Doc Reeves (Icons Writeup)

Doc Reeves
aka Malcolm Reeves

Prowess 3
Coordination 4 (5 underwater)
Strength 4
Intellect 6
Awareness 4 (5 underwater)
Willpower 5

Stamina 9

Powers
Underwater Suit provides the following abilities:
*Aquatic 5 (While underwater, Coordination and Awareness are raised to 5)
*Damage Resistance 2
*Mind Shield 4
*Gadgets 3

Specialties
Athletics – Swimming (Expert +2 bonus), Science (+1 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus), Underwater Combat (+1 bonus)

Qualities
At Home in the Sea
Posthumously A Crusader
A Thinking Man’s Hero

Background

Malcolm Reeves was a personal friend of the Web. He hung out with the Mighty Crusaders at their headquarters and worked on their computer systems. In the field, Doc Reeves joined the Crusaders on several adventures. While fighting the Brain Emperor, the Crusaders fell under the villain’s mind control. When Malcolm was able to break free, he was killed while rescuing the Crusaders. The Comet cremated the body of Doc Reeves with his dissolvo-vision. In life, Doc Reeves was just an ally of the Crusaders but after his death, he was posthumously given membership.

His nephew Greg is the current Comet.

Doc Reeves was not actually a Doctor. Doc was a nickname he picked up as a child. Malcolm Reeves was an inventor and mechanical genius who created a unique wetsuit for undersea exploration.

Malcolm was added to the team in the Eighties in an attempt to add some diversity to the group – unfortunately, after Rich Buckler left the book, a later writer chose to kill off the character. There was a lot of potential with Malcolm and it’s a shame we never got to see him developed.

The Fly – Impact Version (Icons Writeup)

The Fly
aka Jason Troy

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

Stamina 10

Powers
*Flight 6
*Damage Resistance 3
*Wall-Crawling 6
*Sonic Blast – Wings 6
*Super-Senses – Vision 2 (The Fly gets +2 bonus to vision-based Awareness tests)
*Super-Senses – Hearing 1 (The Fly gets +1 bonus to hearing-based Awareness tests)
*Fly Amulet (Note that if he does not have the Amulet, Jason cannot transform to the Fly and vice versa. When transformed, the Amulet is part of the Fly costume.)

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Drive – Skateboards (+1 bonus), Art – Drawing (+1 bonus)

Qualities
(On first seeing the world through his insectile eyes) “Neat !”
Secret Identities cause so many problems!
Thrill of Adventure

Background
Most of this bio comes from writeups.org:

Jason Troy was given an extra assignment by his substitute mythology teacher, Mr. Abin (likely a nod to Abin Sur, the alien that bequeathed Green Lantern Hal Jordan his power ring) for playing video games in class. The task was to create a modern mythic hero based on humble circumstances. One of the criteria for ancient mythic heroes was they be from humble beginnings.

Jason designed a superhero patterned after a fly, as he could think of nothing more humble than a housefly. His teacher rewarded him for his efforts with a pendant made of amber with a fly trapped inside.

Jason soon learned that the pendant was not just jewelry. Rather, it turned him into the superhero from his assignment. He became the Fly, and used his powers to foil an arson attempt by a super-villain named Burnout. After he defeated the flame-throwing thug, he suddenly changed back into Jason.

Obviously confused, he went to find his mythology teacher and question him about the pendant. When he returned to school to ask his teacher about the pendant, nobody in the school remembered ever seeing the substitute.

Jason learned that the pendant could change him into his heroic alter-ego at will, so he continued his exploits as the Fly. He learned that using the Fly powers for a prolonged period of time physically exhausted him, and that he had cravings for anything high in sugar, like jelly doughnuts and pineapple juice. But he soon mastered his insect-like abilities (and urges).

He also seemed to often lose track of time as the Fly. That landed him in trouble at home several times.

He fought flying thieves, mechanical spiders, and the occasional crimelord, and defeated them all. But he found himself in a sticky situation when his pendant was ripped off in a battle, but he did not lose his powers. He couldn’t return home, since even when he took off his costume, he still looked like a muscular adult with fly-like eyes.

He got a job as a bouncer in a bar (calling himself “Buzz”) for a few days until he recovered his pendant.

Jason also had some personal problems. In trying to juggle his home life with the super-heroics, he failed. Suspicions arose about his exact relationship with the Fly. In the wake of his disappearance, people suspected the Fly was having an “improper” relationship with Jason Troy.

Things seemed to get better after Jason denied those charges against his Alter-Ego. He joined the Crusaders, and when they got lost in another dimension, he spent years there with his teammates and fell in love with the Jaguar. When they finally returned they were married.

The Impact line of comics had its ups-and-downs but for my money, the best title of the line was The Fly. It captured the fun of early Spider-Man and I think that Jason had by far the best rogues’ gallery of any of the Impact heroes. He’s a fun character and I think it’s a shame we never got to see him as an adult married hero. It would have been an interesting twist on the series.

The Fly – Classic Version (Icons Writeup)

The Fly
aka Thomas Troy

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 5
Awareness 8
Willpower 5

Stamina 11

Powers
*Damage Resistance 3
*Flight 5
*Blast – Sonic Burst (Wings) 4 (Limit: Tiring)
*Wall-Crawling 5
*Super-Senses – The Fly can see in all directions at once. This is factored into his Awareness.
*Buzz Gun – Sonic Attack 6
*Fly Ring – allows Dimensional Travel (10) to the Fly Dimension

Note: During the Silver Age, the Fly also possessed Growth 4 but this ability was never used nor mentioned in later stories. In some stories he also displayed the ability to radiate the light of “a million fireflies in one”. In game terms this would be Dazzle 7 but since it was used so rarely it would have Limits: Tiring and Preparation).

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Law (Expert +2 bonus), Leadership (+1 bonus), Occult – Fly People (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Buzz Gun (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Pure of Heart
Core Member of the Crusaders
Champion of the Fly People

Background
Tommy Troy lived in the Westwood Orphanage. The superintendent, Aaron Creacher, hired him out to raise money.

Tommy thus worked for elderly Ben (aka Ezra), and Abigail March. Tommy learned that they were wizards. Late one night, he tried on a fly shaped ring he found in the attic.

It glowed and a door opened to another dimension , from which stepped Turan of the Fly People. He explained that millions of years before, Fly People ruled the Earth but they waged war with magic, reducing most of the population to common houseflies.

Only a few Fly People were able to escape, fleeing to a dimensional plane outside the Galaxy. There they have waited patiently for “one person… pure of heart” to make war against greed and crime, which were their own downfall. Troy has these qualities.

Thus whenever he rubs the ring and says, “I wish I were the Fly,” he is projected into the other dimension and returns as a costumed adult called the Fly. To become his civilian identity, all the youth has to do is utter his name.

Tommy continued as the Fly into adulthood, cleaning up crime in Capital City and becoming a lawyer. He became a founding member of The Mighty Crusaders and partnered with Kim Brand, who became Fly-Girl. At some point their relationship came to an end and Kim married Firefly – her daughter has used both Fly-Girl and Firefly as heroic identities. It’s unknown what ultimately became of The Fly.

In many of the Crusaders stories, The Fly was depicted as one of the “big” heroes in the Red Circle reality. In his Thomas Troy identity, all of his physical stats are 3, his Intellect is 5, Awareness is 4 and Willpower is 5.

The Fox (Icons Writeup)

The Fox
aka Paul Patton Jr

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

Stamina 8

Powers
*Costume – Damage Resistance 2

Specialties
Art – Photography (Expert +2 bonus), Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
*Head of a superhero household
*Heir to a legacy
*Attracts the weird

Background

Paul Patton Jr. was raised as a child in the town of Beaver Kill where his father, Paul Patton, operated as the Fox. Patton took up a career in photography and eventually got a job as a photographer in Impact City. His wife, Mae Patton, operates as the She-Fox while his son, Shinji Patton, follows in his father’s footsteps as the Ghost Fox.

Because Archie’s continuity is a malleable concept, there have been multiple origins and backgrounds featuring Paul Patton, Jr. The current version dates from 2013 and is not too dissimilar from the 1980s incarnation. One thing that’s kind of neat about the current version is that his family are all superheroes, much like The Incredibles.

Firefly (Icons Writeup)

Firefly
aka Kelly Brand

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 6
Intellect 3
Awareness 5
Willpower 3

Stamina 9

Powers
*Blast – Fireballs 6
*Super-Senses – Vision 1
*Extra Body Parts (Wings) 4 (provides Flight, Extra: Blast- Wind Attack)
*Wall-Crawling 5

During her Fly-Girl days, she used the Buzz Gun – Sonic Attack 6.

Specialties
Aerial Combat, Performance – Acting

Qualities
*Eternal Optimist
*Legacy Hero
*Daddy Issues

Background

Kelly is a bright, outgoing and active member of school with a bit of a geeky side to her. She is the proud daughter of superhero royalty, her mother having fought crime as Fly-Girl. Estranged from her father, Ted Tyler (aka Fireball), Kelly was raised by her mother, who instilled in her a sense of responsibility and loyalty. In the third issue of Dark Tomorrow, Kelly abandons her Fly-Girl identity and becomes Firefly.

Turan is an emissary of the Fly People. His world exists on a dimensional plane outside our galaxy. Turan bestowed the powers of The Fly on Tommy Troy and, later, Kim Brand. Kim later passed the gifts of Turan to her daughter. Firefly can create wings that give her the power of flight, she can crawl up walls, she has super strength and superior sight. Firefly can generate wind currents by beating her wings. Firefly can also throw fireballs or flames.

Darkling (Icons Writeup)

Darkling
aka Darla Lang

Prowess 4
Coordination 4
Strength 3
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 6

Stamina 9

Powers
*Shadow-Bending (Darkness Control) 7 (Extras: – Dimensional Travel, Energy Drain, Phasing; Limits: +2 Difficulty when operating in bright sunlight or extremely well-lit areas)

Specialties
Occult, Power: Shadow-Bending (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Expert + 2 bonus)

Qualities
*“Bright sun. No clouds. Makes shadow-bending impossible out in the open. In the dark? Different story.”
*“You’re right. You are lousy at this. But thanks. Jerk.”
*The Mysterious Maiden

Background
(part of this comes from The Mighty Crusaders Network)

The mysterious Darkling first appeared during the Crusaders epic battle against the combined forces of Eterno, the Brain Emperor and the Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts. She aided the team with her mystic cloak and was quickly accepted into their ranks. Darkling never revealed anything about herself, though she seemed to forge a quick friendship with Kim Brand, aka Flygirl.

Serious without being overbearing, Darkling was a sensual woman with an appreciation for the paranormal. During the alien invasion that united the Crusaders with Thunder Bunny, it was Darkling who sensed that the rabbit hero was not a threat to the Earth. She also proved her usefulness in dispatching the Druid when the mystic villain attempted to steal the Jaguar’s magical belt.

Unfortunately, Darkling’s promising career as a hero came to an abrupt end when the evil Brain Emperor returned with the Riot Squad at his side. Seeing that Darkling posed a threat to him, the Brain Emperor wiped her mind clean and left her floating adrift in Limbo.

When the New Crusaders were formed, Darkling was included amongst the members. While at first it was unclear if this was a new heroine or the same woman from the original Crusaders, it was eventually established that she is the same person. Her attitude and appearance are quite different now as she’s very somber – and her powers, which used to be a part of her cloak, now seem to be internally generated. We can assume that the shift in personality comes from her recovery from being mind-wiped but the alteration in powers has yet to be explained.

The energy drain power works a little differently than described in the Icons rulebook – generally, she dispatches foes into a “shadow dimension” and while they are there, they are ‘attacked’ by the power. In issue four of the most recent Mighty Crusaders series, we see that she can also do this by touch.

Steel Sterling (Icons Writeup)

Steel Sterling
aka Johnathan “Jack” Sterling

Prowess 5
Coordination 4
Strength 7
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

Powers
*Damage Resistance 7
*Leaping 2
*Electrolized tongue 4 (Jack was able to rub his tongue against his teeth to tap telephone wires, the sound then coming from his mouth)

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Performance – Acting (+1 bonus), Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Not as young as I used to be.
A good, solid guy.
Misses his family.

Background

Jack was enjoying life as a career bodybuilder and movie star when he agreed to help a friend with a “little debt problem.” What his friend failed to mention was that he was indebted to the mob for a few million. John was thrown in molten steel at an industrial metalwork facility to send a message.

Miraculously, Jack survived, his body tempered into something super-human. Using his stage name, Steel Sterling joined the Mighty Crusaders to combat all forms of villainy.

After many years of service, he retired as mayor of the small town of Red Circle to raise a family. However, he and the other veteran heroes were ambushed by the Brain Emperor and sent to a strange pocket dimension. His son Johnny became the new Steel Sterling, swearing to find vengeance for his missing father.

Jack and the others were eventually rescued by the New Crusaders. Jack returned to find his family slain and his town destroyed. With nothing left, he rejoined the Mighty Crusaders to continue the fight for peace. Due to his advancing age, Jack sometimes becomes winded easier than his younger teammates.

Note: Steel Sterling’s origin has been revised several times. At one point he created the process that gave him his powers. In another version, the light of a star led him to the vat of molten steel and then to his costume, which was found in a nearby trash can. What is depicted above is the current version of his past.

Brain Emperor (Icons Writeup)

Brain Emperor

Prowess 2
Coordination 3
Strength 2
Intellect 6
Awareness 8
Willpower 8

Stamina 10

Powers
*Telepathy 8 (Extras: Mind Control, Mental Blast)
*Extra-Sensory Perception 6
*Teleportation 6
*Dimensional Travel 5

Specialties
Mental Resistance (Expert, + 2 bonus)

Qualities
Mind over Matter
I’m through playing games with you, Crusaders!
Go forth, my minions!

Background

Originally from the planet K-Shazor, Brain Emperor’s brain was modified to be hyper-efficient. These modifications, along with the Brain Emperor’s own mutations, gave him vast mental powers which he used to become ruler of his world. After being overthrown by his own people, he fled his planet and set his sights on Earth.

On Earth, he has become the world’s most feared super-villain. He has repeatedly clashed with The Mighty Crusaders and is responsible for many of their greatest tragedies. Long thought dead, the Brain Emperor’s return led to the formation of the New Crusaders and when several of their members fell in battle against him, he cemented his position as the most dangerous foe any hero has ever faced. His current whereabouts are unknown but it is only a matter of time before he returns.

The Brain Emperor is not a particularly nuanced villain – he wanted to take over the world for his own amusement and is willing to kill, maim, or mind-control anyone to accomplish this. He often uses small armies of super-villains to wear down his enemies before arriving on the scene himself. These minions often serve out of fear but if need be, he’ll mind control them into working for him.

The Web – New Crusaders (Icons Writeup)

The Web
aka Wyatt Raymond

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

Stamina 9

Powers
*Strand Sense – Danger Sense 6
*Super Suit – Ability Boost 3 (without the suit, subtract 3 from Wyatt’s Coordination and 2 from his Prowess & Strength; this also lowers his Stamina to 7)
*Gadgets 3

Specialties
Science (+1 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Academically Gifted
Prankster
Lacks Self-Confidence

Background

John Raymond became The Web because his brother was a criminal, which left John with a lifelong obsession with crime, inspiring him to become a criminologist, mystery writer, and ultimately a vigilante. He met Rose Wayne while teaching a University course on criminology, and married her when he eventually retired. When a criminal pretended to be him, he came out of retirement, initially infuriating his wife, until she rediscovered her taste for adventure and decided to become the superheroine “Pow Girl,” joining him in fighting crime. In time the two retired to raise a family.

Young Wyatt Raymond grew up very different from his adventurous parents. An academically gifted but unpopular book-worm, Wyatt grew up trying to avoid confrontations, mapping out the safest routes to travel around school and his neighborhood to avoid bullies. Shy and socially awkward, Wyatt found himself more content staring through a microscope than interacting with his peers. Wyatt didn’t know the truth of his parents’ double lives, but knew he was somehow special – he possessed a strange sixth sense allowing him to see connections between different people and things, like strands of a web. In game-play terms, it allows him to sense danger, even when none is apparent. It is unknown how he gained this “Strand Sense,” given that both his parents possessed no superpowers.

When the Brain Emperor attacked a reunion of the original Mighty Crusaders, Wyatt’s parents were apparently killed, but he was saved by his father’s old teammate The Shield, as were the five other teenagers that had been at the party. From this old hero Alex learned the truth about his parents, and learned that they had hoped he would take up the mantle of The Web if anything ever happened to them. Wyatt received a high-tech “super suit” based on The Shield’s, which would amplify the wearer’s physical attributes ten-fold, effectively allowing him to replicate the Olympic-level athletic skill of his parents. Becoming the new Web, Wyatt joined the New Crusaders.

The Comet – New Crusaders (Icons Writeup)

The Comet
aka Greg Reeves

Prowess 3
Coordination 5
Strength 3
Intellect 6
Awareness 4
Willpower 5

Stamina 8

Powers

*Flight 6
*Energy Blast 8

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Leadership, Science (Expert, +2 bonus)

Qualities
*“We’re here to fight the battles that normal people can’t!”
*Heir to multiple legacies

Background

The current Comet has multiple ties to the original Crusaders – he is the nephew of Crusader Malcolm Reeves and he is also the adopted son of original Comet John Dickering and his wife.

When Greg first appeared on the scene, much was made of his mysterious past – at the time, he was very concerned with exactly how his parents had died. In later appearances, that appears to no longer be a major concern so it’s possible that the mystery was resolved off-panel.

Greg has natural leadership tendencies and he sometimes clashes with the group’s official leader (the current Shield) as he thinks she has a lot to learn about managing the team’s various personalities.