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Your Top Modern Characters part 32

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, March 19 2009 and posted in Features
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Oh, I know all three of this characters. I am no longer clueless on who I am writing about. YAY.


243. Three characters (11 points each)

Phantom Lady III

phantomlady.jpgYear first appeared: 2006

Hmmmm. I wonder why she got votes. I wonder...*rubs chin

The new Phantom Lady was introduced in Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven as one of the metahumans guarding Blüdhaven. She appears in the limited series Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters. Her name is Stormy Knight and, like the original character, her father is a U.S. Senator, though no connection to the other Knight characters has been established.

She seems to know Father Time and has hinted that they've met before with him in a different guise, referring to his look as "this year's look is Colonel Sanders, Time?" She acts like a spoiled movie star and treats her other teammates like the popular girl in high school would treat the geeks (especially the Human Bomb and Major Force), but shows some hint of respect for the new Doll Man, hinting that they worked together for some time. Her wristbands not only projects light but can bend reality.

She does not maintain a secret identity. In Brave New World, a radio program names her as Stormy Knight. Like other members of the Blüdhaven team, this incarnation of Phantom Lady is a cold-blooded killer, although there are indications in issue #1 of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, as she finds herself defending her actions, that she may be disturbed by what she is ordered to do. Also in issue #1, her father is depicted in a more sympathetic light as a man who might disband the Blüdhaven team if elected. He is murdered on orders of Father Time and replaced by a doppelganger. It was believed that Senator Knight wanted to run America as a dictatorship enforced by a metahuman army shown through visions created by Uncle Sam, but it appears that the real person who wants America this way is the individual running S.H.A.D.E. This figure, a cyborg named Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard, is impersonating Senator Knight.

In the second issue of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, Stormy becomes a Freedom Fighter. She reveals that she has a degree in quantum physics and pretends to be a spoiled idiot so she won't end up like other socialites. Her wrists bands appear to be able to transport Stormy and others from the third dimension to the fourth dimension.

In the second Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters series Stormy, still in shock over her father's death, begins to take drugs and drink heavily. After she drunkenly cuts a super-powered troublemaker in half on live television, Black Condor takes her to the extra-dimensional Heartland, where Uncle Sam tells her she won't leave until her habit has been kicked. Stormy later slits her wrists, but is found in time by Doll Man. Miss America removes all the toxins from her systems, allowing her to recuperate better.

By the end of the miniseries, Stormy decides to forego her superhero career to pursue an acting vocation.


Mr. Edward Hyde

Year first appeared: 1999

Is it sad that I never read this book? Should I? Is it essential reading? Its one of those "I will read it soon" books, but I just never got around to picking it up. A friend at work is a whore for anything Moore goes on and on and on and on about it. And Watchman. Maybe that’s why I haven't read it yet, because he keeps nagging me too. And on that note, Dr. Jekyll has the ability to, when provoked, excited or any other emotion, turn into a large creature known as Edward Hyde. As Hyde, he possesses super human strength. He also heals faster that humans, and doesn’t feel much pain when injured. He can also see in infrared, able to spot Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man.



Year first appeared: 1989

Again, I always loved this character. And I love his simple design. Even if you don't know who he was, you can guess his name just by looking at his costume. He is the perfect baddie, a loyal henchman to the end.

A bad seed even as a child Brock Rumlow always admired the bad guys, the Red Skull in particular. As a mercenary, Rumlow was hired by a Red Skull imposter to attack the fortress of the bio-fanatic Arnim Zola. All of Rumlow's fellow mercenaries were killed in the assault, but his skills so impressed the real Red Skull that he hired him as a bodyguard and gave him the identity of Crossbones.

Oh, love the Liefeld pic don'tcha?




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