Arkady Rossovich was a Russian youth who was subjected to
government testing during the early days of the Cold War. Soviet scientists
were attempting to create a deadly supersoldier, perhaps in response to
Germany's Red Skull and America's Captain America.
Arkady was given super strength and stamina, and outfitted with two
carbonadium coils that retracted into his arms. Unfortunately, the tests
also required him to drain the life force of others to remain active.
Code named Omega Red, he was assigned to destroy
Wolverine, then an American government agent, but was defeated. Having
gone for too long without repowering, Omega Red fell into a coma and was
Decades later, Omega Red was revived by members of the Hand, the
same ninja group that transferred Psylocke's
mind to a new body. The sacrifice of their life forces sufficiently
powered Omega Red, and he began a new mission to destroy Wolverine and any
who would stand in his way.