Willis “Diamondback” Stryker is a master of the blade who leads crime operations and gangs across New York City. Growing up alongside his best friend Carl Lucas, the two led a gang together—but as Diamondback committed to a life of crime, Lucas changed his name and chose to become a hero.
In constant search of power and authority in the city underground, Diamondback suffers no fools and takes no prisoners.
Revenge-Fueled Gang Leader
Willis Stryker grew up with his best friend Carl Lucas in Harlem, New York City. Joining a local street gang at a young age, the two eventually became the group’s leaders. Fights against rival gangs, such as the Diablos, honed Willis’ knife-fighting skills.
Lucas eventually quit the gang for a more noble life as the Super Hero known as Luke Cage, but Willis’ involvement deepened, and he cut into the Syndicate’s (AKA the Maggia’s) territory. After years fighting his way in, Willis eventually won his place in the Syndicate, and received the name “Diamondback” for his speed using blades.
Expert Knife Fighter
Diamondback is an expert knife fighter, both hand-to-hand and thrown. His resident genius, Gadget, designed three special blades to use against his former friend Cage’s impenetrable skin; one that dispenses poison gas, one that emits debilitating sonic pulses, and finally, one that explodes on impact.