Doorman (comics)

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Doorman
Doorman HCV.jpg
Art for West Coast Avengers #46 (vol. 2).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance West Coast Avengers (Vol. 2) #46 (July 1989)
Created by John Byrne
In-story information
Alter ego DeMarr Davis
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Great Lakes Avengers
Abilities Portal generation
Flight via skis
Intangibility
Ability to bring souls to the afterlife
Formerly:
Levitation

Doorman (DeMarr Davis) is a fictional character, a mutant superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by John Byrne, he is a member of the Great Lakes Avengers and first appeared in the pages of the West Coast Avengers in 1989.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Little is known of Doorman's life before he responded to Mr. Immortal's advertisement for a hero team. This team would eventually become the Great Lakes Avengers. It has been revealed, however, that he is a mutant and has an African-American complexion.[1]

Before joining the Great Lakes Avengers, DeMarr Davis was an average American youngster. Sometime during his years in college, DeMarr's mother died. After completing four years of college and three years of graduate school, DeMarr decided to answer Mr. Immortal's newspaper ad asking "costumed adventurers" to join together and form a team. DeMarr, being a mutant and possessing his unique teleporting ability, is able to allow his teammates entrance into almost any structure, thus creating both a stealthy entrance as well as a surprise attack. He joined the original incarnation of the Great Lakes Avengers.[2]

He was first seen in public with the team by Hawkeye and Mockingbird, who later agreed to become their mentors.[3] With the team, he helped Hawkeye and the West Coast Avengers against "That Which Endures."[4] They also assisted Mockingbird in a holding action against Terminus.[5] After aiding the Thunderbolts against the villain Graviton,[6] the team clashed with the mercenary Deadpool.[7]

Doorman is, however, the most cynical of the Great Lakes Avengers, constantly comparing the team to the real Avengers, usually at the most inappropriate times, and feeling at times embarrassed by his friends. Nonetheless, DeMarr cares for them deeply, and values each and every member of the team.

GLA[edit]

During the G.L.A. mini-series, the team took on Maelstrom who was trying to destroy the universe. After Dinah Soar's death,[8] Mr. Immortal suffers a nervous break down leading Flatman and Doorman to search for new members. They went to New York City, where they failed to recruit a number of heroes. While in Central Park, they're saved by Squirrel Girl and her sidekick Monkey Joe from muggers. They offer to recruit her in the team and she accepts. Later, they hear an alarm on a nearby factory and encounter the Grasshopper, who was battling Batroc the Leaper and his minions. During the battle, Flatman offers to recruit him and Grasshopper quickly accepts, only to be instantly killed by Zaran, one of Batroc's minions, who threw a sai that passed through Doorman and landed on his head.[9] DeMarr feels that it is his fault that Grasshopper died and therefore sunk into a slight depression. During this time, he also tried to scare Squirrel Girl off the team, because he feared that she would also die while in service to the GLA, but he later apologizes to her.[10]

During the final battle, Doorman gets killed, sacrificing himself so that Mr. Immortal could stop Maelstrom. In the afterlife, he met the other deceased GLA members including Grasshopper who forgave him. Doorman was, however, intrigued by the absence of Hawkeye, until Mockingbird tells him that he became the new Swordsman. Shortly afterwards, the cosmic entity Oblivion summoned him declaring that he could prove useful to him because of his connection to the Darkforce Dimension, akin to Deathurge, who had been recently captured by Mr. Immortal. Doorman therefore replaced Deathurge and became Oblivion's new angel of death. Taking Deathurge's place, Doorman took Maelstrom to the afterlife, after he was tricked into killing himself by Mr. Immortal, and was able to return to the GLA. As a servant of Oblivion, he is able to summon skis to fly and is intangible. Doorman continues to be a member of the GLA. However, after he helped his friends save the universe from Maelstrom, he understands the team's importance and has a newfound respect for them. After receiving a subpoena from the real Avengers and discovering that they were all mutants, the team decided to change their name to the Great Lakes X-Men, complete with new costumes.[11]

GLX-Mas Special[edit]

During the GLX-Mas Special, the team confronted Dr. Tannenbaum, who had released an army of living Christmas trees on the citizens of Wisconsin. Later, Doorman informed the team that he had to go and visit his father. Upon reaching his father's house, his father quickly complained that DeMarr was throwing his life away and needed to join the real world. He told his son that he had "stupid powers" and "all the other heroes have better powers than you." Realizing that his own happiness was more important than his father's respect, DeMarr finally admitted the truth to his father: that he had died and came back as an angel of death. He had not come back to visit his father but rather to collect his soul, as he had fallen off the roof while setting up Christmas lights and died. Ironically, the revelation of DeMarr's new role in the universe greatly pleased his father, who couldn't wait to brag to all his friends in heaven about how his son was the new angel of death.[12]

Great Lakes Champions[edit]

The team participated in a charity superhero poker tournament hosted by the Thing, where Flatman beat their host in the final round. Flatman's status as champion inspired the team to rename themselves the Great Lakes Champions, after being discouraged from affiliation with both the X-Men and the Defenders by members of those teams present at the tournament, ignoring the protests of former Champions of Los Angeles member Hercules.[13]

Civil War/The Initiative[edit]

All of the Great Lakes Champions have registered with the United States government as required by the Superhuman Registration Act, as revealed when the mercenary Deadpool mistakenly attempted to apprehend them for violating the Act, only to be defeated by the GLC and informed that they had already registered.[14]

DeMarr has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who appear on the cover of the comic book Avengers: The Initiative #1.[15]

Doorman and his teammates became the Initiative group in charge of Wisconsin, calling themselves the Great Lakes Initiative. They were given a rescue mission to save Dionysus after he fell from Mount Olympus. During the task, Deadpool ambushes Mr. Immortal and Flatman. Flatman recruited him as a reserve member of the team but the mercenary eventually overstayed his welcome. After many failed attempts, Deadpool is kicked out of the group by Squirrel Girl.[16]

Secret Invasion[edit]

During the Secret Invasion storyline, the team confronted a Skrull disguised as Grasshopper, with help from Gravity and Catwalk.[17]

Fear Itself[edit]

During the Fear Itself storyline, the team confronts Asbestos Man, who takes advantage of the fear and chaos that is happening. None of the group actually wish to touch the man due to the toxicity of his suit. Mr. Immortal talks him into giving up in return for being remembered by the others.[18]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Doorman is capable of teleporting someone anywhere, but with the limitation that it has to be in the next room and with his own body serving as a portal of sorts. His mutant ability operates by tapping into the Darkforce Dimension, as several other Marvel Universe teleporters do (such as Cloak, the Vanisher, Silhouette, etc.). He also had the ability to levitate or float. Originally, his all-black appearance was a costume of apparently conventional material with stark white eyepieces in the mask as contrast. However, since becoming Oblivion's servant his "body" seems to be an assumed shape rather than a simple costume, and he can transform at will from this form to his non-costumed self.

He also gained intangibility, flight via skis that he can summon at will and the ability to collect the souls of the recently deceased and deliver them to Oblivion. While doing so, he appears visible only to the soul he is collecting and possibly also his teammate Mr. Immortal, who could perceive Deathurge.

Appearance[edit]

After dying and being resurrected by Oblivion to become its new "angel of death", Doorman's appearance has changed as he now possesses white gloves, boots and a cape, and skis: the trademarks of his predecessor Deathurge. In fact, his only difference in appearance from Deathurge are the white "eyes" that were once the eyepieces of his original costume.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Lakes Avengers #4 (Sept. 2005)
  2. ^ Seen in flashback in GLA: Misassembled #1–4 (2005)
  3. ^ West Coast Avengers #46
  4. ^ West Coast Avengers #48-49
  5. ^ Avengers Annual #19
  6. ^ Thunderbolts #15–17 (June–August 1998) and #25 (Apr. 1999)
  7. ^ Deadpool #10–11 (November–December 1997) and #61 (2002)
  8. ^ G.L.A. #1
  9. ^ G.L.A. #2
  10. ^ G.L.A. #3
  11. ^ G.L.A. #4
  12. ^ GLX-Mas Special #1
  13. ^ The Thing vol. 2 #8 (2006)
  14. ^ Cable & Deadpool #30
  15. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1 Character Map
  16. ^ Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular
  17. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #19 (Dec. 2008)
  18. ^ Fear Itself: The Home Front #6