|First appearance||Contest of Champions |
(Vol. 2) #1 (October 7, 2015)
Marvel Contest of Champions
(October 22, 2015) (game)
|Created by||Al Ewing |
|Alter ego||Jeannine Sauvage|
|Team affiliations||Champions of Europe|
Guillotine or Jeannine Sauvage is a fictional mystic character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She was born of a mixed French-Algerian heritage and is the latest in her bloodline to inherit "La Fleur du Mal", a mystical sword with dark supernatural powers (the sword name means literally "The Flower of Evil" in French).
The character was first conceived by writer Al Ewing and then the full design was developed by Kabam art director Gabriel Frizzera and artist Paco Medina. She first appeared in the second volume of Contest of Champions released October 7, 2015 (cover dated December 2015). Shortly after, she made her debut in the game Marvel: Contest of Champions. In 2017, Guillotine was briefly featured in the title U.S.Avengers.
Fictional character biography
In 1793, an ancestor of Sauvage, Jean Desmarais, found the mythical Fleur du Mal sword in the Paris catacombs when escaping the authorities for being a revolutionary. Since then, it was passed on to his descendants with the most recent one being Jeannine Sauvage. Jeannine discovered the sword at age twelve by being lured to a room that was usually locked by a voice. While inspecting the sword, she slit her finger with its edge, and the blood dripped into the sword. This caused Jeannine to become cursed to wield this sword like her ancestors before her.
During the Secret Empire storyline, Guillotine appears as a member of the Champions of Europe alongside Ares, Captain Britain, Excalibur, Outlaw, and Peregrine. With help from Squirrel Girl and Enigma, the team manages to liberate Paris, France from Hydra occupation.
Powers and abilities
Guillotine has no superpowers but is an expert swordswoman and wields the mystic Fleur du Mal sword, a sword with dark supernatural powers.
In other media
- Guillotine is a playable character in the online game Marvel: Contest of Champions. This marked the first time that a Marvel character appeared in comics that was developed for a game.