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Your Top Modern Characters part 83

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, April 08 2009 and posted in Features
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Which two characters will you bitch and groan at? Hmmmm....




90. Grifter (38 points) grifter.jpg

Year first appeared; 1992

"I'll never forget his words "Hey lady, I can make the shot."

I am not gonna lie, I thought he was pretty badass, He had a cool design, he was a smartass. Seriously, how can you NOT think this guy was fun? Yeah, yeah, he is all 90's, but he was fun. So shush.

During Gen 12 his father was killed and he and his brother, Max were raised by their mother and stepfather. Cole's mother died while he was and adult. Cole left his family to start a life of crime so that he could survive. Despite being a criminal he had an honor code which he showed when one of his partners was about to shoot at police and he stopped him. He was arrested but was given a second chance and was enlisted by International Operation and showed that he was a gifted marksman.

Cole's natural talents landed him in a group called Team 7 who took the dirtiest jobs and got them done. The team consisted of John "Topkick" Lynch, Marc "Backlash" Slayton, Jackson "Arclight" Dane, Philip "Bulleteer" Chang, Stephen "Wraparound" Callahan, Alex Fairchild and Michael "Dane" Cray. Cole's codename in the group was Deadeye. The group was exposed to a chemical called the Gen Factor, which gave the team a variety of psionic powers. In Deathblows case these powers didn't show up until 20 years later. The exposure to the chemical affected their morality and mental health. After the team were exposed to the chemical the team was deemed Gen 12, but some of the team died after being exposed to the chemical. Cole began to think his superiors at I.O. were behind the experiments on them through the exposure to the chemical. After this he rebelled against his team leader John Lynch. Cole took charge and united the team’s mental powers against a nuclear bomb that was targeted at the team by the I.O leader Miles Craven for a test. After this the team went into hiding but later was forced to return to I.O.

When the powers of Team 7 began to wane Craven began to take an interest in their children Gen 13 who should have inherited their fathers’ powers. Most of the team went into hiding again while others stayed with I.O. The team finally fell apart and Cole came to work as an assassin for I.O., but he soon became disenchanted with them too. It was in this time that he encountered a woman named Zealot. They fell in love and she took it upon herself to teach a male the ways of the Coda. The Coda teachings he was given returned his sanity and locked away his psionic powers.

Sometime later Cole and Zealot broke up for her it was just another relationship, but Cole had become grateful because she returned his sanity. However they were on good terms, and both were recruited by Emp to be part of his team the WildC.A.T.s. Cole later quit the team when they had to ally with High Tower, a Daemonite who had killed Grifter's friend Lonely. He rejoined the team when they came back from Khrea, he even became team leader for some time. During this time his brother Max was killed, he left the team again after Zealot's apparent death. At this point most of his teammates left as well and the WildC.A.T.s disbanded.

Soon he joined another team with the same name alongside Lord Emp Spartan and an arms dealer by the name of Noir. After Emp's ascension Cole sank into depression, he began drinking and having one-night stands with women who looked like Zealot. One night she returned but Grifter was too drunk to recognize her. After a night of sex she left him before he realized who she was. She had come back to destroy the Coda because they had betrayed their teachings and she was going to kill all Coda taught. She spared Cole because of their history together. After this meeting he straightened out his life and joined Jack Marlowe's (Spartan) Halo Corporation.

During this time Cole was mind controlled by a villain named Tao. Tao made him shoot his friend John Lynch which left him in a coma. These events were erased from his memories by Tao.


atrocitus.jpg89. Atrocitus (38 points)

Year first appeared: 2008

Really? Really people? Do you love Johns that much? I know he is far more interesting then Hal will ever be, but really? Oh yeah, before I forget BUY WAR OF KINGS!!! What? Wrong cosmic event? No, I got the right one. Buy War of Kings.

Long ago, when the rogue Manhunters rampaged through Space Sector 666, Atrocitus was one of only five beings in the entire sector to escape death. He and the other four survivors formed a terrorist cabal known as the Five Inversions with Atrocitus serving as leader, bent on the destruction of the Guardians of the Universe and all who served them. The Five Inversions performed a ritual, which allowed them to peer into the future and discover the prophecy of the Blackest Night, which decreed that all life in the universe would end.

After Abin Sur began making periodic visits to the planet Ysmault, where the Five Inversions were imprisoned after the Guardians destroyed their Empire of Tears, he began to ask questions regarding the Blackest Night. Sur even went so far as to free Atrocitus from his imprisonment so he could lead the Green Lantern to Earth, the birthplace of "the black" that would end the universe. Caged in Sur's starship, Atrocitus instilled fear in Sur, allowing the yellow impurity to seep into his willpower constructs and weaken them enough to allow him to escape. After slashing the Green Lantern in the chest, mortally wounding him, Atrocitus jumped from a point high in Earth's atmosphere to escape Sur's failing ship.

Atrocitus continued his violent rampage on the planet Earth. After killing an unspecified number of Air Force troopers, Atrocitus recited what would later become the oath of the Red Lantern Corps and performed a ritual which gives him the name of the herald of the Blackest Night: William Hand. Atrocitus created a device using gun parts, which acted as a cosmic divining rod, and used it to lead him to Hand (the device eventually became Hand's criminal weapon). Once he tracked down the human who, it is said, will play a prominent role in the coming of the Blackest Night, he attacked, and planned to take Hand's innards back to Ysmault. Before his plan proceeded, however, Sinestro and rookie Green Lantern Hal Jordan intercepted him, spiriting William Hand to safety. Atrocitus used his newly constructed device to sap the power from their rings, leaving them with only their wits to defend them before the master of the Five Inversions. Sinestro was able to restore their rings' powers through his power battery, but Atrocitus still had the upper hand. Just as he was about to crush Sinestro with a power shovel, Hal used his ring to blow up the yellow vehicle. This act surprised Atrocitus greatly, as he believed Green Lantern rings did not work on yellow. Defeated, Atrocitus was contained by Sinestro, and taken to Oa. He was later returned to Ysmault by Sinestro, where he prophesied that Sinestro's home planet Korugar would soon erupt into chaos and disorder. Through this act, it was implied that it was Atrocitus who planted the seeds of Sinestro's later fall from grace.

Atrocitus is shown in the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War to be the first to forge a Red Lantern power battery, utilizing the power of rage. He said that his first new victim would be the one who called himself "the greatest Green Lantern" Sinestro, who had long since abandoned the Green Lantern Corps to forge a Corps in his own namesake. He also murdered Qull of the Five Inversions, a fellow member of the Empire of Tears and the one responsible for telling Abin Sur the prophecy of the Blackest Night (which caused the Guardians of the Universe to continue the Empire of Tears' incarceration on Ysmault, rather than transfer them to Oa's sciencells, closer to the enemies of the Five Inversion). In this way, his Red Lantern power battery was christened with blood.

Atrocitus murders the other members of the Five Inversions, using their blood to create red power rings, power batteries, and a Red Central Power Battery on Ysmault. Atrocitus soon dons his new red power ring, created from the blood of the other members of the Five Inversions, becoming the first Red Lantern. He recruits many other individuals from across the universe that have great anger and hate, including former Green Lantern Laira. Many of them have been wronged by the Sinestro Corps, and Atrocitus promises them that the Red Lantern Corps will eradicate Sinestro himself. He leads his new corps in an assault against Sinestro while he is being transferred by some members of the Green Lantern Corps to his home planet of Korugar for execution.

The Red Lanterns interrupt a deadly fight between Sinestro's forces and the Green Lanterns and began killing both the Sinestro Corps members and the Green Lanterns without discrimination. Atrocitus personally slew the long-standing Green Lantern Remnant Nod. Eventually Sinestro is captured and taken to Ysmault for execution, and Hal Jordan, who faced Atrocitus previously, is left for dead in space. After bringing Sinestro to Ysmault, Atrocitus nails the former Green Lantern to a cross to await his execution at his own hands. However, unlike the Guardians, who preferred a quick execution, Atrocitus wishes to make Sinestro suffer first by taking revenge on everything he has ever cared about. His targets include Korugar, and Sinestro's previously unknown and hidden daughter, whose identity Atrocitus has learned through his blood prophecies.

When Hal Jordan and the Blue Lanterns arrive to recover Sinestro, Atrocitus reveals another prophecy to Hal: that the Guardians will one day take his greatest love, its also revealed that the Blue Lanterns' hope inducing rings have no effect against Atrocitus, who claims to know their weakness. In the ensuing battle Jordan is captured and Atrocitus gives Laira permission to kill him, but the former Green Lantern resists and is able to plead for help. After rescuing Sinestro, the Blue Lanterns begin to leave, but Jordan wants to go back for Laira. It is then learned that removing a Red Lantern ring will kill its owner. Sinestro then kills Laira to save Jordan. In a burst of outrage, Jordan prepares to carry out Sinestro's death sentence himself, against the wishes of the Blue Lanterns. The rage that Jordan feels draws Laira's red ring to him, causing him to turn renegade once again and converting Jordan into the newest member of the Red Lantern Corps. Jordan attacks the Blue Lanterns and Sinestro, until Saint Walker manages to get a Blue power ring onto his finger. The blue ring negates the effects of the red ring, which promptly explodes. The Red Lanterns retreat to the dark side of Ysmault, where Atrocitus performs another blood ritual, seeking to discover the location of the Blue Lanterns' home world. And buy War of Kings.


hood.jpg88. The Hood (38 points)

Year first appeared:

"Another awesome character with a great origin story. I like where Bendis took the character but a second mini fleshing out his rise to power would be greatly appreciated."

"From BKV's lucky crook to Bendis' king of crime, this guy may have made the biggest splash in the Marvel Universe out of the gate in a long time."

"Great villain. I love the way Bendis writes him."

"He shot Wolverine in the b@!!$."

Yeah, I had a long day of work. I am too tired to bitch about this one...

Parker Robbins' father was a made-man in the Kingpin's mob. When Robbins' father died, he turned to crime to support his mentally ill mother who was permanently hospitalized in a near-vegetative state. Robbins' cousin and crime partner, John King, offered him an opportunity to make a fortune on a warehouse robbery. Breaking into the warehouse the two thieves discover the remnants of an abandoned mystic ritual. Attacked by the demon Nisanti, Robbins shot the creature in the head - stealing the demons cloak and boots, which Robbins intended to sell. Donning the cloak and boots, Robbins discovered he could turn invisible and walk on air. Using his newly acquired abilities Robbins takes on more profitable crimes as the Hood.

Later on The Hood was one of several super-beings transported by the Stranger's new Battleword, where he (disguised as the Beyonder) promised them their greatest wishes if they killed their enemies, the Hood was the only one who accepted it and becoming invisible and tried to kill they others, but Kraven (the son of the original) sensed him and took him from surprise, saying they should work together. The heroes eventually ganged up on the Stranger, who freaked out and ran due to Uatu the Watcher being present. Uatu however was there to witness the sacrifice made by Gravity when he held together Battleworld so that the others could escape, killing himself in the process. Back on Earth Parker and Sara attended his funeral, and sometime after this Sara gave birth to their child

Yadda yadda yadda fastest push to the top since Goldberg.


spidey2099.jpg87. Spider-Man 2099 (38 points)

Year first appeared: 1992

On Earth-928 in the year 2099, Miguel O'Hara worked as the head of the genetics department for the Alchemax Corporation. He was working on genetic coding and splicing. He toyed with the idea of recreating the powers of the original Spider-Man from years ago. Miguel's boss, Tyler Stone, secretly got him addicted to the drug Rapture. This highly addictive drug couldn't be worked out of the body. It was Stone's way of controlling his employees by offering them the expensive drug in return for their loyalty.

Miguel decided to try to genetically cure himself by rewriting his genetic code from a sample he had taken previously. He was being watched by a competitive co-worker, Aaron Delgato who attempted to sabotage his experiment by adding a random code into the process. The results cured Miguel but also gave him spider-like powers. Aaron tried to shoot him but he fell from the Alchemax building despite Miguel trying to save him. Soon Tyler sent out a cyborg bounty hunter named Venture to capture him. Miguel fled to his home to escape Venture. Grabbing a costume from a Day of the Dead celebration he fought Venture and won. Miguel began fighting crime and the evil corporate Alchemax as Spider-Man.

Spider-Man 2099 has powers similar to the modern day Spider-Man. He has superhuman strength, agility, durability, speed, reflexes, hearing and eyesight. His healing abilities are also heightened. But, he does not have a healing factor. He has spinnerets in his forearms able to shoot organic webbing out of his wrist. Miguel also has retractable talons that come out of his fingers and toes that allow him to climb any surface that can also be used offensively. They've been shown to be able to cut and grab most objects but were ineffective against Thanatos armor.

He also has fangs that secrete poison if he bites someone. The poison appears to paralyze Spider-Man’s "victim". The poison has been shown to be powerful, effecting people like the Sub-Mariner and even Thanatos. Miguel also has genius-level intelligence and is especially gifted in genetics.

He doesn't have any extra sense like Spider-Man's danger sense, but makes up for it with all his enhanced senses, and doesn't web-swing as much as Spider-Man either, but is able to travel as fast as the original Spider-Man. Instead he uses a web cape for gliding. His "web cape" was given to him by a "Thorite" one of Thor’s worshipers. This Thorite believed that Spider-Man is the Harbinger of Thor, and gave it to him, because: "The Spider-Man must be masked". His costume is composed of Unstable Molecule Fabric (UMF). So, he can go around the city without his Talons cutting up his own costume.




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