This article is about the character in IDW's comics - for the version from the '80s, see Tomax (RAH).

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Tomax is a Cobra character from the A Real American Hero IDW comics continuity.
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Tomax is a high-ranking member of Cobra, and one of the leaders of the Crimson Guard force. He wages war not in the battlefields but in courtrooms and executive board rooms.



Tomax was born on Corsica, where, along with his brother Xamot, he was raised as a soldier of the Unione Corse, the international mafia centered on his island home. He was taught the ways of war, of business and of crime.

He came of age during the "Toyota War" between Chad and Libya, serving in the French Foreign Legion. Tomax had enlisted looking for adventure, and assumed that the only way to conquer one's enemies was through force. But he and his brother swiftly realized that the only true victors were those who found a way to profit from war.

The Paoli brothers spent three years with Moammar Khaddafi, watching him build his power base, but were ultimately disappointed by his short-sighted reliance on simple means to control the world.

As the Unione Corse's aging contraband network began to fall apart, the brothers' business partnership, Extensive Enterprises, was there to prop up the remnants. Of course, Tomax may have helped speed this process along, by garroting one of the old leaders while Xamot shot another in the head. Soon Extensive Enterprises had its own private security force, and influence over hundreds of industries.[1]

Tomax's debauched appetites grew, and one day he met a man who offered him the chance to take Extensive Enterprises into new territory - the kind of step up Tomax had long dreamed of. But as his power increased, he grew increasingly bored, seeking new ways to amuse himself. One of these diversions was posing as "Mr. X," an identity shared with his brother, while toying with an undercover agent.[2]

Tomax fled the building with his brother, escaping in a helicopter. He stayed at the hospital while Xamot was recovering, but the twins' connection had changed.[1]


  • Unlike the Marvel/Sunbow version of the twins, this Tomax has not been shown to share a psychic link with his brother.

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