Real Name: Eugene "Gene" Omega-20 (original last name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Alternate/potential future (Earth-700's 22nd century) human cyborg
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Dr. Alexander Locke, Dr. Cassandra Locke (significant other), Pixie
Enemies: The Skrulls, in particular ambassador Zorn
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Tranquility City, the Moon
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation I#7 (August 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Prior to his voluntary transformation into a cyborg, Gene possessed no known superhuman abilities. As a cyborg, he underwent radical genetic alteration for life in deep space. Designated Omega-20, Gene could operate in the vacuum of space without any form of life support or protective suit. Despite the fact he gave up much of his humanity, Gene still preferred to be called by his birth name and apparently had a full range of emotions, falling in love with historian Cassandra Locke.
Height: 6'1"(by approximation)
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#7 (fb) - BTS) - In the 22nd century of Earth-700, mankind had established itself on Earth's Moon. In order to construct and maintain the giant domed cities like Tranquility, a cybernetic procedure was developed that turned human beings into cyborgs capable of surviving in the vacuum of space. Gene was one of the people who volunteered for the procedure, coming out of it with the cyborg designation Omega-20. He preferred to be called by his original name, however. At some point, Gene met and fell in love with historian Cassandra Locke. Her father, Dr. Alexander Locke, did not approve of their relationship. That's why the couple kept the fact Gene had moved into Cassandra's Tranquility City flat to themselves.
Shortly after they moved in together, Gene met the Eternal Pixie, who told him the Skrulls' recent peace mission to Earth was a ruse and that the alien shapeshifters had less than honorable intentions. Intrigued by her lover's stories, Locke used a time traveling belt to dive into the past looking for evidence to support Gene's theory that the Skrulls had been plotting against Earth for centuries.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#7 - BTS) - With Locke gone for over a week, Gene spent much of his time alone in their apartment missing his lover and reviewing her family photos.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#7) - Gene was taking a shower when doctor Alexander Locke suddenly showed up in the flat, looking for clues to his daughter's whereabouts. Not too pleased to find Gene there, Locke grew even angrier when he learned it was the cyborg who had convinced Cassandra the Skrulls were up to no good. Their argument was interrupted by the arrival of Pixie, who assured Locke that Gene was right.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#6) - Gene, Alexander Locke and Pixie took a trip to the historical site of the Lunar Lander while discussing Cassandra's situation. Pixie recalled being on the Moon when Apollo 11 landed on that fateful day in July of 1969. Pixie then told Gene and Locke of a message Cassandra had hidden for them aboard the Lander. Gene could barely believe this, since it had never showed up on any scans. Pixie nevertheless insisted it was there. Locke was ready to dismiss the Eternal's theories when they were interrupted by a Skrull and two members of the Tranquility City police department who had come to arrest Pixie for allegedly making threats against the Skrull ambassador Zorn and suspicion of sedition. As she was being led away, Pixie once again told Gene and Locke to check the Lander.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#2) - Gene was present at Tranquility City's temporal research center which had been tracking Cassandra's time jumps (and sending carrier waves after her that made everyone she encountered in the past forget her instantly). The crew informed Gene and Alexander Locke they'd lost her signal somewhere in 1955, which most likely meant she'd died. Locke refused to believe his daughter would allow herself to die a pointless death in some primitive era, but Gene countered that Cassandra's death wouldn't be pointless if she accomplished her mission. Before Locke could reply, a group of Skull soldiers invaded the facility and started shooting everyone in sight in order to prevent the truth about their past activities on Earth to get out. Locke was shot through the shoulder, but Gene managed to get him to safety. Locke finally saw that Gene and his daughter were telling the truth, and he asked the cyborg to retrieve the data hidden under the porch of the Lunar Lander. Donning a pair of lev boots to float over the surface so he wouldn't disturb the hallowed ground of the Apollo 11 site, Gene investigated the Lunar Module, looking for the package.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 - BTS) - Gene found Cassandra's records which proved the Skrulls' hidden history of violence against Earth. He took Dr. Alexander Locke along to Tranquility City's courts where Pixie was standing trial.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1) - Gene and Locke interrupted Skrull ambassador Zorn's litany of allegations against Pixie by boldly presenting the evidence. The judge allowed Omega-20 to submit the facts he had uncovered, presumably clearing Pixie of all charges.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks)
The idea of a human being getting reworked into a creature capable of surviving the vacuum of space is a fascinating one. Does he still need to eat, breathe or sleep? What kind of mental changes does one undergo, do you still feel human? It's a shame we never got to see Gene interact with Cassandra Locke directly.
Profile by Norvo.
Gene/Omega-20 should not be confused with
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Marvel The Lost Generation I#2, p11, pan2 (main image)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#7, p12, pan6 (closeup)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#1, p24, pan4 (presents Cassandra's evidence)
The Lost Generation I#7
(August 2000) - Roger Stern
(writer), John Byrne
(pencils), Al Milgrom (inks),
Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#6 (September 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#2 (January 2001) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 (February 2001) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 03/13/2014
Last updated: 05/11/2014
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