Marvel’s series Agents of SHIELD has revived interest in a comic character from the late 70’s and early 80’s. Deathlok has reemerged and been given new life from exposure in the television series. The exposure from Agents of SHIELD has even revived the title for a new line of comics. Most audiences are familiar with the television version of Deathlok and the SHIELD character Mike Peterson. The original anti-hero was a much darker character trying to overthrow a corrupt government organization.
The comic version of Deathok was Luther Manning, a solider who was severely injured in combat. He was put into a program that tested various mechanical and technological advancements in biomechanical experimentation. The result was a super soldier called Deathlok.
Powers and Abilities
Enhanced Strength and Agility
Deathlok was given superhuman strength and agility through chemical enhancements and cybernetic implants. Deathlok had the strength of five men and enhanced reflexes to match. He was an incredible foe that could fight multiple targets at the same time with effectiveness and ease.
Due to the enhancements and body armor, Deathlok had a limited invulnerability to physical attacks. He was able to withstand physical assaults with ease and his body armor could take direct gunfire without being penetrated.
Deathlok was equipped with advanced weapons that made him a major threat. He carried a high powered assault rifle for long range attacks and several pistols for close range combat. Deathlok also had a variety of knives at his disposal. Manning could also build a variety of weapons as he needed them to use in combat.
Deathlok received a number of cybernetic implants that made him a combination of human flesh and robotic technology. Deathlok received robotic limbs to replace those lost in combat. The leg gave him enhanced speed and the arm added greater strength and stability. Manning’s left eye was replaced with a cybernetic eye that allowed him to have special targeting capability, infrared and telescopic vision.
Manning had been trained as a solider in a variety of combat techniques. Deathlok was skilled at long range sniper rifles, heavy weapons and pistols. He was also highly trained in hand to hand combat and stealth operations. Manning made the perfect test subject because of his advanced military training.
Deathlok became a fan favorite for many hardcore Marvel fans and his revival is a bonus for Agents of SHIELD. Expect to see more of the cybernetic hero on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and in the pages of the new Deathlok comic coming in the Fall of 2014.