Splice (02 - Wonder Man villain)
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Splice wears gauntlets with two retractable swords on his forearms. He also has access to explosives and is a highly skilled assassin. He also had special leaping boots, that enabled him to jump 30-40 feet up. His suit had to be armored, in order to take punches from Wonder Man. (Wonder Man suggested that it was vibranium.)
The man who would become Splice started out as a promising young actor. His career was going well at first, but he never got his big break and eventually his roles started to get smaller.
He got a job on a sitcom, but was fired because one of the child stars didn't like him. Being fired by an 11 year old was too humiliating for him, and he quit the acting business. Instead, he started a career as a professional assassin, code-named Splice. He became obsessed with having a life that gave him more control, and he found it in having the power to take away the lives of others.
Splice proved far more successful as an assassin than he ever was as an actor, and a few years later, that child star became another one of his victims. Splice has been known to film some of his hit jobs, and make them into mini movies. At least two of these "Splice and Dice" films have actually been released to the public.
Eventually, Splice came into the employ of the crime lord Lotus Newmark. She became both his employer and his lover, although she had no real romantic interest in him. Lotus hired Splice to assassinate the Avenger Wonder Man, whom she was worried was getting to close to uncovering one of her criminal projects.
In their first battle, Splice nearly succeeded in killing Wonder Man, but the timely arrival of Wonder Man's girlfriend Alex Flores distracted Splice long enough for Wonder Man to recover. While the two of them resumed fighting, Flores electrocuted Splice with a power cable that had been severed during their fight. This was the first time Splice ever failed in an assignment.
Splice spent the next few months in jail, until Lotus arranged for his release. After his previous failure, Lotus teamed Splice up with her other super-powered operative, Rampage. She sent the two of them to eliminate a group of rookie super heroes called the Crazy 8, who were interfering in his schemes. Splice had a personal stake in this assignment, since Alex Flores was also a member of the Crazy 8. He was looking forward to the opportunity to get revenge on the only person who ever beat him. Armed with special ion-dampers that neutralized ionic based powers, Splice and Rampage easily defeated the Crazy 8. Splice got his revenge against Flores by stabbing her in the chest.
However, one of the Crazy 8 managed to contact Wonder Man for help, and he arrived in time to save the Crazy 8 and get Flores to a hospital. Wonder Man was enraged by the near-fatal assault on Alex, and brought all of that rage into his battle against Splice and Rampage! Their ion-dampers were not able to slow Wonder Man down, and he savagely beat both villains. Splice has not been seen again since, and it is likely he is still in prison. However, once he is free, it is safe to assume that he will resume his career as Hollywood's deadliest assassin.
First Appearance: Wonder Man (1991) #4
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Wonder Man (1991)
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