Real Name: Jacob Lashinski
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Terrorist, criminal
Group Membership: None;
formerly Acolytes (Fabian Cortez, Exodus/Bennett du Paris, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Gargouille/Lavinia LeBlanc, Kleinstock Brothers/Harlan & Sven Kleinstock, Projector/Zachary Williams, Scanner/Sarah Ryall, Senyaka/Suvik Senyaka, Spoor/Andrew Hamish Graves, Unuscione/Carmella Unuscione, Amelia Voght, others)
Affiliations: Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis),
Fenris (Andreas & Andrea Strucker), Feral (Maria Callasantos), Omega
Red (Arkady Gregorovich), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Random (Marshall Evan Stone III)
Enemies: Heroes for Hire (Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Black Knight/Dane Whitman, Iron Fist/Daniel Rand, Power Man/Luke Cage, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thena, White Tiger), High Evolutionary (Herbert Edgar Wyndham), Knights Of Wundagore (Bova Ayrshire, Lord Anon (actually Man-Beast), Lord Churchill, Lord Gator, Sir Ram, Sir Tyger, Lady Ursula, Lady Vermin), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Wundagore Mountain, Transia
First Appearance: Quicksilver I#9 (July, 1998)
Powers/Abilities: Decay's mutant power was more
like a blessing than a curse. His lifeforce constantly depleted itself,
causing Lashinski to age rapidly. In order to save his own life, he had
to drain the lifeforce from other living beings. This infusion of
bio-energy rejuvenated him to a man in his prime and also granted him
slightly enhanced strength, durability and reflexes. It was never
revealed if Lashinski could control the amount of energy he tapped from
his victims, even though it seemed that he automatically drained them
dry, leaving a withered husk that crumbles to dust. Decay didn't enjoy
using his powers and felt bad about every life he took, although his
religious fanaticism made him long to taste the bio energy of the son of
Weight: 139 lbs.
Hair: (rejuvenated) black, (weakened) white
(Quicksilver I#9 - BTS) - Decay (Jacob Lashinski) was recruited into the Acolytes by Exodus (Bennett du Paris). He joined at around the same time as Projector (Zachary Williams) and Gargouille (Lavinia LeBlanc). After some basic training, Exodus sent the three of them, along with longtime member Scanner, to the Savage Land where they were to aid Exodus' allies in obtaining Isotope E from the High Evolutionary (HE).
(Quicksilver I#9) - While his fellow new Acolytes were
ready to prove themselves to hardened villains like Pyro, Avalanche, the
Fenris twins, Omega Red and Random, Decay wasn't quite so eager. Having
gone without replenishing his lifeforce for quite some time, he was
turned into a geriatric and had to sit during the flight to the Savage
Land. Once there, Scanner ordered him, Gargouille and Feral to guard the
HE's aircraft while the others went forth to confront him in his
citadel. Eventually, the HE showed up, hoping to use his vessel to beat
a strategic retreat.
Facing Decay and the others, the Evolutionary used the power of Isotope E to evolve a handful of tiny insects into giant bug monsters he sent after his foes. During the battle, Decay touched one and drained its lifeforce until it was nothing more than dust. He instantly regained his youthful appearance, but lamented about the loss of life. This earned him an earful from his far more bloodthirsty fellow Acolyte Gargouille who told him to stop feeling sorry for himself. The HE took advantage of the Acolytes fighting his bugs by boarding his ship along with the Knights of Wundagore and taking off. Dismayed at the poor performance of Exodus' allies, Scanner declared that from now on the hunt for the Isotope would be handled by Acolytes only. Decay and the others were teleported back to the Acolytes' headquarters on Mount Wundagore.
(Quicksilver I#11) - As soon as the Acolytes picked up the
Isotope E energy signature at the Haven, a castle owned by the HE in
Upstate New York, Exodus told Decay and the others to leave immediately,
obtain the Isotope and exterminate both HE and his Knights. When the
question was raised what to do with Quicksilver, the leader of the
Knights of Wundagore and the son of their god Magneto, Decay requested
if he could feed off him, as he would love to have even a portion of
Magneto's power running through his veins. Exodus promised him that
honor, should Quicksilver refuse to cooperate.
(Quicksilver I#11 - BTS) - In the dungeons of the Haven,
Heroes for Hire members Ant-Man, Iron Fist and Power Man were continuing
to evolve and devolve after an accidental exposure to Isotope E. While
they struggled, the HE and his Knights had travelled back to Wundagore
(Quicksilver I#11) - Amelia Voght teleported Decay and the Acolytes into the dungeons of Haven, where they immediately encountered the devolved Heroes for Hire. Projector's force field held them at bay, while Gargouille correctly concluded they must be HE's creations. Not recognizing the heroes, Voght ordered the Acolytes to kill them, but their struggle was interrupted by Quicksilver who kept the Acolytes busy long enough for the Heroes for Hire to regain their normal appearance. Once Voght learned of the HE's whereabouts, she called for an emergency transport back to base.
(Quicksilver I#11 - BTS) - As the Knights girded themselves for battle, while wondering why the Acolytes left so many of their weapon caches intact since taking over the Citadel of Science, Bova discovered there was a traitor in their midst: the Man-Beast had been posing as Lord Anon for months. Rushing to confront him, they were just in time to see Man-Beast stab HE and claim Isotope E for himself.
(Heroes For Hire I#16) - The fight between the Man-Beast
and the Knights of Wundagore was interrupted by Exodus and the Acolytes.
After politely asking the Man-Beast to hand over the Isotope led to
nothing, Exodus ordered his men to kill the Knights while he himself
would take care of the evolved wolf creature. A brutal conflict ensued.
(Heroes For Hire I#16 - BTS) - The fight between the two teams ended when Exodus and the Man-Beast agreed to a truce. Man-Beast used his mental abilities to press the Knights into his service. Unbeknownst to them, the Heroes for Hire were making their way to Transia to help out.
(Heroes For Hire I#16) - Joined by the Knights of
Wundagore, Decay and his fellow Acolytes were sent to fight Quicksilver
and the Heroes for Hire. The Acolytes were able to beat their enemies
when the Heroes for Hire started devolving again.
(Quicksilver I#12) - Using his superspeed, Quicksilver stole the Isotope E from the Man-Beast and freed the Heroes for Hire from the dungeons of Wundagore Mountain. Armed with the Isotope, the speedster and the heroes faced down the Acolytes. Decay engaged Iron Fist, figuring the hero's fabled life force channeling powers was exactly what he needed to feed on. However, Quicksilver took him out before he could do any serious damage. Still facing insurmountable odds, Pietro saw himself forced to expose his body to the Isotope E in order to have a shot at victory. Quicksilver's powers grew exponentially, allowing him to fight off the remaining Acolytes, even managing to defeat their leader Exodus. Growing mad with power, Pietro demanded and got the Acolytes' loyalty. Just then, the HE announced his own godlike powers had been restored (at the cost of his sanity) and was ready to lead the world to the next phase of evolution.
(Heroes for Hire/Quicksilver Annual 1998) - When the HE
and the Isotope E enhanced Quicksilver squared off, Pietro ordered the
Acolytes to aid him. However, the bulk of the team decided they no
longer had a stake in the conflict and refused to fight other people's
battles any longer. However, once Exodus sided with Quicksilver in
opposing the HE, a few Acolytes including Decay joined him. Figuring the
best way to stop the Evolutionary was to drain away his energies, Decay
attempted to siphon the man god's life force but was immediately
overcome by the sheer amount of bio energy he received. Seconds after
making contact, Decay's body bloated up like a balloon until he burst
and died from the excess power he absorbed.
Comments: Created by John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks).
"Bio energy transferal" sounds like a very fancy, until
you stop and think what Decay's power really entailed: killing and
consuming organic matter in order to stay alive... Isn't that what
we all do whenever we dig into that pork and or lambchop?
Decay, along with the other Acolytes, received profiles in Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe A-Z#1 and Marvel Encyclopedia: X-Men.
Profile by Norvo.
Decay should not be confused with
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Quicksilver Heroes for Hire Annual 1998, p13, pan4 (main image)
Quicksilver I#9, p6, pan3 (weakened form)
Quicksilver I#9, p21, pan1,2 (rejuvenates)
Quicksilver Heroes For Hire Annual 1998, p14, pan1 (dies)
Quicksilver I#9 (July, 1998) - John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Ivan Reis (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver I#11 (September, 1998) - John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Rich Faber (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Heroes for Hire I#16 (October, 1998) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils),Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver I#12 (October, 1998) - John Ostrander & Joe Edkin (writers), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Rich Faber (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Quicksilver/Heroes For Hire Annual 1998 (1998) - John Ostrander (writer), Pascual Ferry (pencils),Jaime Mendoza (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
Last updated: 01/07/14
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