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I like Bushranger, nice job.
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greycrusader wrote:My stamina (both physical and mental) is still not quite fully replenished yet unfortunately (though I'm continuing to recover), so this will not be an extensive post on my part. However, as we must catapult the thread forward to 100 pages so a new HED! thread can begin, here are a few concept-seeds for the Blackwings of the World (both past and contemporary versions):
Mexico: The Blackwing-equivalent would be a successor to Graywing, in a bit of a closed circle; where the original Graywing helped train George Timmons, Blackwing II is mentor to the Graywing legacy. The Mexican branch of the burgeoning Blackwing International receives a great deal of material support from Alex Timmons, as Mexico is on the verge of failed statehood, in danger of becoming a narco-nation. The new Graywing likely faces off against few genuine supervillains or costumed criminals, as Mexico's real danger is the drug cartels. But HED Mexico does have more than a few vampires, demons, mad scientists, and rampaging masked wrestlers. Still, perhaps there are two Blackwing analogues South of the Border, one more a luchadore styled crimefighter who tackles the esoteric villains, while the other handles the serious business?
Columbia: My concept is the original Columbian version of Blackwing was slain years ago by cartel assassins, and despite Alex Timmons best efforts, Blackwing International has not been able to establish an official branch in the nation. This has not stopped a group of idealistic youths from donning makeshift costumes and employing guerrila-style tactics against the cocaine lords; they are aided by the aging but still determined remnants of the now-deceased Columbian Blackwing's former sidekicks. Alex does his best to funnel money and equipment to the young heroes through unoffical channels, though even he finds the corruption of the government and police maddening.
Brazil: A nation of extremes and contradictions, Brazil has a burgeoning economy, a thriving tourist trade, an emergent democracy-and extraordinary levels of violent crime, poverty, and government ineptitude. My idea is a Blackwing created by the government as a national symbol. But this Blackwing proves almost too effective and popular, employing often brutal and ruthless tactics to combat Brazil's rampant street crime and kidnapping gangs. He has begun to assume control over a number of the various special police units and pressuring local and federal officials to grant him broader and broader license to deal with criminals. The crime lords of Brazil have placed a MASSIVE bounty on his head.
The Falcon had a good deal more trouble with the law than many of the Black Wings including a Foundation for World Harmony squad with orders to "shoot to kill." Really, his adventures were almost Miller-esque in terms of having to deal with a government quite actively hostile and believing him to be a terrorist.
Sadly, being a mostly mortal man, the bullet wounds and broken bones he'd sustained meant he was crippled from superhuman crime fighting by the end of it. He's still a master detective but requires a cane to walk.
He's considering running for politics.
The Incorruptible is already in his late fifties now so this is getting to be something of a joke, even if he does take the Raven Foundation's longevity treatments regularly. Of course, part of the reason he's still able to continue the business at all is due to the fact that he's surrounded by a large number of extremely french young heroes serving as his legwork and which have included Musketeers and other flashy swashbuckler types.
Sadly, not many beautiful women want to work for him like he'd imagined when he'd created it. Ah, yes, he's married but a man can dream can't he?
The Incorruptible is currently trying to make inroads with France's Muslim superhero, the Faithful Servant II.
Honestly, the Cold War wasn't that bad for street crime or urban terrorism due to the fact that Berlin was one of the most supremely well guarded by superheroes without much to do places in the world. Still, there were always things that fell into the cracks.
Sadly, just for pathos, he disappeared and no one knows what happened to him.
Alex, honestly, did like him the best.
Canadian crime, being what it is, usually requires heroes to commute to do any actual fighting.
Next Up from me: The Blackwing counterparts in Denmark and Ruritania!
Charles Phipps wrote:Of course, it's an open secret that Black Wing II and Alex are the same person. It's about as well known now as Green Arrow is Oliver Queen.
Bizarrely, the only people who absolutely refuse to believe it are Black Wing's many rogues. This is, to be fair, due to the fact that 90% of the tricks Black Wing has used over the years to persuade them that he's NOT George/Alex Timons have left a lasting impression. This includes body-doubles, time travel, shape-shifters, and the old "kidnap Alexander Timons only for Black Wing to rescue him."
It's happened SO often that they adamantly REFUSE to believe it under any circumstances and believe Alex is only using the hint of it on behalf of Black Wing II. The Iron Khan, General Venom, Red King, and Death Mask III know the truth, of course, but have their own reasons for not simply just blowing up Raven towers.
(not that others haven't tried)
* He has in fact, encountered a being claiming to be the Morrigan on a couple of occasions. His only comment on these encounters is "Well, as it turns out, she's not grim. Neil Gaiman had the right of it."
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