Aura & Override

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2002
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As above.


Cybernetic suits which provide their powers.


None, other than inexperience.


Aura can project a force field which blocks motion and energy. Override can override and control machinery and electronics within range. It would seem that he can encourage it to do things it might usually not perform. e.g. Trucks spontanously flip over sideways.

Strength Level:

Cybernetically enhanced


U.S. presumably

Created By:

Todd DeZago, Sal Buscema, Jimmy Palmiotti

Current Occupation:

Bounty Hunters

Dual Identity:

Not generally known


University Educated, Presumably

Former Bases:

New Doctor Octopus' Secret Hideout

Former Groups:

Doctor Octopus' Muscle Squad

Former Occupation:

Scientists, presumably

Known Allies:

Fester (The Looter)

Legal Status:

No criminal record

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider

Marital Status:

Married to each other

Place of Birth:

U.S. presumably

Real Name:

Annie and Greg Herd

Usual Bases:



Aura and Override are a Husband and Wife team who gained their powers while working with Carolyn Trainer, the new Doctor Octopus. Aura has the power to project a force field, while Override can control any machine or electronic device within range.

The powers are given by their cybernetic costumes (ummm... I didn't think that a costume would count as cybernetics). Override claims to have designed the costumes, however the events of Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1 would seem to suggest that Carolyn Trainer provide some input - possibly funding and lab facilities.

They initially battled the Scarlet Spider, with limited success. Later, during the Spider-Hunt saga, they engaged Spider-Man for the price on his head. They were again unsuccessful, and during the climax of the battle, in a melee involving police, crazed goons with guns, and Spider-Man, an accident put Aura in hospital - devastating her husband.

Wanting revenge on Spider-Man, Override unintentionally got involved with the kidnapping of Norman Osborn Jr. Norman Osborn had created a fake Green Goblin to kidnap Normie, and make himself look innocent of the Goblin's crimes. After all, Norman and the Goblin had been seen together, so how he he and the Goblin be the same person? Norman hadnt counted on Override taking part in the fiasco, but he quickly found a use for him. Looking for any way to help his wife, Override agreed to take part in the Gathering of Five ritual with Osborn. Hoping for the gift of power in order to help Aura, Override instead recieved death and became Shadrac. His curse left with with the ability to kill anything he touched, but the power was also slowing killing him.

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Nov 1995 App: Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Dec 1995 App: Web of Scarlet Spider #2
Mar 1998 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #25
  Aura is hospitalised
Mar 1998 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #255
Oct 1998 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #32
  Override only (Aura behind the scenes)
Nov 1998 App: Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #33
Nov 1998 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #441
  Override only, Gathering of Five
Mar 1999 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #3
  Aura in flashback, behind the scenes.

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2002
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)