Destroyer (Marvel)(05 - Roger Aubrey)
Real Name: Roger Aubrey
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The Destroyer retains the ability to shrink down to 12" tall, while maintaining his full strength level. He keeps this power a close secret to maintain the advantage of surprise.
Accompanying his friend Brian Falsworth to Nazi Germany just prior to the outbreak of World War II, Roger Aubrey became a captive of the Reich upon war breaking out. He was subjected to experiments conducted by Colonel Dietrich,
and was shrunk to a height of 12 inches. Brainwashed, he returned to the U.K. as Dyna-Mite, to become a member of the Crusaders, a group of Allied superheroes who each unwittingly owed their powers to the Nazis; unknown to the team, their ally Alfie was a German agent, and the group had been formed with the intention of discrediting the Invaders and assassinating King George VI. After encountering that other team of heroes, Alfie's villainy was exposed by Roger, and the evil plan was thwarted. Colonel Dietrich was subsequently captured and forced to reverse the process which shrank Roger; Aubrey then took on the new identity of the Destroyer (recently abandoned by Brian Falsworth), and went behind enemy lines to continue the fight. At some point he was exposed to the variant of the super-soldier serum which had enhanced Brian's physical prowess, which would retard his aging and keep him fighting fit for decades after the end of the war.
Once the war ended, Roger joined Brian and several other heroes in secretly forming a covert group, the V-Battalion, dedicated to preventing anyone like Hitler from ever again threatening the peace of the world. When Brian died in a car crash in 1953, Roger offered to take on the identity as a tribute to his lover, but was denied by Brian's father Montgomery. Instead he soldiered on as the Destroyer, leading the V-Battalion into the 21st century.
He recently was forced to re-evaluate his aggressive position after being temporarily killed, and handed over the Battalion's leadership to the more moral hands of Jim Hammond. When the Thin Man revived the Invaders, Roger became wary of his true goals, and began to investigate. He called on the group for assistance against the forces of Baroness Blood, during which fight he came to accept Joseph Chapman as a worthy Union Jack successor to Brian. Following this, Roger and his ally Hammond confronted the Thin Man, and effectively deposed him as leader of the Invaders. Soon after Hammond apparently died fighting the forces of Axis Mundi, and Roger resumed leadership of the V-Battalion.
Editions of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe have clarified that all three versions of the Destroyer — Keen Marlow, Brian Falsworth, and Roger Aubrey — were active during World War II, with Marlow allowing Falsworth and then Aubrey to simultaneously use the Destroyer identity so as to tactically confuse the Axis.
While the character is sometimes called "The Mighty Destroyer", the character's name is simply "The Destroyer", just as "The Invincible Iron Man" is "Iron Man", "Incredible Hulk" is "Hulk", etc.
First Appearance: The Invaders (1975) #26
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Citizen V and the V-Battalion (2001)
#1 Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting (2002)
- 'Voices Shouting Silently'#2
- 'Burning Bridges'#3
- 'From a Whisper to a Scream'
#1 Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America (2007)
- 'Time Enough for Living'#2
- 'The Good of the Many'#3
- 'The Devil You Know'#4
- 'The Genesis Well'
#5 Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'The Death of Captain America, Chapter 5: Acceptance'
Midnight Sons Unlimited (1993)
#9 New Invaders (2004)
- 'The Blazing Skull & The Spearheads of Vengeance / Little Monsters'
#2 The Age of the Sentry (2008)
- 'To End All Wars - Part 2'#4
- 'BLOOD - Part 1'#5
- 'BLOOD - Part 2'#9
- 'Cruel & Unusual - Part 3'
The Invaders (1975)
#26 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Golden Age 2004 (2004)
- 'Day of Infamy, Day of Shame'#34
- 'He Who Destroys'#41
- 'Beware The Super Axis!'
The Twelve (2008)
The Twelve: Spearhead (2010)
- 'The Inheritance'#38
- 'Targeted for Death!'#39
- 'Black Hearts'#40
- 'V for Vexation!'#41
- 'Tug of War!'#42
- 'Two Ships'#46
- 'Heart and Soul'#47
- 'Big Problems!'#48
- 'New Beginnings'#57
- 'Storm Clouds Gathering'#58
- 'Degrees of Evil'#60
- 'Brave New World?'
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