Real Name: Rogue
Identity/Class: Genetically altered human clone
Affiliations: Genetic Infantrymen, Bagman, Helm, Gunnar, Fr1day, Venus Bluegenes, Azure, Judge Dredd
Enemies: Major Magnum, Traitor General
Known Relatives: None - arguably fellow GI's might be considered his brothers and sisters, given their near identical DNA
Base of Operations: Nu Earth
First Appearance: Rogue Trooper, 2000A.D. Prog 228 (IPC, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Rogue is armed with a number of highly deadly devices, including an assault rifle, mini-mines, plasma grenades and more. He is genetically engineered to be immune to all forms of chemical and biological attack. However perhaps his greatest advantage in battle comes from having the digitised personalities of three of his fellow G.I.s preserved on bio-chips attached to his helmet (Helm), gun (Gunnar) and backpack (Bagman).
History: Rogue is a Genetic Infantryman, a clone created to fight the war between the Norts and Southers on the poisoned planet of Nu-Earth. Designed to be immune to all poisons, allowing him to traverse the gas covered planet without a protective suit, he was the only survivor when the G.I.'s were betrayed and ambushed in what would become known as the Quartz Zone Massacre. Rogue went A.W.O.L. in order to hunt down the traitor who sent his friends to their deaths.
Comments: Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons.
Starting in September 1981 and covering 155 episodes in all, Rogue Trooper was one of the classic 2000AD. Rogue finally got his man in 1984 , tracking down and killing the Traitor General who instigated the massacre. The character foundered a bit after that as writers tried to figure what to do with him next. First they sent him to an even more alien planet to look for a cure that would allow his friends to be successfully re-gened (given new bodies). Then an unknown force recruited him as a galactic assassin. Finally they relaunched the entire concept back at the start, using a new rogue trooper, Fr1day. The fans didn't take to it, and eventually they tried to tie both versions of the story together, hopelessly complicating things.
In spite of the later revisions, the original Rogue Trooper remains one of the best strips to ever grace 2000 AD.
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