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Your Top Modern Characters part 71

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, April 02 2009 and posted in Features
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132. Fiddlers Green (28 points) fiddlersgreen.jpg

Year first appeared: 1989

I am not to familiar with the Sandman Universe. I only read the very first trade. So I really need to get on that, its on my "must read" stuff, but that list is so frickin’ long. Anywho...

Fiddler's Green is a place in the Dreaming which all travelers (specifically sailors) apparently dream of someday finding. It sometimes likes to take human form and go wandering, using the alias Gilbert during one of these trips. His most common form is as a kind, portly man who strongly resembles G. K. Chesterton. Dream attempted to resurrect him in The Wake, but the almost-alive Gilbert stated that if he did "my death would have no meaning." Acquiescing, the new Dream stopped the process. He also accompanied Rose Walker on her journey to find her brother Jed, and gave her the means by which to summon Dream to rescue her when she was assaulted. At the end of the series it is implied, though not outright stated, that he was "in love, a little" with Rose.


rage.jpg131. Rage (28 points)

Year first appeared: 1990

Twelve-year-old Elvin Haliday was visiting an unfamiliar neighborhood to trade some comic books with another boy when he was attacked by a gang of racist bullies. Elvin escaped them by hiding in the heavily polluted waters of Newtown Creek, but before he could climb out, Fisk Biochem workers dumped more illegal chemical waste into the creek, dousing him with it. Terrified and in pain, Elvin ran home to his only family, Granny Staples, and she nursed him back to health over a period of days. The boy recovered quickly, and in the weeks and months that followed, he went through a tremendous growth spurt that gave him a superhumanly powerful adult body. He was discouraged from seeking vengeance on his tormentors by the devoutly religious Granny Staples, who felt he should use his new powers for good. Fashioning a makeshift costume from a ski mask and a leather outfit, Elvin began operating as the super-vigilante Rage at the age of 14, targeting street criminals and drug dealers such as L.D. 50. He applied for membership in the Avengers, berating the team for their elitism and lack of visible minorities. Despite this obnoxious introduction, he was appointed a probationary Avengers reservist alongside Sandman after aiding the group in an other dimensional mission. Though technically part of a substitute roster serving as backup for the active team, Rage was a frequent participant in Avengers cases, facing foes such as Ngh the Unspeakable, the Tetrarchs of Entropy, Doctor Doom, the Brethren, the Collector, and Grotesk.

Rage left Camp Hammond with his old friend Justice to go and be a New Warrior again...only to learn there was a new team of Warriors already in place of the old ones. They re-united with Debrii and Silhouette along with some recruits from the Initiative (Slapstick & The Scarlet Spiders) to find Night Thrasher and confront him about creating a new team without attempting to recruit the original living members.

Rage possesses superhuman strength that can grow and evolve to unknown levels. In a calm state he has a base strength limit of 75 tons. When enraged or engaged in violent activity his strength can grow to beyond 100 tons. He also becomes larger in size and muscle mass.

He also has superhuman speed and stamina. Rage is capable of running at speeds beyond that of a human in peak physical condition. He has been shown to outrun an express train with no problem and he can run at these speeds and physically exert himself for at least 24 hours before he becomes tired. Rage's body produces less fatigue toxins, which allows him to out put that type of energy without a lowered level of stamina.

Rage is endowed with superhuman reflexes and agility. Despite Rage's large and muscular stature he has balance and bodily coordination beyond that of the best Olympian. He is also able to react to things above human levels.

Along with superhuman strength Rage has the durability and healing factor to match. He is resistant to almost all physical injury. Massive blunt force, lacerations, high caliber bullets, falls from great heights, and effects of extreme temperatures. If he does sustain an injury he has a healing factor above that of a normal human because of his extremely high metabolism. He cannot however regenerate limbs, organs, or brain cells. If he is caused brain damage, decapitated, gutted, or maimed he may not recover.


marv.jpg130. Marv (28 points - 1 first place slot)

Year first appeared: 1991

The Hard Goodbye begins as Marv has sex with a beautiful blonde prostitute named Goldie, only to wake up to find her dead and himself framed for her murder. He escapes from the cops and swears to track down Goldie's murderers and give them "the hard goodbye". He kills his way through a chain of small-time thugs who are related to Goldie's death. The last one, a priest, sends him to an abandoned farm outside of town where he confronts Goldie's killer, a mute cannibal named Kevin. Kevin is the ward of the most powerful man in town, Cardinal Roark. Before he can go after the Cardinal, however, Goldie’s twin sister Wendy captures him. He convinces her of his innocence and she assists him in his revenge.

Marv proceeds to torture and kill Kevin, and then stages a one-man attack on the Cardinal's fortress. He confronts the Cardinal, and it is revealed that Goldie was killed because she found out that the Cardinal and Kevin were kidnapping and eating prostitutes. Marv kills Roark in an unspecified but extraordinarily violent way before being gunned down by his guards.

Marv survives the shootings, and is blackmailed to confess not only to the murder of Roark and Kevin (as well as all the people he did kill along the way), but also to that of Lucille, Goldie, and the other girls Kevin killed after the authorities threaten to kill his mother if he refused. He is sentenced to death. Before his execution, Wendy visits him one last time. Marv is executed by two jolts from an electric chair. After surviving the first jolt, he defiantly says to his executioners: "Is that the best you can do, you pansies?" The switch is thrown again and Marv is soon pronounced dead.

In A Dame To Kill For (which is set just before The Hard Goodbye) he becomes a sidekick of sorts to his good friend Dwight McCarthy, agreeing to help him rescue his former lover Ava Lord. When it is revealed to be a set up, he rushes a mortally wounded Dwight to Old Town, where he is taken in by his former 'associate' Gail. Shortly afterwards, Marv becomes involved with Goldie.

In Silent Night, Marv rescues a young girl from sexual slavery. The story is told with almost no dialogue. In Just another Saturday Night, Marv wakes up on the side of a highway, surrounded by dead men, and tries to piece together how he got there.



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