In an alternate universe, Marcus Cole was a mercenary that was exposed to mustard gas in World War I. He sought to find a cure for the damage the gas had inflicted on him, which led to Marcus seeking out the Well of the Furies. After drinking from it, he gained great powers, becoming the Reichsman and aided the Axis Powers in taking over the world during World War II. The Reichsman became leader of the Amerika Korps, an elite super powered group that worked for the Nazis, preserving their rule over America.
Coming to Paragon City
After the Reichsman became aware of interlopers from another universe, he became intrigued by the idea of alternate worlds. He captured Dr. Webb and his explorers and tortured them, learning much about the dimension they had came from, before the interrogation finally killed them. Deciding he wanted to see this other universe for himself, the Reichsman led the Amerika Korps through the portal Webb had come through, arriving in Portal Corp in Paragon City.
The Reichsman and his comrades quickly got the attention of the Freedom Phalanx and first faced off against Queen Comet, who’d been a friend of Dr. Webb. She saw the alternate version of her comrade come through and was briefed on the universe Webb and his explorers had been investigating.
Queen Comet engaged the Reichsman and his forces after calling for reinforcements and managed to hold them off until the Statesman and the rest of the Phalanx showed up, despite gaining heavy injuries. A huge battle began in Portal Corp labs, eventually spilling out into the streets of Paragon City. The Reichsman was able to fight the Statesman on equal ground and the two eventually tried to just beat each other into the ground.
However the Amerika Korps weren’t able to match the Freedom Phalanx and with his forces defeated, the Reichsman quickly followed. He was frozen in suspended animation and placed in the Freedom Phalanx’s headquarters, but the Reichsman was later freed by Roderick Mueller and continued to be a threat to Paragon City.
The Reichsman possesses all the same powers as the Statesman, the most prominent of which are super strength and invulnerability. Thus there are very few things that can harm him and he can also fly and unleash lightning bolts.
- The Reichsman’s origin (becoming chronically ill from mustard gas during World War I and seeking out the Well of the Furies to heal himself, as well as gain great power) is the same as that of Lord Recluse, the Statesman’s archenemy.