deathloks-10511-wwx12-cover.jpgDEATHLOKs of Reality-10511

Membership: Deathlok Unit L17 is the only one named; the others are/were unidentified

Purpose: Extermination of the enemies of Roxxon

Aliases: Peaceloks

Affiliations: Roxxon (especially Martin and his unidentified female colleague)
    formerly 
Dr. David Heimerdinger (creator (or, at least, pioneer in their technology in at least one timeline)

Enemies: Unidentified resistance (including Miranda Bayer, Evan Wakowski, others), Bradberry, Buzzsaw (Todd Bryant), Captain America, Daredevil, Deathlok Unit L17, Dr. Strange, Mathew K. Edwards, General (the potential future self of Deathlok Unit L17), Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Punisher (Frank Castle), Winston Rowe, Slag (Jeffrey Winstone), Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and his Spider-Friends/Amazing Friends, Thing, Wolverine (James Howlett/Logan); unidentified resistance members; unidentified Peacelok/Deathlok L17 victims;
        possibly Cloak,
Dagger, Hulk, Namor the Sub-Mariner??? (woman with a star on her head...doesn't really look like Red Guardian or Darkstar to me...; who had no marker, presumably indicating she was still active), some guy (perhaps an unmasked Magneto or Quicksilver; slain);
    Reality-616:
Amy (who was on a date with Wendell Bryant), Avengers (Luke Cage, Iron Fist/Daniel Rand, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, Thing/Ben Grimm), Miranda L. Bayerinfant Bradberry, Wendell BryantCaptain America (James Barnes)Dr. David Heimerdinger, Steve Rogers (formerly Captain America), Winston Rowe, Jeffrey Winstone, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Evan Wakowski;

Base of Operations: Unrevealed; 
    formerly an extradimensional/alternate reality/alternate future (Reality-10511) Earth around 25 years in the future from Reality-616's modern era
    constructed in the year 2030 in the relative future of that timeline

First AppearanceWolverine: Weapon X#11 (May, 2010)

Powers/Abilities: Each Deathlok is a sentient program housed inside a cybernetically reanimated human brain operating a bionic frame augmenting the tissues of that same human's organic remains. 

    Deathloks' programs direct them to follow Roxxon's instructions and to otherwise act to exterminate Roxxon's enemies. They were often guided by Deathlok Unit L17.

    Deathloks possess superhuman strength of an unspecified level (lifting perhaps 1-10 tons). Via computer programs, algorithms, and targeting, they can execute efficient combat operations, incapacitating foes faster or stronger than themselves.

    Among some Deathloks' offensive capacities are energy claws able to cut through solid metal, Iron Man-like repulsor blasts from his left palm, and Spider-Man-like web-shooters. Some carry an energy blaster able to put substantial holes in a human body in rapid fashion. Some carry rocket launchers. They can teleport, although this may be only when they are linked to computers that actually teleport them. 

    Deathloks do not appear to feel pain and were frequently unphased by attacks unless they physically incapacitating, such as by binding or severing a limb, etc. 

    Presumably, most Deathloks' organic form's heart has atrophied, and all bodily fluids are circulated with the aid of nanorobotic molecular propellers. Nonetheless, tearing out the heart appeared to be one of the most effective ways to incapacitate a Deathlok. Deathlok L17 recovered from decapitation, but it is unrevealed whether the others could do that.

    Deathlok Unit L17 has a number of more unique abilities. The other Deathloks were not shown to be having independent thought and unique speech, and it seemed that they were more part of a collective hivemind somewhat under Deathlok Unit L17's control. There's not evidence to support or contadict whether the other Deathlok hosts had any degree of freewill like L17's sociopath host.deathloks-10511-wwx14-early_development1.jpg

History:
(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb) - BTS) <5 years into the relative future of Reality-10511 in comparison to the main story> - Employed by Norman Osborn's HAMMER organization, scientist Dr. David Heimerdinger mechanized the corpses of soldiers, seeking to build an army of obedient cyborgs. deathloks-10511-wwx14-early_development.jpg

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb) - BTS)) - With one of their number one priorities being the development of a risk management department to face the challenges of a corporation their size, such as resistant governments, stubborn populaces, and illegally powered insurgents, Roxxon began development of the Peaceloks, based on the preliminary work of the late Dr. Heimerdinger. 

    Roxxon used the minds and bodies of executed murderers "for that extra 'zing,'" but early efforts were "less than successful, as their cyborgs fed on and slaughtered normal people (possibly their creators).

    Roxxon swiftly realized they needed a stronger control mechanism to properly guide the cyborgs and keep them in line, and so they implemented an artificial intelligence program.

    They were very pleased with the results: the mind and body of a brutal murderer combined with the efficiency of a thinking computer.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb)) <20 years into the relative future of Reality-10511 in comparison to the main story> - A Roxxon agent shot a sociopath in the head, then had him sent to the lab to become a Deathlok (later Unit L17).

brain-wired(Wolverine: Weapon X#15 (fb) - BTS) <Reality-10511> - Roxxon scientist Martin and his unidentified female co-worker installed a series of brains into cybernetic mainframes that controlled the most advanced artificial intelligence program ever designed.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#15 (fb)) <25 years into the relative future of Reality-10511> - The sociopath's brain was apparently the first to be activated (connected to a computer).

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb) - BTS) <Reality-10511> - The sociopath's body was rebuilt as a cyborg (Unit L17) with an artificial intelligence controlling his activities and enhancing his logic and mental capacities.deathloks-10511-wwx14-celebration.jpg

(Wolverine & the X-Men#4 (fb) - BTS) - Unit L17 was manufactured in the year 2030 (see comments)

(Wolverine & the X-Men#4 (fb) - BTS) - Someone in Roxxon's marketing department determined that these cyborgs should be called "Peaceloks."

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb)) - A group of Roxxon executives toast their success and reviewed their progress. 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb)) - Unit L17 confronted and slew Matthew K. Edwards for publicly slandering the Roxxon brand. 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#15 (fb)) - Unit L17 slew two people, completing Roxxon Executive Order #919.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb) - BTS)  - At some point, the Peaceloks earned the nickname "Deathloks."

(Wolverine: Weapon X#13 (fb)) - When Roxxon sent Deathloks to attack protestors outside Roxxon's gates, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) attacked the Deathloks with a rifle weapon and then sent his "amazing friends" spider-bots to attack them as well. However, when one of the Deathloks spottted Spider-Man, it gave the order to intercept him, and a trio of Deathloks teleported into his vicinity. As Spider-Man battered the Deathloks in rapid progression, one of them gave the order to an outside Deathlok to target his coordinates, and that Deathlok fired a rocket launcher weapon that stunned Spider-Man. Before Spider-Man could gather his wits, one of the Deathloks stomped on his hand as he reached for his weapon; announcing that he was 4th on Roxxon's most wanted list, that and at least one other Deathlok regarded his last moments for posterity before firing a blast that apparently slew him. 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#12 (fb) - BTS) <Perhaps 25 years in the future of Reality-10511> - Having developed or obtained a time machine, Roxxon prepared to send their Peaceloks into the past to kill the younger selves of those illegally powered insurgents who continued to plague them. 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#12 (fb) - BTS) - Miranda and her troops were too late to stop a group of Deathloks from killing the Punisher (Frank Castle).

(Wolverine: Weapon X#13 - BTS) <In the relative past / modern era of Reality-616> - Dr. Heimerdinger -- apparent creator of the Deathlok technology in Reality-11051 -- perished.
    It seemed that causing events to diverge in Reality-616's otherwise common past led to alteration of the "future" timeline of Reality-10511. It is unclear whether Heimdinger's death altered the Deathloks' origins, or whether Heimerdinger's work was always only the foundation upon which Roxxon built. I think the latter.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb)) - Having slain 348 targets, Unit L17 had the highest total of successful eliminations.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14 (fb)) - The Deathloks incapacitated and doused Logan with acid, killing him, after which they fought the invading rebels Miranda Bayer, Wakowski, and their allies. 

    Deathlok L17 confronted and slew Miranda Bayer, but only after she gave up the upper hand and let him kill her, stimulating L17's computer to desire to understand love and mercy.

    The Deathloks then traveled the temporal portal, preparing to neutralize all superhumans that might be a threat to them in the future.deathloks-10511-wwx11.jpg

(Wolverine: Weapon X#11 (fb) - BTS) - Miranda began having dreams about her future self in Reality-10511 (almost certainly sent via the General-10511 via his preserved brain of Emma Frost and head of Kang) and a world where Roxxon ran everything and all of the heroes were dead.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#11) <Reality-616's modern era> - Unspecified Deathloks slew Jeffrey K. Winstone (Slag in their timeline; target B0017; or BOO17, it's hard to tell); Wendell Bryant and Amy (parents of Buzzsaw (Todd Bryant) in their timeline) on their first date; an infant Bradberry  (who grew up to be a vigilante in their timeline); 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#11 - BTS) - Miranda Bayer of Earth-616's present subsequently confronted Wolverine (Logan/James Howlett), telling him of her dreams of Reality-10511's future and explaining that the Deathloks had come to kill their future.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#11) - Meanwhile, a Deathlok slew latent telepath Winston Rowe (target C0304 or CO304). That Deathlok and at least 7 other Deathloks accompanying it updated their mission objectives and then realized they had neutralized all targets on their initial, low-level list. They then generated a list of prime targets, starting with target A0001 (or AOOO1), Captain America.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#12 - BTS) - Miranda Bayer told Wolverine how she had started having dreams of the Deathloks from 25 years in the future (in Reality-10511), where Roxxon ran everything and the heroes were dead; she believed they were trying to kill heroes in the present that might become the General (or the Savior), leader of the rebellion in their future: Their next major target would be Captain America (James Barnes). 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#12) - A squad of Deathloks ambushed Barnes as he finished his meal at Cafe Kiev. After blanketing his location in blaster fire, Deathlok L17 ordered a cease fire to confirm they had liquidated their targer, but instead found he had escaped through a tunnel he had made. They formulated a new plan of action: Pursue.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#12) - Barnes' shield took out one Deathlok, but Deathlok L17 caught it; before L17 could use his gun, however, Wolverine arrived and sliced the Deathlok L17's right arm off around the elbow. Deathlok L17 blocked Wolverine's next strike with the shield, and while Barnes dodged three Deathloks' blaster fire, Deathlok L17 caused its severed arm to fire the blaster, nailing Wolverine in his left thigh, after which it reattached its arm. Wolverine dodged the next blast and sank its claws in the Deathlok L17's chest, but the Deathlok calmly assessed the situation, noting that -- in it's future -- Wolverine's termination was already assured, and so lethal force was not authorized. Deciding to instead incapacitate, the Deathlok fired his blaster repeatedly through Wolverine's abdomen and then cast him aside. Deathlok L17's computer systems froze up upon encountering Bayer, and Evan Wakowski (the younger counterpart of her Reality-10511's future self's ally Wakowski) pulled her away and rushed her out of the subway.

    Barnes, now wearing his Captain America garb, dropped the Deathlok with a handgun shot to the back of the head, after which he reclaimed his shield. Cap and the recovering Wolverine then attacked the remaining Deathloks.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#13) - The Deathloks battled Cap and Wolverine, as well as Spider-Man (Peter Parker). As Deathlok L17 was again immobilized by interaction with Miranda Bayer, Wolverine skewered it throught the chest, dragged it back into the subway, and decapitated it via the subway train's door. 

    Steve Rogers then showed up with the Avengers (Luke Cage, Iron Fist/Daniel Rand, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, the Thing/Ben Grimm) to combat the Deathloks. Noting that the mission was compromised by an unacceptable numbers of anomalies, the Deathloks teleported away. The heroes discussed that these Deathloks were not Luther Manning, Michael Collins, or any other Deathlok they had previously encountered, but rather new ones from the future. 

    Rogers had teams stake out and protect the Deathlok's other targets (five children and one pregnant mother ), while Wolverine and Captain America (Barnes) accompanied Miranda Bayer to seek out the man who had allegedly created the Deathloks in her timeline, Dr. David Heimerdinger. Although he had created zombie cyborgs for Osborn, Heimerdinger noted that this Deathlok (the head and body of which they had brought with them) was light years beyond anything he ever worked on; he had no idea how to disarm or activate such a cyborg. Feeling that Heimdinger was useless to them but potentially a threat due to his potential for creating killing machines, Wolverine and Cap considered killing him, but Miranda argued that this would not necessarily stop anything and could lead to someone a mllion times worse coming up with an even worse breed of Deathlok.deathloks-10511-wwx14-vs_avengers.jpg

    The discussion became moot when Deathlok L17 unexpected reactived and -- still sans head -- put its fist through Heimerdinger's chest, killing him. Wolverine tackled the headless Deathlok through a wall. Sensing nervous system failure, Deathlok's head rebooted in safe mode to troubleshoot this failure. 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#13 (fb) - BTS) - The headless Deathlok got away from Wolverine, apparently running back into Heimdinger's office, grabbing the head, and escaping while Cap and Bayer examined Heimerdinger.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#13 (fb) - BTS) - Roughly during the same time as this conflict, a group of Deathloks attacked and overpowered Rogers, Cage, and Spider-Man. Noting the unlikeliness of these heroes having discovered the targets on their own, the Deathloks reasoned that Bayer was likely the conduit for stolen intelligence; they then transmitted the new priority object to all unites to neutralize Bayer. 

(Wolverine: Weapon X#13) - Possessing Spider-Man-like webshooters, Wolverine-like energy claws, a repulsor-firing Iron Man-like gauntlet, Deathlok Unit L17 then pinned down the heroes with webbing and prepared to neutralize Bayer.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#14) - After Deathlok L17's sociopath brain and computer component struggled with how to deal with Bayer, Wolverine and Captain American then tackled the Deathlok, allowing Miranda to flee with the young Wakowski. Deathlok L17 transmitted their coordinates to all other Deathlok units, which teleported to him and attempted to take down Bayer. 

    As Wakowski was slain by the Deathloks (which seemingly caused him to vanish from Reality-10511's future, making the rebellions' chances of success diminish), the General-10511 used the brain of Emma Frost to transmit an instruction to the Bayer-616 in the present; as a result, Bayer rushed to the Youth Development Center, and Deathlok L17 teleported to intercept her.

    As the Avengers battled the other Deathloks, which were also approaching the center, Deathlok L17 pursued Bayer into the center. There she found the sociopath's Reality-616's young counterpart, and she held a knife to the boy's neck as she told Deathlok that this was him.deathloks-10511-wwx15-vs_avengers.jpg

(Wolverine: Weapon X#15) -  Wolverine convinced Bayer to hand the kid over to him and told her that the visions that led her there were possibly not so she could kill him, but rather so she could save him. Deathlok L17's ultimately implemented command override and personality dampening of its human host. L17 then explained that his sentient program had assumed full control of the unit, after which he expressed his gratitude to Bayer, as he had learned much about humanity from her; adding that he wished to continue his studies.

    Wolverine interrupted, reminding Deathlok L17 of the other Deathlok units outside; when Deathlok L17 noted their orders to slay Bayer, Wolverine asked L17 what his orders were. deathloks-10511-wwx15-L17-de-cardiac.jpgWhen another Deathok rushed in, Deathlok L17 blasted it away and then tore out its heart and some apparently critical circuitry disabling it. 

    Deathlok L17 then noted that its directives had proven...insufficient, and then he no longer wished to exist in a world without emotion. 

    L17 then joined Wolverine in rushing outside to aid the Avengers against the other Deathlok units. With L17's aid, the Deathloks were swiftly disabled. L17 then looked at the child and warned the others that the child was going to grow up to become a murderer; Bayer said that didn't have to happen and that they could change that, but, before teleporting away, Deathlok L17 told her, "No, something tells me that you cannot."

(Wolverine: Weapon X#15 - BTS) - After Deathlok L17's departure, Wolverine told the others that he wasn't sure he understood how Deathlok had become one of the good guys, and Steve Rogers told him congratulations for volunteering to keep an eye on him.

(Wolverine: Weapon X#15) - Wandering the city, Deathlok's computer noted with pleasure how he was free to explore the world and experience human emotions, and that he was excited at the thought of tomorrow; meanwhile, the sociopath raged, vowing to regain control, destroy the computer program/hardware, and kill everyone in the world. 

Comments: Created by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Deathloks of Reality-10511
should be distinguished from:

Deathlok-10511 has divergent future incarnations in the following, at least:

images: (without ads)
Wolverine: Weapon X#11, last page (group agreeing termination of Captain America was their top priority);
    #12 (cover);
    #14, pg. (developing);
        pg. (past history);
        pg. (fighting Avengers);
    #15 (Deathlok L17 tears heart out of another Deathlok)


Appearances:
Wolverine: Weapon X#11-15 (May-September, 2010) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ron Garney (penciler - no inker listed); Jody Leheup (assistant editor), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)


Last updated: 02/26/15

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