TERMINIZER

Real Name: Luis Guitterez

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Associate of Hawkeye and Officer Zamora

Enemies: Reynaldo Cortizar, The Stone Perfs (including Prince);
    indirectly Lotus Newmark

Known Relatives: Monica (mother), Anita (sister, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: (Luis) Avengers Spotlight#30 (March, 1990);
    (Terminizer): (in shadows): Avengers Spotlight#31;
                            (fully seen): Avengers Spotlight#36 (September, 1990)

 

 

Powers/Abilities: Luis had no superhuman powers and presumably minimal combat skills as he was only a young, pre-teen boy.  He was able to hold and accurately fire a large automatic weapon.

History:
 (Avengers Spotlight#30) - After the Avenger Hawkeye had been ambushed and shot several times by the Stone Perfs, it was young Luis who found him in the ally and called 911 in time for him to be rushed to the hospital and saved.

(Avengers Spotlight#31) - Luis and his sister, Anita, hit the floor when the Stone Perfs did a drive-by on his house, injuring his mother with their gunfire. Later, he visited his mother in the hospital, alongside his sister, Hawkeye, and Officer Zamora. Hawkeye told Luis to be sure and steer clear of the Stone Perfs, but Luis told him he could care of himself. Later that night, Luis used money from an unknown source to by an assault weapon. Later still, Luis shot and killed Reynaldo Cortizar, an assassin hired by the Stone Perfs backer, Lotus, to kill Hawkeye. Luis escaped before his identity could be discovered.

(Avengers Spotlight#32 (fb)) - A Circle-T was found on the roof from which Luis had fired the shot.

(Avengers Spotlight#32) - Another Circle-T painted on a wall in East L.A. attracted the ire of a trio of Stone Perfs. However, Luis than ambushed them and introduced himself as the Terminizer. They mocked him, until he opened fire and killed them all.
    Later Hawkeye--who had gone on a mission against the gangsters who had assaulted him--subdued a pair of Stone Perfs who were assaulting Elena, a young waitress, and he left them for the police. The Terminizer found them first, and killed them, marking the spot with his Circle-T. The Terminizer repaired this pattern, killing at least four other Stone Perfs that Hawkeye had subdued and left for the cops. Hawkeye was quite disturbed to learn of the "Circle-T Killer" from a news report.

(Avengers Spotlight#33) - Luis and his sister visited his mother in the hospital, and his mother told him of Hawkeye's offer to take him on a ride on his Sky-Cycle. Luis assured his mother that all of their recent troubles would soon be over.

(Avengers Spotlight#34) - Lotus had her agent Prince lead the rest of the Stone Perfs into a trap, where other agents of hers killed them all. Prince framed the Terminizer by spray-painting a Circle-T on the wall. Hawkeye took Luis for a ride, informing him of the deaths of the rest of the Stone Perfs, and telling him that he would nail ther Terminizer, too.

(Avengers Spotlight#36) - Luis celebrated his birthday at a restaurant on Beverly Drive, with his family, Hawkeye, and Mockingbird. Luis was ecstatic, until seeing Prince walk by. He identified Prince as a Stone Perf, and Hawkeye went after him. As Hawkeye struggled with Prince, his gun went off, and the bullet struck Anita in the chest, apparently killing her. Luis told Prince he would kill him, and then he vanished. Hawkeye eventually knocked down Prince, who surprised him by pulling his gun on him. Before he could fire, the Terminizer struck, launching a hail of bullets that nearly cut Prince in half, killing him. Hawkeye confronted the Terminizer, who told him that his mission was over, and he started to pull his mask off. Desperate to preserve Luis' freedom and what remained of his family, Hawkeye stopped him from pulling his mask off, and told him to go home to his mother.
    Hawkeye refused to share the details of his final encounter with the Terminizer, even with the other Avengers West Coast, telling them only that he had failed to capture him.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark listed Luis as an Initiative sympathizer.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Al Milgrom.

The top image looks nothing like the Terminizer, who is much better represented by the picture to the immediate right. The cover wouldn't have looked so impressive if it was a more realistic likeness, would it?

Hawkeye initially suspected that Officer Zamora might be the Terminizer. Later, when he finally met the Terminizer face-to-face, he recognized his small, masked form.

On Luis' birthday cake, at least ten candles could be seen, and a total of 12-13 were probably present.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


Anita

 

Luis' younger(?) sister, she escaped unscathed from the initial assault by the Stone Perfs, and visited her mom in the hospital along with Luis. However, at his birthday party, she was struck in the chest by a stray bullet from Prince, and presumably killed.

 

--Avengers Spotlight#31 (33, 36

 

 

 

 

 

 


Monica

 

The mother of Anita and Luis, she was wounded by the Stone Perf's assault and hospitalized. She initially partially blamed Hawkeye, as it was Luis' act of helping save Hawkeye that had angered the Perfs, but she eventually realized that Hawkeye was part of the solution. After being released from the hospital, she attended Luis's birthday party, where Anita was killed by Prince.

 

--Avengers Spotlight#31 (33, 36

 

 

 

 

 


images: (without ads)
Avengers Spotlight I#32, Cover (Terminizer main image)
  #36, p14, pan3 (Luis head shot)
  #36, p21, pan5 (Luis as Terminizer)
  #31, p4, pan1 (Anita)
  #33, p11, pan4 (Monica)


Other appearances:
Avengers Spotlight I#31-34 (April-July, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Don Heck (#31, 33-34), Hajek Satter Lee (#32) (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight I#36 (September, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Don Heck (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)


Last updated: 11/06/03

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