Real Name: Otomo (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human (Japanese), mutate
Occupation: Adventurer, servant of Sebastian Shaw
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Big Hero Six, Machine Man, Red Ronin, Sebastian Shaw, Jill Spaulding, Peter Spaulding (former) Japanese government, Shinobi Shaw
Enemies: (former) Machine Man, Jill Spaulding, Peter Spaulding
Known Relatives: unnamed grandmother, unnamed grandmother, unnamed mother (deceased)
Base of Operations: Japan
First Appearance: X-51#5 (December, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Otomo has the power to fly. He is also impervious to bullets and is super strong (class 10?). Otomo is also skilled in martial arts, and is a specialist at destroying cybernetic and robotic opponents.
History: (X-51#6 (fb))- At the end of World War II, an unknown scientist was developing a formula similar to the Super-Soldier Serum for the Japanese powers. When the Allies came for him, the scientist drank the serum. The serum had no immediately discernable effects, as the scientist exhibited no superhuman abilities. Eventually the scientist married and had a daughter. The daughter later died in childbirth and the Japanese authorities took her son, Otomo. The Japanese government made him into a hero, and he became renowned for his proficiency against cybernetic and robot opponents. However, Otomo was dying because of his powers, so the Japanese made an antidote to save him. The Japanese controlled him with it until Shinobi Shaw synthesized the drug, bringing Otomo into his service. When Shinobi Shaw was deposed by his father Sebastian Shaw, Otomo transferred his alliegiance to him.
(X-51#5)- Sebastian Shaw contacted Otomo in Japan and ordered that he destroy Machine Man for him. Otomo agreed, but noted that afterward, his debt would be considered paid in full.
(X-51#6)- Otomo captured Machine Man's friend Peter
Spalding so that Machine Man would come to him. Jill, Peter’s wife,
called Machine Man, and he set off to rescue Peter. As Otomo waited for
Machine Man's arrival, he narrated his origins to Spaulding, and
Spaulding observed that Otomo was little more than a slave. Otomo,
however, did not care, and was concerned only with destroying Machine
Man. When Machine Man arrived, he and Otomo fought, and Otomo managed
to tear Machine Man apart-- but his nanotechnology to rebuilt him.
Otomo had to admit that Machine Man was superior to him, but then he
began to convulse, desperately needing more of Shaw's drug. Machine Man
helped administer some of the synthesized drug, deciding that because
of Otomo’s honor he wouldn’t attack him again.
Comments: Created by Karl Bollers, Mike Higgins, Joe Bennett and Bob Wiacek.
Kyle Smith notes that Otomo is reminiscent of Magnus, Robot Fighter (of Gold Key/Acclaim), the martial artist-robot fighter.
by Sammy 7D and Prime Eternal
Otomo should not be confused with:
X-51 (January, 2000)
Civil War Batlle Damage Report (2007) - Anthony Flamini & Ronald Byrd (writers), Scott Kolins (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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