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Babylon Gets Reviewed

babylon_small_no_textThe Pulp Super-Fan has reviewed The Second Book of Babylon. Let’s see what he had to say:

I recently picked up Barry Reese‘s newest work, The Second Book of Babylon (Pro Se Productions). While this is part of his Sovereign City Project and tied to his other works, I find this more superhero than pulp.

We are introduced in this work to the “spirit of cosmic retribution,” known as Babylon. His origin goes back to 1802 when black slave Gideon Black, whose master is devil-worshiping Abraham Black. Due to a series of events starting when Gideon has a son with Abraham’s daughter, he is bound to the Babylon armour and his future descendants would be able to summon and posses the armour, allowing them to be a “spirit of retribution.”

While we get hints of these past adventures, there is no “First Book of Babylon.”

This particular story is set in 2011. As shown in the Peregrine stories with the fourth Peregrine, the “Black Mass Barrier” has risen, causing the “World of Shadows” to merge with the real world, allowing various faerie races along with magic to be part of the world.

Due to a strange conspiracy, the world’s main magic users have been exiled. Someone of great power is trying to cut off England from the rest of the world, and had shut them out, and now Babylon, who is being hosted by Jennifer Black, must figure it out and save them. We also meet others, such as Johnny Galahad, another relative who for a time hosted the armour. There is also Michael Bolan who has a less-powerful set of armour, called Retribution.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, and expanded his universe/timeline in the “modern times.” We are promised a Third Book of Babylon, but I wonder when/if this will happen. We don’t see this on his timeline, though I do see Lazarus Gray volumes 8, 9, and 10. Barry noted on his blog he’s completed volume 13 of Lazarus Gray, and that volume 8 should be out in August, with the next 6 coming out quickly. Can’t wait.

Me: Thanks for the review! I would definitely agree with your assessment that the tale is more superhero than pulp. I have started work on another Babylon story and the character makes guest-appearances in some of the upcoming Lazarus Gray books so you should see more of him in the near future.

Ghoul (Icons Writeup)

Ghoul
aka Jonathan Martin

Prowess 2
Coordination 3
Strength 2
Intellect 4
Awareness 4
Willpower 5

Stamina 7

Powers
*Immortality 7
*Life Support 10
*Precognition 5 (Allows him to have visions of the impending demise of others)
*Postcognition 8 (Allows him to temporarily raise the dead and gain information from them)
*Emotion Control 4 (Generates fear only; eyes glow when this power is used)

Specialties
Technology – Computers (+1 bonus), Weaponry – Guns (+1 bonus)

Qualities
“My name’s Jonathan, I’m from Vermont, I’m a big fan of Tori Amos, and I’m dead.”
Will risk himself to help young people in danger.
Died before he’d ever truly lived.

Background

Jon Martin was reportedly a serious student. He had his eye on a career in engineering – presumably computer science. When he was about 17, he was hit by the Theta virus, and narrowly saved by the intervention of Dr. Rachel Demming. The random empowerment left him a sort of living zombie, with odd abilities and perceptions.

Martin joined the other Theta survivors who had agreed to help Deming in her work to save other victims of the virus – the Exiles. Ghoul apparently did not participate much to field missions due to his appearance. But his technical skills were useful at Stronghold, Dr. Deming’s base.

When Deming ordered a general assault on the base of her enemy, corrupt businessman Malcolm Kort, Ghoul was among the other Exiles. He and his friend and fellow Exile Tinsel had to be left behind on the op site, and were captured by Kort’s superhuman enforcers.

Ghoul was thrown into the biological wastes disposal system, but narrowly escaped. Tinsel was handed over to the mercenary Bloodbath, and burned his eyes out in self-defense when he attempted to sexually assault her.

Weakened, Tinsel was gunned down by Bloodbath, and Ghoul arrived minutes too late to help her. Enraged, Ghoul killed Bloodbath, then killed his spirit to empower himself. He went on a murder run using Bloodbath’s advanced guns to avenge Tinsel. This ended with Ghoul blowing up the top floor of Kort’s corporate HQ, apparently killing everyone – including himself.

A few hours later, most of the Exiles were killed in an accident.

Ghoul, however, did not die. His body reconstructed itself using vegetal matter near his grave, leaving him forever changed. His return from the grave triggered strong public reactions when it was revealed an ultra had survived death. But Hardcase intervened and calmed the crowd.

Ghoul met with Dr. Deming, who had narrowly survived but confirmed that her involvement with ultrahumans was over. Martin then checked the Exiles’ grave, but could not contact their spirits since it had been too long.

The despondent Ghoul was convinced to join with Contrary and her pupil Pixx, and later ended up joining Ultraforce along them both. He was instrumental in the fight between Atalon and Ultraforce.

He later solved a case of a faked rock star suicide, leading to a plague of copycat suicides, in a solo investigation.

Ghoul is several things :

Tough. He’s been dead and is apparently unkillable, and sometimes hints as having “seen things” when he was dead. It is almost impossible to frighten or intimidate him ; however he can feel tension and will get stressed. At the same time, he’s fully aware that he’s a physical wimp, and acts in a careful, almost physically cowardly way when faced with physically powerful foes. Unless angry, of course.

Sarcastic. Ghoul is a undead monster, and compensates by being extremely cynical and sarcastic. He’ll make numerous flippant remarks, most having to do with death, his appearance or the fact he’s disposable. Given his unfazeable streak, he’ll continue making flippant, even slightly insulting remarks in the face of ultra-powerful foes. And he’s really good at gallows humor.

Hurt. Ghoul mays seems scary but funny. However sometimes he reacts with uncharacteristic aggressively, either verbal or physical. These are often tied with the death of others; for instance when someone attempts to commit suicide, when he’s afraid somebody will die, or when a loved one dies. In those cases, he stops being funny and is just scary, taking direct action while he normally stands by the sidelines due to his lack of direct powers. He tends to grow kind of attached to young well-meaning innocents, such as Tinsel or Pixx.

Removed. Ghoul is distant from normal persons, and rarely explain himself. On some level he feels his plight justifies whatever he does, and he’s very aware he’s an outcast. Since he now longer has to care about such things, Ghoul smokes and drinks heavily (through the effects of alcohol on his “organism” are fleeting) and eats complete junk.

Dr. Loomis (Icons Writeup)

Dr. Samuel Loomis

Prowess 2
Coordination 2
Strength 3
Intellect 5
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 7

Powers
*Handgun 4

Specialties
Investigation (+1 bonus), Medicine – First Aid (+1 bonus), Psychiatry (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns (+1 bonus)

Qualities
“You’ve fooled them, haven’t you, Michael? But not me.”
Regularly survives near-death experiences
Multiple health problems – scarred hands, injured leg (limps), bad heart.

Background

Dr. Samuel Loomis is a character and protagonist in the Halloween franchise. He first appeared in the original Halloween, played by Donald Pleasence.

Loomis’s history is complicated by the fact that the series follows several conflicting continuities. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later and Resurrection ignore the events of Halloween 4, 5, and 6, splitting the series into two separate timelines both originating from the original film and its sequel. The 2007 remake reboots the series continuity altogether, starting the timeline afresh.

The following information is canonical to both the 4 – 6 and H20 timelines.

Michael’s Psychiatrist
On November 5, 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers had been admitted to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium for the October 31st murder of his older sister Judith. The child (now seven) was a blank, emotionless slate to Loomis, never speaking and barely even moving. The doctor recognized the deep-rooted trauma in the boy’s psyche and knew that special treatment would be required if he were to ever help him, “I met him, 15 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding in even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this…six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and… the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.” Samuel Loomis, October 31, 1978

On May 1, 1964, Dr. Loomis met with two doctors in the sanitarium’s forum chamber. Loomis suggested that his patient is confined to a maximum-security ward located at Litchfield, Illinois. The doctors brushed off Loomis’ request, declaring that Michael was mere “a catatonic” exhibiting “comatose behavior” who did not react to any of his surroundings. Loomis insisted to be taken seriously because he was convinced his patient’s blank behavior was an ingenious cover for his true nature. He also felt that the level of security at Smith’s Grove was insufficient. He pleaded for Michael to be moved immediately to a facility where any possible escape or legalized freedom would be impossible. The doctor’s superiors declined his requests and issued an ultimatum that Loomis keep Michael as his patient or he would be looked after by someone else. Loomis knew to his core that no one else could be trusted or even be safe around Michael, so he agreed to stay with him.

The Break-Out
Michael turns twenty-one on October 19. By law, he is to be presented to the court on his birthday for trial. The final verdict determines his freedom or further confinement. The trial date is pushed two weeks into the first week of November.

On the rainy night of Monday, October 30, 1978, Loomis is accompanied by his friend and medical assistant Nurse Marion Chambers; they are charged with transferring Michael back to his home county for the trial. Loomis reveals to Marion that Thorazine would be used before Michael is presented to the judge. Nurse Chambers is confused as to why Michael should be heavily drugged then realizes Loomis wants Michael to have no chance to be released back to society.

When the pair reaches the gates of the sanitarium, they discover that many patients are wandering around the grounds. Loomis goes to the main gate to telephone the hospital, but Michael appears and nearly attacks Marion while she is waiting in the car.

Myers escapes from the Illinois state hospital hijacking the car meant for his court date transfer. His plan is to return to his hometown of Haddonfield and locate his last surviving sibling. Driving the 150 miles to his destination, he arrives in Haddonfield in time for Halloween.

Loomis is on Michael’s trail for the entire date of October 31. While en route to Haddonfield, Loomis stops along a rural highway in west central Illinois to call Haddonfield authorities. He has every reason to believe Michael will return home, so he urges that the police watch out for him

When the psychiatrist finally arrives in Michael’s hometown, he seeks the help of Haddonfield Memorial Cemetery’s grave keeper. The pair discovers that the headstone of Judith Myers had been removed and is missing. This clue is enough to assure Loomis that his patient is physically in the city. That afternoon, Loomis enlists the help of Haddonfield’s sheriff, Leigh Brackett. The pair later travels to the former Myers residence at 45 Lampkin Lane. Loomis is curious to know if Michael had returned to his childhood home. With the front door being broken into and the decaying carcass of a stray dog being indoors, these two clues reassure Loomis that Michael has indeed come home. Loomis tries convincing Sheriff Brackett that Michael is a human incarnation of pure evil, that he has returned to kill again, and that Haddonfield is not safe on this night until Michael is captured.

While Michael stalks Laurie Strode and her friends, Loomis waits and watches over the house, believing that Michael will return to his home. When he discovers the stolen car, he begins combing the streets where he finds the two children that Laurie was babysitting running frantically from a house. Loomis investigates and sees Michael attacking Laurie. When she pulls Michael’s mask off, he stops to re-apply it, giving Loomis the opportunity to shoot his former patient six times, knocking him to and off the balcony of the two-story house. After agreeing with Laurie that Michael was “the boogeyman”, Loomis walks over to the balcony and looks down to see that Michael is gone.

Laurie is taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, while Sheriff Brackett accompanies Loomis in his search for Michael. While searching, Loomis believes that he has found Myers who quickly runs away from the police only to get hit in a car crash. While everyone believes the killer is now dead, for some reason unknown to Loomis, he cannot be sure. It is at this time when Gary Hunt arrives and tells Brackett that his daughter Annie has been found dead. They arrive at the Wallace home where Brackett has to id his daughter and then leaves his duties to Hunt as he has to go tell his wife the news, but before he goes he blames Loomis for what has happened. Loomis and Hunt then go to the coroner’s, where they try to identify the body that was burned. It turns out that it was in fact not Myers but teenager Bennett Tramer. Loomis and Hunt then head towards Haddonfield Elementary School, where they see Michael has written the word “Samhain” on the chalkboard in blood. It is at this time that Dr. Loomis is ordered to leave Haddonfield by the state government so as to not create panic. His assistant Nurse Marion Chambers has arrived to try convincing Loomis to leave Haddonfield. She also reveals to him one shocking fact: Michael Myers is the brother of Laurie Strode. With this newfound knowledge, Loomis realizes Michael returned to Haddonfield to kill his younger sister, Laurie. After this, Loomis hijacks the police car that is taking him away from Haddonfield using his gun and arrives at the hospital to stop Myers.

Loomis races to Laurie’s aid and, once again, fired multiple gunshots to Michael, which expectedly does not stop him. Loomis and Laurie run to a nearby operating room where Loomis attempts to destroy Michael with a bullet to the head. Not realizing his gun is empty, Loomis fires an empty chamber, and Michael angrily stabs him in his stomach, causing Loomis to collapse. Nevertheless, Loomis recovers, and he and Laurie fill the room with oxygen and ether. As the girl runs away, Loomis stays behind. He tells Michael that “it’s time” and proceeds to blow himself up with Michael.

However, Loomis survives but is severely burned, left to walk with a pronounced limp (possibly due to either the burns to his leg or the stab wound to the stomach) and wearing gloves to hide the scars on his hands. Michael also survived the explosion but also suffered serious burns as a result.

In 1980, Laurie Strode had a daughter named Jamie Lloyd. Shortly afterward, it was thought the couple died in a car crash. On October 30, 1988, Michael Myers, who had been in a coma for 10 years, awakens in an ambulance when he hears that he has a niece. Coming upon the carnage resulting from a crash, Dr. Loomis unsuccessfully attempts to alert the police that Michael is now free. The killer then makes his way back to Haddonfield and Loomis once again pursues him. Arriving at a filling station, Loomis encounters Michael and attempts to reason with him, offering himself as another victim and pleading with Michael to leave the Haddonfield citizens alone, but he quickly realizes that Michael is too violent and insane to listen to reason. Loomis gets a ride from Jackson P. Sayer, who tells him that Loomis could not kill evil like you could kill a man. Sayer drops him off at the Haddonfield police station. As the doctor announces that he is looking for Sheriff Brackett, he is told that Brackett retired and the new sheriff is Ben Meeker.

Unlike last time, Meeker and the rest of the police believe him. After Michael slaughters many officers in the police station, a group led by Earl Ford emerges from a local bar and they quickly form a lynch mob when Loomis, seeing no other defense for the town, tells them that the monster has returned. Loomis works with Sheriff Meeker and the few remaining officers to help protect Jamie Lloyd, Michael’s young niece, from her murderous uncle. After Loomis is attacked by Michael while helping Jamie hide from him, the doctor is later seen to have recovered as he witnesses the sheriff, a few of the mob and state police shoot up Michael, sending him down an abandoned well, which they ignite and blow up, seeming to finally kill him. However, after the nightmare appears to have ended, Loomis sees the horrific sight of Jamie just having stabbed her stepmother, dressed in a clown costume similar to what Michael wore when he killed his sister as a child. Sheriff Meeker stops Loomis just as he raises his gun to Jamie, as Loomis loses his control at the thought that the evil that drove her uncle has now possessed his niece.

One year later, Loomis is assigned to Jamie at the Haddonfield Children’s Clinic. Aware that Michael is still alive, and discovering that Jamie is psychically linked with him, Loomis constantly pressures her to inform him of her uncle’s whereabouts, but Jamie is too traumatized to tell him. When Michael returns, he kills Jamie’s adoptive sister Rachel Carruthers along with her associates, one of which Loomis tries to save without success. Once Tina Williams dies, Jamie agrees to help Loomis. The police and Loomis set a trap for Myers at his old house, involving the young girl to sit at the dressing table in Judith Myers’s bedroom. After the police receive calls about Michael being at the clinic, they all leave, leaving Loomis, Jamie, and deputy Charlie Bloch.

Bloch is ordered to take Jamie to the police station but he is stopped by Loomis, who knows Michael would still come to the house. Loomis turns out to be right and Michael does arrive, and Loomis tries to reason with him, proposing that he fight his rage and redeem himself through a positive relationship with Jamie. Loomis’ words seem to work at first, as Michael calmly listens to him and lowers his knife, but when Loomis reaches to take away Michael’s knife, he slashes him across the abdomen and throws him through the banister in a frenzy. When Loomis awakens, he appears to betray Jamie, grabbing her and shouting for Michael to take her, only to lure Michael into a trap: Loomis drops a metal net over Michael, shoots him with a tranquilizer gun, then violently beats him unconscious with a wooden plank. Dr. Loomis suffers a stroke immediately after attacking Michael. Afterward, he retires and moves to a quiet hut on the outskirts of Haddonfield. There he lives a solitary, almost hermit lifestyle, choosing not to interact with other people.

In 1995, the nightmare starts all over again. It is a cold and stormy night when someone knocks on Sam’s door. It is Dr. Terence Wynn, his old colleague, who had come to persuade Loomis to return to Smith’s Grove. Sam declines. While the two are arguing, they hear the voice of Jamie Lloyd on the radio. She is begging Dr. Loomis to help her.

It turns out that Jamie was impregnated by the same cult that kidnapped her in 1989; however, she succeeds in escaping after giving birth to a baby boy. She takes the child with her and stops at a bus station to call Dr. Loomis. However, Michael tracks her down and kills her, but cannot find the baby.

Jamie had left her son in the bus stop bathroom. There he is found by Tommy Doyle, the boy whom Laurie Strode was babysitting in 1978, who has become a reclusive adult bent on destroying Michael Myers. He names the child Steven.

The following morning, Jamie’s body is discovered, and Loomis is devastated. He had thought that the last of Michael’s bloodline was killed that night, but after being approached by Tommy, who tells him about his discovery of the baby, Loomis knows he has to fight his nemesis once again in order to save the infant. Tommy tells him to meet him at the campus rally the next night to discuss what to do next.

The following night, Loomis meets up with Tommy but their meeting is cut short as they discover the body of Barry Simms falling from a tree. They both know that Michael is now in Haddonfield.

They return to Tommy’s home to discover that the baby is missing as well, as are Kara Strode and her son Danny, whom Tommy was trying to keep safe. The Strodes eventually bang on the door, begging to be let in as Michael is chasing them. Tommy questions the doctor as to who knew about the baby and is told that only Loomis and Wynn knew. This is when they all hear a voice call out to Danny.

They go into the living room where it is revealed that Dr. Terence Wynn, Sam’s old colleague, is actually the mysterious Man in Black that had freed Michael after his capture by Loomis years ago. Wynn, along with an old neighbor of the Myers family, had placed the Thorn Curse on Michael on the night he killed Judith. Loomis and Tommy are then drugged while Wynn takes Kara, Danny, and Steven with him to his base of operations at Smith’s Grove.

As soon as they recover, the duo travels to the Sanitarium, where Loomis intends to deal with Wynn. He tells Tommy to stay put while he takes care of things. He finds Wynn in his office, where Wynn reveals he wants to experiment on Jamie’s baby to re-create Michael. Loomis is about to shoot Wynn but is knocked out by Wynn’s henchmen. They leave Loomis while they go to Steven and Danny. Unbeknownst to Loomis, Wynn and his accomplices are then slaughtered by Michael.

Halloween 6 Samuel Loomis
Loomis awakens and searches for Tommy and the others. He finds them running away from Michael and opens the Sanitarium’s gate for them. As they get into their car, Tommy offers Loomis to come with them, but he replies that he still has some things to finish up in the Sanitarium. A loud scream was heard from inside the building in which Loomis and Myers were last seen in, and the mask of Michael Myers was found on the floor.

H20 timeline
In the H20 timeline, he dies of a heart attack in front of Michael after Michael killed Elizabeth. He was buried at Mt. Sinclair Cemetery.

Final Timeline
In the Final Timeline, (which ignores the 4-6 and H20 timelines), Loomis stopped being Michael’s doctor following the killer’s apprehension in 1978. The following year Loomis gave a record statement claiming that Michael should be killed as there was no point in keeping him alive. At some point afterwards Loomis passed away, and his student Dr. Ranbir Sartain took over as Michael’s doctor.

Dark Angel (Icons Writeup)

Dark Angel
aka Shevaun Haldane

Prowess 4
Coordination 4
Strength 3
Intellect 6
Awareness 4
Willpower 7

Stamina 10

Powers
1. Shevaun’s costume is actually part of the Fabric of the Universe. It is bonded to her on a molecular level and may not be removed, however she is able to store it in a pocket dimension and call it to her when needed. The costume has become a part of her and grants her the following powers:
*Flight 8
*Phasing 7
*Telepathy 7 (Extra: Mental Blast)
*Mystic Blasts 8 (Extra: These bolts ignore body armor but not force fields)
*Force Field 7
*Cosmic Awareness 10
*Dimensional Travel 8 (Extra: Thanks to her experience in doing so, she may access the Realm of Dead Superheroes automatically)
*Time Control – Travel 10 (Limit: Tiring)
*Absorption – Magical Energy 7 (Limit: Energy absorbed in this fashion is actually sent through the void which is her costume and arrives in a sub-dimension contained therein. She tries to avoid doing this too often as it can cause harm to the sentient races that live in the sub-dimension)

2. Armor – Comprised of a number of metallic devices which are attached to the Fabric that she wears, the armor provides no additional defensive bonuses. It does, however, help regulate her power flow and prevents her from accidentally using too much energy. Towards the end of the series, Shevaun dispensed with wearing the armor at all, preferring to trust her own instincts when using her powers. Without the armor, all powers gain the Limit: Burnout.

3. Graviton Phase Blaster – Blast 9, Time Control 8 (Can speed up time for a target or slow it down)

4. Gadgets 5

Specialties
Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Occult – Hi-Tech Mysticism (Expert +2 bonus), Science (+1 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Hunted by Mys-Tech
Earth’s Mistress of Hi-Tech Mysticism
Can call upon the Realm of Dead Superheroes for help

Background

Daughter of Mys-Tech board member Ranulph Haldane, Shevaun found herself orphaned after her father was killed by the demon Mephisto, who had granted Ranulph and the other Mys-Tech board members immortality in exchange for meeting certain quotas with regards to souls sent to Hell. When Ranulph attempted to circumvent this agreement, Mephisto slew the man while Shevaun watched from afar.

As the Chief Researcher for Mys-Tech, and the most accomplished Techno-Wizard on the board, Ranulph made sure that his daughter’s education in the art of Hi-Tech Mysticism was second to none. Though he kept secret from her the details of Mys-Tech’s connections to Shevaun, she felt responsible for the evil her father and his friends committed and swore that she would see Mys-Tech destroyed.

This vow was made possible by the intervention of a being known as Dark Angel, the Angel of Death. This being appeared before Shevaun and donated a fragment of the Fabric of the Universe, which attached itself to her flesh and became her costume. Contact with such a powerful element of the universe opened her mind to new possibilities and granted her enormous cosmic powers. As Hell’s Angel, Shevaun battled the forces of Mys-Tech for many months, gaining tutelage under Prof. Xavier’s X-Men and forming a close friendship with Betsy Braddock. She frequently adventured alongside a Guide from the spirit realm at this time and spent a good deal going to and from the Realm of Dead Superheroes where she sometimes gained aid.

Eventually, Shevaun came to the conclusion that Dark Angel had manipulated her and not told her certain details of her powers intentionally. As a result, she abandoned the name he had given her (Hell’s Angel) and chose Dark Angel instead. Why she’d choose the Angel of Death’s name as her own when she was, in fact, angry at the being is open to debate – the real life explanation, however is a bit easier to understand: Marvel Comics was threatened with a lawsuit from the Hell’s Angels motorcycle organization and they elected to simply rename Shevaun.

Regardless, Shevaun aided several other heroes in defeating Mys-Tech during the so-called Mys-Tech Wars and then proceeded to aid Death’s Head II in repelling the destruction of Earth. She still lives in her father’s castle in Darkmoor, England and continues to protect the Earth from threats both magical and technological.

Glory (Icons Writeup)

Glory
aka Glorianna

Prowess 7
Coordination 6
Strength 7
Intellect 5
Awareness 4
Willpower 5

Stamina 12

Powers
*Dimensional Travel 4
*Flight 5
*Immortality 1
*Regeneration 3
*Damage Resistance 3
*Sword – Strike 4
*Armor – Damage Resistance 3
*Bracelets – Reflection 5 (At one time Glory wore bracelets that she would use to bounce bullets back at her attackers – she later discarded these in favor of armor)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Weapons – Blades (Expert +2 bonus), Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
A wonder of a woman
Savage temper
Demonic heritage

Background

Glory was the result of an alliance between the Lady Demeter of the Amazonians and the demon Lord Silverfall of the Underworld. Raised in her mother’s world and trained by the Amazonians, she emerged as their finest warrior. However, she also struggled to control the savagery which was her paternal gift/curse. Not at home in either Amazonia or the Underworld, Glorianna went to the world of man.

During World War II, Glorianna fought for the Allied forces against the Nazis, alongside Supreme, another Rob Liefeld creation. For a time she worked with Die-Hard and Superpatriot as the team called ‘The Allies’.  She was later part of the second and third Brigade teams.

Any resemblance between Glory and other Amazonian warriors is purely coincidental. Sort of.

Jeffrey Hayes Joins Assistance Unlimited!

ARTIST JEFFREY HAYES LEAVES HIS MARK ON UPCOMING LAZARUS GRAY!

Pro Se Productions, a cutting edge publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, and Reese Unlimited, award winning author Barry Reese’s imprint, proudly announces that noted New Pulp Artist Jeffrey Hayes shall join the ranks of talented artists to provide cover art for one of Pro Se’s most popular characters-Lazarus Gray!

Hayes will be taking his place among four other artists as he takes on cover duties for THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUMES TEN, ELEVEN, and TWELVE.

“Jeff is an artist,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se, “that has brought his own style to New Pulp work he’s done, both for Pro Se and other companies and authors. When the need for an artist for these three books came up, Jeff was my first thought. He is approaching Lazarus with not only his own unique touch, but also a reverence and respect for the style and work that has come before him. I am so excited to see what Jeff brings to this fantastic series!”

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TEN will debut later in 2020, the other two volumes to closely follow.

For more information on this title, interviews with the artist, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

Art by Jeffrey Hayes

Rogue Star (Icons Writeup)

Rogue Star
aka Unknown

Prowess 3
Coordination 5
Strength 3
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 3

Stamina 7

Powers
*Starbolts – Blast 7
*Flight 7 (Extra: Spaceflight)
*Energy Absorption 4
*Life Support (Can survive in space)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Attacks from a distance
Proud member of The Eliminators

Background

Not much is known about Rogue Star – she’s a member of the Eliminators and a foe of the Mighty Crusaders. Based upon her name and the powers we’ve seen, it appears that she has some sort of stellar powers – but she’s pretty much a blank slate with a cool costume! She and her teammates could be slotted into just about any superhero campaign with minimal effort. Given the fact that her skin is such an odd color, perhaps she’s an alien?

Conan (Icons Writeup)

Conan

Prowess 6
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 11

Powers
*Broadsword 5
*Depending on the situation, Conan may have access to battleaxes, clubs, etc. He does not typically use ranged weapons but will make do in a pinch. He also frequently has ropes that can be used for climbing.

Specialties
Athletics (Master +3 bonus), Business – Appraisal (+1 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Linguistics (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Master +3 bonus), Mental Resistance (+1 bonus), Military (Expert +2 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus), Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Underwater Combat (+1 bonus), Weapons – Ranged (+1 bonus), Weapons – Blades (Master +3 bonus), Wrestling (Master +3 bonus)

Qualities
Irresistible to women
Gains and loses money very quickly
Distrusts sorcery
Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women!

Background

Conan is a Cimmerian, a barbarian of the far north; he was born on a battlefield and is the son of the village blacksmith Corin. During the battle in Cimmeria, his mother Greshan was fatally wounded by an enemy while attempting to save Corin. The weakened Greshan uses the last of her strength to give birth to her son and names him Conan before she dies. He grew up quickly: by age fifteen he was already a respected warrior, participating in the destruction of the Aquilonian outpost of Venarium.

After this he was struck by wanderlust and began the colorful and exciting adventures chronicled by Robert E. Howard and others, encountering various fabulous monsters, evil wizards, and beautiful wenches and princesses – he has traveled throughout the world and been a thief and outlaw, a mercenary and commander of a mercenary company, and a pirate. He begins building larger units of men, aiming for greater territorial ambitions, though his efforts are repeatedly thwarted, usually by the total massacre of his force excepting himself. But in his forties, he finally succeeds in becoming king of Aquilonia, the most powerful kingdom of the age, having strangled the previous ruler, Numedides, on the steps of the throne. In his sixties, Conan leaves his country—never to return—to seek new battles in the uncharted west, leaving Conan II, his son by Queen Zenobia (a former Nemedian slave girl), to rule Aquilonia in his stead. Although Conan’s adventures often result in him performing heroic feats, his motive is more than often his own survival, enrichment or rise to power and he thus displays many of the characteristics of an anti-hero.

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Lazarus Gray and his team, Assistance Unlimited, face an uncertain future at the dawn of a new decade. New mysteries, new allies, and new foes rise from the ashes of old to challenge this band of heroes as never before…But their greatest crisis comes from within as one of their number stands at a crossroad and makes a choice that may turn friends into foes forever.

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Badrock (Icons Writeup)

Badrock
aka Thomas John McCall

Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 9
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 13

Powers
*Damage Resistance 7
*Immortality 1
*Growth 1 (Limit: Always-On. Badrock is 8 feet tall)
*Regeneration 2

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Impulsive – he’s a teenager in a body capable of mass destruction
Yabba-Dabba-Doom!!!
Celebrity Superhero

Background

Thomas John McCall was an average under-achieving 16-year-old teenager. 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 1800 lbs. 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 superteam, 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.

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.