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Your Top DC Heroes part 19

Four characters for you.

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135. Deadshot (18 points)

deadshot.jpg"John Ostrander's Suicide Squad."

"A villain with a heart of gold....sorta."

Really? I can possibly see Catman on this list, sorta. But Deadshot? I know he stars in a book right now, but I really do not buy this one at all. But, enough of you voted for the dude, so I put it on the list and point it out to all of you. Silly people.

Deadshot is the DCU’s greatest marksman, boasting that he never misses. In his childhood, his mother and father had a deep hatred for each other. His mother went so far as to hire Floyd and his brother to kill their father. While Floyd had no great love for his father either, he did not want his blood soiling his brother's hands, and refused. His brother then accepted to kill their father, and locked Floyd up so he couldn't stop him. Escaping, Floyd took a rifle, went up a tree and aimed towards where his brother was about to kill their father. But the branch broke and his aim was off, killing his idolized brother rather than his hated father. He has lived what he sees as a meaningless lifestyle from then on, accepting hits in hopes he shall one day be killed himself. While he's not suicidal, he continually dances over that line, never caring whether he lives or dies. This lifestyle has made Deadshot nearly homicidal as well. He first appeared in Gotham City as a new crime fighter, but it was revealed that this was only an elaborate hoax to replace Batman. When this scheme failed, he attempted to head the Gotham underworld, but was exposed and arrested by Batman and Commissioner Gordon.

After he got out of jail, Deadshot became a hired assassin, and has been a great help in the past two Suicide Squads. When he was on hiatus from the squad, his son was raped and killed by a pedophile. Floyd took revenge on the man. Later, his suit was stolen by an airport employee, who began to steal and kill with it. Deadshot killed him, but killing his own image affected him. He didn’t even fix the bullet hole in the costume for a long time. During the Suicide Squad’s last mission, Deadshot was asked by Count Vertigo if he would kill him. Deadshot agreed, and both of them went to a secret location to await Vertigo’s decision. He declined, and Deadshot did not question the decision.

Later, when he was under Neron’s influence, he tried to kill an entire class of kindergarteners with an explosion, but was stopped by the Justice League. Deadshot was offered North America if he joined the Secret Six, and was threatened that if he didn’t join the team, he would have his daughter’s neighborhood blown up by Mockingbird (Lex Luthor). A stalemate was reached at the end of the series, and Deadshot’s status remained unchanged. He was found in bed with Knockout, but she revealed that she was only using him. During this run, Deadshot was confronted by his teammate Catman, accused of slaughtering the pride of lions he had been living with, planting evidence against the Secret Society of Super Villains in order to force his joining to the Secret Six. Catman eventually forgave Lawton after a while, and they remained something between friends and enemies. This fits with Deadshot's unconscious desire to give other men the place of the brother he killed, be it Catman, Batman or Rick Flagg. All of them, at different points, acted as Deadshot's surrogate brothers of sorts, particularly Catman and Flagg.

Knowing that he had had a son he later discovered he also had a daughter named Zoe living in Star City . He embarked on a campaign to clear up the crime around where she lived and later convinced Green Arrow to patrol that area more often, realizing a family life was not for him.

In Countdown to Final Crisis, Deadshot as a member of the Suicide Squad is assigned to capture The Trickster and Pied Piper, during the mission Deadshot disobeys orders and shoots the Trickster in the head killing him. Deadshot joined the Suicide Squad to try to round up super villains for removal from the planet. It gets tricky though because the super villains are aware of Project Salvation (Salvation Run). In Salvation Run #2, Deadshot was tricked and double crossed then sent to the prison planet along with the last batch of criminals which included Catwoman, Lex Luthor and Bane. Flagg commented this was because the government didn't want any men like him running around. Deadshot promised to kill Flagg, a threat that is still to be carried out

Deadshot along with Scandal Savage, Bane, Ragdoll, and Catman reunited the Secret Six, after the mysterious Junior put a hit out on them in order to retrieve a "Get out of Hell free card" left from Neron.


134. Shilo Norman (18 points)

fakemrmiracle.jpgShilo was abandoned by his mother in Metropolis's Suicide Slum. He eventually met Thaddeus Brown, the first Mr. Miracle and worked as his assistant. After Brown was murdered, he worked with his protégé, Scott Free. He would later work as an inventor.

Shilo Norman is a super-star escape artist known to the world as Mister Miracle. As his fame grew, he took to more difficult and spectacular stunts. One sees him suspended over the event horizon of a miniature black hole, into which he is dropped in order to escape gravity before he is crushed! He fails and disappears inside the black hole. There he meets Metron, who tells him that they are both from New Genesis. Metron tells him of a war in Heaven and that the wrong side won.

Back in the normal world, at an after show party at his house, Shilo discusses his experience with his friend, ZZ. ZZ takes him to a club, where he meets the several of the Female Furies and Granny in disguise. Sensing their true nature, Shilo runs from the club. After discussing the event with his psychiatrist, Shilo leaves his office and bumps into an old man in a wheelchair he believes to be Metron. Almost immediately he is attacked by the Black Racer, disguised as a drive-by killer. With Motherboxxx's help, he manages to escape through the sewer.

He sees the man in the wheelchair again as he resurfaces. Shilo tries to demand answers, but is interrupted by a disguised Orion who wants to know why he is trying to steal his wheelchair. Orion is about to take Metron home when Shilo tells him he is part of it all and he has Motherboxxx. Orion agrees to take him to see the others at a junkyard. There they are attacked by Darkseid and Scott is forced to flee. He recounts these experiences to his psychiatrist, Doctor Dezard, who has been using Dark Side therapy and the Anti-Life Equation on his patients.

Soon after, another escape artist arrives on the scene named Baron Bedlam. The Baron even manages to perform an escape Shilo was planning. He discusses it with ZZ who is seeing Lashina. When he meets with Bedlam, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jonelle and ZZ have been made into Platic People by Granny. He attacks the Baron, who shatters, proving what Shilo had suspected, that the Baron is not a real person. There are in fact several copies of him. Dezard and Dark Side enter the room and expose Shilo to the Anti-Life Equation who runs into the street trying to make sense of the pointlessness of life. As he stumbles, he sees Metron again, who tells him that there is also a Life Equation.

Regaining his composure, Shilo goes to confront Dark Side again. This time, Dark Side uses his Omega Sanction, beating Shilo and leaving him crippled in a wheelchair, living a series of false lives without his mother box to guide him. Each new life is more hopeless than the last. There is hope however, the mother box's spirit escaped into Shilo's soul to help free him from the life trap and use the Omega Sanction to escape back into the black hole. There he meets Metron again, who congratulates him on surviving his initiation into life as a New God. He then leaves the black hole again, one week after his first escape from it.

He then goes to confront Dark Side at his club again, this time armed with god-sight. He discovers that the Sheeda have given Dark Side Aurakles the first superhero of Earth, in exchange for Dark Side letting them harrow North America. He trades places with him and Dark Side promptly shoots Shilo in the head. However, at the end of Seven Soldiers, we see Shilo's god-hands reaching out of his grave.

Norman was later seen enlisting Sonny Sumo to help him fight Darkseid. Sony Sumo agrees, but on their way to the airport they are attacked by the forces of Darkseid. They escape with the help from Super Young Team.

One month into Darkseid's reign over Earth, Shilo Norman, along with Sony Sumo and the Super Young Team, suddenly appear within a besieged Checkmate castle in Switzerland. He proclaims that he can save everyone, but is shot by a Checkmate soldier in the confusion. The evil gods sense this and take it as a sign of freedom's demise.

Shilo Norman survives, however, as he was wearing his bullet-proof west. From there he is able to evacuate all the people trapped in the castle by opening a boom tube to Earth-51. There, the heroes who escaped with him find the Ultima Thule, A ship left by Monitor Zillo Valla. With it, they are able to gather the Supermen from all over the multiverse, and bring the gathered army back to New Earth just in time to join the fight against Mandrakk the Dark Monitor.


133. Ragman (18 points)

ragman.jpgPre-Crisis Vietnam veteran, Rory had grown up helping his father, a junk man who owned a pawn shop named Rags'n'Tatters. His father always dreamed of making a better life for Rory and constantly promised that someday he would make Rory rich. While drinking with his friends one night, his father discovered 2 million dollars stuffed inside an old mattress that had been pawned just recently. He and his friends decided to hide the money for Rory, since they were too old to truly benefit from it. The money turned out to be the loot from an armored car heist and when the hoods came to the shop one night to get it, they shot down some electrical wires and used them to torture Rory's father and his friends into revealing where the money was hidden. Rory arrived soon after and seeing his father in agony attempted to pull him free from the wires. A final shock of power ran though the old men and grounded out at Rory, knocking him unconscious. When he woke his father and friends were dead and the hoods responsible were gone. Using a costume made out of old rags (his father had made it before he died so Rory could wear it to a costume party) he became Ragman, "The Tatterdemalion of Justice".

In this pre-Crisis history Rory apparently had gained the physical abilities of the men who were electrocuted as they were all touching when the final blow of electricity flew through them and into Rory. He had the agility of a world class acrobat, the strength of a circus strongman and the fighting ability of a heavy weight prize fighter. What he received from his father is unknown other than his obvious desire to take care of the neighborhood by spreading hope as his father did with the pawn shop.

In Post Crisis, Rory Regan is a ragman, doing good in his community by buying used items from people who need money. The suit of rags that he wears, as mentioned above, was originally just a costume made from materials found around the rag shop, Rags'n'Tatters, that he shared with his father. This was retconned in a 1991 limited series, and currently each of the patches in the suit is made from the soul of an evildoer that the Ragman had punished and absorbed.

The absorption of these souls caused a problem for Rory at one point, when the evil souls hungered for murder and finally freed themselves of Ragman. It was only with the support of Batman and Regan's old friend, Rabbi Luria, that he regained control, though at the cost of Luria's life. Ragman's powers have increased since then. Currently, he can absorb souls into his costume. With each new soul added, a rag is added. He can call upon the souls in his costume to lend him their attributes or power. He is also a very proficient magic user.

During the Day of Judgment limited series, Ragman was active in destroying many of the demons invading Earth. This would earn him the wrath of the Diablos, a group of demons who style themselves after the Mafia. Wanting to gain revenge for demons lost during the Day of Judgment, they attack Ragman, injuring him and tearing off parts of his costume. They believe him to be dead but this is not true.

Ragman is one of the members of the Shadowpact, a team that formed to confront the Spectre in DC Comics 2005 Day of Vengeance limited series, a lead-up to the seven-issue Infinite Crisis limited series.

During 'Infinite Crisis', Ragman and Nightshade are seen standing side by side as part of the line of superheroes defending Metropolis from attack from dozens of villains.

During the Day Of Vengeance series, Ragman is one of the few volunteers willing to take on the rampaging Spectre, who has decided that all magic is evil. During a planning session, he is taken aside by the Enchantress and given a mystical gun. She entrusts him with it, as it can kill her if she goes too far with her magic, a scenario she believes is all too possible. He tells her if she truly turns evil, his costume will take her. He then tries to kiss her, but his feelings are not returned and Enchantress even mocks him for it in front of the other heroes.

In the Shadowpact series, Ragman, along with his teammates, was trapped inside a shield of solid blood that grew over the town of Riverrock, Wyoming. Ragman and the rest of the team spend a very short period of time inside the shield, but to due to magical after-effects, a full year passes outside. Various mystical heroes, such as Phantom Stranger and Rex the Wonder Dog keep watch outside the town's borders.

While inside Riverrock, Rory met an evil counterpart of himself belonging to the super villain group that had formed the shield, the Pentacle. His counterpart is named Bagman. He/it dresses in similar green garb, and can turn his body to goo and while in this form he absorbs people. While inside Bagman they either suffocate or they are digested. Bagman even mentioned how oddly similar the Shadowpact and the Pentacle are. Rory only survives this encounter because Bagman's boss does not want the heroes to be killed. After the Riverock encounter, Rory must deal with the severe disruption to his life, as everyone had thought he was dead. He, like most of the team, ends up having to find a new source of income, a place to stay and the oddity of encountering a memorial statue to the entire team.

In Shadowpact #8, Rory was temporarily trapped in the limbo dimension of his own cloak. He met the soul of an ancient centurion working off his crimes. This man, Marcus Liberius, first saved him from the beating several other of the murderous souls were giving Rory. Marcus reveals that the cloak was actually the "Great Collector Artifact", which has been in existence in many forms since the time of Abraham. Ragmen in Rory's line have been in action since 1812 BCE. Marcus also helped Rory, who had become disenchanted with the job of collecting corrupted souls, to see that he is not a punisher but a redeemer — allowing a better afterlife for those who work for it. This work usually takes the form of suffering on Rory's behalf. For example, Rory had been recently blinded by magic. Marcus willingly takes this blindness on, adding to previous injuries he had suffered. This last sacrifice allows Marcus, in the full view of the rest of the Shadowpact, to ascend to a higher realm.

Rory, along with Nightmaster and Nightshade, attempted to teleport to Washington D.C to break up a bank robbery. They were trapped mid transit in the Land of Nightshades. During this time it was suggested that he is attracted to team member Nightshade.



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