Updated on 16 October, 2021
In the new comic book series "Deadpool Vs. Wolverine" written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Edvard Munch and drawn by Frank Miller, John Walker is featured as an aged veteran who has been revived in modern day as a star on the Marvel Comics team known as the X-Men. He is a former Special Forces operative turned into a powerful warrior and member of the X-Men. This book also features a new supporting cast that includes Cable, Beast, Ice, and Wolverine. In this book, we take a look at some of the historical background of John Walker as well as how he was restored to his full potential. I really enjoyed this book, which runs the full length of the X-Men series. I hope that readers will be able to identify with some of the characteristics that have made John Walker one of the most interesting and influential X-Men characters.
The character of John Walker was born as the son of an American soldier and a Canadian woman named Olympia Trotter. The family moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia while the father worked to get an idea for a new weapon to be used in World War I. His wife, on the other hand, would create the blueprints for the device he was working on. The couple, however, were killed during the First World War. While returning from the war, Walker developed psionetic abilities that would make him a natural force to be reckoned with when battling villains such as Magneto and Phoenix.
When he returned to enlistment, however, his life had changed drastically for the worse. His mind had been shattered due to a freak accident which killed his best friend, android technician Rogue. He was then taken under the wing of Cyclops, who was the head of the Alpha Flight Team. Cyclops taught Walker the basics of the craft, which included controlling a number of mutant warriors known as the Omega Flight.
When the team became stranded on an island called Ulysses, which has since mysteriously disappeared, Cyclops along with several members of the team were transformed into immortal beings called "Omegas". This gave them super speed and strength making them a match for the villains trying to take over the island. However, the arrival of an Omega Flight member called Warlock put an end to their unlikely alliance. Warlock turned the Omegas into powerful beings themselves, but when Warlock attempted to kill Cyclops in a battle, the Canadian hero turned into a monster known as Ravage. The destruction of Cyclops' ship brought about the death of Warlock, but Cyclops and Rogue's subsequent adventures with the Omega Flight allowed them to form the classic X-Men series that stands to this day. Issues #1 to #6 featured a story focusing on Rogue and Storm.
When the original X-Men series debuted in the late sixties, it featured a young John Walker, who was a telepath with the ability to communicate with other people across the globe. He was a young scientist working on a new and exciting way to create a weapon called the Reality Stone that could alter reality. He and his best friend, Beast, created the stone and its subsequent mutant power to make humans and animals alike stronger, faster and more intelligent.
In issue #6, it was revealed that John was actually the last of the X-Men to receive the Reality Stone, which caused him to become a major player in the ongoing conflict between humans and mutantkind. It was later seen that the stone had changed Cyclops' mind, so that he now sought to unite the X-Men to fight against Magneto. Rogue along with other X-Men decided that they would try and persuade him to use the weapon, which they discovered had the ability to transform any ordinary human being who wears it into an powerful mutant warrior. Issues #1 to #4 featured a short story focusing on the weapons and abilities that the X-Men possessed and how they were able to control some of the monsters that inhabited various towns and cities all around the world.
In issues #5 to #8, the long drawn out battle between Magneto and the X-Men was finally resolved when Storm made her incredible return and defeated Magneto for good. With the threat of Magneto gone, John Walker stepped into the starring role as the main hero in a new series called "The X Files". The series focused on a new mutant called Surge who was discovered by a special agent called Forge in New York City. She had a mysterious past and some unsettling similarities to Magneto, which set up a great mystery for the readers to unravel. The series went on to feature several X-Men such as Cyclops, Rogue, Jubilee and Wolverine, along with a few new recruits such as Gambit, Omega Leader and Bishop.
One of the most interesting things that happened in the run of "The X Files" was when the mysterious character named Surge was discovered to have some sort of connection with Cable, who was presumed dead after an encounter with a villain known as Vortex. While the two never quite fell to blows, the mystery behind Surge's past and capabilities still remained. This lead to an arc where Cable took Surge along to the Xavier Institute to seek knowledge of the mutant's history. A twelve part series followed, featuring the future son of Storm, Surge.