Layana Sweetwater

The Religious Affiliation of
Layana Sweetwater

Religion: alien CBR Scale: I

Name: Layana Sweetwater

Other Names: Emperor Mother; Layanna Sweetwater

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Hercules (vol. 1) #2 (Oct. 1982): "For the Love of Gods"

Creators: Bob Layton, Luke McDonnell

Number of Appearances: 5

Enemy of: Hercules, Igwanus

Romantic Interests: Hercules, Igwanus

Family/Relative: Arimathes (son)

Occupation: emperor

Planet: Wilamean

Race: white, Wilameanis

Gender: female

Note: had a son with Hercules

In stories set around the year 2385, Layana Sweetwater is a native of the planet Wilamean (whose people appear very much like Earth humnans). She manipulated her way into becoming a member of royalty and eventually became the empress (or emperor) of her people.

At one point, Layana was engaged to be married to Count Igwanus. She tricked Hercules into "rescuing" her during a incident that she herself contrived. Count Igwanus was grateful to Hercules for rescuing the fiance he loved. Count Igwanus married Layana, even though she had been exposed as a manipulator and liar. After they were married, Layana manipulated things so that she was able to enslave Count Igwanus.

When Layana meet the legendary Earth hero Hercules, they had a romantic relationship. Hercules fathered a child with her, a son she named Arimathes. Layana manipulated Arimathes to become the ruler of her planet, but she was the real power behind the throne.

Later, Layana hired a group of alien and Earth human assassins known as the Assassins Guild to kill Hercules, so she could have vengeance on him for when he thwarted her previous plot.

Layana's assassination attempt on Hercules almost resulted in the death of her son, Arimathes. This horrified her, and she vowed she would no longer do such a thing again. Arimathes took firm control of the planet, with the intention of keeping his mother under control.

This character is in the following 6 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Hercules (vol. 1) #2 (Oct. 1982): "For the Love of Gods"
Hercules: Twilight of a God #4 (Nov. 2010): "The End"
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Marvel Graphic Novel #37 (Aug. 1988): "Hercules, Prince of Power: Full Circle"

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