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The Phantom Limbs

Cyborg’s Adversaries

Related Links: Cyborg (Victor Stone) • Ron Evers
Mr. Orr and Project MCyborgirl (LeTonya Charles)

 History


The Phantom Limbs are a cybernetic special ops force created under the auspices of the mercenary, Mr. Orr, and his long-running Project M. The project resulted in the creations of the several other cybernetic super-powered individuals: Equus, an artificial life form that battled Superman; A group of cybernetically enhanced Wildebeests; and Ron Evers, former friend of Victor Stone, now transformed into a cybernetic killing machine.

The name “Phantom Limbs” is an ironic moniker, referring to the sensation an amputee has of still feeling their missing limbs. It also refers to the secretive nature of the group, as there are classic back ops, plausible deniability operatives.

With the assistance of S.T.A.R. Lab scientist Sarah Charles and her fiance DeShaun, maimed soldiers were given enhancements based on Cyborg’s technology. Possession of these limbs, however, is contingent on their continued service to the military in general and Orr in particular.

Mr. Orr gets right to the point in
DC SPECIAL: CYBORG #3 [2008].

The Cyborg Revenge Squad tried to prevent Victor Stone from exposing Mr. Orr’s Project M – and that meant executing The Phantom Limbs, who were living proof of the program. But Cyborg defeated the Revenge Squad and saved The Phantom Limbs by initiating a backdoor program left by his father. This program made any cybernetics derived from Silas Stone’s work compatible only with Victor’s DNA. Sarah Charles and DeShaun also resigned from the project, setting back’s Orr’s developments substantially. This put an end to Project M – at least for now.

Victor Stone, in an effort to insure that his technology would not be used for killing, replaced the Phantom Limbs’ deadly weapons with ordinary prosthetics. Unknown to Victor, Caleb Wilkerson used his adaptive camouflage to evade capture. With Caleb’s surviving tech, this may not be the end of The Phantom Limbs.

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 Roll Call


Mitchell Hale
Codename: Blindman
Born and raised in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Ivy League graduate Mitchell Hale became a commissioned officer in the Marines. After an invasion, Mitchell became blinded and suffered head trauma. His cybernetic enhancements now allow him total battlefield awareness, as well as the ability to project battlefield maps and control predator unmanned aerial vehicles.

DeMarcus Chapelle
Codename: Mauler
Born in St. Louis, former gang member DeMarcus Chapelle completed his high school equivalency degree in prison and joined the army after his juvenile record for manslaughter was expunged. Since enlistment, DeMarcus has been a model soldier and became a tank driver after his first tour of duty. After losing both legs, DeMarcus was outfitted with cybernetics which comprised his lower body – transforming him into a human tank. This transformation was the most radical of all the Phantom Limbs. DeMarcus also decorates his cybernetic legs with skulls to represent each of his confirmed kills.

Juben Martinez
Codename: Projectile
Army Infantryman Juben Martinez lost both his arms while tackling a suicide bomber whose charge didn’t fully go off. His shoulders have been cybernetically enhanced with guided missile launchers.

Caleb Wilkerson
Codename: Blend
Caleb Wilkerson was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and served as an Army Ranger. When Caleb suffered from third degree burns over 70% of his body, he was granted with an enhanced cyber-skin coating. This gives him the ability of “adaptive camouflage,” allowing him to blend into any surrounding. He also possesses retractable blades for easy kills. Unfortunately, Caleb doesn’t have much of a stomach for murder.

Augusto Gutierrez
Codename: Shriek
A former Chilean Military Officer, Augusto Gutierrez became a mercenary and became a suspect in a series of “disappearances” in Chile. After losing his left arm in a chopper accident, the merc was left with a debilitating injury and no health insurance. Augusto offered his services to Project M as a private contractor in exchange for a cybernetic arm outfitted with a sonic disruptor.

Dominic Arov
Codename: Deng
Dominic is a former Sudanese “lost boy” who possibly served as a child soldier in the SPLA. Dominic joined the Navy, despite his lack of citizenship, in order to finish college and obtain his medical degree. After suffering severe internal injuries during a peacekeeping mission in Bialya during WWW III, Dominic was granted cybernetic enhancements in his entire mid-section. This made him a one-man M.A.S.H. Unit, capable of microsurgery and instant blood transfusions. Not all his injuries were alleviated with cybernetics, however, and Dominic is reliant on a colostomy bag as well as dialysis.

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Essential Reading


DC Special: Cyborg #1-6 (mini-series) [2008]: Cyborg attends the wedding of Sarah Charles and her fiancee, DeShaun. The event is shattered by the arrival of Vic’s former friend, Ron Evers Having been transformed into a Cyborg-like killing machine, Evers sought revenge on S.T.A.R. Labs for its role in Project M, an experimental super-soldier program using Cyborg’s technology. After preventing Evers attack with the help of his Titans allies, Cyborg encounters the Phantom Limbs, a group of cybernetically enhanced soldiers. Meanwhile, Mr. Orr gathers together The Cyborg Revenge Squad, a group specially formulated to take down Cyborg. The Cyborg Revenge Squad tries to prevent Victor Stone from exposing Mr. Orr’s Project M – and that means executing the Phantom Limbs, who were living proof of the program. But Cyborg defeats the Revenge Squad and saves The Phantom Limbs by initiating a backdoor program left by his father. This also puts an end to Project M. In an effort to insure that his technology would not be used for killing, Vic also replaces the Phantom Limbs’ deadly weapons with ordinary prosthetics. Unknown to Victor, the Phantom Limb soldier known as Blend used his adaptive camouflage to evade capture. Blend uses his cybernetic stealth to make contact with Ron Evers. With Blend’s surviving tech, this may not be the end of The Phantom Limbs or Project M. Ron Evers revealed alive and saved through Cyborg technology in issue #2-3. First appearance of The Phantom Limbs in issue #5. First appearance of Gizmo II in issue #5. First appearance of Cyborg Revenge Squad in issue #5. Marriage of Sarah Charles and DeShaun in issue #6.



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