Real Name: Unrevealed (possibly Warcrime)

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Cynodd) creation

Occupation: Warrior

Group Membership: Leader of the Zoo (Ballistik, Blitz, Laz-Fire, Payload);

AffiliationsCynodd (notably Shakata), Synergysts;
Babet (and other acolytes) and the Necroborg if they were not members

EnemiesThe Enhanced (Gun Runner/Brell, Heavy Duty/Glora Teth, Lure/Kay Glayvor, Oracle, Smith), Gale Patric, Gyre, the Vassyr

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    apparently slain in a syntropic region 
in what was normally Las Vegas, Nevada;
    at least formerly mobile throughout the Milky Way galaxy

First AppearanceGun Runner#3 (December, 1993)warcrime-zoo-cynodd-gr4-face

Powers/AbilitiesWarcrime was allegedly devoid of feeling, devoted to pain, immortal, twisted, genocidal, and unspeakable.

    It was also said that physical sensations such as pain are unknown to him.

    Warcrime could continue to function with a several inch hole through his abdomen. 

    He apparently has an unspecified level of superhuman strength, durability, and regenerative ability.

    He had sharp claws on his hands.

    He carried a hand blaster pistol.

    His right foot appears to be some sort of prosthetic device. It looks to be a large boot with a peg on its bottom, presumably making up for a length discrepancy between his two limbs.

    His tongue is blue.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 250 lbs.)
Eyes: Solid Yellow
Hair: Sparse dark (possibly black) hairs on head
Other distinguishing features: He has no external nasal structure nor any lips or cheeks, leaving his teeth exposed in somewhat skeletal fashion.


(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Warcrime was created by the alien race known as the Cynodd (see comments).

(Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS) - <According to Gun Runner (Brell) of the Vassyran Enhanced> - "The Cynodd's infernal war machines carved a swathe of misery and persecution across the galaxy <led> by a monster called Shakata."

(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Warcrime became the leader of the Cynodd's elite warrior group known as the Zoo.

(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Gun Runner, at least, had some past experience with the Zoo, considering them "the last creatures in the cosmos you want to know."


(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) <Over 200 years ago> - Warcrime hated Gun Runner, and both men wanted to kill each other in the time.

(Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS) - After a long and bloody war, the Enhanced defeated the Cynodd, destroying their armies and machines, and incarcerating their leaders. Gun Runner personally slew Shakata. The Enhanced believed the conflict to be over.

(Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS) - Using their genetic materials stored on crystals, surviving Cynodd or their agents captured homeless people and other transients, using their bodies as the physical template onto which to "clone" their people, including Shakata.

(Gun Runner#3) - In recent years, three kilometers beneath Las Vegas, Nevada, Shakata had the Zoo summoned.

    As the pulsarite doors opened, the Zoo then entered, and Warcrime asked Lord Shakata his bidding. After Shakata instructed them to hunt down the last of the Vassyran Enhanced, Warcrime acknowledged that it would be done.

(Gun Runner#3) - After the Zoo arrived on Heavy Duty's clipper Scylax on the planet Nautilus, Gun Runner tracked and prepared to fire on their ship, but Warcrime taunted him, "Why waste your time on the ship when you have your hands full with the crew?"

(Gun Runner#4) - Warcrime was furious that the Enhanced were defying them by fighting back, but Gun Runner punched him in mid-sentence.

    Gun Runner and Warcrime exchanged punches, taunts, and threats, but Warcrime begged for mercy after Gun Runner punched him in the face and then leveled his gun at his head; however, Warcrime was saved when Payload grabbed Gun Runner and lifted him high into the air. Warcrime appreciated the rescue and instructed Payload to continue holding him while Blitz extinguished his life. However, as Blitz leapt at Gun Runner, Heavy Duty blasted Blitz out of the air with a bolt of laser fire that instead sent him crashing into Warcrime.

(Gun Runner#4 - BTS) - Heavy Duty set Scylax's power cells to explode, after which the Enhanced departed aboard the Warbird.

(Gun Runner#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Zoo escaped Scylax's destruction and departed Nautilus as well.

(Gun Runner#4) - Aboard the Cynodd assault ship, Warcrime cursed the rest of the Zoo as amateurs for having been taken down by three foes. Noting that he would kill the rest of his teammates himself if they didn't have to finish the Enhanced, he instructed Laz-Fire to provide a report. Laz-Fire noted that she had a firm fix on the Enhanced space-fold traces and was setting an interception course. 

    Warcrime then had Blitz lay the course as he vowed that they would yet destroy the Enhanced. Warcrime advised his team that they had grown soft and forgetful, and that their seeming victories in the past had caused them forget their Vassyr foes' accursed determination. However, he now felt the old enmity warming to furnace heat, and that when next they met, they would crush the Enhanced utterly.

(Gun Runner#5) - After Shakata activated a Synergyst within Earth, initiating Syntropy, the Enhanced returned to Earth to oppose this, and the Zoo detected their arrival..

(Gun Runner#5) - The Zoo located the Enhanced in the syntropic region that was normally Las Vegas, Nevada, and Warcrime instructed the others to stand ready for some payback.warcime-zoo-cynodd-gr6-death

Gun Runner#6) - Warcrime urged the Zoo to destroy the Enhanced, and he engaged Gun Runner personally.

    Despite Warcrime's bravado that Gun Runner would die, the Vassyran warrior fired a blast through Warcrime's torso.

    After Payload was destroyed by Heavy Duty's Tri-Thermex mine, Warcrime noted that Payload had deserved his fate, and he then urged the rest of the Zoo to follow the Enhanced through the whole they had created in the Syntropic shell.

    As the Enhanced tracked the syntropic energy to the Synergysts, the Zoo arrived and attacked, with War-Crime punching Gun Runner. 

    After Gun Runner advised Warcrime that the rest of the Zoo had died and that he should submit, Warcrime, announcing his refusal to surrender while Gun Runner lived, slashed his enemy's chest. However, Gun Runner then punched War-Crime back, causing him to fall through the void until landing on a rising shard of the syntropic pattern. Seconds later, Gun Runner's cannon obliterated both Warcrime and the shard.

Comments: Created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, and Colin Fawcett.

    His is name was "War-Crime" when he was introduced in #3, and then Warcrime in #4's introductory caption, and when Gun Runner spoke to him..and pretty consistently thereafter.

    He was supposed to pretty tough, but Gun Runner consistently dominated him, and he repeatedly begged for mercy.

    Warcrime was listed as a Cynodd creation, but does that mean he was a mutate, a genetic creation, an artificial construct, or something else?

    Warcrime has a few other good images in the Zoo profile.

    Warcrime originally had a sub-profile under the Zoo profile back in 02/17/2019.

Profile by Snood.

should be distinguished from:

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Gun Runner#3, pg. 12, panel 1 (full, standing pose, showing prosthetic limb);
    #4, pg. 12, pan. 5 (Warcrime, face);
    #6, pg. 4, panel 2 (Warcrime, full);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (Warcrime, death)

Gun Runner#3 (December, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Colin Fawcett (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)
Gun Runner#4-6 (January-March, 1994) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Colin Fawcett (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)

First posted02/02/2023
Last updated: 01/29/2023

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