Character Spotlight: Slayback
Continuing our Deadpool month, we roll right on with one of Deadpool’s earliest enemies: Slayback.
Slayback (or Gregory Terraerton if you’re into the whole brevity thing)
Slayback is a rarity in the comic world in that he is an essential part of the history of Deadpool but did not last long as a villain in the Marvel Universe. Slayback was slain as quickly as he appeared. He went through hunting Deadpool in his first mini-series only to be taken out by a Zero unit at the end.
Despite his lack of longevity the importance of Slayback cannot be overstated. He’s the reason Deadpool was thrown out of Weapon X and into the vile clutches of Dr. Killebrew. Deadpool was warped and made into the Merc we know while under the “care” of the good Doctor and it’s all because of “Old Greg”.
How did Slayback get Deadpool thrown out? Simple: Slayback was so god awful and psychotic that Deadpool decided it was better to take him out than let him live.
Let’s reiterate. Deadpool. Mr. Boom boom, blow everything up, a man who’s idea of subtle is C-4 on a front door thought that this guy was too psychotic and way too unstable to remain alive. Slayback died the first time and this resulted in Wade being thrown out of the Weapon program, which led to his mind being so tampered with that he became the crazy, fourth wall breaking nut job that we all enjoy.
This makes him essential to the backstory and creation of Deadpool. I don’t know why he was quickly abandoned. He had come back in mini-series to wreak havoc on Wade in a classic revenge tale. He had a killer look and modus operandi but he hasn’t reappeared outside of flashbacks since his first appearance.
It seemed Marvel had something in mind planned for him. He was featured in the trading cards of that year and even had his own action figure in the X-Force line! However, he was one and done.
One day I may know why Slayback was created and then tossed, but for now he stands as a character with a lot of questions surrounding him, tossed into the bin of yesterday and mostly forgotten. Maybe the current series will dust him off and give him a new light in which to shine with.
Until then, Slayback will just stay back in the 90’s from which he came.