Red Dragon / Y Ddraig Goch
Real Name: Siadwel Daffyd Rhys
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Pub landlord
Affiliations: Former member of Taskforce U.K. / Cloud Nine; Zenith
Known Relatives: None known
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: Wales
First Appearance: 2000 A.D. Prog 541 (26 September 1987)
Powers/Abilities: As well as the "standard" superstrength, flight and invulnerability all members of Cloud Nine shared, Siadwel was a pyrokinetic, able to ignite and control fire with his mind.
History: Siadwel Rhys was one of the members of Taskforce UK / Cloud Nine, the children born to Dr Peyne's experiments into breeding superhumans back in the post-war years. He was seen as the fighter in the team, usually at loggerheads with the team's thinking man, Mandala. But when Lux proposed that the team force the Age of Aquarius into happening, saying that they were the next stage of evolution and that man was now obsolete, it was these two who stood most opposed to the plan.
After CIA killers managed to eliminate Dr Beat and White Heat, Lux and Spook faked their own deaths and the three remaining members of the group, Mandala, Voltage and Red Dragon, contracted a mysterious illness (almost certainly a CIA attempt to kill them). When they recovered, all three claimed to have lost their powers. Siadwel retired from public life and bought a pub in his native Wales.
Years later, when the villain Masterman returned, Voltage and Zenith (the child of Dr Beat and White Heat) sought out his aid in stopping the Nazi monster. They found Siadwel a drunk, having spent years drowning his fears and concerns about Lux's plan in alcohol. Zenith reluctantly set about drying him out and getting him back into shape - the youth's attitude being less that of getting an ally for the coming fight and more one of trying to find someone else to do all the fighting for him. Once sober the heroic side of the Red Dragon re-asserted itself; he and Zenith flew to London, only to find Voltage already under attack by their foe outside the Houses of Parliament. Red Dragon stopped Masterman from killing Voltage, but unfortunately he died almost instantly when the villain burned his face off. He was buried in Wales.
Siadwel saves Voltage and attacks Masterman, but the villain hits back...
...and the result is fatal.
Comments: Owner of pub "Y Ddraig Goch" in the Welsh town of Llangenech. Born 1945, he died when his head was incinerated by Masterman's eye beams during their battle outside the Houses of Parliament in London on May 18th 1987. He was 42.
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