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Real Name: Michael Patrick Cray
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Accelerated regeneration and healing. Cray has died a total of four times, but resurrected after each death due to the powers he gained after his exposure to the Gen-Factor (although he was resurrected one time with Dane's help). The Gen-Active power he manifested is the inability to stay dead. During one such death, he was completely incinerated by a nuclear explosion, but revived nearly two weeks later.

It's been explained that as long as there's at least a tiny particle of his DNA to survive, his body will continue to regenerate. The time it takes to regenerate varies, depending on how severe the damage is. The other ability he gained was a mental shield which offered protection against telepaths, other forms of mind-control and psi-blasts, although he is only able to use this ability involuntarily.

As a former Navy SEAL and Team 7 member, he has unsurpassed skills in spec ops warfare, military weapons, tactics, demolitions and is an expert in Close Quarters Battle (CQB). He's also an extremely accurate marksman. For example, he was able to shoot out the eyes of several flying vampires in rapid succession.

Michael Cray was a Navy SEAL prior to being transferred to I.O.'s newly formed Team 7. Like all members of that group, he was a highly experienced Special Forces operative, and had the potential for psionic powers. The team had been sent on a mission (or so they believed) when in reality they were sent to be exposed to the Gen Factor by Miles Craven (head of I.O.). Unlike the other surviving members of Team 7 (not everyone survived the exposure to the gen factor treatment), Michael's powers did not manifest until many years later. When the majority of Team 7 went underground (with their families), Cray continued to serve I.O. (as did Lynch, Dane & Backlash).

Michael Cray left I.O. when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He wanted to atone himself for all the innocent men and women he killed during his missions. He got his chance when the Black Angel awoke, a demonic entity bent on killing a young boy with miraculous abilities. It turned out that Cray's cancer was in fact a result of the Gen Factor, giving him regenerative abilities. Cray defeated the Black Angel with the help of Sister Mary, a former police officer turned nun, Gabrielle D'Angelo, his ex-wife who had become a vessel for the archangel Gabriel, and several of his Team 7 colleagues. After the death of the Black Angel, the young child restored the damage he had done by rewriting reality, but in the new reality, Gabrielle had died during their honeymoon.

Deathblow died during the Fire From Heaven event, sacrificing himself in order to kill Damocles, the villain from said crossover (see Deathblow #29). Deathblow was revived following the events of Captain Atom: Armageddon.

Deathblow was part of Stormwatch PHD following Earth being turned into an apocalyptic wasteland. Cray teamed up with John Lynch and Team 7 when Tao was pursuing god-like powers, and the team joined up with the Wildcats to defeat him. During a large gathering of Earth's surviving superheroes organized by the Authority, Deathblow and a few others left Earth in the Carrier and became part of the Authority.

The father of Sublime of DV8.

First Appearance: Darker Image (1993) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Alan Moore: Wild Worlds (2007)
Alan Moore's The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2007)
Avengers (1996)
Backlash (1994)
Batman/Deathblow: After The Fire (2002)
Batman/Deathblow: Nach dem Feuer (2003)
Captain America (1996)
Captain Atom: Armageddon (2005)
Coup D'Etat: Afterword (2004)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Darker Image (1993)
DC/WS DreamWar (2008)
Deathblow (1993)
Deathblow (2006)
Deathblow/Wolverine (1996)
DV8 (1996)
Fantastic Four (1996)
Fire From Heaven (1996)
Gen13 (1995)
Grifter (1995)
Hero Illustrated Special Edition (1993)
Homage Studios Swimsuit Special (1993)
In the Night Studio: Illustrations After Dark by Dan Brereton (2017)
Inside Image (1993)
Iron Man (1996)
James Robinson's The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2009)
Number of the Beast (2008)
Shattered Image (1996)
Sleeper (2003)
Sleeper: Season Two (2004)
Stormwatch: P.H.D. (2007)
Team 7 (1994)
Team 7: Dead Reckoning (1996)
Team 7: Objective: Hell (1995)
Team X/Team 7 (1996)
Team Zero (2006)
The Authority (2008)
The Kindred (1994)
The Monarchy (2001)
Wetworks (1994)
Wetworks (2006)
Wild Times: Deathblow (1999)
Wild Times: WildC.A.T.s (1999)
WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams (1992)
WildCats (2008)
Wildstorm (2000)
Wildstorm Presents (2011)
Wildstorm Revelations (2008)
Wildstorm Rising (1995)
Wildstorm Swimsuit Special (1994)
WildStorm Universe (2009)
Wildstorm Universe 97 (1996)
Wildstorm Universe Sourcebook (1995)
Wildstorm Winter Special (2005)
Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years (2017)
Wildstorm: After the Fall (2010)
Wildstorm! (1995)
Worldstorm (2006)

Group Affiliation(s):
Authority (01 - Original Team)
International Operations (I.O.)
Stormwatch: P.H.D.
Team 7 (Wildstorm)
Team Zero

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