Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at the man turned tool of the Badoon: Korvac
Appearances in Heroclix: Avengers Assemble, Supernova
First Appearance: Giant-Size Defenders #3
Team Affiliations: Brotherhood of Badoon, Minions of Menace
Created By: Steve Gerber and Jim Starlin
Michael Korvac is a computer technician from the original Guardians of the Galaxy’s alternate universe. When Earth’s solar system and its colonies are conquered by the Brotherhood of Badoon, Korvac betrays the human race and joins the Badoon’s forces. He is later caught asleep at a machine while working and the Badoon punish Korvac by grafting his upper body to a machine and transforming him into a cyborg. The Grandmaster soon after transports Korvac through time to battle Doctor Strange the Defenders. Korvac loses this fight so that he can analyze the Grandmaster’s cosmic power which results in him gaining powers of his own. Korvac kills the Badoon and plans to begin conquering the cosmos. He is foiled by the Guardians of the Galaxy and a time-traveling Thor.
Korvac flees through time and space to Earth-616 where he happens upon Galactus’ space station. Korvac attempts to download all of Galactus’ knowledge and is accidentally imbued with the power cosmic. He uses his new found power to transform himself into a perfect humanoid form and travels to Earth, intending to turn it into a utopia. The Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers join together in hopes of defeating the cosmic entity. The Collector fears Korvac and remakes his own daughter, Carina, into a weapon to defeat the time traveling villain. Carina instead falls in love with Korvac and joins him on Earth.
The Avengers and the Guardians track Korvac down to a house in Queens. Though Korvac and Carina are posing as regular people, they are discovered by Starhawk who had been rendered unable to see Korvac during an earlier encounter. The heroes battle Korvac who is able to easily kill them. The heroes are able to weaken Michael enough that he realizes Carina doubts his intentions after seeing his slaughter. In a moment of pure will, Korvac restores the heroes to life and ends his own life. Carina attacks the resurrected heroes in a rage before Thor ends her life as well.
Though Korvac ended his life, his consciousness and power remain and move forward in time to inhabit various ancestors. Starhawk learns of this and alerts the Guardians of the Galaxy, who track Korvac’s essence through time. It finally reaches Michael’s own father, Jordan, who is then killed in battle with the Guardians. Jordan’s widow and Michaels’ mother, Myra, vows to teach her newborn son that the Guardians are responsible for his father’s death.
Korvac is later briefly resurrected by the Grandmaster to battle the Silver Surfer. He is later scattered across six dimensions by a Cosmic Cube empowered Red Skull. Later, Veil accidentally resurrects Carina. Korvac returns for her but Carina refuses to go with him as she seems to have grown to loathe Michael over the years. An enraged Korvac then battles several Avengers teams before being paralyzed by a phasing Veil and then annihilated by a blast of anti-matter from Hazmat.