Phillip Campbell

Phillip JonesAlmost at the end of the characters introduced in Jessica Jones. Today let’s see the protagonist’s little brother, Phillip Jones, who appeared along the rest of the family in the flashback in AKA WWJD?. Phillip appears in the show as the typical pesky little brother, continuously fighting with his big sister over pretty much everything, albeit he seems to be the one Jessica misses the most after his death. Portrayed by Billy McFadden, he (obviously) only appears in flashbacks and dream sequences, and doesn’t have much of a role… and, in the comics, this doesn’t differ at all, and there’re just a couple of things more that we know about him and his (short) life. Let’s see together.

First of all, the boy’s name wasn’t Phillip Jones, but Phillip Campbell. He was born in New York City, in the Forrest Hills neighborhood, from Dave Campbell and his wife. Phillip had an older sister, Jessica, whom he simply adored… problem was that, as it often happens, the feeling wasn’t exactly reciprocated, being the girl in her teenage years just when Phillip was still an elementary school kid. The difference of age also (and especially) showed in different phases of life the two of them were facing, and while Phillip only wanted to play and have fun, Jessica was quite in the abrasive and/or depressive mood all the time, and she had different kind of “fun” in mind than her brother’s… Once, Phillip rushed into Jessica’s room, looking for a phillipcampbellcomics1toy he had lost, and he interrupted his big sister while she was masturbating on her pictures of Johnny Storm. The boy’s sudden appearance, as well as all the embarrassment and the shame it caused, gave birth to yet another fight between the two. That was the typical life in Campbells’ house, a normal life for a normal family, with all the ups and downs of a (not so) calm everyday existence.

The best day in Phillip’s young life was most likely when his father Dave came back home telling everybody that his boss, Tony Stark, had given him free tickets for Disneyworld for the entire family, as a reward trip for his hard work. Phillip simply couldn’t wait for it, and anticipated every single minute of the vacation… while Jessica reacted in her usual, apathetic way, avoiding to show anything even slightly similar to enthusiasm, and mocking her “childish” brother for doing so… not that Phillip cared anything about it. The day finally arrived, and the four Campbells left early in the morning for what would have been a long car trip (it would have, if it didn’t end so soon). On the backseat together with Jessica, Phillip did what he usually did: he tried to obtain his sister’s attention and to play with her, something that Jess didn’t like at all. She answered badly to the brother’s requests, and the two started fighting again. Their mother tried to calm them down, but it was all wasted energy, and when Dave intervened, the quarrel had already become a family business. Even mom and dad started arguing one with the other, until Dave got so distracted that he lost control of his car, phillipcampbellcomics2crashing against a military truck passing nearby. The truck was transporting experimental chemicals, that affected Jessica’s body, but the accident proved to be fatal for everyone else, especially when the already demolished car ended up on its roof and took fire. Little Phillip died in the crash along with his parents, leaving only Jessica as the last surviving member of the family.

Phillip is a perfectly normal kid, a lively boy who only wants to play and have fun. He has quite a troublesome relationship with his older sister, Jessica, who he genuinely likes, but who’s unresponsive to his affection and to his attempts to play with her, so that the two of them end up fighting most of the times. Young and dynamic, Phillip is just as curious, pesky and annoying as any boy his age usually is.


Tomek Ovadya Morah/Thomas Oscar Morrow (T.O. Morrow)

T.O. MorrowToday let’s take a look at the second character spotted in the last Supergirl promo. In Red Faced, the U.S. Army will put Supergirl in a sparring match against their newest asset, the android Red Tornado, but something will go wrong… much to the dismay of the android’s creator, T.O. Morrow, portrayed by Iddo Goldberg (who will also play Red Tornado). Morrow is been an enemy to the entire Justice League of America since the 1960s, creating one lethal robot after the other, but it’s still unclear if he’ll be the bad guy in the episode or just a scientist who really loses control of his creation… let’s hope he’ll go full-villain mode, it’d be funnier. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the original one… with the usual DC double origin.

The first version of T.O. Morrow was a regular criminal, who pretended to be an explorer from a future timeline, and used this expedient to rob scientist of part of their tech, building futuristic devices with them and using these to commit crimes. He was exposed and incarcerated during his first confrontation with the Shining Knight. This short-lived version of the character soon left room to another one in the multiverse: Tomek Ovadya Morah, born in NasielskPoland, a scientific genius who believed he was the key for humanity to make a step into a future of reason and illumination. From Poland, Morah moved to the United States of America, where he legally changed his name into Thomas Oscar Morrow, with his new name being a statement: he meant to be the man of “tomorrow”. Unfortunately, soon his ambition took over his idea of “humanity’s progress”, and he started using his amazing inventions for personal profit only. First, faithful to his name, Morrow invented a device, similar to a television, that allowed him to see 100 years into the future: observing the future tech, he was able to replicate it in present time, more often than not usingt.o.morrowcomics1 it for committing several crimes, becoming insanely rich in a matter of months. Stealing money with his genius and his technology, however, became quite boring, and Morrow looked for a challenge: using his Fourth-Dimensional Grapple Beam, that allowed him to transport matter from one timeline to another, he stole some samples of future tech to build a machine capable of creating duplicates of other people, and he used it to “clone” Green Lantern. Morrow used his three copies of the Lantern to commit crimes around the world in his place, thus publicly challenging the hero and finally breaking his boredom. Green Lantern teamed up with The Flash, and the two heroes together destroyed the copies and defeated the evil scientist, who apparently died when he fell into the void created by one of his mysterious machines. T.O. Morrow, however, wasn’t dead at all: the device had transported him into another universe, Earth-2, where he soon came back to activity.

On the parallel universe nobody new T.O. Morrow yet, so he could act freely for a while… until a supercomputer he had invented, a machine allegedly able to predict the future, asserted that he would have surely died if he didn’t destroy the Justice Society of America, that world’s super group. It even suggested its creator the best way to do it: to build a humaniztron (an artificial human) to infiltrate in their ranks, and kill them from the inside. Morrow followed the computer’s instructions, and built the Red Tornado, a powerful android that served its purpose and battled the JSA… until it gained a personal conscience, and rebelled to its creator, siding with the heroes. Imprisoned, Morrow managed to escape and to find shelter in Queen Bee‘s hideout, and from there he attempted several times to reprogram Red Tornado and to compel him to follow its original mission. The events, however, had modified the timeline someway, since the computer now foresaw that Morrow would have been killed not by the JSA, but by the JLA from Earth-1, a change that forced the scientist to abduct Red Tornado once again t.o.morrowcomics2and to send him to his original universe, trying to prevent his fate. The JLA however won the resulting battle, and the android joined their ranks… but Morrow didn’t die, even after the end of the computer’s countdown. At that point, something unforeseen happened, and T.O. Morrow split into two separate beings, each one oblivious to the existence of the other. The original Morrow found out of the existence of his duplicate (who had mutated and evolved into what he called Future Man) only when the latter died as a consequence of his own mutation: investigating the phenomenon, he found out that his own supercomputer, programmed to be infallible, couldn’t “accept” its mistake in foreseeing Morrow’s death, and had tried to realize it on its own manipulating some of the scientist’s future tech, with the result of splitting him in two (a direct consequence of its own programming in binary code). Seeing how flawed this artificial intelligence was, Morrow came back studying his greatest success, Red Tornado, trying to understand why one A.I. among many was so different, and finding out that a wind elemental had tampered with his invention without him realizing it. Knowing the cause, he was now able to replicate it… even if that would have meant the destruction of the now heroic android.

Thomas Oscar Morrow is an absolute genius, one of the most brilliant men living and one of the most accomplished roboticists ever lived. As T.O. Morrow, he has built devices that allowed him to access future technology, which he reverse-engineered in new and formidable ways. He’s the creator of androids like Red Tornado, Red TorpedoRed VolcanoRed Inferno and Tomorrow Woman, and working with other evil scientists such as Professor Ivo he perfected his science even more, most of the times building weapons and lethal robots. His continuous interference with the timeline are a constant threat to the continuum, but Morrow’s ambitions exceed his concern for existence as we know it: recognizing himself as the ultimate genius, T.O. Morrow uses his remarkable intellect for personal profit only, putting up challenges to what he considers to be “lesser minds” in order to prove his superiority.

David & Mrs. Campbell

brian&alisajonesfilmBack to Jessica Jones for a couple of new characters. In the eighth episode, AKA WWJD? (where the “J” doesn’t stand for Jesus but for Jessica), a flashback brings us back to the moment of the accident that killed the protagonist’s family, and gave her her powers. In the scene, we see Jessica’s parents, Brian and Alisa Jones, portrayed by James Colby and Miriam Shor, respectively. Obviously, being the heroine’s parents they appear in the comics as well, even if with some changes, names for first: originally, Jessica’s father is not named Brian, but Dave, while her mother is never named at all. Plus, their surname is actually CampbellJones is the one Jessica takes from her adoptive family. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about the Campbells at all, least of all of the time before they got married. David Campbell was most likely an engineer of sort, and he worked for Stark Industries. He fell in love with an unnamed woman, and the two got married. They lived together in New York City, and when Mrs. Campbell got pregnant, they moved to the residential area of Forrest Hills, a nice place to raise children. Mrs. Campbell gave birth to a baby daughter, Jessica, who grew up into a shy and introverted girl. The three of them lived a perfectly normal life in a perfectly normal neighborhood, and soon they became four, as Mrs. Campbell got pregnant a second time. This time she gave davecampbellcomics1birth to a boy, Phillip, who turned out to develop a character that was exactly the opposite of his sister’s. The Campbell family lived a normal life made of everyday ups and downs, and Dave and his wife saw their children grow up into a demanding teenager (Jessica) and a lively child (Phillip), spending much of their family time reconciling them during their continuous squabbles. Jessica started attending Midtown High School, and she even developed a “secret” crush on one of her schoolmates and neighbors, Peter Parker: everything was perfectly normal for a perfectly normal family.

Obviously, everything then changed, and it changed pretty fast and unexpectedly. Dave had been working pretty hard as of lately, and his boss, Tony Stark, decided to reward his employee with free tickets to Disney World for his entire family. Dave’s wife, and of course Phillip, were just enthusiastic for that unscheduled family trip; Jessica wasn’t exactly as happy as her little brother, but she came along nevertheless (not that she had much of a choice). The car trip was quite a long one, and it started in the worst of ways: with Jessica and Phillip giving start to yet another of their irritating fights. Mrs. Campbell did her best to calm them down, while Dave soon lost his temper: as a result, he started quarreling with his wife as well, and the car turned into a moving family-boxing ring. Eventually, Dave was so distracted that he lost control of the vehicle, just when they were approaching a military convoy passing by. The car slipped under one of the trucks, and was reduced to an entangled plate immediately after. The impact threw the car away from the highway, but not before one of the canisters the mrscampbellcomics2truck was transporting hit Jessica on the backseat. The car kept rolling for a while, until it stopped on an emplacement, landed on its roof, and caught fire. Both Dave and his wife died in the accident, along with Phillip: only Jessica remained, but the canister had its consequences on her…

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell (as far as the little we know about them is concerned) are two perfectly normal spouses and parents, dealing with an everyday life made of work, housekeeping and, most of all, taking care of two children often fighting one with the other. Their life doesn’t differ in anything from the one of thousands of other middle-class families, apart, of course, for its abrupt end.

Samuel “Sam” Lane

General Sam LaneNow, let’s alternate a bit, and take a look at a character spotted in the latest trailer for Supergirl‘s upcoming episode Red Faced. In order to train Supergirl, the U.S. Army builds an android, Red Tornado, as a sparring partner, and the officer responsible for the whole operation is General Sam Lane, portrayed by Glenn Morshower (since his daughter Lucy is already part of the roster, it’s likely Sam will be a recurring character as well). This won’t be the General’s first appearance: he had a cameo in Superman: The Movie, briefly appearing on a train at the beginning of the film portrayed by Kirk Alyn. He later popped up in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman reinvented as a cyberneticist, and was portrayed by Denis Arndt, first, and by Harve Presnell, later. Last but not least, he also appeared in Smallville, portrayed by Michael Ironside: in the show, he was mostly explored as a single parent, raising his two daughters as if they were two of his subordinates. Waiting to see what this new version will bring to the character, let’s see who the original General Lane is.

The first version of Samuel Lane was a simple man, a horse farmer who married a beautiful woman, Ella, and had two daughters from her, Lois and Lucy. He and his family lived in a small rural town, PittsdaleIowa, and when Lois and Lucy grew up, Sam and Ella stayed behind in their farm, following their daughters’ career in the big city of Metropolis. After the Multiverse collapsed following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Sam Lane became a completely different man, with a different story and a brand new attitude. Lane entered U.S. Army as a young man, and became a career officer, climbing the ranks until he became a General. He married the woman he loved, Ella, and lived with her moving from a military base to another depending on his assignments. Sam wanted his firstborn to be a son whom he could teach everything he knew to, but Ella delivered a baby girl, Lois: quite generalsamlanecomics1disappointed for having a daughter instead of the son he was expecting, Sam treated Lois as a male nevertheless, and was quite hard, uncompromising and strict with her. When Ella got pregnant a second time, Sam had yet another daughter, Lucy: albeit he was lighter with her than he was with Lois, he still was quite the austere father, and when Ella tragically fell ill and died, being a single parent didn’t help him at all into bonding properly with his girls. As Lois and Lucy grew up, Sam ended up distancing himself more and more, until he was a totally absent figure in their lives, always prioritizing his work over his family. Lois, strong and independent, chose her own future, and became a reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis, making a new life for herself, while Lucy was quite a troublesome girl, unable to accomplish anything. Sam followed his elder daughter’s progresses in her career, albeit he never showed he was interested in Lois’ life; he met her daughter again when she wanted to introduce to him her fiancé, Clark Kent, a good-heart and mild-mannered man who utterly failed in impressing the hard-bitten General. Not approving anything in Lois’ life, least of all Clark, Sam eventually decided not to attend her wedding with Kent, thus increasing the distance between them.

General Lane strongly opposed the rising number and popularity of superheroes, mistrusting individuals with so much power at their disposal, and with such an independence from law and authorities. This position granted him a place in the cabinet of the newly elected President of the United States of America, billionaire Lex Luthor, who made him his Secretary of Defense. Lois knew far too well Luthor’s true nature, and she tried to warn her father of the new President’s dark side, but the General had found in Luthor a man who shared his thoughts on the threat represented by “enhanced individuals”, and refused to listen to his own daughter. Lane organised Earth‘s defenses when the entire planet came at war with Imperiex, a cosmic being who wished to annihilate “imperfection” from the universe. Necessity wanted Lane to team up with the superheroes he despised so much, and generalsamlanecomics2he found himself battling one of Imperiex’s probes side by side with Black Lightning: the probe’s armor was impenetrable, and at last the General detonated the nuclear engine of his own tank to crack the shell enough to allow Black Lightning to attack it. The plan succeeded, but Lane apparently died in the following explosion. The general miraculously survived, and was brought to safety by the Army, who kept his survival a highly classified information. Dead to the world, Lane oversaw a secret project aimed to monitor the actions of Brainiac, the alien cyborg who almost won the war against Imperiex. He left his secret base only once to speak with Lois, pretending to be his own ghost, exploiting his “death” to clarify things with his daughter and to solve some of their many unresolved issues. After that, he came back to his superiors, who made him the leader of Project 7734, a secret black-ops facility aimed to protect Earth from any kind of extraterrestrial threat or potential threat, including species believed to be friendly such as Kryptonians. Now, Lane had all the resources, the power and the licence to pursuit his life-long goal: to protect humanity from the so-called superheroes, aliens with too much power and not enough control in their use of it.

General Sam Lane is a hard and uncompromising man, an outspoken and direct soldier who doesn’t fear anybody or anything. With a deep distrust towards superhumans in general, Lane becomes nearly xenophobic in dealing with aliens of any kind, being them “good” or “evil”. A capable leader and a skilled tactician, a gifted pilot and a trained soldier, Lane is a warrior born, truly and totally committed in serving his country, even when this means to neglect his duties as a father and a family man. A man of power and authority, General Lane hardly accepts that other people can have more power than himself (or than the entire Army, for what matters), and he hasn’t the slightest intention of leaving them unchecked and uncontrolled.

Dorothy McConnell

Dorothy WalkerAnother new character pops up in Jessica Jones‘ seventh episode, AKA Top Shelf Perverts. The moment Jessica decides to go to jail in order to lure Kilgrave in a trap, she tries to solve some unfinished business, and one of these involves her best friend Trish Walker. Jess, in fact, visits Trish’ abusive mother, Dorothy Walker, portrayed by Rebecca De Mornay, and warns her to stay away from he daughter, even if she’ll be in jail. Dorothy is portrayed as a greedy and pitiless woman, a show entrepreneur who ruined her daughter’s life to make her a starlet, and in flashbacks we also learn that she physically abused her. In the comics, she certainly is not a mother-of-the-year award winner, but neither she’s so despicable… actually, she’s even worse. Let’s see together.

Dorothy’s early life is pretty much unknown, and only her maiden name, McConnell, has been revealed. She lived in CentervilleCalifornia, where she met Joshua Walker, the man who would have become her husband. Dorothy was a talented comicbook writer, but she never seemed to find the right story to tell, and her work went mostly unnoticed. This, however, was what happened until she had children with Joshua: observing both her elder daughter, Patsy, and her younger son, Mickey, she found a lot of inspiration for stories to be written, and she started the comicbook that would have made her famous for her entire life. Especially studying Patsy and her friends, Dorothy published for Atlas Comics a strip of romance adventures involving her daughter and her real-life acquaintances, a series that became so popular that soon Dorothy became independent from the editor and started a massive merchandise of all the characters. Dorothy’s one eventually became a financial empire, and she even dorothywalkercomics1involved her sister Sophia in as a financial manager of Patsy’s. The girl’s life wasn’t exactly as happy, cheerful and innocent as her mother portrayed it in her comics, especially considering that some of Patsy’s friends weren’t too happy to see themselves protagonists of such mushy adventures, even if most of them appeared under a false name (Dorothy had even created new names for herself and Joshua, and they figured in the story as Mary and Stanley Walker… the only one who got even her true name in it was Patsy herself!). Eventually, however, fame took the best of Dorothy, and she became quite a despot in her family, so much that Joshua, after continuously arguing over his wife’s choices on their daughter’s life, left their house and obtained divorce. Dorothy was the wealthier one among the two, so she obtained Patsy’s custody… much to her joy, since she didn’t lose her main (and only) source of inspiration.

Not happy with just the books, Dorothy decided to make Patsy become her comicbook counterpart, and used her connections with Millie the Model to transform her daughter into a teenage romance idol, first, and a real-life model later. Dorothy even launched her branded chain of stores, and Patsy finally became the star she had always wanted her to be. The only one who wasn’t happy at all was Patsy herself. Dorothy’s daughter was so eager to escape from her mother’s control that she married her high school friend Robert “Buzz” Baxter, a short and unhappy marriage that however allowed her to cut bonds with her mother. Dorothy, left alone with her long-time friend and housekeeper Dolly Donahue, decided to leave California, sold many of her assets, and moved to MontclairNew dorothywalkercomics2Jersey, where she lived mourning her lost fortune and fame, surrounding herself with her old comicbooks and the many products from Patsy Walker’s franchise. She grew old embittered towards her “ungrateful” daughter, and albeit she tried many times to contact Patsy, she always failed, with the girl not exactly willing to come back to the hell of fame and fashion shows her mother had built for her. Eventually, Dorothy Walker got cancer, and she was admitted into the local hospital. After a few weeks, knowing there was nothing left to do, Dorothy walked away from the hospital, but she soon after had a relapse, and an ambulance immediately brought her back, even if the doctor only could confirm she was close to death. Patsy didn’t even show up for seeing her die, and Dorothy died alone, surrounded only by a doctor and some nurses, collecting the fruits of her own greed and ambition. On the other side, Dorothy found herself in a hell far worse than the one she had made for Patsy, the real one. Desperation and regret were her constant companions, until she met a demon, Avarrish, who offered her to bring her back to life, in exchange of Patsy’s soul. Dorothy finally had a chance to do something good for her daughter, to be a good mother and refuse the agreement… an opportunity she failed miserably. Having unleashed Avarrish in the land of the living, it was only a matter of time before the demon killed Patsy and returned her to her body. She only had to wait.

Dorothy Walker is an ambitious and smart woman, a talented comicbook writer who desperately wants to come out of the anonymity she’s known all her life. Greedy and self-important, Dorothy doesn’t have any problem in exploiting her own daughter’s life and friends to obtain what she wants, and she eventually transformed Patsy’s life into an ahead-of-its-time reality show, later making her best to make her daughter and the character she created meld into a single person. The only thing Dorothy Walker cares about is herself, her work and her financial empire, something that Patsy will need a life to spend to forgive her for.

Leonard “Lenny” Sirkes (Lone Shark)

Len SirkesTo find new characters in Jessica Jones we have to move to episode 6, AKA You’re a Winner!, where Jessica helps Luke Cage in a case of missing person he’s been called in for. The missing boy, Antoine Grier, turns out to be owing some money to Len Sirkes, a local gangster portrayed by Brett Azar. Sirkes is a less-then-secondary villain coming directly from the comics, but he appears in quite a different version: originally, he’s not “a loan shark”, he actually is “Lone Shark“. And, as you could see from the fight scene in which he was the only one actually making Luke drop a sweat, he’s also quite a fighter, even if in the comics he’s on superhuman level. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Lenny Sirkes‘ life. He most likely was born in New York City, where he lived and operated even as an adult. Big and strong, Lenny’s lack of intelligence was more than compensated by his muscles, and this opened for him quite a career as a brute for hire, usually working for businessmen, politicians and even crime lords to intimidate rivals, to beat people up, to scare off witnesses. Lenny was one thug in a million, with no peculiar trait on his own, but received the offer of his life the moment he got hired as a “campaign coordinator” by Jeff Jeffers, a local politician… and not because he found a honest job. Jeffers was running for Borough President for Brooklyn, and he had quite an ambitious plan in mind: he wanted to build a new sports stadium and a new shopping center to value the area (and to support his own business), but he had quite a big problem in fulfilling his project. There was not space enough to build what he wanted, since the selected zones were all residential areas. This would have been a problem, of course, lonesharkcomics1if not for people like Lenny, who were more than capable (and willing) to help poor businessmen in need. Jeffers hired Sirkes, and since most of his political speeches insisted on the damage caused by superheroes fighting supervillains, he turned him into a supervillain, so that he could have exploited the havoc he would have caused. Lenny was given a power suit enhancing his strength and durability, a costume that made him look like a humanoid shark, and was given a name, Lone Shark. Thus equipped, he was sent to Brooklyn to destroy everything in sight: a radical plan to start a construction program.

Lone Shark’s mission was pretty easy: he was to create chaos in the neighborhood and to destroy some properties, so that the residents would have been too scared to live there and forced to move away. In a second moment Jeffers (who was running without competition and was consequently pretty sure to win) would have bought the terrain and built whatever he liked in the area. Problem was, in New York there were just as many heroes as there were villains, and on his first day out the inexperienced Lone Shark stumbled upon a couple of them, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Albeit his suit gave him super strength, the poor Lenny proved to be no match for the married super couple of NY… but not even for one of them alone, as Luke Cage tackled him and fought him single-handedly. Unable to defend lonesharkcomics2himself from Cage’s attack, Lone Shark was easily defeated, while Jessica took care of the civilians he had put at risk. NYPD arrived soon after, and the would-be supercriminal was arrested in shame. Interrogated, Lone Shark wasn’t exactly keen on sacrificing himself for his boss, so he immediately identified himself as Lenny Sirkes, who was registered as an assistant to Jeff Jeffers. He even confirmed that it was Jeffers who had given him the suit, and who had ordered him to do everything he had done in order to take advantage of Brooklyn’s residential areas. With Lenny’s deposition, also Jeffers was arrested, and his plan to take over Brooklyn crumbled down. Not much of a career for either one of them.

Lenny Sirkes is the stereotypical henchman, not smart but pretty useful when it comes to use fists. An assistant of Jeffers, he’s been powered up to better serve his boss: as Lone Shark, he possesses superhuman strength and durability, as well as an intimidating sharkish appearance (not that any of it proved to be useful…). Sirkes may not be intelligent, but he’s smart enough to understand which one is the winning team, and to act consequently.

Oscar Clemons

Oscar ClemonsThere’s still another comicbook character appearing in Jessica Jones‘ second episode, AKA Crush Syndrome. After Hope murders her parents under Kilgrave‘s suggestion, all witnesses are brought into the police station for declarations, Jessica Jones included: the detective who questions her is Oscar Clemons, portrayed by Clarke Peters, and he appears to be pretty suspicious of the P.I. from the first moment he sees her (and he’s not exactly wrong about it). Clemons appears in a different comics series, and he’s based in both appearance and attitude on Morgan Freeman‘s character from Seven. He’s been created in 2011, so there’s not much to say about him… but let’s see who he is nevertheless.

Not much is known about Oscar Clemons’ early life. Born and raised in New York City, he entered NYPD and became a detective. He survived long enough to grow old in the department, and his experience with extreme cases made him a reference for the younger detectives and agents. He was partnered with Caitlin Leigh, and together with her he met two vigilantes, The Punisher and Daredevil, who were fighting over a criminal, Alfred Coppersmith. Daredevil won, and Coppersmith was arrested. When he managed to escape justice thanks to defect of form in the evidence against him, however, Punisher killed him as soon as he got out of prison. From that moment, Clemons committed himself into stopping the vigilante/serial killer. Near his retirement, he was assigned to a new partner, Walter Bolt, a young and impulsive detective who lacked all Clemons’ experience, but compensated with all the enthusiasm the old cop had lost in years of service. The two detectives received a new assignment when the wedding of Dr. Daniel Anvers and ex-marine Rachel Cole ended up in the midst of what seemed to be a gang war, resulting in 27 dead (including the groom) and 19 wounded (including the bride). While Bolt believed that somebody attending the ceremony was a target, Clemons realized immediately that it was just a case of “wrong place, wrong time”, and followed another lead, wanting to track down the shooters starting from the weapons they used. The main suspect was a renowned weapons dealer, Sway, and Clemons interrogated some prostitutes to learn his last location. As soon as he and Bolt arrived to Sway’s van, however, the weapons dealer had already been killed by an unknown assailant. The next morning, both detectives oscarclemonscomics1were called on another crime scene, this time a bar where a dozens of people belonging to the criminal cartel Exchange had been murdered: as soon as he saw the carnage, Clemons put it all together, and understood that Exchange was responsible for the massacre at the wedding, and that the criminals had in turn entered the target of The Punisher. After sending away Norah Winters, a journalist working for Ben Urich, Clemons came back to the hospital, where the bride, Rachel Cole, had regained consciousness. Clemons tried to interrogate her, but she only remembered two groups of armed men shooting each other, and when she realized her husband and family were all dead, she lost control, and the doctors had to sedate her. Unable to get anything from the woman, Clemons and Bolt came back investigating on the shooting.

Soon, Clemons and Bolt found the headless body of Liam Malloy, the man responsible for the wedding’s massacre, but while the younger detective believed The Punisher did it, Clemons recognized this was not Frank Castle‘s style, guessing Mally had been killed by his superiors for gaining too much attention. Up in the air, in the meanwhile, Punisher was battling the new Vulture: as they saw the two fighters fall, they tried to follow them, but they only found Vulture’s lifeless body on a roof. Examining the scene, Clemons saw that somebody had helped Punisher escape, and all evidence pointed to Norah Winters: he tried to make her tell him where the vigilante was, but the journalist refused. Knowing he didn’t have anything on Norah, Clemons let her go, and he and Bolt continued their investigation on Exchange. The members of Exchange kept dying like flies in the following months, and Clemons knew that his partner was giving Punisher information about their location: he finally confronted Bolt, told him oscarclemonscomics2about the Coppersmith case, and ordered him to stop helping Castle. Upon investigating the umpteenth crime scene, filled with 18 corpses of Exchange members, Clemons finally understood that Punisher wasn’t working alone anymore, and that he had a partner in his war. It didn’t take much for Clemons to understand that the one helping Castle was none other than Rachel Cole, the surviving bride. Confronting her along with Bolt, Clemons got confirmation to his guesses in the woman’s reaction to his questions. When Rachel went missing, Clemons, knowing that Norah Winters was writing an article on her, asked the journalist if she had had any contact with the woman; Norah denied it, but Clemons knew she was lying. As soon as he told Bolt so, the two were called to a building where apparently the Punisher had gone berserk. Clemons understood that it was something different, as the vigilante was taking down the leaders of Exchange, Christian Poulsen and Stephanie Gerard, who made it look like he was shooting on civilians. During the following gunfight, Bolt got killed by Rachel. Captain Rangel didn’t believe in Castle’s innocence, and Clemons realized that the only way he had to prove what had really happened was to arrest Rachel Cole, the one person now close to the most dangerous vigilante in New York.

Oscar Clemons is a seasoned and expert detective, a wise man with too many years of service on his back, a cop who has seen enough death and crime to fill up a couple of lives. Extremely smart and intuitive, Clemons possesses amazing investigative skills, that allow him to see the truth hidden behind even the most convincing appearance. Honest and upright, he believes in law, and doesn’t accept that somebody like Punisher takes in his hands the right to tell who lives and who dies. More brain than brawn, Clemons is an expert when it comes to questioning suspects or studying crime scenes, but he usually prefers not to get involved in shootings and pursuits… not that he’s able to avoid them, in a city like New York, with cases like the ones he’s usually assigned to.