CELL

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: human/mutant

Occupation: former gang member

Group Membership: The Chicago Morlocks (Angel Dust, Electric Eve, Litterbug, Postman, Shatter, Trader);
unnamed gang(s?)

Affiliations: Other Morlocks

Enemies: The police, Dr. Metellus, Sentinels

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Chicago, IL

First Appearance: Morlocks#1 (June, 2002)

Powers/Abilities: The mutant known as Cell evolved into a single-cell organism. Because of this, he could receive massive amounts of physical damage without being hurt, and could reshape himself to be able to slip through doors and sewer grates, as well as stretch himself. He also ate through absorbing his meal, this absorption could be used as an attack, if he wanted. Extremely opportunistic, Cell was willing to do anything to continue his survival.

Height: 5' 8" Weight: Indeterminate

History: (Morlocks#1) Shot in the stomach by the cops, Cell sat in the back seat of a car bleeding, while his fellow gang members tried to drive away. The cops shot the driver, and the car swerved out of control. Cell made his way out of the wreck, but his physiology was changed. The cops opened fire on him, but he survived, and drained into the sewers. The Postman's Morlocks stood in front of him, then defeated the cops. Offered a chance to join by the group, he accepts.

(Morlocks#2) After trying to get in between a fight between Angel Dust and Electric Eve, Cell is splattered against a wall. He recovered quick enough, and was there to see Electric Eve kill her ex, before the Sentinels arrived.

(Morlocks#3) Forced to flee from the Sentinels, the Morlocks retreat back to the sewers, where Cell absorbs an apple into himself. Attacked by the cops again, Trader is shot and killed. Cell finally gets back at the police, wrapping himself around several of them, digesting them (in a way.) He is later shocked at the extent of Postman's powers, as he forced the entire remaining group of cops to literally forget everything.

(Morlocks#4) Using a Sentinel as a Trojan Horse, the Morlocks returned to the military base where the Sentinels are created, and bring the base down around them. Cell, feeling his powers are inadequate against enemies like these, ran away, but when the rest of the Morlocks are forced to flee from the base, he wrapped himself around Dr. Metellus, and the two were blasted by a Sentinel.

Comments: Created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough

The XIII gang tattoo that Cell had on his neck is reminiscent of the tattoo that the character Train Heartnet has on his chest from the manga Black Cat by Yabuki Kentaro.
Two years ago, Black Cat, number XIII of the secret society Chronos' elite assassins, wasn't killed though he was supposed to be. Now, Train and his partner Sven are sweepers, bounty hunters trying to clean criminals off the street. Complicating matters for them is a thief who is above the law, in addition to a cute little girl with deadly abilities. Worse, Train's former partner, with his new companions, has plans for everyone else...

Red XIII from Final Fantasy 7 is another anime character with a prominent XIII tattoo, this one branded onto him by a scientist who was using him as a lab rat.

The number 13 is generally considered an unlucky number, mostly due to references in the Bible (13 people at the Last Supper, the 13th Psalm concerns wickedness and corruption, etc.) More info here

His body unable to digest the bullets fired at him by the cops at his original transformation, Cell walked around with a bullet placed in his forehead the entire mini-series.

Profile by: Zerostar

CLARIFICATIONS:

Cell of the Morlocks Chicago is not to be confused with...

  • Cell Combattre: violent sect of front de liberation de quebec, @Marvel Fanfare I#28
  • Cell-12: cyborg merc squad, hired by Hobgoblin to attack Ben Reilly and Peter Parker, @Amazing Spider-Man I#411

Appearances:
Morlocks#1-4 (June-September, 2002) - Geoff Johns (writer), Shawn Martinbrough (artist)


Last updated: 04/28/04

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