Earth-8454 (Death's Head (FPA) had lived)

Type: Alternate Earth, Divergent Future Earth @2020

Environment: Earth-Like

Usual means of access: Vibrational Attunement

Dominant Life Form: Cyborgs, Humans

Significant Inhabitants: A.I.M., Cage, Captain America, Death's Head (Freelance Peacekeeping Agent), Charnel, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Doctor Evelyn Necker, Spratt, the Thing, War Machine

Significant Locations: Four Freedoms Plaza, Manhatten, Manhattan (2020)

First Appearance: What If II#54 (October 1993)

History: (What If II#54 (fb)) - At A.I.M. Central 2020, during a near fatal confrontation with the Minion cyborg, Death's Head managed to activate his personal teleporter with a touch of his finger. Deprived of his target, the Minion cyborg moved on to the next subject, Target #106; Reed Richards. Rather than renew the search for Death's Head, Minion returned to 2020.

(What If II#54 (fb) - BTS) - Death's Head rebuilt his body, making many modifications and improvements. He was later contacted by Dr. Necker with an offer of a job and arranged to meet her in a back alley somewhere in Manhattan.

(What If II#54 (fb)) - Whilst on a mission to a small A.I.M. outpost in the Rockies, Minion fell into a mystical booby trap set by Baron Strucker the fifth. Strucker used Minion's body to become Charnel and attacked an A.I.M. research station in upper New York.

(What If II#54(fb) - BTS) - Death's Head was contacted by Dr. Necker with an offer of a job and arranged to meet her in a back alley somewhere in Manhattan.

(What If II#54) - Dr. Necker walked the Manhattan streets on her way to rendezvous with Death's Head. Startled by Spratt, she pulled a gun on him. Spratt introduced himself, and Death's Head himself stepped out of the shadows. Upon seeing Necker, Death's Head began to recognise her. Necker made him an offer to take on the Minion cyborg. At the mention of Minion's name, Death's Head finally remembered seeing Necker at AIM central when the cyborg had nearly disembowelled him. He picked Necker up and knocked the gun from her hands. Spratt reminded him that there was no profit in revenge, and Death's Head let Necker go.

(What If II#54 - BTS) - Death's Head, Spratt and Dr. Necker went to Lower New York Bay. They boarded a huge ship, and while Necker explained the mission, Spratt counted the money.

(What If II#54) - Death's Head accepted the mission, and asked Necker for a time machine and a really big gun. He also told her that while had said earlier that getting even meant nothing to him, he had been 'lying, yes?'.

(What If II#54 - BTS) - Necker supplied the time machine and big gun. Death's Head traveled back in time to recruit a team of superheroes to battle Charnel.

(What If II#54) - Death's Head arrived back in 2020 with his squad of heroes.

(What If II#54 - BTS) - Death's Head sent the heroes to fight Charnel while he hung back with Necker's big gun.

(What If II#54) - The heroes fought valiantly, but Charnel killed them all. Death's Head, who had allowed the heroes to sacrifice themselves just to make his job easier, stepped in with the big gun and blasted Charnel. He then waded into battle with the creature, deriding him for his primitive methods. Using a synaptic scrambler, Death's Head managed to temporarily incapacitate Charnel and mock him, goading him into using Reed Richard's instincts. In that instant, Richard's managed to make Charnel pause. Death's Head slit Charnel's throat, releasing the vast energies within and destroying him.

Comments: Created by Simon Furman, Geoff Senior and Sarah Mossoff

This reality diverged from events in Death's Head II#1. The title of the issue was actually 'What If Death's Head 1 had lived?', but Death's Head (FPA Freelance Peacekeeping Agent) made more sense for the name of this dimension, considering the clarifications system used on this site. As this Earth diverged from Earth-8410 @ 2020 A.D. I chose the numerical designation 8454, with the 54 being the issue number of this issue.

After the point of divergence, Minion travels back in time to 1992 and kills Reed Richards. Death's Head also travels back to 1992 to recruit some super-hero cannon fodder for his mission against Charnel. Technically, as they are going back in time to before the point of divergence, I'd assume they are traveling to a different reality. This makes me wonder... could they be traveling to the past of Earth-8410? Perhaps Dr. Necker had checked her history tapes and found that Reed Richards had died in 1992, hence she programmed Minion to travel to that year in order to avoid any paradoxes.

Profile by Changeling & Proto-Man (additional sub-profiles)

Clarifications:

Not to be confused with


CAGE

Cage was very similar to his Earth-616  counterpart up until he was coerced into joining other present day heroes against Charnel. During the battle against Charnel, Charnel turned the Invisible Woman's powers against Cage and the Thing, exploding them from within.

Cage had the same superhuman strength and durability that his Earth-616 counterpart had.

--What If...II#54
















CAPTAIN AMERICA

Captain America was the same as his Earth-616 counterpart up until he was talked into helping take down Charnel in the year 2020. Captain America, in turn, talked War Machine into joining the group of present-day heroes who were to take down Charnel. During the battle against Charnel, Cap threw his shield at Charnel, who deflected it into Namor, decapitating him. After taking all of the other heroes, Charnel focused his attention on Captain America, whom he used a human shield to stop Death's Head's missile attack. Cap didn't survive.

Cap had the same peak human physical attributes as his Earth-616 counterpart.

--What If...II#54










CHARNEL (Minion)

 

    At A.I.M. Central 2020, during a near fatal confrontation with the Minion cyborg, Death's Head managed to activate his personal teleporter with a touch of his finger. Deprived of his target, the Minion cyborg moved on to the next subject, Target #106; Reed Richards. Minion traveled back in time to the year 1992 and found Reed at a restaurant in Manhattan. Richards fought long and hard, but was trapped under rubble while trying to help a young boy to safety. Minion took advantage and assimilated Reed's instincts, killing him. Rather than renew the search for Death's Head, Minion returned to 2020. He was later ambushed by Baron Strucker the Fifth, who merged with the cyborg to become Charnel. Charnel attacked an upper New York state A.I.M. research station. He was later attacked by a group of heroes recruited by Death's Head from the past. Death's Head ultimately defeated him by forcing him to use Reed Richards instincts. Richards was somehow still inside Charnel's mind and managed to make the monster hesitate. Death's Head slit Charnel's throat, and the creature exploded. Charnel had the combined power of a Minion cyborg and all of the necromantic abilities of his mainstream counterpart (see Charnel). He specialized in taking an opponents attack and redirecting it back against them.

--What If II#54

 

 

 

 


DEATH'S HEAD (Freelance Peacekeeping Agent)

 

    In this timeline, Death's Head used his personal teleporter to escape Minion. His body was badly damaged, and had to be rebuilt. When this new and improved Death's Head was approached by Dr. Necker to stop Charnel, he asked for two things; a time machine and a really big gun. He used the time machine to recruit a team of heroes to aid him. He allowed the heroes to sacrifice themselves, to buy him time and make his job easier. Then he used the 'really big gun' to open up his attack on Charnel. Once close enough, he used a Synaptic Scrambler to cause a neuro-electrical feedback through Charnels exitronic relay bio-subsystems. While it didn't take long for Charnel to counteract the scrambler, he had to tap into Reed Richards instincts to do so. Those instincts caused Charnel to hesitate, and Death's Head took advantage of that to destroy Charnel.

    The rebuilt Death's Head mechanoid had similar powers and abilities to his mainstream counterpart (see Death's Head), including superhuman durability, flight, modular wrist weapon attachments, repair capacity and superhuman strength. His new weaponry included an energy blade, which was projected from the back of his left arm, and an array of guns mounted on his right shoulder.

 

--What If II#54

 

 

 

 

 


HUMAN TORCH

Johnny Storm was a member of the Fantastic Four and was very similar to his Earth-616 counterpart up until the death of Reed Richards and his recruitment into the battle against Charnel. Upon arriving in the year 2020, Johnny was one of the first to fight against Charnel but was killed shortly after entering the battle when Charnel turned his fire powers against him, vaporizing him.

Human Torch had the same fire-manipulation abilities as his Earth-616 counterpart.

--What If...II#54










INVISIBLE WOMAN

The Invisible Woman was essentially the same as her Earth-616 counterpart, up until the death of her husband Reed at the hands of the Minion supercyborg. Soon after Reed's death, Death's Head returned to the present day to recruit the remaining Fantastic Four members to help him against Charnel, the Baron Strucker V in Minion's cyborg body. Sue was one of the first to agree to help Death's Head and during the battle against Charnel, she faired well, blasting a hole in Minion's body with her force fields. When she tried to use her force fields a second time, Charnel turned her powers against her, causing him to accidentally explode both the Thing and Cage. Horrified at her actions for only moments, Charnel used that time to vaporize her.

Invisible Woman had the same invisibility and force field generation powers of her Earth-616 counterpart.

--What If...II#54 (#54d,











MISTER FANTASTIC

Reed Richards was the 106th target of the supercyborg Minion. After losing his 105th target, Death's Head, Minion turned his attention to Reed. The two battled furiously until Mister Fantastic gave his life trying to safe a young boy from harm.

Reed had the same stretching abilities as his Earth-616 counterpart.

--What If...II#54 (fb)









NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER

Namor was the same as his Earth-616 counterpart up until he was recruited to help in the battle against Charnel. Intending to avenge the death of Reed Richards, Namor fought valiantly until Captain America threw his shield and Charnel redirected it, decapitating Namor.

Namor had the same superhuman strength, durability, and flight that his Earth-616 counterpart had.

--What If...II#54

















DOCTOR EVELYN NECKER

Doctor Necker was very similar to her Earth-8410 counterpart up until Death's Head escaped his death at the hands of Necker's creation, Minion. After Minion killed Reed Richards and absorbed his personality, Dr. Necker had Minion returned to the A.I.M. base to await the threat Minion was constructed for. Eventually, the Baron Strucker V personality that Minion had absorbed took over Minion's form and became the very threat he was created to stop. Escaping the destruction of her A. I. M. faction's base, Dr. Necker contacted Death's Head to ask him for help in destroying Minion, which Baron Strucker had now begun calling Charnel. She provided Death's Head with a time machine and a giant missile launcher and was present when Death's Head and the heroes he recruited battled Charnel. After Death's Head destroyed Charnel, Death's Head commented to Necker that perhaps the superhero bug was catching.

Doctor Necker had no superhuman powers, but was a brilliant scientist, like her 8410 counterpart. She did carry A.I.M. weapons with her outside of the A.I.M. base, however.

--What If...II#54 (fb)









SPRATT

Spratt was the same as his Earth-8162 counterpart, remaining Death's Head's faithful partner and sidekick. He was present during DH's meeting with Dr. Necker and subsequent battle with Charnel.

Spratt did not display any superhuman powers.

--What If...II#54













THING

The Thing was the same as his Earth-616 counterpart up until he was recruited by Death's Head to battle Charnel. The Thing fought bravely against Charnel, at one point even downing an entire building on top of Charnel. The Thing remained a fighter almost to the end until Charnel turned Invisible Woman's force fields against the Thing, who exploded from the pressure.

Thing had superhuman strength and durability, like his Earth-616 counterpart.

--What If...II#54













WAR MACHINE

Jim Rhodes was similar to his Earth-616 counterpart up until was brought in to help in the fight against Charnel by Captain America. War Machine fought hard, even losing parts of his armor to Charnel's morphing arm. When Namor was killed, War Machine was horrifed and savagely jumped head-on into a fistfight against Charnel, who morphed his hand into a blade and stabbed through War Machine's eye slits.

Jim Rhodes wore the War Machine armor, equipped with superhuman strength, durability, and missile launchers, like its Earth-616 counterpart.

--What If...II#54














images: (not counting advertisements)
What If II#54, p24, pan2 (main image)

p13, pan1 (Cage, Invisible Woman, & Namor the Sub-Mariner)
p19, pan4 (Captain America)
p10, pan1 (Charnel/Minion)
p2, pan1 (Death's Head (FPA) )
p20, pan3 (Human Torch)
p6, pan3 (Mister Fantastic)
p23, pan1 (Dr. Evelyn Necker)
p13, pan5 (Spratt)
p15, splash page (War Machine)
p18, pan4 (Thing)


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Last Updated: 08/15/05

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