Doorman (01 - DeMarr Davis)
Real Name: DeMarr Davis
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Doorman is a class-10 teleporter, meaning that he is capable of teleporting someone anywhere, but with the limitation that it has to be in the next room. His mutant ability operates by tapping into the Darkforce dimension, as several other Marvel Universe teleporters (such as Cloak, the Vanisher, Silhouette, etc.) do. Originally, his all-black appearance was a costume of apparently conventional material, with stark white eyepieces in the mask as contrast. However, since becoming Oblivion's servant, his Doorman "body" seems to be an assumed shape rather than a simple costume, and he can transform at will from this form to his non-costumed self.
He also gained the ability to collect the souls of the recently deceased and deliver them to Oblivion; while doing so, he appears visible only to the soul he is collecting, and possibly also his teammate Mr. Immortal, who could perceive the original Deathurge. What other new powers he has gained from his new position, if any, are currently unknown.
Little is known of Doorman's life before he responded to Mr. Immortal's advertisement for a hero team. This team would eventually become the Great Lakes Avengers. It has been revealed however that he is a mutant.
Before joining the Great Lakes Avengers, DeMarr Davis was an average American youngster. Sometime during his years in college, DeMarr's mother died. After completing four years of college and three years of graduate school, DeMarr decided to answer Mr. Immortal's newspaper ad asking "costumed adventurers" to join together and form a team. DeMarr, being a mutant and possessing his unique teleporting ability, is able to allow his teammates entrance into almost any structure, thus creating both a stealthy entrance as well as a surprise attack. He joined the original incarnation of the Great Lakes Avengers.
Doorman is however, the most cynical of the Great Lakes Avengers, constantly comparing the team to the real Avengers, usually at the most inappropriate times, and feeling at times embarrassed by his friends. Nonetheless, DeMarr cares for them deeply, and values each and every member of the team. He was responsible for creating the fallen GLA'ers memorial at GLA HQ.
Doorman in action.
Doorman in action.
He also still blames himself for the death of one of their newest recruits, the Grasshopper, who died in battle with Batroc and his minions. Zaran (one of Batroc's henchmen) threw a sai at Doorman, who quickly activated his powers, only for the blade to land directly in the head of Grasshopper (who was standing right behind him), killing him instantly. DeMarr feels that it is his fault that Grasshopper died and therefore sunk into a slight depression. During this time he also tried to scare another new member, Squirrel Girl off of the team because he feared that she too would die while in service to the GLA.
Doorman himself has died as well, sacrificing himself so that Mr. Immortal could stop the villain Maelstrom. He met with the other dead GLA'ers in the afterlife including Grasshopper who forgave him. Doorman was however intrigued by the absence of Hawkeye. Shortly afterwards, he was summoned by the cosmic entity Oblivion, who declared that thanks to Doorman's connection to the Darkforce dimension, Doorman could prove useful to him, akin to Deathurge who had recently been captured by Mr. Immortal. Doorman therefore replaced Deathurge and became Oblivion's new angel of death.
Taking Deathurge's place, Doorman took Maelstrom to the afterlife after he was tricked into killing himself by Mr. Immortal, and was able to return to the GLA. What other effects his new role as servant of Oblivion have had on him have yet to be revealed. Doorman continues to be a member of the GLA, although after he helped his friends save the world from Maelstrom, he understands the team's importance and has a newfound respect for them. However, a subpoena from the real Avengers forced the team to change their name to the Great Lakes X-Men or GLX.
Some time after the battle with Maelstrom, Doorman was celebrating Christmas with the rest of the GLX when he informed the team that he had to go and visit his father. Upon reaching his father's house, his father quickly complained that DeMarr was throwing his life away and needed to join the real world. He told his son that he had "stupid powers" and "all the other heroes have better powers than you." Realizing that his own happiness was more important than his father's respect, DeMarr finally admitted the truth to his father: that he had died and came back as the angel of death. He had not come back to visit his father but rather to collect his soul as he had fallen off the roof while setting up Christmas lights and died. Ironically, the revelation of DeMarr's new role in the universe greatly pleased his father, who couldn't wait to brag to all his friends in heaven about how his son was the new angel of death.
Doorman and his teammates recently participated in a charity superhero poker tournament hosted by the Thing, where Flatman beat their host in the final round. Flatman's status as champion inspired the team to take the new name of the Great Lakes Champions, after being discouraged from affiliation with both the X-Men and the Defenders by members of those teams present at the tournament, ignoring former Champions of Los Angeles member Hercules' protests.
First Appearance: West Coast Avengers (1985) #46
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Age Of Heroes (2010)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
#48 Avengers: Roll Call (2012)
- 'This Ancient Evil'#49
- 'Baptism of Fire!'#64
- 'Show and Tell'
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
#19 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'V-S Day'#25
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Conclusion'
#4 Cable & Deadpool (2004)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
#10 Deadpool/GLI: Summer Fun Spectacular (2007)
- 'Road-Trip Roulette!'#11
- 'With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence'#61
- 'Funeral for a Freak, Part 1 of 4: 'Nuff Said!'
Encyclopædia Deadpoolica (1998)
#1 Fear Itself: The Home Front (2011)
- 'The Encyclopædia Deadpoolica'
#1 GLX-Mas Special (2006)
- 'Great Lakes Avengers Misassembled'#2
- 'Dismembership Drive'#3
- 'Mistaken Identity Crisis'#4
- 'Countdown to a Miscount'
Marvel Holiday Magazine (2010)
The Avengers (1963)
Annual 19 The Thing (2006)
- 'Terminus Factor, Stage 5: Beat Me in St. Louis'#309
- 'To Find Olympia!'
#15 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- 'Wanted Dead or Alive'#16
- 'Thunder & Lightning'#17
- 'Matters of Gravity'#25
- 'Saving the World'
Wolverine And Deadpool (2010)
Wolverine/Deadpool: The Decoy (2011)
World War Hulk: Front Line (2007)
Great Lakes Avengers
Great Lakes Champions
Great Lakes Initiative
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