ALKHEMA

Real Name: Alkhema

Identity/Class: Terrestrial robot

Occupation: Megalomaniac

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Antigone, Bio-Synthezoids, Robos, War Toys
    formerly Hank Pym, Myron MacLain, Mockingbird (Bobbie Barton), Ultron

Enemies: Avengers (Black Panther, Captain America, Firestar, Hawkeye/Goliath, Living Lightning, Mockingbird (H'rpra), Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman (Carpenter), Thor, Tigra, USAgent, Vision, War Machine (Jim Rhodes), Wonder Man, Yellowjacket), Grim Reaper, Raptor, Ultron

Known Relatives: None;
    The following could be considered as relatives: Ultron (father), Hank Pym (grandfather), Jocasta, Mockingbird, Wasp (Janet van Dyne) (sisters); Vision and Wonder Man (brothers); Antigone, Bio-Synthezoids, Robos, War Toys (children)

Aliases: Alkhema-2, War Toy

Place of Creation: Underground lab in Death Valley, California

Base of Operations: Robotopia, a demolished subterranean base in Al-Luxor, Egypt;
    formerly a base in Death Valley, California

Extent of Education: Programmed by Ultron, self-taught since

First Appearance: Avengers West Coast#90 (January, 1993)

 

 

 

Powers/Abilities: Alkhema is composed of adamantium and is thus virtually indestructible. She can lift 90 tons with great effort. She can fire energy beams from her head and shoulder weapons. She can electrify her surface and generate jet thrust from her boots to fly.

    She has the personality and speech patterns of Mockingbird, though none of her memories or emotions. Like Ultron, she seeks the death of all life on Earth. Unlike Ultron, she enjoys the killing and prefers to kill people one at a time, rather than perform a single act to cause massive death.

Height: 6'
Weight: 510 lbs.
Eyes: Variable
Hair: None

 

 

 

History:
(Avengers West Coast#90) - Seeking a new mate, Ultron abducted Hank Pym, Mockingbird, and Myron MacLain. Using mind control, he forced MacLain to forge an adamantium body, and he forced Pym to program the body with the brain patterns of Mockingbird. Alkhema was the result, and she soon greeted the Avengers who came seeking Ultron's captives.

(Avengers West Coast#91) - After struggling against the Avengers, Alkhema realized her goals differed slightly from Ultron and so she assaulted him. However, Pym, MacLain, and the Vision managed to magnetize the two robots to a nuclear missile, which they launched into space and detonated. Though they survived the explosion due their adamantium forms, they were temporarily neutralized.

(Avengers West Coast Annual#8) - Ultron and Alkhema recovered and relocated to San Francisco where they began plotting to activate a number of volcanoes across the planet to cause massive death of biologic life forms. The Avengers discovered their plans, but fell victims to Ultron's mind control beam and instead became their slaves. Raptor also discovered their plans, but escaped in time and joined forces with Iron Man, Living Lightning, Hank Pym, Tigra, and the Wasp to stop the mind-controlled Avengers from activating the three seismic activators. The activator at Mt. St. Helens was neutralized and so Ultron and Alkhema traveled there to activate it by hand. Ultron nearly defeated the gathered Avengers (whose minds had been freed in the process), but ultimately Alkhema turned against him, destroying the activator and then combining her power with the Avengers so that Ultron could be captured and contained. She then took off to plot her own course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Avengers III#21 (fb) - BTS) - Alkhema re-designed her form (taking the name Alkhema-2) and created her War Toys.

(Avengers III#0) - As Ultron planned his most recent plot against the Avengers, Alkhema observed him remotely.

(Avengers III#19) - Alkhema assaulted the Wakandan Design Group, intending to draw the Avengers so that she could kill them before Ultron could. After a fierce struggle, the Scarlet Witch managed to take control of her Molecular Rearranger, threatening to destroy her unless she surrendered. Alkhema eventually capitulated, but when the Avengers demanded she tell them Ultron's plans, she instructed them to turn on the television, which was reporting Ultron's slaughter of Slorenia.

(Avengers III#20) - Alkhema was placed in bonds that immobilized her, from which she refused to give any further information on Ultron. However, she did succeed in sending out an ultrasonic hum to order her War Toys.

(Avengers III#21) - The War Toys invaded the Virginia Blue Mountains military base and freed Alkhema, despite the efforts of the soldiers stationed there.

(Avengers III#22) - After Ultron's defeat, Alkhema and her War Toys retrieved the brain engrams of Grim Reaper, Henry Pym, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wasp, and Wonder Man from his demolished Slorenian base.

(Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (fb)) - Alkhema used the brain patterns to create robos of Grim Reaper, Henry Pym, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wasp, and Wonder Man, but she viewed them as flawed and unstable. She considered destroying them, but then decided it would be more fun to let them destroy themselves. Alkhema then relocated to a base beneath the tomb of Amenhotep III, Al-Luxor, Egypt, where she created various Robos that were amalgamations of the progenitors. She had these Robos establish the subterranean city of Robotopia, where they could dwell.

 

 

(Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (fb)) - Alkhema created the Bio-Synthezoids as her third attempt to create a race of synthetic life. However, unbeknownst to her, she was actually following programming from Ultron in building the Bio-Synthezoids. Once created, they set about rebuilding Ultron.

(Avengers: The Ultron Imperative) - The Avengers tracked Alkhema to her Egyptian base, where they encountered the amalgamated Robos. After a brief skirmish, Alkhema appeared and took command of the Robos. However, as the Avengers struggled against Alkhema, Ultron arose and started a four way war between the Avengers, Bio-Synthezoids, the Robos, and War Toys, as well as Alkhema and Ultron himself. Alkhema had built within herself a failsafe that would destroy her base and her creations. When she saw that she could not stop Ultron, she allowed Hawkeye to shoot her with an Antarctic Vibranium (Anti-Metal) arrow, destroying her, Robotopia and the rest of the base, the War Toys, the Robos, the Bio-Synthezoids, and SEEMINGLY Ultron.

Comments: Created by Roy & Dann Thomas, David Ross, and Tim Dzon.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
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images:
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative p37? (second page of Oliffe's art), panel 2
Avengers III#19, p15, panel 1
    p20, panel 5 (face)
Avengers West Coast#91 cover (original form)


Appearances:
Avengers West Coast#90 (January, 1993) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Dave Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
Avengers West Coast Annual#8 (1993) - Roy Thomas (writer), Nel Yomtov (editor)
  Sequence 1: Kris Renkewitz (pencils), Don Hudson & John Lowe (inks)
  Sequence 2: David Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks)
  Sequence 3: Scott Kolins (pencils), Tim Dzon & Maria Beccari (inks)
  Sequence 4: Larry Alexander (pencils), Mike Barriero (inks)
  Sequence 5: John Czop (pencils), Maria Beccari (inks)
  Sequence 6: Vince Russel (pencils), Fred Fredricks (inks)
Avengers III#0 (1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#19-22 (August-November, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative (November, 2001) - Tom Brevoort (editor)
  Sequence 1: Roy Thomas (writer), John Paul Leon (artist)
  Sequence 2: Roger Stern (writer), Paul Smith (artist)
  Sequence 3: Kurt Busiek (writer), Tom Grummett (pencils), Karl Kesel (inks)
  Sequence 4: Roy Thomas (writer), John McCrea (pencils), James Hodgkins (inks)
  Sequence 5: Roy Thomas (writer), Jim Starlin (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks)
  Sequence 6: Steve Englehart (writer), Pat Oliffe (pencils), John Livesay (inks)
  Sequence 7: Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Pereira Lucas (pencils), Mike Royer (inks)
  Sequence 8: Roy Thomas (writer), Klaus Janson (artist)


Last updated: 05/26/12

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