Real Name: Walkabout
Identity/Class: Robot (pre-modern era)
Group Membership: First Line
Fox/Robert William Paine,
Mime, Effigy, Eternal Brain/William Carmody,
Flatiron/Russell, Katyusha/Anya, Major Mercury/Makkari,
Mister Justice/Tim Carney, Morph,
partner of Eternal Brain
Affiliations: Mary Carmody, Jim Fitzpatrick, Gadfly (T. Ruth MacRae), Cassandra Locke, Mako, Riot-Act
Enemies: Kang the Conqueror (Nathaniel Richards), Warlord Kro's Deviant forces, Nocturne, Skrull invasion forces, Zankor
Known Relatives: Jim Fitzpatrick and William Carmody (creators; see comments)
Aliases: "Walkman" (nickname used by Rapunzel)Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation I#12 (March 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Walkabout was a sentient robot with superhuman strength (Class 10, possibly higher) and durability thanks to his armored outer shielding and internal energy force fields. Walkabout relied on his strength in battle, though under extreme circumstances he could also detach his appendages, firing both hands and feet as makeshift missiles. Walkabout was equipped with propulsion units that allowed him to fly, complete with emergency backups.
He can apparently discharge some form of energy from his hands (as seen in the image to the left), and he has some sort of "gunport" on the palms of his gauntlets (as seen in the main image).
It should have been obvious to me he was a blaster of some sort from his main image, which clearly shows a "gunport" in the palm of his gauntlets.
His internal scanners were advanced and sensitive enough to scan and analyze people and situations in moments. He could detect life signs, confirm identities via retinal scans and spot abnormalities such as Nick Fury's bionic eye implant. His memory banks contained classified defense department intelligence.
Walkabout's thoracic cavity was designed to house William Carmody in both his brain and homunculus form. The two could merge their minds through a cyber-link that took three seconds to initiate and establish. While merged, Carmody and Walkbout moved and acted as one, though they could still communicate individually.
Weight: 361 lbs.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#10 (fb) - BTS) - At some point during the 1980s, Professor William Carmody and his associate Jim Fitzpatrick started work on a mechanical form the bodiless Carmody (a sentient brain) could inhabit. They eventually developed a sentient robot who called itself Walkabout. While he was undergoing constant upgrades, Walkabout met the superheroes known as the First Line.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#10 - BTS) - CIA operative Nicholas Fury was ordered to infiltrate the Carmody Institute in an attempt to get a handle on Effigy who had been taking steps to reform the First Line, using the institute as a new base of operations. At the same time, Deviant Warlord Kro decided it was high time to act on rumors he'd received about an Eternal (most likely Pixie, possibly Makkari) trying to encourage humanity's interest in "super-heroics." He took a small army through the subterranean tunnels in order to deal with the problem, even as 22nd century historian Cassandra Locke from Earth-700 time warped into the First Line's base.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#10) -
Walkabout detected Nick Fury and proceeded to apprehend him. Scanning
the World War II vet, he quickly confirmed his identity and brought
him to meet Effigy, Carmody and the others. At roughly the same time, Kro ordered his Deviant forces to attack the Eternal (Pixie) he
had detected on his gouger. As Pixie dodged
the blasts, the Carmody Institute's claxons went off, alerting new
recruits Morph, Yeti and Rapunzel to the crisis. Walkabout brought
them up to speed on who they were facing and then retreated to go and
merge with Professor Carmody's homunculus form. Walkabout was
apprehensive about this move, worried about Carmody's safety since his
outer shielding had yet to be installed. The professor convinced him
it was necessary, claiming he needed to take a more active role to
stop the intruders. Their cybernetic merger was observed by Cassandra
Locke, who was fascinated to learn of Carmody's survival. Walkabout
helped turn the tide of battle, forcing the Deviants to retreat. Not
wanting them to get away so easily, Walkabout ordered them stopped for
interrogation. Complying, Oxbow shot a net-arrow that covered the hole
the Deviants were trying to retreat back into.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#10 - BTS) - Unwilling to have his troops captured or questioned, Kro decided they should not further contaminate the gene pool. He purified them, incinerating the Deviants on the spot.
The Lost Generation I#12 - BTS) - Walkabout and Professor Carmody joined
the First Line and their allies in opposing a Skrull invasion army headed
for Earth. The heroes went out into space to confront the aliens aboard
the armada's flag ship. They encountered heavy
resistance from the Skrull troops and the Earthers soon found themselves
outnumbered and outmatched.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#12) - Walkabout surprised a group of Skrull soldiers by tearing through a wall as he attacked them. However, a blast from one of their plasma rifles tore off the robot's right arm, exposing Carmody inside. Using his remaining arm, Walkabout crushed the skull of the Skrull who shot him and then took a moment to analyze the damage. With life support at 87 percent, damage to his right thoracic cavity and interior shielding down, both heroes were vulnerable. As if on cue, Nocturne (who had stowed away to help fight the Skrulls) appeared out of the shadow and shot Carmody, claiming he never passed up a chance to settle old scores. In his dying moments, Carmody told Nocturne he'd doomed them all. Too late, Nocturne spotted an overloading Skrull blaster that Carmody had been trying to disable. Both the vampire and the heroes apparently perished in the explosion (see comments).
(X-Men: The Hidden Years I#16 (fb)) -Several years after his apparent death, Walkabout was remembered by Pixie when she revealed the fate of the First Line to the X-Men who had encountered wayward former First Liner Yeti on one of their adventures.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
A man's brain preserved inside a copper colored contraption? I'm not saying Walkabout sounds an awful lot like long time Doom Patrol member Robotman... But, well... You be the judge.
Walkabout's exact origins remain unrevealed, so listing Jim Fitzpatrick as one of his creators is mostly speculation on my part. However, since it was Fitzpatrick who created the Eternal Brain's first mechanical form to allow the the bodiless Carmody to, well, walk about... It stands to reason the exoskeleton served as the basis for what eventually would become Walkabout. Fitzpatrick even called it "just a protoype" in M:TLG I#9, indicating he was planning to improve on the design.
Walkabout was shown to have a somewhat sarcastic side to himself, greeting the arriving Mr. Justice with "Nice of you to finally join us" after the battle against Nocturne's Alchem-Tech virus had been won. It's not clear if his personality was artificial or based on someone's mind (say, has anyone seen Jim Fitzpatrick lately?).
Would an overloaded Skrull blaster really be enough to
completely destroy Walkabout? Even if the blast exposed the section of
the Skrull ship to space, Walkabout could still have survived in the
vacuum. In fact, being in space gave him a far better shot at survival
than remaining on board the armada when Pixie caused its destruction.
So, Walkabout might still be out there, floating between the stars. And
even if the original isn't located, of all the First Line members,
Walkabout seems the easiest to "revive" in the modern era given his
--and maybe there could have been some failsafe mechanism for Carmody to upload his mind into Walkabout?--Snood
Profile by Norvo.
Walkabout should not be confused with
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Marvel The Lost Generation I#11, p11, pan1 (main image)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#10, p14, pan5 (cyberlinks with Carmody)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#11, p11, pan3 (jettisoning segment R-1)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#12, p14, pan1 (critically damaged)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#12 (March 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#11 (April 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#10 (May 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#9 (June 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
X-Men: The Hidden Years I#16 (March 2001) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Jason Leibig (editor)
Last updated: 05/11/14
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