Deadline (DC Comics)
|First appearance||Starman #15 (October 1989)|
|Created by||Roger Stern|
|Team affiliations||Killer Elite
Secret Society of Super Villains
special equipment, master mercenary, skilled hand-to-hand combatant.
Fictional character biography
Deadline first appears as a mercenary with a contract on Starman Will Payton. He is mentioned to be one of the best and highest paid super-mercenaries, along with Bolt. Other stories suggest that while Deadline is a master of what he does, he is not as highly regarded as, for example, Deathstroke or Deadshot.
Deadline later becomes part of a more villainous version of the Suicide Squad propping up the dictatorship in the Bermuda Triangle island of Diabloverde. His team is shown terrorizing civilians for fun. Amanda Waller and her Squad take him out along with his colleagues while attempting to remove the dictator.
During the Underworld Unleashed event, Deadline meets fellow mercenaries Deadshot, Merlyn the Dark Archer, Bolt, and Chiller, and bands together with them as the Killer Elite. While operating within this group, they confront the mercenaries called the Body Doubles. The entire Elite suffers multiple humiliating defeats.
He is hired by King Theisley of Poseidonis to assassinate Aquaman. Despite managing to get Aquaman out of the seas and into the sky, he fails to kill him. He also attempts to kill Steel at one point but fails that as well.
He later appears alive in the 2004 Deadshot mini-series. Writer Christos Gage justified this by pointing out that at the time of the shooting Deadline had been dosed with Joker venom, which has been established as having healing properties. He later appears in Cry for Justice.
In the "DC Rebirth" reboot, a refined, costume-less Deadline appears in Deathstroke vol. 4 #15 with his hover discs. Deadline clashed with Deathstroke when the former was hired to kill congresswoman Delores Hasgrove, and the latter accompanied the hero Powergirl whom protected her. Their initial clash began when Deadline seemingly killed Tanya with his infinity rifle, and only ended with Deathstroke severing Deadline's right hand and stealing his signature weapon when the assassin attempted to phase it through the former's Ikon Suit.
Powers and abilities
Deadline has the inherent power of intangibility with a unique twist. He is able turn himself and any equipment that he is carrying intangible while still able to physically interact with his gear or his adversaries. He wears special equipment, including golden battle armor, a plasma gun and flying discs.
- Starman vol.1 #15
- Suicide Squad vol.1 #63-66
- New Year's Evil: The Body Doubles #1
- Aquaman vol.5 #9
- Steel #49
- Flash vol.2 #179
- Justice League: Cry for Justice #4
- Deathstroke Vol. 4 #15-16
- Deathstroke Vol. 4 #24