Yes, I’m cheating. A single post spanning three years. But these are just awful, awful comics. I appreciate what Rich Buckler was trying to do, but this is pure design over substance. Deathlok, like Ghost Rider, looks great-but there’s not much to do with him as a character.
He finishes out the Astonishing Tales run mostly fighting the military unit that created him and trying to return to being human again, and also meeting Godwulf. He’s a tarzan-looking dude with a bow-and-arrow and is also cybernetically augmented, and who has the power to move through time. At the end of the run, Deathlok disappears-and reappearsin Marvel Spotlight #33.
That’s where we get a decent Deathlok story for the first time. In that comic, we see Deathlok was thrown back in time and landed in current Marvel continuity in the Earth 616. He has a little adventure with a mystical action hero called Devil Slayer. Slayer is a little like Cloak-he can wrap himself in his cape and transport to a pocket dimension. Anyhow, they fight each other then team up to fight demons.
In the end, Deathlok starts to fade away again and we’re told he’ll reappear in Marvel Two-in-One #26. Devil Slayer will later join up with The Defenders.
Hey, I said it was a decent comic. Not a great one.
Creators: Astonishing Tales: Mostly Rich Buckler on everything, with occasional script help from Dough Moench.
Marvel Spotlight: David Anthony Kraft (writer) and Rich Buckler
First Appearances: Godwulf (AT#36) and Devil Slayer (MS#33)
Grade: Astonishing Tales: F
Marvel Spotlight: C-
For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.