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Mercenary supervillain who wields a powerful laser rifle.


With Emil Nelson, it always boiled down to “What’s in it for me?” As a young kid he got started running numbers for the local gangs, and gradually worked his way up to more serious crimes. Soon he attracted some serious attention from the police. To get away from them, he joined the Army. It turned out to be the best decision he ever made. Not only did he learn about weapons and fighting, he found out that there was a lot of corruption he could take advantage of. He supplemented his salary by dealing drugs, arranging for shipments of guns to “accidentally and not on purpose fall off the backs of trucks,” and selling stolen Army gear on the black market. When his hitch was up, he put his experiences and skills to work by becoming first a supplier of mercenaries and mercenary companies, and later a merc himself. As much fun as running his own little criminal empire was, being a merc was better; he found he really came alive on the battlefield. One day, Nelson’s contacts back in the Army gave him a hot tip about an experimental laser weapon DARPA was about to test. Sensing the potential for profit, he snuck onto the base, bluffed his way into the control center, and stole the weapon, along with a jetpack and body armor that went with it. At first he planned to sell the whole package, but the more he examined it, the more he thought about keeping it. With a weapon like this, he could really make a name for himself. There was even enough firepower here for him to move beyond the African battlefields and start taking on superheroes! He soon decided to keep the equipment for himself. Choosing the name Lazer, Nelson hit the Superhuman World with a vengeance, pulling off three major jobs and killing the superhero Ballistik all in the year 1993. Since then, his reputation and skills have only improved


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