Real Name: Ray Carter
Identity/Class: Mutant human, hostile towards humanity
Occupation: former leader of the Tunnelers
Group Membership: Selene's Undead Army;
formerly Tunnelers (Blowhard, Masque, Scaleface)
Affiliations: Morlocks, Pyro, Selene, countless other T/O resurrected mutants
Enemies: Hrimhari, Marauders, X-Factor (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl), X-Force (Archangel, Domino, Warpath, Wolfsbane, X-23)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: The Alley
Appearances: X-Factor I#11 (December, 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Berzerker was able to absorb and manipulate the energies of the enitre electromagnetic spectrum. He primarily used this to fly and fire energy blasts. He also could use it to tap into an absorb observe or listen to television or radio broadcasts.
History: (X-Factor I#11) - Berzerker was one of the Morlocks, a society of mutants and other outcasts that lived in the Alley, beneath the city of Manhattan, New York. He led an offshoot called the Tunnelers, who I'm guessing lived in the tunnels surrounding the Alley, rather than living in the central Alley along with the majority of the Morlocks. The Tunnelers, for whatever reason, resented the Drain Dwellers, another branch of the Morlocks, composed of Annalee, Ape, Beautiful Dreamer, Erg, Piper, and Tar Baby.
When the mercenary assassins, known as the Marauders were sent to slaughter the Morlocks, the Tunnelers fought back. Berzerker, Blowhard, Masque, and Scaleface survived, but the six other Tunnelers were killed. The Tunnelers attacked X-Factor, who were searching the tunnels for survivors of the mutant massacre, but were convinced to cease hostilities and join them back at their complex. Upon arriving there, the Tunnelers learned that they were at the headquarters of the group of mutant hunters which X-Factor was at the time posing to be.
Disgusted, they left, planning to make a new home for themselves in New Jersey. Upon the way, they got into a fight with a street gang, which escalated into a police shoot-out. By the time X-Factor arrived on the seen, Masque was wounded and Blowhard had been shot dead. When Scaleface was killed in mid-transformation, Berzerker went into a rage, vowing revenge on all humanity. He began absorbing large amounts of energy, but Cyclops blasted him off the pier. He was apparently destroyed by explosive reaction between the water and his energy.
(X Necrosha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Selene resurrected Berzerker alongside many other deceased mutants with the T/O (techno-organic) virus.
(X Necrosha#1) - Berzerker and Pyro assaulted Archangel and Warpath on Utopia.
(X-Force III#21) - Berzerker attacked Archangel, Warpath, Wolfsbane and Hrimhari on Utopia alongside other resurrected mutants including Pyro, Maggott, Scaleface and Hemingway. When Archangel slew Berzerker and the other attackers the T/O virus put them back together in mere moments.
(X-Force III#22) - Berzerker and Scaleface battled X-23 and Domino on Utopia. (see comments)
(X-Force III#24 - BTS)- Selene presumably absorbed the soul of Berzerker alongside the souls of all the other resurrected mutants to become a god-like being.
Comments: Created by Louise and Walt Simonson.
I'm not sure why Berzerker didn't get an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#18, along with the rest of the Morlocks killed in the Mutant Massacre. You can find Scaleface and Blowhard there. Scaleface was later resurrected by Black Talon (Barone) to serve in his team of mutant zombies, the X-Humed.
The battle in X-Force III#22 was only seen on the cover. Inside the issue a scene with Berzerker is nowhere to be found.
Berzerker received a real name in Necrosha X#1.
Clarifications: Berzerker is not to be confused with:
X-Factor I#11 (December, 1986) - Louise Simonson (writer), Walt Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X Necrosha#1 (December, 2009) - Craig Kyle & Chris Yost (writers), Clayton Crain (artist), Jeanine Schaefer & Nick Lowe (editors)
X-Force III#21-22 (January-February, 2010) - Craig Kyle & Chris Yost (writers), Clayton Crain (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
X-Force III#24 (April, 2010) - Craig Kyle & Chris Yost (writers), Clayton Crain (artist), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Last updated: 12/31/17
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