Angel (Icons Writeup)

The Angelangel
aka Warren Worthington III

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

Stamina 8

Powers
*Flight 5
*Ability Boost – Flight 6 (“sprint flight”)
*Gliding 2 (By spreading his wings and riding thermals Angel can travel at reduced airspeed and is considered “resting” enabling him to recover as if he were motionless.)
*Damage Resistance – Falling 3
*Healing 5 (Limit: To use this power, he must bring his freshly-shed blood into contact with the target’s injuries.)
*Regeneration 4
*Super-Senses – Telescopic Vision 4

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Master +3 bonus), Athletics (+1 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Mental Resistance (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Mutant Spokesperson
Always willing to join a new team
Wealthy Young Playboy

Background

As one of the X-Men, Warren’s biography is so long and convoluted that it could fill multiple pages. Suffice to say that he is a mutant whose body is specially suited to flight – he has hollow bones, large wings, and enhanced vision. Later, it was learned that his blood could be used to heal others.

Warren has been a part of multiple groups over the years – he was a founding member of the X-Men, formed The Champions of Los Angeles, joined The New Defenders, founded X-Factor, was forced into joining Apocalypse’s Four Horseman, etc. Despite periodic claims that he works best solo, Warren can’t say no to joining a team.

For awhile, Warren was known as Archangel and he had metal wings, but this writeup features the ‘classic’ Angel. I’ve always been drawn to him because on the surface he seems relatively weak compared to other heroes – what’s he do? He flies. Who doesn’t? But I like playing characters like this because it forces you to be creative with your abilities.

Recommended Comics

AllNewX_Men_5_CoverAs most of you know, I’m not just a pulp fan. I also love the comic book medium and I buy way too many of them, both in single issue format and in trade. I figured I’d let you guys know what I’m reading and loving at the moment. These aren’t all the titles I’m buying, mind you, but they are the ones that I’d recommend the most!

All-New X-Men: Nobody’s more surprised than me. I haven’t read the X-Men consistently since the Chris Claremont days and normally I don’t like Brian Bendis’ writing… but he’s really doing a great job on this series and it’s featured amazing art. I can’t wait for each new issue and I’m glad to be back reading at least one mutant book on a regular basis.

Aquaman: Geoff Johns has been writing the best Aquaman run *ever* and that’s saying something. With stunning art throughout, this is one of the top five superhero comics being published today.

Batman: I didn’t really care for the recent Joker arc but overall Snyder has been writing some really good stories and the art is stellar.

Green Lantern: Yes, there’s some event fatigue going on here and Johns is leaving the title… but this is still one of DC’s best books. Strong characterization and nice art.

Mars Attacks: Fun, grim humor. Every issue makes me laugh out loud at least once and I genuinely have no idea where the stories are generally going.

The Shadow: The first arc had its hits and misses but since then, it’s been solid stuff. I’m including Year One here.

Shadowman: Supernatural superheroics are always fine with me and the Zircher artwork has been amazing. I’m gonna miss him!

Supergirl: A creative team change is on the horizon but I’ve really enjoyed the New 52 incarnation of this character and am looking forward to what’s looming next.

Superior Spider-Man: Not every issue is a winner but overall, this has been a fun change of pace and I’ve enjoyed seeing the focus on one of my favorite Spidey villains.

X-O Manowar: After a slow start, this has turned into a real winner. Every issue is densely packed with both action & characterization.

Honorable Mentions: Uncanny Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy (loved the intro issue but it’s too new to be included on the list above) and Legion of Super-Heroes.