Cyber (Marvel Comics)

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Cyber
Wolverine15.jpg
Cyber (upper right) on the cover to Wolverine: Origins #15.
Art by Marko Djurdjevic.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Comics Presents #85 (September 1991)
Created byPeter David
Sam Kieth
In-story information
Full nameSilas Burr (mind)
Milo Gunderson (body)
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliations
  • Pinkerton National Detective Agency
  • Undisclosed Canadian Paramilitary Training Facility
  • Unnamed Drug Cartel
  • Hell's Belles
  • The Coven
Notable aliasesHornet[1]
AbilitiesOriginal Body:
Superhuman strength and stamina
Adamantium skin
Retractable claws tipped with powerful hallucinogens or poisons
Psionic ability to track individual brain patterns
Second Body:
Superhuman strength
Adamantium skin and retractable claws
Psionic ability to track individual brain patterns
Third Body:
Peak human physique
Superhuman strength
Adamantium skin and retractable claws
Psionic abilities
Hornet suit
Demon summoning
Wrist lasers

Cyber is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted usually as an enemy of Wolverine of the X-Men. Created by writer Peter David and artist Sam Kieth, he first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #85 (September 1991), though his appearance was obscured by a trench coat and hat. He was first fully seen and named in Marvel Comics Presents #86 (September 1991).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Origin[edit]

Silas Burr is believed to have been born in Canada. He was an agent for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, and in the spring of 1912, was eventually put on trial in Sioux City, Iowa. He was found guilty on 22 counts of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. Escaping from the courthouse, Cyber arrived at a Western Canadian military base, finding in the Canadian Army a new employer named Frederick Hudson who took special interest in his unique ability to push the men under his command beyond their moral and emotional limits. Cyber's earliest known confrontation with Logan seemingly occurred around World War I, where he served as Logan's brutal drill instructor during his early days in the military. Cyber is given instructions to focus his attention on Logan in particular, and eventually receives orders to murder a woman at the base known only as Janet, in whom Logan was interested romantically, to further dehumanize his conditioning. After witnessing her death at Cyber's hands, Logan attacks and is severely beaten as Cyber effortlessly gouges out Logan's left eye. This is Logan's most severe beating and defeat up to this point in his life and the resulting psychological effects result in a deep-seated fear of Cyber. Without any memory of Burr's abuse, Logan again finds himself under the command of Burr while enlisted with the Devil's Brigade during World War II. He introduces Logan to U.S. Army soldier Nick Fury for the clandestine rescue mission of Captain America from German occupied Northern Africa.

Returning from Indochina for nine months in 1959, Burr would train his finest student Daken (Logan's son) before the boy is secretly ordered to destroy the training camp and everyone associated with it, including its commander. Eviscerated and shot by Daken, Burr is spared from death, as he was chosen by Romulus to be the prototype for the adamantium bonding process and has the metal permanently bonded to his skin.

It has been suggested, by Cyber himself, that he once ran with the notorious Edinburgh killer William Burke, and took part in the heinous West Port murders of 1828.

Modern era[edit]

In the modern era, Cyber resurfaces in Madripoor, as an enforcer for an unnamed drug cartel, where he interferes between the rival crime cartels of Wolverine's ally Tiger Tyger and General Coy. With the exception of his adamantium enhancements, Cyber's appearance remains unchanged, indicating that he ages much slower than an ordinary human. Wolverine, after running from the fight and barely escaping with his life from their latest encounter, eventually manages to overcome his fear of Cyber in order to save Tyger's life, as he bites out the villain's left eye before he falls into a truck full of the powerful hallucinogens he had earlier used on Wolverine, leading Cyber to run screaming into the forest and disappear at the ocean's edge.[2]

Cyber later confronts the mutant team of X-Factor alongside the female criminal organization called the Hell's Belles who are being mentored by Cyber as enforcers for an unnamed drug cartel. Shrew, a former member of the 'Belles' wishes to testify against the cartel, and Cyber and his team are ordered to silence the woman. Cyber defeats X-Factor's Polaris first, concerned over the woman's magnetic powers. He manages to poison Strong Guy with his claws, and attempts to ransom the antidote in exchange for Shrew. However, Strong Guy is saved due to the scientific resources of the United States government. In a later battle in a subway train station, Shrew manages to push Cyber into the path of an oncoming train driven by X-Factor's leader Val Cooper, and he disappeared.[3]

He next surfaces on the distant island of Koma Koi as an agent for the mysterious death-cult known as The Coven, hired to steal a mystical gem called the Tear of Heaven, and kidnap its guardian priestess Kayla. Wolverine, who happens to be vacationing on the island, recognizes Cyber's scent on Kayla and tracks Cyber to The Coven. The two are eventually shackled to each other by an adamantium chain, and will fight each other incessantly unless gassed unconscious or lowered into an acid pit. Crossing a rope bridge, Wolverine eventually gains the upper hand and strangles Cyber with their shackles. Hanging by his throat and lacking an adamantium windpipe, he releases the chain and disappears as he falls into the dark jungle.[4]

Cyber is next seen back in Edinburgh, Scotland where he again engages Wolverine in battle. Recalling his part in the West Port murders long ago, he announces his intention to kill Wolverine and feed to the deathwatch beetles to steal the man's adamantium skeleton. However, Cyber is unaware that the adamantium laced to Wolverine's skeleton has been removed by Magneto. Despite this, and despite the fact that many of Wolverine's other mutant attributes were weakened, he manages to hold his own against Cyber briefly. Cyber is momentarily distracted by the distant cannon fire of Edinburgh Castle as Wolverine extracts his bone claws and slashes Cyber across the face. Cyber, unimpressed by the attack and annoyed by this turn of events, quickly slams Wolverine to the ground and uses his foot to break the bone claws off of Wolverine's right arm before their fight is interrupted, allowing Wolverine the opportunity to escape Cyber once more. Using his amplified brain-wave tracking power, he chases the poisoned Logan to Muir Island, where he is eventually outsmarted by Kitty Pride and captured by Excalibur.[5]

Death[edit]

Cyber is later broken out of S.H.I.E.L.D. custody by the Dark Riders, and taken to one of Apocalypse's corpse littered, ancient Egyptian fortresses. They run a series of tests to determine the strength and purity of Cyber's adamantium skin, then through a combined effort, they manage to trap him inside a vault and release a swarm of voracious, "mutant" deathwatch beetles, which devour the flesh from Cyber's entire body, beginning with his exposed face and eating the rest from the inside out. Cyber's adamantium carapace, which remains untouched, is then used in an unsuccessful attempt to re-implant adamantium onto Wolverine's skeleton by Genesis, leader of the Dark Riders.[6]

Resurrection[edit]

Cyber resurfaced in astral form, making himself known to Milo Gunderson, a powerful young mutant with childlike intelligence. After possessing Milo's body, Cyber is easily able to suppress Milo's childlike psyche, coupling Milo's incredible strength with his own cunning intelligence. Intent on revenge, he sets off for the Tinkerer, contracting the man to perform the adamantium-epidermal bonding process once he has stolen the necessary liquid adamantium from storage in the Hague. Arriving in Brussels, he is revealed to be behind the scenes in setting up the confrontation between Wolverine and Daken. At the culmination of the bloody battle between father and son, Cyber appears, complete in his new adamantium laced skin, and challenges not Wolverine, but Daken. After quickly gaining the upper hand in his fight with Daken, Cyber questions him on the whereabouts of his master. Daken refuses to answer and manages to flee, leaving Cyber and Wolverine alone. During the following battle, Cyber suffers from a heart attack, as Milo had a weak heart. Wolverine, upon discovering that Silas had previously instructed Daken, and is capable of tracking his location, spares him in exchange for information. As Silas starts retelling how, in 1912, he was saved from capital punishment by Sabretooth and taken to Canada where he met the mysterious man known as Hudson, his condition worsens, and Wolverine is forced to bring him to the Tinkerer to help him with the needed treatment. Agreeing to construct an artificial pacemaker to stabilize Cyber's heart condition in exchange for the use of Logan's mysterious carbonadium synthesizer, The Tinkerer unwittingly affixes the radioactive device to Cyber's chest, before Logan disappears with the C-Synth and tosses it from a bridge into the water below.[7] He resurfaced in a desolate town inside Northern Africa, commanding a local militant faction, and attempts to coerce Wolverine and Daken into cooperating with him in their hunt for Romulus, his personal motives remaining a mystery. After cooperating with Daken, Burr takes him to the abandoned farm somewhere in Saskatchewan, Canada where his transformation into "Cyber" took place nearly fifty years prior. Deceived by Daken's emotional powers, Cyber seemingly succumbs to the poisonous effects of the carbonadium pacemaker, his weakened heart condition, or both and collapses in pain as Daken steps on his medication. He was last seen left for dead by both Daken and Wolverine.[8]

Cyber is later killed by Ogun who claims that he was a formidable opponent, then tries to sell his adamantium carapace to Dr. Abraham Cornelius after dissolving his flesh away by submerging his corpse in an acid bath.[9]

Hornet[edit]

Under unknown circumstances, he return to the living once again and as masqueraded himself as "Hornet" from the Slingers. He's first seen in Las Vegas following Hydra's takeover of America, having been hired by the Forbidden City casino owner Silas Thorne to stage a robbery of a mass food delivery being sent to another casino, as the man claims that casino owner Cassandra Mercury will simply take all of the food for herself and her employees rather than pass it around. The Hornet is able to defeat most of casino security before he is intercepted by Scarlet Spider, but he declines to answer questions about his apparent resurrection and flees.[10] When the Scarlet Spider and Ricochet track Hornet to the casino where his employer works, Hornet uses a strange amulet to summon an army of monsters,[11] subsequently introducing himself to Ricochet as Silas during the fight. After Scarlet Spider damages the amulet, the monsters are contained by Dusk, but Hornet flees in the resulting confusion.[12] He brings the rest of the Slingers together, claiming that he has been chosen by the Black Marvel and the team are ordered to capture the Scarlet Spider to charge him for his attack on Silas Thorne.[13] As the two Scarlet Spiders confront the Slingers, it is revealed that the Black Marvel has no soul and damage to Hornet's gauntlets reveal his identity as Cyber who had been revived by an as-yet-unidentified entity that was posing as Black Marvel.[1]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Original body[edit]

Cyber is a mutant that possesses a number of superhuman abilities, some due to his natural mutation and some due to artificial enhancement. Cyber possesses some degree of superhuman strength. Though no limit has been explicitly given, his strength was sufficient to destroy a jeep with a single blow or slash open a bank vault door with ease.[14]

Cyber's skin was bonded with a layer of the near indestructible alloy adamantium, with the exception of his face, using an unknown arc welding technique. As a result, most of Cyber's body was virtually invulnerable to physical injury. Cyber's adamantium skin has proven able to withstand all attacks against it, even by weapons composed of adamantium itself.

Housed within each of Cyber's fingers is a retractable adamantium claw. Each talon was tipped in either powerful hallucinogens or poisons that have proven capable of incapacitating Wolverine before his mutant healing factor could filter them out. The potent toxins are specifically designed to affect Wolverine and are fatal to ordinary humans within seconds. Cyber's adamantium claws were also capable of cutting almost any known material. The known exceptions are adamantium itself and Captain America's shield, which is composed of a vibranium and an experimental "steel alloy".

After Wolverine gouged out Cyber's left eye in combat,[15] it was replaced with an artificial implant.[16]

Cyber also possesses a psionic ability that allows him to track specific brain wave patterns across great distances. The exact limit of Cyber's range is unknown, though it was greatly amplified after his over-exposure to the hallucinogens that coat his claws. Cyber has claimed he can track brain wave patterns from any location on earth, and was even able to allow his consciousness to leave his body entirely. It was this ability that allowed Cyber to survive in astral form following the attack by the Dark Riders.[17]

Cyber is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. He is well known in military circles, himself a veteran of World War I and World War II,[18] and throughout the criminal underworld, where he often hires himself out as a special enforcer or mentor. He is a talented, though quite sadistic and murderous, teacher of unarmed combat methods.[19]

Prior body[edit]

Cyber's consciousness has taken possession of the body of a large, muscular mutant with childlike intelligence named Milo Gunderson.[volume & issue needed] Milo is a mutant possessing some degree of superhuman strength, the limits of which are not known. However, his strength is sufficient to decapitate a fully grown horse with a single punch.[volume & issue needed]

Cyber also apparently retains his brainwave tracking ability within his new body.

Cyber has undergone a process in which adamantium has been laced to Milo's skin, with only his face left uncovered, as well as retractable talons on his fingertips.[volume & issue needed] As a result, his body is highly resistant to all forms of injury, including assaults from weapons composed of adamantium. However, the mutant factor that made his body develop so fast and strong puts a lot of stress on his heart, which makes him dependent on the medicine his mother was giving him. After suffering from a heart attack, he received a "pacemaker", mounted to his chest, fabricated from the deadly, radioactive element carbonadium. His face is beginning to show signs of blistering, possibly from its effects.[20] As his condition worsened, he collapsed and was later seen by Wolverine lying still on his back with his eyes open, a blood stain around his carbonadium pacemaker, and flies crawling on his face.[21]

New body[edit]

Cyber's very soul had been placed within the corpse of the superhero known as Hornet.[22] Most likely thanks to a combination of a powerful demon coupled with use of his psychic abilities to commandeer it,[23] like his previous bodies; Cyber has had this new one fitted with Adamantium bonded to his skin and hair follicles. Making all but his face and head impervious to physical damage.[24]

He possesses retractable claws on all ten of his digits and wrist mounted laser guns implanted on his forearms in the event his Hornet suit were ever compromised.[25] His new body is healthier and in perfect physical condition, not like the one of Mr. Gunderson which had a heart condition and needed a pacemaker to keep it stable.[26] Easily being able to battle and best the eugenically enhanced spider clones Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker.[27] Silas also accommodated the Hornet's cyber suit which was outfitted with all manner of high-tech gadgetry and weapon's systems created by its previous owners. Function such as wrist mounted blasters which fire variable rounds of ammunition; ranging from stun setting, dart launchers, laser guns and other unknown ammo types.[28] It also magnifies his bodies physical abilities giving him increased strength, speed, durability, stamina and reflexes.

His suit also possesses a short-range bio-electrostatic discharge which he can engage when in physical contact with an adversary. Rendering them physically stunned as it delivers a debilitating shock to their nervous systems.[29]

Through unknown means, Silas's new body has superhuman physical strength. Able to chuck a manhole cover with enough force to decapitate someone with relative ease.[30] He also came back bearing boons from the demon whom resurrected him, gifting Silas with a special pendant that enables him to summon an extra-dimensional horror which feeds on wickedness called a Fhtagn, the drawback being that the cursed relic only calls it forth, not give him control over it.[31] But he could potentially use his psionic abilities to control the simple, yet alien mind of the otherworldly creature if prompted too.[32]

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peter David (w), Will Sliney (p), Will Sliney (i), Rachelle Rosenberg (col), VC's Joe Caramagna (let), Devin Lewis (ed). Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #12 (27 December 2017), United States: Marvel Comics
  2. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #85 - 92 (Summer 1991)
  3. ^ X-Factor #80 - 82 (July - September 1992)
  4. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #132 - 136 (Summer 1993)
  5. ^ Wolverine #79 - 81 (March - May 1994)
  6. ^ Wolverine #93 - 96 (September - December 1995)
  7. ^ Wolverine: Origins #11 - 15 (April - August 2007)
  8. ^ Wolverine: Origins #32 (March 2009)
  9. ^ Death of Wolverine #3 (2014)
  10. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #8
  11. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #9
  12. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #10
  13. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #11
  14. ^ Wolverine #79
  15. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #92
  16. ^ Wolverine #80
  17. ^ Wolverine: Origins #12
  18. ^ Wolverine: Origins #17 (October 2007)
  19. ^ Wolverine: Origins #27 (September 2008)
  20. ^ Wolverine: Origins #31 (February 2009)
  21. ^ Wolverine: Origins #32 (March 2009)
  22. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #13
  23. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #14
  24. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #12
  25. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #13
  26. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #8-9
  27. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #11-12
  28. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #9
  29. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #10
  30. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #12
  31. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #9
  32. ^ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #10

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