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Real Name: Frank "Frankie" (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) human cyborg

Occupation: Assassin;
   formerly janitor

Group Membership: Terrordyne;
   formerly Hardboys gang

Affiliations: Terrordyne;
   formerly Jimmy Ruiz

Enemies: Bombers gang, Gable's department store (customers, staff (Mr. Conners, others)), Lacy Lawrence, Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz)

Known Relatives: Maria (wife), unborn child (name unrevealed), mother-in-law (name unrevealed)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York, USA

First Appearance: Prototype#18 (February, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: Battlewagon is a human cyborg with an armored human upper half mounted on an armored chassis with continuous track (tank/caterpillar treads) to climb over rubble. Battlewagon has a hardened fireproof carapace tailored to easily withstand blasts from  Prototype's armored suit and can smash through walls. He has two powerful short-range plasma-firing cannons mounted either side of the chassis. Battlewagon can briefly generate a near-impregnable force-field bubble, but can do this only once in a battle due to the high amount of energy it consumes. Chassis control is handled via cabled joysticks held by the pilot. The suit has a protective flip-up full-face visor. Battlewagon has an internal finite power source that depletes more rapidly the more weaponry is used. Because the human half was mounted onto the chassis, it should be able to be removed again and replaced, especially given there is no neural interface. The human component of Battlewagon, Frankie, is rash and boastful, including of his armored suit's capabilities.

Height: Unrevealed (formerly 5'10", by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Bald (formerly brown)


(Prototype#18 (fb)) - As a young man, Frankie took the 13-year-old Jimmy Ruiz under his wing and brought him into a life of petty crime and his Hardboys gang against the Bombers gang. Frankie took Jimmy as his best friend and made him his best man when he married Maria. Then Jimmy became the armored hero Prototype for UltraTech corporation and left his past life behind, although Jimmy did seek a job for Frankie, but the older gang man scored only a janitor's role. Frankie's resentment grew but he was happy with his wife, who fell pregnant. But an aerial battle between Prototype and Arena caused damage and rubble fell on Frankie and Maria that left Frankie severely injured.

(Prototype#18 (fb) - BTS) - Realizing the connection between Prototype and Frankie, nefarious corporation Terrordyne retrieved Frankie's comatose body and surgically bound him to a technological carapace.

(Prototype#18 (fb)) - About six months later, Terrordyne lowered him into an armored tank-treaded chassis and lied to him that Maria had been killed, hoping to drive Frankie to seek murderous revenge of Prototype, whom Terrordyne also wanted to destroy.

(Prototype#18) - Now dubbed Battlewagon and fitted with armaments, Frankie attacked Prototype during the latter's publicity stunt at Gable's department store, causing customers and staff to scatter, although reporter Lacy Lawrence remained calm and filmed the ensuing chaotic fight. Prototype traded blasts and Battlewagon savagely knocked the armored hero back with a one-off force-field bubble, although the arrogant Frankie boasted about his weaponry then revealed his true identity to Prototype, swearing to kill him next. Meanwhile, Lawrence's report went live and was seen by Maria, who rushed to see her husband. The fight continued with Prototype almost overwhelmed until Maria appeared before Battlewagon, who was shocked to see his wife still alive and heavily pregnant with their child. Confused, Battlewagon fled the scene, smashing through another wall.



Comments: Created by R.A. Jones, Paul Abrams, John Strangeland, Rodney Gates.

This story was the last issue of Prototype but was supposed to be followed by a miniseries that pitted two of Prototype's enemy organizations against each other: Terrordyne vs. Techuza. Perhaps Battlewagon may have rolled back in the miniseries but Black September hit the Ultraverse, rewriting it.

This profile was completed 5/19/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Battlewagon has no known connections to:

Lacy Lawrence

Lacy Lawrence was a camera-operating reporter for TZA News. She was at the publicity stunt featuring Prototype at Gable's department store, disgruntled that she received only lightweight assignments, when Battlewagon smashed through the wall, scattering attendees, and attacked Prototype. TZA immediately broadcast her footage live. She remained calm despite the destructive fight as she reported live.








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Prototype#18, p2-3 (main image)
   p14, pan3 (headshot as young man)
   p17, pan2 (in carapace, being lowered)
   p13, pan2 (Lacy Lawrence)
   p4, pan1 (smashing & shooting)

Prototype#18 (February, 1995) - R.A. Jones (writer), Paul Abrams (pencils), John Strangeland & Rodney Gates (inks), Roland Mann (editor)

First posted: 09/17/2021
Last updated: 09/16/2021

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