could you tell us more about the Gatesmen?
The Gatesmen are an interstellar group of police. Not the nicest folks, after all, they do put all of their prisoners into the Hellworld. That place ain't good at all. Each costume is tied to it's wearer, and allows the other Gatesmen to know where he/she/it is at all times. They are more than a bit fascistic, and sort of pick and choose what they will enforce. A visit from a Gatesman is never a good thing. Gatesman 439, an upstanding officer among the corps, falls in love with a woman who has been decreed to be banished to Hellworld, and decides he's had enough of the jackbooted thuggery of his fellow enforcers. However, it's very easy for them to track him down. Which leads to him to a lot of conflict with Dr. Dungeon, since his costume no longer seems to have a functioning tracking device. Gatesman 439 spends a lot of time with Courage Unlimited as well.
nighthunter wrote:I wish to be informed about Jack the Lad, the character doth intrigue me.
Jack the Lad is a happy-go-lucky 60s hero in Britain. Along the lines of Crackerjack in Astro City. He's the son of Daylighter, a hero killed in WWII at the Battle of London, and has similar light-based powers.
Defender2.0 wrote:I'd like to hear some more about Meta-4 proper. Is it strictly a metahuman regulatory body, a law-enforcement organization, an international think tank? What's it's policies on metahumans? I know the organization has the Reserve, but do they recruit metahuman operatives actively or prefer to manufacture their own, while offering memebership/asylum to people like Minotaur and the Twist? Is Protonik an active member or just a big gun reservist? Do they have their own version of the helacarrier?
META-4 has been envisioned as a quasi-governmental agency tasked with tracking, policing, and if necessary, eliminating metahuman threats both in and outside of the United States. They also operate (after the dissolution of ANTAG) as a sort of superhero laboratory. ANTAG used to do all the dirty work there, but after Chase Anthony's disasterous Bestiary program, META-4 has scaled back it's create/build program, and instead concentrates on the recruiting end. The amount of money that it takes to locate, recruit, and train a metahuman means that META-4 doesn't get to fill it's ranks with gobs of supers. They have enough trouble taking care of all the administrative costs, R&D costs, and paying for the repairs of stuff damaged by the likes of Minotaur and Inferna.
Protonik is a very, very neutral. He views his roll as one of good samaritan, not as a tool of the government (he already got to play that role). He helps the Reserve when necessary, but he hates the Front (too much like the Soviet super teams). He will show up when he's really needed. Minotaur is much more of a patriot, and far more loyal to META-4 than he should be.
META-4 is headquartered in a big Pentagon type building, almost completely underground, and probably doesn't have a mobile headquarters like SHIELD's helicarrier.