new Avengelyne ongoing series debut at Image Comics under the creative team of Mark Poulton and Owen Gieni.
Avengelyne is an angel who fights the forces of evil and often finds herself face-to-face with demons, monsters, and the like. The original character design for Avengelyne was based on the likeness of former Vampirella model Cathy Christian.
Fictional character biography
Avengelyne was the most feared warrior in Heaven's Warhost, having single-handedly broken into Pandemonium, the outer fortress of Hell, to confront the Devil herself. She is a fallen angel, banished from Heaven by God after being tricked into questioning her love for humans. Avengelyne was stripped of all her angelic abilities, other than her great strength and her blood, which, once extracted from her body, could be used as a weapon or a miracle once empowered by quoting verses from the Bible. Although he appeared truly angry, God was trying to prepare Avengelyne for a coming war for which she would need to be strengthened.
Keeping her faith in the Lord, even on Earth, Avengelyne began to fight the demons she found while there. Eventually, one of her enemies, the demon lord B'Liale, sent a demon, Kyle Wagner, to seduce Avengelyne and father a powerful demon child. God sent Passover, the Angel of Death, to kill Avengelyne for her involvement, but the child, Magog, was born prior to the angel's arrival, and so together Passover and Avengelyne drove the demon-spawn away.
God allowed Avengelyne to live in consequence of her devotion to him, and she continues to fight demons on Earth. Eventually, when Armageddon occurs, Avengelyne will lead Heaven's Warhost, with Passover as her second-in-command.
In July 2013, co-creator girl 1 and girrl 2 announced they were working on a big-screen adaptation of the series in which Carano would star as Avengelyne. In November 2016, it was announced that Paramount Pictures has brought the film rights deal for Avengelyne with Akiva Goldsman producing.
- Avengelyne #1-3 (mini-series, Maximum Press)
- Avengelyne vol. 2, #1-14 (Maximum Press)
- Avengelyne vol. 3, #1 (unfinished series, Awesome Entertainment)
- Avengelyne: Armageddon #1-3 (mini-series, Maximum Press)
- Avengelyne: Bible (one-shot special, Maximum Press)
- Avengelyne: Deadly Sins #1-2 (mini-series, Maximum Press)
- Avengelyne: Power #1-3 (mini-series, Maximum Press)
Avengelyne also appears through various issues of Asylum.
- Avengelyne: Bad Blood #1-2
- Avengelyne: Dark Depths #1-2
- Avengelyne: Dragon Realm #1-2
- Avengelyne: Revelation
- Avengelyne: Seraphicide #½, 1
- Avengelyne vol. 4 #1-8 (July 2011 - May 2012) (unfinished series)
- Avengelyne/Glory II: The Godyssey
- Avengelyne/Warrior Nun Areala
- Avengelyne/Prophet #1-2
- Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves
- Warrior Nun Areala and Avengelyne 1996
- Kit, Borys (July 18, 2013). "Comic-Con: Gina Carano and Rob Liefeld Team Up on 'Avengelyne' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (November 3, 2016). "Paramount Lands Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld's 'Avengelyne;' Akiva Goldsman To Helm Fallen Angel Tale". Deadline.
- The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Vol. 44, p. 450