Kalus is a character that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions. He was a resident of Shanazar and the leader of Death-Trap, a group of hired mercenaries. He was killed after Medusa turned him to sand.
Kalus is made of grey stone and wears black pants. He has a triangular head, a large chin, and a muscular build. Being made of stone, his body is visibly rigid and rough. After his transformation during his fight with Medusa, his body turned into sand, giving it a softer, yellow appearance.
Kalus and Death-Trap made their appearance when they were hired by Grand Vizier Dr. Robotnik to capture Sonic the Hedgehog. While the trio looked around Shanazar for Sonic, Totem Billy spotted him, prompting Sonic to confront Kalus. Kalus, however, easily took Sonic's Spin Attack and tried retaliating before having Prank assist in his capture. It all proved moot though when Sonic decided to run away. Though impressed at Sonic's speed, Kalus had his team move out to complete their job.
Weeks later, after Totem Billy recovered from a cold, Kalus and his team picked up Sonic's trail. However, Kalus would insult a passing Medusa on the way, leading her to turn Death-Trap's members into stone. Kalus, already being made of stone, appeared unaffected and tried attacking Medusa, only for a delayed reaction to turn him into sand. Becoming one with the desert, Kalus would emerge as a being of sand to capture Sonic while he fought Medusa. Using another Spin Attack, Sonic scattered Kalus' body into the wind, with his sand grains helping him defeat Medusa.
Powers and abilities
Nigel Kitching revealed that he originally planned to have Death-Trap appear in more stories, chasing Sonic across Shanazar, as this would allow him to have a running story arc that would not impact on Lew Stringer (as Sonic would escape Death-Trap each time):
- "[Kalus] imagined him as not really being a villain at all. He simply hunts down criminals for a living. Sonic is considered a criminal here. I don't think he was always made of stone. I think there is some tragedy in his past that has left him this way. He's very deep and private - almost shy...
- "So that's the way it would have worked. I had an idea in mind where Sonic badly injures the stone guy. By this point Sonic realises that he is actually a good person and so Sonic goes out of his way to help. I wanted to play with ideas about what makes one person a hero and the other a villain. In this world Sonic has committed a serious crime by rescuing those kids. To society he is the villain - his actions have placed everyone in danger. Deathtrap are just doing their job, bringing in a criminal."
Kitching's plans were cut short when he was fired and Lew Stringer was eventually trusted with the task of tying up their loose ends.