Doc Tesseract

The adventures of Greg Silverman, retail industry employee, prospective college student and superhero.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Heroes of Philly

Sorry about not being able to post last night; the cable went out in the entire neighborhood. It's back up, but I might as well post this in case it goes out again.

So, in lieu of content about my adventures fighting crime, I give you a list of Philly's current hero population.

Lady Liberty (II): Your standard patriotic defender. The first Lady Liberty, Jane Herston, became active after Pearl Harbor. She was a nurse who had handled an experimental drug that would increase a soldier's healing factor. The drug only took effect in one out of ten thousand people it was administered to, and Jane was one of them. She gained superstrength and accelerated healing, and went forth to fight for America on the battlefront in one of the most impratical costumes ever (a red, white, and blue dress with a domino mask). She retired during the days of McCarthyism, claiming she didn't know what she was fighting for anymore. Rumor has it that the new Lady Liberty (who wears a more practical full-body suit, thank God) is her granddaughter, but she's never answered them in any of the interviews she's given. She handles general threats to Philly, but is also a member of the Protectorate, so she gets called away a lot.

The Silver Bullet: Screw "who"; no one really knows what the Silver Bullet is. Okay, we know what he (and I say "he" because the armor is, well, man-shaped) is approximately: a big, human-shaped hunk of metal with a flechette gun full of tranquilizer darts, a high-voltage tazer, and a contact server that transfers viruses to machinery. Some say he's a guy in a suit of armor, while others say he's an android. Either way, he's Philly's leading hero when it comes to technology-based threats, be it robots holding City Hall hostage or a New Luddite threatening to detonate an EMP.

Quintessence: Eh, you already know about him.

Talon: One of the "winged warriors" of the superhero world, Talon gets her name from the fact that she has giant freaking wings and claw-like hands. Unlike the Golden Eagle in DC, Talon's wingspan is entirely organic. Even though she's got nature's finest weapons at the ends of her fingertips, that doesn't stop her from using special weapons such as "bird bombs" and "Talonrangs". She handles basic threats to Philly and street crime.

There are also some minor heroes in Philly, but I can't find a lot of press on them. There's this girl named Alpha who can apparently control dogs and protects the homeless, and a guy named Pulse with sonic powers who's broken up a few technologically-based robberies. Otherwise, that's it.

Well, except for me, of course. But I don't really have much to my name yet.


At 12:04 AM, Blogger Badger said...

I feel compelled to comment that I'm so completely enjoying your blog. And also, if you haven't read Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude? You seriously need to.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Greg Silverman said...

Not yet. But I liked Gun, With Occasional Music, so I guess I'll give it a spin.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Badger said...

Fortress isn't as bizarre as Gun, but you might find it relevant to what you're going through. It was your account of chosing a name and obtaining a costume that prompted me to suggest it, becuase those topics are covered. (No, for real! They are.) And it's otherwise a pretty excellent read, including the non-superhero bits.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Greg Silverman said...

Okay, then. I'll pick it up next time I'm at the library.


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