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Your Top DC Heroes part 25

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, January 13 2010 and posted in Features
I am giving you four, because I am nice.


120. Renee Montoya (21 points)

reneemontoya.jpgRenee Montoya was a police officer at the Gotham Police Department. She would eventually be promoted to homicide detective by Commissioner Gordon, where she would be partnered with Harvey Bullock. While they were working together Harvey and Renee became close friends.

During No Man’s Land, Renee befriends Two-Face. She is able to surface the good Harvey Dent personality to help aid the city after the earthquake. Two-Face would eventually fall in love with Renee while they help the people of Gotham.

Renee did not love Two-Face back and he thought the only way to have her was to take everything away from her. Two-Face reveals to the public that Renee is a lesbian and he frames her for murder. Renee is taken in by the police and held in jail pending her trail. Two-Face would proceed to kidnap her and made it look like Renee escaped. Renee and Two-Face would get into a fight and they both struggled for the gun Two-Face was holding. Batman came to save her and clears her of the murder and returns Two-Face to Arkham Asylum. Renee’s life would take a spiral downwards though, her parents were very religious so in response to her sexuality, they disowned her.

During War Games, Montoya and Crispus Allen were ambushed by the Black Spider and her partner shoots and kills him. Jim Corrigan stole the bullet used to shoot Black Spider during the crime scene investigation and tries to sell it on the internet. Montoya needed the bullet to prove Allen only killed in self-defense. Renee was able to buy the bullet and clears the name of Allen. Renee becomes obsessed with trying to expose Corrigan that Allen decides to bring him to justice to stop Renee’s obsession. Allen is killed by Corrigan during the investigation and it fueled Renee even more to bring Corrigan in. She is able to track him down and has him in front of her gun. In the end Renee could not kill him and she quits the GCPD right afterwards.

Renee has become an alcoholic drinking at bars. She has started to obsess over her former job and losing her girlfriend. The Question would hire her to help him investigate Intergang and find out what they are planning to do in Gotham City. They uncover alien weapons at their warehouse and tracked them to Kahndaq. During the wedding of Black Adam there was a child girl strapped with bombs ready to do a suicide bombing. Renee stops her with the only way possible which is shooting the girl and killing her. Black Adam would award the Question and Renee with the highest honor in Kahndaq, but Renee did not attend. Black Adam finds Renee in bed with another woman drinking her guilt away. Later Renee and Question find Intergang and discovers they are using children to operate things.

Renee would be taken to Nanda Parbat by Question. He introduces her to Richard Dragon who would train Renee. She discovers that Question has cancer and is dying, the Question wants Renee to replace him. They discover that Intergang is reading about prophecies that involved sacrificing Batwoman. Batwoman is Katherine Kane who is Renee’s ex-girlfriend. They return to Gotham to help her fight against Intergang. The Question became weaker and weaker by the day and eventually he had to be hospitalized at Kane’s. Renee began to act more like the Question day after day and she would stay by his side while he was ill. Renee and Kate seem to have rekindled when they celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas while also kissing each other. Renee would decide to take Question back to Nanda Parbat in hopes they could help him. The journey was long and difficult due to blizzards. They get nearer to the city and Question finally awakens to tell Renee one last thing, that she needs to figure out who she will become. Question dies shortly after and Renee continues to the city. Renee would meditate for a long time until she finally returned to Gotham. Upon her return she discovers that Batwoman was kidnapped already and she teams up with Nightwing to try and save her. Eventually Renee would figure herself out and she becomes the new Question.

119. Dr. Light (21 points - 1 first place slot)

drlight.jpgDoctor Kimiyo Hoshi was a prominent Japanese scientist involved with studying uses of solar power when she was called away from her work to study the cosmic phenomena that was later called the Crisis. The Monitor, knowing that in order to save Superman and defeat the Anti-Monitor they would need another powerful warrior to tip the scales, arranged events so that Kimiyo, while observing the giant red sun Vega, a burst of incredible light occurred and this power engineered by the powerful being called the Monitor, slipped through a warp and struck Dr. Hoshi, rendering her unconscious. When she recovered, she learned she had the power of starlight. This led her to defend her country in a variation of the criminal Dr. Light's costume, and she soon became known as the new Dr. Light. When the Crisis was over Kimiyo returned to her scientific studies and her family. She made few appearances as Dr. Light and soon was noticed by Maxwell Lord when he started to reorganize the new Justice League. Some weeks after being recruited, Dr. Hoshi was preparing to address the United Nation about her invention: solar storage units that could help undersea agricultural development. The U.N. was attacked by terrorists, and she sent a distress call to the Justice League

She served briefly with the League, but quit when she found out that Lord recruited her without authority. Headstrong and willful, Hoshi felt she was treated without respect for her great powers and disliked being manipulated. This strong, willful personality helped her through school, but has not necessarily made her a lot of friends.

As a single mother with two young children, Dr. Light is only semi-active in the super-hero business, serving on both the Outsiders and Doom Patrol. A battle with the evil Doctor Light left Kimiyo powerless and close to death but with time she soon recovered.

Hoshi gave up being Dr. Light for a time, devoting herself to her studies. Her expertise with meta-humans, though, led her to work with the Japan embassy of Justice League International and even become the leader of the European branch - but her innate arrogance left many of her teammates cold. Even though, she possesses most of the same powers as her villainous namesake, she has labored to establish herself as a hero in her own headstrong way.

118. Dr. Manhattan (22 points)

drmanhattan.jpgIn 1959, in an accident that was certainly unplanned and just as certainly unrepeatable, a young American man was completely disintegrated, at least in a physical sense. Despite the absence of a body, a form of electromagnetic pattern resembling consciousness survived, and was able, in time, to rebuild an approximation of the body it had lost.

Jon Osterman was born in 1929, the son of a watchmaker, he was pushed into the field of atomic physics by his father after the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the close of WWII. Osterman started in Princeton in 1948 and finished his PhD in 1958. By May of 1959, he was involved in research at the Gila Flats. During this time he became romantically involved with colleague, Janey Slater. In August of 1959 he went to retrieve a watch he had fixed for her when he accidentally became trapped in an intrinsic field separator. All he could do was watch the countdown until his atoms were smashed, but eventually, and methodically, he reconstructed himself. At first it was thought that the base was haunted as on November 10th a disembodied circulatory system was seen walking through the kitchen, then four days later a partially muscled skeleton screamed at the edge of the perimeter fence for thirty seconds and then vanished. Finally on November 22nd a nude blue skinned man reconstituted itself right in front of Janey Slater, she recognized him immediately.

By February of 1960 he was dubbed Dr. Manhattan by higher ups in Washington for the ominous associations it will raise in America’s enemies. Unveiled to the world in March of the same year he quickly shows himself capable of disassembling a rifle with his mind or melting tank armor with blasts from his hands.

Within two years the US was benefiting from his ability to produce any element as needed as he agrees to regularly produce lithium for mass-production of polyacetylene batteries for the production of electric automobiles, which become the norm, by 1963.

By May of 1966 He attends what was to be the first meeting of the Crimebusters, the meeting ends in arguing, he does however meet and begin an elicit affair with Laurie Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre II) which quickly and bitterly ends his relationship with Janey Slater.

In January of 1971, President Nixon personally asked Osterman to intervene in Vietnam. By March of the same year he meets Edward Blake (The Comedian) in Saigon. By June North Vietnam surrenders, many of the Vietnamese want to surrender personally to Osterman himself out of terror and religious awe. On V.V.N. Day he watches stoically as Blake murders the Vietnamese mother of his unborn child.

On August 3rd 1977, the emergency Bill proposed by Senator Keene is passed making vigilantism illegal as it was before they altered laws to accommodate strategically useful talents such as Osterman who is exempt from the Bill, as is the Comedian. Others, such as Laurie Juspeczyk and the rest are not so lucky. Rorschach alone remains active illegally.

In 1981 Osterman is asked to move into new quarters at Rockefeller Military Research Center in New York, Laurie moves with him at his request as she is quickly becoming his sole link with humanity.

117. Cassidy (22 points)

cassidy.jpgCassidy, whose full name is Proinsias Cassidy, is an Irish vampire. Cassidy joins the Irish Volunteers and takes part in the Easter Rising in 1916, though his brother William (Billy) also joins to keep watch over him. Billy eventually forces Cassidy to desert the army because of its impending failure, and Cassidy is soon bitten by a "hag", who seemingly leaves fatal injuries. His body falls into the water, and he soon learns that he is not succumbing to the injuries and that the sun burns his skin. He decides to travel to America, so his family and other soldiers will believe that he is dead. He lives in America, picks up alcohol and drug problems, going as far as prostituting himself for drugs, and begins to wear sunglasses to hide his natural identity. This eventually escalates into the need to hide his eyes, which betray 70 years of substance abuse.

He eventually meets Tulip O'Hare and Jesse Custer. Cassidy forms a strong friendship with Jesse, and eventually falls in love with Tulip, though she does not reciprocate the feelings. He constantly struggles with his addictions and his feelings for Tulip, though after believing Jesse to be dead, both he and Tulip take up heavy drugs and alcohol, and start a sexual relationship. After reuniting with Jesse, he is told that Jesse no longer wants anything to do with him after finding about his history, though the two agree to meet one more time. They engage in a fist fight that Jesse's skill easily allows him to dominate, while constantly berating Cassidy. When Cassidy finally accepts his failures and begins, as Jesse puts it, "acting like a man," Jesse takes Cassidy's hand in forgiveness. Cassidy proves he's worth the gesture by walking into the sunrise to atone for all he has done, burning up in the process.

Once Jesse is gunned down by the Grail, it is revealed that Cassidy has made a deal with God moments before his confrontation with Jesse; he would beat Jesse to the point of surrender and allow Genesis to be destroyed. In return, God must allow both Jesse and Cassidy to live. Despite events not quite going to plan, God keeps his word. Jesse is revived and goes looking for Tulip, while Cassidy watches his first sunset in years as a human being, then drives off with a pledge to act like a man.

Cassidy has superhuman strength and speed that can easily rip regular humans apart, though he is not very good at fighting, allowing Jesse to easily beat him without taking any damage. Cassidy can survive any physical wound, including decapitation, although he feels the full pain associated with the injury. He can heal superhumanly fast, and drinking blood allows him to accelerate the process. The only thing that can kill him is being directly in sunlight for a period of time, though he can stand indirect exposure with discomfort. Although Cassidy needs blood to sustain himself, he does not need human or even fresh blood, preferring instead the taste of beer or whiskey. He generally drinks blood from live humans only if they threaten him.

A Cassidy reference appears in issue #27 of The Boys, another Ennis creation; in Part 2 of Preacher, Jesse tells Tulip that Cassidy originally came down to Dallas to open a bar called 'The Grassy Knoll'. In Issue #27 of The Boys, Billy Butcher is shown in a bar of that name, talking to an Irishman called Proinsias, who runs the bar. Both Billy and Proinsias are recovering alcoholics, which may indicate that Proinsias is in fact Cassidy.


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