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Your Top Teens part 8

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, September 30 2009 and posted in Features

Three ladies and a loser.


172. Slingshot (11 points)

slingshot.jpgOlivia "Livvie" Lewis' biological mother passed away when Livvie was young enough to require her adoptive father and her mother's widow, Neil Lewis, a high-priced Washington D.C. lawyer, to learn how to cook. Livvie is a junior at Georgetown University, an overachiever, and a driven activist who is involved with half a dozen different volunteer organizations and extracurricular activities, which include working as a reporter for G.U.'s campus newspaper, The Hoya, and volunteering at a clinic, though her workaholic nature leaves less time for her boyfriend Derrick than he’d like.

Following the assassination of Captain Dynamo, the much-beloved superhero protector of Tower City, his widow, former government agent posing as a now-retired investigative reporter Maddie Warner, discovered from his personal effects that he had been unfaithful to her countless times. Despite her devastation at this discovery, Warner realized that without a full-time protector, Tower City would be vulnerable to Captain Dynamo’s legion of super-villain enemies. She used her skills and the information she discovered to track down five people who could be Dynamo’s illegitimate children.

Livvie was the second of Captain Dynamo’s children that Warner contacted, and the second oldest. Gathering all five of the children together, Warner exposed them to the same unidentified radiation that gave Captain Dynamo his powers forty years earlier, unlocking their powers. Livvie inherited her father’s ability of flight, took the codename Slingshot, and works to protect Tower City with her newly discovered brothers and sisters.

As a member of Dynamo 5, Slingshot is dedicated and attentive. She is respectful and reserved towards Maddie Warner, usually referring to and addressing her as "Ma'am", or "Mrs. Warner", and eschewing profanity in her presence. She finds Warner's writings as a journalist to be "brilliant", and objects to her brother Spencer's view that this deference is an attempt on her part to "suck up" to Warner. She is not completely deferential to Warner, however. For example, in the team's first year, she angrily refuses to comply with Warner's order that she and her siblings stay in Tower City to protect it after she learned of her father's kidnapping.

Neil Lewis was kidnapped by the former employers of an assassin named Lionel Barstow. These employers blackmailed her into freeing Barstow, but after she and her siblings did so, Barstow killed his ex-employers with his "death touch". Barstow explained that after he was captured, his attorney, Neil Lewis, advised him to testify against his employers. Although Slingshot's siblings are outraged at learning that they freed a murderer, Slingshot is more concerned with getting her father to safety than returning Barstow to the authorities, a decision that later serves as a source of tension among the team, Livvie later finds Barstow and returns him to the authorities, despite his threat to use her secret identity as a bargaining chip with them.

Neil Lewis was profoundly disturbed to discover his daughter's secret when she rescued him, and pained to learn that Livvie's mother cheated on him with Captain Dynamo. Livvie, however, recalling her feeling of betrayal with Spencer, sympathized with him, but reassured him that because of Dynamo's shape shifting ability, he could've impersonated Neil himself when he fathered Livvie, and that Livvie's mother may not have truly cheated on Neil.

171. Duela Dent (11 points)

dueladent.jpgDuela Dent first appeared as Joker's Daughter in the Batman Family series of comic books. She gained the attention of Robin, as she later claimed to be the daughter of Catwoman, Scarecrow, Riddler, and Penguin. She deduced Robin's identity and he revealed that she was Duela Dent, Two-Face's daughter.

Duela claimed she wanted to join the Teen Titans to atone for her father's crimes. Not everyone was in favor of this idea. In Teen Titans #48 she changed her identity to Harlequin. As Harlequin, Duela utilized gimmicks such as smoke-inducing powder puffs and bullet-firing lipstick.

After the Teen Titans comic books were canceled, she popped up in the Batman titles, calling herself Card Queen while infiltrating a criminal organization called MAZE.

Duela's last pre-Crisis appearance is in Tales Of The Teen Titans #50, as a guest at Donna Troy's wedding where she appears to be a middle age matron. Dick Grayson notes that he'd finally realized she was too old to be Two-Face's daughter, which she agrees with, but disappears before he can take the matter further.

The Harlequin has exhibited delusional and psychotic behavior, taking delight in confusing everyone about who her infamous parent is. She became an ally of the Teen Titans when they were forced to face the Justice League of America.

Duela Dent eventually joined the Titans East simply because she was asked. She fought alongside her team until Raven asked if Duela wanted to joins the Teen Titans instead. She accepted the invitation and clubbed Enigma on the head, assisting Raven.

Duela Dent was a member of the Teen Titans before she was killed by one of the Monitors, due to her being an anomaly in the present DC Universe. A contingent of Titans, including Donna Troy, Jason Todd, Robin, and Nightwing have made it their purpose to avenge Duela Dent.

170. Traci 13 (11 points)tracy13.jpg

Traci Thirteen is a homo magi and is the daughter of superhero Doctor Thirteen. When her mother died from magic, her father forbad her to practice magic. She was raised by Sue and Ralph Dibny in a loving and caring home after her father disappeared. When Traci moved to a slum in Metropolis, she began to tap into the urban magic of the city and temporarily operated as Girl 13. After an encounter with Superboy, Traci saves Superman from a deadly ghost ninja. She formed friendships with other teen superheroes of Metropolis, such as Natasha Irons and Cir-El.

Doctor Thirteen and Traci have since made up, and currently reside in Doomsbury Mansion, her ancestral home. She has joined a group dedicated to fighting magical threats called the Croatoans, and travels the world fighting the dangers. She has began to date Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle, after they worked together to save a powerful magical baby from Eclipso. She was up for consideration to join Reyes' superhero group the Teen Titans under Wonder Girl's leadership, but is currently not a member

169. Badrock (12 points)

badrock.jpgThomas John McCall was an average under-achieving 16-year-old. When he swallowed a vial of top secret genetic material in his father's lab, a startling transformation occurred and McCall's body became a mass of granite-like organic rock. He is 8'0" tall and weighs 1,800 lb. He possess super strength and a near invulnerable rock carapace. But inside this mountain-like hero is a gentle soul with a heart of gold. Badrock has a lot of power at his fingertips, but still is mentally immature. Later, Thomas assumed the identity of Badrock when he was recruited to join the high-profile government super-team, Youngblood. He is the super agent who gets paid big bucks and still answers to his parents.

Badrock is proficient with a number of weapons including the many guns and knives available to him in the Youngblood arsenal. Not one to hide behind gadgetry, Badrock often uses the incredible power of his fists to pummel opponents into submission.

Badrock is impulsive, having picked dangerous, property-damaging fights with the Savage Dragon and Mighty Man. The Dragon fight was a test to see if he was up to joining Youngblood. Instead, Dragon, a police officer, arrested him.

He also once visited Hell, confronting Spawn's old enemy the Violator. This was after being named temporary security head of a scientific installation that was investigating the realm of hell. He was more responsible at this point, trying to protect the many innocent people who had unwittingly made the trip to Hell with him. He had to deal with the interference of heavenly and hellish agents and the unwillingness of some of the humans to actually obey his orders.

When Youngblood was discontinued after the death of Riptide, Badrock took some time off. It did not last long though and through a series of events, he became part of the fourth incarnation of Brigade.

In the year 3000, Badrock was still alive and returned for a brief period of time to get some help from Youngblood to stop the Katellans. The continued presence of the Katellans to get Combat back led to the destruction of Earth, Katella and Acura in Badrock's timeline. Badrock had therefore returned to 1995 to prevent this from happening. The mission succeeded. What happened to Badrock after this is unknown.



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