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VEE

Real Name: Death's Head: Version 5.0.1

Identity/Class: Terrestrial android

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Death's Head (F.P.A.), Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Hulkling (Dorrek VIII), Wiccan/Demiurge (Billy Kaplan)

Enemies: Fearmongers, Dr. Evelyn Necker (Earth-616)

Known Relatives: Dr. Evelyn Necker (Earth-616) (creator)

Aliases: Death's Head V

Base of Operations: New York City, USA;
   formerly Project: PEGASUS, Adirondacks, New York, USA

First Appearance: Death's Head v.II#1 (September, 2019)

Powers/Abilities: Vee is a self-powered android/robot with an emergency back-up power system and is composed of unrevealed materials, likely a superhuman-level durable mix of titanium alloy and toughened lightweight polymers. It has an autonomous self-repair system that functions independently of commands (effectively "healing" itself). Vee has an inbuilt personal assistant with internal recognition software, wifi connectivity and heads-up display plus very expressive "eyebrows." Vee is more advanced than previous Death's Head units with its smart artificial intelligence imbued with fuzzy logic for fast adaptation and learning (including fighting skills); however, a flaw with this is anxiety that can make Vee  unsure of decisions -- nevertheless, intelligence, fighting skills and other capabilities can only advance (unless potentially misdirected). Still showing (at minimum) enhanced human strength, parts of Vee's external hardware are more for show and it has very few detachable components (unlike previous Death's Head units). Despite this, Vee is not waterproof and is susceptible to water damage. Vee has back-mounted equipment, including a hover-board for fast and highly maneuverable travel (at least twice running speed). Vee also has a double-barreled gun with an ax blade attachment; its capabilities have not yet been demonstrated.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 270 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Red (electronic ocular discs)
Hair: None

History:

(Death's Head v.II#2 (fb)) - Robot war enthusiast and expert android builder and developer Dr. Evelyn Necker at the Project: PEGASUS facility (then controlled by A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics)) admired the original Death's Head unit. She made new prototypes and began improving on the original's clunky archaic design, including hidden voice-activated commands.

(Death's Head v.II#1 (fb)) - Feeling lost since the disbanding of the Young Avengers, Wiccan (a.k.a. Demiurge) hoped to become an Avenger once more and used his powers to peer into the Multiverse to determine common threads to achieve this. He saw Young Avengers teams with iterations of Death's Head units, but mostly a version he wasn't familiar with (or secondly the original Death's Head).

(Death's Head v.II# (fb) - BTS) - Wiccan searched for the new Death's Head unit, connecting it with Necker at Project: PEGASUS. He stole the inactive upgraded android Death's Head V, which he nicknamed Vee for short, and hid him under the bed he shared with his partner Hulkling.

(Death's Head v.II#1) - Also seeing the original Death's Head in several realities with Young Avengers teams, Wiccan retrieved Death's Head and teleported the confused mechanoid to his apartment's bathroom. Further misunderstanding led to Death's Head fighting Wiccan and Hulkling until the inactive Vee unit was revealed and a truce reached.

(Death's Head v.II#2) - While Wiccan explained the situation to Hulkling and Death's Head, Vee activated itself by channeling emergency power. Initially bewildered, the violence-averse Vee oriented itself but was attacked by a belligerent Death's Head and the fight went outside. Hulkling and Wiccan separated the two, avoiding the tech-damaging pool water. Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) arrived and helped restrain Death's Head, who warned that Necker would deem Vee corrupted if she discovered the upgraded unit was learning and adapting, and she would destroy it. But all recognized that Vee was still too young and in "Beta" mode, and that it had to be taken back to Necker for more answers. Wiccan teleported them to Project: PEGASUS, where they found the inactive android remnants of past experiments. However, Necker appeared on the security screen as part of a giant mecha defense system.

(Death's Head v.II#3) - The ragtag team briefly overwhelmed the mecha and Vee accessed a facilities map to escape, but the team were soon separated with Vee isolated by Necker. Battling androids, the others found Vee with Necker, who activated the hidden commands inside Vee and set it under her control. She ordered Vee destroy its compatriots for interfering, seeking to secure the Death's Head units for herself. Wiccan quickly teleported himself, Hulkling and Hawkeye safely away; Necker ordered Vee find them.

(Death's Head v.II#4) - Death's Head refused to submit to Necker and she activated over a dozen Fearmonger androids, installing them with her most recent software, the same as in Vee, their metamorphic ability changing their appearance to various iterations of Death's Head units; however, this also restored Vee back to factory settings and he was secretly no longer under Necker's control. The three heroes, realizing that Necker had set an android-destroying EMP countdown, also rushed to save Vee, as did Death's Head. Once Vee was recovered, they devised a plan to free the increasingly independent-thinking Fearmonger androids. Death's Head used A.I.M. technology to teleport himself and Necker away, and the EMP detonation was averted.

   Vee chose to stay with Wiccan and Hulkling in their apartment and weeks later, Vee still worried where Death's Head might be, hoping to see him again. Wiccan suggested that the Fearmonger androids they freed were Vee's family too, but Vee declined their offer of finding one to have as a roommate. Vee wandered off; it secretly had an offline Fearmonger robot (with a Death's Head facade) stashed in a closet and it wondered if Necker's Fearmongers were to be considered family. Far elsewhere, Death's Head had secured bounty and transferred 400 credits to Vee's account, surprising the android.

 

Comments: Created by Tini Howard & Kei Zama.

Rather than have a bunch of Death's Head units running about that may never reappear in future stories, I prefer to think that they were instead each transported to an alternate reality, where they each became the cohesive 'glue' that bonded a Young Avengers team, however briefly, to provide self-fulfilling visions in the Multiverse for Wiccan to follow.

Vee really deserves a few more appearances, especially if it's in Wiccan's Multiverse visions.

I've identified the series as Death's Head v.II to show it's Death's Head volume 2 to avoid confusion with the title "Death's Head II" (1992).

 This profile was completed 8/19/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Vee has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Death's Head v.II#1, p20, pan1 (main image, inert with ax-gun)
Death's Head v.II#2, cover (headshot)
Death's Head v.II#2, p3, pan4 (skeleton)
Death's Head v.II#3, p5, pan2 (heads-up display)
Death's Head v.II#3, p9 (back view with attachments)
Death's Head v.II#3, p18, pan6 (on hover-board)
Death's Head v.II#3, p17, pan5 (leaping forward)


Appearances:
Death's Head v.II#1 (September, 2019) - Tini Howard (writer), Kei Zama (pencils & inks), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Death's Head v.II#2 (October, 2019) - Tini Howard (writer), Kei Zama (pencils & inks), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Death's Head v.II#3 (November, 2019) - Tini Howard (writer), Kei Zama (pencils & inks), Sarah Brunstad (editor)
Death's Head v.II#4 (December, 2019) - Tini Howard (writer), Kei Zama (pencils & inks), Sarah Brunstad (editor)


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

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