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Quote1 Yo-Yo, this piece of %#^@ is Crusher Creel...the Absorbing Man. My father. Quote2
-- Jerry Sledge src
 

Early Life

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Human Form

Jerry Sledge is the biological son of Carl "Crusher" Creel better known as the Absorbing Man. His mother was attacked and raped by the criminal, leaving her injured but alive. She however became pregnant but decided to raise the child alone. One day, Creel returned having learned of his son and broke out of supermax prison. However the reunion was less then ideal, Jerry tried to defend his mother. When the two touched, Jerry gained the same powers as his father.[1]

Secret Warriors

Before the Skrulls' Secret Invasion started, Nick Fury tasked Daisy Johnson with recruiting select individuals that he had files on for what would become his secret strike force team. As a member of the "Secret Warriors" he was given the code name Stonewall and was trained alongside Yo Yo Rodriguez, Phobos, Hellfire, and Sebastian Druid.[2] One of the first missions was to take out the Dard'van the religious sect of the Skrulls leading the invasion.[3] They work with the remaining heroes not replaced by Skrulls.[4] [5][6][7][8] Stonewall and the team have a final showdown with the Skrulls in Central Park[9][10]. The heroes win and the Skrulls are banished from Earth.[11][12] After the battle Stonewall and the team struggle to deal with the fallout of the invasion.[13]

Hydra

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Human Form

Fury's Secret Warriors are sent to an old S.H.I.E.L.D. base in Texas to observe activity there. They discover Hydra operatives there. In defiance of their orders to observe only, Slingshot, The Druid, and Stonewall engage the terrorists.[14] During a meal Phobos then revealed to the team that he can see the future and prophesies about each member including Slingshot will get hurt but Stonewall will care for her.[15] When Daisy led the "Secret Warriors" in an engagement against The Gorgon (a thought-to-be-dead member of Hydra), the prophecy came true Yo Yo Rodriguez was severely injured, which evoked a powerful emotional response from Jerry that caused him to manifest his transmutation powers for the first time.[16] Jerry stayed alongside her throughout the ordeal to make sure she was safe and encourage her subsequent recovery. The team left them to find a new recruit.[17] Daisy need Jerry back on the team so she lied to him telling him that Yo Yo would be fine, but also convinced him to take his revenge.[18] Stonewall confronted Gorgon. Gorgon respond by slashing him across the chest and expressing his disappointment that he couldn't show much more; Stonewall becomes a stone giant, proving he is better than that[19], but Gorgon escaped.[20]

In a later battle with Ares, Stonewall's powers were put to the test. Ares buried his axe deep in his chest and Stonewall was successfully able to absorb the properties of the enchanted blade. Afterwards, he only had minor injuries and was able to stay active on the team.[21][22]

Jerry took Yo-Yo home to San Juan, Puerto Rico to meet with her mother. However she was hesitant to meet her mother due to her prosthetic hands. Nonetheless, Jerry forced her to do it. When she knocked on the front door, she reluctantly says hi to her mother.[23] As the two returned home via Florida, Jerry tried to teach Yo Yo how to drive. However, the latter convinces him to see his father at the Lacoochee supermax prison. However, Yo-Yo began to regret convincing him when he tells her that before he was born and before his father got his powers.[1] Back at the base the team a debriefed on a new mission as Druid was sent home.[24] In Providence, Fury Secret Base #21, the team played cards. When both he and Hellfire made unhappy comments towards Quake for dismissing Druid, she admitted that Fury didn't think he was good enough. However, Stonewall is completely opposed to this, commenting about how seeing his father reminding him of how damaged and alone he's been. But because of Fury, they all have a purpose and they should be working as a family. Everyone but Phobos votes for bringing Druid back. Phobos explains that he's a pragmatist and Fury wouldn't care. Nonetheless, Quake decides to do it anyway.[25]

Siege

The team helped Fury and the other heroes during the Siege of Asgard.[26][27] [28][29][30][31][32][33][34]

Chaos War

Jerry and the team later helped battle the Chaos King[35]

Final Battle With Hydra

Jerry and the team are taken to Heaven's Helll, a secret base in orbit. There, Fury explained the plan for the main team to hit Hydra, while the other teams take on the last Leviathan bases. Using Eden's portal they traveled to Gehenna, where they attempt to blow it up, but they were expected. And worse, once the bomb was armed.[36] Baron von Strucker had the team cornered but Fury's respond with three bullets headed. With the timer on their bomb near the end of its countdown, the Secret Warriors are forced to flee.[37] Shocked at the death of Phobos at the hands of Gorgon, Daisy brought down the entire cavern around them. While the team retreated.[38] However working together they are able to defeat Gorgon.[39] Jerry reunites with the team and joining up with Team Black and the Howling Commandos.[40]

Powers

Superhuman Strength: Stonewall possesses superhuman strength that is present even when he is not absorbing the properties of elements. The exact limits are unknown but are presumably augmented when absorbing elemental properties in a manner similar to his father Carl Creel.[16]

Superhuman Durability: Although the exact level of durability is unknown, his body is more resilient to injury than normal and can withstand the rigors of combat with superhuman foes and can support his feats of superhuman strength.[16]

Omni-Morph Duplication: Stonewall is capable of absorbing the properties of any element he touches in a manner similar to his father Carl Creel.[16]




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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Secret Warriors #12
  2. Mighty Avengers #13
  3. Secret Invasion #3-4
  4. Avengers: The Initiative #16
  5. Secret Invasion #5
  6. Mighty Avengers #18
  7. Secret Invasion: Front Line #3
  8. Avengers: The Initiative #18
  9. Secret Invasion #-6
  10. Thunderbolts #125
  11. Secret Invasion #8
  12. New Avengers #47
  13. Dark Reign: New Nation #1
  14. Secret Warriors #1
  15. Secret Warriors #2
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Secret Warriors #3
  17. Secret Warriors #4-5
  18. Secret Warriors #6
  19. Secret Warriors #7
  20. Secret Warriors #8
  21. Dark Avengers #9
  22. Secret Warriors #9
  23. Secret Warriors #11
  24. Secret Warriors #13-14
  25. Secret Warriors #15
  26. New Avengers #62
  27. Siege #2
  28. Avengers: The Initiative #34
  29. Siege #3
  30. Siege: Captain America #1
  31. Siege: Secret Warriors #1
  32. Siege #4
  33. Siege: Embedded #4
  34. New Avengers Vol 2 #1
  35. Chaos War #1
  36. Secret Warriors #20
  37. Secret Warriors #21
  38. Secret Warriors #22
  39. Secret Warriors #23
  40. Secret Warriors #28



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