Kilg%re

This week’s episode of The Flash introduced another well-known villain from the comics, and since the Thinker is eying him as part of a twelve-members team, it’s more than likely that we’ll see him again. In Mixed Signals, in fact, Barry and his team discover that behind a series of lethal accidents involving tech there’s Ramsey Deacon, portrayed by Dominic Burgess. Deacon is exacting revenge on his former colleagues who stole his malware, Kilg&re, from him, and sold it earning a fortune. Caitlin mentions that, with his metahuman abilities, Deacon is like a living virus…and that’s what Kilg%re is actually in the comics, being a threat much more serious than an overweight meta. Appearing in a variety of forms and shapes throughout the years, Kilg%re is not human at all: let’s see together.

Kilg%re was a highly evolved virus who was born on a distant planet, somewhere in the Pleiades Sector. An electro-mechano-organic being, Kilg%re needed energy to survive, and it drained it from living beings. Eventually, it grew so much that he completely consumed its homeplanet, reducing it to a lifeless wasteland. Unable to survive in the environment it itself created, Kilg%re abandoned it, and travelled in space looking for a new source of nourishment. During his travel, however, it was attacked by an unspecified enemy only known as Meta#sker, who understood how dangerous the sentient virus was: during the battle, Kilg%re ended up on the losing side, and it was imprisoned in some sort of dimensional limbo, that prevented it from interacting with anything in the regular world, thus from feeding. Moving within the limbo, Kilg%re eventually reached Earth, a presence detactable only by beings moving at super speed (he was first spotted by a F15 pilot during a speed test). On Earth, near Salt Lake City, the virus found something it didn’t hope for: freedom. A local superhero, The Flash, unwillingly released it from its limbo by vibrating at superhuman speed and creating a dimensional breach, and Kilg%re started following him, reaching S.T.A.R. Labs. Starving, Kilg%re attached itself to the Labs’ systems, and took complete control of them. Upon arriving, Kilg%re severed a finger of one of the scientists, William Schmitz, who was helping Flash in his researches, and cloned him starting from it, a body to be used as vessel for moving around the base undetected. Then, he used the clone to murder the real Schmitz and take his place. Free from distactions, the virus started to feed.

Earth’s machines and technology proved to be the perfect nourishment for Kilg%re, but humans were nothing but a nuisance, and he decided to exterminate them. Not wanting to waste resources, Kilg%re gave humanity an ultimatum: either they abandoned North America before the time limit, or they would have been destroyed. The Flash was unable to attack something he couldn’t touch like a virus, but he knew somebody who could help him: he contacted Cyborg, and he was able to shut down the power all across the planet, in a plan to starve the virus. Kilg%re panicked, and it created a giant mechanical snake from all the tech at its disposal at the Labs, then raced to the desert to reach the (partially mechanic) Schmitz clone, that would have allowed it to survive. Speed, however, was The Flash’s game, and Kilg%re was outraced, and the cloned body was destroyed. Apparently, Kilg%re died, and its android body was taken in by S.T.A.R. to be studied…but the virus had managed to detach part of the snake during the race, creating a terminal computer and hiding it in a cave in the desert. Unable to consume much energy, the virus stayed dormant for years, until it was found by a spelunker, Maxwell Lord. Lord was an ambitious billionaire, and Kilg%re realised he could be his only chance of survival and payback: it convinced Lord that it could help him realise his plans, and offered him its counceling. Max, facing an alien A.I., didn’t even have to think about it. Following Kilg%re’s advices, Lord founded a better, bigger Justice League, making it international. While the JLI brought money and power to Lord, Kilg%re manipulated him to use that money to build high-tech machines and computers the virus could inhabit and feed upon, albeit not even Max Lord realised how much he and his League had been manipulated and maneuvred by Kilg%re. The virus created the League, and also caused the emergencies they were called to solve, in a vicious cycle that eventually would have benefitted Kilg%re only.

Kilg%re is a sentient virus who’s driven by two simple imperatives: to feed and to survive, no matter the cost. Thanks to its unique nature, it’s able to hack and control any mechanical or digital device, feeding on its energy; albeit incorporeal, it usually moves in a robotic body of its own creation, that grants him superhuman strenght, durability and stamina, an incredible speed (it got close to outrun Flash), energy bolts and much more, depending on the body it’s using. Compelled by an insatiable hunger, Kilg%re knows no compassion nor empathy: the only thing it knows is its commandment of consumption, a “kill or be killed” rule that it’s more than willing to follow.

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Wallace Rudolph West (The Flash)

Before I forget, the last episode of The Flash also gave us a nice Easter-egg that, if not exactly a new character, represents a nice nod to the comics. In The Flash Reborn, in fact, since Barry Allen proves to be too confused to face the Samuroid as he’s been challenged to do, Wally tries to take his place, and for the first time ever he suits up as The Flash. Albeit he’s easily defeated by the Samuroid, who demands “the real Flash”, his appearance is quite a sweet gift for the comicbook readers, as Wally eventually becomes The Flash, and even surpasses his mentor. Let’s see together.

Life for Kid Flash hadn’t been exactly easy, as going through adolescence had exacted quite a toll in his superhero career: being struck by a lightning as a kid and not as an adult like his mentor Barry Allen, his body reacted differently to the Speed Force, and when his organism started to change due to puberty, everytime he used his super speed he was affected by an incredible pain. For a while he had to stop being a superhero, and he dismissed his Kid Flash identity. During the cosmic and multi-dimensional war between the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, however, Flash sacrificed his life to destroy the enemy’s Antimatter Cannon, dissolving into thin air. At the same time, Wally himself was hit by a ray of anti-matter at full force, and he barely survived. As a consequence of his battle injury, Wally’s speed was reduced to “merely” the one of sound, but it also had another unexpected side-effect, as it cured him of his illness, freeing him from the pain. As the universe was saved, Wally became convinced that Barry was actually still alive, and that he would have come back eventually. To “keep his place” in Central City, Wally decided to don his mentor’s mantle in his absence, becoming the new Flash. He never hid his intention of keeping this role temporary, of course, but Central City’s population didn’t exactly apreciated this, nor his awkward attempt to take the hero’s place. Things became even worse when the new Flash was publicly humiliated by Doctor Alchemy: Wally was saved only by Green Lantern‘s intervention, and the space hero announced that he would have protected Central City’s in his fallen friend’s place. Disheartened and saddened, Wally gave up his ambition of being The Flash, and renounced to be a superhero once more…at least until Alchemy came back, this time besting both Green Lantern and Jay Garrick. Despite Wally’s faith, no Flash came to save them. In that very moment, he realised Barry was truly gone.

To save his friends, Wally donned the red costume once again, and this time, knowing that everything depended on him rather than on the deceased Barry, he defeated Alchemy, making his true, official debut as the new Flash. From that moment, however, he felt that the role of Flash, that he meant to be only a temporary solution, was kind of imposed to him: angered for this new situation, and for the irrational feeling of being abandoned, Wally became quite childish and immature, something that affected his private life greately. After winning a lot of money in the lottery, he bought a huge villa in Long Island, and moved there with his girlfriend, Frances Kane. When she dumped him, he immediately moved in with a new one, the model Connie Noleski, and later the not-yet divorced Tina McGee, who was also older than him (something that created some tension between her and his mother Mary, who also lived in his house). Then, as fast as it had arrived, all his fortune left: Wally lost his money on the stock market, had to leave his house and to move to a small apartment in Brooklyn, and Tina left him. The top of misfortune arrived when the alien Durlans robbed him of his speed, taking away the last thing in his life he truly cared for. Jerry McGee and Tina helped him in regaining it through chemicals, but Wally obtained even more than he asked for, and became too fast to control himself, eventually turning into some sort of speed monster. Again, his friends Cheste “Chunk” Runk and Mason Trollbridge were the ones who helped him to regain control, becoming The Flash once again. It was clear, however, that Wally needed a mentor and a guidance, and he found both in Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick and in his wife Joan: following their invitation, he moved to their place, in Keystone City, where the seasoned Flash started tutoring him, making him truly worthy of filling Barry’s boots. He also found emotional stability in a relationship with Linda Park, a reporter he truly fell in love with. It was time, finally, that he dropped the “Kid” out of “Flash”.

Wally West is a young man who suddenly found himself wearing shoes too big to fill, replacing a friend and a mentor he wasn’t really ready to say goodbye to; after a period of “extended childhood”, however, Wally is now a mature and responsible hero, fully aware of the responsibility his role demands of him. As The Flash, he’s among the fastest beings ever existed, having proved sometimes even to surpass his mentor, Barry Allen, the one thought to be the fastest Flash ever; his connection to the Speed Force grants him an unimaginable speed, as well as superhuman agility and reflexes, enhanced strenght and senses, the ability to create small tornados by swirling his arms, to phase through solid objects, to move on vertical surfaces, to travel through time and dimensions, to fly like a helicopter by spinning in the air, and much more; he also developed a personal fighting style matching his speed, the apex of which is his Infinite Mass Punch, a blow that focuses his near-speed of light into a single punch with the energy of a white dwarf star. So fast that he can’t use his full powers on the planet without destroying it, the new Flash is a young hero who’s still testing the extent of a seemingly limitless potential, of the greatest defenders humanity ever had.

Ricardo Diaz Jr. (Richard Dragon)

Even Arrow has a new big baddie for Season 6, and after the shocking finale of last season, we’re right in time to take a first look at him. As far as Fallout, we still don’t know much of Richard Dragon, portrayed by Kirk Acevedo: a man imprisoned for crimes he didn’t commit, he’s now in Star City to take over the criminal world, and he appears to be quite an adversary for whoever crosses his path. This villain is not based on the heroic Richard Dragon from New Earth, rather on his criminal disciple from Prime Earth, Ricardo Diaz Jr., a brand new iteration of the character who we’ll know together right here.

Ricardo Diaz, Jr. was born in Seattle, the son of businessman Ricardo Diaz. Diaz Sr. owed most of his fortune to his side-activity as a drug lord, something that put him in the target of the new vigilante in town, Green Arrow. The younger Diaz saw his father defeated and humiliated, even executed, by the man in the hood. Ricardo was clearly furious, filled with anger and thirst for vengeance, but he couldn’t help himself but to admire Green Arrow, his power and his charisma that made him something more than a mere human. Wanting to exact his vengeance on the vigilante, but also to become like him, Ricardo Diaz started travelling the world for training, learning from some of his masters of the existence of the League of Assassins. Following rumors and legends, Ricardo reached the hidden city of ‘Eth Alth’eban, where one of the League’s masters, Richard Dragon, took him in as his disciple. In the following years, Ricardo learnt everything he could from Dragon and his unmatched fighting skills, but he started despising his mentor the moment he tried to teach him also values like mercy and compassion, that the young man only saw as weaknesses. Eventually, sick and tired of his sensei’s blabbering about morality, and believing that he had nothing else left to teach him, Ricardo killed Richard Dragon and took his name. After that, he came back to Seattle to conquer his homecity, and he started making a name for himself by killing the local mob bosses and taking control of their gangs, such as he did with Jin Fang, in charge of Chinatown, and with Jimmy MacGowan, who controlled the waterfront. The ones who submitted, he made a deal with, and this he did with the Clock King. Other criminals, with remarkable talents, he started to recruit for a bigger plan.

When he had made his position solid in the underground, albeit never coming out of the shadows, Richard Dragon assembled a team of villains (Brick, Count Vertigo, Red Dart and Killer Moth) to form an elite team, the Longbow Hunters, promising them a reward of 30 million dollars. When Vertigo put Seattle on its knees, Dragon exploited the ensuing chaos to attack Shado. Easily defeating her, he gave her a message for Green Arrow, naming himself the new lord of the city, and giving the hero three options: surrender and submit, leave town, or die. In the meanwhile, the Longbow Hunters tried to take on Green Arrow, and while the hero was facing Red Dart and Brick, Dragon kidnapped John Diggle, his partner, using him as a bait. Waiting for the Arrow to come, Dragon eventually told Diggle about his origin, and much to his surprise he learnt that the one who had humiliated and killed his “invincible” father was actually Diggle himself, dressed up as Green Arrow. This didn’t change much in Dragon’s view on things: after all, it was Green Arrow, not Diggle, the one who could fight shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Superman, and it was him he had to best. When Green Arrow finally arrived, Richard Dragon explained his reasons to him, stating that they were kings, while the likes or Diggle were but casualties of war; the Arrow agreed with this, and prompted his enemy to let Diggle go…something that he did, by throwing his prisoner through a window. The hero managed to save his partner, and together they came back to Dragon, who was waiting for them with his men. Albeit the two vigilantes defeated all Dragon’s goons, Richard himself proved to be too much for them, and he defeated both of them with ease. About to exact his long-awaited revenge, Richard Dragon couldn’t help but think how much of a disappointment Green Arrow, his personal boogieman and role model, had turned out to be…

Ricardo Diaz is a hard-as-steel man, a pitiless warrior who knows no compassion nor empathy, and who’s driven solely by a neverending thirst for vengeance. As Richard Dragon, he’s one of the world’s best martial artists, a combatant with a naturally gifted tactical mind that allows him to spot his enemies’ weak points during a battle, and to act accordingly. Unbelievably swift and skilled, Richard Dragon is a cruel warlord driven by a twisted sense of honor, a man in a world of gods and monsters who always feels compelled to surpass his natural limits.

Hunk Norvock

There’s still one character who appeared in The Flash this week, albeit a minor one (both in the show and in the comics). In The Flash Reborn, amiably speaking with Killer Frost, we make acquaintance with low-life Hunk Norvock, portrayed by Mark Sweatman. This is a true Easter-egg, as Norvock is quite an old character, appeared for the first time in 1943, and exactly in the story that also marked the debut of The Thinker, this season’s main villain (and, apparently, this Norvock is part of an organization, The Network, run by another well known supervillain…). There’s not much to say about this unfortunate mob boss, but I hope you enjoy nevertheless.

Not much is known about Hunk Norvock, not even his true name. Born and raised in Keystone City, he wasn’t exactly a model citizen, and he soon learnt that the quickest way to make money was outside the boundaries imposed by the law. Starting from the bottom, Norvock made his way to the top of the food chain, becoming one of the most powerful and influential crime bosses around. Albeit he made quite a fortune with bootlegging, soon Norvock was involved in any kind of illegal activities, from petty crimes to bank robberies, and he appeared to be untouchable…this, until the new city’s DA, Clifford DeVoe, managed to have him incriminated for one of his many activities. The situtation would have been desperate, if not for sheer luck: one of Norvock’s boys, while stealing into a Senator’s house, found a compromising letter among his daughter’s belongings. Norvock blackmailed the girl into providing him an alibi, stating that he was present at her house party, thus saving his neck. DeVoe was unable to prove him guilty, and even more: stopping to question a key witness because of her credibility as a socialite, he gave the impression of shying away from a woman during the trial, and he lost the people’s trust, with many believing he had tried far a too ambitious hit for him. Norvock walked away untouched, and he gave the girl her letter back. Then, he received the most unexpected visit: DeVoe offered him his services, putting his remarkable intellect at his disposal, pointing out he would have surely needed, sooner or later, someone with true brains to take him out of troubles. Intrigued, Norvock accepted his offer, and hired “The Thinker”, a personal genius who put up alibis to keep his men out of jail, and who also planned more and more ambitious (and remunerative) heists.

Thanks to DeVoe, in a matter of some years, Norvock found himself leading a true criminal empire, as he controlled every single gangster in the city. There was only one man who keep posing a threat to his power: The Flash, who kept foiling heist after heist. Believing bank robberies had become too risky with the speedster around, Norvock ordered his men to lay low for a while, limiting themselves to the protection jobs to earn money. Despite this, two of his lackeys, Slug and Jim, got arrested nevertheless, and they even confessed everyting about Norvock’s organization, putting him in serious troubles. Scared for the first time in years, Norvock realised he still had an ace up his sleeve, and he ordered the Thinker to fix the situation. Using his extraordinary inventions, DeVoe killed a cop, disguised himself like him and entered the police department; here, he burnt the recorded evidence and killed the talkative prisoners, eliminating any sign of Norvock’s guilt. When DeVoe refused to name the price of this job, however, Hunk Norvock started to become paranoid, as he believed the Thinker wanted to use the same incredible masks he had used before to take his place as the top boss. Wanting to strike first, the boss rushed to DeVoe’s house, armed with a gun: as he saw his target smirking at him, but unarmed, Hunk took his chances and shot him. Unfortunately, what he shot at wasn’t DeVoe, but a steel mirror the Thinker was merely refelcting into. The bullet ricocheted and killed Norvock: sum of all ironies, his death was declared to be “suicide”, and DeVoe ended up taking control of his organization as he had feared…

Hunk Norvock is a crafty, ambitious man, a greedy gangster who compensates with determination and authority what he lacks in intelligence. Thirsty for money and power, he’s cruel enough to try any means at disposal to obtain them, but coward enough never to get his own hands dirty. Restless is the head that wears the crown, however, and the enormous power Hunk Norvock obtained only made him more afraid that somebody might take it away from him…

Clifford DeVoe (The Thinker)

Finally, with the new season The Flash has dropped the “Speedster vs Speedster” thing, and now we have a brand new kind of villain, already introduced in the first episode The Flash Reborn. As the man who was behind the construction of the Samuroid is revealed, we meet Clifford DeVoe, aka The Thinker, the one who’ll be this season’s big baddie. Portrayed by Neil Sandilands, he’ll put up an intriguing fight between the man who runs faster and the man who thinks faster, quite a change for once. Unfortunately, we already know how he’ll be defeated thanks to Abra Kadabra‘s prediction in the last season, but let’s hope it’ll be entertaining nevertheless. In the comics, The Thinker is the name of a legacy of supervillains, and DeVoe is the first to don the mantle. Let’s see together.

Clifford DeVoe was born in Keystone City, around 1910. He had always been incredibly smart, and his intelligence only grew with him. As a young man, he became a lawyer, and his early successes made him move to Gotham City to become the local DA. Fighting crime in Gotham wasn’t an easy task at all, but DeVoe proved himself to be up to the challenge…until he tried to put behind bars one of the most influencing mob bosses, Hunk Norvock. DeVoe’s style had always been aggressively cornering the witnesses with his continuous and precise questions, but during the trial the defense put on the stand a young, beautiful woman. DeVoe, raised in a traditional family, just couldn’t bring himself to use his usual questioning on the girl, and faltered from there on. As a result, he lost the trial, and Norvock was released. This was the beginning of the end for DeVoe, as nobody would have trusted a lawyer who lost his cool just for dealing with a woman. He lost his job, became depressed, turned to alcohol. One night, while drunk, he realised that most of the city’s criminals lacked the brain to organise something more than petty crimes. That very night he approached Norvock, and he offered him his services as a “thinker”: he would have organised the heists, preapared the alibis and the precedents to keep his men out of jail, he would have made him rich. Norvock accepted, and DeVoe became “The Thinker”. After a decade working for him, however, DeVoe became the target of Norvock’s paranoia, as he believed the genius wanted to take his place. Knowing this, DeVoe prepared for the inevitable attack: the night Norvock snuck into his house to kill him, he tricked the boss into shooting a steel mirror: the bullet ricocheted right into Norvock’s head, killing him. The boss was believed to have committed suicide, and eventually The Thinker took the reins of the criminal empire he had built from the shadows, just as Norvock feared.

Norvock’s empire truly had grown, and The Thinker moved to his hometown Keystone City to direct it. Here, however, he clashed for the first time with the local superhero, The Flash. The two became bitter enemies, and DeVoe started inventing a number of devices to kill his him, the greatest of them all being his Thinking Cap, a helmet that could weaponize his brainwaves by granting him psychic powers. The Thinker was defeated over and over again, alone or with the Injustice Society, but he exacted his greatest victory when, along with The Shade and the Fiddler, he managed to “abduct” the entire Keystone City, holding it and its entire population hostage in a timeless dimension for decades. Eventually, The Flash joined forces with the new Flash, his successor, and together they defeated the three villains and put things back to normal, but everybody were now people out of their time. DeVoe came back to criminality, until he was forcefully recruited in the Suicide Squad. The experience made him change perspective and, after faking his death, he came back to Keystone, where he reformed and started to use his remarkable intellect for good deeds, even befriending the long-hated Jay Garrick. Unfortunately, decades of use of his Thinking Cap had exposed him to lethal radiations, and DeVoe died of brain cancer shortly after. This, however, wasn’t meant to be the end of The Thinker: years later, while reforming the Justice Society of America, Mr. Terrific obtained the Thinking Cap, and used the brain patterns contained in it to create an A.I. with the personality and the intellect of DeVoe to assist the JSA. Said intellect, however, was far too great to remain partially dormant, and the A.I. gained consciousness. Not happy at all of his “resurrection”, DeVoe embraced his new, disincarnated nature, but reverted to his old, evil ways: if the world was so eager to have The Thinker back, than the world would have remembered who the true Thinker was.

Not exactly evil, Clifford DeVoe is an extremely brilliant man who turned to crime out of embitterment and delusion with the justice system. As The Thinker, his greatest skill is surely his incredible intellect, that allows him to ideate a number of intricate plans and to forsee any move from his enemies; he also has at disposal numerous high-tech gadgets, the greatest of them all being the Thinking Cap, that amplifies his brainwaves and grants him telekinesis and mind-control; in his new, A.I. form, he’s intangible, only appearing as a hologram, and he can control any digital and electronic system. One of the greatest minds of his era, The Thinker can be a remarkable force for good or a fearsome threat, depending on what cause he decides to use his incredible intellet for.

Gayle Marsh (Psi)

The return of Supergirl could have definitely been better, but this we have right now. The characters appeared in the premiere episode had already been covered, but we saw someone else in the next episode’s preview. In Triggers, National City will be attacked by a brand new thief, Psi, portrayed by Yael Grobglas. As her name suggests, she possesses psychic abilities, being able to manipulate people’s fears to make them see what terrifies them the most. Apparently, she’s powerful enough to best even the Martian Manhunter at his own game. In the comics, Psi is just a human, but she’s quite a match for aliens nevertheless. Let’s see together.

Gayle Marsh was born in Chicago, Illinois, the perfectly normal daughter of a perfectly normal couple from the suburbs. When she turned twelve years old, however, strange phenomena started happening around her, such as things suddenly catching fire with no apparent reason or flying around. Soon it was clear to Gayle’s parents that the girl herself was the source of this events. Frightened, they brought their child to the family doctor, but he was clueless, and he suggested Gayle to be brought to the specialised Institute of Higher Psychokinetic Study. The researchers took Gayle in high sympathy, especially one of them, Daniel Penderghast, who became a true friend for the girl. While she was in the Institute, Gayle’s parents died in an accident, so Penderghast started acting to her as a father figure, and what was supposed to be a week’s permanence lasted years. Under Penderghast’s tutelage, Gayle learnt how to control and develop her incredible psychic powers, and she became a force to be reckoned with. Soon it became clear that Penderghast was molding a warrior: he was sure that an unidentified menace, that he called The Decay and that was already robbing the world of its order, was coming to a full revelation, and Gayle was supposed to be his champion in the apocalyptic fight. The girl didn’t want to be the doctor’s combatant, and only craved for a normal life. She obtained to attend college like the other girls her age, and she became a student in Lake Shore University. Despite Penderghast spurring her to fight the ones he believed to be the agents of the Decay, Gayle always refused…until she sensed the presence of an extremely powerful being, who she had no doubts in identifying as the Decay itself. That being, however, was Supergirl.

Penderghast convinced Gayle to attack Supergirl, so she adopted the masked identity of Psi to battle the one she believed to be a menace for the entire world. Supergirl was taken by surprise, as she didn’t expect such a powerful foe. The two battled to a standstill, until the heroine realised that her enemy was doing her best not to kill her. Psi, in fact, was resisting Penderghast’s telepathic orders to finish her foe, and when Supergirl intervened, the girl’s confusion only grew, she suffered a mental breakdown and escaped from battle. At the Institute she confronted Penderghast, who was furious, accusing her of taking the Decay’s side. As Psi tried to defend herelf, her mentor took the resolution to kill her. In that moment, under Psi’s shocked eyes, he turned into the Decay, being able to dissolve anything he touched. Psi battled Penderghast, but he was able to tap into her deepest fears, making her unable to react…and this was the detail that made Gayle suddenly realise the truth. Daniel Penderghast simply didn’t exist, and nor did the Decay: she had created them both with her powers, and she had made them the embodiment of her fears. With “Daniel Penderghast” now so powerful and autonomous, Psi had but one way to stop him before the Decay truly destroyed the world, and she shut her own mind down, falling into a comatose state that in her intentions was meant to be permanent. There were people, however, who wouldn’t have let such a talent go wasted, and among these the most determined was surely Amanda Waller. The woman had her scientists wake Psi up, and the girl did, albeit all her memories were blocked. Incapable of remembering anything about her parents, her life or the Decay, Psi accepted Waller’s offer, and she joined her Suicide Squad in exchange of the promise to regain her memory. Unfortunately, she forgot why it was far better for her not to remember anything…

Gayle Marsh is a gentle and sensitive woman, who’s tormented by a mental disease that makes her see dangers and threats everywhere. As Psi, she’s an incredibly powerful psychic, who can use telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, levitation, mind-reading, illusion casting and much more. With a mind just as powerful as it is broken, Psi is a danger to others and to herself, a suffering soul who believes to be the destined heroine of a war she doesn’t want to fight.

Larvox (Green Lantern)

Waiting to see someone new from the several upcoming series, let’s come back to our request, and it’s once again Lucy W.‘s turn: we come back to space, with another one of the many cameos from Green Lantern. Among the many faces in the crowd on Oa, there’s one that can hardly be called a face, being just a big eye staring to Sinestro as he speaks: that’s Larvox, an insectoid hero who’s quite a tricky one to write a bio of, since he (or more appropriately “it”, as it’s supposed to be asexual) comes from a planet with no sense of individuality, so it’s hard to identify a single individual among its species. Nevertheless, we’ll try.

Larvox was born on planet Sputa, a world on which insects, plants and bacteria evolved to the top of the planet’s fauna. The resulting species was quite unique in the universe, a community of asexual beings with no sense of individuality, in harmonic symbiosis with the planet and with one another, all members of a “whole” that is perceived by the locals as one huge organism. How the Guardians of the Universe managed to locate the will of a single individual on Sputa is unknown, but it’s also unclear if Larvox is actually a single being or if the title of Green Lantern is shared among the entire population as everything else. Being it a way or another, Larvox was chosen as a member of the Green Lantern Corps and was given a Green Power Ring, a honor he gladly accepted. He started patrolling Sector 17, and soon it proved itself to be quite a remarkable Lantern, a fierce protector of its sector and a loyal member of the Corps. Larvox served many years in the Corps, and it became a respected member of Oa’s policemen. It also participated to some delicate missions, such as when Kilowog gathered an elite squad to reach Earth and save another Lantern, Hal Jordan, from the raging Star Sapphire. Once there, however, Larvox and the others found both contenders possessed by Eclipso, making it nerly impossible for the Lanterns to contain either of them. Finally, the adversaries apparently blew up in an energy explosion, and it appeared the mission failed. Luckily, they both resurfaced shortly after, alive and well, their fake death being a ruse to trap Eclipso.

Not much time passed before the Green Lantern Corps faced their gravest chrisis yet, a civil war started by a deranged Jordan that brough the entire Corps to collapse. Larvox was among the survivors, but it was obviously unable to continue its work. With time, however, the bacteria hero had become so committed to its role of space policeman that it just couldn’t come back to Sputa and resume its former life. When it learnt that the Controllers, brothers and rivals of the Guardians, were recruting former Green Lanterns into their own Corps, the Darkstars, Larvox was among the first ones to sign up for the new team, since it didn’t want its Sector to be without protection for too long. Its loyalty, however, always lay with the Green Lantern Corps, and as soon as the Guardians put the Corps back together, Larvox abandoned the Darkstars and came back to Oa to resume active service. The following years weren’t easy at all, especially for a veteran like Larvox, who took part to all the main events involving the Corps: the return and trial of Hal Jordan, the war with the Weaponers of Qward and the birth of the Sinestro Corps, a distorted and hostile version of the Green Lanterns, and even a war with the personification of death itself, Nekron. Larvox survived all this, and won many battles, always determined to serve the Corps at the best of its possibilities.

Larvox is a heroic and sometimes fierce warrior, whose total lack of sense of individuality leads to always pursue the common good rather than a personal benefit. As Green Lantern, its Power Ring allows it to fly, to survive in open space, and to create energy constructs fueled by its willpower; the Ring is also its only means of communication, since it’s mute. An unlikely hero with more courage and dedication than many of its peers, Larvox has an unshakable loyalty towards the Corps and the cause they pursue, and it will always put its life on the line to be the protector the universe needs it to be.