Leonard Snart (Citizen Cold)

Not all doppelgangers are evil, and the last character appearing in the Crisis on Earth-X crossover proves it quite well. In the last two episodes we meet another member of the Freedom Fighters, Ray‘s boyfriend Citizen Cold, portrayed by Wentworth Miller…and yes, he’s the heroic version of Captain Cold. As we see in Legends of Tomorrow, he’s much more empathetic and talkative than his Earth-1 counterpart, and this is just one of the many reasons Mick doesn’t like him. It’s unknown how much he’ll stick with the Legends, but we’ll have him around for a while it seems. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at this alternate Cold…who, in the comics, is not from Earth-X.

When The Flash came back in time and stopped Professor Zoom from killing his mother Nora, he created an alternate reality, where he never became a superhero. In this new world, Flashpoint, Leonard Snart started as a bank robber and a criminal like his original self, but he eventually found it more profitable to become a superhero, and he used some high-tech devices to become Citizen Cold, the ruthless protector of Central City. Cold was a respected and cheered hero, but also a feared one because of his brutal methods: he killed many of his foes, and even brutally maimed others. Despite this, Central City population loved him, and even built a museum for him. Despite being a renowned hero, he refused the invitation of Cyborg, America‘s greatest hero, to join him and stop the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman, stating that he couldn’t leave his city without protection. Snart’s reasons weren’t that noble, as he often robbed the very criminals he arrested or killed, becoming extremely rich in the process, and he just didn’t want to get involved in things in which profit didn’t compensate risk. This, of course, earned him also some enemies, as the ones left alive nurtured quite a grudge against him. Citizen Cold learnt it the hard way when he killed during a battle Mr. Freeze, a criminal who was trying to find a cure for his wife Nora. Freeze’s death started a chain reaction that would have led to Cold’s downfall, but of course he didn’t know it yet: he just invited for dinner the reporter who was covering the battle, Iris West, hoping for a nice end of day.

Iris, however, was investigating on Leonard Snart, and her coworker and nephew, Wally West, eventually found out that Snart didn’t die, but rather became Citizen Cold. Cold busted Wally, and killed him on the spot before he could tell his aunt. In the meanwhile, Mirror Master, who had been terminally injured by Cold and forced to live in Mirror World, gathered some criminals to form a revenge group, the Rogues: Trixter, who wanted revenge for the death of the original Trickster, Weather Wizard, whose brother Clyde had been killed by Cold, Tar Pit, who had his brother killed and his money stolen by Cold, and Fallout, who was expecting a cure to his condition from Mr. Freeze. Following Trixter’s hint, the Rogues kidnapped Lisa, Snart’s sister, who was in prison after murdering her abusive father. As Leonard learnt of this, he ran to the rescue, but the battle went horribly wrong, and Fallout ended up killing Lisa. Distraught and severely wounded, Citizen Cold barely escaped with his life, and was saved by Iris, who brought him to her home and nurtured him back to health. As soon as he recovered, Cold gave the girl the keys to his penthouse, telling her to wait for him there, and then left on a killing spree, murdering the Rogues one by one, finding them thanks to Trixter, who betrayed his teammates and told him all their locations. While Cold was out murdering people, however, another enemy surfaced: the Pied Piper, a reformed criminal whose vocal cords Snart had ripped out time before. Seeking revenge as well, and wanting to expose Snart for the monster he was, the Pied Piper approached Iris, and informed her of Wally’s death, and of course told her who had killed him. There would have been an unpleasant surprise for Citizen Cold, when he would have come back home…

Leonard Snart is a greedy and cold-hearted man, a self-proclaimed hero who simply keeps doing his old work of robber, targeting criminals instead of civilians and adding glory and esteem to his loot. As Citizen Cold, he’s a proficient combatant and athlete, and he possesses an arsenal of cold-based weaponry, first of all his Cold Gun, a weapon that can freeze anything, including air to create slides Cold uses to move around faster. Despite being one of the most honored heroes of the country, Citizen Cold can’t truly hide his true colors, and acts as a brutal and murderous vigilante, a monster hardly distinguishable from the ones he hunts down.

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Jaycen/Jason (Flint)

The return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been quite thrilling, and definitely intriguing. We met our first new addition from the comics in last week’s episode, A Life Spent: as Tess is leading Coulson, Mack and May to the Trawler, she finds a friend of hers, a boy named Flint, sleeping in the cargo. Portrayed by Coy Stewart, Flint will be a more relevant presence from now on, and he’ll hopefully help our heroes to come back to their time…and to prevent whatever caused the massive destruction we see in the future. In the comics, Flint doesn’t live in a space station in a dystopian future, but in the present, and displays some genetic characteristics we came to know pretty well by now. Let’s see together.

Jaycen was born in the hidden city of Utolan, a community of Inhumans in Mozambique, Africa. He was the son of Dijyen and Irellis, two Inhumans, but he was taken away from his homeland as an infant when Dijyen, who feared Terrigenesis as his brother had been killed by it, decided to spare his son the same fate. Dijyen traveled to the United States of America with his infant son, looking for a better life for him, but he got killed. The baby boy was adopted by Martin, a white man from an Inhuman community who had successfully avoided Terrigenesis for millennia, and was raised by him and his wife in a small town in Minnesota. Jaycen, rechristened Jason, grew up feeling to be different from anyone else, and being the only black boy in the entire town didn’t help things out. How much different he was, however, was far beyond what Jaycen imagined, and he discovered it the hard way when the Terrigen Bomb detonated. As the Terrigen Cloud moved towards the town, the entire community fled, and Martin had to put quite an effort in convincing Jaycen to follow him. As the family ran, followed by the cloud, they eventually found a torrent blocking their way. Just before the cloud engulfed them all, Martin told Jaycen that they were special, as the family in Mozambique they had adopted him from were. Before he could ask for explanations, Jaycen was enveloped by a cocoon, as well as all the other members of the community. He was the only one who emerged from it alive, and mutated. He was a NuHuman.

Jaycen came out of his cocoon understandably in shock, but he was immediately found by Lash, who was collecting the NuHumans he deemed worthy (killing all the others). Lash saw some potential in the boy, and he renamed him Korvostax, bringing him to Orollan; on the way to the lost city, he explained him the glorious heritage of the Inhumans…but as soon as they arrived to Orollan, they found Queen Medusa with a small army of Inhumans, come to stop Lash’s madness. Terrified by the battle, Jaycen instinctively used his powers, and much to his surprise he moved some rocks and hurled them at Gorgon, the same one who later saved him from one of the blasts Lash was shooting randomly in the crowd. As Medusa defeated Lash, Jaycen asked for her forgiveness, and also to be brought to New Attilan, to be taught about his true legacy and to control his powers. The queen agreed to that, and he allowed Jaycen to come to the city. Here, the young man was taught how to control his power, geokinesis, and he even adopted a new name, Flint, as the rock type. He became good friends with Dante, another young Inhuman who went by the name Inferno, and met many others…one of these was Lineage, a NuHuman with the unique power of ancestral memory. He knew pretty much everything about any Inhuman ever lived, and with his powers he was able to tell Flint that his biological family was still alive in Africa, and that his mother and sister lived in Utolan. It was finally time for Jaycen to meet his real people, hoping to finally find a place he didn’t feel different anymore.

Jaycen (or Jason) is a lively and vital boy, haunted by a feeling of not-belonging that accompanied him all his life. As Flint, he has the power to control earth and rocks, an ability that literally makes him able to move mountains; he can fly standing on a rock he makes levitate, he can create a rock armor to increase his strength and durability, he can create objects with soil and rock and he can even cause earthquake-like ruptures. Fully free and in peace with himself only since he acquired his powers and discovered his true nature, Flint is enthusiastic pretty much about everything in his new life, but the road to self-awareness is still long for a young an inexperienced NuHuman like him…

Raymond C. Terrill (The Ray)

Approaching the end of Crisis on Earth-X, we meet a superhero who’s also one of the new protagonists of the ever-expanding Arrowverse: Raymond “The Ray” Terrill, portrayed by Russell Tovey. Seen for the first time in a concentration camp, where he meets the heroes from Earth-1, Ray is revealed in the new animation webseries to be from Earth-1 himself, involved by his dying doppelganger in his crusade against the New Reichsmen, Nazi superheroes who he was fighting back on Earth-X. In the show, he comes back to Earth-X at the end of the battle, having earned quite a victory against his enemies, but we’ll most likely hear about him again soon enough. In the meanwhile, of course, we take a look to the original guy from the comics.

Raymond Terrill lived the first years of his life in an elaborated lie built to keep him away from his family legacy. His (supposed) father was Thomas Terrill, and he lived with him in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was told since he was born that he was seriously allergic to light, and that he would have been horribly burnt if exposed to sunlight. Therefore, his house was constantly dark, with the windows hermetically shut, and he was allowed to come out only by night. Local media even started to refer to him as “Night Boy“, in a report about his unique disease. His only friend was Jenny Jurden, a neighbor girl who kept him company. When Ray was eighteen years old, Thomas fell ill, and on his deathbed he required his “son” to be present. In this occasion, Ray learnt the truth: Thomas wasn’t his real father, rather he was his uncle, and his real parent was Langford “Happy” Terrill, the World War II hero known as The Ray. Even more, Ray himself wasn’t allergic to light at all, but he had been denied exposure to sunlight in order not to activate the powers he had inherited from his father. Still in shock, Ray was approached by his cousin, Hank, who accompanied him in his first exposure to direct light: the pale boy started to shine, absorbing light and reusing it as raw power. Hank urged his cousin to become a superhero like his father, but Ray, still scared and confused, refused. It was at that point that his allegedly dead biological father appeared, very much alive, and much younger than he should have been. More revelations were coming for the young man.

Happy told his son that he had become a superhero in a project named RONOL, that wasn’t about fighting Nazis in the first place: his main purpose was to save the entire planet from the Light Entity, a cosmic being only he, thanks to his powers, could reach and talk to. The Light Entity was about to reach Earth again, and only Raymond could dissuade it from destroying the planet. Cornered, Ray could do nothing but to embrace his powers, and he actually met and calmed down the Light Entity, even defeating the evil Dr. Polaris in the process. Following that, Ray didn’t want to continue this “superhero career”, but he ended up working as a computer programmer for the villain Vandal Savage, a coincidence that forced him to put on the mantle of The Ray once again. Finally surrendering to his legacy, Raymond accepted Happy as his mentor, and he succeeded him as the new Ray (Happy started to call himself Neon), and he became quite a relevant member of the superhero community in little time, battling foes as the cosmic bounty hunter Lobo, the demon Neron and the Apokoliptian monster Brimstone. This obviously got him some attention, and after the death of Superman, a Justice League desperately needing new members contacted him and offered him to join, something that he immediately accepted. While in the League, he even shared a brief romance with Black Canary, but the thing didn’t last long. When Martian Manhunter left to found another cell, Justice League Task Force, The Ray was among the ones who followed him. After that, he joined many other teams: the Forgotten Heroes, Young Justice, the Justice Society of America, and eventually the new Freedom Fighters. For being a reluctant hero, The Ray had come quite to enjoy his new status.

Ray Terrill is a young man raised in loneliness and darkness, who only recently came to embrace a new life made of light, friendships and public appearances. As The Ray, he can absorb and emit a huge amount of light, processing it to fly, to create objects of “solid light”, to shoot powerful laser beams, to create illusions and become invisible by bending light in the surroundings, to reach light speed, and even to heal himself from virtually any wound; while in his light form, he’s also impervious to any damage. A reluctant hero who’s been oblivious to his true lineage and heritage for most of his life, The Ray has now come to fully embrace his power and the responsibilities deriving from it, becoming literally a beacon of light for the people around him.

Dominic Lanse (Brainstorm)

Continuing to alternate between crossover and ongoing series, we come back to The Flash, and see the new “metahuman on the bus” we met in Don’t Run. Caitlin is kidnapped by Amunet Black, and forced to operate on Dominic Lanse, portrayed by Kendrick Sampson, an “uncooperative” prisoner who doesn’t want to be sold. The buyer, unfortunately, is DeVoe, and his plans for Dominic prove to be quite worrisome. In the comics, Dominic is one of the five people going by the alias Brainstorm, and the one exclusive to Prime Earth, the post-New 52 one. Let’s meet him together.

Dominic Lanse was born in an unspecified city of the United States of America, and growing up he showed quite an impressive talent in computer programming. He became a top scientist in his sector, and he was eventually hired by a famous company in the Silicon Valley, the Silicon Syndicate in the Platinum Flats. Lanse’s talent didn’t go unnoticed, and he was put in charge of a groundbreaking project aimed to download people’s minds and consciousness into computers, thus granting immortality to the planet’s finest intellects. While working on his project, Dominic became intrigued by the Singularity” theory, a secular religion that foresaw the coming of an all-mind, an event horizon in which every people on the planet would have had access to a sort of hive mind including all of humanity’s knowledge and skills. The Singularity, however, remained a far perspective, until Dominic was involved in a lab accident that had unexpected effects on him: while he was working on a computer able to absorb and process human intelligence and consciousness, his own brain became one, and he found out he disposed of untold psychic powers, the first and most important of all was the one of absorbing other people’s intellect and knowledge with a telepathic connection. Finally, the Singularity was at hand, and furthermore he could be the god of it, an omniscient deity who would have brought on the dawn of a new, perfect creation. Testing his new powers Dominic, renaming himself Brainstorm, started using his telepathy to mind-control random people all around the world. The experiments were successful, but he needed stronger evidence of his capabilities.

One of his first attempts of mind-harvest resulted in quite a disaster, as the sound waves he used to transmit his telepathic connection inadvertently caused an electromagnetic pulse that shut down many devices, including vehicles that malfunctioned and crashed, killing many. Brainstorm learnt from his failures and perfected his technique, finally finding a way to invade certain areas with his mind without causing any unwanted interference. As he successfully took over some common minds, he started to try with more and more intelligent people, until he organized a final exam: there was a new superhero in Los Angeles, a remarkable genius who called himself Mister Terrific, who could prove to be the perfect ultimate test subject. In order to lure him out, Brainstorm remotely possessed a common man, a nobody named Edgar Holowitz, who was having a meal in a diner. He pushed Holowitz’s mind to its limits, and brought the man to act violently, first insulting the waitress for no reason, and then even murdering a tramp in the parking lot. As expected, LAPD intervened and arrested Holowitz, but when in his cell, Brainstorm manipulated him so that he wrote some extremely complex mathematical equations on the walls, just before he died of aneurysm, his mind overused. As Brainstorm had foreseen, facing the equations LAPD called Mr. Terrific as consultant, and asked him to help in the case. As the hero came out in the open, Brainstorm was finally able to attack him as well, and he connected his mind to Terrific’s one, learning his true identity: Michael Holt, CEO of Holt Industries. Reading his mind, however, was not enough: as Holt was having a meeting with Senator Gonzalez, Brainstorm put himself to the test, and tried to manipulate Holt in murdering Gonzalez, and in using a high-tech device that prevented earthquakes to cause one. This ultimate success would have meant that the final phase of his world-shaping plan was finally about to start…

Dominic Lanse is an extremely brilliant and overly ambitious man, a megalomaniac who dreams of a highly connected world he’ll be the absolute lord of. As Brainstorm, he possesses vast psionic powers, and he’s able to mind-control people by remote channeling his cognitive neurocycling initiatiors in low-level radiations, activating them with sound waves: as a result, he causes a spike in people’s intelligence that proves to be fatal, but that allows him to absorb their intellect into his own, increasing his already superhuman intellect. A mastermind who values knowledge and intellect above everything else, life included, Brainstorm is the avatar of a new era, a trans-humanist who already lives in the future…and who’s willing to burn the present to ashes to fasten the coming of the all-mind.

Walter West (Dark Flash)

The last major villain appearing in Crisis on Earth-X is an unexpected, welcome old acquaintance: dear old Eobard Thawne, once again with the face of Harrison Wells (thus Tom Cavanagh). The fact that he is still alive after being erased from existence by Black Flash makes absolutely no sense, even as a time remnant, but that’s just another proof that the show’s writers can’t manage time travel paradoxes…but at least we’re happy to have the channel’s best villain ever still around and kicking. He’s the one who manipulate the events so that Earth-X attacks Earth-1, and this time he presents himself with a new alias, Dark Flash, with an SS emblem in place of the usual bolt. Just like with Dark Arrow, there is a anti-hero from the comics with that same name, and he’s still from a parallel reality, but it’s not an alternate version of Professor Zoom. Let’s see together.

Apparently, Walter West‘s life was identical to the one of Wally West from New Earth up to one, dramatic point: while Wally was able to save his wife Linda from Kobra, Walter failed, and Linda was killed. Embittered and distraught by the loss, Walter changed his name from The Flash to Dark Flash, and embraced a new style in fighting criminals: he had been far too soft with his enemies, and as a result, the love of his life had died. First, he had to gain a better understanding of the Speed Force that gave him power, so he turned the man who knew the most about it: the villain Savitar. Walter trained with Savitar until he learnt all he could teach, and then killed him. Starting from that, he started a personal crusade, and murdered every criminal he could catch in the country, eventually becoming a wanted man. His life was changed once again when he met Linda, alive and well. The reunion was a heartbreaking moment for Walter, until it came out that this wasn’t “his” Linda, but one from another Earth, who had been sent there by Kadabra to weaken “her” Wally West. Linda realized in horror that the police was after Walter, and that he was a murderer and a criminal, and she even saw her own grave. Things became even more complicated when “the other Wally” arrived: believing he was an impostor, Walter attacked him and overpowered him, having at least ten years of experience more than his adversary, but he was stopped by Linda, who confirmed the other’s identity. Everything escalated quickly when also Kadabra arrived, wanting to finish his job and destroy his nemesis. In front of such a powerful villain, the Flashes from two worlds decided to merge, adding one’s ability to the other’s.

The merging didn’t unite abilities only, but also characters: Wally surely was affected by Walter’s rage, but he also influenced the other’s mind with his memories and his strong values. When Walter eventually decided to interrupt the merging to inflict the finishing blow on Kadabra, he found out that he was indeed “softer”, and he hesitated. This, however, allowed the magician to perform another spell, that apparently killed both Wally and Linda. Walter attacked Kadabra, and endured all the lightning bolts the other shot him: the Dark Flash was scarred and aged, but alive, and Kadabra escaped. Believing he was the cause of other two deaths, Dark Flash decided to abandon his home reality, and to hunt down Kadabra to exact revenge. Using the knowledge he had gained from the merging, he vibrated to New Earth, where he arrived just in time to save Jay Garrick, Angela Margolin and some cops from an attack from Dr. Alchemy. As Walter’s behavior was clearly different from Wally’s, Jay sent some of his speedsters-in-training after him (Impulse, Max Mercury and Jesse Quick), but Dark Flash outran them all, and reached Alchemy, torturing him until he passed out for the pain. After this harsh debut, Dark Flash came back to Jay, and revealed to him his true identity, asking him to vouch for him as a replacement Flash, since he wanted to honor Wally’s memory by protecting his city. Jay granted him his leave, on the condition that he honored Wally also with his behavior, not being the cruel vigilante he used to. Walter gave his word, and started protecting Central City, building some sort of obelisk with no doors nor windows, accessible only with phasing, just outside the Flash Museum, as a new home. Central City had now a new, darker protector.

Walter West is a tormented, hardened man, a cruel avenger who channeled all the rage coming from the loss of his beloved wife in a violent and relentless war on crime. As Dark Flash, he’s much more expert and powerful in the use of his powers than Wally, adding to the usual speedster powers (super speed, superhuman physical attributes, phasing, dimensional travel, the ability to run on vertical surfaces or water, and so on), other abilities learnt by Savitar: he can accelerate his metabolism to heal instantly from almost any wound, he can lend or steal speed, he can use Speed Force to increase his own durability, he can use his powers to accelerate a person’s neurons and slow their cerebral cortex causing a great amount of pain, and much more. An extremely powerful speedster with very few moral restraints, the Dark Flash fights a brutal campaign to avenge the ones he lost, but it becomes hard to distinguish him from the villains he’s chasing…

Philip Miles (The Dentist)

I always end up neglecting Gotham, but the show introduces some new character from time to time. This was the case in Things That Go Boom, the episode in which we finally see Sofia Falcone‘s plan come to fruition…in a way. After “finding out” she’s a traitor, Penguin has her tortured by one of his most appreciated professionals, The Dentist, portrayed by D. Baron Buddy Bolton. Things don’t exactly go as planned, and Sofia ends up blackmailing The Dentist and walking away without a scratch. The character is a minor one, who’s been created pretty recently (2013), but he’s there nevertheless. And it’s not the Penguin the villain he’s connected to. Let’s see together.

Philip Miles was a medical doctor, a renowned dentist who lived and worked in Gotham City. His life was the same as the one of many others in his profession, but the fact that he lived in Gotham made it all weirder, and even in a man of science like Miles there was apparently some seed of insanity waiting for the right moment to sprout. This happened the moment The Joker decided to make a grand-return after one year of absence from the scenes: the Clown Prince of Crime began a new murdering spree, killing John Claridge on live television, nearly assassinating Mayor Hady, hospitalizing Commissioner Gordon and even revealing via radio the secret identities of some members of the Batman Family. As the pile of corpses grew bigger and bigger, something in Miles’ mind simply snapped, and he became obsessed with The Joker. Not much is known about the circumstances of his arrest, but he quickly and irredeemably became a sado-masochistic fetishist, and he started maiming his patients during visits…finding it pretty funny, actually. He was eventually identified and arrested by GCPD, but upon his clear insanity he was sent to Arkham Asylum. This didn’t turn out to be a good idea, after all.

Hospitalized, Miles was entrusted to the cures of Doctor Byron Merideth, a specialist in treating patients obsessed with The Joker. Philip entered therapy group with three other patients in his same condition: Annie McCloud, a baker, David Hill, a party clown, and Rodney Spurman, a professional arsonist. The one thing Philip Miles had in common with the other three was this poisonous obsession with The Joker and his twisted view on the world, something that had turned them into murderous maniacs who laughed at the death they brought upon innocents. The group therapy turned out to be something totally different from what the patients were expecting. All four of them were freed and recruited by the mysterious Merrymaker, and they in turn received an alias and costume: Miles became The Dentist, while the others, respectively, became The Baker, Happy and The Torch. Apparently, the Merrymaker just wanted chaos like them, so the team, nicknamed the League of Smiles, was unleashed on Gotham. Civilians were the main target, and the Dentist took many hostages, and killed just as many, along with his partners. The team lost a member when Torch defected, but they lost another one soon after: Batman obviously intervened to stop them, but he unexpectedly brought to them the Merrymaker, unmasking him in front of them. Their “benefactor” was in fact Doctor Merideth, who had been using the havoc they created to distract Batman and police, while he killed his ex-wife. Quite a humorist himself, Batman decided to let the good doctor in his patients’ care for a while, before intervening and bringing them all back to Arkham…

Philip Miles is a disturbed and dangerous individual, a former doctor who finds great pleasure in torturing and killing, and who sees murder and chaos as the funniest things in the world. As The Dentist, he’s a fetishist who targets his victim’s teeth, and who uses all the tools related to his former profession to bring a great amount of pain before delivering the finishing blow. Dangerously enamored of The Joker’s ideology, The Dentist is a living nightmare, a killing machine who gives his patients a good reason to fear the sound of his drill…

Flores

And here we are, finally catching up with Runaways. In episode 4, Fifteen, we meet the last (for now) new character introduced by the show. During a flashback, in fact, we learn that Nico Minoru tried to call an ambulance for her suicidal (?) sister Amy, but her mother Tina prevented her from doing it, and she called a police detective she knew to cover everything up. The detective in question is Flores, portrayed by Alex Fernandez, the same one who prevents Robert Minoru and Victor Stein to be arrested after trying to kidnap a hobo, and whose presence convinces Nico of the uselessness of asking help to the police. In the comics, Flores has more or less the same function, but his main ties with The Pride are not the Minorus. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about young Lieutenant Flores, not even his first name. Born in Los Angeles, he joined LAPD and became a police officer, but it’s more than likely that he was dirty from the beginning, and that he owed his career to the crimelords of the West Coast: Geoffrey and Catherine Wilder. The deal between them was simple: he covered their illicit operations up, while they used their remarkable power and influence to make him advance in the food chain within LAPD. The tasks the Wilders demanded of him were pretty simple, usually, and they mostly involved closing an eye if some runaway or prostitute disappeared without leaving trace, and Flores earned quite a lot of easy money just not doing anything. Then, of course, things became more complicated, as they always do. The Wilders contacted him to find someone, rather than to make them disappear, a group of kids that included also their son, Alex. The kids had run away from home, and their parents wanted them back at all costs. Problem was, Flores had no idea where to start his researches, as the kids seemed to have inherited their parents’ skills and connections, as they had apparently vanished. Believing he was doing the best interest of his employers, Flores contacted two heroes from the East Coast who were somewhat specialized in runaways and street kids: Cloak and Dagger, who arrived in L.A. in a matter of seconds, and joined Lt. Flores’ task force.

Hiring superheroes is not exactly a bright idea when you’re working for supervillains, and Catherine Wilder made that point clear when she shot Flores to the leg, destroying his kneecap: The Pride didn’t like to have vigilantes in their turf. This wound obviously took Flores away from the scenes for a while, recovering in a hospital. It was there that he received an anonymous call, that informed him of where the hideout of the Runaways was: a building sunk underneath the city they called The Hostel. Finally having a chance to redeem himself, Flores left the hospital, and personally led a SWAT team to The Hostel, where he had all the intentions of apprehending the kids for his employers. Unfortunately, he once again underestimated the kids’ resources, and one of them, Nico Minoru, destroyed the building by making the cave around it collapse. While all the cops in the SWAT unit were killed in the collapse, Lt. Flores barely escaped with his life, despite his plastered leg. Troubles weren’t over, however: he had to face his employer to report yet another failure. This time, he met Geoffrey Wilder, and when he pulled out a gun, he was sure he would have lost also the other kneecap. He was wrong. Tired of a resource that was becoming more and more a liability, Geoffrey quickly put an end to Flores’ life, unable to stand his failures anymore. So much for money and glory.

Lt. Flores is an overly ambitious and greedy man, who renounced to any form of honesty and integrity for money and career. Allegedly pretty smart when it comes to regular investigations, it turns out that most of his successes were a gift from The Pride, and that he actually isn’t as brilliant as he lets his colleagues believe him to be. An amateur like Flores, however, should be careful while playing with the grown-ups…