Nightwing (Icons Writeup)

Nightwing
aka Richard “Dick” Grayson

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

Stamina 11

Powers
*Costume – Damage Resistance 4, Binding 4, Electrical Blast 6 (Limit: Touch Only, Limit: Suit only has enough power for a one-time charge), Super-Senses: Infrared Vision 1, Gadgets 4
*Escrima sticks 4

Specialties
Athletics (Mastery +3), Drive (Expert +2), Investigation (Expert +2), Law, Leadership (Expert +2), Martial Arts (Expert +2), Medicine, Mental Resistance, Pilot, Sleight of Hand, Stealth, Weapons – Melee (Expert +2), Weapons – Bladed

Qualities
*Trained by the best
*Incredibly attractive
*Numerous contacts in the superhero community

Background:

If it’s hard being a superhero, what is it like as a sidekick? The heroes get the glory, while you clean up the mess. You don’t make the decisions and you don’t give orders. So, what do you do if you’re the Boy Wonder to one of the most recognizable super heroes in the universe and you’re looking to break out on your own?

Simple. You become Nightwing.

When his circus acrobat family was brutally murdered, Dick Grayson was taken in by billionaire and bat-friendly super hero Bruce Wayne. Bruce shared his secret life as Batman with the young boy and eventually molded him into Robin—the Dark Knight’s partner in Gotham. But as Dick grew older, playing second fiddle to the sternest hero in the Justice League began to wear on him, and eventually he struck out on his own, staying true to what he learned as Robin while coming into his own as a respected member of the superhero pantheon. His code, like his mentor’s, is simple—if you’re breaking the law on his turf, watch out. Anyone who doesn’t can expect a short and most assuredly painful trip to Arkham.

Yet, while he may share methods and motivation with Batman, Dick knows what being Batman can do. He doesn’t want to become as dark, controlling and lonely as Bruce. But for all the good he’s accomplished while avoiding it, one question is unavoidable—without going as far as Batman, can Nightwing be as effective as he ultimately wants to be?

Megalith (Icons Writeup)

Megalith
aka Joe Majurac

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

Stamina 12

Powers
*Poison/Disease Resistance 8
*Boost (Strength) 8
*Damage Resistance 6
*Regeneration 2
*Leaping 3
*Damage Resistance 5
*Telepathy 3
*Telekinesis 3

Specialties
Athletics (Master +3 bonus)

Qualities
*Photographic Memory
*Mind/Body Link
*Just a kid at heart

Background

Joe Majurac was a gifted young student and athlete who aspired to one day become an Olympic champion. When his family farm was threatened with foreclosure, Joe eagerly accepted an offer of sponsorship by an unheard-of German corporation. Unaware of their sinister motives for him, Joe allowed the company to train him at their state-of-the-art facility in Germany. Joe drove himself to become the best at multiple athletic events, unknowingly achieving a “mind/body link” that allowed him to surpass normal human ability. When his trainers continued to push him towards an unseen goal, and contact with his parents became difficult, Joe began to suspect his benefactors and confronted them. Their response was to threaten his parents, thus driving Joe to break out of the compound and return home. Finding his family farm destroyed and his parents missing, Joe became the costumed hero Megalith in order to find them. His search often led him to fight alongside the Revengers, a team of other heroes.

Megalith is basically the Superman of the Continuity universe but he’s so good-natured and naïve that he’s easily taken advantage of. In terms of his powers, he was one of the best athletes in the world before mastering the Mind/Body Link so I gave him a Mastery in Athletics. With that, he’s able to perform some seriously superhuman effects.

Several years after becoming a superhero, Joe met someone else that had mastered the Mind/Body Link. This person taught him how to tap into his mental abilities but they are still unrefined – eventually his telepathy and telekinesis might become more powerful. Given his youth, his physical attributes might grow, as well.

Darkdevil (ICONS Writeup)

Darkdevil
aka Reilly Tyne

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

Stamina 12

Powers
*Danger Sense 6
*Hellfire Control 8 (Extra: Can form objects out of Hellfire, such as billy clubs)
*Images 5 (Limit: Can only be used to alter his demonic appearance to look normal)
*Regeneration 8
*Teleportation 5
*Wall-Crawling 8

Specialties
Investigation (Expert +2), Law (Expert +2), Stealth

Qualities
*Loves the ‘brimstone and mystery’ act
*Heir to multiple heroic legacies: Daredevil, the Scarlet Spider, and Ghost Rider
*Feels obligated to keep an eye on his ‘cousin,’ Spider-Girl

Background: Tyne inherited some of his powers from his father, Ben Reilly, a clone of Spider-Man. After Reilly and his mother died, he went into foster care. When he reached puberty, his spider-powers manifested themselves, along with the degeneration that affects all the Spider-Man clones. Another such clone, Kaine, tried to halt the degeneration by placing Tyne in a cloning chamber. Kaine also told him about his heritage. When Daredevil (Matt Murdock) was mortally wounded in Kaine’s defense, Kaine summoned Zarathos to save him. The demon, realizing that Daredevil would not survive, instead entered Tyne. Daredevil’s newly released soul followed it and managed to exorcise most, but not all, of Zarathos’s presence. Tyne can now call upon the memories, skills, and guidance of Daredevil, as well as some of the demonic powers of Zarathos. The experience halted the painful degeneration but gave him a demonic appearance, with red skin, yellow eyes, horns, etc.

Tyne soon learned how to give himself an illusory human face, which appeared older than his true age. He went to law school and became an intern at Murdock’s old firm. He also became a costumed crimefighter and created an outfit that resembles Daredevil’s. He worked with Spider-Girl on several occasions, battling Crazy Eight, Killerwatt, Funny Face, and Mr. Nobody. On his own he has fought against the Kingpin, Venom (Normie Osborn), and the Goblin Queen. Zarathos reappeared after Venom and the Goblin Queen almost killed Darkdevil and tried to re-establish control. Doc Magus had to journey into Tyne’s mind to drive out Zarathos; within he found Tyne (at his true age), Daredevil, and Zarathos manifesting as Ghost Rider. Tyne was later forced to battle Spider-Man in a plot engineered by Loki.

America Chavez (ICONS Writeup)

American Chavez

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

Stamina 12

Powers
*Boost (Strength, Super-Speed) 8
*Super-Speed 6
*Flight 8
*Damage Resistance 6
*Dimensional Travel – Star Portal Creation 7 (Extra: Time Travel, Teleportation)
*Immortality 1
*Cosmic Awareness 6
*Life Support (vacuum)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Expert +2), Athletics, Investigation, Linguistics, Power – Star Portal Creation (Expert +2)

Qualities
*Confusing and Uncertain Past.
*Everyone wants her on their team — and she can’t say no!
*High-profile LGBTQIA+ hero.

Background: America believed that she hailed from the Utopian Parallel, a realm outside conventional time and space formed from the “unbinding of magic” by the multidimensional messiah Demiurge. When America was six years old, mysterious forces permeated the Parallel with dimensional rifts that threatened to fracture it, kill its inhabitants, and scatter its fragments throughout the Multiverse’s infinite realities. To stabilize the Parallel, America’s two mothers sacrificed their lives to seal the rifts, dispersing their atoms through them in the process.

America, in the act of grief-stricken anger and half-formed idealism, created an interdimensional portal to flee her home realm into the larger Multiverse to emulate her mothers’ heroism in other universes, rather than remain in the seemingly perfect Parallel.

She spent the remainder of her childhood adventuring in many dimensions, with her powers protecting her from harm. By her early teens, she resided on Earth-616. She has since formed many close attachments on this world, having been adopted by a new family. She has served alongside the Young Avengers, A-Force, the Defenders, the Ultimates, and the West Coast Avengers.

In the series America Chavez: Made in the USA, what Chavez knew about her background was called into question. Her previously unknown sister, Catalina, forced her to remember that her mothers were not aliens, but human doctors Amalia and Elena Chavez. The doctors took their daughters to a private island called the Utopian Parallel to attempt to cure the disease Edges Syndrome, but discovered their benefactor had evil plans for all the girls brought there. The doctors sacrificed themselves to free America and Catalina, but only America escaped. Catalina suggests that America made up the alien universe story as a coping mechanism.

Timeline of the Reese Unlimited Universe (Updated 9/13/2022)

Major Events specific to certain stories and novels are included in brackets. Some of this information contains SPOILERS for The Peregrine, Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and other stories. 

~ 800 – Viking warrior Grimarr dies of disease but is resurrected as the Sword of Hel. He adventures for some time as Hel’s agent on Earth. [The Sword of Hel]. 

~ 1620 – Gwydion fab Dôn is captured by the witch Rhianna in France. She punishes him by binding his spirit to a bundle of rags. [“Gwydion,” The Adventures of the Straw-Man Volume One]

1748 – Johann Adam Weishaupt is born. 

Continue reading “Timeline of the Reese Unlimited Universe (Updated 9/13/2022)”

Crossfire (ICONS Writeup)

Crossfire
aka Jay Endicott

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Glider Wings 3
*Disease Resistance 5
*Color Gun – Dazzle 5
*Gadgets 4
*Damage Resistance (suit) 2

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Drive (+1 bonus), Investigation (Expert +2 bonus), Law (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Sleight of Hand (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Presumed Criminal
In Love With Rainbow
Hollywood Isn’t All Glitz and Glamour

Background: The first Crossfire was a spy and thief for hire who originally wore a flying suit and armed himself with an array of weapons. Eventually this Crossfire died and his gear ended up in the possession of a man that had very different ideas about how it should be used.

Jay Endicott was an honest, perpetually broke bail-bondsman who was tired of seeing justice done – or not done – based upon a suspect’s ability to hire an expensive lawyer. He decided to pretend to be the same Crossfire as before, infiltrating criminal activities from the inside. As his alter ego, Jay was able to follow his secret agenda to work for justice in a world turning more corrupt everyday. Jay was also romantically involved with the leader of the DNAgents Rainbow, both drawn together through a deep attraction. Rainbow and the other DNAgents often helped Crossfire with Rainbow helping him in several assignments. His supporting cast includes a collection of colorful oddballs whom Jay aids and bails out at times when necessary. These characters stick faithfully by Jay and are occasionally helpful during his missions.

During one of his early cases, Jay nearly died and was rescued by Rainbow and Amber of the DNAgents. With the help of Dr. Harden at Matrix Labs, Jay was revived – but his blood had to be replaced with a fluorocarbon formula that mimicked his old blood. It did, however, grant him the same immunity to disease that the DNAgents possessed.

Hobgoblin IV (ICONS Writeup)

Hobgoblin
aka Jason Macendale

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Body Armor – Damage Resistance 5
*Goblin Grenades 7 (Extras: Plain Smoke, Knock-Out Gas, Explosive, Spider-Sense Clouding)
*Razor Bats – Strike 4
*Glove Blasters 6
*Goblin Glider: Handling 6, Speed 6, Structure 4, does Strike Damage 6 when used for charging with horns

Specialties
Aerial Combat, Martial Arts, Military, Pilot (Expert +2), Weapons – Guns, Weapons (Hobgoblin equipment)

Qualities
*The ‘replacement’ Hobgoblin
*Low Self-Esteem
*Formerly Jack O’Lantern

Background: Jason Macendale worked for the CIA and was dismissed when his methods were getting too extreme. He decided to use his skills for profit as a mercenary, later adopting the costumed identity of the Jack O’Lantern adorned with a flaming pumpkin for a head, green body armor, and a bouncing pogo platform for transportation. His first target as Jack was to take control of a prototype super-embassy and people in it. He took over the building fast by infiltrating it in the middle of a Halloween party. His bad luck was that Machine Man was among the guests and he quickly foiled Jack’s plans. Jack was taken to a hospital and seemed to be in coma. In reality he had taken a drug after he lost to Machine Man that made him fall in the coma, so he would be taken to a hospital rather than a prison. He quickly took the hospital over with his henchmen. When Spider-Man learned about this. He immediately headed to the hospital. He soon found Jack and after a short fight, Jack O’Lantern realized that he wasn’t any match for Spider-Man and decided to escape. Spider-Man stopped him in the hospital’s yard, knocking him out with a single punch.

He tangled up with Spider-Man some time later and was again beaten, but this time was able to escape. After Spider-Man had gone missing Jack O’Lantern stumbled into Silver Sable, and after a short fight she managed to destroy Macendale’s pumpkin helmet forcing Macendale to retreat. Macendale then went to free Flash Thompson from jail as he thought that he was the real Hobgoblin. When Hobgoblin heard about this he went to find Jack. He crashed in Jack’s hideout and attacked him blaming him for ruining his plan. The fight ended in a stalemate and both villains went their separate ways. Flash managed to escape when Jack and Hobgoblin were fighting.

These two later joined with the Kingpin to fight against Hammerhead and his troops. Jack and Hobgoblin, now allies were sent to fight against Hammerhead’s troops, but their alliance didn’t last long when they had a run-in with Spider-Man. Jack bailed out of the fight and left Hobgoblin to fight him alone. When Kingpin returned he fired Jack O’Lantern explaining that he “didn’t meet his standards.” Hobgoblin hunted down Jack O’Lantern for revenge for his betrayal, but because of outside interference, the conflict ceased and Hobgoblin took off.

Not long after last encounter with the Hobgoblin, Macendale hired the Foreigner to kill him. Foreigner pulled some strings and got hitmen to kill Ned Leeds. Macendale then acquired Hobgoblin’s equipment and paid a visit to Rose and Kingpin. He then attacked Spidey again and managed to give Spider-Man a hard landing. He was just about to finish him off with a pumpkin bomb when Flash Thompson intervened. He caught the bomb and threw it back at Hobgoblin. It exploded and Hobgoblin ended up with broken rips and retreated.

Later, the Hobgoblin was given a job by Hammerhead to kill Joe Robertson. Hobgoblin attacked Robertson at his home but didn’t count on Puma being there and Spider-Man soon joined the fight. With a little help from Tombstone they managed to drive Hobgoblin away. He then decided to release Carrion from prison and attacked the prison transport that was transporting him. He freed him and convinced him to ally with himself against Spider-Man. Carrion and Hobgoblin succeeded in capturing Spider-Man, but Spider-Man eventually escaped. Carrion then sacrificed himself to save his mother by taking Hobgoblin and himself out with one of Hobgoblin’s pumpkin bombs.

Hobgoblin survived the explosion and was approached by Doctor Octopus to join his Sinister Six. He fought against Doctor Octopus and was impressed by his skill. He then agreed to join the group, but Doctor Octopus betrayed them all later and the other members ganged up against Doc Ock, but they weren’t a mach for him. Hobgoblin had encounters with Ghost Rider, Darkhawk, Hulk, Deathlok, Nova, Solo, Sleepwalker and the Fantastic Four – these heroes took him and rest of Sinister Six down. Soon after that, a demonic portion of Hobgoblin’s soul broke free of Macendale as a separate entity. The Hobgoblin and this new Demogoblin attacked Spider-Man again and eventually lost. Spider-Man managed to capture Hobgoblin with Venom and Ghost Rider. Macendale later acquired a modified version of Kraven’s strength-enhancing formula and then killed Demogoblin. He also fought Green Goblin (Phil Urich), Thing, Kaine and Scarlet Spider before he altered his body with cybernetic enhancements from Gaunt.

He was later put on trial for a series of crimes he committed as the Hobgoblin. During that trial it was revealed that Ned Leeds was the Hobgoblin before Jason Macendale. Soon after, the original Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) broke in Macendale’s jail cell and killed him, declaring himself the only Hobgoblin who deserved the title.

Macendale was one of the many villains resurrected as a clone during the Jackal’s Clone Conspiracy. Based on his physical appearance, Macendale’s clone doesn’t have any of the cybernetic enhancements that he possessed prior to his death. Since his resurrection, Macendale hasn’t been seen — he may be laying low so that he doesn’t draw the attention of Kingsley or any of the later Jack O’Lanterns.

Dr. York (ICONS Writeup)

Doctor York (first name unknown)

Prowess 3
Coordination 2
Strength 7
Intellect 6
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

Powers
*Damage Resistance 4 (+4 for headshots)
*Immortality 1
*Magic 5
*Gadgets 5

Specialties
Occult (Expert +2), Science (Expert +2), Technology (Expert +2)

Qualities
*The Diabolical Dr. York
*Pawn of the Elder Gods
*Massive Ego

Background: York was a former scientist that had eventually realized that science had its limits… so he had turned to dark sorcery, selling his soul to the service of Elder Gods. His body became the receptacle for dark energies that had the unfortunate side effect of altering his appearance. York’s brain eventually was held in a clear protective dome, floating above the rest of his body.

The villain battled the masked vigilante known as The Peregrine several times in the 1930s before clashing with both Assistance Unlimited and Babylon, the latter taking place during John Galahad’s time as host of the cosmic spirit of retribution. Originally, York’s body was very slight and he focused on using a mix of science and the occult to battle his foes — eventually, however, he was able to upgrade his physical form, allowing him to physically engage his enemies.

Green Goblin (ICONS Writeup)

Green Goblin
aka Norman Osborn

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

Stamina 13

Powers
*Goblin Formula – In addition to boosting his physical attributes, the Goblin Formula also gives the Green Goblin Regeneration 5.
*Body Armor – Damage Resistance 5
*Goblin Grenades 7 (Extras: Plain Smoke, Knock-Out Gas, Explosive, Spider-Sense Clouding)
*Razor Bats – Strike 4
*Glove Blasters 6
*Goblin Glider: Handling 6, Speed 6, Structure 4, does Strike Damage 6 when used for charging with horns

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Expert +2), Business (Expert +2), Medicine, Occult, Pilot – Goblin Glider (Mastery +3), Psychiatry, Science (Expert +2), Stealth

Qualities
*Obsessed with Spider-Man
*Insanity (at various times in his life he has suffered from amnesia about his actions as the Goblin)
*Hates weakness of any kind

Background: Ruthless industrialist Norman Osborn was the co-owner of a leading New York firm, Osborn Industries, which specialized in chemical manufacturing via Osborn Chemicals, as well as other areas of research and development, including robotics. His wife Emily died within a year after the birth of their son Harry, leaving Norman embittered. The product of an oppressively stern upbringing by an alcoholic father who lost the family fortune, Norman raised Harry dispassionately, often devoid of fatherly warmth, being chafed by Harry’s failure to demonstrate academic excellence or a competitive drive. Despite living in reacquired opulence, Harry felt depressed and neglected by his father. Unbeknownst to Harry, Norman had risen in power by participating in a collusion enabling the creation of powerful opponents to challenge the super-hero community, thereby offering corrupt corporations a means to distract the heroes from probing into their affairs. One failure in this regard involved using Osborn Industries employee Nels Van Adder as a human test subject, transforming him into the disfigured “Protogoblin.” Osborn dodged accusations of wrongdoing from his head of security, Arthur Stacy, and his brother Detective George Stacy. He discovered the notes of his business partner, Professor Mendel Stromm, for a strength-enhancing serum. Stromm was jailed after Norman had him arrested for embezzling funds, allowing Osborn to gain full control of the firm. Osborn tested the serum upon himself in his private lab, but the unstable concoction exploded in his face leaving him hospitalized for weeks. He emerged smarter and superhumanly strong, but at the cost of his sanity. Plotting to become leader of the underworld, Osborn created his Green Goblin personae and decided to establish his reputation by killing the hero Spider-man.

Next Man (ICONS Writeup)

Next Man
aka David Boyd

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

Stamina 12

Powers
*Automated Laser Defense System – Danger Sense 7 (Next Man may use 7 for Coordination-based defense tests against ranged weapons)
*Cubit – Interface 5
*Regeneration 5

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Drive (+1 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Military (+1 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
A good and moral man
I fight for peace
I’ve lost so much – and I won’t lose any more

Background: As far as anyone else knows, David Boyd is dead, killed in Vietnam. In truth, he was placed in cold storage for years, then used as the subject of a top-secret military experiment called “Stepping Stone”. David is revived as the “Next-Generation Man”, a Next Man. David finds he is now superhumanly gifted. He now has super-human speed, can spontaneously regenerate from damage to his body, and wears a sophisticated battle suit which contains an impressive laser defense system.

Unfortunately for his would-be masters, David has no desire to be a government puppet yet again as the next great weapon of war. He rebelled against his creators and has since made it his business to destroy all traces of Project Stepping Stone. At the same time, the military is more than a little interested in regaining control of their prize subject, even if it means clearing towns and kidnapping the ones David holds close.

Next Man was a series that ran for only five issues but I loved it – it had Jack Kirby-styled artwork and the story, while not perhaps the most original of ideas, was well-executed. I always wanted to see David’s story continue. If I had the money, I’d buy the rights to this guy. He’s a little bit Captain American (man out of time), a little bit Six-Million Dollar Man, and a whole lot of Bronze Age pathos. In addition to enhanced strength and durability, Next Man had an extendable camera-like device that helped him avoid being shot and a floating robotic sidekick named Cubit who had a sarcastic personality and the ability to aid him in various ways.