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DEATH STALKER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Unrevealed

Occupation: Mercenary

Group Membership: Villains for Hire (Avalanche/Dominikos Petrakis, Bombshell/Wendy Conrad, Bushmaster/Quincy McIver, Headhunter/Helen O'Hara, Monster/Brady Briedel, Purple Man/Zebediah Killgrave, Scourge (actually Paladin), Shocker/Herman Schultz, Tiger Shark/Todd Arliss)

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Misty Knight's Villains for Hire (Crossfire/William Cross, Nightshade/Tildy Johnson, Speed Demon/James Sanders), Puppet Master (Phillip Masters)
formerly Bombshell (Wendy Conrad), Lady Stilt-Man, Man-Ape (M'Baku), Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Villains for Hire#0.1 (January, 2012)

Powers/Abilities: Death Stalker has the ability to teleport. She also possesses a microwave death grip capable of killing humans, burning the skin from an LMD or destroying electronic equipment. It's unclear whether this death grip comes from her gloves (in the same way the original Death-Stalker's did). Death Stalker appeared to have enhanced strength judging by the way she was able to throw the much larger Man-Ape.

Height: 6'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 135 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: White (glowing)
Hair: Unrevealed

History:

(Villains for Hire#0.1 - BTS) - Through unrevealed means Death Stalker joined Purple Man's Villains for Hire.

(Villains for Hire#0.1) - Death Stalker's face was shown on a monitor alongside Bushmaster, Monster, Scourge, Avalanche and Shocker as Killgrave and Headhunter discussed the candidates for his Villains for Hire team.

(Villains for Hire#1) - Death Stalker was part of Killgrave's team on their first mission. She was waiting on a barge underneath the Queensboro Bridge as Avalanche used his powers to break the road surface on the bridge causing an armoured transport truck to fall onto the barge. She checked on the guards, confirming they were unconscious, but killed them on Killgrave's instruction, using her microwave death grip. Killgrave then told her to get the barge moving upstream, however the barge wouldn't move despite the engines being on. Tiger Shark then emerged from the water, holding the barge in place. As Avalanche rushed to Death Stalker's aid he was taken out by Bombshell. Death Stalker charged at Tiger Shark to kill him with her death grip but she was shot through the skull by Crossfire. Headhunter reported Death Stalker as having flatlined. However as Nightshade arrived by helicopter to recover the cargo, Death Stalker appeared behind her stating that you "can't kill what's already dead". She grabbed Nightshade by the face intending to kill her with her microwave death grip, but as her skin burned away, Nightshade was revealed to be an LMD. The helicopter exploded, but Headhunter reported Death Stalker to still be alive due to her not being normal.

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(Villains for Hire#2) - Killgrave and Headhunter sent Death Stalker, Bushmaster and Monster to recover nearly 8 million dollars worth of adamantium-etched iso-chips, but they were beaten to them by Misty Knight's team of Bombshell, Crossfire, Stilt-Man and Speed Demon who escaped with the iso-chips.

(Villains for Hire#3) - Killgrave discovered that Misty Knight was leading their opponents and offered more money to Bombshell and Tiger Shark, for them to switch sides and join his operation. He then sent all his operatives (including Death Stalker) to attack Knight, using Bushmaster as a decoy to trip alarms allowing the others to sneak in undetected. However Misty was one step ahead, spotted the villains and called in her team (now including Man-Ape) to rescue her. Death Stalker, Bombshell and Monster were delayed by gunports firing suppression tech such as jets of adhesive and weighted nets. Whilst Monster was taken down by the adhesive, Death Stalker teleported to the guns and destroyed them with her death grip, looking into one of Misty's cameras and saying that she could see her and that she was coming for her. Death Stalker and Bombshell met up with Avalanche, Shocker and Tiger Shark. Death Stalker was taken down by Stilt-Man but quickly recovered and teleported behind Crossfire, forcing him to drop the weapon he had trained at Tiger Shark who revealed the identity of their employer to Man-Ape, Stilt-Man and Crossfire. Man-Ape and Stilt-Man also chose to switch sides whilst Crossfire decided to walk away, but he was shot by Scourge. The new, united team of villains went after Knight, who was located by Death Stalker, Scourge and Bombshell. Knight blinded Scourge and then hit Death Stalker with her bionic arm, knocking her into Bombshell, but was soon taken down when Tiger Shark ripped off her bionic arm. Killgrave and Headhunter then arrived at Knight's HQ only to be stunned as the mastermind behind Misty's plan was revealed.

(Villains for Hire#4) - Death Stalker was present amongst Killgrave's group of villains when Puppet Master was revealed to have been working with Misty Knight to get revenge on Killgrave. He took control of the villains through the headsets they wore. Headhunter was able to break Puppet Master's control and Killgrave was able to overload the headsets breaking his control. However, in doing so he used all his power, revealing that he had been using his powers to keep his team under control and now they were free. Realizing they had been used by all parties the villains turned against both Knight and Killgrave (except Headhunter who remained loyal to Killgrave). Death Stalker suggested to Scourge that they take out Knight, but Misty punched Tiger Shark into them. Headhunter brought Man-Ape back under control, but he was thrown to the floor by Death Stalker, who went after Killgrave but had her right arm severed just above the elbow by Headhunter using the straight razors on her fingers.

Comments: Created by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Renato Arlem (artist).

Killgrave's 'Villains for Hire' files stated in Villains for Hire#1, that there was no known link to the previous Death-Stalker. These files refer to her as a teleporter but it's unclear if this ability is due to being permeated with T-radiation in the same way as the previous Death-Stalker or whether the ability derives from different means. Similarly she is referred to as having a microwaave death grip, rather than the "cybernetic" death grip of her predecessor. I couldn't see Death Stalker in the panel which showed the villains arrested by the NYPD. As long as she was still conscious, I assume she was able to teleport away given how quickly she had been able to recover previously from serious injury/death.

Profile by Hawkguy

CLARIFICATIONS:
Death Stalker has no known connections to


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Villains for Hire#1, p5, pan4 (main image)
Villains for Hire#2, p3, pan1 (flaming hands)
Villains for Hire#1, p6, pan1 (teleporting)


Appearances:
Villains for Hire#0.1 (January, 2012) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Renato Arlem (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Villains for Hire#1 (February, 2012) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Renato Arlem (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Villains for Hire#2 (March, 2012) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Renato Arlem (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Villains for Hire#3 (April, 2012) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Renato Arlem (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Villains for Hire#4 (May, 2012) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Renato Arlem (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)


Last updated: 02/06/17

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