The GeeksverseLMDS are usually story short cuts in Marvel comics

LMDS are usually story short cuts in Marvel comics
Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by

Life-Model Decoys (LMD) may have been designed to answer specific problems for S.H.I.E.L.D. but they were overused for a while in the Marvel universe and became a short cut to end a story without eliminating a villain. They became a short cut.History Overview:

Life-Model Decoys (LMD’s) are a S.H.I.E.L.D. designed robot that takes the form of a living person, thus making a recreation of that person. The owner can see through, speak through, and control everything the LMD does or program the bots to carry out agendas. Nick Fury’s LMD’s are pictured, and probably the most common in the Marvel Universe in part because the Jim Strenko era of Fury often ended in “oh look it’s a robot!”

Life-Model Decoy : As an android a Life-Model Decoy possesses all of the various superhuman attributes:

  • Superhuman Strength: As an android a Life-Model Decoy is superhumanly strong and possesses beyond the human limit.
  • Superhuman Speed: As an android a Life-Model Decoy can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Durability: As an android a Life-Model Decoy construction makes him very durable.
  • Superhuman Stamina: As an android a Life-Model Decoy can exert itself well beyond the human limit.
  • Superhuman Agility: As an android a Life-Model Decoy agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Quick Repair: The nanites in his body give a Life-Model Decoy a form of self-repair.

Beyond S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tony Stark has also made use of LMDs which makes sense. Even before being a short-lived director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Stark was a mechanical and robotic genius.

LMDs must be a rite of passage for S.H.I.E.L.D. directors since Maria Hill also used the robos.

Deadpool has been doubled by LMDs including the creation of a robo-pool of Deadpools.

Beyond S.H.I.E.L.D.’s use of LMDs are not rare. Doctor Doom’s Doombots are a similar concept. Reed Richards commented that he never knew when the Fantastic Four were facing the actual Doom or a Doombot until the end of the battle. When the Fantastic Four wound up in 2099 they were convinced that the Doom that had taken over the world was in fact a bot and not the actual Victor Doom.

Secret Avengers:

Rick Remender has recently taken a few zany Marvel concepts and reworked them into something newer and ultimately cooler. His revision of Savage Six in the Venom story may not prove a vast improvement in the end, but his revision of the 90s New Fantastic Four in Circle of Four was a fun cross over event.

I had a light week of new issues this week, so I picked up a few Secret Avengers back issues to follow Venom into the team book.  What I found was a delightful use of LMDs!

Remender’s Secret Avengers are facing a secret society of renegade bots that have been discarded but have found a new life together.

The secret society of non-humans is a nice twist on Marvel’s ever present push for mutant rights. Can robots ever be treated as people? This society reminds me of Aaron Stack, Machine Man, ranting in Marvel Zombie vol 3. Stack is working reluctantly with S.H.I.E.L.D. and A.R.M.O.R. when all he wants to do is be left alone to drink beer. Machine Man claims that bots will always be used and abused by fleshies.

In this case the fleshy Secret Avengers are at risk of being used and abused as they try to save the day.

Secret Avengers #25:

Writer: Rick Remender
Penciller:  Gabriel Hardman
Penciller (cover): Arthur Adams
Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweiser, Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwal
The Final Ascension Of The Adaptoids, Deathlok Legion, Sentinaughts, Ultravisions, And Machine People!  Can The Secret Avengers Stop These Descendants From Carrying Out Contagious Robotic Evolution?  A Dead Friend Returns! An Avenger Mortally Injured! A Spy In Their Midst! The Lighthouse Compromised!  A New Race Is Born!

 

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