Morphicius was created as a villain for Hawkman. He first appeared after the relaunch of 2011 and was created by Tony Daniel.
The Xenusians were a race of malevolent aliens who spread a mysterious plague that caused the victims to mutate and transforms into new Xenusians. Also, the Xenusians were responsible for the annihilation of the entire Vexaphon race.
Morphicius spread the Xenuisan plague across the galaxy until he was captured by a mysterious High Council, who sentenced him to imprisonment to a containment vessel. Eventually, Morphicius's containment vessel fell to Earth, and he spent hundreds of years in cryogenic stasis until his vessel was found by Professor Ziegler's research team. One scientist, Terrance, was secretly working for Hogarth Kane, a military official who sought to obtain the vessel for military use, opened the tomb, awakening Morphicius and releasing the plague. In a matter of moments, the plague mutates the scientists and turns them into Xenusians. Hawkman arrives and kills two Xenusians until Morphicius personally fights Hawkman, absorbing some of his lifeforce. Morphicius then grows his own Nth Metal armor.
As the fight continues, Morphicius gains the advantage, until Hawkman dissipates his armor and prepares to fight him on his own, saying that he has nothing to lose. Morphicius simply replies that Hawkman has indeed something to lose, just not yet, and flies away.
As he flies across Manhattan, Morphicius loses control of the Nth metal and falls to a secluded alley. There, he finds a mysterious man who identifies himself as Waker, the last Vexaphon. Although Morphicius attacks him, Waker tells him that he has been sent to save his life.
Waker takes the weakened Morphicius to the Non-Lethal Alternative Studios building, where Kane's research team begins performing experiments to get better data from Morphicius' physology as they perform an autopsy on him and then fells unconscious. Upon waking Kane introduces himself saying that's aware about the nature of the Xenusians and states that will find a way to control Morphicius's power and take profit from it as he swears vengeance on Kane,while being vivisected by Askana.
Hours later, the vivisection ends and Morphicius has been cut to pieces, leaving only his head. Kane orders Askana to dispose of Morphicius's head when Hawkman arrives, having discovered Kane's involvement in Morphicius's release. Hawkman had also brought Terrance with him.
While Hawkman fought Askana, Terrance, who had been infected with Morphicius's plague, reaches Morphicius's disembodied head and merges it with his own body, and Morphicius is fully reborn.
After a prolonged fight, Hawkman discovers Morphicius's weakness to cold, so he grabs tube containing liquid nitrogen and shoots Morphicius with it, freezing him for ice, hopefully for good.
Powers & Abilities
Claws: His claws are sharp enough to shred concrete,steel and even the NTH metal.
Shape-Shifting: Morphicius is also capable of morphing his body, such as turning one arm into a axe or sickle to attack Hawkman.
Energy Absorption: Morphicius' main capability is absorb any type of energy. He can also absorb the life force of their victims through physical contact.
Power Replication/Replication: He's also able to absorb the Nth metal and thus gaining some similar abilities to Hawkman. It is uncertain whether he can replicate powers from other metahumans.
- Fire Projection: As Hawkman can projects fire blasts from any part of his body
Chemical Secretion: Morphicius spread a mysterious plague that caused the victims to mutate and transforms into a beings similar to himself but totally loyal to him.
Symbiosis: As theorized by Askana if he's weak would need a human host to survive and even a small portion of his body is able to take over a person's body as happened with Dr. Terrence.
Regeneration: He is able to regenerate and/or assimilate lost or damaged tissue even when severed into several pieces in a matter of minutes. after absorbed Nth metal this ability was further increased.