Real Name: Rex Randolph
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: former Cosmic Fixer-Upper
former contract construction worker for Damage Control
Affiliations: Formerly Damage Control; Lenny Balinger
Death, Eternity, Galactus, In-Betweener, Infinity, Lord Chaos, Oblivion;
Andromeda, Avengers, Deathlok (Collins), Fantastic Four, Her, Hulk, New Warriors, Punisher (Castle), X-Men
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Edifice Rex: Cosmically Anal-Retentive
Base of Operations: currently unknown;
last seen in Manhattan, New York;
formerly deep space;
formerly the Flatiron Building, Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: Damage Control I#1 (May, 1989);
(named) Damage Control III#2 (July, 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Edifice Rex has vast cosmic power, on a level comparable to beings such as Eternity. While he can fly, restructure matter, alter his own size, and survive in the vacuum of space unaided, he apparently has sufficient power to restructure the entire universe (with a little concentration and preparation).
(Damage Control I#1) - Following the defeat of a giant robot by Spider-Man and the Avengers, Damage Control was sent to clean up. Rex came across a sphere of glowing, green energy, which he picked up, despite his foreman's recommendation to the contrary. The sphere suddenly discharged its energy, transforming Rex. Filled with power, Rex somehow knew his place was no longer with Damage Control, and his destiny lay elsewhere. As Rex flew off into space, Lenny commented, "We lose more employees this way..."
(Damage Control III#1) - Having spent months mastering its new power, an energy globe that was once Rex decided that it was ready to go home. Streaking through hyper-space, it miscalculated its path, and overshot Earth by a large margin. Recalculating, it headed for where Earth would be when it arrived.
(Damage Control III#2) - Edifice Rex arrived on Earth, in Yankee Stadium, amidst the scene of an imminent struggle between the Hulk, the New Warriors, and Damage Control (who sought to prevent further destruction of property). Rex explained that he realized after all that his destiny did lie on Earth after all. He dedicated his power to upholding Damage Control's ideals: He would clean! He would repair! He would restore!
Rex used his powers to sanitize everyone and everything in the stadium, and then double Mylar bagged the New Warriors when they sought to oppose him. He then expressed his love for Earth: A world where garbage bags have built in handles. Where zip-lock stripes turn green, to assure proper sealage. Where spray cleaner comes in a bottle with setting both spray and stream. So many gifts they have, so untidy they are. Rejected though I am, I will leave them with this gift: a world of perpetual neatness. With a place for everything--and everything in its place.
To stall Rex, John Porter convinced him to first clean up an asteroid belt in deep space.
(Damage Control III#3) - As he finished polishing the last of the asteroids, Rex came upon the idea of using his power to clean everything up all at once. As he started to use his power, the changes were first felt by Lord Chaos, who enlisted Galactus to help him oppose Rex. Galactus summoned the Silver Surfer and sent him to Earth to gather help from the only beings who could help save the universe itself from the brink of destruction: Damage Control!
(Damage Control III#4) - The Surfer brought Damage Control's Lenny Balinger, Robin Chapel, John Porter, and Bart Rozum to a meeting of Cosmic Beings, including Death, Eternity, Galactus, In-Betweener, Infinity, Lord Chaos, Master Order, and Oblivion. Infinity summoned Rex, who promptly jumped up to Galactus' size and revealed his plans: He had decided that things had been getting progressively messier since the Big Bang, and so he then force everything in the universe back into the cosmic egg--and then maybe put the egg on a nice marble pedestal. Or mahogany. Anyway, something tasteful.
Rex then left for Earth, and the cosmic beings discussed the matter. While Master Order was all for Rex's plan, the others opposed it, but feared that if they engaged Rex in battle, forces might be unleashed that could do even more damage than Rex's plans--oh yeah, and they might get their collective butts kicked, too.
The Surfer returned Damage Control to Earth, where the heroes of Earth (Avengers, Fantastic Four, Hulk, New Warriors, X-Men, Andromeda, Deathlok, Punisher, Groo, Richie Rich (page 27 if you don't believe me)) had assembled to oppose Rex. However, realizing that Rex was just doing his job, Robin fired him.
Rex asked Lenny for a good reference, but Lenny recommended he apply for unemployment.
Comments: Created by Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colon.
The cover to Damage Control III#4 says it all:
Secret Wars? Secret Bores!!
Infinity Gauntlet? Inschminity Gauntlet!!
This is it!! The story so big we needed an extra page to tell it!
What gave Rex his powers? The world may never know (just like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop! Oh wait, it's three. Nevermind.).
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Last updated: 02/16/14
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