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Death Metal is immensely strong and powerful--his power source is a combination of magical energy and the nuclear power produced by his cold fusion cardiac device. Composed of a magical metal, "Promethium," he is able to reshape his form as will, forming any number and type of bladed and ballistic weapons. He is possessed of at least Class 75-90 strength, and while he is resistant to most forms of injury, he is able to reform his body from almost any injury he does incur. Short of total vaporization, he seems able to recover within seconds to minutes.
Like his precursor, Death's Head, Death Metal possesses a "psiphon" device, enabling him to drain and absorb the memories and personalities of others, to add to his own.
Death Metal's origins cause him to be "evil" by nature, and his natural state is a berserk fury, prone to destruction and slaughter. However, the assimilation of Argon's personality into his own has given him a conscience. Realizing the danger that he is, Death Metal seeks his own death. However, he is unable to physically destroy himself, and escalation of a struggle with others may submerge Argon's influence, causing him to return to his murderous rage.
Death Metal was created by Doctor Evelyn Necker as part of the Minion project which also produced Death's Head II and Death Wreck. Necker had sent Death Wreck throughout space and time, and he came back with (among other things) a magical semi-living metal that she called "Promethium" (not to be confused with the real element promethium). Necker used this metal to create a new cyborg, but she was unaware that the Prometheium had been created by the evil being called Charnel (whom Dr. Necker had had previous dealings with) and Death Metal promptly stole a time machine and fled to the parallel universe of Charnel.
There he was found by the alternate versions of several mainstream Marvel Universe supervillains, whom he killed, and several alternate versions of several superheroes, whom he tried to kill. However, Death's Head and Death Wreck also arrived in Charnel's universe, and wound up fighting Death Metal along with the heroes. When that universe's Ghost Rider used his mystical Penance Stare on Death Metal, it caused him to see his own sins and realize the extent of Charnel's evil. The three cyborg "brothers" then teamed up and defeated Charnel.
Death Metal was then thrown through a temporal warp to modern-day Earth. After going on a disoriented violent rampage in Toronto, he encountered a being called Argon, a warrior of pure spirit who had been sent from another dimension to end the threat of Death Metal. Death Metal absorbed Argon's mind and spirit, only to find that his purity counteracted Death Metal's violent rage. Now seeing himself as a monster, he began to seek his own death.
When the superhero team Alpha Flight arrived in response to his rampage, he attempted to escalate the fight so that he might be killed. Unfortunately, this only restored his berserker rage, until Aurora used her light powers to calm him. Realizing he was still a danger to others, he teleported away (Death Metal #2 and Death Metal vs Genetix #1).
In Death Metal vs. Genetix, Death Metal sought to create a being which could destroy him. He took cell samples from Alpha Flight's Madison Jeffries and Genetix's Vesper (both of whom could control technology), and created an embryo which he implanted in empath Krista Marwan. Genetix rescued Krista, who vowed to have the child.
First Appearance: Death³ (1993) #1
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#3 Death Metal (1994)
- 'Acts of Vengance to Zodiac Key'
#1 Death Metal vs. Genetix (1993)
- 'Death Urge'#2
- 'Death Hunt'#4
- 'Death Hunt'
#1 Death³ (1993)
- 'Offspring, Part 1'#2
- 'Offspring, Part 2'
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Prometheus Unhinged!'#2
- 'To The Ends of the Earth!'#3
- 'Alloy Brothers'#4
- 'Prometheus Unbound!'
HC vol. 03 Revolutionary War: Omega (2014)
- 'Captain (Nextwave) to Elements of Doom'
- 'Part Eight: No More Heroes'
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