COMIC-BOOK CREDENTIALS: Appeared in the A-Team comics from Marvel and IDW, as well as a comic strip in British magazine Look-in! Yeah, you’ve not been anyone until you’ve been in Look-in; just ask Tommy Boyd!
Although Hannibal appeared in the A-Team comic, he was kind of overshadowed by his teammate B.A. Baracus (aka Mr T) who got his own comic! As well as that his printed popularity has always relied upon his appearances in the A-Team TV show and movie; so without regular appearances he fades into obscurity. Same thing happened to Tommy Boyd.
SKILLS/ABILITIES: Leaderof the crack command unit known as the A-Team, cigar smoker, B-movie actor, the best person to celebrate the success of ‘a plan’ that has ‘come together’.
REASON FOR RECRUITMENT: Hannibal was born to lead and having already proved himself as head of the A-Team his skills at successfully heading up any team go without question! After being recruited by Quinn Mallory, Hannibal will immediately take charge of the rest of the recruits as and when they arrive and will no doubt inform them that there is no such thing as a smoking ban.
POTENTIAL RISK: Well Hannibal does have a habit of disappearing for periods of time to appear in monster movies and then when he does reappear he tends to have issues with the United States Military. Obviously the biggest potential risk will be due to his continued smoking habit, particularly his love of cigars. Health risks aside, a problem that could present itself is if Hannibal runs out of cigars and the all night petrol station no longer stocks his favourite brand. This could provoke a major problem for Hannibal and with his background in explosive devices, I don’t fancy the chances of any poor petrol pump attendant who gets in his way. A constant eye must be kept on this situation.
CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: As part of the A-Team Hannibal has proved that he is pretty much impervious to harm as he is usually pretty good at dodging bullets. Now either the US Military trained at the same shooting range as Darth Vader’s Stormtroopers, or Hannibal has the uncanny ability to deflect bullets, but either way his survival rate is pretty high.
IN EVENT OF DEATH BEFORE MISSION... LIKELIHOOD OF REPLACEMENT WITH WOLVERINE: No chance, Wolverine isn’t really a leader and so Hannibal’s leadership skills are invaluable. Plus his friend B.A owns a rather nice van.