was a Russian youth who was subjected to government testing during the
early days of the Cold War. Soviet scientists were attempting to create
a deadly supersoldier, perhaps in response to Germany's Red Skull and America's Captain
America. Arkady was given super strength and stamina, and outfitted
with two carbonadium coils that retracted into his arms. Unfortunately,
the tests also required him to drain the life force of others to remain
Code named Omega Red, he was assigned to destroy Wolverine,
then an American government agent, but was defeated. Having gone for too
long without repowering, Omega Red fell into a coma and was believed dead.
Decades later, Omega Red was revived by members of the Hand, the same ninja
group that transferred Psylocke's
mind to a new body. The sacrifice of their life forces sufficiently powered
Omega Red, and he began a new mission to destroy Wolverine and any who
would stand in his way..