I actually liked this write-up Libra a great deal but I do think it's a bit up and down from previous entries, so I'll insert some of my own additions. Mostly, it's an issue of focusing on too many of the direct comparisons than the whole.
The various ambassadors were quite grateful to Varuna Dakkar for his defence and generally proved quite willing to follow his eminently reasonable suggestions concerning minimising pollution of the Seven Seas afterwards, for a while at least. He may have been an annoyance to several, but better to spend a little political capital to keep him on-side against that madman Theseus. . .
As a note, I accidentally screwed up the names in the previous entry. In fact the U.N. ambassador was AMAL Dakkar who was friends with Death Mask and a secret head of PHANTOM. That was a mistake I'm sure that must have had you puzzled. However, in general, Amal has always come off as the moderate of the family by comparison. Though compared to the Atlanteans, Varuna Dakkar is more moderate than them.
I very much enjoyed the humor of the weird exchanges and amusements by the two monarchs against one another. I'd also suggest that the marriage prospects probably included Nereid and Ariel as potential mates for the other's monarchs or heirs. Ironically, the two of them are quite close friends since as Atlanteans (the Nautilus being effectively identical despite the fact that they were born human) they age at a slightly different rate and are mentally close in age despite the differences. Ariel has always been a bit of a "big sister" to young Nereid and an example of Princess rebellion.
Nereid, of course, utterly despises Amal Dakkar who has kidnapped her on more than one occasion. On the man's fall from grace and the fact he's obviously an enemy of Nautilus prevented the two powers from going to war. There's also the fact that with PHANTOM's underwater power, destroying him would not be easy. Proteus has an attraction he's sublimating for Nereid while she can't imagine falling for the son of the monstrous Neptune.Athena
Athena still hasn’t quite decided whether this was a Good or a Bad thing.
In fact, some have hinted that there might have genuinely been more with the Goddess of Wisdom and Eldrich. The simple fact is that Athena, despite statements to being a Virgin goddess, has always been attracted to mortals of great wisdom. Eldrich certainly qualifies. Ironically, it is the fact that Eldrich is very 19th century in attitudes and the idea of a woman as a spouse as powerful as Athena....intimidates him to a bit....so her flirtings have caused him often to become quite tongue tied. Ironic, given his Pulp-ish adventures which have brought him against Many female Dark Lords and Master Mages who tend to be very forward sexually.
Athena was one of the superheroines who attempted to reach out to the beleaguered Freedomers on several occasions. Post his visit to Terra-Roma and the acknowledgement of what 'Cosmic Eternals' were (he never referred to them as Gods), Athena and the Centurion developed a very close friendship. Unlike she and Divinos, this was never remotely in danger of becoming romantic but she often gave him advice on his situation. Athena having a great deal of experience being immortal and trying GENTLY to point out that he was likely to live centuries and see MANY lovers/wives pass on (a concept that did little to reassure him).
There's an amusing tail that for six months, Athena lost her powers in San Angelo and ran a trendy clothing store (why? Athena just wanted a change). Teaming up with a member of the White lotus society, she fought more down to Earth criminals. Oddly, she became aquainted with Captain Thunder during this time who didn't realize she was Athena. For some reason, he still gets embarrassed about the whole thing when he talks.
Black Wing I
It hurts to be human and George Timons biggest problem is that, despite his best efforts, he was very human. Pro-Athletes, especially in contact sports like football, have a "set life" of a certain number of years before the wounds start catching up with them. Thanks to Isis' magic and advanced Olympiana science, George Timons was able to recover from several crippling injuries during his ten year non-stop run of crime fighting. Still, he and the Raven shared an unspoken understanding. He'd eventually face what Duncan Summers had.
In general, Black Wing I had every bit the respect that Duncan Summers had from his fellows but was often frustrated with his older associates. The mythical Graywing had encountered the original Raven during one of his many missions ("The Story of the Gray Ghost") and had become an associate for Duncan. It was an ironic family that was formed, each sharing their advice about how to pass on the next legacy. Ironically, Jose predicted Callie and Alex would take up their mentors example well before both did.
In truth, Callie Summers owes a great deal to Black Wing I. When she first started out on her crusade, she couldn't turn to her father and erroneously believed that the World's Greatest Detective (Black Wing I and Dawn Wing I would dispute this as would Michelle Holmes) would miss it. Instead, with Duncan's secret permission given him, Callie went to Falconcrest City to study under the Cowled Crusader. Duncan hoped exposure to the worst elements of the City of Crime would convince her otherwise.
Ironically, it just convinced her that a Raven was needed. It also explained why her debut in Freedom City was delayed until she was in her twenties.
: A swift note about Dawn Wing's role in the Patriots before his larger one discussed in the FOF. Dawn Wing's association with the Next Generation of Heroes was actually quite notable. The most notable relationship was with Archer. Despite the fact they had numerous team ups across the late 80s and early 90s, the simple fact was that the pair hated each other.
Oddly, this was not nearly due to Archer and Force Ops. methods as people would think. Dawn Wing realized, if most superheroes did not, Archer was different from the later immitators that would come behind him. That, while he used lethal force, it was a lot more discriminating than some of the others on his team. Dawn Wing also shared the view, even though he took far more precautions to make sure subjects could be taken alive if possible.
Ironically, their mutual anitpathy stemmed from the man's treatment of Fletcher Beaumont Jr. Dawn Wing would often visit the man (and the Atom Family) when visiting Freedom City. Dawn Wing was remarkably forgiving of the Bowman's many demons and admired the Silver Age heroes of Freedom City even if he disagreed with them on several points. Simultaneously, Archer despised the fact Dawn Wing seemed content to wear the costume of being a boy sidekick despite being in his 20s.
Ironically, Archer and he were still able to work together because Dawn Wing didn't dismiss the man out of hand as a criminal nor did Dawn Wing stand for any of Archer's frequent condemnations, giving as good as he got defending "The heroes who abandoned Freedom City in their hour of need.". As Rocket Boy said "They work very well together once you get past the constant never ending snark and venom."
Dawn Wing, oddly, got along better with at least some of Force Ops and had a brief affair with either Kismet or El Gato (sources confirm it was at least one but it's not sure which).
: Divinos and the Centurion never got to speak much, which is ironic because he dearly needed SOMEONE to talk to. Humans were such fragile and violent creatures, superheroes seemed the only people who were altruistic enough to be able to communicate with. Ironically, Divinos met one of his closest and dearest friends during this time when he faced down a madman controlling lightning that was attempting to detonate a nuclear power plant.
"No! Not you! This is to attract Captain Th..." *KER POW*
The Captain found Divinos soon after, standing over the tied up (with steel girders) Doctor Stratos and soon began their close friendship. Captain Thunder wasn't as powerful as Divinos but fully shared the views of the Mithran (despite being lessons adopted from the Silver Age). While Divinos found the Captain a bit strange at time, like announcing his attacks before hand and staying behind to make public service announcements, the two were close enough to be bossom buddies. In fact, Divinos invited him to join the Patriots well before he joined the Freedom League.
The Captain, ultimately, decided that he'd had enough of government work.
Kenneth Kane kept Divinos out of the City of Freedom through a rather nasty method. One learned from a former associate of his. Whenevr, Divinos came to the City of Freedom to help, a disaster would be sprung somewhere else in the world. This helped disguise Kenneth's massive money laundering and banking fraud to help build SpartaCorp (being allowed in the city). Ironically, his greatest help to the city was in his VERY short-lived secret identity as the Detective Jim Johnson who donated a huge number of old comics and reprints to the city's disadvantaged youth. Including of the Centurion.
: In fact, the female Speedster has maintained a motherly affection towards Johnny's successor or perhaps "Auntie" would be better. While Johnny gets rather annoyed with her occasional comments about his sexuality (British jokes about them being far less venomous), he's relied on her several times to take care of his newly acquired young offspring. Being one of Hermes' messangers and being able to ring her up via Seven is really one of the least odd things about Johnny's life.
I'm very fond of your Isis, Robin Hood, and Samson write ups, as is.
: Isis is a member in good standing of the Order of Light rather than the White Lotus Society. She is especially fond of Siren, despite her near retirement, and Siren views her as a Loa in the same respect that she is. Isis can't quite reconcile Voodoo with her Islamic beliefs but finds the woman quite charming.
: Robin Hood is arguably the person closest to Freedom City's eventual champion, Captain Thunder. While Fletcher Beaumont Junior never left Freedom City in his career, Robin Hood frequently would travel across the country and his brief career as a Patriot was enough to get him reasonable respect from Captain Thunder when he took up residence in San Angelo.
While Robin Hood's sticky fingers always troubled Captain Thunder, Robin Hood did cause him to seriously question a lot of his assumptions about working for the government and his mantle as a superhero and what that really means. Ultimately, it was Captain Thunder who made Robin hood decide to be more superhero than Anti-Hero glory hound.