Real Name: Alex DePaul

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Group Membership: S.H.I.E.L.D.

Affiliations: Agent#22, Ares, Code: Blue, Nick Fury, Thunderstrike, Warhawks

Enemies: Bison, Luke Cage, John Farret, Hercules, Mongoose, Kara Lynn Palamas, Pandara, Quicksand, Spider-Man, Stellaris

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier

First Appearance: Thunderstrike#5 (February, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: DePaul was a master of espionage and duplicity. He possessed his own suit of Mandroid armor which afforded him physical protection, enhanced his strength twenty times, and allowed him to fire stun cannons and magnetic blasts.

History: (Thunderstrike#5) - Agent DePaul was alerted when "Mother" Majowski of Code: Blue hacked into information from the National Crime Network on Tantalus to assist in their search for the killer Pandara. S.H.I.E.L.D. had attempted to keep this information sealed, and DePaul brought a team of agents to Code: Blue's precinct to arrest all of them and their witness, Mary Jane Watson-Parker. He had them confined aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. When the Helicarrier was boarded by Spider-Man, Thunderstrike and "Jock" Jackson, DePaul donned his Mandroid armor to confront them personally.

(Thunderstrike#6) - Thunderstrike, Jackson and Spider-Man were joined by Stellaris, and Stellaris managed to tear DePaul out of his Mandroid armor. Just then, Nick Fury arrived and had DePaul stand down and release Code: Blue from their custody.

(Thunderstrike#7) - After Code: Blue captured Pandara, DePaul appeared with an agent Simon to take her into their custody. However, Simon was an agent of Tantalus, and he set Pandara free. Pandara attacked the precinct with her creatures, and DePaul joined Jackson and Thunderstrike in battling her. In the course of the battle Jackson was slain, but they were able to obtain the evidence they needed to put Pandara away for good.

(Thunderstrike#13) - DePaul became part of Operation: Sinkhole, an attempt by S.H.I.E.L.D. to bury Inferno-42 deep within the remains of their old headquarters. When Bison, an agent of Seth, attempted to steal Inferno-42 and was seemingly assisted by Luke Cage, DePaul turned to the Avengers for assistance, and requested Thunderstrike's aid, believing Thunderstrike was stupid enough to take care of Luke Cage for him. However, Cage explained to Thunderstrike that Bison was a friend in need of help, and the two of them wound up on the doorstep of the old S.H.I.E.L.D. base. DePaul donned his Mandroid armor to attack them, but soon found that the true threats -- Mongoose, Quicksand and Bison -- were also there!

(Thunderstrike#14) - DePaul attacked Bison and nearly killed him, but was prevented from doing so by Luke Cage. Bison then fought back against DePaul and smashed his armor, causing it to electrocute him as the tunnels they were in filled with water. Thunderstrike brought DePaul, Bison, Cage and himself to safety, and in recognition of that, DePaul did not have Bison or Cage arrested.

(Hercules and the Heart of Chaos#1 (fb, BTS)) - DePaul eventually turned rogue, and became an ally of Ares and his Warhawks. DePaul agreed to assist Ares in his scheme to obtain the Heart of Athena so that Ares could use it to build his Gabriel's Horn and destroy all of Earth's technology (save the Helicarrier, so that S.H.I.E.L.D. would have the upper hand over the rest of the Earth's population). DePaul also provided the Warhawks with suits of Mandroid armor.

(Hercules and the Heart of Chaos#1) - Cooperating with Ares' scheme, DePaul approached Hercules to request his aid, but was at first turned down. After his friend Tharamus was slain by Ares during the theft of the Heart of Athena, Hercules reconsidered, and agreed to join S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Hercules and the Heart of Chaos#2) - DePaul led a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission to the Warhawks' base in South America, but only so that Ares could then lead the Warhawks in a raid of the Helicarrier. After Hercules slew the Minotaur which Ares had left behind in South America, DePaul accompanied Hercules back to the Helicarrier, but they were shot from the sky by Ares.

(Hercules and the Heart of Chaos#3) - Hercules helped bring DePaul aboard the Helicarrier, still not realizing DePaul was a double agent. While Hercules fought the Warhawks, DePaul ran into agent John Farret, who recognized him as the traitor. DePaul shot him in the leg and then met up with Ares, who had taken Hercules prisoner atop the Gabriel Horn. DePaul admitted his duplicity, but Hercules tore himself free from the Horn and fought Ares. During this, DePaul fought agent Kara Lynn Palamas, and during their struggle, he fell upon a sword he had been using. He apologized for what he had done, then died.

Comments: Created by Ron Frenz, Tom DeFalco and Al Milgrom.

by Prime Eternal

Alex DePaul should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Hercules and the Heart of Chaos#1, page 7, panel 1
Thunderstrike#14, page 18, panel 4

Thunderstrike#6 (March, 1994) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (writer/pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thunderstrike#7 (April, 1994) - Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz (writers), Keith Pollard (pencils), Sandu Florea (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thunderstrike#13-14 (October-November, 1994) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (writer/pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Hercules and the Heart of Chaos#1-3 (August-October, 1997) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (plot/pencils), Pat Olliffe (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 07/18/13

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