Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Who's Who: Psycho-Warrior

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Rejik Thomak
Super-Power(s): Access to all sorts of technology
Planet of Origin: Bunyon's World
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Legion Log
Rejik Thomak grew up on the harsh mineral world called Bunyon's World. Every citizen on that planet is trained from childhood with defensive wear and weapons. As a young man Thomak met and fell in love. He and his girlfriend, Matil, then traveled to Earth together for an educational exchange program. While on the way, their spaceship malfunctioned and was pulled into the gravitational well of a star that was about to go nova. They attempted to save themselves by blasting off in the ship's lifepod, but Thomak accidentally hit the "eject" button, saving only himself.

Overcome by grief and survivor's guilt, Thomak was taken to St. Croix Medical Center for psychological counseling. At that same time, Brainiac 5 was also a patient there, and Thomak twisted his guilt and grief into a hatred for four Legionnaires.

Thomak escaped from the mental institution using his Bunyon's World survival suit and weapons. Before leaving, however, he accessed the psychological tapes on his four hated Legionnaires.

Thomak became the Psycho-Warrior. He used neural detonators to cause the Legionnaires to suffer their worst nightmares. After the Legion learned his origin, Superboy was able to defeat Pyscho-Warrior by making him confront the actual cause of his grief: the sun.

Psycho-Warrior was returned to St. Croix for further treatment, and was never heard from again, in any continuity.

After Infinite Crisis, Psycho-Warrior's original history has presumably been more or less restored.

Only Psycho-Warrior stories:

Superboy/Legion of Super-Heroes #258
Psycho-Warrior breaks free from a mental hospital to attack the Legion

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #259
We learn the origin of Psycho-Warrior as Superboy finally defeats him

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