This version of DC Comics character Sgt. Rock comes from the alternate universe of Absolute DC . In this version, Rock currently served in the modern-day War on Terror (2000s-2010s) instead of being a veteran of World War II (1930s-1940s).
Issue 12: Absolute DutyEdit
A man with nothing left to live for and nothing to lose. An absolutely fearless soldier who wrote his wedding vows to freedom in the blood of America's enemies. And, for the men of E-Company of the 222nd United States Army batallion, he is, for all intents and purposes, their Rock.
Master Sergeant Franklin Johnathan “Frank” Rock, dogtag #409966, was born in Pittsburgh, PA (home to the current-day vigilante known as The Batman ) to a father who lost his life in the line of duty in Korea, predating the future deaths of Frank's step-father and mentor. Frank's siblings would later suffer untimely fates, either dead, comatose, or lock-up in in a mental institution. Frank, in his adult life, joined the Pittsburgh police force before enlisting into the Army at the beginning of America's war on terror (which was instigated by foreign terrorists who tried to suicide-bomb important American structures, a plot foiled by a meta-talented being called “Superman”).
Assigned to E-Company, or Easy Company as they were jokingly dubbed, Prvt. Frank Rock served under a lieutenant nicknamed “Skipper” and fought shoulder-to-shoulder with good men like Jack Johnson, Horace Canfield, Joe Shapiro, and Phil Mason. By the time that Frank had been promoted to Sergeant, Skipper had been killed in an ambush, Frank had fallen in love with Anais Guillot (a French-American army nurse), and the US military had toppled the tyranny of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, who was in league with terrorist factions such as the Taliban.
While the troops were investigating the abandoned palace of Hussein in Baghdad, Frank's team had discovered a secret vault containing research on a new chemical weapon. What the didn't know was when they had accidentally triggered a signal when they stole those files. When the signal activated, a German-American fighter pilot named Hans von Hammer, who was actually a mercenary and mole for the terrorists, convinced his squadron that the Middle Eastern US military base had been overrun by terrorists. The fooled squad bombed the base, and then actual terrorists ransacked what remained when the dust cleared.
Jack Johnson was blasted in half, still alive, while being dragged away from the slaughter, tank operator Jeb Stuart is now MIA, and the remnants of Easy Company were captured by the terrorists along with the lockbox containing the bioweapon files. When Rock awoke, he and his team were in the innermost sanctum of the terrorist stronghold. The cloaked and obscured visage of their leader appeared before them, announcing these four Americans as the test subjects for their bioweapon, which will “cleanse the Earth of sin and decadence as the one true god takes his rightful place”.
As Frank tried to remain conscious as the chemical compound was injected into his brain, the leader raised his hand to the sky, displaying the symbol for Omega carved into his palm...
- In the mainstream comics, Easy Company members Horace, Joe, and Phil went by the respective nicknames of "Bulldozer, Wildman", and "Ice".
- Anais Guillot, in the original comics, was one of many women who used the codename “Mademoiselle Marie”.
- Another French woman named Marie Salomon, with no other connection to Anais other than the mainstream legacy of Mme. Marie, is the girlfriend of Batman's ally Alfred Pennyworth.
- Hans von Hammer has no interest in this war other than doing the dirty work of whomever pays him the most.
- Jack Johnson will return to the war after becoming a cyborg (based on mainstream character GI Robot), courtesy of the American Govt. research division CADMUS.
- Other war-time characters that may come into play later include versions of Gravedigger, the Losers, Gunner, the Unknown Soldier, and a disgraced Desert Storm veteran named Jonah Woodson...