Glorious Godfrey

Next character from Lucy W.‘s request is Glorious Godfrey, one of the most dangerous and deceiving New Gods around. As most of his other peers, Godfrey only appeared in Smallville Season 10, but his origins were changed quite a bit: in the series, Michael Daingerfield portrays perfectly human radio jockey G. Gordon Godfrey, a man briefly possessed by Darkseid who uses his influence over people to spread a message of hatred towards all superheroes. Freed by Darkseid, Godfrey becomes one of his prophets of his own free will, and joins DeSaad and Granny Goodness in Darkseid’s Unholy Trinity…only to be killed by Green Arrow in the day that was supposed to be the one of his triumph. In the comics, Gordon Godfrey is only an alias Glorious Godfrey uses to pose as a human, rather than the other way round, and his influence is not limited to his charisma. Let’s see together.

Glorious Godfrey was born on Apokolips, a New God fiercely loyal to Darkseid and to his vision. He had a sister, Amazing Grace, and with her he shared quite an incredible power: the siblings’ rhetoric, in fact, was such that they could convince anyone to do anything they wanted, but while Grace focused on manipulating people, Godfrey honed the skill of persuasion, so that his targets were eventually convinced that they were the true authors of the thoughts they were basing their actions upon. Considering his skills and his devotion, Godfrey was made a member of Darkseid’s Elite, a restricted number of New Gods who formed the Apokoliptian tyrant’s inner cyrcle. Godfrey was also put in charge of creating the Justifiers, a special army composed of people he personally brainwashed until they were emptied of everything that made them individuals, transforming them into lethal drones fueled by the Anti-Life Equation; he was also in charge of the Justifiers, using them as his personal militia and justifying any single action he brought them to accomplish, even the most monstrous ones, through Anti-Life. Because of the nature of his powers, Glorious Godfrey was sent by Darkseid to worlds he meant to conquer to prepare his path, corrupting the conscience of the planet’s inhabitants and planting the seed of Anti-Life in their minds. When Darkseid set his eyes on Earth, he sent Glorious Godfrey there, where he started “recruiting” humans to add to the ranks of the Justifiers. Earth, however, was guarded by the Highfather, Darkseid’s father and leader of the New Gods from New Genesis, and he had sent there a team of heroic New Gods as protectors, the Forever People. Inevitably, Godfrey clashed with them, and he sent all his Justifiers against them…but the Infinity Man alone was able to vanquish his army. Only a divine intervention could save him from the Infinity Man…luckily enough, Godfrey served a god who listened to his prayers.

Darkseid personally intervened to stop the Infinity Man, capturing him and entrusting him to DeSaad’s attentions, while Godfrey was left to deal with the other Forever People: he nearly killed Serifan and Super-Cycle, but this time it was Highfather who intervened, ordering his children to retreat for the time being. After the battle with the Forever People, Glorious Godfrey stayed behind, continuing his work to prepare Earth for Darkseid’s arrival. Disguised as WHIZ-TV host G. Gordon Godfrey, the New God spent more than a decade to plant the seed of doubt against Earth’s greatest protectors, superheroes, everytime pointing out the damage they dealth to cities and private properties, accusing their lack of accountability, convincing people they were nothing more than vigilantes who operated outside the law. At first only a bunch of people followed Gordon Godfrey, then more, until they became a true army of followers: Godfrey became one of the most influent people in the United States of America, and his voice became the people’s voice. The pressure he put on the government was so strong that he forced the President‘s hand into outlawing superheroes, succesfully completing phase one of his plan. He then collected a number of volunteers for a march on Washington D.C., volunteers that he readily transformed into Warhounds, bonding human hosts with Apokoliptian cybernetic creatures. Robin, in the meanwhile, had discovered that children were immune to Godfrey’s “spell”, and he led a counter-march that intercepted Gordon’s one on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In here, the children spoke to their parents, trying to convince them that the world needed heroes, but as the young heroes present started destroying the Warhounds by separating them from their hosts Godfrey lost his temper and hit one of the kids, Lisa Sutton. All the popularity he had conquered vanished in a single moment, and the adults rebelled to him. Trying to regain his lost power, Godfrey attempted an extra boost wearing the Helmet of Fate, but Nabu‘s magic was too much for his mind to handle, and he fell to insanity, being later imprisoned in Bellereve. Godfrey was freed and brought back to Apokolips, where he would have healed, ready to come back to Earth to finish what he had started…

Glorious Godfrey is a cunning and deceiving New God, a dangerous manipulator blindly loyal to Darkseid, and deadly jealous of anyone who obtains his favours in his stead (DeSaad especially). Besides immortality and mild superhuman abilities coming from his nature of New God, Godfrey is gifted with the power of persuasion, being able to brainwash anyone who listens to him long enough, convincing anyone of anything and even making them believe they’re the origin of even the most deranged and brutal ideas. Despite not possessing the destructive power of Darkseid, Kalibak or other New Gods, Glorious Godfrey is definitely among the most dangerous ones, able to mind-control an entire planet by simply spreading fake news and hate speeches, proving that manipulating consciences is a weapon much more terrifying that annihilating cities…

Morgan Edge

The ComicCon provided us also with trailers for the upcoming tv-series, and DC dominated the scene with an ever-expanding tv universe. In Supergirl Season 3 trailer we got a first look at a new antagonist, Morgan Edge, portrayed by Adrian Pasdar, a media mogul from L-Corp who’ll become quite a rival to Lena Luthor. The character already had three live action appearances, albeit two of them were different versions of him: in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace the corrupted David Warfield portrayed by Sam Wanamaker, who takes over Daily Planet transforming it in a second-rate newspaper, is clearly based on Edge, while in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Bruce Campbell‘s Bill Church Jr. is an amalgamation of Edge (he even possesses a tv station with a nearly identical name to Edge’s, Multiworld Communications) and Bruno Mannheim. Edge directly appeared only in Smallville, portrayed by Rutger Hauer and Patrick Bergin, as a crime lord from Metropolis who has a past with Lionel Luthor, and acts as quite a foe for both Lex and Clark during whole Season 3. In the comics, Edge has a much more sinister partner than Lionel: let’s see together.

Morgan Edge was born in Metropolis, the son of the wealthy media mogul Vincent Edge. Vincent wasn’t exactly a nominee to the “father of the year award”, as he constantly abused his son, teaching discipline in the most violent and brutal way. Morgan found tenderness and comfort only in his mother, but even that safe harbor was eventually taken away from him: one day, while the entire family was walking down a street in Metropolis, Vicent got angry at his son as usual, and started disciplining him as he always did: slapping and shouting. Morgan’s mother, not standing her son being publicly humiliated and beaten for the umpteenth time, tried to intervene, with the only effect of Vincent turning on her in front of Morgan’s terrified eyes. During the fight, Vincent pushed his wife with too much strength, and the woman ended in the middle of the traffic, being run over and killed by a bus. When the police arrived, Vincent forced his son to testify that his mother had slipped, and the woman’s death was dismissed as a tragic accident. This marked a turning point in Morgan’s life, as his hatred for his father grew to unbearable levels, but he was so afraid of him that he could do nothing against him. Eventually, one night, he climbed on his house’s roof during a storm, and shouted his anger and hatred to the sky in a mute prayer…a prayer that was listened not by the god he was thinking about, but by a god nevertheless: Darkseid, the cruel tyrant of Apokolips. The New God promised the boy he would have made him strong, fearless, able to stand up to his father and to get his revenge on him, if he only consecrated his entire life to him. Full of hatred for his father, Morgan Edge “sold his soul” to Darkseid, and from that very moment his humanity was lost forever.

Darkseid kept his promise, and he was for Morgan the father figure he never had, molding him into a ruthless man, who could channel his anger and hatred into a sharp intellect. As an adult, the first thing that Morgan did was to exclude his father from the media company he himself had founded, Galaxy Communications, forcing him to an early retirement and making even his public name disappear: for a man like Vincent, who had based all his power on media exposure, anonymity was worse than death. As the new CEO of Galaxy Communications, Edge became one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Metropolis, but he of course had to do the bidding of his master, Darkseid: using his connections, he created a criminal empire in the underworld of Metropolis, and he even provided street criminals with futuristic weapons from Apokolips. The result was the origin of Intergang, one of the most dangerous and vicious criminal groups Metropolis had ever seen, hellbent on creating chaos in the city without an apparent purpose. Edge always maneuvred Intergang from behind the curtains, sure that nobody would have ever connected the gang to him. Eventually, however, Edge discovered he had been deceived from the very beginning: the one he believed to be Darkseid was actually DeSaad, another New God, who had pretended to be his master to create random havoc on Earth, using Edge as a puppet and making him promises he would have never been able to keep. If this wasn’t enough, two journalists from the Daily Planet were on Edge’s trails: Clark Kent and Cat Grant, who were following unexpected leads to connect Galaxy Communications to Intergang (the latter as an insider). Edge was exposed and imprisoned, and even Vincent came back to resume control over GC: Morgan, however, was a master of the power of the media, and a prison wasn’t able to keep him from using what he had learnt to destroy his enemies, even from afar…

Morgan Edge is an unscrupolous and ruthless man, a highly intelligent businessman created by his father’s abuses and DeSaad’s lies. A media mogul who knows how to twist facts in order to manipulate the public opinion, Edge is one of the most dangerous men alive as long as he has access to a computer or a camera, using his intellect and his charisma to shape the world into a distorted version of it, also managing to appear a hero at the eyes of people as he does it…usually making the true heroes appear as criminals, of course.

Inza Cramer (Doctor Fate)

Back from a brief pause, let’s take a look from a character requested by casualgamer (this time it’s only one, so we’ll see her before all the other coming from Lucy W.‘s list): Inza Nelson, the wife of Dr. Fate. Inza only had one live action appearance in Smallville, and we only see her during a flashback as she watches helpessly as her husband Kent is taken away by some healthcare assistants and forcibly istitutionalized. We don’t know how, but she died in the following years, a pain that broke Kent’s mind even more. In the comics, Inza is not only the love interest of Doctor Fate, but she becomes Doctor Fate herself after (and along with) her husband. Let’s take a look.

Inza Cramer was born in New York City in the 1920s, but nothing of her early life is known. She was admitted to college, and she started studying archaeology, specialising in ancient Egyptian civilization. In order to deepen her studies she travelled to Alexandria, in Egypt, where she met a brilliant archaeologist, Kent Nelson. The two became fast friends, albeit meeting Kent wouldn’t have been the thing Inza remembered the most about the travel: a powerful sorcerer named Wotan attacker her using one of his mortal agents, Thomas Frawley, and Inza survived the experience only thanks to another sorcerer, this time a good one, who called himself Doctor Fate. Grateful to the mysterious masked hero, Inza offered him her help and knowledge, becoming his partner in fighting ancient evils and occult threats. In the meanwhile, she had come back to New York, where her friendship with Kent Nelson was growing. It was after battling an ancient and malicious god, the Mayan Mayoor, who tried to use Inza as a vessel to come back to the physical world, that finally Doctor Fate revealed his true identity to Inza…and she found out the magician had been Kent all the time. This revelation made the bond between the two even stronger, and the two eventually realised they had fallen in love. As Kent decided to leave archaeology and to become a medical doctor, Inza followed him and become a nurse, and the two spent a lot of time together…but from the moment they got engaged, Fate stopped having Inza as his partner in battles, as he now fought evil with the other superheroes from the Justice Society of America. When the two got married and moved to the Tower of Fate, things got even worse: everytime Fate left the Tower to battle villains, Inza was left behind, waiting for his return. Eventually she got tired of this, missing the old days when she and Kent were fighting side by side, and she followed Fate as he left to face the undead priest Khalis. As soon as she was out of the Tower of Fate, however, the enemies of her husband, the Lords of Chaos, spotted her and targeted her…

The Lords of Chaos kidnapped Inza, and used her to blackmail Doctor Fate, even torturing her. Kent eventually saved her, but she emerged in a pretty bad shape: physically wounded, mentally traumatized, she started suffering from paranoid depression, and she never left the Tower of Fate ever again. Kent put all his energies into healing his wife, but doing so the spell that kept him and Inza eternally young lost power and faded, so the two spouses rapidly aged to match their original age, and died. Both Inza’s and Kent’s souls, however, didn’t depart to the afterlife, but they were stored in the Amulet of Anubis, one of Fate’s mystical weapons. While inside the Amule, Inza’s mind could finally rest and heal, and when the Lords of Order resurrected her and Kent to replace the deceased Eric and Linda Strauss, they were both given new, young bodies; Nabu, the Lord of Order inhabiting the Helm of Nabu, told them that he originally inteded them both to have Doctor Fate’s power, as they were supposed to merge and to share the power, but that Kent had misunderstood everything and had kept the power to himself. Inza was quite upset for this, but she soon changed her mind when she realised Kent was now unable to become Fate, while she could: she possessed now all the powers that once belonged to her husband, and she was the new Doctor Fate, even if she didn’t merge with Kent as she was supposed to. Intoxicated by her new power, Inza become a far more reckless and less cogitative version of Fate, and she started experimenting with magic taking in little consideration her husband’s suggestions. As her character became impossible, she and Kent separated and parted ways, as she wanted to be her own Doctor Fate. This change of attitude, however, wasn’t exactly natural: the Helm of Nabu had been possessed by Tgiian, a Lord of Chaos, who was influencing her actions and making her tap into the energies of Chaos rather than the Order’s ones to use her magic…thus making her an Agent of Chaos. Unable to face Tgiian on her own, Inza was assisted by Kent, who had come back for her: together, they exorcised the Lord of Chaos, and took possession of the Helm again. Finally, they could use the power of Doctor Fate together, as a couple, as they had always been meant to do.

Inza Nelson is a woman who’s always been ahead of her time, and albeit she lived at the beginning of the XX Century, she never was the submitted and silent kind of wife, always being a woman of action, treating her husband as an equal. As Doctor Fate, she possesses an immense mystic power, being able to cast an infinite variety of spells allowing her to fly, to generate and manipulate different kinds of energy, to phase through solid objects, to read minds and hypnotize people, to cast illusions, to create energy shields, to teleport through space and time, to manipulate reality itself and many other things. Drawing her powers from Order, Chaos or even from the collective power of humanity, Inza is quite a reckless Doctor Fate, an enthusiastic protector lacking of experience or self-control who needs her husband’s caution and wisdom to form a balance and create the perfect Agent of Order.

Bartholomew Henry Allen II (Impulse)

In the last episode of The FlashCause and Effect, things get awry as, when Cisco and Julian try to prevent Barry from storing any new memory not to give any advantage to Savitar, the hero ends up losing all his memories. Amnesiac, as soon as he reads his documents he demands to be called “Bart” rather than “Barry”, thus making a reference to another speedster from the comics, who’s actually Barry’s grandchild. Barty already appeared in Smallville, making his debut in Season 4 episode Run, where he’s introduced as a teenager even faster than Clark Kent, who does pretty much what he wants with his speed, until he changes his ways thanks to Clark. Always portrayed by Kyle Gallner, he comes back in Season 6 and 8 as a member of the team gathered by Green Arrow, and he’s nicknamed Impulse by his teammates because of his impulsive nature. Now, waiting to see if Impulse will actually make an appearance in The Flash as well, let’s take a look at the original one.

Bartholomew Henry Allen II was born in the XXX Century of Earth-247, a reality different from his parents’ one: his father, in fact, was Don Allen, a hero from the Tornado Twins and the son of Barry Allen aka The Flash and his wife Iris West-Allen, while his mother was Meloni Thawne, a descendant of supervillains Malcolm “Cobalt Blue” Thawne and Eobard “Professor Zoom” Thawne. Bart represented the union of two families that had been rivals for centuries (even more, considering time paradoxes and what they do to timelines), but not everyone was happy with this: first of all, President Thaddeus Thawne, Bart’s grandfather, and last but not least Professor Zoom himself, who travelled in time to prevent the pacification between Thawnes and Allens. It was while escaping from Zoom with his father’s Cosmic Threadmill that Don Allen brought his family to the future, hiding from their nemesis. Just as his father and his grandfather, Bart possessed superspeed since his birth, but this in him had quite a grave and unexpected side-effect: his metabolism, in fact, was extremely accelerated, and he grew up much quicker than anybody else. When he was two years old, his body was already the one of a twelve years old boy. Before his parents could do anything about it, however, Earthgov hardened its policy on metahumans, who had always been persecuted by President Thawne, and had both the Tornado Twins, Don and Dawn, arrested and executed. Earthgov’s scientists realised how peculiar Don’s son was, so they took him from his mother to study him. In order to prevent the baby/boy to develop mental illness due to his accelerated growth, the scientists created a virtual reality in which he could “catch up” with the lost years, making his mind grew up as fast as his body, but this didn’t make anything for the main problem: Bart would have soon died of old age if not helped. It was Bart’s grandmother, Iris, who eventually took the matter in her own hands and kidnapped her grandchild from the facility, sending him back to the past (her present). In here, she asked Wally West, who was the new Flash, for help.

Flash forced Bart to maximum speed, thus shocking his accelerated metabolism and bringing it back to normal, stopping the hyper-growth. Now, however, Wally had to take care of a hyperactive kid who, having grown into a virtual reality, had no sense of danger at all, and did everything before even thinking about it. During an adventure against Kobra, during which Bart accompanied Flash, it became clear that the boy could be a great hero, but also that he was too much for Wally to handle alone: Bart was entrusted to Max Mercury, another speedster and a retired superhero, who could dedicate all his time to taking care of the pesky brat. Bart moved with him in ManchesterAlabama, where he both attended Manchester Junior High, where he met his new best friend Carol Bucklen, and trained in super-speed with Mercury. He even met other superheroes, and on one occasion Batman called him “Impulse”, due to his habit of acting before thinking: Bart at first took it as a compliment, but the Dark Knight clarified it was a warning. The name, however, remained, and Impulse soon started working with two other teenager superheroes, Robin and Superboy; along with them, he founded Young Justice, a juvenile version of the Justice League. Impulse proved to be quite an asset for the young team as, after saving a rich man’s castle, he had as a reward a functioning spaceship, that became one of the best resources at Young Justice’s disposal for a time. Between an adventure and the other, Bart’s mother finally made it to New Earth to take her son back to the future with her; arrived in the XXX Century along with Meloni, Impulse found out he was a wanted man in Earth-247, as his grandfather still held a grudge against the Allens and had put him in the most-wanted list. In order to protect her son, Meloni agreed “to become a Thawne again”, and remained with her father, sending Bart back to the past, where his friends were waiting for him, the two of them being separated forever. Shortly after being back, Bart suffered the loss of his mentor as Max Mercury was trapped in the Speed Force by The Rival: another speedster, Jay Garrick, took him in, taking care of him along with his wife Joan. Everything considered, Bart could always count on a family, in his adoptive dimension.

Bart Allen is an enthusiastic and light-hearted boy, with all the recklessness and the zest for life of his age; inexperienced in social relationship and with no sense of danger, he’s quite a menace for himself and others when he acts before thinking, which happens most of the times. As Impulse, he’s a speedster that takes from the Speed Force a variety of powers, the first being an extreme speed that allows him to reach unthinkable velocity; he also possesses accelerated healing, enhanced senses and durability, the ability to phase through solid objects and to create bolts of electricity once he reaches the proper speed, and the unique power of creating “clones” of himself by disrupting time, absorbing all the copies’ memories once they return to him. A little baby in the body of a teenager, Impulse is as selfless and althruistic as he can be, always ready to help anybody…only, planning just isn’t his thing.

Daniel Turpin (Brooklyn)

Next in Lucy W.‘s list comes one of the best known cops in the DC Universe, Dan Turpin, the toughest policeman in Metropolis. Just as many others, Turpin made his live action debut in Smallville, in Season 8, portrayed by David Paetkau: a young police officer, he’s a subordinate of Detective John Jones, and he’s partnered with rookie Joe Fordman…actually Clark Kent investigating on some crooked policemen. Turpin is initially a strictly anti-vigilante cop, but after cooperating with The Blur and Green Arrow to stop Talbert and the other corrupt colleagues he changes his mind. In the comics, Turpin is a long-time ally of Superman and one of the recurring characters in his mythology, with a story starting from the 1940s: let’s see together.

Daniel “Terrible” Turpin was a street kid born in New York City in the 1930s, one of the many street-smart children who grew up pretty much on their own, most of them (Dan included) being orphans. When World War II began in Europe, Dan was little more than a kid, but he wanted to make his part as well: nobody, however, was interested in sending children to war (quite comprehensibly, actually), and the US Army simply laughed his battling ambitions off. A single officer, however, took him seriously, and invited him to a one-time opportunity to make something of his life: the officer was Captain Rip Carter, the on-field leader and guardian of the newborn Boy Commandos, an elite group of children from all around the Western world who wanted to fight in the war like adults. Dan was the first American kid to be recruited, and he joined French André Chavard, English Alfie Twidgett and Dutch Jan Haasan as one of the founding members of the Commandos. The four orphans, under Carter’s supervision, accomplished many tasks the adults were unable to, thus making quite a name for themselves in such dire times; Turpin, deeply patriotic, chose for himself the moniker Brooklyn after the neighborhood he had grown up into. Obviously, being defeated over and over again by a bunch of kids made the Nazis feel quite humiliated, so that they targeted Carter’s unusual squad with unbelievable ferocity, but the Boy Commandos always managed to walk away from it with a laughter, albeit often changing their roster. Dan Turpin was among the only one of the original team who made it through the entire war, and when it ended, he came back to the United States as a war hero. Wanting to start anew, he didn’t come back to New York City, but he moved to the Suicide Slums in Metropolis, where he enlisted in the local police, having acquired a taste for kicking bad people’s butt. Albeit a young man, Turpin became quite famous within the MPD for being an extremely tough guy, who put to shame the local veterans with his incredible courage and his uncompromising attitude towards criminals.

Dan Turpin, who resumed his old nickname “Terrible” for both colleagues and thugs, was the scourge of Metropolis’ criminals, but the world was rapidly changing, as more and more superhumans popped around, crowding the city with heroes and villains alike. The MPD needed to evolve to respond to the threat, so the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit was created, a unit specialised in dealing with situations far too extreme for regular policemen to handle; needless to say, smelling a new challenge, Dan Turpin was among the very first candidates for the newborn SCU, and he was promoted inspector to join the unit. The veteran officer was partnered with Maggie Sawyer, a detective who was among the very few ones who can handle his harsh character with one that could match it, and the two formed quite a formidable couple, always on the front line even against threats they could not possibly overcome. While battling crime, Turpin had the time to had a daughter, Maisie, from an unknown wife, who eventually divorced him. The only woman Dan ever felt attraction for afterwards was Maggie, who even became his boss when she was promoted head of the SCU, but after finding out she was a lesbian he had to put away his romantic ambitions on her; he remained fiercely loyal to her, always standing on her side even against superior officers anytime her work was questioned. Despite being a subordinate, he again became quite a living legend when he battled an impossible foe, Kalibak, the rampaging New God: he assisted Lightray and Orion into fighting him, and eventually it was him who defeated the monster by hitting him with the entire city’s energy accumulated into a generator. Badly injured but alive, Dan Turpin became a role model for his colleagues, albeit from there on he had to learn to work alongside Superman and the other heroes in similar situations. When Maggie Sawyer moved to Gotham City, however, the SCU was entrusted to Turpin, as nobody could be a better candidate than he was: with Terrible Turpin as a leader, there was no supervillain the SCU wouldn’t have fought.

Dan Turpin is a tough as nails man, a no-nonsense cop who does his job the same way he did war as a kid. Feared by criminals and respected by his subordinates and colleagues (albeit he’s quite a pain in the back for his superiors), Turpin is an exceptional marksman and an expert combatant, who brings on the field an experience matched by nobody else’s; he doesn’t have any superpower, but his Simm-Bot armor, obtained from reverse-engineering a Kryptonian Warsuit, grants him enough firepower to face even superhuman threats…not that he actually needs it, as he does the same even bare-handed. A policeman like nobody else, Dan “Terrible” Turpin keeps fighting the same war he did in the 1940s, he just changed the battlefield.

Rokk Krinn (Cosmic Boy)

No more Green Lanterns for a while now, as Lucy W.‘s request takes us to the future, as the next name in the list is Cosmic Boy, one of the founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Cosmic Boy appeared in Smallville, portrayed by Ryan Kennedy in a couple of episodes: he travels to the past along with Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad to meet Clark Kent, and tells him that his influence as a hero goes beyond time and space; albeit he nearly kills Chloe Sullivan, he’s pivotal in extracting Brainiac out of her brain, and he brings the A.I. to the future to be reprogrammed. He comes back in Season 8’s finale to give clark a Legion Ring, telling him to send Doomsday to the XXX Century where the Legion is ready to fight him, as he’d be surely killed if he tries to fight the monster. In the comics, Cosmic Boy is the historical leader of the Legion in many timelines, and a precious member of the team even when he’s not leading it. Let’s see together.

Rokk Krinn was born on Earth in the XXX Century, the son of Hu and Ewa Krinn, two aliens who came from planet Braal. When he was still a kid, his parents were forced by poverty to come back to their homeplanet, where Rokk could train in the use of the magnetic powers typical of his race. His parents were very poor, and Rokk did his best to support them; in one timeline, he became a professional athlete in the Braalian sport known as Magno Ball, earning enough to take care of his family, but in the original one he helped by doing minor jobs, although it wasn’t easy on his rocky and wasted world. Still wanting to do something useful for his family, albeit being only fifteen years old, Rokk decided to leave Braal and to come back to Earth alone, hoping to find a job that would have allowed him to send money home. During the travel he met two other kids his age, Garth Ranzz from Winath, able to control electricity, and Imra Ardeen from Titan, a natural telepath: the three became fast friends, and travelled together to Earth. Once there, they sticked together trying to make up a living, until they ran into an assassination attempt against billionaire René Jacques Brande. The trio used their unique abilities to dispatch the attackers, brilliantly coordinated by Rokk himself: impressed by his saviors, R. J. Brande made them an unusual but irresistible proposal, asking them to form a superhero team he would have personally financed. Rokk Krinn didn’t have to be told twice, and accepted the offer. He took the codename Cosmic Boy, becoming the first (unofficial) leader of the Legion of Super-Heroes; Imra became known as Saturn Girl, while Garth chose the name Lightning Lad. Together, they started an adventure that would have led them to become the most renowned superheroes of their time…and not just that.

In the following year, Cosmic Boy became the official frontman of the team, and together with his two teammates he travelled the galaxy to recruit new members, enriching the Legion with unique people from all the corners of the universe. One of the recruits, a Coluan named Brainiac 5, proved to be fundamental to the Legion, as he shared with them his amazing inventions that, among other things, allowed the young heroes to travel through time, thus permitting to Rokk to find new recruits even in other eras (albeit it also caused some unforseen side effects, as it would have been later revealed). At the end of the Legion’s first year of life, Cosmic Boy had managed to gather eighteen superhuman heroes, transforming the original trio into a well-organised and well-known group of fighters for justice. At a certain point, the candidates for the team were so many that the Legionnaires started to be more selective, and many would-be heroes got rejected, either for being not fit for being heroes or for having “useless” powers; some of the latter eventually formed a team of their own to prove Cosmic Boy and the others wrong, the Legion of Substitute Heroes, that became something close to a competitor for the original Legion. In the main team, Cosmic Boy had been replaced by Saturn Girl as the team’s leader, since the other Legionnaires had voted her to guide them (a decision that Rokk himself supported, and he remained a loyal consultant to his best friend and a valuable member of the team nevertheless), while in the “unofficial” one something was going on for Rokk as well: a founding member of the Substitutes, Lydda “Night Girl” Jath, discarded because her super-strength only worked if she wasn’t exposed to sunlight, became romantically interested in him, and he found himself reciprocating her feelings. The two started dating, and this brought even the two Legions closer. In the meanwhile, he had collected money enough to bring his family to Earth: finally, things started to look brighter than the poor neighborhood he had been growing up in…at least until some bombers decided to target his parents’ cargo…

Rokk Krinn is a strong-willed and selfless young man, a natural born leader with the instinct of a hero and a charismatic personality. As Cosmic Boy, he has complete mastership over his Braalian powers over magnetism, that allow him to manipulate magnetic fields, to fly, to manipulate metals, to create force fields, to shoot powerful concussive blasts using magnetic energy, and to create bonds with a planet’s natural magnetic field; he also has access to all the Legion of Super-Heroes’ equipment, and he’s a skilled fighter and athlete. The spiritual if not factual leader of the Legion, Cosmic Boy is the one who united the Legionnaires from all around the universe and gave them purpose, and he’s the one everybody’s ready to follow until the end, a man who knows no compromise in his morality and who’s rightfully trusted to always do the right thing even in the most difficult situations.

Bruno Mannheim

With no new characters to speak about (at the moment, at least), let’s resume Lucy W.‘s request, and meet another villain: Bruno “Ugly” Mannheim, one of the DC Universe’s most renowned gangsters. He first appeared in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, with his name changed to Bill Church Jr.: portrayed by Bruce Campbell, he is the son of the leader of Intergang, and an old friend of Perry White; he manages to corrupt Superman with Red Kryptonite, but he’s eventually arrested along with his father, both of them tricked by the same woman. He then appeared in Smallville, portrayed by Dominic Zamprogna: with his original name this time, he debuts as a thug who kills his boss Ron Milano and takes control of his criminal empire, declaring an all-out war on Metropolis‘ vigilantes starting with Stiletto…who’s actually Lois Lane in disguise. More disturbing and cruel than his live action counterparts, Bruno is quite a monster in the comics: let’s see together.

Bruno Mannheim was born in Metropolis, the son of Moxie “Boss” Mannheim, the undisputed leader of Intergang, an infamous and powerful group of gangsters. When he was still a kid, Boss Moxie was arrested by the Newsboy Legion, and Intergang was left without a leader, since Bruno was the intended heir, but still too young. During this period, the corrupted businessman Morgan Edge took control of Intergang, with Bruno being held as a figurehead for reassuring the old gangsters loyal to the Mannheim family. It was under Edge’s leadership that Intergang started employing superhumans as agents and having business with some dangerous third parties, most notably the New Gods from Apokolips. While Edge was making deals with the one he believed to be Darkseid, getting advanced weapons from him, it was Bruno who discovered the first one’s true identity: DeSaad, Darkseid’s advisor, who was enjoying playing with the humans. DeSaad was intrigued by the young Mannheim, and had him transported on Apokolips, where he was trained by Granny Goodness. Bruno became and extremely ruthless and pitiless man under Goodness’ training, a living nightmare even for men like his father. He came back to Metropolis when Morgan Edge had a heart attack, and he took control of Intergang from him. He started directing some ambitious criminal activities, such as financing a war against the independent state of Kahndaq with Apokoliptian weapons and Egg-Fu‘s research. Bruno kept following Apokolips’ directive, but this kind of operations ended up attracting a lot of unwanted attention, and eventually two reporters, Clark Kent and Cat Grant, managed to collect enough evidence against him and Intergang to put the entire country’s police against him. Exposed as the leader of the gangsters, Bruno Mannheim was arrested, but he managed to use a Boom-Tube to escape. He came back to Apokolips, where Darkseid himself oversaw the end of his training.

Darkseid made Bruno Mannheim know the one book that would have changed his life forever: the Crime Bible, a religious book worshipping crime itself, whose original copy written on the very stone Cain used to kill Abel. A man reborn, now considering himself a religious messiah, Bruno came back to Earth, where he reformed Intergang into a crime-worshipping cult. Even his character had changed quite a lot, as he was now even more ruthless and violent than before: a cannibalistic psychopath, now Bruno killed and ate anyone who didn’t submit to him, thus inspiring a sacred fear from his subordinates. He started recruiting mad scientists from all around the world, and he even “converted” supercriminals to his cause: if many at first were reluctant, they all changed their mind after Mannheim killed Mirage with his bare hands and had him cooked for dinner immediately after. This way, he thickened Intergang’s ranks with the likes of Magpie, the VentriloquistKite ManSquid, Sewer King, Rawson, LamelleWhisper A’Daire and many other minor villains from all around the world. Using everybody’s unique talents, Intergang expanded outside the United States, conquering first Oolong Island, then countries like Yemen and Bialya, in an expansion that would have soon aimed to the US as well. It was at this point of his expansion that he set his sight on Gotham City, albeit his operations were spotted by The Question; while the vigilante gained the help of Renee Montoya and Nightwing, however, Mannheim had found somebody worthy to be a propitiatory human sacrifice, the new Batwoman, who also happened to be Montoya’s lover. The ceremony had already begun, with Mannheim slowly piercing Batwoman’s chest with a cerimonial knife, when the trio arrived. Montoya managed to save Batwoman, who ripped the knife from her torso and stabbed Bruno in the back with it. Apparently, the deranged criminal met his end, but alien forces were always at work around him, and he was rescued by an unknown third party, who sent him back to Metropolis soon after with new technology. This time, Bruno was powerful enough to challenge Superman head on…

Bruno Mannheim is a cunning and brutal individual, a leader born who’s been taught to serve pure evil since his childhood. A natural born tactician, trained in combat by Granny Goodness in person, he has at disposal a vast amount of alien technology, granting him a range of abilities (in one occasion he turned himself into a giant as tall as Metropolis’ tallest skyscrapers). One of the most dangerous men alive, Bruno Mannheim unites in himself the evil of two worlds, a cruel gangster who grew to be a deranged cannibal who worships crime itself.