Flex (Marvel) (02 - Adrian Corbo)
Real Name: Adrian Corbo
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Flex is a mutant who can transform his limbs into massive, razor-sharp organic metal blades. It may be possible that he can transform his entire body into this substance.
Adrian has the ability to "flex" parts of his body into thin sheets of "organic metal" (possibly similar in nature to the organic steel analogue of Colossus), which are highly resistant to physical damage. Often he "flexes" his hands into sharp long blades, and has even been shown to flex his leg into a blade preventing someone to grab him. It's relatively thin, but by doing so he had the strength to send over 15 people into the air. Adrian's metal blades have been shown to cut through metal with ease and block laser and gunfire, but the overall strength and durability of his organic metal was never stated.
Adrian and his older half-brother Jared (later codenamed Radius) were raised in the Hull House orphanage, which was actually a facility operated by the Canadian government's secretive Department H. While Adrian became shy, reserved and bookish, Jared became athletically inclined, aggressive, and arrogant. Both brothers manifested mutant powers after puberty: Adrian gained the ability to transform parts of his body into blades, while Jared manifested a personal force field that could not be shut down. The brothers were recruited into a new incarnation of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight.
This incarnation was being heavily mentally controlled by Department H, led by Jermery Clarke. As part of this, the team was led to believe that Wolverine has murdered the ex-Alpha Flight member Box. Flex was one of the team sent to stop him, which they did on a heavily forested back road in New York. Wolverine initially faces down the team, discussing things and using his senses to check them out. Flex becomes very nervous, despite his brother's bravado. Despite the efforts of both sides, a fight breaks out and it is soon joined by several more X-Men. Flex is personally confronted by Cannonball and loudly declares his desires to talk, not fight. Cannonball, always willing to do the same, does so and the two manage to get the fight to end. The entire Alpha Flight team realizes something stinks about the entire situation, mainly because they had been tracking Wolverine by his adamantium and at that point in time, he had none.
Radius and Flex assist the new Alpha Flight in battling several foes, including the Zodiac and the Brass Bishop.
During the Brass Bishop incident, the team encounters a church full of zombified townspeople. Flex's teammate Man-Bot reports no life signs, other than the church-goers but a scared little girl emerges from the crowd. The team follows her directions, flying off to where the girl said all the people had gone. While mid-flight, Flex is the one to realize that Man-Bot did not register the girl's lifesigns. His warning saves the team from flying nose-first into a mysterious, shielded structure.
The team would eventually fight the malicous, mind-controlling leader of Alpha Flight, Jeremy Clarke. He would later die of radiation poisoning during a Zodiac raid on the Department H headquarters, to be replaced by a new, kinder administrator. A reorganized Alpha Flight team confronts several members of the original Flight and later team up with them to defeat a new Weapon X, who had been created by a rogue Department H scientist. Both groups of Alphans merge into a unified Alpha Flight following this adventure. The Corbo brothers and several other members of the new team were later reassigned to Alpha Flight's trainee team, Beta Flight.
After the events of M-Day, it is unknown whether Corbo retained his mutant powers.
* It was suggested that Hull House was a facility that collected the children of other superhumans.
* It was also suggested that Jared's father was Unus the Untouchable; Adrian's father was never confirmed, although writer Steven Seagle has suggested that it was actually Wolverine.
First Appearance: Alpha Flight (1997) #1
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
#3 Alpha Flight (1997)
- 'Acts of Vengance to Zodiac Key'
#1 Alpha Flight / Inhumans '98 (1998)
- 'Fighting the Masters'#3
- 'Bury Your Dead!'#4
- 'Mesmerized, Part 2'#7
- 'The Weapon X Files'#9
- 'North & South'#10
- 'Small Sacrifices'#11
- 'Floor 13'#14
- 'Tokyo Takedown'#18
- 'Alpha: Omega, Part 1'#19
- 'Alpha: Omega, Part 2'#20
- 'Alpha: Omega, Part 3'
Alpha Flight: In the Beginning (1997)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
HC vol. 04 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'Earthmover to Guardians of the Galaxy'
Alpha Flight (Marvel)
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