Issue(s): Deathlok #11
This one has Moses Magnum as the villain, or at least it's his organization. We see someone in an exo-skeleton calling themselves High Tech breaking into a Magnum Munitions facility.
They manage to get something from a computer before escaping.
Meanwhile, Deathlok is again in cyberspace. But at the moment, he's not searching for his body. He's acting as a freelance consultant, doing computer work for people. It's an ideal situation for him since they don't have to meet him in person. His onboard computer tries to notify him that someone has accessed a Cybertek file on Deathlok at the Magnum facility, but since he's working he cuts the computer off.
When the High Tech guy gets back to his office, which turns out to be at a Stark Prosthetics division in Colorado, he tries to look at the file that he stole, but it's got a virus that alerts the Magnum corporation to his location.
Deathlok finally lets his computer talk, so he's also alerted to the situation in Colorado. He learns that the guy who stole the file is Curtis Carr, and if you have your Marvel Handbooks memorized, you know that is the original Chemistro, who later reformed and was given a job by Stark.
Deathlok takes a plane to Colorado.
It'll later be said that his computer somehow got him past the metal detector. I know security at airports was more lax in the old days, but i assume they did at least look at you.
Deathlok learns that Chemistro/High Tech stole the Deathlok file because he wanted to advance his prosthetics work (recall that Chemistro shot his foot off in his first appearance). Chemistro initially assumes that Deathlok is John Kelly, the guy that was Deathlok in Marvel Comics Presents #62 (and that's also a reminder for the next storyline). But once that is settled, what's interesting is that Deathlok realizes that what Chemistro is working on is what Deathlok thought he was doing for Cybertek. So he actually spends some time helping Chemistro in the lab before the security guy from Magnum comes.
When the Magnum guy does come, he's in a Terrordome. Someone is apparently a Public Enemy fan.
Deathlok stops the Terrordome and captures the Magnum goon. Moses Magnum himself denies responsibility for the Terrordome but also, surprisingly, denies that anything was stolen from him, so the authorities don't pursue matters. Deathlok, in his latest letter to his wife, writes that if he were "Captain America or something" he'd look into Magnum's unusual behavior, but he's not so he just heads home. This isn't the last we'll see of Magnum in this series. Moses Magnum is in the issue but not visible until the very end, where we see that he's gone through some changes.
Before he leaves, Chemistro offers Deathlok a job, but Deathlok declines. I was kind of annoyed by that since there's no reason he couldn't have worked for Chemistro/Stark while continuing the search for his body. So it seemed like Deathlok was giving up a good opportunity just so that the book could maintain its status quo. But as we'll see next issue, McDuffie has a very big change in the status quo planned, so i can't complain.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed back in publication time so that Deathlok #12-15 can take place before Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #33.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Is there any mention of the fact that Magnum seemingly died in X-Men 118-119? And shouldn't the Japanese government, at least, be aware that he's a supervillain?
Posted by: Michael | March 19, 2016 1:58 PM
There are no references to his previous appearances, but looking at the end scene again, it's actually a statement from "Magnum Munitions", not Moses himself, that denies that anything was stolen. Beyond that, Moses doesn't do anything public in this issue. Maybe the world at large still thinks he's dead, and everyone thinks that his company just continues to run without him. I haven't read his next appearance in Deathlok yet; maybe it's explored there.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 19, 2016 2:08 PM
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