Sylbert Rundine (Dwarfstar)

New episode of The Flash, and new freak of the week! In Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash, Barry finds out that his new best friend Dave is actually innocent, and asks his team to go find the man who actually committed the crime he’s in prison for: Sylbert Rundine, portrayed by Derek Mars. Problem is: Rundine is now a metahuman, and his abilities shrink both Vibe and Elongated Man. In the comics, Rundine is definitely a dangerous fella, but his powers are quite different from his live action incarnation: let’s see together.

Not much is known about Sylbert Rundine’s origins: he was possibly the son of Jia, the woman who eventually became Lady Chronos, and it was most likely from her that, during college, he received the Bio-Belt that allowed him to shrink to minuscule size. He attended Ivy University, and apparently he was just like all other students…in reality, however, he was a sadist serial killer and rapist, with the greatest use of his studies being writing a poem for each one of his victims (victims that he more than once ate part of). One of Rundine’s professors, however, was Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom, who possessed his same powers (and was even related to Sylbert’s mother, Jia, who was his ex-girlfriend). Atom intervened more than once in stopping Rundine, who became known as Dwarfstar, and the two became arch-enemies, clashing in a number of occasions. Eventually, however, Dwarfstar got tired of his nemesis, and he hired the mercenary Deathstroke, who was then leading the villains for hire Titans, to kill him. Deathstroke and his team succeeded where Dwarfstar had always failed, and they murdered Ryan Choi in his own house. Deathstroke himself gave Choi’s body to Dwarfstar in a matchbox, as soon as the serial killer had paid him. Finally free from his pain in the back, Dwarfstar could expand his horizons, and so he did, as he was recruited in Bane‘s team, the Secret Six, replacing Catman who was out on a personal vendetta. Dwarfstar’s kill-count was more than enough to impress Bane, and he got in. But there was something he didn’t know about one of the team members…

Among the Secret Six there was also Giganta, who, as Dwarfstar discovered during a casual conversation, was The Atom’s girlfriend. This didn’t represent any problem, until the Secret Six traveled to Skartaris for a mission, and clashed with the Suicide Squad. During the battle, the leader of the Squad, Amanda Waller, was quite impressed with Bane’s team, and wanted them to work for her…but a psychopath like Dwarfstar was an undesirable for her. Waller proceeded to inform Giganta of Choi’s murder, exposing Dwarfstar. Not much time later, Giganta invited the serial killer to her hotel room, where she seduced him, pretending to have a thing for “small men”. As soon as Dwarfstar lowered his guard, however, the woman stripped him of his Bio-Belt, and used it to beat him almost to death, remarking that she knew what he had done to her boyfriend Ryan. Dwarfstar barely survived the experience, but this wasn’t the end for him yet. While he was at the hospital, Sylbert Rundine was visited by Ray Palmer, who had been investigating on Ryan Choi’s disappearance, and had found out that Dwarfstar was behind the hero’s death. Dwarfstar believed that the second Atom was offering him a deal for a confession, so he tried to seize the opportunity and blamed Deathstroke for the murder, saying he was the actual culprit, while he had just hired him. Palmer took a leave, informing Dwarfstar that he would have told the Justice League about what had truly happened to the Atom…but that he would have also told Deathstroke that he was the one who sold him off. From that moment on, there would have not been a single safe place on Earth for Dwarfstar…

Sylbert Rundine is a deranged psychopath, a sadist killer who takes immense pleasure from murdering, maiming and raping people. As Dwarfstar, his Bio-Belt allows him to shrink to sub-atomic size while retaining his natural strength level; he’s also quite skilled in the use of his trademark hunting knife, and quite creative in finding new ways of murdering people. A dangerous sociopath who’s despised even by some of the planet’s most feared supervillains, Dwarfstar lives for killing, and being paid for it is just a pleasurable bonus.

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Dufus P. Ratchet (Big Sir)

Let’s get back to The Flash, as the last episode, The Elongated Knight Rises, introduced yet another classic character, always from the same storyline that has been heavy referred to in this second part of the season, The Trial of The Flash. In prison, Barry finds he has not many friends, actually only one: the Big Sir, real name Dave, a huge brute portrayed by Bill Goldberg who owns his own life to Henry Allen, and aims to repay his debt by protecting Henry’s kid. In the comics, Big Sir is not named Dave, but he does have a curious relationship with Barry (with The Flash, at least), as he’s some sort of golden-hearted supervillain…definitely not as smart as his live action counterpart. Let’s see together.

Dufus P. Ratchet was born in Central City from an unknown family. Since his birth, it was clear that something was wrong with him, as his body grew much faster than the other babies’. His parents ran some analysis on him, and found out that Dufus’ pituitary gland was damaged, and caused his body to keep growing: Dufus reached monstrous proportions as a young man, but his intellect, always because of his malformation, remained the one of an 8-years old boy. For his and other’s safety, Dufus was entrusted to Breedmore Mental Hospital, where he was kept under surveillance, so that he didn’t hurt anybody by mistake, being unable to control his own enormous strength. The only true friend Ratchet had in the mental hospital was a mouse that he kept in his cell. Being so strong and so susceptible to other people’s influence, Ratchet became the perfect target for the Rogues, who were as usual bent on destroying The Flash. The Rogues broke into Breedmore, and freed Ratchet from his cell: they told him that they had all been beaten by The Flash, a bad guy who pretended to be good, and they even killed Ratchet’s mouse, blaming The Flash for it. Outraged that a hero could hurt a defenseless creature like a mouse, Dufus went berserk, and armed with a high-tech armor built by the Monitor, he started creating havoc in Central City, wanting to lure The Flash out. The two actually battled each other, with Dufus, called Big Sir, destroyed the hero’s face, but The Flash eventually managed to convince him that he had done nothing of the things he had been accused of. Wanting to avoid Ratchet being manipulated ever again, the hero brought him to Gorilla City, where Solovar and his highly intelligent gorillas cured his mental state with the same process that had made them evolve. When he came back to Central City, Dufus P. Ratchet had the I.Q. of a genius.

The process, unfortunately, wasn’t permanent, and soon Dufus’ intellect came back to what it used to be. Once again, he ended up being manipulated by villains, and he was recruited by Major Disaster in his incarnation of the Injustice League. This particular version of the team proved to be quite a disaster, with its members managing at most to escape justice with more sheer luck than talent, and accomplishing pretty much nothing. The first huge clash with Justice League Europe happened by chance, as the two teams found themselves in the same class trying to learn French, an occasion in which Big Sir met for the first time the new Flash. Then, Big Sir and Major Disaster attacked by themselves the (unofficial) Justice League Club, but even such a simple mission was complicated by the fact that the club was built on a sentient island, Kooey Kooey Kooey, who started moving when the two villains arrived. Despite the embarrassing number of failures and the disproportionate chaos and confusion that their actions caused, Maxwell Lord became quite intrigued by Major Disaster’s team, and recruited them all to be his Justice League Antarctica, believing they wouldn’t have done much damage there. Of course, he was wrong. While wandering the ice continent, Big Sir met carnivorous penguins that immediately attacked him. The flesh-eating birds followed Big Sir back to the base, and in a matter of hours the Justice League Antarctica was vanquished by the evil penguins, with only Green Lantern G’Nort saving them from a certain end. Much to Lord’s shame, his team ended up being saved by Justice League of America, the one he wanted to replace. Needless to say, there was no chance that Big Sir would have continued to work for Lord, after this debacle…

Dufus P. Ratchet is a good, but mentally retarded man, ready to fall for everything, easily manipulable by anyone. As Big Sir, he naturally possesses an enormous strength, even augmented by his alien armor; the suit also grants him the ability to fly, and is armed with an electronic flail emitting spikes of pure energy; the suit is also equipped with an antenna that makes Big Sir even more susceptible to telepathic control, as with Abra Kadabra‘s hypnosis. A man with the intellect of a child, Big Sir will protect puppies and animals, and maybe even the people he doesn’t hurt by mistake while trying to save them.

Neil Borman (Fallout)

Of course, The Flash simply couldn’t come back without the “freak of the week” formula, and here we are: in The Trial of The Flash, Barry is quite distracted from his own trial by a new metahuman in town, Neil Borman, portrayed by Ryan Alexander McDonald. The poor truck driver doesn’t even realize that he’s become a living nuclear reactor, and that he’s emitting an increasing amount of radiation, affecting people all around him, and risking to blow up in an atomic explosion. This, of course, is avoided by our brave hero, celebrated as The Flash, imprisoned as Barry Allen. In the comics, Fallout is just as unaware of his power and effect: let’s see together.

Neil Borman was quite a regular guy, a hard worker living in Keystone City, part of a crew of masons employed for a variety of jobs and tasks. At a certain point in his life he got married, and he also had a son from his wife. As many other people, he simply aimed at making the ends meet at the end of the month, and he somehow managed. One of the most important contracts his crew received was to build a nuclear plant just outside Keystone, and they did as usual. After the plant had started working, however, they were called back by the owner for some additional works, and again, they did. Apparently, such works were definitely needed, as during a series of tests an explosion destroyed the floor the workers were operating on, and they all fell into the nuclear reactor’s cooling system. As expected, they all died…but one, Neil Borman, who instead had his meta-gene activated. His body mutated, and his very cells were replaced by high-energy electrons. He didn’t quite realized it yet, but this didn’t just mean he had become green and transparent: he was also highly radioactive. And he learnt it the hard way.

Afraid and quite traumatized by the accident, Neil came back to his family, but the mere vicinity to his new body made them grow sick from radiation poisoning, and they quickly died before his very eyes. Even more terrified and confused then before, Neil sought help, but then again he ended up killing everybody he came in contact with. Ridden by guilt, and believing to be responsible for each and every death he caused, he turned himself in, and was locked up in Iron Heights Prison. The jail, however, was under new management, and the new warden, Gregory Wolfe, albeit secretly being a metahuman himself, had quite a hard policy on metas in general, and on his “guests” in particular. Seeing the potential in a man constantly emitting radiations, Wolfe had Neil, nicknamed “Fallout”, locked up in the prison basement and imprisoned in a tank, used for giving power to the entire facility. The energy was siphoned from him in quite a painful way, but Fallout believed he deserved everything, and never even tried to escape. This went on until The Flash visited the prison, and discovered the inhumane treatment Fallout (and many others) were subjected to. The hero managed to have Wolfe stop with his tortures, and even had Fallout cleared of all charges, as he clearly wasn’t responsible for what he had done…but outside Iron Heights Neil was haunted by loneliness and guilt. He gladly came back to the one place he could call home, the prison, and there he stayed, gladly giving power to it, albeit now in a painless way.

Neil Borman is a normal guy, who loves his family and works hard for them. As Fallout, he constantly and uncontrollably emits toxic levels of radiation from his body, generating a huge amount of energy, but also harming whoever is in the immediate vicinity. Ridden by guilt for homicides he simply couldn’t avoid, Fallout is now expiating his “guilt” in the only way he can, living his days with the knowledge of being directly responsible for the death of his family and friends.

Anton Slater

Also The Flash came back after the winter hiatus, and with The Trial of The Flash we are brought right back into action. With Barry Allen put on trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe, we meet Anton Slater, the prosecuting lawyer portrayed by Mark Valley, who has quite an easy job in convincing jury and judge of Barry’s guilt as all evidence, obviously staged by DeVoe himself, point to him. In the comics, Slater has pretty much the same role, but it’s not Barry Allen the one put on trial, but rather The Flash himself. Let’s see together.

Anton Slater’s early life is pretty much unknown, but as an adult he lived and worked in Central City. A skilled (and connected) lawyer, Slater joined the District Attorney’s Office, and in a matter of a few years he became the new District Attorney himself…just in time for the trial of the century, as the local superhero The Flash had killed his nemesis, Professor Zoom, in front of dozens of witnesses, as he had snapped the villain’s neck during the marriage between Barry Allen and Fiona Webb. The trial began with Slater facing as an adversary another experienced and skilled lawyer, Peter Farley, who however was nearly killed by the Rainbow Rider right before the beginning of the trial and had to give up on the case. In his place, his law firm sent young but brilliant Cecile Horton…who, much to Slater’s luck, actually despised The Flash for something happened in her past, making Anton’s job all the easier. When on the first day of trial The Flash, who had been kidnapped by Big Sir¬†and the Rogues, arrived late, Anton Slater became utterly convinced he would have been able to win the case. For first, he dropped the accusation of manslaughter against the hero, replacing it with second-degree murder. This made it difficult for Horton to prove anything in favor of her client, despite her first eye-witness was Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man. During his counter-interrogation, Slater asked Dibny what was the color of a fired bullet, something that the hero couldn’t possibly know: since that was pretty much the speed at which Flash and Zoom where moving at during the wedding, his testimony was made invalid, as he couldn’t really see what was happening.

Anton Slater than called Fiona Webb to the stand, having her testify that The Flash didn’t show the slightest remorse for killing Professor Zoom: little did Cecile in pointing out that, when The Flash spoke to Fiona, he probably hadn’t realized Zoom was dead. The following day confirmed pretty much the outcome of the first one, with The Flash, who was divided by defending himself in court and facing an all-out war with the Rogues outside, not focused enough to be of any use to his lawyer. Then, Anton Slater called his star-witness, Kid Flash, the one who possibly knew The Flash better than anyone else: to a simple question, if it was necessary and unavoidable to kill Zoom during the wedding, Kid Flash answered with a blunt “no”. Horton’s interrogation didn’t put in question Kid Flash’s expertise as she would have wanted, nor prevented the sidekick from stating that there were actually other viable options in stopping Zoom rather than killing him. Cecile used her ace up the sleeve declaring in court that The Flash was actually Barry Allen, and that his actions had been driven by a desperate fear, as Zoom had actually killed his first wife Iris West years before, and was about to do the same with Fiona, and to prove her point she unmasked her client in court…but the face beneath wasn’t the one of Barry. With such a triumph in his hands, Anton Slater could strengthen his position, and declared that The Flash had used the saving of Fiona Webb as an opportunity to finally get rid of his nemesis. There was now nothing to prevent the jury from declaring The Flash to be guilty, and the interference of an unexpected time traveler named Nathan Newbury was balanced by the one of Abra Kadabra, disguised as a resurrected Professor Zoom. In a way or another, Anton Slater had successfully won the trial of the century.

Anton Slater is a brilliant man, not exactly a likeable guy but nevertheless one of the best lawyers in Central City. Bent on winning his cases against all odds, Slater sees himself as a winner, and never backs down even from the most impossible challenge, such as putting behind bars the most loved and popular hero of Central City…

Leonard Snart (Citizen Cold)

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

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

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

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

Raymond C. Terrill (The Ray)

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

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

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

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

Dominic Lanse (Brainstorm)

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

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

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

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