Marlize DeVoe is one among my all-time favourite additions to The Flash. Along with the Thinker (who I wrote a column on earlier in season 4 that you can read here), she has introduced a really actual menace to Team Flash this season within the type of a non-speedster, which is a artistic divergence to the large bads we now have grow to be accustomed to seeing on the present. In tonight’s episode—entitled “Therefore, She Is” in a really good reply to the Thinker’s focal episode, “Therefore I Am”—we obtained a peek on the degree of humanity that this model of the Mechanic can deliver to the #DCTV Universe as properly.
The Flash is at it once more with this specific character. Marlize is a large divergence from different characters which have born the Mechanic moniker up to now. As with a handful of different characters which have appeared on the present this season (I see you together with your cute blue hair, Null!), they’ve bent the Mechanic’s gender. The very first Mechanic was a person. His given identify was Milt Cohen and he debuted in SGT. ROCK #313 (February, 1978).
I’d wish to go on the report proper now and say that there aren’t sufficient Sgt. Rock characters being folded into any of the #DCTV exhibits and I might be down for seeing some extra of them cropping up in future.
As with so many characters that come from both the Golden or Silver Age, Milt Cohen took on the identify of the Mechanic as a result of that was his occupation. As a civilian he labored on watches, whereas his actual ardour was automobiles. This is just about the place the extent of his metahuman talents finish—he’s a superb mechanic, good together with his arms and he likes engaged on automobiles. After he joined the United States Army (that is just about a given in a Sgt. Rock comedian), he was assigned to Easy Company. Easy Company is exclusive even inside comedian books for having appeared in each main motion within the European Theatre of War throughout World War II. There is a really well-known story that options the Mechanic repairing a Jeep that he needed to later beg to have the ability to maintain and proceed utilizing. Ultimately, that Jeep carried this model of the Mechanic to his dying when he sacrificed himself to save lots of his fellow troopers of Easy Company.
The Mechanic is just about put to mattress after that time and even will get misplaced within the fray over the course of a pair universe-wide reboots, till 1994’s SHADOW CABINET #zero. Here he’s nonetheless a person, however he does have metahuman talents—in order that’s virtually like Marlize DeVoe, proper? Except, by no means. His given identify is Thomas Hague, and he has telekinetic powers that improve his inherent mechanical talents. This earns him a job with the Shadow Cabinet and earns him the identify “The Mechanic.” Like with Milt Cohen, the identify just about serves to demarcate what his performance is to his group.
For those that won’t know, the Shadow Cabinet is an historic secret group of superheroes that’s devoted to defending the world and its inhabitants. They function out of a base referred to as the Shadowspire and the Mechanic is usually tasked with taking care of and sustaining all the superb know-how that’s housed within the Shadow Cabinet’s secret hideout. They are most well-known for a teleportation system referred to as the Shadowslide that permits members of the staff to maneuver from place-to-place with nice velocity.
Think of it as a extra machine-driven, much less magic Boom Tube, for those who like.
Despite being a strong telekinetic, as beforehand talked about, this second model of the Mechanic doesn’t do an excessive amount of superheroing. Now, to be truthful, Marlize doesn’t do a ton of super-villaining outdoors of aiding Clifford. She does function in a really comparable trend to Thomas Hague, when you consider it. There is part of her character that serves the aim of preserving her husband’s public face, however the lion’s share of her duties and utility relegate her to the Thinker’s lair, the place she makes updates to his tech.
The remaining vital character to bear the identify the Mechanic truly has little or no recognized about him. He first appeared in KNIGHT AND SQUIRE #1 again in December, 2010.
I might wish to take a sidebar right here and encourage you to read Knight and Squire if it’s one thing that you simply’ve by no means taken the time to beforehand.
In the pages of Knight and Squire, the Mechanic is usually a shady character who will get named a pair occasions, exhibits up on the pub and inexplicably wears an historic knight’s helmet on their head. This Mechanic is absolutely enjoyable to take a look at, however Marlize’s slicked-back hair and lab coat combo is such an enormous step up.
I feel it’s fairly clear from these brief breakdowns I’ve written that The Flash’s Mechanic is actually one thing particular. Not solely does “Therefore, She Is” serve to spotlight her journey as a personality and current a compelling turning level for her as we enter the ultimate episodes of this season, however Marlize DeVoe has taken a longstanding DC Comics id and given us the easiest model of it on the small display.
Ashley V. Robinson covers The Flash as part of the #DCTV Couch Club. You can discover her on Twitter at @AshleyVRobinson and on the Jawiin YouTube channel. The Flash airs Tuesdays at eight p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on The CW.