Real Name: Richard Yurocko

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Mercenary, Assassin

Group Membership: Corporation, Assassin Nation (Contract, Manslaughter, Troubleshooter), Untouchables (Nitro, Tombstone)

Affiliations: Laura (possible girlfriend); formerly employed by Hardcore

Enemies: Cage, Hardcore, Dakota North, Punisher

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Chicago, Illinois

First Appearance: Cage I#2 (May, 1992)



Powers/Abilities: Kickback has superhuman leg strength. He also has a time-shifting ability, which is also apparently connected to his legs. By stamping the ground, he can shift a maximum of three minutes forward or backward in time. His shifting likely creates divergent realities, as he can alter the course of time by his traveling (he is able to alter/prevent events that have otherwise already happened). In addition to traveling through time, he can also shift small distances (perhaps 10-20 yards) in space, as well.
Kickback is less blood-thirsty than most other successful mercenaries and assassins.

History: Kickback has some unknown history with a woman named Laura, that makes him protective of helpless women. She may have been his lover, but he left her behind when he gained his super-powers and became a mercenary.

The origins of Kickback's powers are unrevealed. His abilities may be natural, they may have been generated by the experimentation of Karl Malus, or by another means entirely.

Kickback became a part of the Corporation's Assassin Nation.

BTS - Kickback was apparently hired out to Hardcore and his agents in a plot against Cage.



(Cage I#2) - Kickback joined together with Nitro and Tombstone as part of the Untouchables. With them, he traveled to the Chicago Spectator Building in order to capture Dakota North. When they learned she wasn't there, Kickback escaped with Tombstone as Nitro blew the lobby as a message to North.

(Cage I#3) - When Hardcore criticized the Untouchables for their failure to bring in Dakota, a fight broke out between Nitro and Tombstone. Kickback shifted himself and Hardcore forward in time to escape the imminent explosion. When they next went after North, Kickback captured her by shifting forward in time while his teammates engaged Cage, and the Punisher, who arrived mid-battle.

(Cage I#4) - After both Nitro and the Punisher were killed in battle, Kickback shifted back in time to prevent these events. He successfully prevented both deaths, trapped Cage and the Punisher, and escaped with his teammates and Dakota. As Cage pursued them, Kickback booted Nitro out of the back of their van, both as a distraction for Cage, and because he felt Nitro's insanity made him unreliable. However, when they brought Dakota to Hardcore, Kickback's guilt kicked in, and he found himself unable to turn the innocent, helpless woman over to the hardened criminal. He teleported her back in time three minutes and tried to escape with her, but he still fell victim to the defenses of Hardcore, who had anticipated his betrayal. Kickback was struck by tranquilizer darts which both immobilized him and neutralized his powers.

Hardcore revealed to Kickback that he had included him in the group because he knew he would protect Dakota and bring her to him unharmed. He made a deal with Kickback to allow her to take her away after he had obtained the information he sought form her. Kickback tried to keep Cage and the Punisher from interfering, but when he heard a shot fired, he assumed Hardcore had killed Dakota. He shifted back in time to stop that, but Cage jumped into his teleportal with him. However, upon arriving, he found Hardcore already gone, and Dakota alone. Not realizing that Kickback was there to save her, Dakota shot at him. Heartbroken, Kickback ran from the room, and right into the gunfire of the Punisher, who was coming up the stairs.

(Cage I#13 - BTS) - Karl Malus identified Kickback as having died.

Comments: Created by Marcus McLauren and Dwayne Turner.

Images on Kickback are pretty slim pickins'. You may not be able to tell that his legs are somewhat out of proportion with the rest of his body.

His last name was revealed in the Corporation's profile in OHotMU A-Z HC#2.

No known connection to:

Cage I#2-4 (May-July, 1992) - Marc McLaurin (writer), Dwayne Turner (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Cage I#13 (April, 1993) - Marc McLaurin (writer), Scott Benefiel (pencils), Frank Turner (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)

First Posted: 11/02/2002
Last updated: 11/14/2002

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