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Your Top DC Heroes OPC part 6

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, February 02 2010 and posted in Features
The final three....*face palm



grifter.jpgDuring Gen 12 his father was killed and he and his brother Max were raised by their mother and their stepfather, Cole's mother died while he was an adult. Cole left his family to start a life of crime so that he could survive. Despite being a criminal he had a honor code which he showed when one of his partner 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 of 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 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 teams mental powers against a nuclear bomb that was target 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 women 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 Wilde C.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 were disbanded.


midnight.jpgMidnighter, alongside his future husband Apollo, was part of a top secret Stormwatch team (an analog of the JLA) created by the first Weatherman (Henry Bendix). Nobody but Bendix himself knew of the team's existence. Bendix built them as superhuman and, when they donned their costumes and spoke their codenames, their previous identities ceased to exist.

However, this secret team was all but destroyed during their first mission, Apollo and Midnighter being the only survivors. They went rogue and spent the next five years undercover fighting for a finer world in the alleyways of America. One mission took them to Britain, where they thwarted Bendix's attempts at experimenting on children to create superhumans, in the process developing links with MI5. They remained unknown to Stormwatch until Christine Trelane found the files about their team after Bendix's fall.

Jackson King, formerly Battalion, now the new Weatherman, ordered them found, not being sure whether they were heroes or villains. Midnighter and Apollo were after weapons made in the "Nevada Garden", a relic of the first Engineer. He ordered Fahrenheit and Hellstrike to tag them with fetishes so they could be transported into SkyWatch. Midnighter and Apollo first attacked the Stormwatch team, believing them under Bendix's orders. However, they ceased the attack once they were told Bendix was dead. With King's help, they violently retrieved the Garden from the U.S. Army, and King granted them what they asked for: new lives away from Stormwatch.

After Stormwatch was destroyed, Jenny Sparks convinced both Midnighter and Apollo to come out of retirement and join her new group, The Authority. A formidable fighter with a sardonic attitude, Midnighter epitomized the new team's commitment to fighting for a finer world, including against vested interests and world governments. Midnighter and Apollo's relationship, though hinted in previous issues, was revealed in The Authority #8. He was the architect of the team's first significant victory, the defeat of autocratic dictator Kaizen Gamorra, which he achieved by dropping the 50-mile-long Carrier on to Gamorra's island base.

Midnighter was the only Authority member to evade capture when the US government had the team attacked and replaced with manipulable substitutes. Presumed dead, Midnighter had in fact escaped the Carrier with baby Jenny Quantum. He returned to overthrow the puppet team and rescue Apollo from imprisonment and abuse at the hands of their replacements. Shortly thereafter Midnighter and Apollo were married and adopted Jenny.

Midnighter took a central role the Revolution events. A visitation, apparently from a future Apollo, convinced Midnighter that he was on the path to becoming a malign dictator. To avoid this fate Midnighter quit the team, precipitating its break-up, and returned to life fighting solo on the streets. Raised alone by Apollo, Jenny exploited her powers to age herself to young adulthood and reformed the Authority. Having convinced Midnighter to rejoin the team Jenny discovered he was being manipulated by a dimension-hopping Henry Bendix, hitherto assumed dead. Midnighter fought for Bendix before the Engineer was able to break the mind-control; Midnighter then killed Bendix by ripping out his spine.

Circumstances have twice forced Midnighter, very much against his will, to team up with Kev Hawkins, a homophobic former-SAS soldier and eponymous protagonist of the Authority. A relationship made worse by the fact that on their first meeting, Kev killed him, Apollo and the rest of the Authority, though the Carrier resurrected them. On their last meeting they took down MI5's Royal Oak project, an attempt at replicating Bendix's experiments.

After returning from a mission in war-torn Afghanistan, Midnighter was attacked and kidnapped by unknown agents while passing through the Carrier's teleportation portal. He awoke in a facility in Hamburg, Germany, where a man named Paulus told him that he was disrupting his ability to guess his opponents' moves, and that he had removed his secondary heart and replaced it with a remote-detonated bomb.

Paulus gave Midnighter the choice of either working for him, or dying, showing him a photograph of the person he wanted Midnighter to kill: Adolf Hitler. Time-traveling back to the First World War trenches, Midnighter encountered Hitler as a young corporal in the German army, but was apprehended by 'time police' officers from the 95th century before carrying out his mission. In his struggle to escape, he crashed the officers' time machine at the year 1945 -- shortly before Hitler's expected suicide. Eventually he allied himself with them and worked his way back to his own time, where he threatened to erase Paulus from history by killing his kidnapped younger self; it is unclear whether or not he would have executed the child, but ultimately he did not have to. After informing Paulus that he discovered in the past that the real reason he wanted Hitler dead was to allow his father, a Nazi official, to become a more effective ruler than Hitler, Midnighter killed Paulus via decapitation and returned the child to the time police to be sent back to the past. Midnighter then returned to the Carrier, but was apparently just as listless as before, immediately setting himself on another mission in Iraq.

Midnighter's attempts to connect better with humans after the graphic and public disposal of super villain "Suicide King". Trying to help a girl find her pet cat finds him stumble upon a mad scientist who has been kidnapping pets for his cybernetic experiments. After defeating him, he employs the scientist to experiment on the murderers and dictators he acquires before deciding to adopt the one pet the Doctor could not repair or rehome: a cyborg dog.

Midnighter managed to retrieve all the information about his former life prior to his reprogramming by Henry Bendix, and discovered that his real name is Lucas Trent, that he was born on July 14, 1967 (making him 40 years old in 2007 and that’s my Birthday, Whassuuup), and that he hailed from Harmony, Indiana.

Midnighter appears as one of the last Authority members still able to act in the ruins of London, now called Unlondon. Separated from Apollo, who is confined to the upper atmosphere by sunlight-blocking fog over the planet's surface, Midnighter helps civilians to reach the ruins of the Carrier, now a stronghold for survivors. When former Changer member, The Eidolon posed a threat in Unlondon, Midnighter was the only one to confront him and savagely killed him. However, Eidolon is eternally immortal thus making him the actual victor and Midnighter was subsequently told off by the undead being that for everything that the Authority had ever done was through violence and as an insult to injury, Eidolon politely informed Midnighter that he and his forces will not attack the Carrier.

The Carrier later suffered an Incubite outbreak among the refugees, and Apollo was forced to eradicate the infection, but was then infected himself. Midnighter, unknown to this, remained concerned of Apollo's long absence as while his husband attempted to burn his infection in the sun, but only for it to gain sentience and total domination of his body, calling itself "The Burn". The Burn soon fought the Authority and was eventually subdued by being frozen and imprisoned in cold storage until they could find a cure for him.

While dreaming a nightmare about the Warhol infected Apollo, Midnighter was visited by an unidentifiable girl who told him to "go north, heal the land, and heal the wounded king". After waking, Midnighter decided to followed what the dream told as he believed that what he might discover would cure Apollo, and left the Carrier. Upon arriving the Scottish borders, he discover a fully vegetated island that is prevented from access by guards. Midnighter fought his way and even encountering a dragon. After infiltrating the island, he witnessed a being calling itself The Green Man murdered a group of refugees who were previously told by the being that it would "heal" them. Deciding himself in killing the being, Midnighter sneak into the island's castle where it lived, but was then captured by living vines and is brought to the Green Man, but shocked to discover that the Green Man is the Authority's missing and insane Doctor, Habib bin Hassan. The Doctor, believing that mankind is at fault for Earth's devastation, tortures Midnighter. As he is tortured, Midnighter finds himself astral projected and meets with the girl from his dreams to be the Century Baby, Gaia Rothstein. Gaia revealed that she was responsible for calling Midnighter as she believed that he could stop the mad Doctor that has been controlling her for his own ends and promise that she have a way in healing Apollo. Upon returning back to his body, Midnighter was about to be executed by the Doctor until the Authority timely arrived thanks to Gaia. After the Authority defeated the Doctor, who he faded away, a freed Gaia gave Midnighter an apple that contains the cure to cleansing Apollo's infection. After returning to the Carrier, Midnighter feed a slice of the apple to Apollo which successfully cured him. Together, the couple embraced again after a longtime of separation.

Cyborg Superman *face palm cyborgsuperman.jpg

"HA! HA! HA! IN YOU'RE FACE BUBBA! A special spot for him in the OPC yeeeeeeessss. Sure Henshaw was playing the part of hero, but he played it so damn convincingly. He fooled anyone who read Reign of the Supermen that he was the real deal.

It's what made his utter heel turn all the more impactful when it happened. So here's to you Hank Henshaw! For being so good, yet being so bad."

Only reason I kept this here is so you call can see the foolishness of the poster that is Zechs.

Zechs, I like you dude. You are good people, but you really need help. Your villains are heroes thing is scaring me.


*backs away slowly


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