138. The Confessor (17 points)
Seriously, I love this book. One of the best super hero stories on the market, imo. Mind you, it has an old school feel which is why I probably love it so much, but if you haven't picked it up I highly urge you to do so. THz shit is gold. Gold, Jerry!! GOLD!!
Jeremiah Parrish was a nineteenth century Catholic priest who came to Romeyn Falls (that would become Astro City) with Cardinal Enzio Grandenetti in 1869, to help him build Grandenetti Cathedral. He had administrative duties, overseeing the importation of material, and dealing with workers, many of them coming from Eastern Europe. One night, visiting an injured stoneworker in the hills, he was bitten by a Vampire, left drained of his blood and buried in garbage. Three days later he rose, turned into a vampire himself.
After years of seclusion, hiding in Grandenetti Cathedral, he saw hope in the newly emerging super-heroes such as Air Ace, and following their examples, he became one. In 1997, he sacrificed himself to expose the Enelsian Alien Invasion, after he has been exposed as a vampire. His wearing a Cross on his chest as a mortification, hurting him every instant.
In 2001, the Confessor reappeared in the streets of Astro City, with his former sidekick Altar Boy now wearing the costume of the original Confessor.
137. Jonah Hex (17 points)
"The greatest western hero DC has."
Jonah Woodson Hex has battled alcoholism, and as an adult faced his mother's turn to prostitution. Though he traveled extensively throughout the American West, he also ended up in South America and China. At one point he quit bounty hunting, got married and had a son, and took up farming, though it didn't last.
Hex's facial injuries can be traced back to being sold into slavery by his father to the Apache for safe passage. Jonah eventually saved the chief from being killed by a mountain lion and was made an honorary member of the tribe. He was soon betrayed by the envious son of the chief while on a raid. He returned years later to challenge him in a sacred tomahawk battle. But the chief's son sabotaged Jonah's tomahawk and Jonah used his knife in self defense when the tomahawk broke. The tribe saw this as breaking the rules of the sacred battle and sentenced Jonah to wear the mark of the demon by pressing a searing hot tomahawk to his face. They said his honorary relationship to the chief was the only thing that saved him from death.
In his Brand-New ongoing series, Hex's origin seems to have changed, he was a soldier who fought in the southern ranks during the American Civil War and he was scarred for life by a cruel union officer, he was also raised by the Indians (and was given a tomahawk) Apparently he quit the tribe and is now earning a living as a bounty-hunter in the wild west of the U.S. Fighting injustice and thugs, Jonah Hex thunders the arid plains with his two companions... One is Death Itself... The other, the acrid smell of gun smoke.
136. XS (18 points)
In the Past…
Barry Allen, the Flash, before his death, traveled thru time to one day…
In the Future…
Barry Allen reunites with his wife. They have the family (twins Don & Dawn) that they didn’t have enough time for back home in the 20th Century. In time the twins (who inherited their father’s super-speed) are on their own and eventually take spouses themselves. The two couples are each pregnant when they realize that they are being target by Flash’s archenemy Professor Zoom. The two families hide on a multiple Earth (Earth-247) where they are safe.
Don and his wife give birth to Bart Allen. Dawn and her husband give birth to Jenni Ognats.
Both children age rapidly ceasing in their early teens. Bart makes his way to the present day DC Earth while Jenni stays on Earth-247.
In time Jenni masters her speed and is recruited to join the fledgling (Earth-247) Legion of Super-Heroes where she became the distinguished member called XS.
In time Jenni would both accidentally and on purpose take trips to the present day to assist the Flash (Wally West). On each occasion she would race to see her cousin Bart and together the two would share adventures.
Jenni was instrumental in helping to defeat the Blight, aliens who had taken almost total control of the United Planets. Her heroism was recognized by all. Quickly after that a Rift in space apparently killed many of her fellow Legionnaires. The remaining members disbanded leaving Jenni alone until she decided to travel with fellow (ex) teammate Star Boy. In time the Legionnaires thought lost were returned and the entire team is reunited. Later, another rift occurs that sends the entire Legion into Limbo.
There they stayed for years until brought back to reality by the Brainiac 5 of the current timeline. XS participates in both stopping the Legion of Super-Villains and reviving her cousin (who she did not know was dead).
At the conclusion of that adventure, her Legion left to go back to Limbo on a mission of their own. Jenni (and teammate Gates) decided to stay as this was her birth Earth and she wished to find any possible family that may remain. It is assumed that she currently holds some status with the Legion of Super-Heroes but that remains to be seen.