The Father Files: Deathlok & Deathstrike

The Father Files: Deathlok & Deathstrike

Marvel writes:

In February’s SECRET AVENGERS #22, new series writer Rick Remender begins to reveal the sinister secret that lies at the center of the world: the Descendants. Hyper-evolved from the Marvel Universe’s most famous robots and androids by the enigmatic Father, these new “races” will challenge the Avengers like no foe before them. This series of week-long “sneak-peeks” will reveal for the first time each species of Descendants through extensive notes and Remender’s commentary.

When one considers the robotic races that have existed over the years, one must take into account the individuals known as cyborgs, a combination of man and machine. Though they, by their very nature, do not rate on the evolutionary path of true artificial intelligences, a few rare examples make for fascinating study.

The cybernetic-human confluence known as Deathlok began life as soldier Luther Manning, reputedly of an alternate future time. Grafted with robotic accoutrements, Manning’s standing as a proposed “super soldier” put him into many situations that a normal human could never survive.

The Deathlok cyborg somehow made its way to our own present-day reality and, its military programming more or less intact, set out to stem the tide of events that made his own reality a wasteland. In doing so, he partnered with several of Earth’s costumed champions and eventually completed his “mission.” Since that time, other Deathloks have appeared, most likely inspired by the original cyborg and its successful programming.

Deathloks score high on adaptability to extreme environments and in use of advanced military ordnance. Their programming may be described as “single-minded.”

Yuriko Oyama’s body became a synthesis of human flesh and reportedly-indestructible adamantium metal through a process designed by her scientist father. Now known as Lady Deathstrike, she represents a virtual cyborg “killing machine” that possesses the ability to interface with any computer and sports claw-like appendages from her fingers. These she uses to combat enemies like the mutant Wolverine and his fellow X-Men.

Read the rest here at Marvel.com:
The Father Files: Deathlok & Deathstrike

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