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Backlash (Wildstorm)(01- Marc Slayton)
Real Name: Marc Slayton
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Thanks to his Kherubim genes, Marc is virtually immortal and has accrued three thousand years of combat experience. He is an expert martial artist and trained in the use of most weapons. His agility is superhuman. Exposure to the Gen-Factor released several latent powers, including the ability to generate psychic energy whips out the backs of his hands. He can use these whips for various purposes; in combat he uses them to constrict his opponents, shocking them with the energy running through the whips or to cut through objects. He can use the energy whips as grappling hooks. The whips are very durable, but being of great strength can break them, causing painful psionic feedback. He can also transform his body and clothes into mist - as well as being useful for infiltration and defense, this also allows him to swiftly heal most injuries, which tend to vanish after transforming to mist and back. While he could at first use this ability at will, when the Gen-Factor was flushed from his system, his ability to use this power was restricted to only once or twice a day. However, his energy whips had doubled in power as a result. When first exposed to the Gen-Factor, Marc had extensive psionic powers including telepathy and telekinesis, but these powers waned over the years and even completely disappeared together with the Gen-Factor removed from his system.

Marc Slayton is born in Atlantis about three thousand years ago, the son of a human mother and Lord S'ylton, an enhanced Kherubim lord of the alien colony Atlantis. When his father sacrifices his life to imprison one-time allies the D'rahn, a race of hostile aliens whose attack leads to the sinking of Atlantis, young Marc is spirited away by Ferrian, his father's former advisor. Ferrian raises the child to adulthood, tutoring him in fighting skills for his protection. Once Marc is old enough to look after himself, Ferrian drops out of sight and leaves him to fend for himself.

Marc spends the next three thousand years travelling around the world, living a life of adventure. He has only fragmented memories of his long life. At one point he is a ninja, at another he is a medieval knight. In World War II, he is recruited for a mission as an intelligence specialist for Team Zero. No rank is seen until the 1960s when he is an Air Force Colonel, working as part of the extra-terrestrial threats squad Team One. Later he joins Team 7, a special ops unit which is deliberately exposed to a mutagenic chemical called the Gen-Factor. All of the members develop superhuman powers—in Marc's case some of these are the result of his alien heritage being fully activated. Team 7 finish their final mission and then go AWOL, but Marc makes a deal with their boss, brokering his (and John Lynch's and Michael Cray's) services in return for the rest of the squad and their families being left alone.

Backlash is then assigned to join and spy on StormWatch, the U.N.'s Crisis Intervention superteam. He works as the group's field leader and instructor until he loses several members of the first team (later dubbed Stormwatch Prime) during a mission in Kuwait. After this tragedy he switches to being the full time instructor. When a Daemonite called S'ryn puts Marc's girlfriend, Major Diane LaSalle into a coma, he deserts StormWatch to track her down, breaking a Cabal agent, Taboo, out of prison to help him on his quest. While he eventually catches his prey and revives Diane, he and Taboo become lovers, and both become fugitives.

Subsequent to this, Marc discovers he had fathered twin children—a girl named Jodi Morinaka and a boy known only as Aries—by an old girlfriend from Japan He learns this when Jodi tracks him down after her mother's death. Like her father, Jodi's alien genes give her superhuman powers, and she takes the identity of Crimson so she can adventure with him. Backlash and Taboo arrange a pardon for their crimes in return for working for the United States' Department of Paranormal Science Investigations (PSI). Marc makes friends with the animal-faced adventurer Dingo, who helps him out on more then one case. It is around this point Marc finally learns of his Kherubim ancestry—for reasons best known to himself, Ferrian had never told Marc. Marc is placed in charge of forming a team of superpowered operatives codenamed Wildcore for Department PSI.

Around this time Marc battles several of Dingo's associates, a race of animal-people that call themselves The Kindred.

He works with Wildcore until most of this team are killed trying to stop a breakout at the Purgatory Max facility. Marc survives thanks to the assistance of former DV8 member Evo who had been imprisoned for the murder of an NYPD officer. Marc loses a leg, has it replaced with an artificial one and returns to duty.

According to his daughter, Marc gives up the name "Backlash"; seeking, as she put it, to keep it in the family, Jodi uses it herself. Marc Slayton appears in Sleeper as a plainclothes agent of Department PSI with the rank of Commander. He has not been seen using any of his old powers for some time now.

During the events of World's End, Marc found himself trapped in an I.O. facility. After fighting his way out of the facility, he joined up with John Lynch and Team 7 to take on a power-hungry Tao. Afterwords, he met up with Grifter and had him give an unused mask and a message to his daughter, telling her he was proud of her and that he was okay.

Backlash would later have a happy reunification with his daughter and stay with Team 7, who had plans that ran opposite of Spartan's in rebuilding Earth.

Father of Jet (formerly Crimson of Wildcore). Father of Aries.

First Appearance: Stormwatch (1993) #3

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Issue Appearances:
Backlash (1994)
Backlash & Taboo's African Holiday (1999)
Backlash/Spider-Man (1996)
Coup D'Etat: Afterword (2004)
Cyberforce (1992)
DC/WS DreamWar (2008)
Deathblow (1993)
Fire From Heaven (1996)
Gen-Active (2000)
Gen13 (2006)
Grifter (1995)
James Robinson's The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2009)
Mars Attacks Image (1996)
Point Blank (2002)
Shattered Image (1996)
Sleeper (2003)
Sleeper: Season Two (2004)
Stormwatch (1993)
Stormwatch (1997)
Stormwatch: P.H.D. (2007)
Team 7 (1994)
Team 7: Dead Reckoning (1996)
Team 7: Objective: Hell (1995)
Team One: Stormwatch (1995)
Team One: WildC.A.T.s (1995)
Team Zero (2006)
The Authority (1999)
The Authority (2008)
The Kindred (1994)
The Kindred II (2002)
The Monarchy (2001)
The Wild Storm (2017)
Wetworks (2006)
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams (1992)
WildCats (2008)
Wildcore (1997)
Wildstorm Rarities (1994)
Wildstorm Revelations (2008)
Wildstorm Rising (1995)
Wildstorm Swimsuit Special (1994)
Wildstorm Thunderbook (2000)
Wildstorm Universe 97 (1996)
Wildstorm Universe Sourcebook (1995)
Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years (2017)
Wildstorm: After the Fall (2010)

Group Affiliation(s):
International Operations (I.O.)
Kherubim (Wildstorm)
Stormwatch (Wildstorm)
Team 7 (Wildstorm)
Team One
Team Zero

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