Most excellent work on all parts Charles.
A few more detailed thoughts:
The Modern Age
An interesting take on the likely impact of Time of Vengeance
which seems appropriate in the context of Earth-627 as well as the canon World of Freedom.
I agree that Ray is probably going to be feeling his years, but I suspect he'll never quite get around to hanging up the cape. Oh he'll certainly scale back a good deal, but there'll always be a situation where the Whippersnappers need help from the Big Blue Bolt - which they'll probably even ask for.
Beth's dilemma is amusing - given that her adoptive daughter of the Future will probably be showing up sooner rather than later.
I like the idea of the Raven/Bowman relationship. I suspect that Fletch will be practically worship his 'Dark Goddess of Caped Vengeance" in a fashion that makes everyone else midly uncomfortable and Raven practically preen (in private).
The Siren/White Lion relationship is interesting, but I always thought that she'd go for Theseus
when she got broody. Ah well, she probably couldn't put up with the Swashbuckling Sovereign of the Deeps sheer enthusiasm
. Either that or she lost the toss to Ariel.
One wonders what the Next-Gen are up to, but it's ever-so-slightly hilarious that Megastar has gone Gardner.
I'd add that Bolt, Jonni Rocket and Johnny Rocket - possibly Relentless as well - form a kind of Speedster Family, helping to keep the streets of Freedom clean. (Ray junior has pretty much thought of Johnny as 'Uncle John' for years and was practically his sidekick until recently.)
: I'd say that it's more likely that Lady Liberty calls Bowman 'Kid' rather than Daedalus, since the Cunning Cretan stopped judging people by their youth around about the year AD.
When you're as old as he is practically everyone is a 'Kid' and when you're as kind as Daedalus is you don't rub it in.
: Excellent work. I suspect that Ray and Rob have run into each other since and that the Hood is definately, positively not
actually a reserve member of the Freedom League - despite consistently showing up whenever they look like they need a hand.
He and Bowman have tried to avoid each other, but Fletch has finally felt the pull (Well, the tug) of ego recently and the whole thing inevitably devolves into a debate over who has the most impressive scars/trick-shots/equipment. Rob has yet to succeed in pulling Fletch to a bar, however.
: A very fine write-up and I totally agree on your characterisation of the Black Wing/Daedalus relationship. My idea of Daedalus is that he's a genius artificier, not inventor.
He can use technology to improve Human Life and problem solve like no other being on the planet and has a grasp of science second to none, but he's very thoughtful, considered and above all careful
. He'd rather use existing science to the limits of it's ability to Help Humanity and make sure it's used responsibly
, rather than invent more.
Still, Black Wing has a point too, Daedalus can be perhaps a little too suspicious - but not as often as Alex might think.
I'd also say that Project: Icarus and the Freedom League are moving for a confrontation. Who will walk away from it is an interesting question.
: Awesome. Just. . .
: An interesting insight into The General and the Steel Commando's relationship with another American Icon. I agree that Beth was almost certainly a member of the Patriots during the 80s - as well as Raven's sparring partner and occasionally her finest friend in the World.
: Excellent and understated.
: I'd argue that rather than trying to kill the Emerald Dragon Callie has simply recognised that she doesn't have to hold back against an immortal, but the relationship makes sense. I'd also argue that there's probably a twisted sort of affection on the part of Emerald Dragon for Callie, who she insists on trying to 'Improve.'
: Ha! I love the mental image of Siren and Athena doing their 'divine dames' routine in front of some obstructive beareaucrat.
"Oh my Goddess."
I think her relationship with Red Jaguar and Aquarius is something I'll really have to address in my Sunset of Heroism
articles, when I get back to them.
: Good work. I like the reversal of the Johnny Rocket situation in the press. The media loves her but her family isn't so happy.
Excellent work, Charles. Howlin' Commando and Howlin' Mad in one package.
I hope you won't mind if I edit it a little and return it via PM?
: A fascinating character concept, a Nisei
version of Doctor Atom - who I'm sure was a close friend on Earth-627. I suspect that the same can't be said for the Atom Family and the Black Sheep of the Solo lineage. . .
: A fine character concept. Might one ask if his son's America Force One is still a part of the HED! Universe?
Rebbecca is perhaps most noteworthy for the fact that she is the ancestor of the Londoner. Britain's one half-decent remaining super hero, discounting Robin Hood. A man personally devoted to putting down Jack Union once and for all.
Just because they don't like to put on spandex doesn't mean we don't have superheroes. We just don't have highly visible costumed adventurers.
: I like this chap already. Nice punchline.
Jack Union I
: Ah, Colonel Blimp as a superhero. Poor soul. . .BAAA!
: Now I wonder where this reference could have come from. . .
Nice to know that Jack didn't deliberately neglect her, he simply wasn't told what she'd got up to.
: Sounds like an interesting chap. I'll have to give some thought to what the superhuman situation in the UK is like on Heroic Earth.
: Now that's just an awesome stereotype version and subversion. You do realise I'm going to have to give him a charm bracelet from which he bestows a token on each of his lady-loves?
Steel Commando I
: Poor senior, he probably developed a migrane herding this lot. Still as he put it "At least they are merely demented, rather than insane. Fortunately they lack the distressing habit of fighting crime and injustice with naught but alarming enthusiasm and a circus strongman's tights seen in the Liberty-Men. Unfortunately they make up for that outbreak of common sense by committing considerable imagination to their various neuroses, pecadillos and. . .well, that's quite enough on that subject.
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