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Your Top Modern Characters part 15

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, March 16 2009 and posted in Features
Top List
Two ladies and two men, and I think you will know all of them. Yay.


260. Four characters (6 points each)

Night Thrasher

Year first appeared: 1989

Fabe and Bagley New Warriors, I think is in my Top 3 fav. comics of all time.

Born into wealth and privilege Dwayne Michael Taylor's family had a dark and shadowy past which lead to their murders at the initiative of their advisor, a mystic known as Tai. Tai used her abilities to twist Taylor's memories of his parents' death to manipulate him into becoming a vigilante - with the goal of having him befriend super humans, which she could use as a sacrifice to control a dimensional breach known as the Well of All Things. Recruiting other heroes, Taylor used his fortune to fund the New Warriors as their leader Night Thrasher.

Due to tampering with his mind by Tai, Dwayne was immune to telepathic probes. Emma Frost herself could not scan his mind. He has been trained in martial arts by a number of tutors. He was able to gain a near-victory in unarmed combat against Punisher. Punisher only won by switching to his weapons again. Dwayne was also a skilled acrobat and a genius level inventor with skills eclipsing most engineers His combat armor gave him enhanced human strength.

His light armored suit consisted of Kevlar, silicate-oriented fiber in ceramic matrix" and titanium nitride micro-mail. The suit was bulletproof and fireproof, also impenetrable by knife blades. It included camouflage equipment, which blended the suit to its surroundings. The goggles of his helmet allowed him to see infrared vision, telescopic vision and magnetic resonance scanning. The helmet also included a breathing apparatus, a voice scrambler, a radio communications device (allowing him to communicate with his teammates) and a parabolic sound enhancer. In battle he typically employed battle staves. He used a high-tech fiberglass skateboard for transportation. The skateboard was equipped with a retractable razor-sharp blade, allowing it to be used as a weapon in battle.

Variations of his armor came with titanium spring-loaded blades in the forearms, adamantium-laced garrote wires, surface-to-surface missiles, and compartments concealing hand-weaponry. His favorite weapon was an Uzi submachine pistol. He also carried with him explosives, plastique, napalm gel, cordite packs, magnesium flares, smoke capsules, incendiary packs, spur jacks and ball bearings.

After the death of Night Thrasher at the tragedy in Stamford, Connecticut; Donyell Taylor (the original Night Thrashers half brother and former villain named Bandit) reformed the New Warriors and assumed the identity of Night Thrasher.


Dead Girl

Year first appeared: 2002

I remember hearing bout her when I did my X-folk list, I really thought she sounded damn cool. I would love to see them do an Undead X-Adventures starring Her, Banshee, and a few others. How cool will that be? Call it, X-Estential or something.

Moonbeam originally moved to New York City as a young teenager to pursue an acting career in the big city. While there, she met a fellow actor who had fallen on similar hard luck in the rough big city acting business and feel in love. One fateful night in a hotel her lover murdered Moonbeam, then he hurriedly took the body and sealed it in a mausoleum. That night Moonbeam's mutation activated on her necrotic tissue and she was revived. However, she found herself still effectively sealed within her tomb. While in this state she managed to discover her ability to communicate with the deceased buried around her. The dead who's spirits were free to roam planted a seed of doubt in Moonbeam's killer, eventually luring him back to the crypt in which he had buried Moonbeam. He returned to the site of the burial to rest assured Moonbeam remained as she was. Once he released her from her catacomb; she appeared as the mutant heroine, Dead Girl and sought revenge on the man that had taken her first life.



Year first appeared: 1994

Yet another flashback character for me, and another Wizard Mag would pimp and pimp and pimp. I never read a Gen 13 ish in my life, am I missing anything good? And we have to thank Gen 13 for giving us the wonderful artistic talents of J. Scott Campbell, who currently is drawing a 12 issue Spider-Man story arc. And on that note, back to Fairchild, who is beautifully drawn by Benes here.

A lonely but brilliant computer science student at Princeton, Caitlin Fairchild was recruited by a government project known as International Operations that secretly intended to develop super humans. As the offspring of a former International Operations agent in Team 7, Alex Fairchild, she was considered a perfect target for genetic manipulation. In the Gen-active program Caitlin manifest superhuman physical and mental powers.

Discovering the project was corrupt, Fairchild lead her fellow test subjects to freedom. As the brightest and most initiative of the group, Fairchild has been deemed Gen13's unofficial leader and assumes responsibility for the actions of the whole group.



Year first appeared: 1993

Oh Joey Q, long before you destroyed comic book marriages and made Dr. Doom a bitch, you used to draw great comics. How far you have grown. Remember Ash? Did that comic have more then two issues out?

Colin King is the wealthy son of a master spy who served in the employ of the British Government. King was raised in the Orient, but was always an outcast in their society. When rival agent Iwatsu killed his father, King went into training, determined to carry on his father's tradition and bring his killers to justice. Now a master of the secret arts of the ninja, he serves England and the world as Ninjak.

Ninjak is the enforcer of the mysterious Weaponeer organization, and the top espionage expert in the world. Ninjak utilizes his expertise in martial arts, demolition, information acquisition, and a multitude of others skills honed by a keen intellect, and an ability to prepare for any outcome in a given situation. He wears a kevlar-armored bodysuit that can change colors like a chameleon.

Ninjak has no superhuman powers, but has trained his body to a state of physical perfection. He is also a master of ninjutsu, a group of martial skills that includes jujutsu (hand to hand fighting), bōjutsu (staff fighting), and laijutsu (drawing the sword). Perhaps the deadliest aspect of ninjutsu is the ability of the shinobi (or master) to size-up any object as a potential weapon. In addition, Ninjak has a highly analytical and tactical mind, allowing him to foresee various scenarios and prepare for them in advance. His intelligence-gathering abilities are highly developed skills as a computer hacker.

Ninjak is a man of many abilities. His greatest asset is his powerful intellect. He is the smartest man in the world. His understanding of human psychology is so thorough that he is always one step ahead of any opponent. Ninjak has the almost preternatural ability to anticipate every possible element in a given situation and prepare a counter for it. Ninjak is also adept at learning and understanding any language, including computer languages. Ninjak is able to pick up native tongues as easily as he is able to decipher computer codes and hack through the most complex systems.

In his pursuit of physical perfection, Ninjak has honed his body to the level of an Olympic decathlete. He has mastered a variety of martial art forms, including karate, jeet kune do, judo, aikido and several forms of kung fu. However, his fighting style of choice is the lethal art of ninjitsu, which was used by ninja warriors of feudal Japan as assassins. In addition to possessing various fighting styles, Ninjak is also an expert marksman, and trained in the use of the world's cutting edge weaponry. He is also an expert with the sai, bo staff, swords and bladed projectiles.




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