Members: Lionheart, Hip Hop, Soar (aka
Slipstream), Surfstreak, Wreckless
Purpose: To save the planet from polluters and
those that destroy the environment.
Enemies: Marc De Mal,
Corporation, Adam Frost, Heavy
Metal (Armory, Bloodbath,
Tailgunner, Uproar), "Toxic Waste Terror"
First Appearance: Brute Force#1 (August, 1990)
(Brute Force#1 (fb)-BTS) - As part of a plan to help
save the Earth's resources and animals, Multicorp put in motion a plan
to locate six animals and equip them with cybernetics so that they
could aid with the conservation efforts. The six animals were brought
to Dr. Randall Pierce - a kangaroo, a bald eagle, a lion, a grizzly
bear, a dolphin and a gorilla, which had been injured.
(Brute Force#1) - As Pierce and his team worked on
implanting cybernetics on the injured gorilla in their Multicorp
laboratory, a group of men dressed like clowns burst in and demanded
the gorilla. The ape woke up during the chaos, but was tranqulized and
spirited away by the intruders. Pierce later tried to alert his boss,
Adam Frost to the theft, but Frost refused to go to the authorities,
saying that news of a group of clowns stealing a gorilla in armor would
make Multicorp a laughing stock. Pierce returned to his lab, disgusted,
and questioned the continuation of the project. While talking to his
young son Ricky, Pierce realized that the Tastee Burger wrapper that
Ricky had with him had an image of a clown identical to those that
stole the gorilla. As Tastee Burger was owned by the Flex Corporation,
which was notorious for its environmental destructive ways, Pierce
believed there was a connection as Flex had recently made the news for
causing problems in the Amazon rainforest. With no other choice, Pierce
equipped the remaining animals with cybernetics in order to send them
after the gorilla that Flex was using in their decimation of the
rainforest. With the cybernetic armor in place, the five animals were
given human-level intelligence and the ability to speak, along with
various weapons and technology contained within their suits. Dubbed
Brute Force, Pierce and the team traveled to the Amazon to locate the
gorilla. They almost immediately spotted the mercenaries who held the
gorilla, but their first attempt to follow them was disastrous, as the
group was still getting used to their new tech. Elsewhere, Frost -
aware of Pierce's doing - ordered a minion to put his new project,
Heavy Metal - into production immediately. On their second attempt,
Brute Force successfully managed to stop the mercenaries, although the
(Brute Force#2) - Pierce
put Brute Force into the
field, sendng them on separate missions with varying levels of success.
Soar disobeyed Pierce's orders to observe a factory and assaulted it
somewhat, dropping a boulder in one smokestack and scaring the
employees. Wreckless chased off some loggers but his short attention
span caused him to lose interest in the mission in order to play with
some bear cubs he had saved. Lionheart lost track of his mission due to
his hunger, targeting a group of farm animals (Pierce disrupted this
before Lionheart could make a successful kill). Surfstream, who was
investigating illegal dumping in the Mississippi River, came across an
oil tanker being attacked by Heavy Metal, who were trying to sink the
ship. When Heavy Metal member Bloodbath entered the waters to discharge
missiles at the boat's underside, Surfstreak attacked him, but Heavy
Metal soon fled due to the attack taking longer than hoped. With his
communicator broken, Surfstreak had to borrow money from a passerby and
use a pay phone to call Pierce to warn him about Heavy Metal. Blaming
the incident on Pierce's animals, Frost fired him, even though it was
his own team that did so. Heavy Metal tried attacking the tanker again,
but this time Brute Force was ready for them and defended the ship.
After a brutal battle, Heavy Metal escaped again, and the FBI arrived
just in time to find Brute Force on the tanker. They arrested Pierce.
(Brute Force#3 (fb)) - As he was being arrested,
Pierce ordered Brute Force to flee.
(Brute Force#3) - With Pierce arrested, Brute Force
had nowhere to go but to the home of Charlie Sutton, a friend of
Pierce's. Sutton, a member of the Fresh Air conservatory group, tried
to get his group's approval on Brute Force, but they declined at first,
instead wanting to investigate a Canadian businessman Marc De Mal. At
De Mal's, the Fresh Air members were shown a bio-sphere of De Mal's
creation that housed plants and animals that were mutated to thrive on
pollution as part of his Project: Ark. Brute Force followed and were
attacked by De Mal's defense systems just as the businessman captured
the Fresh Air members to use as new test subjects. Brute Force made
their way into the complex and unwittingly into the bio-sphere where
they were confronted by the "Toxic Waste Terror" - a bizarre creature
merged from several others through De Mal's machinations. As some
members of Brute Force freed the Fresh Air members, Surfstreak blasted
the monster with pure water, killing it. Brute Force now felt confidant
enough to take on Heavy Metal.
(Brute Force#4) - After disarming seven men falseley
claiming to be members of the Meltdown eco
group (actually more
Frost-hired thugs posing as Meltdown members) holding the Raleigh B
Nuclear Power Plant, Brute Force departed, but shortly afterwards,
Heavy Metal arrived and helped the "Meltdown" members escape only to
realize they were one short: Brute Force had captured one. Heavy Metal
tracked down Brute Force and attacked them. As reports of two groups of
animals came through, the FBI realized that Pierce was telling the
truth. Brute Force managed to defeat Heavy Metal finally, and just as
Frost was escaping with the captured "Meltdown" member, Pierce arrived
and stopped him. Frost was arrested as Pierce and Brute Force
considered their future.
Comments: Created by Charles Viola, adapted by Simon Furman, Jose Delbo, Mike DeCarlo.Though stated as part of the STAR Comics imprint on the Master List, Brute Force actually was not, although it did advertise that line instead of the mainstream Marvel titles.
Profile by Madison Carter.
Character name has no known connections to
Creator of the bio-armor. He was fired by Frost after
discovering the truth and arrested by the FBI. He was released when
Heavy Metal was publicly exposed.
Randall's son. He liked Tastee Burgers.
Bald Eagle, member of Brute Force. Self-proclaimed
leader of Brute Force. Though code-named Slipstream, he immediately
declined the name, preferring Soar.
Dolphin member of Brute Force. His bio-armor came
with legs, which took him a while to get used to using and was equipped
to breath on land.
Member of Fresh Air and friend of Pierce. Helped get
Fresh Air involved in aiding Brute Force.
Vulture member of Heavy Metal.
--Brute Force#1-2, 4
Bizarre creature composed of several other animals,
able to live in complete pollution. Died when it was blasted with pure
water by Surfstreak.
Bear member of Brute Force. Had an incredibly short
attention span, and carried a Bearzooka.
images: (without ads)
Brute Force#1, cover (main)
#1, page 16, panel 6 (vehicle modes)
#4, page 20, panel 1 (Armory)
#2, page 18, panel 3 (Bloodbath)
#3, page 8, panel 6 (De Mal)
#3, page 8, panel 2 (Fresh Air)
#3, page 6, panel 5 (Frost)
#1, page 24, panel 4 (Heavy Metal)
#2, page 5, panel 1 (Hip Hop)
#2, page 4, panel 5 (Lionheart)
#1, page 1 (Dr. Randall Pierce)
#2, page 18, panel 2 (Ramrod)
#1, page 9, panel 5 (Ricky)
#2, page 2, panel 1 (Soar)
#1, cover (Surfstream)
#3, page 4, panel 2 (Sutton)
#2, page 18, panel 1 (Tailgunner)
#3, page 17, panel 2 (Toxic Waste Terror)
#1, page 4 (Uproar)
#2, page 4, panel 1 (Wreckless)
Brute Force#1-4 (August-November, 1990) - Simon Furman (writer), Jose Delbo (penciler), Mike DeCarlo (inker), Bob Budiansky (editor)
Last updated: 03/10/11
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