Doberman (Strikeback! enemy) (Malib and Image comics)

Doberman and Rottweiler

Nobody steals a bone from Doberman!


Strikeback! was a minor comics miniseries by Jonathan Peterson and Kevin Maguire. It started publication in 1994 with Malibu, but the comics market cratering interrupted publication. In 1996, it could be fully and correctly published by Image.

For the full plot and context, readers should start with the character profile for Nikita, the main character.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Eyes: Unknown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Doberman has:

  • A low level of superhuman strength and agility.
  • Highly experienced battle skills.
  • An extremely high level of resistance to damage, being almost impossible to destroy. He’ll happily steer a large missile down a gigantic monster’s throat with every expectation of surviving.

Rottweiler seems to have the same abilities, but is nowhere near as strong or competent.


A highly paid mercenary, the origin of Doberman, or his flunky, Rottweiler, is unrevealed. He is first heard of accepting a job from Mars Dragonryder to abduct his wayward daughter, Nikita, and return her home.

For this mission he seems to be leading a large army of mercenaries, most of who seem to feel any particular loyalty to, or fear of, Doberman.

Hunt for Nikita

Doberman snatched Nikita with relative ease. The only obstacle was her boyfriend, Rascal. Rottweiler stayed to deal with Rascal while Doberman took Nikita back to the warehouse base they were working out of.


Rottweiler is unsuccessful, however, when Midnight Devil, who happened to be passing through, comes to Rascal’s aid. The pair left him tied up under a pile of rubble after a random super-powered battle passing through collapses a wall on him.

Doberman handed Nikita over to her mother, Shannara’s, care at the warehouse. But Mars offered to triple his fee to 30 million dollars if he’d accompany them safely to Dragonryder Island.

He agreed, but a couple of the less loyal mercenaries heard this, and when Rascal and his team, Strikeback, attacked the warehouse, the mercenaries took advantage of the situation to abscond with Doberman’s “bone&”. Doberman soon realised she’d been taken, and sets off in pursuit.

Rottweiler had freed himself in time to reach the warehouse while the battle was ongoing, but his attempt to get revenge on Rascal is foiled when Sherman blows him 200 yards through some walls. He manages to recover enough to sneak onto the wheel units of the mercenary ship Strikeback take to follow Nikita, but falls asleep on the flight, leaving him late to catch up to them later on.

The hunt continues

Doberman caught up to the fleeing craft above the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile a couple of Strikeback members, who’d managed to sneak on board, killed the mercenaries, only to find themselves without a pilot. Doberman managed to use his craft to avoid them crashing too badly, so his “bone” didn’t get injured. He and some of his more loyal mercenaries then gave chase to the trio.

Doberman from the Strikeback! comics

Cornering Jade Cobra and Nikita, he easily dispatched Jade, only to be caught from behind by Midnight Devil, and sent falling into a canyon. He climbed out in time to end the fight, and was about to get revenge by throwing Midnight Devil into the canyon. But he was stopped by Shannara Dragonryder, who insisted the prisoners be all be brought in alive and (relatively) unharmed.

Reaching Dragonryder Island, Doberman settled down to happily count his money while waiting for his ship to be refuelled. The rest of Strikeback arrived soon after, attacking the complex, and accidentally releasing the gargantuan Monster X to enter this dimension.

Monster X

Rottweiler woke soon after arrival, and caught up to Rascal in time to find his back exposed. He pounced on him, only to find his attack knocked Rascal out of the way of the attacking Monster X. The creature instead chomped down on Rottweiler, swallowing him, but probably not killing him.

Realising they had few options available, and that his missiles could not do much against Monster X at such short distances without better guidance, Mars Dragonrider offered Doberman a further 75 million dollars to pilot one of the missiles down Monster X’s throat. He accepted, and successfully piloted the missile, killing the monster.

Presumably both Doberman and Rottweiler got out of the monster at some later point.


An aggressive and determined mercenary, Doberman prides himself on never failing a contract. Likewise, he won’t tolerate anyone who gets in his way (trying to take his “bone” from him).

He’s utterly fearless in combat, trusting to his invulnerability to keep him alive. Radiating absolute confidence, Doberman expects his commands to be obeyed by anyone who isn’t paying him, and accepts little insubordination.

Rottweiler is more arrogant than confident. He seems to always feel the need to prove himself, leaving him constantly aggressive and in people’s faces.



“Nobody steals a bone from Doberman !”

“Nothing personal, just business.”


“Dis guy’s gonna be a pest. He ain’t gonna give up. I tink we’re gonna have to snuff ’im.”

“I’m gonna gnaw on yer intestines, you ugly Chinese kabuki freak !!”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 08 Str: 07 Bod: 15 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 07 Aur: 07 Spi: 08 Resources {or Wealth}: 018
Init: 019 HP: 035

Invulnerability: 25

Vehicles (Air): 06

Sidekick (Rottweiler).

Mercenary scene (High).

SIA (Fulfilling contracts).


Dex: 06 Str: 06 Bod: 12 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 05 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 02 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 012 HP: 020

Invulnerability: 20

Vehicles (Air): 05

Iron Nerves.

Doberman (Low).

Minor Rage.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: Strikeback! (Published by Bravura and Image).