Tech Jacket was a six issue American comic book created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist E.J. Su, published monthly by Image Comics in November 2002 to April 2003. The book is a part of Kirkman's overarcing Image Universe, which is anchored by Invincible, but also includes such heroes as Savage Dragon, Shadowhawk and Superpatriot. A Tech Jacket-wearer (looking similar to Zack Thompson's) was seen fighting Omnipotus with a cadre of fellow heroes in Invincible #27. The Geldarians were shown to be part the Coalition of Planets in Invincible #23; It was revealed there that the Kresh were charged by the Viltrumites to overtake Geldaria. In Brit: Old Soldier, among the bonus sketches Robert Kirkman states that Brit, Capes, Tech Jacket, and Invincible all take place in the same universe.
Fictional character biography
A High School kid named Zack Thompson finds a dying alien from a race of incredibly intelligent but physically weak beings called the Geldarians. To make up for this they have invented the Tech Jacket, a vest that every Geldarian is equipped with upon birth. Seeing the human and knowing his crashed spaceship is going to blow up and kill them both, the alien fits him with the Tech Jacket saving his life. But now the Tech Jacket can't be removed and gives Zack, "the most powerful weapons in the universe". After saving his father (who is therefore aware of the Tech Jacket) from some thugs, Zach tells him about the crashed spaceship and dying alien, later the Geldarians show up, thinking Zack killed Kresh (the alien) and stole the Tech Jacket. After helping the Geldarians fight the Kresh, the Geldarians felt grateful towards him.
Upon returning to earth he finds his parents home and store empty. He sleeps in the abandoned store but is awoken by the thugs searching for his parents. Zach trounces the thugs and forces them to take him to their boss. After persuading the loan shark to leave his family alone (which the loan shark does as, being a realist, he knows that there is nothing that can beat the tech suit in his arsenal), Zach finds his father who had relocated due to the issue with the loan shark. The last Kresh however return to seek revenge on Zack but Zack once again defeats them only to have his mother return and see the alien bodies littering her lawn.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
The Tech Jacket is a powered exoskeleton called "the most powerful weapon in the universe", the Tech Jacket was created by the Geldarians to make up for their physical weakness. But one found its way to Zack Thompson, a human high school student.
- The vest gives him near-invulerability, super-strength, flight, and energy blasts.
- The jacket has an ability known as Host Maintenance which when activated removes and destroys all germs, bacteria and dirt from the user's body, removing the need to bathe.
- Removal is unpermitted, under executive decree 574-3.
- Appearances of Tech Jacket (Zack Thompson)
- Images featuring Tech Jacket (Zack Thompson)
- Quotations by or about Tech Jacket (Zack Thompson)
- Character Gallery: Tech Jacket (Zack Thompson)
- Tech Jacket at dccomics.com
- Tech Jacket at Wikipedia.org
- Paul O´Brien´s November 2002 review of Tech Jacket #1
- Series at the Comic Book DB
- Character at the Comic Book DB