WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marauders #10 by Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli, Edgar Delgado and VC’s Cory Petit, on sale now.
As the Black King of the Hellfire Club, Sebastian Shaw vets opportunities for the organization, especially if that opportunity involves money. Throughout the history of the X-Men, Shaw’s role has been, at times, contested. However, Shaw has a skillset that makes him unmatched for the role of Black King — including his incredible taste for life’s finer things, including whiskey.
Sebastian Shaw is one of the most powerful living mutants. He can absorb all kinetic and thermal energy directed at him and use it to augment his strength, speed, stamina and regeneration. On top of his physical abilities, he’s exceptional when it comes to business and personal finance. He also has an eye for talent, especially if that talent can make him money.
In Marauders #10, Shaw employs Forge and Tempo to distill spirits for his latest business venture. Forge’s superpower is his engineering and skill with material objects; he can construct things in moments that would take others hours, days, or even years. Forge’s job is to build and oversee the production of the distillery.
Meanwhile, Tempo can manipulate time. Her power comes in handy in combat, because she can slow down even the quickest opponent. Tempo’s skills also have another more profitable application: She can age Sebastian Shaw’s whiskey 50 years in a few seconds.
At the beginning of Mauraders #10, Sebastian stands in the middle of his distillery, sniffing a glass of whiskey. He sips and declares that he gave Tempo and Forge a task two weeks ago to make the best whiskey in the world — and he’s certain that this is the best whiskey in the world.
Shaw has always been a drinker. He’s frequently sipping something fancy — usually a martini or a glass of wine — but this is the first time Shaw’s skill as a whiskey sommelier has been revealed.
Usually, readers see Shaw drinking when he’s speaking cryptically about an evil plan. It’s unclear how Shaw acquired his tasting skills, but it would make sense for him to pick this skill up over his years as a member of a secret high society, especially given his enthusiasm for alcohol.
He undoubtedly has the money and power to acquire whatever luxury his heart desires and in copious amounts. It’s safe to assume Shaw is versed in the finest and most expensive whiskeys. Whether or not Shaw has created the world’s best whiskey with Forge and Tempo, one thing is for certain: Shaw’s whiskey will undoubtedly turn a profit.
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The Black King of the Hellfire Club, aka Sebastian Shaw, reveals a new skillset in Marauders #10 that makes perfect sense with his history.