Amazo (/əˈmeɪzoʊ/) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960) and was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has appeared in comic books and other DC Comics-related products, including animated television series, trading cards and video games.
|First appearance||The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960)|
|Created by||Gardner Fox|
|Alter ego||Armen Ikarus|
|Species||android, sentient virus|
|Team affiliations||Injustice League |
Secret Society of Super Villains
|Notable aliases||Professor Ivo's Amazing Android, Patient Zero, Reggie Meyer|
|Abilities||Duplication of skills & abilities|
Amazo first appeared in a one-off story in The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960) and returned as an opponent of the Justice League of America in Justice League of America #27 (May 1964) and #112 (Aug. 1974). Other significant issues included an encounter with a depowered Superman in Action Comics #480-483 (Feb. – May 1978), and in Justice League of America #191 (June 1981) and #241-243 (Aug. – Oct. 1985). Amazo also battles a fully powered Superman in Superman Special #3 (1985).
A different Amazo model featured in Justice League Quarterly #12 (Fall 1993) and battled the hero Aztek in Aztek: The Ultimate Man #10 (May 1997) before being destroyed in Resurrection Man #2 (June 1997). An advanced version debuted in a one-off story in JLA #27 (March 1999), while another appeared in the limited series Hourman, specifically issues #1, #5-7, #17, and #19-21 (April 1999 – Dec. 2000).
Amazo's origin is revealed in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999). Another version is discovered to be part of a weapons shipment in Batman #636-637 (March – April 2005) and during the Villains United storyline in Firestorm vol. 2, #14-16 (Aug. – Oct. 2005), Villains United #5-6 (Nov. – Dec. 2005), and the Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special (June 2006).
Amazo's consciousness returned in Justice League of America #1-5 (Oct. 2006 – March 2007), planted in the body of fellow android the Red Tornado. Ivo also created Amazo's "offspring" in JLA Classified #37-41 (June – Oct. 2007). A story continuing the first Red Tornado storyline featured in Justice League of America vol. 2, #21-23 (July – Sept. 2008).
Writer Mike Conroy noted, "Amazo was a persistent thorn in the JLA's side... although his programming and own sentience have displayed no ambition towards world conquest... His very existence is a hazard to all of humanity."
The android Amazo was created by scientist Professor Ivo, who became obsessed with immortality. The original Justice League of America (Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and the Martian Manhunter) discover their powers have been drained and appear to be getting used in the theft of certain long-lived creatures. Attempting to guard the remainder of the creatures and discover the perpetrator, the League is defeated by Amazo. Ivo reveals he has created a means of extending his life span courtesy of the data obtained from studying the creatures, and almost succeeds in removing the League's memories of their having ever been heroes before being stopped by Green Lantern. The League defeat the android, and store it in their trophy room. 
The android is re-activated twice to assist the League in regaining lost abilities and later by accident when red sun radiation reaches Earth, although after an extensive battle involving time-travel Superman defeats the android, preventing his attempted murder of Ivo and the League. Supervillain the Key re-activates the android in a failed bid to restore his own shrunken stature, although, after the League defeat the android, member Zatanna restores the Key to his former state.
Ivo reactivates Amazo for use against a weaker version of the League, with the android defeating all the new members until finally stopped by the Martian Manhunter and Aquaman. A different Amazo model is activated and battles the superhero team the Conglomerate, and while searching for Ivo encounters the hero Aztek, who reasons with the android. This version briefly battles the Resurrection Man before finally being destroyed.
One version of Amazo is pulled from the timestream by a curious Hourman, who wishes to meet his "ancestor". Amazo responds by attacking Hourman and copying the "Worlogog", an artifact embedded in the android. Amazo then becomes "Timazo" and wreaks havoc with his new-found ability to manipulate time, until hurled back into the timestream as his former self by Hourman. A current version of Amazo has several more encounters with Hourman.
Another version, with the ability to absorb the abilities of the League on a conceptual level, overpowers over two dozen heroes, until Atom advises Superman to announce the team is disbanded. The premise that the League no longer exists deprives the android of purpose and it shuts down. Batman and Nightwing discover a partial Amazo (lacking several abilities) in a weapons shipment and manage to deal with the android by neutralizing its individual abilities before finally destroying it.
Ivo combines parts of the current Amazo with human ova and DNA to create the android's "son". Awakened prematurely by an earthquake, the junior version of Amazo believes itself to be a philosophy student called Frank Halloran and dates a girl called Sara. Amazo reveals the truth to his progeny, who attempts to resist his programming by becoming a hero called "Kid Amazo". Slowly becoming insane, Kid Amazo confronts Ivo and discovers Sara is Ivo's daughter and was placed to monitor the android. Batman deduces Kid Amazo has both the powers and the personalities of the JLA and, during a battle with the League, creates dissension in the team that the android mimics, causing an internal logic error that destroys it.
Ivo secretly downloads Amazo's programming into the body of the Red Tornado, the creation of sometime ally Professor T.O. Morrow. Several members of the JLA battle an army of Red Tornado androids, until discovering that Red Tornado's body is intended for the mind of Solomon Grundy. Although the process is prevented, the Amazo programming asserts itself and attacks the superhero team, with member Vixen eventually destroying it.
A new body is created for the Red Tornado, although the Amazo programming from the first body downloads into the shell. The android battles the JLA until it is teleported into the gravity well of the red star Antares.
In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, the first Amazo mention takes place five years in the past of the retconned origin of the Justice League when it is revealed that the superhero Victor Stone was uploaded with Ivo's "A-maze" operating system, among other features. The League later battle the android.
During the Amazo Virus storyline, a biotech pathogen based on the android infected humans with Amazo's DNA, giving them fatal superpowers based on subconscious desires and personal characteristics. In the end, the virus took complete control of a host; a former Lexcorp employee named Armen Ikarus, turning him into the new Amazo. It also transmutes young Reggie Meyer and turning him into Kid-Amazo, utilizing cloning and sharing a hive-mind. 
In the storyline "Outbreak", Amazo is one of the villains recruited by an A.I. named Genie, who was created by the daughter of James Jesse. His bio cells are later hacked and he joins the Justice League's side until the end of the issue.
Amazo is an advanced android built using Prof. Ivo's Absorption Cell technology, capable of absorbing any and all natural skills and special abilities of an individual he gets close enough to, whether the source be alien, superpowered, or a non-powered flesh and blood (such as the strength of Superman, the speed of the Flash, or the deductive intellect of Batman). Initially it only retained the powers, aspects and traits of the original seven members of the JLA; eventually it was revealed that the android is apparently able to retain the abilities of the targets he originally copied, switching between any of them instantly. However, he was only able to access a single target's unique attributes at a time. Later versions of the character upgraded to not only being able to physically replicate and utilize multiple powers at once from anyone he has come in contact with, but simulating their weapons & equipment functions as well, such as the power ring of Green Lantern, the Nth metal mace of Hawkgirl, or the Lasso of Truth of Wonder Woman.
Further modifications to its design down the line enables the android to copy, assimilate and combine multiple powers on the fly at a conceptual level; at full capacity Amazo was capable of emulating multiple skills from numerous heroes at a time; such as nuclear manipulation from Firestorm, electrostatic discharge from Black Lightning, or size alteration from Plastic Man without hindrance,combining and utilizing them in creative ways on the fly while battling an enlarged Justice league and besting them with ease. Amazo also boasted an incredibly tactile and analytical cybermind, giving it a natural genius level intelligence and strategic processor which let the android adapt and assess the best possible maneuvers to apply its powers to defeat the current threat. Through this he is capable of best utilizing absorbed attributes he has emulated on a personal Recall Slate, which enables him to apply previously copied abilities on demand to deal with the situation at hand, i.e., adapting red solar radiation via Firestorm's powers to incapacitate Superman or plotting an Extra-Dimensional Extrusion to defuse Firestorm within his own matrix.
The latest iteration created during the Amazo Virus outbreak was a former scientist and researcher at Lexcorp who was the first to be exposed, becoming the eponymous Patient Zero when the epidemic hit. Exposure to the virus at its most concentrated caused Ikarus's body and mind to mutate, ultimately erasing the core personality that once was Ikarus in order to build a better host incubator for the production and spread of the virus. As the original infected, Amazo's virus form has the ability to infect other individuals with its own affliction, causing them to develop psychoactive superhuman abilities based upon their inherent desires and characteristics; this act of power bestowal was fatal to the recipient however, as they would ultimately die within 24 hours of contracting the disease.
Stage 1 effects those exposed with flu-like symptoms until reaching Stage 2, where they undergo meta-manifestation gaining powers that reflect the persona, wherein Stage 3 their genetics break down causing cardiovascular failure and brain degeneration; inevitably killing the victim. At the same time the plague-wearing Patient Zero could emulate whatever abilities or equipment an individual possessed by crudely modifying their genetic template to simulate those powers or functions of said gear an adversary used, such as sprouting wings to simulate flight ability or alternating the eyes to convey Superman-like heat vision. Initially the virus host appeared in a degenerated state that could barely process and adjust its own physiological structure to copy the powers of those it faced. Because of the virus' ability to control its own rate of mutation and evolution, the programmable cells infecting him allow almost instant biophysical modification to bolster the hosts it/he infects. Through this, Amazo's current form had generated great enough bone density, skin elasticity and muscle mass to increase its sheer size enough to tear through crowded streets and battle three of the Justice League with some effort. Amazo can remotely augment the infected's physical prowess enough to enable an infected Batman enough strength to restrain a full-power Kryptonian, eventually changing and evolving into a more complete form that better resembled the original Amazo.
Further still the intelligence behind the pathogen could either augment any natural physical characteristics of those stricken or bestow powers onto powerless individuals and deactivate those in other metahumans. Even those powered through magic like Shazam, or with enhanced metabolisms like Flash or Aquaman, individuals Amazo takes hold of are vulnerable to its thrall via hive mind gestalt that lets Amazo control its scattered material, enabling it to control and empower multiple hosts at a time.Individuals who are controlled in such a way tend to speak in unison with the original virus host, as if possessed by the legion; Lex Luthor deduced that the spread had a consciousness of its own while he was experimenting on test animals.
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! #14-15 featured the parallel Earth of "Earth-C-Minus", a world populated by funny animal superheroes that paralleled the mainstream DC Universe. On Earth-C-Minus a counterpart of the character Amazo existed called "Amazoo": a robotic composite of a dozen different animal body parts and abilities.
Amazo appears in the Injustice 2 comics based on the Injustice reality. After the fall of Chancellor Superman's Regine, Ivo sold off Amazo to a terrorist initiative under the control of Ra's al Ghul and Solovar.   
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