The final issue of Mystery Men is out today! Check out the final character profile of Marvel's Mystery Men, this time focusing on Achilles!
Mystery Men is the critically-acclaimed Marvel mini-series by David Liss and Patrick Zircher that debuted in June to rave reviews across the Internet. As the final issue hits stores today, David Liss has provided the Outhouse with an exclusive profile of Achilles, one of the heroes appearing in the book.
Who are The Mystery Men: Achilles
Name: Lewis Green
Power/Special Ability: The amulet of Achilles! It grants him incredible strength and the ability to manipulate energy to create weapons and armor, as well as to wield the energy itself.
Character's Origin: Professor Green in an archaeologist, hired by the evil General, to find the amulet in the ruins of Troy. To save himself from the treacherous General, Green is forced to use the amulet and take on the power -- and the burden -- it offers. A burden because the person who wields the amulet will lose one year of his life each time he activates it, unless he takes a human life while using it. The power of Achilles comes at a heavy cost.
Inspiration for the Character: Many of the pulps have an interest in the ancient world, though Egypt figures more prominent than ancient Greece. More than anything else, Achilles is a bit of a nod to the action sword & sorcery pulps, especially Howard's Conan and Burrough's John Carter. It's always fun to mix things up, so I was attracted to the idea of melding that genre with a superhero story.
Role that Character Plays in Mystery Men: Of all the Mystery Men, Achilles is the character who least wants to be there. Green is not a hero by nature, and the events that transform him into one shatter his life. Consequently, like the Surgeon, he is a bit of an outsider.
Final Thoughts on the Character: When we were hashing out ideas for the various characters, I wanted at least one of them to have some kind of actual power, and I loved the idea of a ancient mystical theme. I also loved the idea of power coming at a cost. The burden of Achilles places the burden of superhero responsibility set squarely out in the open. Power comes at a terrible cost, so under what circumstances does an essentially good person dare to use it? I enjoy writing tormented characters, so the possibilities of the Achilles amulet are endless.
Click on the links for profiles of The Operative, The Revenant, The Aviatrix and The Surgeon. Be sure to check out Mystery Men #5, out in stores everywhere!
Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer