Electric Warrior (comics)
Cover to issue #1
Art by Jim Baikie
|Publication date||May 1986 - October 1987|
|Number of issues||18|
Electric Warrior is an American comic book series, published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987. Set outside the continuity of the DC Universe, the series was written by Doug Moench with artwork provided by Jim Baikie. A total of eighteen issues were published.
The series in set in a future where the rich live in luxury, their lifestyles supported by an array of cybernetic devices and robots, while the poor are forced to struggle for their existence in the lower levels of the city. When one of the robot guards, known as the Electric Warriors, develops self-awareness, it begins to question the correctness of the social order. This robot is called Lek-903, and it falls in love with a Zig crone called Kinsolving, whom he protects from any and all harm. As a result of his actions a new type Lek - the Golden type - is sent after him, and, although he kills off the first wing of five Golden Leks, Lek-093 is blown apart by the wing that is sent to avenge them.
At the same time, a Zig escapee turned Primmie (primitive) named Derek Two-Shadow is living in the forest with a tribe of natural born Primmies that he leads, although he prefers painting to war. A female scholar, Quintana, is sent into the forest to live with the Primmies and get to know Derek Two-Shadow, and learns of his history and life. Eventually, she betrays him to her own people, the Elites, who have seen a fleet of what appear to be alien vessels and wish to fuse man and machine to create a new breed of Electric Warrior. The Primmies are rounded up, captured, then taken to the city where they are converted into cyborgs and most of them die from the shock. Two-Shadow, however, is one of the lucky ones: the components of Lek-903 are fused to his body after most of it has been amputated. Upon awakening after his surgery, Derek feels the essence of Lek-903 within his altered body, escapes, and finds a component of the robot at Kinsolving's home that he uses to flood his body with nanites and merge Lek-903's mind with his own; although they retain their independent brain patterns, they can never again be separated.
The Electric Warrior forces an alliance between the Primmies, Zigs and Elites to fight the invasion, but when the "aliens" come, they are revealed to be very human - the Electric Warrior's planet had been an experiment set up to determine how civilizations develop. Derek Two-Shadow was actually a resident of Earth who had signed up for the experiment after discovering that his wife had had herself rendered cybernetically immortal, which disgusted him into leaving her forever due to the fact that the surgery required had left horrible scars on her back. Leaving the natives of the planet to themselves, the Electric Warrior goes back to Earth with the "Aliens."