GREG GARLICK

Real Name: Gregory Garlick

Identity/Class: Human spirit (pre-modern era to modern era)

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Great Lakes Avengers (Doorman/DeMarr Davis, Flatman/Matt, Good Boy/Goodness Silva, Mister Immortal/Craig Hollis), Irene

Enemies: Doctor Nod, Dennis Szymanski (indirectly)

Known Relatives: Mark (cousin, deceased)

Aliases: "Greg," "Old-Timer"

Base of Operations: Detroit, Michigan, USA;
    formerly Florida, USA

First Appearance: Great Lakes Avengers I#6 (May, 2017)

Powers/Abilities: Greg Garlick is a ghost with the typical ghostly powers such as levitation, the ability to pass through solid objects and virtual immortality (since he's already physically deceased).

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'2")
Weight: (Alive) unrevealed (approximately 135 lbs.); (As a ghost) none
Eyes: (Alive) unrevealed; (As a ghost) no visible irises
Hair: White

History:
(Great Lakes Avengers I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Gregory Garlick was a man who had a fling with his cousin Mark's wife. Decades later, after Mark had died, Greg kept a photo of Irene next to his bed in his Florida home, feeling as if Irene was his first and only real love.

(Great Lakes Avengers I#6) - Upon his physical death, Greg Garlick was visited by the agent of Oblivion Doorman, who read a scripted announcement that he was there to usher Greg into the endless void of the afterlife. When Doorman asked if there were any questions, Greg (now a ghost) asked what Doorman meant by "endless void." Doorman replied by telling Greg not to worry, as the void wasn't actually endless but Greg would simply never reach the actual end. Greg then asked if he really had to go, as he had a lot of unfinished business on Earth. Ignoring Greg's question, Doorman picked up a photo and asked if it was a photo of Greg. When Doorman asked who the woman in the photo was, Greg claimed that the woman was part of his unfinished business, his first love Irene. Feigning concern, Doorman claimed Greg would have plenty of time to think of Irene while floating in the endless void, only to quickly backtrack and explain that there actually was no consciousness in the void.

Greg then begged Doorman not to take him into Oblivion, demanding that Doorman grant a dying man's last wish to say goodbye to the love of his life. Despite feeling like his boss wouldn't like the idea too much, Doorman reluctantly agreed to allow Greg a chance to say goodbye to Irene. Doorman then opened a portal and had Greg venture inside, remarking that they could not stay long. After failing to find Irene's home on their first try, the two subsequently emerged in New Jersey, where Greg insisted he had found Irene's home and claimed he could never forget her house. When Doorman reminded him that he had said that at the last house, Greg angrily exclaimed that it was not easy to remember addresses at his age. The two then entered the home, only to discover that it belonged to a man named Dennis Szymanski. Angry that Greg had taken them to the wrong house again, Doorman accused Greg of lying and asked if Irene was even a real person. Greg then revealed that Irene was real and was his deceased cousin Mark's widow. Doorman asked why Greg had a photo of his cousin's wife next to his bed and Greg admitted that they had a fling decades earlier.

As Greg and Doorman discussed the consequences of Greg's soul not being taken to Oblivion, Dennis Szymanski entered his home and was shocked into having a heart attack at seeing Greg and Doorman. Later, when Doorman was summoned to assist his Great Lakes Avengers teammates against the monstrous Dr. Nod, the ghostly Greg Garlick accompanied Doorman to the scene. Flatman immediately asked who Greg was and Greg introduced himself as Doorman's sidekick, to which Doorman immediately responded in the negative. Mister Immortal nonetheless said if Greg wanted to be part of the Great Lakes Avengers, he'd better get ready, as they were about to fight a monster. Greg admittedly wasn't sure about fighting a monster but when Mister Immortal asked his powers, Greg mentioned that he was technically dead.

(Great Lakes Avengers I#7) - As the fight between the Great Lakes Avengers and Dr. Nod heated up, Greg Garlick floated around watching the events and when Flatman was hit by a thrown car, Greg asked Doorman if he could lift the car off of Flatman. Doorman immediately exclaimed that just because he was a superhero, it didn't mean he had superhuman strength. Following the defeat Dr. Nod, Greg accompanied the Great Lakes Avengers back to their HQ, where Doorman asked if Greg was finally ready to shuffle off the mortal coil. Admitting that he actually just wanted one last adventure before departing into the afterlife, Greg thanked Doorman for providing such an adventure and promised he would never forget Doorman. Doorman interjected, explaining that in the endless void, Greg would absolutely forget everything and that Greg would have to actually exist in order to remember something. Before Doorman could leave with Greg, however, former Great Lakes Avenger Deadpool arrived and informed the team that their status as an official Avengers subsquad had been revoked.

Comments: Created by Zac Gorman and Will Robson.

    I'd like to think that Greg Garlick remained with the Great Lakes Avengers. Sure, in #7, he says he's ready to cross over but before Doorman can take him into Oblivion, they are interrupted by Deadpool and Greg is still there on the issue's last page. Heck, Mister Immortal practically invites him into the GLA while they're fighting Dr. Nod but we never see Greg actually accept the offer.

    Ya know....Greg Garlick sort of resembles video game character Mario's arch-nemesis Wario, who loves...you guessed it...garlic.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Greg Garlick
should be distinguished from:


Irene

Irene was the wife of Greg Garlick's cousin Mark. In his younger days, Greg had a fling with Irene and never stopped loving her. Following the death of Mark, Greg kept a photo of Irene by his bedside and when he passed away, Greg attempted to stave off crossing over into Oblivion by claiming he wanted to see Irene one last time.


--Great Lakes Avengers I#6 (fb) - BTS (#6 - BTS,

Mark

Mark was the cousin of Greg Garlick and he married a woman named Irene, with whom Greg once had a fling. Mark eventually passed away.

--Great Lakes Avengers I#6 (fb) - BTS (#6 - BTS,


Dennis Szymanski

Dennis Szymanski was a man who lived in New Jersey. While attempting to stall off crossing over into Oblivion, ghost Greg Garlick led Doorman to Dennis' home and claimed it belonged to his former love Irene. Inside Dennis' home, Doorman realized Greg was stalling and became angry, exclaiming that he had a quota of souls to send to the afterlife. As the two were arguing, Dennis came into the room and had a heart attack in shock upon seeing Doorman arguing with a ghost. Greg then commented that perhaps Doorman would meet his quota that day without crossing Greg over.

--Great Lakes Avengers I#6d


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Great Lakes Avengers I#6, p2, pan2 (Greg Garlick, main image)
Great Lakes Avengers I#6, p2, pan5 (Greg Garlick, headshot)
Great Lakes Avengers I#6, p9, pan3 (Dennis Szymanski)


Appearances:
Great Lakes Avengers I#6 (May, 2017) - Zac Gorman (writer), Will Robson (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Great Lakes Avengers I#7 (June, 2017) - Zac Gorman (writer), Will Robson (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First posted: 11/19/2022
Last updated: 11/19/2022

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