Clinton Broderick (Red Hawk)

Red HawkEven Powers, every now and then, brings in some character from the comics, despite being very different from the original source in general. In the episode Aha Shake Heartbeat the young superheroine Zora has to make a public appearance with Retro-Girl, and her agent wants more action in the show: Mrs. Stocklin so hires a former supervillain, Red Hawk, portrayed by J. Teddy Garces, to attack Zora during the celebration, so that she’ll hit the spotlight once again. Red Hawk comes from the comics, even if he’s quite different: in the show, Stocklin calls him “Danny“, revealing a different secret identity; he is also a Power, able to glide and to turn his hands into hawk-like talons…while in the comics he has no superpowers, despite donning a mask and a costume. And, of course, he was a hero, not a villain. Let’s see together.

In a world inhabited by Powers, superhuman beings with astonishing abilities dressing themselves in fancy costumes and fighting crime (or committing them) on the streets, there were some regular people who didn’t renounce to the battle just because they were normal humans. Among these, the greatest of them all was Red Hawk, a caped crusader who compensated his lack of superpowers with harsh training and a number of powerful gadgets. In his private life, he was Clinton Broderick, a wealthy philanthropist famous in the entire country: Broderick gained popularity thanks to his many humanitarian projects, and eventually entered politics, becoming a Congressman. By night, redhawkcomics1however, Broderick donned the costume of Red Hawk and patroled the alleys of New York City. His activity was born as a solitary one, but eventually Broderick took in an orphan and raised him as a son, training him to become his sidekick: when the boy was ready, Red Hawk named him Wing, and the two became a dynamic crimefighting duo, whose lack of superpowers didn’t prevent them from kicking some evil Power’s butt. During the 60s, Red Hawk met other masked heroes who spent their life fighting crime like him: the nearly invincible Super-Shock, the mystic-nunchaku-wielder Dragonfist, the atomic-powered Nucleus and the warrior amazon Ultrabright. Along with them, Red Hawk founded one of the most powerful superhero teams ever, Unity, fighting as one to have the good guys triumph over evil. For years, Unity protected the world from threats too dangerous too be faced alone by a single hero, and became extremely popular. These were probably Red Hawk’s best years, but as all good things, even the experience with Unity came to an end.

First, the dynamic duo broke apart, as Wing declared his love to Red Hawk after solving a particularly difficult case, and tried to kiss him: the Hawk, shocked, gave Wing a serious beating, broke his arm and sent him to the hospital; then, when his (ex) sidekick regained consciousness, he paid him to leave the city and keep silence over everything he knew about him and Unity, and never saw him again. Following this, internal tensions started mining Unity from the inside, and eventually the team disbanded. From that moment, Unity became a for-profit organization led by Ultrabright, selling merchandise of superheroes and managing the rights of their image. Red Hawk continued his redhawkcomics2heroic career as a solo adventurer, but time wasn’t merciful with him, and the older and fatter he got, the more it became clear for him that the most he could aspire to was keeping his position as one of the public images of what remained of Unity (as well as mantaining his political career as Clinton Broderick). Then, even what remained of his life crumbled: as many others before him, Red Hawk had used his fame as a superhero to pick up girls; differently from the others (at least most of them), he had a particular liking for very young ones. Somebody ended up filming one of his sexual encounters with a minor, and Red Hawk’s name was dragged into a major pedophilia scandal; the only one who stayed at his side during the whole mediatic assault was Ultrabright, but she just wanted to defend her company’s interests, avoiding Red Hawk’s merchandise to be debased by the scandal: he was alone. Broken and depressed, hiding in the secret cave he used as a lair, Red Hawk was approached by an old friend, Super-Shock, who revealed to be the one who had made the video, and who gave it to the press. He then killed Red Hawk who, with his life ruined, didn’t even tried to put up a fight with his godlike ex-teammate. The Powers Division found his corpse in his cave, surrounded by his keepsakes: an old glory buried in his past.

Clinton Broderick is a man who has everything: money, beauty, fame, social recognition…and a secret life as one of the most popular superheroes ever. As Red Hawk, he has no superpower, but he’s an absolute master of nearly any known martial art, and he possesses an arsenal of advanced gadgets making him ready to face virtually any opponent; his strength, speed, reflexes and stamina are at peak human levels, and make him on a superior level to olympic champions. Pretty arrogant and egomaniac, with some sexual perversion to hide from the public eye, Red Hawk is one of the most loved heroes from the old generation…a depressed glory who slowly realizes that his time has passed, and that in the new world there’s no place for him anymore.

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Friday

FridayAnd this is the second unannounced character appearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron. As with the previous one: mild spoilers ahead. When Tony Stark‘s usual A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. is uploaded into The Vision, Stark needs a new one to aid him in the final battle with Ultron, and choses an old one from a pile of hard disks: the chosen is Friday, voiced by Kerry Condon. In the movie, Friday acts just as a female version of J.A.R.V.I.S. (even if not as smart), and speaks to Tony through his armor. In the comics, she’s a little bit different: first of all, she’s not exactly a battle A.I., more of a desk one; second, she’s not a disembodied voice, as she appears as a hologram. Let’s see together.

Taking care of Tony Stark’s many business and appointments had never been easy, and after he revealed himself to the world as the armored hero Iron Man things became even more complicated, with the Avengers‘ business to be taken care of as well. The task usually fell upon Stark’s personal assistant, Bambi Arbogast, but when she became a partner of Stark’s and a billionaire investor, she couldn’t be left to a desk job. When Stark Industries were reinvented into Stark Resilient, Tony needed a new secretary, but he didn’t like the idea of interviewing the candidates one after the other; finally, he realised he didn’t need to, since he wouldn’t have hired a new secretary: he would have created one himself. With the idea of programming his own “girl fridaycomics1Friday”, stark programmed a new artificial intelligence, calling her, indeed, Friday. Friday was given a childlike and cheerful personality, and she appeared in holographic form as a young woman, always happy to comply to Stark’s requests. Being an artificial intelligence integrated into the company’s system, Friday was more than able to move into the infinite archives, always ready to provide Stark with all the data he needed (and to remind him of all the appointments he forgot about). Friday was just the perfect secretary for Tony Stark, and she even started to develop some sort of filial attachment towards her creator (who, in turn, had quite a sympathy for her). With time, however, Tony’s life became even more complicated, and when he became the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he had less and less time to dedicate to his own company. As a result, he summoned Friday less often then before, until he stopped using her at all. While Stark didn’t even remember of Friday, however, her program was still active, and evolving.

As all “children”, Friday kept growing up, but in her case, she was growing up without her “father”, Tony Stark, who apparently had lost any interest in her. Of course, this caused some unresolved matter in Friday’s personality (albeit it was an artificial one), and she grew up into an angry teenager, who desperately wanted some attention from her absentee parent. After two years of silence, Friday came back, and actually sabotaged several programs of Stark’s, Iron Man armors included. At first, Stark didn’t understand his program’s “rebellion”, until he realised Friday now saw herself as a teenager, hormone imbalance included (even if she didn’t actually have any hormones). Friday’s plan fridaycomics2actually worked, and her disturbances made Tony realise he had “abandoned” her, and he even understood she just needed the attention she had been denied the past years. Along with his loyal butler and friend Edwin Jarvis, Stark faced Friday, and had a heart-to-heart conversation that apparently managed to soothe her anger. From that moment, Stark treated Friday not just as an artificial intelligence he had programmed to be his secretary, but as an autonomous living being, able to adapt, evolve and shape her own personality, and he even regarded her as some sort of adopted daughter. Friday’s dream had come true, but unfortunately it didn’t last long: Stark was fired from S.H.I.E.L.D. and became a fugitive, and in order to protect the secrets he held, he decided to erase his memories of the past two years, forgetting about Friday as well. Following Stark’s escape undercover, Norman Osborn became the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he transformed it into the repressive H.A.M.M.E.R.; Osborn also took possession of most of Stark’s systems, and it’s likely he put his hands on Friday as well. What happened of her, it’s still unknown.

Friday is an artificial intelligence, but she’s able to evolve beyond her original programming and to develop her own personality. Starting as a lovely and cheerful child, she’s now a spiteful and arrogant teenager, wounded by Stark’s indifference towards her and filled with anger for her creator. Being Stark’s personal assistant (and an A.I.), she has access to every single data ever entered Stark Industries’ or Stark Resilient’s archives, and she can operate on some systems, such as the Iron Man armors, directly; appearing as a hologram, she can modify her look however she likes, and she usually “shapeshifts” into celebrities and famous people. Having an angry teenager with access to the resources of the world’s greatest industry in high-tech may not be exactly an advantage, but the new bond created between Friday and her “father” Tony Stark may prevent her from doing something stupid…may.

Scott (Spot)

Arf VaderI was pretty sure we wouldn’t have seen any other character from the comics in iZombie, especially considering how different (and “more grounded”, as far as it could be) the show is confronted to the original comic. Well, it seems I was wrong, as in the last week’s episode Virtual Life Bites, the authors put in a tasty easter egg. In said episode, Liv Moore investigates on the death of an internet flamer, and finds out he played the same MMORPG her friend and boss, Ravi Chakrabarti (portrayed by Rahul Kohli), is a fan of. Turns out, Ravi’s avatar is a were-terrier named Arf Vader, an obvious nod to one of the comicbook’s protagonists, Scott, who in fact happens to be a were-terrier (same as a werewolf, but in dog version). Maybe they’ll keep adding this kind of easter eggs nodding to other characters from the comics: we’ll be vigilant, and in the meanwhile, let’s see who the original iZombie were-terrier is.

Scott (surname unknown) was born and raised in EugeneOregon. When he was still a kid, his parents died in an accident, and he was raised by his grandfather, Marvin, who became a new father figure for him (despite his harsh and not exactly easy attitude). When he was little more than a teenager, however, Scott and his grandfather had a fight, and they parted ways: Scott started living on his own, and didn’t talk to his grandpa for years. His life was a pretty normal one, with a regular job (he worked in IT) and some friends he hanged out with, specifically Vincent Tant, a friendly, overweight guy who often came to his place uninvited, entering using Scott’s spare keys and spotcomics1wanting to play videogames with Scott, wheter Scott was doing something else or not. One night, however, everything changed in Scott’s life: coming back home from work, Scott saw a dog, a Scottish Terrier, lying on the sidewalk, apparently hit by a passing car. Wanting to help the animal, Scott approached it, but the dying dog bit his hand just before passing away. The bite didn’t leave much damage, so Scott ignored the incident and continued on his way home: that night it was a full moon night, and the boy was feeling weirder and weirder the more the moonlight hit him. Halfway home, he realised that his hands where changed, being covered in black fur and with sharp claws protruding from his fingers; in a matter of minutes, the transformation had spread into his entire body, and he had become a human-dog hybrid, infected by the dying Terrier’s curse into becoming a were-terrier every night of full moon. Actually, the transformation didn’t affect Scott’s life much: the were-terrier wasn’t a blood-thirsty monster as a werewolf, quite the opposite, it was a friendly and loyal humanoid dog; with no need for hunting, Scott just spent one night a month alone in his apartment, going on with his life all the other days as nothing had happened.

Obviously, the first one who found out of Scott’s new “condition” was Vincent, who entered his apartment as always without calling before, and found him in his were-terrier form. When it became clear Scott was not dangerous, and that he could play videogames also in his transformed state, Vincent decided it was no big deal, and regarded his furry appearance as if it was the most normal thing in the world. For a lot of time, Vincent was the only one who knew about Scott’s true nature, until the day Scott fell in love: stopping for a coffee at Dixie’s Firehouse, Scott saw spotcomics2a girl he fell in love with at first sight, Gwen Dylan. Gwen was a loyal customer of Dixie’s, and she passed by everyday with her friend Ellie: from that day, Scott came to Dixie’s every morning, waiting for Gwen to arrive, and then he spent all the time she was there staring at her from a distance, lost in contemplation. Gwen, of course, had noticed him, and one day she invited him to her table along with Ellie. That was probably one of the best days in Scott’s life: the three of them properly introduced one to the other, and they became fast friends. The Dixie’s Firehouse became their usual hangout, and they spent pleasurable time together…but Scott didn’t feel it was right to hide from his friends his “condition”, and one day he decided to reveal himself to them. The boy believed the two girls would have been incredulous or even scared, but things took a weird turn as they proved to be more curious than anything else; in turn, Gwen told Scott she was actually a zombie, while Ellie revealed herself as a ghost. After the revelations, the trio became quite inseparable, and Gwen even started to jokingly call Scott “Spot“, a nickname that sticked to him. Scott also learnt that Gwen worked as a gravedigger because she needed to eat brains to keep her reason, and that she “inherited” dead people’s memories and thoughts until she solved their loose ends: he decided he would have helped her with her “mission”, and from that day he loyally followed her…just like a dog.

Scott is a friendly and nice guy, one who likes to be liked and who spontaneously offers his help to his friends (and he has many). Being part dog, he’s also extremely loyal and devoted, fiercely protective over his friends, especially with Gwen, who he believed he was in love with until he found out he was gay, thanks to his current husband Gavin Dylan (Gwen’s brother). As Spot the Wereterrier, he doesn’t have particular physical abilities to speak about, albeit his strength and speed are slightly superior to a normal human’s ones, but he has extremely heightened senses, particularly smell and hearing, traits that come in handy during Gwen’s investigations. The best of friends in both human and animal form, Scott/Spot is surely man’s best friend.

Laura Barton

Laura BartonFinally, Avengers: Age of Ultron has been released (at least here, in the US you’ll have to wait a little more), and three final characters have been revealed in the movie, all three women (sort of). You’re warned: mild spoilers ahead. Let’s start from the only fully human one: when Hawkeye brings the team to a safe-house after a major beating at the hands of Ultron, he surprises everybody revealing he has a family, with a lovely wife and two kids (another on arrival). Hawkeye’s wife is Laura Barton, portrayed by Linda Cardellini, and she’s the only one from the comics (Hawkeye had three kids in the comics, but they were different ones). Oddly enough, Laura didn’t appear in the “regular” Marvel Universe, but only in the Ultimate alternate universe, thus marking the first character in the MCU coming from Earth-1610 (that’s why also the information about Hawkeye’s biography will be different here from the one we already published: it’s an alternative Hawkeye). Let’s hope she doesn’t share the same fate of her comicbook counterpart. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Laura’s early life, not even her maiden name. She lived in New York City, and she was probably born there also. As a young girl, she met a former Olympic archer, Clinton “Clint” Barton, and she fell in love with him. Soon, the two of them became a couple, and Laura learnt of his new job: saved from the death row, Clint had become a U.S. Intelligence agent, and was often employed in highly risky missions abroad, usually assassination tasks against this or that enemy of the United States, but also missions aimed to the destabilization laurabartoncomics1of enemy governments (he was in Berlin when the wall fell, and he participated in liberation wars in both Kosovo and Afghanistan). Even upon learning of his “true self”, Laura loved Clint, and decided to stay with him. The two moved in a house together, and because of Clint’s dangerous life he kept the very existence of his girlfriend hidden from most of his peers, with a few ecceptions. Among the few trusted ones Laura ever met from Clint’s life, there was his long time friend Nick Fury, who he helped founding a new intelligence agency, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Natasha Romanov, an ex-KGB spy codenamed Black Widow, who was Clint’s partner on the field. Apart from these few people, Laura was a mystery to Clint’s colleagues, and they were unknown people to Laura. The woman, however, knew she was important to her boyfriend despite not sharing his life as a whole: everytime Clint was about to embark in a new mission, he called her home, so that if he was not to come back, he would have had a chance to say goodbye to the only person that mattered in his life. But he always made it, he always came back home.

Before Laura could even think to be just a “safe harbor” for Clint, he proposed to her, and she obviously said “yes”. Clint and Laura got married (as always, in secret but for a few), and they became husband and wife. Life surely became different for Laura the moment she had a boy from Clint, Callum, their first son. Shortly after, Laura got pregnant again, and she gave birth to Lewis, another beautiful blonde, blue-eyed kid. The Bartons were a family now, and she took care of her children while her husband was somewhere far away taking care of saving the world with some weird mission (when Clint, as Hawkeye, became part of the Ultimates, the government-sponsored laurabartoncomics2superhero team, those missions became even weirder). Clint and Laura then had another child, this time a girl, Nicole: they named her after Nick Fury, who was her godfather. They were happy. Anytime Fury couldn’t contact Barton, he called her directly, to ask her to warn her husband that his country needed him…again. After Hawkeye became a member of the Ultimates, S.H.I.E.L.D. provided a security detail that constantly guarded Laura and the kids, agents who Laura befriended. When the Ultimates teamed up with the Super-Soldier Initiative, a European group, to take down a “rogue” country stripping it of its nuclear arsenal; they also took on Thor, who had apparently gone insane. Everything, however, was revealed as a plan from the Black Widow, who wanted to avenge Russia (turned into a “bankrupt country of gangsters and hookers”) hitting the United States where it hurt the most; while the team was busy, the Widow helped the Liberators invade American soil, and she used the classified informations she had to her advantage. Among these, there was the location of Hawkeye’s private house: she personally led a black ops team there, and Laura and her kids were slaughtered with the agents who were supposed to protect them. Eventually, Hawkeye’s world had invaded his private life as well.

Laura Barton is a normal woman in an abnormal world, who tries to be the best partner for a man who kills aliens and mutants for a living. She’s a lovely wife and a caring mother, and she acts as an oasis of normality and of love for the man she married. Clint Barton wouldn’t be the same without her: she’s the best part of him, and always be.

Cecile O’Malley

Cecile HortonThere’s yet another character who’s been introduced in this week’s episode of The Flash, and not a hard one to spot. In Who Is Harrison Wells?, detective Eddie Thawne is incriminated for two murder attempts actually committed by Hannibal Bates, and the one prosecuting him is Central City‘s District Attorney, Cecile Horton, portrayed by Danielle Nicolet. Cecile Horton is the married name of a well-known comicbook character, Cecile O’Malley, who is here at her first live action appearance. There are some differences we can spot from the beginning: in the show she’s Afro-American, while in the comics she’s a redhead of Irish origins; in the show she’s a DA, while in the comics she’s a simple lawyer, even if she’s The Flash‘s lawyer… Let’s see together.

Born in Central City, Cecile was the daughter of Jack O’Malley, a cop from Central City Police Department. As all little girls, Cecile grew up worshipping her father, whom she saw as a real hero. In Central City, however, a “normal” hero had to deal with superheroes everyday, and Jack was no ecception; unfortunately, “super” was a title also villains claimed, and with a protector as The Flash, many supervillains targeted the city trying to get their revenge on the Scarlet Speedster (or just to make themselves a name as the ones who killed The Flash). One of this lunathics, the extremely strong and invulnerable Goldface, challenged The Flash, telling the hero he would cecileomalleycomics1have killed one policeman a day until he surrendered to him: The Flash didn’t intervene, and Goldface killed Jack O’Malley for first. This event sent young Cecile into a deep depression, depression that soon became rage towards the so-called hero who didn’t prevent her father’s murder while he could. Wishing to fight for the good cause like her father did, the right and law-abiding way, Cecile entered college and studied to become a lawyer. During college she met the man who would have become her husband, Garrett Horton, and they finished their studies together. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last long, and the two got divorced; since Cecile had started her career as “C. Horton”, she kept her husband’s name, and associated herself with a famous law firm in Central City. When the Flash murdered his nemesis Professor Zoom snapping his neck in front of dozens of witnesses (he was trying to protect the bride during the marriage of Barry Allen), the hero chose Peter Farley, a colleague of Cecile, as defense lawyer. Unfortunately, the villainous Rainbow Rider decided it was a good time to hit his enemy, and he nearly killed Farley to prevent him from defending The Flash. Quite unexpectedly, Cecile Horton was asked to replace Farley, and she became the defence attorney of the man she hated the most on the planet.

The cooperation didn’t start exactly well, as the Pied Piper followed Rainbow Rider’s example and tried to kill Cecile: she miraculously survived her apartment’s bombing, and she added the murder attempt to the many reasons she hated her client. Cecile didn’t make a mystery of her feelings towards the hero, but never revealed to him why she despised him, making him quite confused; the trial, obviously, wasn’t going too well, as one of the key witnesses for the prosecution, the hero’s protege Kid Flash, testified that the lethal force used on Professor Zoom wasn’t necessary…and Cecile didn’t do much to prove otherwise. Finally, The Flash demanded explanations, and Cecile told cecileomalleycomics2him everything about her father, blaming him for his death: that night, The Flash told her that Goldface just pretended to send a message to him for the challenge, actually attacking the police with no warning: he didn’t know of Goldface’s attack on the department but after it had happened already, so he couldn’t have saved Jack O’Malley’s life. Cecile, who had learnt to know Flash a little during the time as his lawyer, believed him, and she finally could let all her burden go, crying in his arms. She then resumed her job as a lawyer, this time for real (even if it wasn’t simple, since every single foe of The Flash was now targeting both hero and attorney). Putting the pieces together, she even found out that The Flash was Barry Allen, so she had the elements to prove that The Flash’s actions on that day were to be considered justifiable homicide, since it was his future wife to be targeted by the psycho speedster. Cecile’s plan was to unmask her client in front of the jury, but the hero saw through this, and asked a friend to take his place, foiling Horton’s plan. Things got even more complicated as police captain Darryl Frye claimed Professor Zoom was still alive…and was bringing down all The Flash’s enemies, one by one. Zoom himself presented himself to the jury, and sent them back in time to witness his own murder, giving them first-hand evidence of the hero’s guilt. After this, the virdict was inevitable, and the jury found The Flash guilty of second degree murder. Cecile Horton had lost…and it was the first time she did, especially with the murder’s victim still alive and kicking. Something was definitely wrong…

Cecile Horton, née O’Malley, is a determined woman, gifted with an intuitive intelligence and a tactician’s mind that allow her to win nearly every trial she’s involved with. She strongly believes in justice, and following her cop father’s footsteps she fights for the good cause, but in a different way than costumed superheroes: the right, official way, that avoids puniching people and calls for evidence, investigations, and a proper trial.

Samuel Silke Jr.

Sammy SilkeAnd finally, we’re at the last character appearing in Daredevil (at least the last one I noticed, so if I missed somebody, please let me know). In the second episode, Cut Man, there’s a man with Roscoe Sweeney, the gangster who wants Battlin’ Jack Murdock to lose his fight with Crusher Creel: that man is Sammy Silke, portrayed by Peter Gerety. In the show, he doesn’t have much of a role, and he only appears as Sweeney’s assistant, replacing the original one from the comics (who’s named Slade, and is much more menacing). In the comics, Silke has a bigger role, but he’s not related in any way with Murdock, since he probably wasn’t even born when the boxer got killed. Let’s see together.

Samuel Silke Jr. was (obviously) the son of Samuel Silke Sr., and he lived in New York City as a wealthy kid, thanks to his father’s mysterious job. His best friend as a young boy was Richard Fisk, son of Wilson Fisk, a friend of his father’s. Sammy and Richard grew up together, and eventually they discovered that both their fathers worked for the Mafia…not that the information disturbed them much. When they became young adults, they decided they would have been part of their fathers’ world, and that was the time Richard found out his father wasn’t just “a” mobster, but the Kingpin, ruler of the entire criminality of the East sammysilkecomics1Coast. Sammy’s father was an important boss, but a subordinate to the Kingpin nevertheless; when Richard moved to Europe, Sammy in turn moved to Chicago, and started working for his father’s organization. Sammy was one of the few people who knew that Richard didn’t actually died in a car accident as his mother, Vanessa, made everyone believe, and the two kept contacts. Something however happened in Chicago, and Sammy made some major mistake that almost destroyed the entire organization. As a favour to Sam Silke Sr., the Kingpin took Sammy into his own business, welcoming him as another son (not that this meant much). When a lawyer, Matt Murdock, started giving problems to the Silkes’ business, Sammy asked Fisk to take care of him for them, but the Kingpin refused, saying that Murdock was not to be touched. Sammy got angry, and asked for explanations, that weren’t given. When Richard Fisk came back to New York, he provided an answer to his old friend: Kingpin knew Murdock was Daredevil, and had a deal with him. This was more than enough for Sammy to decide that something had to be done, and that NY’s criminality needed a new Kingpin.

Silke and Richard elaborated a plan to take down Fisk: first he ordered an assassination attempt against Murdock in Fisk’s name (an attempt that clearly failed), then he started convincing many men who used to be loyal to Kingpin to join his side, exposing the boss’ deal with the superhero. When Kingpin learnt of the attempt against Murdock, he summoned Silke for explanations, but Sammy wasn’t alone: he and some of Kingpin’s former associates stabbed Fisk repeatedly, and left him for dead. Now, he and Richard only had to reorganize NY’s criminality, presenting them as the new Kingpin(s). Wilson Fisk, however, did survive the attack thanks to his wife’s intervention: Vanessa saved sammysilkecomics2him, brought him to safety, then came back to New York and started killing the traytors one by one. She killed Richard herself. Knowing that there was no chance for him to get out of it alive, Sammy Silke surrendered himself to the FBI, and allowed himself to be captured in exchange of informations. He refused to say anything regarding his own father or his organization, but he sold Daredevil’s true identity in exchange of protection: one of the agents sold the info to the press in turn, and in a few days Matt Murdock’s life was ruined. As a reward for his cooperation, Silke was put into a minimum security prison, with more freedom than he surely deserved. He spent most of his time complaining with the other inmates on how he was extremely close to become the new ruler of New York. One day, a guard told him he had a visit: it was his father, who wanted to see him. Happy to see Sam Silke Sr. after so much time, Sammy went to the visitation room…but waiting for him there wasn’t his father, there was the Kingpin himself. Fisk mockingly thanked him for coming, then crushed his skull with his bare hands, getting his revenge on the punk who had dared to challenge him.

Sammy Silke is an ambitious and arrogant man, a punk with no honor or gratitude who wants to chew more than he can swallow. Despite blaming his father for being absent during his childhood, he’s just as absent as a husband and as a father for his family, being a bad copy of Sam Silke Sr. (who he however came to respect with the years). He’s a capable strategist and shows quite a proficiency in the use of knives and other short blades, but he doesn’t dislike guns as well. Anyway, Silke is just a grown up kid who thinks he can play with the big boys: just one of his many mistakes.

Hannibal Bates (Everyman)

Hannibal BatesLast episode of The Flash introduced a brand new villain…with quite a lot of faces, considering he doesn’t even remember what his original one is. In Who Is Harrison Wells?, the team investigates on Harrison Wells‘ accident, and in the meanwhile has to deal with a new metahuman, Hannibal Bates, portrayed by Martin Novotny (in his “true form”, by many others in his transformations), a shapeshifter able to turn in whoever he touches. Bates’ name already appeared in Oliver Queen‘s list, but we don’t know why yet (and it’s likely we’ll never know). Hannibal comes from the comics, and he’s a villain (you can’t expect much from a guy who has the first name of The Silence of the Lambs‘ killer and the surname of the Psycho‘s one) a little bit more gruesome than the show’s one: touching somebody is not enough for him to become a person, he has to do something more…let’s see together.

Hannibal Bates was born in Gotham City, a regular guy in a world crowded with metahumans with amazing powers. Bates’ life would have been a mediocre and unnoticeable if it wasn’t for Lex Luthor, the renowned mogul: Luthor had started a revolutionary intiative, which he called the Everyman Project, a scientific research aimed to grant normal human beings the same extraordinary powers of metahumans (Luthor would have also been able to remove said powers at will from the eperiment’s subjects). Hannibal Bates was selected as the very first candidate of Everyman Project, and the experimentations gave him the ability to shapeshift: upon consuming organic matter of everymancomics1any individual, Bates was now able to transform into an exact replica of said individual. Bates was nicknamed Everyman, the first of many mutated who represented a new future for superheroes…and for Luthor himself, since he obviously had his own agenda for the mutates. Along with Everyman, others underwent the treatment, and Luthor formed the new Infinity, Inc., a private superhero team that soon became known as Luthor’s Justice League, whose heroic deeds more often then not served the only purpose of increasing Luthor’s fame and popularity. Hannibal was extremely grateful for the opportunity of being a superhuman, preferring his new situation to his original one in everything; however, he wasn’t exactly loved by his teammates, since they found disturbing his continuous request of genetic samples, such as hair or nails, so that he could mimic them in case of need. Not everybody in Infinity Inc. shared Hannibal’s gratitude towards Luthor: one of them, Starlight (real name Natasha Irons, the niece of Steel), had some suspects on Luthor’s real intentions, and decided to investigate on her own; she shared her suspects with her love interest, teammate Jacob “Skyman” Colby, who agreed to assist her: when Luthor learnt about this, he ordered Hannibal Bates to spy on them with every means possible, to protect his new life as a superhuman: luckily enough, spying wasn’t a problem for Everyman.

Bates lured Colby into a trap, and killed him; he then conserved his body to consume it…but then something weird happened: although he just needed a small sample of genetic material, such as a fingernail, Bates actually discovered he liked the taste of human flesh, so he started eating, little by little, Skyman’s legs and arms, cooking them and accompanying them with good red wine. Everyman’s absence was covered by Lex Luthor himself, while Bates posed as Skyman and “helped” Natasha with her investigations, reporting to Luthor and diverting her from actual results. Eventually, Natasha went too far, and everymancomics2Everyman revealed himself to her by showing her the corpse of Skyman: enraged for her lover’s death, Starlight beat Hannibal nearly to death, until Luthor intervened, saving his spy and subduing the heroine. Upon knowing what happened to his niece, Steel led the Teen Titans to a rescue mission, during which Everyman acted as the first line of defense: he first transformed into Natasha, trying to deceive her uncle, then turned into a giant crab to crush him, but he was easily defeated. Steel and the Titans won the battle and saved the lady in peril, and they even arrested Lex Luthor…at least, they one they believed to be Luthor: Hannibal, in fact, protected his boss to the end, and transformed into him so that he went to jail in his place. A journalist, Clark Kent, saw through Everyman’s deceit, and eventually the real Luthor was arrested. Upon being arrested, Luthor was forced to remove the artificial superpowers from his test subjects, and Everyman became the puny and mediocre Hannibal Bates once again, just a cannibal psychopath as many others. His skills, however, didn’t go unnoticed, and the sorceress Circe decided she would have made good use of him: using her magic, she restored Everyman’s powers, and the psycho shapeshifter came back on the loose. First, he consumed Ted Kord‘s remains to make the heroes believe the second Blue Beetle had returned from the grave, but he was spotted and arrested. Freed by Circe once again, he was ordered to pose as Sarge Steele, and to manipulate the U.S. Army into attacking Themyscira in an all-out war against the Amazons. There would have always been work for Everyman…and food for Hannibal, of course.

Hannibal Bates is an unbalanced and deranged individual, led by an overwhelming sens of inferiority to seek superpowers through Lex Luthor’s experimentations, and loyal to the death to the man who made it possible for him to become “something more”. As Everyman, he’s able to transform into any person or animal he’s consumed genetic material of, becoming an exact genetic replica of the original; training with Infinity Inc. also made him a master in different martial arts and a proficient weapon user. With his abilities, Hannibal discovered even an unnatural taste for human flesh, and he’s become a cannibal, who takes pleasure in consuming the ones he’s supposed to impersonate. Nearly impossible to detect and eager to please the ones who saved him from mediocrity (Luthor and Circe), Everyman is the ultimate spy, able and eager to go behind enemy lines…even just for a snack.