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Your Top Modern Characters part 77

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We are so close to the Top 100. I am so giddy.

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111. Arkillo (32 points) arkillo.jpg

Year first appeared: 2007

Drill sergeant and carnivore. One of the Sinestro Corps' first recruits. Described by Geoff Johns as the "Kilowog of the Sinestro Corps" And that’s pretty much what he is. With a name like Arkillo, you have to be a meanie and kill people or you just disappoint mamma.

Arkillo is the ruthless drill sergeant for the Sinestro Corps. After sending out rings to recruit members, Arkillo would train the new recruits. If any recruits failed the tests, Arkillo would devour them whole. After being forced by his Green Lantern counterpart, Kilowog, to retreat during the Battle of Mogo, Arkillo was bitter and enraged that his conflict with Kilowog was interrupted.

During the invasion of Earth, alongside the other Sinestro Corps members, Arkillo found his nemesis in San Diego, California. Arkillo did not hesitate to challenge Kilowog to a rematch and their fight to the death began. Kilowog was able to force Arkillo back and into a comic convention building. Arkillo lectured his rival, stating it was only fear that kept Kilowog from killing him. Arkillo became overconfident and was shocked when Kilowog threw an aircraft carrier on top of him. Arkillo remained trapped under the debris as Kilowog removed his finger and took his ring away. Like most of other Sin. Corps members, he was captured and put into a Sciencell. Then during the huge escape when Scar released them all, he went to Daxam to confront Mongul who got has claimed the Sin Corps his, and frankly doing a better job at scaring people then Sinestro did, imo. Anywho, Arkillo went down like a bitch after his tongue got ripped out.

 


gert.jpg110. Gertrude "Gertie" Yorkes (32 points)

Year first appeared: 2003

For those of you who are not keeping tabs on the scores of the runaways, Gertie here has 32 points, Nico has 26, and Chase received 18. For those of you who are bad at math that is 76 total points between these three. In case you wanna do a total point value and insert the Runaways as whole into the mental list you are doing to see where they place. Just thought I’d point that out.

One of six west-coast teenagers living relatively happy and normal lives, Gertrude Yorkes had a loving by occasionally confrontational relationship with her parents, until she along with other teens discovered that their parents were members of a super villain group called the Pride. After witnessing the sacrificial murder of a teen girl, Yorkes resolved to make her parents pay for their crimes.

Yorkes and the other teens went looking for evidence to convict their parents. Finding a secret passage in her home's basement she and the other teens found a prehistoric dinosaur. A holograph of her parents informed Yorkes that the animal was genetically engineered centuries into the future to serve as her protector and companion. Taking her codename from the 1944 comedy movie, she dubbed herself and the dinosaur Arsenic & Old Lace.

Gertrude shared an empathic bond with Old Lace, her psionically engineered pet deinonychus from the future. Their empathic connection allowed her to control her dinosaur, to the point where if she was to be mad at someone she would unconsciously make Old Lace more aggressive towards the target of her anger. The psychic connection remained strong, so much so that Old Lace was confused when confronted with the older Gert from the future. Gert could also transfer her authority over Old Lace to someone else in case she was knocked out in a fight as she did temporarily with Alex when they faced the Pride, and permanently when she transferred her telepathic connection to Chase moments before she died.

 


orsonrandall.jpg109. Orson Randall (32 points)

Year first appeared: 2006

Orson Randall, Daniel Rand's immediate predecessor, who reneged on his responsibilities to K'un L'un after suffering immense psychological trauma during the First World War. He fought against the Germans in the first World War so he's sometimes called by people "Hero or Veteran" But he insists that he's only a mere survivor of that nightmare, and assumes the mantle of the Iron Fist as a curse rather than a gift, his skills are the so-called Gun-Fu, Energy through his guns.

Randall is discovered in Thailand; apparently preserved by the spirit of Shou-Lao and in full possession of his powers, but living in drug-soaked seclusion. Randall is pursued by agents of the Steel Serpent (resurrected and pressed into the service of the Crane Mother, ancient enemy of K'un L'un) and the terrorist group HYDRA. Jolted out of his decades-long ennui, Randall seeks out Daniel Rand in New York and gives him The Book of the Iron Fist, a sacred ledger supposedly containing all the Kung-fu secrets of previous Iron Fists, which Randall claims will be necessary if Rand is to compete successfully in the coming tournament of the Seven Champions.

The Steel Serpent, whose powers have been greatly augmented by Crane Mother, quickly dispatches Randall in single combat. On the brink of death, Randall surrenders his chi to Danny, giving him sufficient power to battle the Serpent to a standstill.

Damn I love this character. I love this title. I hate that is being cancelled.

 


x23.jpg108. X-23 (33 points)

Year first appeared: 2003

"I'm not really a big fan of X-23. But not unlike Firestar, she made the transition from "cult hit" cartoon X-Men: Evolution to the mainstream X titles. Because she's linked to Wolverine, she's a popular character. Plus, I can't overlook a character who's managed to get her own ML action figure"

After the Weapon X Program's failure with Wolverine it would be a generation before they attempted genetic manipulation with mutants again. Using the genetic material salvaged from Wolverine during the program's first attempt they ventured to create a clone of the mutant - but his DNA proved too complex.

A unique solution was devised - remove the Y chromosome and create a female twin using two X chromosomes. The experiment was successful and the geneticist who discovered the solution carried the pregnancy of the resultant girl to term - dubbed X-23.

The girl was trained as a weapon and her trainers were discouraged from treating her as human. Her genetic potential was accelerated to ensure her mutation would develop before puberty allowing for the grafting of adamantium to her claws and skeleton. Assigned missions of assassination her skills were sold to the highest bidder, with the promise of creating subsequent assassins to be bid at auction.

The director of the X-Weapon Program eventually used his young assassin to attack those that stood in the way of his personal aspirations. When discovered by the mother of X-23, she resolved to destroy the program and rescue her daughter. Once X-23 had accomplished her mission they were to go into hiding, but the chemical trigger programmed into the young assassin compelled her to kill her mother, leaving her alone and homeless until she joined the X-Men

And after a tour of duty with the X-Men then Young X-Men she joined the all-tracker team of X-Force, where the title currently kicks all kinds of ass. Buy that book! NOW!

 

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