Real Name: Jomo Kimanye
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Negative Zone) Technology User
Occupation: Protector of Shadow City
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Beast, Black Panther, Black Widow, Cable, Cage, Colossus, Cyclops, Daredevil, Deadpool, Domino, Firestar, Generation X, Hawkeye, Hercules, Human Torch see comments, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Justice (Vance Astrovik), Mr Fantastic see comments, New Warriors (Aegis, Bolt, Namorita, Speedball, Turbo), Psylocke, Quicksilver, Rosetta Stone (Partner), Shadowcat, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin), Slingers (Dusk, Hornet, Prodigy, Ricochet), Storm, the Thing see comments, Warbird, Wasp, Wolverine (Skrull), Wonder Man, X-Force (Cannonball, Domino, Jesse Bedlam, Meltdown, Moonstar, Proudstar, Sunspot, Siryn)
Enemies: The Brood, Badoon, Tetrad see comments, Twisted Sisters
Known Relatives: None
Place of Birth: Unidentified planet in the Negative Zone
Base of Operations: The Palatial Mansion of the House of Sinue (Rosetta Stone's ancestral home)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four III#17 (May 1998)
Powers/Abilities: Lockdown appears to have no superhuman powers or abilities. However, he has athletic agility, highly trained fighting skills, and above average strength and endurance. He employs a fighting attack that induces paralysis by focusing on specific nerve clusters which can even be used on opponents with superhuman strength and durability. Lockdown also wears a sophisticated Battle armour, that grants him various abilities; mindbolts see comments, radio communications (News of any criminal activity is broadcast to Lockdown on a frequency only he can perceive), resistance to biotoxins, scanners, and stealth technology (detection possible primarily through direct eye contact). Furthermore, Lockdown carries an assortment of high tech weaponry; an anti-flame coagulant, a neuron disrupter (or "neurolock") that induces a non-lethal paralysis, and an ultra-frequency screamer that emits a sonic barrage. He uses the Night Cruiser for transportation. Also the virtual reality world of Shadow City is programmed to always give Lockdown the upper hand. While in that environment he gains a distinct advantage over any opponents making him practically unbeatable.
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 184 lbs.
History: (Fantastic Four III#17, 18) - Lockdown and his partner, Rosetta Stone, were prowling Shadow City when the news broke about the Tetrad's arrival (The Tetrad were in fact virtual reality alter egos of the Fantastic Four, see the Shadow City profile for more detail). He ordered Rosetta to set the car to autodrive, and leapt into action. Using his advanced weaponry and skill he single-handedly defeated Richard Reed (Mr Fantastic), Matchstick Johnny (Human Torch)and Grim Ben (The Thing). While supervising their arrest, he stopped a police officer from beating on them. While Lockdown was otherwise engaged, Stormy Sue freed her team-mates and they teamed up with the Twisted Sisters. Lockdown tracked them down and defeated them. He accompanied them to Bedlam Pergatorium to make sure they were incarcerated, before retreating to his secret base of operations. However, it wasn't long before the Tetrad staged a break-out. Lockdown and Reed faced off while Stormy Sue (The Invisible Woman) freed herself from her life support pod and set her comrades free. Lockdown and Rosetta Stone left the virtual reality world of Shadow City to track down the Fantastic Four, perceiving them as a threat to the sanctity of their people.
(Contest of Champions II#3, 4) - A temporal distortion, accidentally caused by the Scarlet Witch's Hex power, brought Lockdown, Rosetta Stone and the Night Cruiser from the Negative Zone into the Earth dimension. They found themselves inside the carcass of one of the Acanti. The Night Cruiser crashed into a Brood hunter, killing it outright. Lockdown discovered the prone body of Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin) underneath the creatures body. Before they could get her to safety, they were attacked by more alien creatures. They fought hard for some time until they found help in the shape of Iron Man and Psylocke. Iron Man convinced Lockdown to aid them against the Brood, who had orchestrated a Contest of Champions in order to eliminate Earth's heroes while at the same time finding suitable hosts for their embryo's. They started by gathering the other heroes incarcerated in the Acanti's carcass (losers of the various elimination rounds in the contest)
(Contest of Champions II#4 - BTS) - For reasons yet to be revealed, Lockdown put aside his distrust of the Fantastic Four when he encountered the Human Torch amongst the various hero's of Earth. See comments.
(Contest of Champions II#4,5) - Then they split forces, the majority of the heroes remaining in the carcass of the Acanti and causing a distraction while Lockdown, Rosetta Stone, Iron Man and Psylocke infiltrated the enemies vessel. Encountering resistance from the Badoon's shock troopers, Lockdown and Psylocke fought them back in order to buy Iron Man and Rosetta time to complete their mission. Meanwhile the Brood Queen had successfully possessed Rogue and absorbed the powers of the winners of the contest. During the confusion, Lockdown and Pyslocke switched armours. This subterfuge enabled Psylocke to get close to the Brood Queen and psionically remove the stolen psyches from Rogue's mind. With some help from Warbird, Rogue was freed too.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Salvador Larroca, and Art Thibert
During the Contest of Champions appearances, both Lockdown and Rossetta did briefly rub shoulders with various members of the Fantastic Four. However, no mention of their previous encounter (while the FF were in their Shadow City identities as the Tetrad), or Lockdowns' quest to track the team down, was made. It's not too hard to believe that Lockdown's efforts to track down the FF revealed to him that they were in fact honourable sorts, and no real threat to Shadow City, or that he resolved his differences with them off-panel.
When facing off against Psylocke, Rossetta suggests Lockdown uses mindbolts against her. While Lockdown was never seen to use that ability, I doubt Rossetta would've made the suggestion if it wasn't possible. I have assumed the mindbolts are a function of his armour.
Furthermore, I've speculated that the Night Cruiser may be capable of dimensional travel because at the end of Contest of Champions Lockdown doesn't seem at all concerned about being stranded away from the Negative Zone.
This character, Lockdown, has no known connections to
The Night Cruiser is Lockdown's primary method of transport around Shadow City. It played an important role in the Contest of Champions when Iron Man interfaced his scanner array with the Night Cruiser in order to gain information on their whereabouts. The Night Cruiser is a flying car that is heavily armoured, laden with weaponry and equipped with sophisticated scanners. It is propelled by rockets, even when travelling on the ground. Should Lockdown wish to leave the vehicle, it is programmed with an autodrive setting. When in Ramming Mode it has increased resistance to physical damage. It may be capable of dimensional travel to a limited extent see comments.
-- Fantastic Four III#17 (FF III #18, Contest of Champions II#3, 4, 5
Page numbers not including adverts
Fantastic Four III#18, p18, pan1
Fantastic Four III#18, p16, pan4
Fantastic Four III#18, p7?, pan4
Fantastic Four III#17, p1, pan1
Fantastic Four III#18 (June, 1998) - Chris Claremont
(writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert (inks), Bobbie Chase
Contest of Champions II#3 (October, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Oscar Jimenez (pencils), Eduardo Alpuente (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Contest of Champions II#4-5 (November, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), John Livesay & Raymond Kryssing (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Contest of Champions II#5 (November, 1999) - Chris Claremont (writer), Oscar Jimenez &L; Michael Ryan (pencils), Eduardo Alpuente & John Livesay (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
First Posted: 11/12/2004
Last updated: 03/23/2014
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