When he was a kid, Michael Hawthorne's hamster died, but when it miraculously came back to life, Michael discovered he had some type of raw control over magic. After finishing college, Michael was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. in its experimental magical division, but when it looked like he would be drummed out for a lack of useful powers, he met Vetis, whom he sold his soul to in exchange for a magical book. He abandoned the organization in hopes of restoring the country, which he believed was on the border of chaos.
As Necromancer, Michael used some new knowledge of magic in order to bring all the former Presidents of the United States back from the dead in order to restore the country. Unfortunately, the magic he used caused the undead Presidents to be corrupted and super-powered, with a desire to destroy the entire nation and start again from nothing. Michael was forced by zombie George Washington to use his magical abilities to create an army of the undead, in order to help Washington destroy the United States of America.
Michael was rescued by Deadpool and delivered to Doctor Strange and S.H.I.E.L.D., to whom he confessed his regret for what he did, and decided to cooperate with them in order to fix the problem he had caused.
When the zombie George Washington attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, Agent Preston was killed. Michael managed to prevent her conscious mind from dying by using magic to put it in another body, which happened to be Deadpool's, as his brain had "more than enough room".
Over the following days he - along with Deadpool, Preston, and Ben Franklin's ghost - tried to find a way to get Preston out of Deadpool's mind. They managed to infiltrate an ancient library hidden underneath Ryker's Island and find some indecipherable books of dark magic. After the demon Vetis blackmailed Deadpool into killing some people who sold their souls to him for superpowers, Wade decided Michael should go to Hell in order talk to Mephisto and thwart Vetis, who was going to use the reclaimed superpowers of the people Deadpool killed to empower himself to defeat Mephsito. Deadpool therefore killed Necromancer, sending his soul to Hell.
In Hell, Michael confronted Mephisto and informed him of Vetis' plan, as compensation, Mephisto resurrected Necromancer, so that he could take care of Vetis, using dark magic to free the souls of the people he drew power from, thus counteracting his abilities. After his defeat, Vetis was brought to Hell once more for punishment.
When U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. sought revenge on Deadpool for destroying their Helicarrier and slaughtering countless of their agents, they tried to kill his allies, by attacking their residence; however, they survived the assault thanks to the magic of Michael and escaped to a safe location. After Wade retaliated and murdered all of U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.'s agents, he decided to give up his life as Deadpool. As he was celebrating the start of a new life with his friends and family, an incursion between Earth-616 and the Earth-1610 caused the collision and destruction of both universe's planets Earth, with Deadpool and his allies dying in the process.
When Reed Richards restored the Multiverse following Secret Wars, Michael was resurrected along with the other residents of Earth-616. Eight months after his temporary demise, Michael met Agent Scott Adsit in Monster Metropolis. Necromancer consumed Wade Wilson's hair in order to help locate the merc in the wilds of Canada and allow Scott to convince Deadpool to spare Sabretooth's life, as he was not responsible for the death of Wade's parents.
Michael had begun dating a woman named Daphne Plepler, whom he met on an online dating site, prior to the collapse of the Multiverse. While meeting with her parents, the couple were interrupted by Deadpool who needed Michael's help because Monster Metropolis was under attack. Michael reluctantly left to help his friends and ultimately sacrificed his own life to defeat the Empirikul. When Wade informed Daphne of Michael's death, she broke down because they were expecting an unborn child together at the time.
Necromancer was learned in some limited types of dark magic.
- Michael shares his name with Deadpool artist Mike Hawthorne.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Deadpool: Last Days of Magic #1
- ↑ Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comic #12
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Deadpool Vol 3 #3
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #1
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #5
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #6
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #8
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #9
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #12
- ↑ Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comic #12-13
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 3 #24
- ↑ Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #2
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Deadpool Vol 3 #45
- ↑ Secret Wars #9
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 4 #10
- ↑ Deadpool Vol 4 #11
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