Promoting this as the “loudest” book of the month is saying something in the 1990s. Or I should say it’s shouting something, eh?
The new Michael Collins Deathlok meets the original John Kelly Deathlock. Actually, it’s just Kelly’s consciousness, trapped in a computer. The Deathlok Computer (which is what the Deathlok character talks to all the time) killed Kelly when it could not control him.
So now there’s a three-way conversation in a single body between Collins, Kelly and the Computer.
Collins was a scientist who kind of became Deathlok by accident, whereas Kelly was a soldier who the military wanted to cybor-ize. And the computer is just trying to further goals of its programming, often impacted by the evil Roxxon corporation.
This three-way argument-in-a-body goes to Europe to stop the Ultimatum Corporation from creating its own army of cyborgs and Silver Sable, also located in Europe, helps him out. This leads to a cyborg war, in which Kelly pushes Collins to let his military training take over.
Over the course of the story, Kelly’s mind is transferred to a new cyborg body, Siege…
…Thus introducing a new cyborg. Also, we learn that Michael Collins’ human body is intact, and SHIELD knew it all along, creating suspicion in Collins/Deathlok about Fury’s real motives in allying with him.
Lots of good external and inner conflict. I’m not sure that adding a new personality constitutes character development, but I’ll take it.
Greg Wright was also writing Silver Sable at the time, and issues #11-12 continue this story. A branch of Hydra operating under the sea and building super cyborgs, and therefore Siege wants to get his hands on them (he’s kind of like a Malcolm X for cyborgs). Sable hires Stingray for help when she, too, is recruited to get the ‘borgs.
Here’s the standard 1990s “pose shot” from issue #12:
Nothing great here, but nothing terrible either.
Creators: Gregory Wright with art by Walter McDaniel, Tom Raney, and J.J. Birch.
Grade: B- (Deathlok), C (Sable)
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