Doc Tesseract

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

Friday, June 17, 2005

Heroes of Boston

I'm still sick, but getting better. I'll probably be back in fighting shape tomorrow, but no way am I going out on patrol tonight.

I was thinking today about how I'll be patrolling Boston come fall. So, I did something surprisingly proactive for me: researched Boston's superhero community. I've compiled the research for your viewing pleasure.

-Hierophant. You'll all remember him from the Azazel incident. He's one of Boston's oldest heroes; he's been in the game nonstop since 1979. From what others have observed, he's got telekinetic powers and the ability to heal others. He claims he got his powers from G-d, and he's certainly got the spiritual credentials to give it some weight. He was also the first openly gay superhero; he came out of the closet shortly after Mr. Alchemical found the cure for AIDS.
-The Steel Standard (III). Boston's local Patriotic Superhero (TM). We have Lady Liberty, DC has the Revolutionary, and Boston's got the Steel Standard. The Steel Standard name has been in operation since the late '30s, when the first Steel Standard made his debut. The name pretty much says it all: metallic armor, and a standard for a weapon. Unfortunately, the first Standard, Gregory Ross, was killed while trying to rescue wounded soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. The second one came on the scene in 1976, with some apparent upgrades: flight, and a standard that could cut through steel. He passed on the mantle to another guy a few years back. Most people can tell the difference because the new guy's (gasp!) black.
-Soundbreaker. Boston's primary technological hero. She's got a jetpack that allows her to travel at supersonic speed, and a "force gun" that knocks bad guys off their feet without inducing lethal damage. I found some footage of her blasting through Boston (sorry, no good link), and I'll be damned if I don't hear "Blue Orchid" by the White Stripes while I watch it.
-Ricochet. He's Boston's "urban crime" specialist, and one of the founding members of the New Centurions, the big name "teen hero" team. He doesn't get too involved in it, though. I mean, he goes out on the occasional mission, but he mainly takes care of street crime in areas like Dorchester and Chelsea. His power is to basically tell the laws of gravity to shut up; different accounts have him jumping halfway across Boston, sticking to the sides of buildings, and plummeting at high speeds towards crooks, only to start floating in front of their faces and beat the crap out of them.
-Black Maria. Another member of the New Centurions. She gets her name from the old "Black Maria", a legendary black Boston boarding house owner who was so strong and tough that the police often called on her to round up the really bad guys. She's got superstrength and apparent invulnerability (she took an artillery shell in a Sword of Fire attack a few months back with no ill harm), and she's a pretty cool girl, apparently. Shame the media mainly treats her as "Ricochet's girlfriend".

So. Those are my new stomping grounds. I hope these guys don't mind another hero.


At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Boston's own "Cookie Cutter Girl, Pop Superhero!"


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