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Box (I)

Real Name: Roger Bochs
Occupation: Engineer, mechanic
Identity: Secret, known to certain members of the Canadian government
Legal Status: Citizen of Canada with no criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Moosejaw, Saskatchewan
Marital Status: Single
Known Relative: None
Group Affiliation: Alpha Flight
Base of Operations: Tamarind Island off British Columbia
First Appearance: (as Box) ALPHA FLIGHT #1, (as Bochs) ALPHA FLIGHT #11

History: Roger Bochs is a brilliant engineer and mechanic who, for unrevealed reasons, is missing both his legs. He invented a large humanoid robot, which he called "Box" in a pun on his name.James McDonald Hudson, the leader of Alpha Flight, helped Bochs perfect Box, and recruited him as a canidate to join Alpha Flight. Bochs entered the initial training program for recruits, Gamma Flight, and had graduated into the next level, Beta Flight, when the Canadian government disbanded Department H, which supported Alpha Flight and the two training groups. Bochs returned to his ordinary life in Saskatchewan. Alpha Flight continued to operate independently of the of the Canadian government.

Sometime later, Bochs was recruited by Delphine Courtney, the robotic assistant to Jerome Jaxon, to join his new group of superhuman operatives, Omega Flight. Ten years before, Jaxon had been Hudson's superior at the Am-Can Petroleum Company in Canada, and had insisted that the special suit Hudson had designed for geological exploration be turned over to the American military. Hudson thereupon stole the psycho-cybernetic helmet that made the suit work, and destroyed AM-Can's plans for the helmet and suit. As a result Jaxon's career was ruined. Years later, Jaxon discovered the Guardian was Hudson, took a position with Roxxon oil, and organized Omega Flight to destroy Guardian and Alpha Flight in revenge. Bochs who was loyal to Hudson, joined Omega Flight only to sabotage it from within. Jaxon realized Bochs' intentions, and seized control of Box himself. Controling Box through Bochs' helmt, Jaxon sent it into battle against Guardian. Guardian destroyed Box with electronic blast from his power pack, causing feedback that killed Jaxon. However, Guardian's power pack then blew up, killing Hudson.

Six weeks later, Bochs met with a man named Jeffries, whom Guardian had called a transmutator. Jeffries can levitate and mechanical part made of metal, plastic, or glass, and can reshape and reorganize such parts into analogues to portions of his body. Together Bochs and Jeffries created a new, bigger, and stronger Box, which Bochscould control from inside by "phasing" into the robot's body. Bochs felt responsible for Guardian's death since he had invented the original Box, with which Jaxon had indirectly caused Hudson's death. Bochs intended to use Box to hunt down Jaxon, if he still lived, and Courtney.

Later, Snowbird discovered the truth behind her Alpha Flight teammate Walter Langkowski's transformations into the beastlike Sasquatch. Langkowski thought that he could turn into Sasquatch as the result of gamma radiation effects similar to those that create the Hulk. However, he had actually accidentally created a magical link with the otherdimnesional mystical beast Tanraq. Each time that Langkowski became Sasquatch, Tranaraq's control over him grew. Finally, when Tranaraq had taken full control of Sasquatch, Snowbird killed Sasquatch's physical form. Several members of Alpha Flight traveled into the beasts' dimension, where one member, Shaman, recovered Langkowski's soul. Unable to return the soul to Langkowski's body, which mystic forces had caused to crumble into dust, Shaman, with Bochs' consent, instead projected it into Box.

The disembodied spirit of an Alpha Flight member whose physical body had been killed, Walter Langkowski, the original Sasquatch, transferred itself into the Box robot in order to Battle Alpha Flight's enemy Pestilence, which had taken possession of the former body of another Alpha Flight member, Snowbird. Pestilence was defeated by Alpha Flight, and Langkowski took over Snowbird's body, which now can take the form of Sasquatch. Aurora was overjoyed that Langkowski, her former lover, had returned. She told Bochs that he had merely served as a "distraction" for her after Langkowski's physical death.

Again maddened by despair, Bochs turned against Alpha Flight. To stop Bochs's rampage, Madison Jeffries used his powers over metal to force Bochs out of the Box robot and to enter into it himself. (Previously only someone with Bochs's genetic structure could phase inside the Box armor, but Jeffries had secretly modified Box so that he could enter it as well as Bochs.) Bochs felt betrayed. Moreover, his new legs were quickly withering away.

Lionel Jeffries was still insane and had plans for Bochs. Bochs agreed to merge with Lionel Jeffries into a new being who would combine Jeffries' transmutative powers with Bochs' inventor's imagination for new shapes into which to transform. This composite creature, called Omega, dominated by Lionel Jeffries' mind, battled Madison Jeffries, who was now inside the Box armor, and the rest of Alpha Flight. Jeffries had used his powers, to alter the design of the Box armor. Horrified by what was happening, Bochs' own mind reasserted itself, but Lionel Jeffries used his own powers to lobotomize Bochs psychically, removing Bochs' capacity for independent thought and retaining only his faculty for invention. A new Alpha Flight trainee, the Purple Girl, used her power to control minds to put Omega under her influence. However, she was unable to cause Omega to restore Bochs's mind, for it was beyond repair. Madison Jeffries transformed part of Box into a Cannon, with which he destroyed Omega. With Omega's death, both Bochs and Lionel Jeffries died as well.

Height: (Box) 7 ft., (Bochs) 4 ft.
Weight: (Box) (originally) 326 lbs., (rebuilt) 465 lbs., (Bochs) 140 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

Strength Level: The Box robot possesses great superhuman strength, and can lift (press) roughly 85 tons. The original Box could lift (press) 40 tons.

Known Superhuman Powers: The original Box robot was made primarily of steel, had vast strength and was highly resistant to damage. It was mentally controlled from outside by a person wearing a psycho-cybernetic helmet. The helmet transformed psions from the wearer's mind into electrical impulses which it then broadcast to Box. The wearer needed only to will Box to perform an action in order to cause Box to do it. Moreover, the helmet allowed its wearer to perceive mentally the sensory data registered by Box: the wearer "saw" and "heard" what Box perceived.

The new Box is constructed principally of an unidentified "living metal." Through an act of will, Roger Bochs can "phase into" Box's body in order to control it from within. This is to that Bochs can cause his own body to pass into Box's from without damaging either, and to somehow fuse with Box's Form. It is not known how Bochs became able to perform this feat. Bochs has indicated that only he can physically enter into and control Box in this way.

The new Box has greater strength than the previous one, and has a greater resistance to damage. Powerful jets in the soles of its feet enable the robot to fly. Box also contains many different devices, among which are ones enabling it to tap into computers and receive or jam radio signals. Box contains special tracking equipment, and it can see in all areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. Other devices can also be installed within Box if the need arises.

Roger Bochs mentally controls Box from within its box and he can perceive what ever it perceives. However, although Bochs can not actually feel physically pain while within Box, his psychic link with Box is so strong that he can feel psychic pain if enough force is inflicted upon Box. Moreover, the longer Bochs stays within Box, the greater becomes the danger that he will become unable to leave it, and, indeed, psychologically incapable of leaving it. So far, Bochs has spent no more than a few hours at a time within Box.

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