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John Annex Stone

Battlestone Alias: Battlestone

Eyes: White, originally blue
Hair: Gray, originally brown
Height: 6' 4''
Weight: 265 lbs
Other distinguishing features: White/yellowish skin from being dead and reanimated.
Race: Human

Occupation: Mercenary. At one time leader of Brigade, last seen as leader of Youngblood
Legal status: U.S. citizen with no criminal record
Marital Status: Single
Identity: Publicly known
Known relatives: Michael Stone (father)
Cabbot Stone (brother)
Kaitlin McManus (half-sister, deceased)
Group affiliation: The Allies
Operation: Knightstrike

Story: Stone began his adventures as a member of the Allies during WWII. As a young G.I. he distinguished himself thrught his valor and bravery in combat, and was recruted for the Allies [2, 4]. On a mission Super-Patriot was wounded, and Die-Hard blamed Stone. Being the commanding officer Die-Hard dismissed Stone from the Allies [1].

Not much has been revealed about the years after WWII. He did a tour of duty in both Korea and Vietnam [6].

In 1986 Stone was recruited for CIA's elite death squad Operation: Knightstrike. His first assignmen was to recruit Al Simmons, Chapel, Duke, Dutch and Peter Frehley [6]. During his last mission, he was assassinated by Dutch who worked for Giger and his organization Cybernet [1].

Stone was reanimated thru Project: Born Again, and went on to lead the first Youngblood team, but not for long. On a mission in the Persian Gulf in the summer of 1988, he accidentally killed one of his subordinates and was dismissed from the team [8].

After the dismissal from Youngblood, Stone started his mercenary activities and shortly thereafter started Brigade [4].

Hacker, a member of Brigade, was kidnapped by Denis Kraven [3] and forced to betray Brigade. Somehow Kraven also got to Boone, forcing him to betray Brigade too, ending in Boone stealing the data on the members of Brigade gathered by Thermal and Hacker helping him get away. The mission ended an explosion which killed Battlestone, and Kraven took the body with him [4,5].

Battlestone was reanimated again, making him stronger than before [1]. This time he was assigned to Youngblood as leader [7]. The leadership went quite well compared to his earlier leaderships, but as time passed he discovered that upon his last ressurrection Lord Dredd had tampered with his mind [9].

Skills & abilities: Battlestone possesses superhuman strenght and endurance and is an expert in hand-to-hand combat and weapons.

Continuity: Rob Liefeld's part of the Image universe
Publisher(s): Malibu Comics
Extreme Studios
Maximum Press
First app.: Brigade (vol. 1) #1 (1992)
Creator(s): Rob Liefeld
Country of origin: USA USA

Related links/characters:
- Liefeld Characters
- Alex Barros/Coldsnap
- Allies, The
- Al Simmons
- Boone
- Brigade
- Bruce Stinson/Chapel
- Cabbot Stone/Bloodstrike
- Cybernet
- Die-Hard
- Giger
- Hiroshi Kuramoto/Kayo
- Jake Holland/Dutch
- John Quincy Armstrong/Super-Patriot
- Kaitlin McManus/Crusible
- Kathy Pearson/Stasis
- Lethal
- Marc Barros/Seahawk
- Michael Stone/Quantum
- Michael Talbot/Hacker
- Operation: Knightstrike
- Rebecca Halley/Thermal
- Roman
- Sean Welch/Atlas
- Youngblood

Cross cultural references:
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Angelo Mortalli/Bloodshot: The Valiant VH-1 Bloodshot
Raymond Garrison/Bloodshot: The Valiant VH-2 Bloodshot
Luther Manning/Deathlok: Another undead warrior/hero (Marvel Comics)
Michael Collins/Deathlok: Another undead warrior/hero (Marvel Comics)

References: 1: Battlestone (vol. 1) #1
2: Brigade (vol. 2) #5
3: Brigade (vol. 2) #6
4: Brigade (vol. 2) #13
5: Brigade (vol. 2) #14
6: Operation: Knightstrike (vol. 1) #1
7: Team Youngblood (vol. 1) #19
8: Youngblood (vol. 1) #0
9: Youngblood (vol. 2) #9