Reptil has just learned the truth about his powers
In Reptil # 2, the young Avengers Academy veteran traveled to Dinosaur World to confront an ancient witch about the true nature of her powers.
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Reptil has arguably the most unique abilities in the Marvel Universe. His ancient amulet allows him to transform into any dinosaur he can imagine. He also acquired the ability to sense the presence and emotions of dinosaurs. While Reptil has used his powers excessively in the past, a new villain has caused the young Avenger to question the origin of his powers.
Humberto Lopez had recently moved to Los Angeles and was planning to put his superhero identity aside for now. His position quickly changed when he was attacked along with his cousins while eating lunch. The villain possessed an amulet similar to Reptil’s, but this gave him control over the prehistoric flora rather than the fauna received by Humberto. With this new revelation, Humberto, with the help of his cousins, came to the conclusion that they had to visit someone who knew more about the Reptilian amulet. This led them to create a portal to Dinosaur World and seek advice from the Pit Witch.
The young people fell into a mess, a squad of raptors surrounded them. They were saved by the witch who asked why Humberto had traveled so far to look for her. He explained what had happened with his new villain and the witch quickly pointed out that Humberto lacked an immense knowledge of his powers. She further explained that she originally created an amulet to protect her son in Dinosaur World. The amulet would have given his son power over all flora and fauna, but he became obsessed with the strength of the totem pole. The spirits of the pits guided the witch to drop the amulet in the pits where it would one day be discovered by the chosen one.
The chosen one would turn out to be Humberto and the witch has been watching him since he first discovered the amulet. She seemed unsure of how Reptil’s new villain came into possession of the other half of her original amulet, but truly believed Reptil was up for a fight. She claimed that anyone who simultaneously controlled both halves of the artifact would gain the power to destroy or control the dinosaur world as well as Earth-616. If Reptil manages to get hold of the other half of the amulet, his strength and powers could reach untold levels.
Although this is Humberto’s first in-person interaction with the Pit Witch, she plays a vital role within Dinosaur World. She first appeared in Devil Dinosaur # 9 by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer. Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy stumbled upon the witch, and her evil presence provoked the dinosaur. As the witch escaped, Devil Dinosaur was swallowed up in the pits and transported to Nevada. Moon-Boy would be saved by the witch and her son, and the trio hatched a plan to save the dinosaur. Upon returning to Dinosaur World, Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy quickly fled the Pits.
Reptil’s powers have only grown stronger since he received a dose of Pym Particles. Although he has grown stronger, he also loses control whenever he becomes a complete dinosaur. With the witch revealing the origin of Reptil’s Amulet, Reptil now has a chance to grow even stronger. If he manages to defeat his new villain and restore the amulet to its original state, Reptil will be well on his way to becoming a full member of the Avengers.
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