Real Name: Tom Hawke
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Incredibly strong, Hardcase is able to throw a car over 50 yards with little effort. His legs muscles allow him to leap nearly a mile. Nearly invulnerable to damage and changes in temperature, only extreme temperatures effect him. When he is hurt, Hardcase can heal quickly, though the process is sped up if he drinks seawater. His senses are enhanced, allowing him to hear and see over long distances.
Hardcase later learned that the Jumpstart effect that changed him, had converted him into a nanotech being, composed of organic nanotech. As such, Hardcase learned he had many untapped abilities, such as not needing to breathe.
A struggling actor, Tom Hawke's luck drastically changed after being struck by the "Jumpstart Effect", a burst of energy from the Entity, the ancient alien spaceship responsible for most of the world's super-beings. Gaining superhuman strength and durability, Tom realized that he wanted more than short term success. He met with Linda Warren, Jamal Blass and Carlos Jimenez, who had also gained abilities, and proposed that they become an Ultrahero team, helping people while bolstering their careers. The other agreed and formed the Squad, each taking code names; Starburst, D.J. Blast, Forsa and Hardcase.
For six months the Squad achieved great success, fighting crime, aiding the police and performing acts of charity. they became celebrities and media darlings. Their good fortune was not to last though. Attacked by the creature NM-E, the heroes were overcome. In a last ditch effort, D.J. Blast focused all his power on NM-E, causing a massive explosion. Only Hardcase and Starburst escaped, but not without cost; Starburst was comatose. Grief stricken by the tragedy, Hardcase retired from heroics. He would later learn that Rex Mundi was responsible for the attack.
During his retirement, Hardcase became an action movie star, portraying himself on the screen. He came out of retirement to battle Headknocker, an Ultrahuman with incredible strength, who outmatched the police. Defeating the villain, Hardcase announced his return.
First Appearance: Hardcase (1993) #1
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#1 Dream Team (1995)
- 'Break-Thru Part One'#2
- 'The Secrets of the Ultraverse!'
#2 Flood Relief (1994)
- 'American Pasttimes Part 2'
#0 Hardcase Ashcan (1994)
- 'Bombs Away'#1
- 'Winners Never Quit'#2
- 'Hard Choices'#3
- 'Hard Decisions'#4
- 'Strangers In the Night'#5
- 'Friends and Enemies, Part One: The First Cut'#6
- 'Friends and Enemies, Part Two: Returning Favors'#7
- 'Sudden Surprises'#8
- 'Loose Ends'#9
- 'True Confessions'#10
- 'Angry Past, Part 1: Agent Snowdon'#11
- 'The Angry Past: Part Two'#12
- 'The Angry Past: Part 3'#13
- 'The Turning Point'#14
- 'Slash and Burn'#16#17
- 'Battle Royale Part 2'#18
- 'Battle Royale Part 3'#19
- 'Here Today...'#20
- 'Hard Road'#22
- 'Mundiquest Part 1: Trouble'#23
- 'Mundiquest Part 2: Tempus fugit'#24
- 'Mundiquest Part 3: The Set Up'#25
- 'Mundiquest Part 4: The Threshold'#26
- 'Mundiquest: The Confrontation'
Prime Month Ashcan (1994)
Prime: Gross and Disgusting (1994)
The Solution (1993)
#3 The Strangers (1993)
- 'The Hunted'#4
- 'Racing the Moon'
0b UltraForce (1995)
- 'The Force Be With You'#2
- 'Collision Course'#3
- 'Head to Head'#4
- 'Last Stand'#6
- 'Final Blow'
#13 UltraForce/Avengers (1995)
- 'Aftermath as Prologue!'#14
- 'The Demonseed Scenario!'#15
- 'Going out with a bang!'
Prelude #11 Ultraverse Premiere (1993)
- 'The Swords are Drawn...'#1
- 'Becoming More Like God'
Ultraverse Year Zero: Death of the Squad (1995)
- 'The Hard Way'#2
- 'The New Sensation'#3
- 'City on Fire'#4
- 'End of the Innocents'
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