Real Name: None
Occupation: Formerly pre-historic hunter, wanderer,
currently homicide detective.
Affiliations: current member of the police, partner of
former member of unspecified pre-historic tribe, member of group of warriors who protected the village near Woshu mountain, member of supergroup consisting of him (as Diamond), Triphammer, Retro Girl and Zora; partner of Detective Kutter; was engaged to Zora
Enemies: Criminals holding a grudge, "chaotic chic"-group (because he is a former super); Detective Kutter (ex-partner and rival in a police department), Ssazz, Johnny Royalle, Haemon
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Gora (his identity in ancient times), Walker (nickname given to him by other "Powers" in ancient China because one of them remembered a tale of how Gora had walked away from a battle, tired of the meaningless violence), Christian Walker (identity assumed in recent times), Diamond (superhero identity)
Base of Operations: New York
First Appearance: Powers #1: Who killed Retro Girl (Image, 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Walker was (and may still be) effectively immortal, having lived for several thousand years and not aged. There seems to be a limit to the storage capacity of the human brain, as he only recalls about sixty years of his history at any time. Walker was invulnerable, and seemed to have degree of superhuman strength (some of which he might have retained). He remains a highly skilled combatant, well-versed in fighting people with superpowers.
History: In pre-historic times, the Dawn of Mankind, there existed a tribe of ape-like proto-humans. Life was a constant struggle, for food and for mating rights. None of which was unusual for primitive man. What was unusual was when one proto-human, in a fit of rage and jealousy, somehow unleashed energy which melted his rival's mate. Angered, that rival immediately attacked, discovering he too was superpowered, apparently invulnerable.
Millennia later that rival was still alive, now a barbarian warrior named Gora. However his nemesis, now called Haemon, had also survived the years, and their rivalry continued.
Years later Gora turned up in ancient China (or somewhere much like it), having set off to visit Woshu Mountain, a place where other immortal and powered warriors were reputed to live. When a nearby village was attacked, this group of superhumans banded together to defend it. The other Powers, noting that Gora was the only one of them who couldn't fly, jokingly called him a "walker".
Time passed, and Gora reappeared in Depression-era Chicago, now calling himself Christian Walker. Around this time some of the beings with Powers started adopting colourful costumes and names, to fight crime or commit it. Haemon re-entered Walker's life, killing his wife, then refused the fight Walker because the warrior had forgotten their fued.
By the 1980's Walker, now using the costumed identity of Diamond, was working alongside a group of other heroes, and had become a well-respected hero. Diamond actively adventured for several years, but during a fight with the Johnny Royale gang Haemon returned. This time Walker remembered him (if only from the 1930's murder). To defeat him, Walker employed a device created by Triphammer to block the villain's powers, only to discover that it removed his powers too.
Adjusting to his loss, Christian Walker decided to continue to fight crime, this time enrolling as a police officer. During his costumed period, Diamond had befriended a police officer, and their involvement led to the cop getting a promotion. Now Walker discovered the man had reached Captain, and he called in the favour. He swiftly reached the rank of detective and was transferred to Powers division homicide, investigating cases involving superhumans. He keeps his past (what he remembers of it, which is only about the last sixty years) secret, although his former identity is known to his partner Deena Pilgrim.
Recent events have been even more trying for Walker. His fiancee, Zora, was killed in a superbattle, killed by a hero who had been given unstable powers by the government. Walker went public with this, much to the government's distress, and as a result he was fired. However his skills became needed once more, and he was asked to rejoin the force. Then a rogue Power destroyed Utah, the Gaza strip, and the Vatican, as an attempt to rid the world of religion. This caused worldwide panic, and all Powers became outlawed as a result. How this will affect Walker is as yet unknown.
Comments: Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
Thanks to Vesa Lehtinen for additional information. Thanks to Felipe Meyer for some corrections.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Diamond Jack, Golden age hero
Diamond Jim, member of the Vanguard of Freedom
Diamond Lil, member of Omega Flight
Walker, a shapeshifting dolphin
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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