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Your Top Modern Characters part 8

Written by Chris Mitchell on Friday, March 13 2009 and posted in Features
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Some really fun characters in this one, I am pretty sure you all know about four of these characters, but the fifth I think about two or three of you know. Yeah, that’s the manga one.


266. Five Characters (4 points each)


Year first appeared: 2001

I read that this dude was based off of Dennis Rodman, can anyone confirm that? Again, I never read this version of X-Force or X-Static, and I never really heard any reviews on the book either. Are they out in trades? Worth picking up?

Anarchist, one of the founding members of the X-Statix, discovered his abilities at a very young age. When he was very young, a white couple adopted Anarchist. When he was old enough, he began to question the difference in his and his parents' skin tones, and would frequently try to wash himself clean, thinking he was constantly dirty. It was thus how Anarchist discovered his mutant ability. When Anarchist was with the X-Statix, he struggled for face time on the television with the other members what he thought was too much. Because of this, Anarchist, along with fellow X-Statix Dead Girl, left to form their own television show. After the series flopped, they both returned to the X-Statix. Although Anarchist was one of the more successful members of the X-Statix, he could not avoid being killed in the last mission along with the other members.

Anarchist can secrete acidic sweat, which allows him to generate electrochemical energy, which he can project as a destructive blast or a small amount subtle enough to change the outcome of rolling dice. He can also secrete a sticky adhesive.


Resurrection Man

Year first appeared: 1997 resurectionman.jpg

I so love this character. I really really really really wish they would do something with him.

At first Mitchell Shelley was a lawyer who was unwillingly tested on. He was a subject for nanotechnology experimentation, nanomachines known as 'tektites' to be exact. The company who experimented on him was only known as 'The Lab'. At first, the experiments rendered Mitch amnesiac. The tektites caused Mitch's deaths to only last a few seconds, and then he would come back with a new super power.

After he left 'The Lab' he fought an incarnation of Amazo. Resurrection Man defeated Amazo and it caught the attention of the JLA. Mitch has been chased by 'The Body Doubles', two female assassins who work for 'The Lab'.

It was later revealed that 'The Lab' only gave Mitchell the ability of instant resurrection. His past reaches far back to the time of cavemen. Through all the time he has lived, he has always encountered Vandal Savage. Resurrection Man has always foiled Savage's schemes before dying. Mitchell Shelley is the counter-agent of Vandal Savage.

Phantom Stranger considers Resurrection Man to be a friend of his even though Mitchell does not recall ever meeting him before. The Forgotten Heroes recruited Resurrection Man thinking he was the latest incarnation of Immortal Man. Shelley revealed to the group that he was not Immortal Man, but something completely different.

By the end of the Resurrection Man series, he helped face down a threat to the multiverse that the JLA, JSA, Young Justice, the Forgotten Heroes, and other heroes could not face. The threat had to do with Mitch's origins, Vandal Savage, and Immortal Man. The threat was stopped when Immortal Man sacrificed himself to save the multiverse. Since then, Resurrection Man wanders the DC universe helping others and fighting crime outside the Mainstream DC Universe.


Batman Beyond

batmanbeyond.jpgYear first appeared: 1999

Yep. He also had a comic.

Terry was born in Gotham City on August 18, 2023, to Warren and Mary McGinnis, a research scientist at Wayne-Powers and an astronomer at Astro-Tech respectively. By his own admission, he was once a "bad kid." A member of a street gang run by youthful racketeer Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow, Terry has his fair share of run-ins with the Gotham City Police while in his early teens, even serving a three-month stint in juvenile hall. Years after Batman is last seen, he finds himself on the run from another street gang, the Jokerz, who model themselves after the deceased Clown Prince of Crime. Terry flees onto the grounds of Wayne Manor, where an aged Bruce Wayne comes to his defense. The strain of the fight places substantial stress on Bruce's heart, and he collapses. Terry helps Bruce into the mansion and gets him his medication; Bruce proceeds to fall asleep afterwards. Before leaving, Terry notices a bat stuck inside a grandfather clock. As he tries to free it he stumbles upon the entrance to the Batcave.

After Bruce kicks him out, Terry returns home to find his father murdered, and later discovers that Derek Powers — who has assumed leadership of a merged Wayne-Powers — is responsible. He seeks Bruce's assistance in bringing Powers down, but despite Terry's insistence, Bruce, still shaken from an ordeal years earlier of having relied on a gun for self-defense, maintains that he has given up the cowl. Terry takes matters into his own hands and steals the latest incarnation of the Batsuit. Bruce admonishes him through the suit's communicator, and even shuts down the suit, leaving Terry helpless in a fight. Terry, however, is able to convince Bruce to help him confront Powers, who ordered Warren's death after the latter discovered Powers' plan to mass-produce biological weapons. In the end, Powers, who has been exposed to his own hazardous chemicals, experiences the onset of his mutation into Blight.

Convinced that there is still a need for a Batman, Bruce hires Terry as his "personal assistant" and begins secretly training him for his new role as Batman. In addition, Bruce assists Terry in the field primarily by keeping in continual contact with the boy at the Batcave.

After Powers' criminal identity is revealed to the public and he finally brings retribution to his father's killers, Terry decides to continue his role as Batman to make up for his past sins, in hope that his heroic role is his chance at redemption

Terry goes on many adventures as the Batman, growing into his role to the point where eventually even Bruce accepts him as his heir as the Bat. Eventually, he is recruited by Superman to root out a traitor in the team... who turns out to be Superman himself, under the control of the extraterrestrial creature Starro. Though initially the rest of the team distrusts him due to his perceived inexperience, Terry gains their trust by saving their lives and freeing Superman from the alien's mind control. However, he says that he would prefer to be like his mentor and only partially serve on the Justice League.


Manchester Black

Year first appeared: 2001

Wow. You moved up in the world, Manchester. On the DCU Villains list you were in the OPC, but now, you are at a total of 4 points. Yay you.

Black's team, the Elite, considered themselves true crime fighters but their methods were extreme, as they killed their opponents for victory. When Black and his Elite came to Metropolis, they were opposed by Superman, the city’s protector. The Man of Steel defeated the Elite and captured Black, but president Lex Luthor had Black released. The immoral Brit became an ally of Luthor, using his telepathic powers to find out that Clark Kent was the alter ego of Superman, a secret that Lex had long sought. Black first learned of Imperiex's approach to Earth, letting Lex have a chance to mobilize the planets defense in a cosmic war. After the war, Black used his knowledge of Superman's secret identity to target everyone close to him. Black was thought to have been deceased in an explosion, but returned with his sister, Vera Black. To prove that Superman could not live up to his own ideals, the cynical Black set out to ruin his life. Anyone close to Superman, A.K.A Clark Kent, was endangered. Finally, Black seemingly killed Lois Lane but still Superman would not kill Black in revenge. Defeated, Black erased the knowledge of Superman's true identity from Lex's mind and computer files, before taking his own life, a failure.


Sam Chance

Year first appeared: 2007

Did you know David Hine writes manga? Betcha didn't.

The SKAR virus has infected a handful of adolescents worldwide, giving them superhuman, telekinetic powers along with a death sentence. When the government and the private sector both set out to find a cure for the deadly illness, their humanitarian effort belies a powerful race that could set up an entirely new world order. Enter the young Sam Chance, who finds himself SKAR-positive. The imminent end of his life just might be the beginning of an entirely different world...



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