Slayback vs. Wolverine in Wolverine Annual 1995 (September 1995)
Art by Ben Herrera
|First appearance||Deadpool: The Circle Chase #1 (August 1993)|
|Created by||Fabian Nicieza (writer)
Joe Madureira (artist)
|Alter ego||Gregory Terraerton|
|Place of origin||Earth|
|Team affiliations||Weapon X|
Slayback is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Primarily an enemy of Deadpool, the character exists within Marvel's main shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Joe Madureira, the character first appeared in Deadpool: The Circle Chase #1 (August 1993).
After debuting in the four-issue miniseries Deadpool: The Circle Chase, Slayback went on to appear in Wolverine Annual 1995, Deadpool Vol. 3, #61-63, Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1, Deadpool vs. Thanos #3, and Deadpool & the Mercs for Money Vol. 1, #4.
Fictional character biography
Claiming to have come from a wealthy and loving home, Australian-born Gregory Terraerton was at some point turned into a cyborg dubbed "Slayback" by the Weapon X Program. Slayback afterward became a mercenary and worked alongside fellow Weapon X members Deadpool, Garrison Kane, and Sluggo, as well as the mutant shapeshifter Copycat. Over time, Deadpool grew disgusted by Slayback's sociopathy and sadism, and attempted to kill him by blowing him up, unaware that Slayback had regenerative abilities that, over a period of ten years, allowed him to recover from Deadpool's attack.
Obsessed with getting revenge on Deadpool, Slayback steals files pertaining to him from Department K, and attempts to force Kane into revealing Deadpool's whereabouts. Next, Slayback, aware that Deadpool was among the mercenaries competing for Tolliver's inheritance, discerns that it is located in a Nepalese temple, where he captures Copycat. When Deadpool, Kane and Weasel arrive to claim Tolliver's treasure, Slayback attacks them, and fatally wounds Copycat. The android Zero, who had been among Tolliver's belongings, is reactivated by the battle, and disintegrates Slayback.
Slayback survived or was resurrected and came to work for Doctor Westergaard, who has Slayback capture Deadpool for use as a test subject for her experiments involving the Legacy Virus. Deadpool is rescued by Wolverine and Maverick, while Slayback is abandoned and blown up by Westergaard.
Allison Kemp later hires Slayback and T-Ray to help her kill Deadpool. When Deadpool attacks Kemp's airship, Slayback panics and attempts to flee via parachute pack, realizing too late that Deadpool had stuffed it full of explosives which detonate in mid-air as Slayback screams, "Oh, fu-". Slayback is subsequently shown running amok in Hell during a period of cosmic imbalance caused by Death being imprisoned by Eternity.
A revived Slayback rejoins Weapon X, and is seemingly killed yet again when a group of the organization's escaped test subjects stab and immolate him during Death of Wolverine. Slayback afterward appears as one of the villains vying for the Rigellian Recorder acquired by Deadpool and the Mercs for Money. When questioned about his return by an annoyed Deadpool, Slayback merely quips, "The kind of money being offered for killing you... is worth crawling outta the grave for!"
Powers and abilities
Physical and bionic augmentations provided by Weapon X have imbued Slayback with superhuman strength and durability, a healing factor, telescopic arms, and enlargeable hands and fingers that can morph into razor sharp spikes and talons, respectively.
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- Cullen Bunn (w), Salva Espin (p), Salva Espin (i), Guru-eFX (col), VC's Joe Sabino (let), Jordan D. White (ed). Deadpool & the Mercs for Money #4 (18 May 2016), United States: Marvel Comics