NKVDemon

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NKVDemon
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Batman #445 (March 1990)
Created by Marv Wolfman
Jim Aparo
In-story information
Alter ego (I) Gregor Dosynski
(II) Nicodemus
(III) Braid Wilson
Abilities Steroid-enhanced strength
Artificially hardened skin
Extremely resistant to physical pain
Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant
Weapons and explosives expert
Multilingualism
Access to hi-tech equipment

The NKVDemon is the name of three fictional characters appearing in DC Comics publications as opponents of Batman. The character's name comes from the former secret Soviet Police called the NKVD.

Fictional character biography[edit]

First NKVDemon[edit]

The NKVDemon appears in the storyline "When The Earth Dies".[1] He is a protégé of the Russian assassin the KGBeast, and was trained by him. The NKVDemon is systematically trying to kill a list of 10 pro-Glasnost Soviet government officials, considering them traitors to the cause of communism.[2] The tenth person on his list is then president Mikhail Gorbachev.

After murdering the first nine people on his list, interspersed with increasingly violent confrontations with Batman, who has travelled to Moscow in an attempt to stop him, the NKVDemon is killed by police gunfire while trying to assassinate President Gorbachev on Earth Day.

Second NKVDemon[edit]

An assassin named Nicodemus takes up the mantle and costume of the original NKVDemon, and is hired to kill Aquaman. NKVDemon II is defeated by Aquaman and Batman, and eventually killed while in jail.[3]

Third NKVDemon[edit]

The third character's name is Braid Wilson. The third character works for Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong (The General), in his attempt to incite a war between two Middle Eastern nations. During this affair, he runs afoul of Robin and Nightwing, who have come to apprehend the General.[4] More recently Wilson serves as the bodyguard to the head of the Gotham Odessa family, and is killed in the shootout that incites the Gotham gang war.

Powers and Abilities[edit]

Like his Teacher; KGBeast, NKVDemon has Steroid-enhanced strength, but unlike KGbeast, NKVDemon also has artificially hardened skin. Because of this, Demon is extremely resistant to physical pain. Trained by KGbeast and NKVD, NKVDemon is exceptional at hand-to-hand combat as well as being a firearms and explosives expert and is a master of disguise. Demon has access to hi-tech equipment provided to him by the NKVD. Along with his more combat-centric abilities, he was trained by the NKVD to be a skillful strategist, an expert of deception, and to be extremely stealthy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Batman #445-447
  2. ^ McHoul, A. W. (1996). Semiotic Investigations: Towards an Effective Semiotics. U of Nebraska Press. pp. 159–160. ISBN 0-8032-3191-1. 
  3. ^ Aquaman vol. 4 #8 (July 1992)
  4. ^ Robin vol. 2 #47 (November 1997)

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