Nothing is known yet about Hypo's past before he became a founding member of Death Row. Hypo earned his name because he employs high velocity needle-like projectiles to kill his targets. Hypo's lethal accuracy with his trademark weapons has made him a valued member of Death Row.[1]

Recently, Death Row was hired by unidentified Dakota City crimelords to kill Curtis Metcalf, vice president of Alva Technologies. That company's CEO, Edwin Alva, was a secretly major crime lord who decided to retire from organized crime. Alva appointed Metcalf to oversee the legal dismantling of his criminal operations. The unidentified crimelords feared a major loss of revenue if Metcalf succeeded and thus wanted him dead. To ensure this result, the crimelords suggested that Death Row add a new member to their roster: the electricity-wielding Volt, who agreed to kill Metcalf in exchange for his freedom from jail. Death Row believed having Volt on their team was overkill for taking out a mere businessman. Still, they agreed to this stipulation considering the enormous amount of money the crimelords were offering them.[1]

Death Row staked out Curt Metcalf's apartment for days before choosing the night to strike. Their plans were thwarted when freelance spy Sanction ambushed and kidnapped Metcalf, whom he erroneously believed was helping expand Edwin Alva's criminal operations. Death Row trailed Sanction to an abandoned hardware store, where the spy was finally convinced of Metcalf's innocence after interrogating him. When Sanction left the scene, Death Row quickly moved in to seize Metcalf.[1]

As their teammates looked on, Hangman used a noose to hang Metcalf so Hypo could impale him with a barrage of needles. However, Metcalf swung his body so the needles instead sliced through Hangman's rope. Now free, Metcalf then evaded a gauntlet of attacks by Death Row to reach his car, which Sanction had used to transport him to the hardware store. As Metcalf tried to flee, Volt struck his car with a blast of electricity that caused it to crash and burst into flame. Death Row moved in to confirm Metcalf's death only to be surprised when the armored vigilante Hardware emerged from the fiery wreck. Realizing Hardware was Metcalf, Death Row tried again to kill him, but were soundly defeated.[1]

Hardware left Death Row behind for the local authorities. Hypo and his cohorts are currently in police custody, facing numerous murderous charges for their past assassinations.


Hypo wears a pneumatic weapon on his right forearm that uses compressed bursts of air to launch needle-like metal projectiles at high velocity. These needles are capable of piercing materials as durable as steel plate.[1]

enemy of Hardware