Real Name: Frank Simpson
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Nuke was very strong for a normal human (above peak physical strength), and almost impervious to pain and conventional injury. He also possessed superhuman speed with peak range of 700 mph. The latter was due to his skin which had been reinforced with some sort of plastic.
Simpson took red pills (amphetamines) to boost his adrenaline in a fight, white (barbiturates) to bring him down and blue (sedatives) to keep him calm and relaxed. The red pills were revealed to be placebos. Nuke's adrenaline is raised when the keyword 'No V.C.' is chanted to him, which sends him into a fury since the word had been developped into a trigger word in Vietnam.
Nuke is actually a test subject of one of the installments Weapon Plus, the supersoldier program that had created Captain America and would later transform Wolverine into a killing machine. The enhancing and conditioning process went awry, leaving Nuke seriously deranged.
The origins of Nuke are tangled with those of Wolverine, and so explained during the miniseries Wolverine: Origins. While Logan was an operative for Weapon Plus, he was sent to stage the kidnapping of Frank Simpson. The disturbed son of a wealthy, abusive, alcoholic, upper-class woman in Ohio, Frank soon developed an unhealthy affection for his babysitter, the only real maternal figure in his life. The young woman, capitalizing his affection for her and harboring feeling for Charles Simpson, his father, talked the young disturbed boy into killing his mother. Wolverine then showed up, dressed as a cop, stalked Charles Simpson and the babysitter, who were having sex in Charles' car, and shot the girl with Charles' own gun, forcing his suicide. He then went to Frank's place to abduct him for the supersoldier project.
Years later, Frank Simpson was sent into the Vietnam War as a black-ops agent. Captured by the Viet Cong, Frank was severely tortured by Logan (who was posing as a Russian intelligence liaison), shattering Frank's still unbalanced mind. While torturing him, even carving with into his face the American flag that years later would make part of his superpowered personality he implanted the phrase "No V.C.!" as a trigger word, along with the compulsion to kill gruesomely, in retaliation for the tortures suffered, anyone who uttered the words. He then allowed Frank to escape, testing his work with a village of peasants, who, seeing an American soldier, tried to soothe his anger and convince him to spare them, shouting the "No V.C.!" phrase, meaning that they weren't Viet Cong. Frank, in response to the trigger word, burnt the village to the ground killing every inhabitant. The experiment being a success, Logan was instated as the handler of the human weapon. Due to his trauma, Nuke often hallucinates that the enemies he is fighting are the Viet Cong.
At some time during the war, Nuke was inducted into the final part of the Project Homegrown, the Weapon VII programs, that turned him in a partial cyborg with a subdermal mesh able to deflect bullets, and a second heart that, working in conjunction with some (placebo) pills, controlled his aggression, leaving him addicted as well. His whereabouts after the war are still unknown.
Nuke resurfaced, employed by Generalissimo Felix Guillermo Carridad, of Tierra Verde, to destroy a rebel base. Carridad was impressed with his skills, and he enjoyed using Nuke periodically as a superhuman iconic symbol.
In the Born Again story arc, the Kingpin hired Nuke through several corrupt military officials and sent him to kill Daredevil. Nuke went on a rampage in New York City, blowing up part of Hell's Kitchen, causing Daredevil and the Avengers to capture him. He escaped soon after, going for Daredevil again, but was intercepted by Captain America and shot by a military chopper. Apparently dead, he was in fact taken in care by the Government, still controlled by the Tierra Verde enclave.
After Wolverine discovered his full past and set out to take care of loose ends, the U.S. government dispatched Nuke, who was kept at the United States embassy in Chile, to hunt down Wolverine.
Wolverine, with some efforts, quickly dispatched his foe, seeking a way to redeem, or kill him. After the battle he discovered that Nuke's enhanced physiology was furtherly mutated, and he has become a cyborg, with artificial limbs, bones and skull, able to survive and being rebuilt after the most gruesome injuries, yet devoid of any personality or conscience. Acknowledging that now he was beyond any hope of redemption, he tried to kill him, only to be stopped by Captain America, who had arrived because he believed that Nuke was a failed subject of the Super Soldier Program. Now without any legs, the leftovers of Nuke's body were handed over to Emma Frost by Wolverine, who wanted Emma to try to restore Nuke's broken mind, if possible. And, if it turned out impossible, Logan told Emma to call him, because in that case he'd come back and kill Frank.
Apparently Nuke's metabolism is now remote controlled from a secret base on Tierra Verde, whose technicians are able to shut down the biomech systems in Nuke's body.
First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #232
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Captain America (2013)
#232 Daredevil (1998)
- 'God And Country'#233
½ Deadpool & the Mercs For Money [II] (2016)
- 'The Devil Discussed'
Death of Wolverine (2014)
#1 Marvel Legacy: The 1980's Handbook (2006)
- 'Death of Wolverine, Part 1: The End'
nn Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The 1980's Handbook'
Weapon X (2017)
#12 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Nuke-Clear War Part One'#13
- 'Nuke-Clear War Part Two'
Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection (2017)
TPB vol. 01 Wolverine: Origins (2006)
- 'Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 1'
#1 X-Men: Original Sin (2008)
- 'Born in Blood, Part 1'#2
- 'Born in Blood, Part 2'#2 (Variant Edition)
- 'Born in Blood, Part 2'#3
- 'Born in Blood, Part 3'#4
- 'Born in Blood, Part 4'#5
- 'Born in Blood, Part 5'#39
- 'Romulus: Part 3'
- 'Original Sin: Part 1'
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