Hotwire 2099

Real Name: Dean Gallows

Identity/Class: Extra-temporal (Earth 2099) human/mutate

Occupation: Techno-thief; former Alchemax Marine

Affiliations: Alchemax Marines; Chuck; Ten Minute Club

Enemies: Candy Rivers; Matt Axel; Punisher 2099 (Jake Gallows)

Known Relatives: Jake Gallows (father); Anji (mother); Baldur (uncle; deceased); unnamed grandmother (deceased); Bart Gallows (great [great?] grandfather[?]; deceased?);

Aliases: "Punisher 2099"? (See comments)

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Punisher 2099#20 (September, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: As an energy being, Hotwire was able to turn intangible, and was able to turn other objects that he touched intangible as well. He could fire energy blasts, and was able to transport through holophone lines up to an unknown distance.

History: (Punisher 2099#21-fb) Throughout his childhood, Dean's mother and father argued non-stop about his father's job, leading to his mother leaving his father. Dean went with her.

As soon as he was old enough, Dean joined the Alchemax Marines, volunteering for the riskiest assignments possible. Alchemax placed him in the Ten Minute Club, hired muscle who they would send to unruly locations by beaming them through a satellite.

Eventually the high-risk nature of his job caught up with him, and a sunflare hit the beam while he was being teleported. Because of that, Dean and his friend Chuck were mis-channeled into a holophone beam. Somehow the two surfaced inside a luxury apartment. Dean seemed to be fine, but Chuck was horribly mutated from the experience.

Thinking the apartment was being robbed, the Public Eye showed up to detain Chuck and Dean. As Dean tried to explain the situation, the Public Eye opened fire on him. Fortunately, the blasts went right through him, as Dean found that he now existed as an energy being... Instinctively, Dean fired off several energy blasts at the Public Eye, taking them down. Experimenting further, Dean found that he could also pass through solid objects, as he pulled some jewelry from the owner of the apartment's safe. From that day forward, Dean Gallows became Hotwire, the uncatchable thief.

(Punisher 2099#22-fb) Believing Dean to be dead, his family held a funeral for him. Dean watched on at a distance, but his father never even showed up to his son's funeral...

(Punisher 2099#20) While Candy Rivers slept in her high-security apartment, Hotwire ported in through her phoneline and stole the pearls from around her neck. Candy woke up in the middle of the robbery, but thought herself to still be dreaming, and Hotwire slipped out just as easily as he slipped in. Back at his headquarters, Hotwire bragged to Chuck that no cop could catch him, not even his father, Jake Gallows.

(Punisher 2099#22) Still angry at his father for ignoring him during his childhood, Hotwire decided he would rob him blind. Chuck tried to convince him to change his mind, but Hotwire wouldn't listen. As Hotwire tried to sneak into his father's house via holophone, Jake Gallows' security system proved to be too strong, and Hotwire was forced to switch his method. Planning to take a few zeroes off his father's account, he redirected himself to Alchebank. While this was going on, Matt Axel and Jake, who had noticed the security picking up an intruder, watched on. Caught by Matt, Hotwire was forced to surface in the corporeal world, where he came face to face with the Punisher.

(Punisher 2099#23) The Punisher and Hotwire battled through the bank, and something about the Punisher reminded Hotwire of his childhood... Realizing he was running out of energy, Hotwire was forced to take the Punisher on directly, and was even able to surprise him with a move his father had taught him when he was a kid. The Punisher, knowing he had only taught that move to one person in his life, began to question whether Hotwire was his son Dean, but that didn't stop him from opening fire on him. Hotwire just managed to tap into a holophone line and escape, telling the Punisher that he wouldn't forget this encounter.

Comments: Created by Pat Mills, Tony Skinner, and Simon Coleby

Dean never had a clue that the Punisher and his father were the same man, though something about the way the Punisher talked reminded him of his father.

A virtual lookalike to his father, quite possibly Dean, having found his father's secret, paraded as the Punisher that died in 2099 Apocalypse while attempting to destroy his father's reputation. Another possibility is that the cyborg Goldheart, who had the ability to mimic others' appearance, was malfunctioning and believed himself to be Gallows during Apocalypse. The Punisher, Jake Gallows, has made at least one appearance after the events of 2099 Apocalypse, and may very well have been off-planet during these events. Of course, it could also be said that maybe Dean took over as the Punisher after his father's death...

Profile by: Zerostar


Hotwire 2099 has no known connection to...

Chuck, Hotwire 2099's friend and cohort, has no known connection to...


A member of the Ten Minute Club with Dean Gallows, Chuck was redirected into a holophone beam with Dean when their transport beam was hit by a sunflare. While Dean became an energy being, Chuck was horribly deformed. When Dean became the super-thief Hotwire, Chuck acted almost like his sidekick, watching on from behind the scenes.

--Punisher 2099#20 (21-fb, 20, 22


Last updated: 02/25/14

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