laserworks-seekers-spdmfe2-flyingLASERWORKS

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human; advanced technology/exo-skeleton user

Occupation: Mercenary

Group Membership: The Seekers (Chain Lightning/Thomas Bannion, Fireball, Sonic/Daniel Bannion; two unidentified)

Affiliations: Leonard Carlson

Enemies: Darkhawk (Chris Powell), Metahumes (Assault/Edward Wong, Blazeye/Barbara DeGioia, Diamond Hammer/Carl Hollister, Hardnose/Alexander Patel, Hyperia/Denise Havens, Makina/Fiona Rivera), Venom (Eddie Brock/Klyntar symbiote)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Darkhawk I#35 (January, 1994)

laserworks-seekers-dhawk37-gauntletlaserworks-seekers-dhawk36-lasercagePowers/Abilities: Laserworks wears an armored exoskeleton, which granted him superhuman strength (lifting roughly 10 tons) and durability due to the armor's metal (presumably steel) composition.

    At least earlier versions of the Seekers' armors had limited resistance to extreme heat and cold.

     Like his teammates, Laserwork's armor included simple onboard computers with radar and contained jet boots that enabled flight at 150 mph.

    Laserworks could fire powerful lasers from his gauntlets and form energy cages.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 190 lbs.)

Eyes:
Unrevealed (he was not shown unmasked)
Hair: Unrevealed (he was not shown unmasked)

History:
(
Darkhawk I#35 / Iron Manual Mark 3: Seekers) - The Seekers renovated their armors and reassessed their membership. Grasp left, with new members Fireball and Laserworks joining in his stead. 

(Darkhawk I#36 (fb) - BTS) - The Seekers were hired by corrupt ex-policeman Louis Cale to capture Venom (Eddie Brock), in hopes that Cale could synthesize Venom's symbiote.laserworks-seekers-dhawk36-p2

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Darkhawk I#35) - In California, the Seekers (Chain Lightning, Fireball, Laserworks, Sonic) ambushed Venom as he fought Darkhawk; Sonic blasted both combatants to the ground and then demanded their surrender.

(Darkhawk I#36) - Laserworks and the others unleashed a barrage of energy attacks against Darkhawk and Venom.

    After Darkhawk had refused offers to cooperate with them, Laserworks told him that he would then get whatever Venom got. Darkhawk shielded himself and Venom from the collective assaults and then leapt to the attack, snaring Chain Lightning's wrist with his cable-claw and swung him into his teammates; feedback from the Seekers' combined energies traveled back along the claw to Darkhawk, who flew away.

    Venom spread his symbiote over Darkhawk, making them both black and camouflaged at night, allowing them to escape the Seekers' detection.
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(Darkhawk I#36) - However, once they were free and clear, Darkhawk again attempted to subdue Venom to bring him in.

(Darkhawk I#36 (fb) - BTS) - The Seekers detected the fighting Darkhawk and Venom.

(Darkhawk I#36) - After Venom stunned Darkhawk and took off, the Seekers attacked en masse, incapacitated Venom's symbiote and captured Brock. When Laserworks asked what to do about Darkhawk, Sonic advised that they just leave him as they weren't being paid to get him.

     Darkhawk recovered and went after the Seekers, but when he tried to ambush them, their sensors warned them of his approach. Noting that Laserworks was right that they should have taken care of this busybody before, Fireball projected a fiery blast at Darkhawk. Though Darkhawk got up his force field in time to block this, Laserworks blasted him in his unprotected back, causing the dazed Darkhawk to fall into the water below.

    Containing Venom in a laser cage (and sarcastically telling Brock he hoped it didn't hurt too much), Laserworks sent the other Seekers to finish off Darkhawk. However, while they blasted at the mostly submerged Darkhawk, the hero unleashed a wide-angle force blast from his amulet, stunning them. Meanwhile, Venom extended a tendril through the laser cage.

(Darkhawk I#36 (fb) - BTS) - Venom caused Laserworks to drop him into the water as well.

(Darkhawk I#36 - BTS) - Darkhawk and Venom swam underwater escaping to nearby shore.

 
(Darkhawk I#37) - The Seekers ambushed Darkhawk as he approached the Fisherman's Wharf building in which his father was being held by Louis Cale; the distraction allowed Venom to sneak into the building undetected.

    As Darkhawk's force field held off blasts from Chain Lightning and Fireball, Laserworks again nailed him in the back. Enraged with his father's fate and the Seekers' involvement, Darkhawk turned his shield to block blasts from all four Seekers then savagely confronted and took down Sonic and Fireball.

    Blasting at Darkhawk, Chain Lightning noted that the two fallen Seekers had never had too much spunk anyway, but Darkhawk dodged and then led Lighting and Laserworks into position so that when they blasted at him, he dodged again, and their blasts struck and incapacitated each other.

    As the last two Seekers fell into the water, Darkhawk entered the building and helped his father get free.

    The police fished the Seekers out of the bay.

(Iron Manual 3#1) - The Seekers were again arrested, but soon regained their freedom.

laserworks-seekers-spdmfe2-blasted (
Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Seekers recruited two other unidentified members (see comments).

(Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Seekers were hired by gangster Leonard Carlson (backed by unidentified west coast power brokers) to capture a new team of superhumans known as the Metahumes.

(Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies#2) - At Carlson's command, the Seekers confronted the Metahumes, with Laserworks noting that this was where they would earn their pay.

    However, Blazeye dropped Laserworks (based on the shoulder pad patterns) with an eyeblast to the helmet, and the rest of the Metahumes incapacitated the rest of the Seekers in short order.

Comments: Created by Danny Fingeroth, Todd Smith, and Ian Akin.

    We don't know the circumstances under which Grasp left nor why Laserworks and Fireball joined. We also know nothing of the pasts of Laserworks and Fireball. Were they also previous AIM members? Who knows?
    That Shadow kno...I mean, I bet Danny Fingeroth knows.

    In Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies#2, Sonic noted that they had three new members, but it looks like the same four from the Darkhawk issues, plus two more unidentified. Maybe there was a new person in one of the armors? Fireball doesn't look quite the same...Or maybe there was a seventh Seeker not shown on panel?
    The Iron Manual noted that they had TWO new members at that point.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Laserworks
should be distinguished from:


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Darkhawk I#36, pg. 2, panel 2 (full body (bent knee not shown) in flight;
       pg. 18, panel 2 (blasting Darkhawk from behind);
       pg. 19, panel 2 (containing Venom in lasercage);
    #37, pg. 13, panel 1 (close-up of gauntlet firing laser);
Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies#2, pg. 17, panel 1 (flying toward foreground);
          panel 2 (blasted by Blazeye);

Iron Manual Mark 3: Seekers entry
       


Appearances:
Darkhawk I#35-37 (January-March, 1994) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Todd Smith (penciler), Ian Akin (inker), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Spider-Man: Friends and Enemies#2 (March, 1995) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Mick Gray & Mark McKenna (inkers),
Nel Yomtov (editor)
Iron Manual Mark 3 (June, 2010) - Ronald Hugh Byrd Jr., Anthony Flamini, Kevin Garcia, Michael Hoskin, Rob London, Mark Robert O'English, Mike O'Sullivan, Markus Raymond, Peter Sanderson, Gabriel Shechter (writers), Mario Gully (new art), Alex Starbuck (assistant editor), John Denning (associate editor), Jeff Youngquist (editor)


First posted: 02/09/2020
Last updated: 02/09/2020

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(Darkhawk I#35 / Iron Manual Mark 3: Seekers) - The Seekers not only renovated their armors, but also reassessed their membership. Grasp left, with new members Fireball and Laserworks  joining in his stead. Chain changed his alias to Chain Lightning and added projectile electrical blasts to his repertoire.