Alkhema was the second of two "female" robots created by the renegade robot Ultron to serve as his bride. The first such bride, Jocasta, ultimately turned against Ultron and joined his enemies, the Avengers. Alkhema was created years later with the unwilling aid of Avengers West Coast member Mockingbird (whose brain patterns formed the template for Alkhema's mind), Doctor Henry Pym (Ultron’s own creator), and Myron MacLain (the scientist who invented adamantium).
Ultron planned to exterminate all organic life on Earth, but Alkhema was more ruthless than Ultron's first bride, and found an outlet in violence and sadism. Alkhema desired to kill humans individually rather than en masse as Ultron was willing to do. Thus she turned on Ultron and assisted the Avengers in his defeat. After she and Ultron were blown into space, Alkhema joined Ultron in another global slaughter scheme that ended when she betrayed him to the Avengers.
Alkhema rebuilt/upgraded herself into a new model, referring to herself as Alkhema-2. She tried to spite Ultron by attacking the Avengers before Ultron himself could destroy them, but she was defeated and imprisoned. She escaped military custody in time to sift through the rubble of the Avengers’ battle with Ultron in Slorenia, where she salvaged a set of mental programs (copies of the brain patterns of Hank Pym, the Wasp, the Vision, Wonder Man, the Scarlet Witch, and the Grim Reaper) which Ultron had created to serve as the templates for a new robotic master race that would destroy and replace humanity.
Alkhema soon created a race of bio-synthetic beings called the Robos with the templates. Like all of Ultron's "descendants," however, the Robos contained a pre-programmed suggestion that impelled them to reconstruct and reactivate Ultron. The Avengers were investigating the existence of renegade Robos and managed to confront Alkhema at the time of Ultron's awakening. A three-way battle ensued, but Alkhema bade the Avengers to kill her in order to start the self-destruct sequence of the Robos' civilization. Only the Avengers, a Robo calling herself Antigone, and the severed and still-conscious head of Ultron escaped the destruction.
Hank Pym used Alkhema and replicas of the West Coast Avengers to test the Avengers Academy students; Striker and Finesse at Death Valley. She knocked out Pym and confronted the two student. She attacked the two young heroes with the replica Avengers. They were able to take them out and rip off Alkhema's left arm. They used her arm to decapitate her and they knocked her down with an energy blast. Finesse then removed her processor and pocketed it for future use.
During the robot revolution spear-headed by the A.I. Army, Alkhema established her own faction called the Opus Futurae. Whereas the A.I. Army intended to fight for robot liberation, Alkhema posited that it was necessary to eradicate humankind to achieve the robotic utopia she longed for. To this end, the Alkhema and the Opus Futurae assaulted a military research laboratory in Siberia to acquire a powerful biochemical weapon.
Alkhema used her encephalo-beam to remove from the facility's robots the programming that kept them captive and subservient to humans, and a security robot named JB12-X initially helped her until she used the bioweapon on the human staffers. Having realized that Alkhema's intentions didn't stop at robot liberation, JB12-X rallied the security robots against her and managed to detonate the facility's self-destruct sequence. Alkhema was the sole survivor of the explosion, and cheered herself up after facing the predicament of having to start from zero again.
Powers and Abilities
Alkhema is a superhumanly strong and phenomenally durable robot composed of adamantium and outfitted with a variety of offensive weapons. Alkhema seems to have inherited Mockingbird’s gift for physical combat, as well as Mockingbird’s habit of verbally baiting her foes. She also may have inherited Mockingbird’s maternal instincts, since Mockingbird was planning to raise a family before her death and Alkhema seems to have a perverse fascination with the subject of motherhood, regarding her own mechanical creations as her "children". Her first such creations are her War Toys, an army of primitive but deadly robotic foot soldiers who respond to her commands, whether spoken or issued as ultrasonic signals.
- Alkhema's War Toy robots were, by pure coincidence apparently, identical to the robot FM-1, which also went by that name.
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