Adam Warlock

Him (Warlock’s previous alias) first appeared in Fantastic 4 number 66. Adam Warlock was later created by Jim Starlin and first appeared as Warlock in….
The Power of Adam

Species: Genetically Engineered Human
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 240 lbsHair: Golden Blond Eyes:Varies, Skin: Golden colored
Other Aliases: Him, The Magus, Godslayer
Occupation: World SaviorFormer Affiliations: The Infinity Watch
Origin: The Beehive, Shard Island, Atlantic Ocean.
Known Relatives: Her, genetically Warlock’s twin sister (now known as Kismet) Base of Operations: Formerly Counter-Earth, Soul-World, Monster Island. Now the known Universe.History: 
Him: The Early Years
Warlock is an artificial being, created by researchers at a complex known as the “Beehive”. The goal of the researchers there was to create the perfect human being, the pinnacle of future human evolution.
Fortunately for the denziens of Earth, the new being was a creature beyond the control of his creators. The creature emerged, known only as “Him”, and immediately sensed that his creators sought to use him for evil ends. He lashed out, damaging the complex and injuring his “fathers”, and promptly escaped. Unfortunately, “Him” was a being with no life experience due to his unique conception. He promptly encountered Thor, and attempted the abduction of the Lady Sif in order to mate with her (an act that would be repeated in a more benign but no less infuriating fashion by his gene-sister “Her”, now known as Kismet.). Thor naturally took offense to this kidnapping, and promptly beat the young Godling to near-death. Warlock promptly retreated to the safety of a regenerative coccoon and thus was later reborn.To The Stars
Upon his rebirth, Him was renamed as Adam Warlock by the High Evolutionary, who became a guiding force in the life of the reborn Godling. The High Evolutionary gave Warlock purpose, direction, and one more thing…the vampiric Soul Gem. Soon afterwards, Warlock journeyed to the planet called Counter-Earth, an experiment of the High-Evolutionary’s that had recently gone awry. Counter-Earth had been an attempt to create a utopian society, and it had been so until it’s recent contamination by the evil Man-Beast. Warlock battled the cunning creature to no avail, until he formed a somewhat unusual and narcissistic plan. Warlock set out to become the one, true God of Counter Earth. To do this he crucified himself and died, only to rise from his ressurrection coccoon 3 days later (sounds familiar eh?). His rash gamble worked, and Counter-Earth was saved (years later, the planet would fall to the influence of another.).

My Enemy…My Self
Soon afterwards, Warlock would come into contact with a malicious being known as the Magus. Warlock soon found out to his horror that the Magus was in fact a twisted future incarnation of himself, totally insane and horribly powerful. As the head of the Universal Church of Truth, the Magus had ground billions of lifeforms across the cosmos under his heel. Warlock battled him, but could not succeed on his own for his future self posessed vast might. Eventually, with the help of Pip the Troll, Gamora, and the nefarious Thanos of Titan, Warlock succeeded in eliminating the Timeline from which the Magus sprang, thus cancelling his existance retroactively throughout time. Then, in a brilliant, yet disturbing counter-move, Thanos projected Warlock 2 years into the future where he encountered his dying self, embittered, preparing to give birth anew to the Magus. Warlock then took the soul of his dying future self into the Soul-Gem, thus ending the threat of his evil counterpart.

My Ally…My Enemy?
However, as forseen, Warlock would meet his end two years later. Thanos planned to snuff out the stars themselves, and his ward, Gamora, found out about his plan. She attacked him and was struck down brutally. Warlock found her soon afterwards and took her soul into his Gem, learning the full extent of Thanos’ plan in the process. Distraught and enraged, Warlock sought out allies to assist him in his gambit against the Mad Titan. He journeyed to earth, and to the mansion HQ of the mighty Avengers. There he told them, and the recently arrived Captain Marvel and Moondragon of Thanos’ plan to blow all the stars from the heavens. The Avengers then made immediate plans to attack Thanos’ starship, the Sanctuary II. However, as he had in an earlier scheme to gain ultimate power, Thanos would sow the seeds of his own Destruction. Thanos purposely enraged Adam Warlock, by wiping the mind of Adam’s companion Pip, and leaving him to be found. When Warlock found Pip’s mindless form, he drew his friend’s spirit into his Soul-Gem. But before Thanos had attacked Pip, he told him of his plan. And when Warlock drew Pip’s soul into the Gem, he learned of the plan. Warlock and Captain Marvel immediately attacked Thanos, destoying his projector. Mar-Vell was rendered unconcious, but Warlock savagely attacked Thanos, who promptly struck him down. Before Thanos could move his Star-Gem into another Projector, he was attacked by Thor and Iron Man, who followed behind Warlock and Mar-Vell. Thor attacked Thanos, while Iron Man shattered the Star-Gem. Thanos teleported away with Warlock’s body, and led his crew to defeat the Avengers. With Warlock’s gem he possessed enough Power to at least desroy the Earth’s Sun. But before he could do so, a wild card was introduced in the form of Ben Grimm (The Thing) and Spider Man, who was compelled to find the battleground by Lord Chaos and Master Order. Spider Man freed the Avengers and in the melee’ that followed shattered the sphere holding the Soul-Gem. The gem hit the floor and in a flash of light the Soul of Adam Warlock appeared from within the Gem. Now a being of pure energy, Warlock lunged for the panicked Thanos, and killed him, turning the Titan’s body into solid Granite. Afterwards, the spirit of Warlock retreated back into the blissful world inside the Gem itself.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega”
Warlock would live peacefully for several years in Soul World, with Pip and Gamora, until Thanos again became a threat to all who lived. Encountering Drax the Destroyer and the noble Silver Surfer after Thanos abducted their souls, Warlock made plans to thwart the Titan once more. Warlock projected the Souls of himself, Pip, and Gamora into three recently deceased humans. His powers reshaped their shattered bodies into new, more powerful versions of their old bodies. Then he went about gathering Earth’s remaining Champions to attack Thanos on his space platform. However, the attack by Earth’s heroes was a distraction designed to allow the Silver Surfer to snatch the allmighty Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ grasp. He failed. After ascending to the crux of all reality after defeating the Universe’s mightiest cosmic beings, Thanos lost his divinity due to the machinations of his “granddaughter” Nebula. Thanos was then talked into assisting Warlock in Nebula’s defeat, whereupon Warlock himself gained the Gauntlet and ascended to Godhood. Warlock was soon afterwards convinced that he was unworthy to become supreme, and then divided the gems amongst Himself (Soul), Gamora (Time), Pip (Space), Drax (Power), Moondragon (Mind), and secretly Thanos (reality). The newly formed Infinity watch defended the Gems against the machinations of those who would misuse them. This included the reborn threat of the Magus (this version however, was merely Warlock’s expelled evil nature, and was thus just a shade of Warlock himself.), Warlock’s “good” side, the Goddess, and the evil extradimensional Count Abyss.

Back from the Ultraverse
However, a threat arrived from a different Universe. A threat called Rune, a vampiric Dark God whom succeeded in stealing all of the gems from their guardians. Before Rune could become aquainted with his newfound might, the heroic Silver Surfer attacked him, spurred on by the Living Tribunal. The Surfer shattered Rune’s right hand, scattering all of the gems (save for the Soul Gem, which had alighted on Rune’s forehead.) and causing them to be lost into the other Universe beyond. The Infinity Watch then fell apart, having no gems to protect. Afterwards Warlock promptly left, searching the Universe for his Soul Gem, despite its’ betrayal. During his long search, Warlock was pulled into a gateway between our Universe, and the neighboring Ultraverse. He awoke…projected into the distant past, to discover a gathering of worshippers hailing him as their Messiah. In the weeks that followed he discovered that he was upon a vast construct called the Godwheel, and in the presence of Warrior Priests who needed a savior to help them defeat a Dark God. This Dark God turned out to be the evil Rune himself. Soon, the hordes of Rune attacked, killing scores of the Warrior Priests, and turning the battle into a massacre. Rune and Warlock met on the field of battle and fought long into the night. Finally, Warlock fatigued, and Rune plunged his blade through Warlock’s chest, wounding him mortally. As Warlock lay dying, Rune attempted to drain his soul, but failed due to Warlock’s supreme astral control. Rune howled his frustration into the night, as Warlock died, and was promptly surrounded by his regenerative coccoon. He awoke…centuries later into the present of the Ultraverse, with newfound abilities that made up for the loss of his Soul Gem. After a few adventures in the Ultraverse, Warlock found a gateway back into our Universe. His current activities are unknown, but Warlock expressed a desire to search out Kismet, and explore their sibling relationship.

Skills:
Warlock is a natural martial artist having received no formal training. His style emphasizes his preternatural reflexes, high agility, intuitive fighting and knowledge of an opponent. He has a natural ability to analyze patterns and this is linked to a high order intelligence and extreme will power, making him a formidable opponent to all but the most powerful metahumans.

Talents:
Warlock has a powerful intuitive sense and awareness of other realms of existance. This is due in part to having an existance outside the realm of the Universe due to an edict from Master Order and Lord Chaos. Because of this edict and from time spent as a near omnipotent being, Warlock is aware of the fundamental underpinnings of the Universe at a level far beyond the understandings of most mortal beings.

Strength level:
Warlock possesses superhuman strength, allowing him to lift (press) 10 tons. When further enhanced by cosmic energy, Warlock’s strength increases to a degree that allows him to lift (press) 50 tons. When Warlock recreated his new body for himself, Gamora and Pip, it is unknown whether he made any particular modifications for these bodies. It is possible that he may be stronger than this now and chooses not to reveal it to his opponents.

Known Superhuman Powers:
Warlock possesses the ability to fly under his own power at supersonic speeds inside an atmosphere. He can achieve speeds of Mach 3 or better (2200+ mph). In space, Warlock can fly faster than the speed of light. He is also able to create space warps in an undisclosed manner, most likely through the manipulation of the Cosmic Energies he naturally absorbs from his surroundings. He possesses an enhanced metabolism and durability, and also reflexes enhanced over normal human levels. Warlock also possesses several psionic abilities such as telepathy and a sense of cosmic awareness. Lastly, Warlock possesses the ability to draw upon sources of cosmic energy for a variety of effects including the projection of concussive blasts. However, when Warlock was in possession of the Soul Gem, it drew upon his life force so heavily that it severly hindered his abilities to absorb and manipulate cosmic energy. Perhaps Warlock’s most interesting ability is his power of regeneration. When injured sufficently (either mentally or physically.), Warlock can create a coccoon around his body. After which he enters a state of deep hibernation, and then in that state he regenerates his body completely. Sometimes, in the past Warlock has shown that such a state can make him more or less powerful, depending on how long he remains in hibernation.

Weapons:
The Karma Staff: an expression of his will, the staff allowed Adam to project bolts of energy, perform minor telekinetic feats and deflect energies directed at him. It allowed him to focus mystical energies more effectively.

The Soul Gem:
One of six, the Soul Gem is a segment of a superintelligent, omni-powerful, primal entity that split itself into six tiny but powerful objects known as the Infinity Gems. This entity whose name was unknown but whose effect on the local universe has been extraordinary. The Infinity Gems seem to have an intelligence of their own but only the Soul Gem has been studied with any detail. The Soul Gem seems to have a malevolent personality, bent on satisfying its own needs, in this case, a need for new souls to inhabit its internal pocket nexus. The Soul Gem creates a symbiotic relationship with its host organism, providing protection, sustenance, and power, in exchange for new souls. The High Evolutionary was evidently strong enough to resist its lure since he was already powerful enough, but the Gem convinced him to allow Adam Warlock to possess it even though the High Evolutionary knew how dangerous the Soul Gem was.

Strangely enough, the pocket reality of beings captured by the Soul Gem is a place of peace and calm, where all captured souls share a communal consciousness and well-being. To date only a few souls have ever left the Gem for any length of time, and until recently Adam Warlock, the Magus, Gamora, and Pip the Troll are the only beings to ever do so without returning. The Soul Gem possesses several powers of its own, and will when it feels willing, contribute them to the host organism that wears it. Among these powers are: the awareness of nearby souls and their emotional states, the disruption of Karmic energies within a soul, causing unconsciousness or mental instability or even death, the projection of energy in powerful concussive bursts, the physical augmentation of a host’s natural abilities, and the collection of an unwilling being’s soul essence and placing it within its nexus. The Gem does drain spiritual essence from its host if it is not satisfied. This transfer of essence does cause personality shifts in the host organism, but it is not permanent. Since the Soul Gem was part of an all powerful being, it is possible that it is capable of other as yet undocumented feats.

Allies: Thanos, The Silver Surfer, Captain Mar-vell, Captain Marvel (Legacy), Moondragon, Drax the Destroyer, The Avengers, Master Order and Lord Chaos

Enemies: The Magus, The Goddess, Thanos, Nebula, Annihilus, Blastaar, The Inbetweener

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics #8.

 

Species: Magically created, apparently human
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: BlueOccupation: Visiting lecturer at the Gateway City

Group Membership: Justice League of America

Overview: Wonder Woman is considered to be one of the most powerful women alive today. She has few equals among women (or men for that matter), Maxima, former member of the Justice League and Big Barda a current member and, wife of Mister Miracle being two of her peers. Wonder Woman possesses super-human strength and is capable of flight. Trained in all ancient Greek methods of hand-to-hand combat, she also has the speed of Hermes, which lets her deflect bullets with her silver bracelets. The Lasso of Truth, forged from the girdle of Gaia, forces anyone in its hold to tell the absolute truth. Wonder Woman serves as a member of the newly formed Justice League of America.

Historical References: Wonder Woman ReferencesTraining: Diana was raised from her moment of creation to be the greatest warrior that Paradise Island ever created. She is an extremely capable martial artist, trained since childhood, in the ways of ancient hand to hand warfare with a wide variety of weapons from various ages. Highly skilled with almost any weapon ever made, Diana specialized in the use of the bow and the javalin. Because of her martial training, she is able to hold her own against opponents of superior physical strength. She has stood toe-to-toe with Superman and the God of War, Ares. She is also an accomplished strategist and tactitian, trained in the arts of leadership and persuasion. She has proven to be a compelling leader, with the ability to convince those who follow her to brave any peril, no matter how insurmountable the odds. Diana is also possessed of incredible courage, confronting foes such as Kalibak and Darkseid as well as against various monsters of myth and legend.

Our records have been updated to reflect new information regarding Wonder Woman. We now know Wonder Woman was crafted from clay on an island in another dimension tangent to this one, and embued with life energy from the Greek Gods. These energies maintain her lifeforce and bestow great abilities upon her. Many of these abilities imitate powers of the Greek Pantheon.

Her primary powers include:
Superhuman strength: It is obvious her strength is magical in nature, given her height and weight. Her strength is near the order of SupermanÕs or Captain MarvelÕs. With her superhuman strength and superior fighting abilities, she has proven to be a match for either one of them at one time or another. Her strength level has been augmented in the past with the Gauntlet of Atlas but Wonder Woman was unable to control the level of enhanced strength the device gave her.

Limited Invulnerability: Her resistance to injury is not quite as great as any of the above mentioned metahumans. She has withstood considerable bludgeoning damage in the form of hand to hand combat with metahuman opponents (such as Superman and Captain Marvel) and physical damage (as seen when she is knocked back through two multi-story office buildings and then buried beneath them). She seems more vulnerable to energy attacks but she deflects most ranged attacks when she can. She has considerable resistance to human weaponries, although there are inconsistancies in her ability to resist injury, the variances are probably due to discrepancies in observation. Perhaps her ability varies with some as for yet unknown condition that strengthens or weakens her in relationship to her Pantheon of patron dieties.

Superhuman Reflexes: Wonder Woman possesses reflex abilities similar to lower-level speedsters such as Jesse Quick and Max Mercury, somewhere in the range of 8 to 20 times normal human reflexes with concentration. She, however, does not maintain her enhanced speed awareness due to the temporal difficulties such thinking causes her. She seems able to keep up with Jesse Quick, referencing her patron diety of speed and messenger of the gods, Hermes as the source of her powers.

Superspeed: It is unknown how long she can maintain a speedsterÕs average pace (which we clock at approximately 125 mph (2.08 miles/second) to 200 mph (3.3 mile/sec) innercity and 225 mph (3.75 miles/sec) to 500 mph (8.3 miles/sec) over land outside of cities). Since Wonder Woman lacks the speed aura of true speedsters, the environmental effects/disruptions that she causes probably prevent her from utilizing superspeed mobility as a common mode of travel. With bracers forged by Hephastes, Wonder Woman boosts her resistance to injury with her near-indestructible bracers. She is able to deflect attacks that might otherwise cause her considerable injury but she can only deflect attacks she is aware of.

Flight: Wonder Woman is capable of unassisted flight through an as yet unknown but probably magical means. She has been clocked at Mach 3 (2,100 mph, 35 miles per second) in flight and can be presumed to be much faster if she wanted to be. No reliable ceiling is known but atmospheric distubances occur at speeds greater than Mach 10 (7,000 mph, 116 miles/sec) so that is probably her limit in atmosphere as well. Her aerial manuevability is not as developed as aerial combatants such as Hawkman or the Black Condor, but she is a relatively capable aerial combatant as well.

Weapons: Wonder Woman has had in her possession a variety of weapons and devices during her time as an ambassador to the Man’s World. She has used a magical sword reputed to be able to cleave almost any material and magical shield on occasion, her indestructible bracelets, her weapon tiara, which could be used a boomerang, the Sandals of Hermes for flight, (which she no longer needs), and even the Gauntlet of Atlas, which was actually given to Artemis to give her increased strength and allow her to compete fairly with Wonder Woman during their contest on Theymescria.

Even without her superhuman abilities, Wonder Woman has been trained in various martial arts, weaponscraft, and statescraft. She is an extraordinary Olympic-level athlete trained in all of the classic techniques of the Amazons.

Lansinar Morphing Disk: Wonder Woman has at her disposal a small lightweight disc which, when triggered by Wonder Woman’s thoughts, morphs into a transparent version of whatever vehicle appropriate for the event. It has also been transformed into a telepathic relay device to allow Diana and Jade to communicate with her mother in Theymescria. Recently the device was seen to grow to gargantuan proportions, nearly the quarter of the size of Gateway City, destroying portions of it in the process to produce a new city-like interior and appeared to have sentient or semi-sentient properties after being stimulated by the dark diety Oblivion. It has been christened the Wonderdome.

Golden Lasso of Hestia/Girdle of Gaia: Made of an unknown golden metal, supposedly from the Girdle of Gaia, the Lasso is approximately 150 feet long and has successfully restrained Superman, Ares and Hades within its coils. It seems to be under the telekinetic control of Diana and she has used it upon occassion as a means of subduing or restraining opponents. It has over the years been claimed to have special powers that force anyone within its coils to tell the truth, but that has not been substantiated.

Industructible Bracelets: Wonder Woman possesses two bracelets forged by Haephestes (all Amazons wear them) of an unknown material. As a feat of speed and reflexes, Amazons use these bracelets to deflect projectiles. Since Wonder Woman is resistant to high caliber weapons fire, she still performs the manuever to demoralize her opponents, test her skill or when confronted by weapons of greater potency.

Other Devices: Diana, for a time, held the Gauntlet of Atlas, a specialized gauntlet that increased her strength even further. This device was given to Artemis, the former Wonder Woman who was killed (and later resurrected) to allow her to be able to engage the physically stronger Diana in hand to hand combat. Diana took the Gauntlet from Artemis after she was killed by the White Magician. Diana then used the Gauntlet to kill the White Magician. Diana stopped using the Gauntlet after she killed the White Magician because it made her superhuman strength so great that she was unable to control it easily. The Gauntlet ended up in the hands of the new Wonder Girl until she was granted superhuman powers by Zeus. It is presumed that Zeus reclaimed the Gauntlet.

Weaknesses: It is interesting to note that her height and weight make her vulnerable to attacks that cannot be blocked and that potentially move her from location to location. Repulsion technology might be an efficient means of attacking and subduing her since she cannot block area effect attacks and her true height and weight are independent of her strength. This technique was used against her to great effect in some of her recent JLA battles.

Allies: Superman, Steel, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Zauriel, The Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Oracle

Enemies: Cheetah, The White Magician, Ares, Hades, Hercules, Circe, Neron

 

Secret

Secret was created by Todd Dezago and Todd Nauck and first appeared in Young Justice: The Secret #1 (June, 1998)
Secret PERSONAL DATA
Alter Ego: Unknown
Occupation: N/A
Base of Operations: N/A
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Unknown
Group Affiliation: N/A
Height: N/A
Weight: N/A
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dirty BlondHISTORY
Nothing is known of the life of the girl know only as Secret before she became a ward of the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations). Here she was kept in an airtight room, so that the D.E.O. could observe her as her meta-human powers grew. As she grew older and more confident in her powers she discovered that she could leave her room in her gas form. Leaving her cell at night she could travel the facility undetected, and she soon found out that there were dozens of other “subjects” like her, that, the D.E.O., were performing cruel, and torturous test on.
When the doctors discovered what she knew the decision was reached that she be terminated. Secret managed to escape the compound, and hide from her captors in a neighboring town. It didn’t take long before the D.E.O., discovered her whereabouts, and set out to evacuate the town. This brought the attention of Robin, Superboy, and Impulse who decided to investigate. When the boys managed to capture Secret, she pleaded with them to let her go. Suspicious of the D.E.O.’s motives the boys decided to free her, and help in faking her death. Secret now roams the world enjoying her freedom, while the boys keep her existence, a secret.POWERS AND WEAPONS
Secret is a meta-human who developed the ability to turn her body into a gaseous form. However, as she grew older her meta-human powers became stronger and stronger, and now it seems that she can no longer assume a non-gaseous form. In her gaseous state Secret can transform her body into any shape that she wishes. Whether or not she can alter the toxicity of her gaseous state as Doctor Charles of the D.E.O. told Superboy, Robin, and Impulse remains to be seen.Secret has also been seen to change her size, become partially invisible, and even to appear to teleport short distances, something that has been designated “smoke-jumping”. In the incident with the psychic being Despero, there were reports of an alternative personality briefly demonstrated by Secret. Further reports will be required to confirm this.