Probably the worst thing about the Cold War is that we can’t use the word “Comrade” anymore.

Super Sunday: The Network City Bastards

The Network City Bastards

Network City, corrupt as it is, is a place of rules and order. With cybernetic police soldiers patrolling the streets and every corner of the city watched by cameras, rebellion is hard to do. So those who do rebel have to rebel hard:

Augmentor

Network City is the world’s technology leader, so with his exceptional hacking skills (using augmented reality goggles and “hacking guns” of course), Augmentor is right at home. He is the leader of the group, inasmuch as they have a leader, and he is also responsible for their ability to escape the omnipresent cameras and police databases. He probably pretends like he is fighting against the fascist pigs who run the city, but that’s just an excuse to do whatever he wants.

Antipathi

Antipathi has nanotechnology coursing through her veins, keeping her muscles and bones superhumanly strong and making her quick and agile. She also has a general hatred for humanity coursing through her mind. Her alliance with the Bastards is mostly just a convenient means for her to punch stuff and hurt people. She’s good at it too.

Exoskeleto

A cybernetics genius with a bad attitude, this teenage troublemaker wears a powerful cyber suit that makes him a physical rival of even the strongest cyborg police officers in the city. And he is always ready to prove himself in a fight. Exoskeleto’s favorite activity is showing off just how powerful he is. That can sometimes lead to problems when the rest of the team is trying to be subtle and Exoskeleto is aching for a fight.

Spikethrower

Spikethrower throws spikes. She has cybernetic devices in her bones that, in addition to giving her an unnatural jumping ability, also produces metal spikes that “grow” out of her back. When you’ve got spikes, might as well throw them, right?

These four characters: I had not drawn them with any connection in mind, but I figured that grouping them together would move us along more quickly. It does also help me fill one niche: This is less true than it was when I was young, but teenaged villains were once not particularly common. For the longest time it seemed that teenagers would be the super heroes and they’d fight adult criminals (starting with Spider-Man, I guess). I suppose this was about appealing to the target audience, youths, but c’mon… we all know that actual teens are jerks. Let’s let them be super-jerks. (“Prove me wrong, kids! Prove me wrong!”)

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Super Sunday: Scarecrow and Agent Chrysanthemum

Scarecrow

Suppose you find yourself in a rural community where everyone acts slightly strange. They all act nice enough, but they’re nervous, fidgety. The staff at the diner give you your meal in record time and try usher you out of town as quick as possible. You suspect they are hiding something, so after dark you sneak back into town. You find a crowd gathered around a scarecrow in what appears to be an ordinary field. Then you realize that the scarecrow is speaking. It is giving a speech to be precise. It promises the townsfolk that their time is coming. Soon the world will be theirs. Soon, everyone else will pay. The scarecrow’s eyes glow and so too do the townsfolk. It sounds crazy, but you learn that the scarecrow houses the spirit of an alien dictator, and it is filling the population of the small town with superhuman energies, making them into an army to conquer the Earth. Then you stumble and make a noise. The townsfolk look your way. Before you can blink, the mob of of them are on you. The scarecrow laughs maniacally as lose consciousness. You awaken just as you are being strapped into a machine. The townsfolk tell you that you will soon be joining them.

Both Marvel and DC have villains named Scarecrow (the latter, being a Batman villain, is more widely known). Clearly the name is generic enough and anyone can use it, so I did. I went an entirely different way with it, though.

Agent Chrysanthemum

The “Flower Girls” were once the ultimate team of assassins. Agents Rose, Daisy, Tulip, Carnation, Lily, and Chrysanthemum were an unstoppable cyborg force, until they were stopped. Their rivals joined forces to bring the Girls down, and the result was a bloody war. Ultimately, only Chrysanthemum survived. Of her team, and of the rivals.

All alone, but still a killer cyborg, and now the best that the market had to offer, Agent Chrysanthemum continues to take on missions of espionage and assassination.

I drew a cyborg and had no idea what to do with her. This will have to do. I suspect I’ve probably done a few too many villains-for-hire over the course of my Supervillain year, but hey, what can I say? That’s the sort of thing that strikes me as most villainous. Batman can pick on people with mental disabilities all he wants, it is the people who willingly do bad things for their own profit that I don’t like. Still, hopefully I don’t have a lot more of it in the time remaining.