Thanks to the work of H.G. Wells, many people think that Dr. Henri Moreau was a fanciful creation- one man’s nightmare translated into prose. Almost no one believes that any of Moreau’s experiments creating Manimals ever happened. But a few people know better. And, very soon, the whole world will.
Young Philippe Murrow, raised in France by an absolutely average family, found out to his delight that Dr. Moreau had been very real. In fact, Dr. Henri Moreau was Philippe’s rarely mentioned grandfather.
Unlike his father, who was trying so hard to hide from the Moreau legacy, Philippe embraced it. He retook the original family name and obsessively studied all of his grandfather’s notes and journals. Reading those journals, for the first time in his life, Philippe didn’t feel alone or alienated. Here was someone he understood, who understood him. Here was someone with drive, brilliance and the desire to reshape the world into a better place! Young Philippe was determined to live up to his grandfather’s legacy and prove that the Moreaus were visionaries! It didn’t hurt that he actually really enjoyed torturing and vivisecting the small animals he first experimented on in his childhood.
Thanks to his grandfather’s notes, the advent of new technology and his own genius, Philippe was able to far outstrip his grandfather’s accomplishments. In particular, Radium X has been of tremendous use. He has also been quite willing to do risky and painful surgeries on his subjects. After all, it’s all in the pursuit of science. Plus, he still enjoys inflicting pain. His own notes and journals– which he keeps in the exact same sort of leather-bound books his grandfather used to use –detail all of his tremendous successes in creating human-like Manimals.
Much like his grandfather, however, he has experienced the scorn and rejection of his peers. Other scientists shudder at his work and refuse to honor his achievements. Likewise, on occasion, different governments have felt the need to incarcerate him.
Fortunately for him, the criminal organization, VIPER, sprung him from prison in return for his services. It was a condition Philippe was delighted to accept. VIPER promised to keep him well-funded, provide him with plentiful resources and firepower and encourage his work creating an army of Manimals.
Unfortunately, VIPER hasn’t been keeping him in the style to which he’d like to become accustomed lately. Recently, they’ve begun working with that puffed-up scientific popinjay, Dr. Teleios. Now that they have Teleios, they essentially dropped Moreau.