POSTMAN

Real Name: David (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human / Mutant

Occupation: Former U.S. Postal Worker

Group Membership: Leader of the Chicago branch of the Morlocks;
former employee of the U.S. Postal Service

Affiliations: Angel Dust, Cell (deceased), Electric Eve, Litterbug, Shatter, Trader (deceased)

Enemies: Dr. Metellus, The Sentinels

Known Relatives: Erica (wife, comatose)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
Formerly the abandoned subway tunnels and sewers beneath Chicago, Illinois

First Appearance: Morlocks#1 (June, 2002)

Powers/Abilities: Postman has the ability to erase people's memories of certain things or events, simply by saying the name of the thing to be forgotten, such as "gun". He can also completely wipe a person's mind, leaving them comatose (though he tries to avoid that.) He described it as "Reaching into the manifolds of someone's cerebral cortex and wiping it clean." His control over his powers is limited, to say the least, as he accidentally erased his wife's memories, leaving her in a coma. This power is apparently psionic in nature.

Height: 5' 10" Weight: 170 lbs.

History: (Morlocks#1 - BTS) - David was a normal man, living happily with his wife and working as a postman, until his powers emerged. Apparently, his wife accepted the change, and they lived together for some time after, until he completely erased her memories in an unexplained accident. Guilt-stricken over Erica's condition, David fled into the subway systems and sewers beneath Chicago. From there, he gathered a small group of mutant outcasts, and named his group the Morlocks, after an "Urban Legend" from New York City.

(Morlocks#1) - The police were called to investigate strange noises coming from a convenience store, and stumbled across the Morlocks stealing food. Postman caused the officer to forget what a gun was, giving the Morlocks time to escape. As they fled through the sewers, the Morlocks came across the young gang-banger Cell, who had just mutated while fleeing the police. After saving Cell from the police officers, Postman erased the officer's memories of the event (though he missed one, which he would come to regret). Postman explained to Cell that he was now a mutant, and introduced him to the other Morlocks. He also explained that each Morlock had a "final wish" to fulfill on the surface before they fled into the tunnels forever.

(Morlocks#2) - Postman burned the tattoo off of Litterbug's arm, then explained that it was time to "Start making wishes come true." Fist he aided Shatter in rescuing his dog, Hank, from the pound. He erased the dogcatcher's memories of name, phone number, home address, and sex!? ( I thought sex was more an instinctual impulse than a learned memory?) for "Yelling at the animals." Next up was Electric Eve's wish, and she claimed that she wanted to retrieve her Grandmother's ring from her former "employer". Postman was horrified when she killed the man, there had been no ring, she had just wanted revenge on her former pimp. Postman blasted her for making them all accessories to murder, and putting them in danger. Just then the Sentinels arrived, blasting off Shatter's arm and taking aim at the rest of the Morlocks.

(Morlocks#3) - Postman carried Shatter to safety as Litterbug took care of the Sentinel. Back "home" in the subway system, Postman tended to Shatter's wounds, then blasted Eve again. As they argued, the police arrived, led to the tunnels by the man whose memory he'd forgotten to erase in issue#1. The cops shot Trader dead as he jumped in front of a bullet meant for Eve. Postman held him as he died. A policeman then hit David in the face with a billy club, taunting him. Postman flew into a rage over the death of Trader and the police officer's brutality, and forced the surviving policemen to "Forget!" everything. As he looked at the police, now drooling, mindless vegetables, Postman was overcome with remorse at what he'd done. Litterbug reminded him that the police had meant to kill them, to which he responded "What I did to them was worse." The group left, and Postman got his wish, to visit his wife one last time. He left a note by her hospital bedside, and stated that he would never forget her, or forgive himself. He then took Angel Dust to her home, remarking that it had been on his route, for her wish, to visit her parents. When she returned, Litterbug revealed that he had a plan to stop the Sentinels, he also revealed that he'd helped build them.

(Morlocks#4) - Angel and Eve attacked Litterbug, as Postman tried to stop them, but they let up when he explained his plan to destroy the Sentinels, at least for a while. The Morlocks "captured" and re-programmed a Sentinel, and hid inside of it, allowing it to ferry them to the Command Center, at which point they burst out. Dr. Metellus, the project director, and his assistant, Slater, were standing nearby. As Slater tried to sound an alarm, Postman made him forget what a Sentinel was. Metellus, however, wasn't worried; he was overjoyed, he'd been watching the Morlocks, Postman in particular (He even called him "Pretty!?"), as part of his sadistic fascination with mutants and killing them. Metellus confronted Postman, stabbing him in the shoulder with a pen-knife, but was knocked unconscious by Shatter. Postman and the others fled as the Command Control computers were destroyed, causing the Sentinels to lose control and self destruct. Cell ran back in, sacrificing himself to save his new friends and ensure Metellus never harmed anyone again. As the Morlocks fled Chicago in a stolen van, Eve asked Postman if he thought that there were others out there "Like us".
"I hope not...God, I hope not." was his reply.

(New Avengers#16-19 - BTS) - He lost his powers on M-Day and the energies removed from him were combined with a number of other mutant energies to empower the powerful being Michael.

Comments: Created by Geoff Johns, Sean Martinbrough and Gregory Wright.

Postman was a very selfless, kind-hearted character, but very tragic, the whole incident with his wife was heart-breaking.

Profile by Darc_Light

Clarifications: Postman has no known connections to

  • Post, Kevin Tremain, X-Men character @ X-Men II#50 (Cable II#72(fb), 33(fb))
  • William "Willie" Lumpkin, former FF mailman at Baxter Building @ Fantastic Four I#11
  • Wilhemina "Billie" Lumpkin, Willie's niece, mail carrier at Pier Four @ Fantastic Four III#2
  • or any other people named "postman" or something similar.

Erica was David's wife. It's unclear how and under what circumstances he erased her memory, but I believe he may have been trying to erase some bad memory that haunted her, but was unable to control his powers correctly at that point. In any case, she was left comatose, and David was left with guilt that would likely never be forgotten.

--Morlocks#1, 3 (1 (fb)-BTS, 3


images:

Morlocks#3, p3, pan5

Morlocks#1, p12, pan1

Morlocks#3, p15, pan4


Appearances:
Morlocks#1-4 (June-September, 2002) - Geoff Johns (writer), Shawn Martinbrough (artist)
New Avengers#16 (April, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers#17-18 (May-June, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (pencils), Joe Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers#19 (July, 2006) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike Deodato Jr. (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated:04/28/04

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