Real Name: Tuck
Identity/Class: Replicated Organic (Artificial
human see comments);
Later mutated by the Sapphire Lotus
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Partner of Death's Head; Lady Anula of
Lionheart, Avengers of Earth-Charnel (in
particular: Captain America , Rhino, Scarlet Witch, She Hulk,
Wolverine), The Merry Men of Lionheart (Much, O'nary,
Shallowfoot, Took, and others), Die-Cut, The Doctor, Heron, Killpower, Kadagar Gang (initially
enemies), Light Brigade (initially
enemies), Motormouth, Dr. Noon, people
of Numeropolis (employed Death's Head), Phaedra, Professor
X, Requiem Sharks, The Temploids, Ultra-Marine
Captain Jeanet Hutch, Warheads Kether Troop (former enemies), X-Men,
Yorrick of Lionheart;
Enemies: Alkemist, AIM of Earth-616, Audit, Avengers of Earth-616, Battletide, Bezial, Black Curator, Charnel, Charnel of Earth-Charnel, Cicatrice, cyborgs of the Black Museum, Hob, Kite, Lord High Protector of Lionheart, Ludites, Major Oak and his Huscarls, Methinx, Mister Lorson, Mys-Tech, Raptors, the Sisters of the Holy Hassock on Lionheart, Wrathchilde
Known Relatives: Inapplicable (unless you count her unnamed creator)
Base of Operations: Initially Lionheart;
latterly mobile across time and space
First Appearance: Death's Head II#3 (May 1992)
Powers/Abilities: Tuck has a replicated organic human body. This would appear to make her stronger than an average woman of her build, giving her athlete to peak human strength and endurance. She has athletic agility, and had developed stealth from years dwelling in the forests of Lionheart. She was skilled at hand to hand combat and in the use of various weapons such as swords, knives, crossbow's and guns.
She was later mutated by the Sapphire Lotus and her strength and endurance were raised to approximately Class 100. She also gained the ability to manipulate energy to great extent.
Later with the shard of the Sapphire Lotus her strength was equal to that of "five fighting men" giving her enhanced human strength (able to lift or press around 1 to 2 tons see comments) and incredible recuperative powers. She also developed enhanced human speed and agility.
Her facial markings were actually tattoos, and while they varied some with artistic interpretation, they're there for keeps!
History: (Death's Head II#3(fb)) - Tuck was created by an unnamed tissue broker on Lionheart. When her creator found our what the authorities would do to him for creating a replicate, he sold her to a Cat-House. She joined the Sisters of the Holy Hassock, who were on the trail of Hood (AKA Death's Head), in order to join the outlaws.
(Death's Head II#3) - Tuck and the Sisters travelled out of Finders Keep at dawn and were ambushed by the outlaws. Tuck helped Death's Head and convinced him to let her join his outlaw band. After a fierce battle in which most of his associates where killed by Major Oak and his huscarls, Doctor Necker appeared and convinced Death's Head to return and protect A.I.M. Meanwhile, back in 2020, Baron Strucker the 5th had merged his body with that of the previous Death's Head robot and become Charnel, after which it killed Spratt. By the time that Death's Head, Necker and Tuck arrived at A.I.M. Central, it had already been attacked. Charnel had stolen a time belt and travelled back to the modern era in to destroy A.I.M.'s past.
(Death's Head II#4) - Death's Head, Necker and Tuck travelled back to the modern era, Earth-616, arriving at a Manhattan shopping mall (within the former World Trade Center), which would one day be the site of A.I.M. central in the 2020 timeline. They encountered a group of Avengers from an alternate future (Earth-Charnel). Together they fought Charnel, but during the conflict the villain absorbed energy from the alternate Scarlet Witch and became even more powerful, turning into the creature that would devastate the future she had come from. Death's Head placed a second time belt on Charnel and, using what was left of her hex power, the Scarlet Witch activated them both. Charnel was torn in two, one half flung into prehistory, the other into the thirtieth century. Her timeline apparently negated, and fellow Avengers dead at Charnels hands, the Scarlet Witch vanished. Death's Head and Tuck stole a truck and drove off to explore Manhattan, followed by a good portion of that city's superhuman population, who had come to investigate the powerful energies recently unleashed.
(Warheads#8/2(fb) - BTS) - Death's Head and Tuck took a contract with the people of Numeropolis to retrieve (or at least obtain payment for) the gun Clementine, which had been claimed by Tigon Liger of the Warheads.
(Warheads#6-7) - On an unnamed planet, Death's Head and Tuck caught up to the Warheads Kether Troop after they had located the city's power source: the Sapphire Lotus. The Warheads managed to channel the energy of the Sapphire Lotus, blasting away both the army and Death's Head, who recovered, and reinforcements of the alien army who sought to reclaim the Lotus. When the powerful being known as Audit showed up to attack them, Death's Head pretended to offer up Tuck as a sacrifice to Audit, distracting him while the Warheads blasted Audit with the power of the Lotus. However, Liger than used his gun, Clementine, to stun Death's Head and Tuck. After recovering, Death's Head and Tuck decided to cut their losses, stealing the Sapphire Lotus, but leaving behind the gun Clementine.
(Death's Head III#1-4) -Back on Earth, in
Paxton, Oregon, the energies of the Sapphire Lotus continued to
draw others to Death's Head and Tuck, including a large number of
superhumans, including Wrathchilde, and the X-Men.
While Death's Head fought the X-Men in ye olde case of mistaken
identity, both Tuck and Wrathchilde began to be changed by the
Sapphire Lotus, and they teleported away together.
Wrathchilde and Tuck arrived at his home in Chicago, where they were followed by Death's Head and the X-Men, who had finally reached an understanding and teamed up to recover the Lotus. Mad with power, Tuck fought alongside Wrathchilde against their pursuers, until the arrival of the Raptors--creatures sent to retrieve the Lotus.
The Raptors attacked everyone else present, injuring both Tuck and Wrathchilde. However, Wrathchilde recovered and took the Sapphire Lotus back to its realm of origin, leaving Tuck behind, suffering from a severe case of withdrawal...and a nasty wedgie.
Death's Head, the wounded Tuck, and the X-Men were transported by Phaedra--creator of the Sapphire Lotus--to her realm. The power of the Sapphire Lotus had enabled Wrathchilde to wrest control from its creator, and he sent Phaedra's own Raptors after her. Jubilee watched over Tuck as the X-Men and Death's Head fought the Raptors, their combined power defeating them easily. Phaedra disguised herself as Tuck in order to distract Wrathchilde so that Jubilee could boost her powers with the Sapphire Lotus. Jubilee and Death's Head overloaded Wrathchilde with power and he exploded.
Phaedra gave Tuck a shard of the Lotus and sent her to her homeworld of Lionheart to recover. Death's Head asked to be sent after her, but was pulled into several other conflicts.
(Death's Head III#6-8) - Tuck awoke on Lionheart, in a garrison at Finder's Keep, suffering from a temporary memory blank. She was attacked by soldiers, and defended herself. She noticed that her strength had increased as she made her way to through the garrison to the top of a turret. Having nowhere else to go, she leapt down through several awnings in the hope they would slow her descent, and her increased strength prevented her from breaking any limbs. She stole a pterodactyl from the garrisons air squadron and escaped, only to be shot down over a forest. She landed in the traveling theatre of Will Wavepyke and found herself cast in a leading role. Not exactly thrilled at the idea of performing in front of the Lord High Protector, she was about to make an excuse and leave when she saw Death's Head, who had ended up getting captured by Major Oak while looking for her. She took to the stage with a crossbow behind her back and freed Death's Head. Major Oak attempted to stop her, but she cracked him in the head with a candle holder. As Death's Head and Tuck made their way though the castle, Major Oak caught up with them again. Death's Head gave him a slash with his blade configuration for good measure, and they made their escape through the castle wall. Whilst swimming through the moat, Death's Head lost his time belt in a tussle with a plesiosaur.
Whilst they recuperated in a nearby forest, Yorrick appeared to warn Death's Head that Methinx was after him. Methinx attacked and seemingly had Death's Head at his mercy. Tuck shot Methinx with a crossbow bolt, but he shrugged it off and trussed her and Yorrick to a tree with animated creepers. Tuck broke free only to be stunned by Methinx's explosion. Death's Head threatened to expose Methinx as a technology user to the Lord Protector if he didn't help them leave Lionheart, and they left via Methinx's dimension gate on a quest to discover Death's Head's true identity.
(Death's Head III#9) - The dimension gate deposited Death's Head and Tuck in Los Angeles Conurbation, near A.I.M. Central 2020, at a point in time before the Minion cyborg had assimilated Death's Head's instincts. Just as Tuck was expressing her concerns that meddling with his own origin could be dangerous, the Light Brigade appeared to prevent Death's Head from altering his own past. Death's Head battled the Light Brigade and won, but they offered to send him after Dr Necker who had travelled into the past after creating the Minion cyborg. The Light Brigade summoned a time flare sending Death's Head and Tuck into the past.
(Battletide#1, [2, 3], 4) - Death's Head had retreated to a secluded monastery high in the Himalayan's, Tibet, but he and Tuck were commissioned by Algernon Crowe, of the Mys-Tech board to recapture Killpower. Death's Head and Tuck found Killpower on the South Pacific island of Kamuni Atoll , where he was vacationing with Motormouth. As Death's Head and Killpower fought, Motormouth tackled Tuck and opened a warp in order to deposit her somewhere else. Death's Head and Killpower were pulled into a set of war games then culminated in a battle against Termagaira and the Battletide. Meanwhile, Tuck and Harley quickly became friends and had a shopping spree on the planet Aldebaran.
(Battletide II#1-4) - Returning to his quest
for his true identity, Death's Head and Tuck began attacking A.I.M.
Data Complexes in the modern era. Inside an Ice Borg (an immense
supercomputer complex functioning in hyper-capacity due to the
extreme cold), Tuck noted that the cyborgs and robots used by AIM
in that era were likely his predecessors.
Their quest was interrupted by Killpower, who burst in to join the fight, but ended up overheating and destroying the Ice Borg. They were teleported out of the resultant explosion and petitioned for aid by the Temploids, who revealed that the Battletide had reformed and was targeting Earth. In order to stop the Battletide, they first had to overcome the Hulk, whom it had enslaved. They also had to overcome a techno-virus that had been set upon Death's Head by Bezial, one of his former assimilation victims.
In order to fend off the Battletide, they sought the aid of one of the oldest Temploids, Gabriel. They eventually confronted Bezial, only to find that Termagaira had taken possession of him. Termagaira overpowered the two and them, and then shattered Gabriel. Death's Head rallied to fight Termagaira, while Killpower rebuilt Gabriel. Death's Head succeeded in reassimilating Bezial, taking Termagaira's host form away. With Termagaira incapacitated, the Battletide turned away from Earth. Death's Head, Tuck, Killpower, and the Hulk were all returned to Earth.
(Death's Head III#10, 11, 12) - Death's Head
searched another AIM complex for info on his own identity.
Instead he discovered the identity of Dr Necker's mother, Eliza
Necker, and decided to look for her, despite Tuck's misgivings.
She was concerned that meddling with his creation would wipe
Death's Head from the timeline, meaning that Tuck would be
stranded on Lionheart. Just as Death's Head promised her he would
play safe, the Requiem Sharks attacked. Death's Head thought Tuck
might have been dead and trashed two of them, only to be brought
down by the one called Stealth. Tuck reappeared just in time to
save him, and Death's Head tore the Requiem Shark's helmet off.
That was when they realised that Stealth was in fact Eliza Necker.
Informing Eliza that he knew her future daughter, Death's Head convinced her and the Requiem Sharks to help him. Stealth traced Dr Necker to Pacific Vista Laboratories. While the Requiem Sharks bought a car, Tuck disguised herself. She drove into the laboratory with Death's Head hidden in the trunk of the car. As they infiltrated the lab they encountered a new Minion cyborg that had been built around Kite. Kite then revealed himself to be the past half of Charnel, transferred his future self to the lab, and joined with him to become Charnel again. The combined forces of Death's Head, Tuck, the Requiem Sharks and A.I.M's security weren't enough to stop Charnel directly, but Dr Necker activated a synapse disrupter in his brain-stem. While Charnel was dysfunctional, they attempted to stop him with a temporal warp. Charnel attempted to absorb the temporal energies but Death's Head shot him and made him overload.
(Death's Head & Die-Cut#1 (fb)) - Back on Lionheart, Death's Head and Tuck were hired by Lady Anula to cure the plague Perfection, which was transforming organic replicants into metal and killing them.
(Death's Head & Die-Cut#1) - Following
Anula's directions, they sought to find the cure from the cyborgs
of Matricca Scorpio. While there, Death's Head was infected with
a purging program that began allowing some of his assimilated
personalities to resurface. When he and Tuck were on the verge of
being overwhelmed by the cyborgs, Death's Head was convinced to
allow one of the personalities, Die-Cut (who was familiar with
the layout of Matricca Scorpio) to temporarily take over. Die-Cut's
personality led them to the Black Museum of Cyborgs in Orgolhuin,
where it recreated it's body and weapons, and then downloaded/purged
itself from Death's Head. In the midst of the struggle, Tuck realized that she,
too, was suffering from Perfection.
Restored to life, Die-Cut was temporarily overcome with madness from his cyber-phobia and his experiences and attacked Death's Head. When the Black Curator of the Museum and its cyborg armies attacked them, Die-Cut regained his sanity, and created a weapon to destroy the cyborgs of the Black Museum. Die-Cut then led them on a quest that showed that the Black Museum could not cure Perfection or any other diseases, but rather it could just grant immortality to those who remained within a certain chamber, but only as long as they remained there.
After revealing the failure of their mission to Lady Anula, Death's Head and Die-Cut went their separate ways. Anula revealed that they had infected Tuck with a harmless, self-limiting variant of Perfection, in hopes that this would increase the urgency of discovering the cure.
(Death's Head III#13, 14, 15) - Death's Head
and Tuck travelled to Clinton City, Mars @2026, to lay low from A.I.M.
using one of their own time dish's. At some point Tuck was
abducted by the Alkemist and Mr Lorson. She awoke in a cell,
chained to the wall. Breaking free, she attacked her captors, but
Alkhemist flung her against the wall and stunned her. Alkemist
chained her back and began to devise electronic shackles to
neutralise her strength.
A golem duplicate of her was created and managed to escape. The duplicate encountered Death's Head who tricked her by giving her neat pharmocyl to drink instead of water. The golems lack of taste gave her away and Death's Head destroyed her. Crowe and Wychwood arrived from the past, revealing that Mys-Tech were funding the Golem operation, and cancelled the contract in order to avoid confrontation with Death's Head. Death's Head killed Lorson and retrieved Tuck but unbeknownst to them the Alkemist escaped vowing revenge. Death's Head and Tuck decided to stay on Mars for a while and visit the Olympus mountains.
(Death's Head Gold#1 (fb)) - Back on Lionheart, Death's Head and Tuck found their army of cyborg's infiltrated by agents of Major Oak, who had been supplied with the technology to do so by General Cicatrice. Weakened from within, Death's Head's men were decimated. Death's Head somehow learned that a man called Noon, on Catspur was involved, and as Cicatrice was shielded, he and Tuck went after Noon.
(Death's Head III#14/2 // Death's Head Gold#0 (fb) / Death's Head Gold#1 (fb)) - Death's Head and Tuck arrived on Catspur on a personal mission to punish Noon for the deaths of his men on Lionheart. Following a lead to the south pole around Garrick 6, their ship flew right into an energy blast--unleashed by Cicatrice in an effort to cover up his involvement on Lionheart. This blast slew everyone on Catspur expect the two within Garrick 6--Noon and his ally, Heron.
Tuck vanished, and Death's Head assumed her to be dead.
(Death's Head Gold#1) - Tuck found herself in England. She contacted Phaedra, and with some help from Professor X they tracked Death's Head so Phaedra could send Tuck to him. She found him impaled on a huge jagged piece of rock, badly injured after an attack by Cicatrice's agents (posing as Temploids). Tuck fought off the fake Temploids with help from Heron. Death's Head managed to drag himself off the rock, and Heron fully recharged Death's Head after he convinced her that he was innocent of the blast that slaughtered the people of Catspur. They joined forces against the remaining fake Temploids and went after Cicatrice, who escaped. Death's Head and Tuck found themselves trapped in the ship, which was in a deteriorating orbit and headed to crash into Catspur.
(BTS) - In unspecified circumstances Death's Head and Tuck escaped from Cicatrices ship. see comments
(Incomplete Death's Head#1) - Hob, a malevolent robot who had faced the Freelance Peacekeeping Agent Death's Head, set up shop on the odd chronal planet called Maruthea, where normal time did not exist. Hob began searching normal time and space for information on the previous Death's Head, but encountered a number of complications over his three million year search.
The Doctor discovered the activities of Hob. Deciding that Hob must be stopped, the Doctor transported Death's Head (Minion) with his partner Tuck to Hob's base. Death's Head and Tuck, unaware that the Doctor had transported them and of where they were, attacked Hob's defense robots, quickly defeating them. Death's Head then patched into Hob's databanks, eager to learn about the original Death's Head, but became trapped in virtual reality. Tuck could not revive him.
(Incomplete Death's Head#2) - Tuck watched various images from the previous Death's Head's adventures on a computer screen as the current Death's Head remained comatose.
(Incomplete Death's Head#3) - Death's Head communicated with Tuck from another computer screen. He stated that he was trapped in v.r. and informed Tuck as to their location on Maruthea. Death's Head disappeared from the screen, as Hob advanced on Tuck.
(Incomplete Death's Head#4) - Tuck watched footage of the Doctor's encounter with Keepsake, but Hob continued to advance on her.
(Incomplete Death's Head#5) - Death's Head talked with a v.r. representation of the previous Death's Head. From cyberspace, he observed Hob advancing on Tuck.
(Incomplete Death's Head#6) - Hob hurled Tuck across the room.
(Incomplete Death's Head#7) - Hob picked up Tuck, who exhorted Death's Head to wake up. Upon hearing her refer to her partner as Death's Head, Hob felt puzzled. Hob had no knowledge of this Death's Head's existence.
(Incomplete Death's Head#8) - Hob asked Tuck to explain why Death's Head no longer resembled his old self. Tuck demanded to know who Hob was.
(Incomplete Death's Head#9) - Hob showed Tuck footage from his past and explained his desire to find Dogbolter.
(Incomplete Death's Head#10) - Tuck confronted Hob with the possibility that Dogbolter died in the explosion of the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket, and thus that Hob's efforts to locate him were in vain. Hob could not accept that his master was dead, and lashed out at Tuck.
(Incomplete Death's Head#11) - Hob stopped attacking Tuck when he saw Death's Head-FPA arriving at Bonjaxx's party on Maruthea, which was occurring "simultaneously" due to the non-temporal nature of that world.
(Doctor Who Magazine#173 - BTS, Incomplete Death's Head#12) - After the Doctor left Bonjaxx's party, Hob attacked the Death's Head-FPA, but Death's Head (Minion) came to his rescue. Together, the two of them destroyed Hob. The Doctor explained to Death's Head (Minion) how he had sent him and Tuck to Maruthea to thwart Hob, and then he watched them leave.
Comments: Created by Dan Abnett and Liam Sharp
The term "Replicated Organic" is used
to describe Tuck. She has human flesh and blood, but is still
considered an artificial lifeform, and therefore illegal,
according to Lionhearts laws. I like the term Replicated Organic,
it reminds me of the idea behind the Vision and Hank pym's term
"Synthezoid", though Vision isn't organic.
She could have been created by genetic engineering, like Adam Warlock, or she could be clone--Snood.
Here's how I calculated her strength level with
the shard of the Sapphire Lotus. There was a line in Death's Head
Gold that she had the strength of "five fighting men".
Working on the basis that fighting men would probably have
athlete strength and be able to lift twice their body weight (on
average about 400 pounds) 5 fighting men would be able to lift
about 2000lbs, which if I'm not mistaken is 1 ton (enhanced human
strength). Peak human strength supposedly allows you to lift 800lbs,
multiply that by 5 and you get 4000lbs, or 2 tons.
Four hundred pounds is a lot of weight to lift, and I'm not sure how many fighting men can lift that, but then, we are talking about the comic book world. Daredevil was listed as being able to life 500 pounds, in one of the OHotMU, if I remember correctly.
Tuck's name was an obvious tip of the hat to Friar Tuck (more likely to have been Frere Tuck). However she was more like a modern Maid Marion. And doesn't she look pretty in the mug shot I chose of her (to the left of the Powers/Abilites section. The pic is the work of Simon Coleby)!
My thanks to Per Degaton for his summary of the Incomplete Death's Head issues. He had some comments on that series:
The Incomplete Death's Head was a reprint series that covered Doctor Who Magazine#135, Death's Head I#1-10, Marvel Comics Presents#76, She-Hulk II#24, and a few other appearances of the original Death's Head. However, each issue had a framing sequence that included original material with the current Death's Head and Tuck, hence the series is covered here. -- Per Degaton
The BTS after Death's Head Gold refers to events planned for the next part of the Death's Head Gold trilogy. That trilogy was never completed but here's an insight from Liam Sharp:
Check out the LIAM SHARP GALLERY for more of his work.
The future version of Death's Head that Liam refers too would be none other than Psyphon, who was featured in a back up story in Death's Head III#14/2, aka Death's Head Gold#0. Thanks again for all your help Liam, hope you like the profile!
Profile by Changeling and Snood.
Tuck has no known connections to:
Death's Head II#3-4 (May-June, 1992) - Dan Abnett (writer), Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (pencils), Andy Lanning & Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (#4) (inks)
Warheads#6-7 (November-December, 1992) - Nicholas Vince (writer), Simon Coleby (artist)
Warheads#8 (January, 1993) - Nicholas Vince (writer), Stuart Jennett (artist)
Death's Head III#1 (December, 1992) - Dan Abnett (writer), Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (pencils), Bryan Hitch & Andy Lanning (inks)
Death's Head III#2 (January, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (pencils), Rodney Ramos & Cam Smith (inks)
Death's Head III#3 (February, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (pencils), Andy Lanning, Rodney Ramos & Steve Whitaker (inks)
Death's Head III#4 (March, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (pencils), Andy Lanning & Rodney Ramos (inks)
Death's Head III#6-8 (May-July, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Simon Coleby (#6-7) & Anthony Williams (#8) (pencils), Andy Lanning (#6, 8) & Sean Hardy (#7) (inks)
Death's Head III#9 (August, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Simon Coleby (inks)
Battletide I#1-4 (December, 1992 - March, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Geoff Senior (artist)
Battletide II#1-4 (August-November, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Geoff Senior (artist)
Death's Head III#10 (September, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Douglas Braithwaite (artist)
Death's Head III#11 (October, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Simon Coleby (artist)
Death's Head III#12 (November, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Andy Lanning & Tim Perkins (inks)
Death's Head & Die-Cut#1 (August, 1993) - Glenn Dakin (writer), Mike Gonzaga (pencils), John Royle (inks)
Death's Head III#13 (December, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Colin Fawcett & Paul Scott (inks)
Death's Head III#14 (January, 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Paul Scott (inks)
Death's Head III#15 (February, 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Paul Scott (inks)
Death's Head Gold#1 (January, 1994) - Liam Roger McCormack-Sharp (writer/pencils), Andy Lanning & Rodney Ramos (inks)
Incomplete Death's Head#1-12 (January-December, 1993) - Dan Abnett & John Freeman (#1) (writers), Simon Coleby (artist)
Last updated: 08/25/13
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