Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hero Spotlight: Deathlok

A friend of mine likes to say that if you don't like comics, you probably just haven't read the right one. There is a little bit of everything in the super hero genre, a good example of that is Deathlok, the cyborg zombie from the future.

The first Deathlok was Luther Manning. Manning was a soldier living in a dystopian future in which the government is wholly owned by corporations who after being fatally wounded was reanimated as the cyborg Deathlok. He was sent back in time by the Roxxon corporation, I think he was trying to kill Sarah Connor or something. Anyways he runs a fowl of modern day super heroes like Captain America and Spider-man in the process.

There have been several Deathloks in the present day Marvel Universe, most of which are copies of the Manning Deathlok technology. The most notable was Michael Collins who was all over the place during the 90's. He frequently teamed up with heroes like Spider-man and Ghost Rider, was right in the thick of things in Maximum Carnage, and even had his own ongoing series that lasted over 30 issues.

Currently there is a Deathlok who is from yet another alternate future who works as a faculty member for Wolverine at the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters. He can be seen in the pages of Wolverine and the X-men and is one of the more interesting and funny characters in that book. He can scan alternate futures and can determine probabilities from that, telling students things like in 58% of futures you will become an Avenger. There is also a teenage female Deathlok called Deathlocket appearing in Avengers Arena. Don't really know anything about her but here's a pic.
This has become a concept that has been used a ton over the years and it's no wonder, there's a lot of cool aspects to it. I joke about it being kinda like the Terminator but it actually predates that movie by a few years. I've always thought Deathlok could be made into a damn good movie, although maybe the general public would stupidly assume it's a Terminator rip off. Still, if Guardians of the Galaxy can get a movie, why not Deathlok?


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