The speed of a cheetah. The charging force of a bull. The ferocity of a tiger. The strengths, abilities and attributes of the entire animal kingdom are at the beck and call of Mari McCabe—who channels these powers through a magical family heirloom to battle those who would harm the natural world as the super hero Vixen.
As a child, Mari saw the greed and corruption that she fights against lead to the deaths of her parents. Later, Mari discovered that the mysterious Tantu Totem—the powerful necklace she inherited from her parents—granted her the ability to take on the attributes of every animal on Earth. She could fly like a hawk, breathe underwater like a fish and even strengthen her skin to the protective levels of a rhinoceros. Adopting the moniker Vixen, Mari seeks to protect and defend all innocents, humans and animals alike.
Although short-tempered and sometimes overly self-righteous, Mari possesses compassion that gives her a strong and unwavering moral compass. Beyond her role as a super hero, she is a model and animal-rights activist, allowing her to use both aspects of her life to protect from humanity those creatures unable to protect themselves. Throughout her career as Vixen, she's fought along some of the greatest heroes in the DC Universe and has even served as a member of the Justice League.
What does it take to win a fight? Skill and training are crucial, as are endurance, fortitude and quick reflexes. But what if you had all of that, and could predict your opponent’s moves before they happened? You’d be almost undefeatable. You’d be Midnighter.
Midnighter’s life is shrouded in mystery. His name, family and childhood life are an enigma, even to him. For Midnighter, life began in captivity, where he endured heavy, constant experimentation on his body before he finally escaped. When he left, his body had been altered by implants, providing the often-violent hero with superhuman speed, resilience, durability and strength. But his greatest skill has proven to be his ability to predict a battle before it happens. His mind can run through a combat situation millions of times, literally covering every possible outcome before it even starts, allowing him to counter an adversary’s move before it’s even executed.
As an off-and-on member of Stormwatch, Midnighter has found a loose family of sorts, but so much of who he is remains a mystery. He knows he’s gay and that he has a strong desire to see justice upheld in whatever way possible. He believes that justice can be upheld through brutal or even lethal means, and he knows violence is often necessary for the greater good. But that’s all he knows about himself. Who he was, where he came from and what sort of things he once enjoyed remain secrets that may never be unlocked. Midnighter will have to either learn to accept this and move on, or continue searching for the answers—which he might not want to know.
Becoming famous is hard. Losing that fame can be even harder. When Basil Karlo lost his theatrical notoriety, he took being resentful to the extreme. A B-list actor who wasn't included in the remake of a classic horror movie that he starred in, Basil went in a dramatic direction with his revenge. He snapped and got into character as that film's monster, Clayface, and killed members of the cast and crew. In one night, Basil had gone from playing villains to becoming one.
Still hungry to be on top of the acting pyramid, Basil asked the Penguin for help—desperate times, after all, call for desperate measures. Penguin gave the thespian a hunk of clay as payment for a job, and the mystical material leaped into Basil, giving him a malleable body and remarkable shape-shifting powers. He can shift his body and face and change his voice to resemble anyone in the world, and the results are indistinguishable from the real thing. He can also morph his limbs into weapons or use his body to smother an enemy. On the downside, in his natural form he looks like a pile of walking, talking mud. That's not exactly the sort of image entertainment magazines and websites want on their covers.
Clayface has done horrible things over the years and has operated on the wrong side of the law, but he's not exactly evil. He’s occasionally been willing to work with Batman and has often teamed up with other Gotham City heroes. More than anything, he still longs for the stage and screen and would do just about anything to once again find himself in the limelight—redeemed in the hearts and minds of his fans.
In life, you always want to put your best face forward. But what if that face is scaly, reptilian and likely to frighten anyone who sees it? From an early age, Waylon Jones has been burdened with that very question. Diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that causes his skin to appear scaled and his body to grow claws, razor-sharp teeth and other features similar to a crocodile’s, the challenged young man went through life bullied by other kids and raised by an abusive and uncaring aunt.
As he grew older, Waylon became bitter, developing into a violent and malevolent criminal and adopting a fearful name that matched his frightening appearance—Killer Croc. Waylon managed to engineer a career path that took him from sideshow wrestler to a formidable criminal figure in the Gotham City underworld, often finding himself at violent odds with Batman. And yet, perhaps because of his childhood, Waylon has a soft spot for abandoned and neglected children. He shelters many within his territory in the sewers of Gotham, something that has not gone unnoticed by the Dark Knight, who has demonstrated a bit more leniency with Croc over the years than with most of Gotham’s rogues.
Killer Croc possesses the traits of a crocodile in human form. His scaly skin is impenetrable and can deflect blows and bullets. His affliction affects his mind, too, meaning he’s sometimes driven by animal instinct that isn’t exactly rational. Super strength and endurance help him overpower his enemies, as does his sizable physique. And just forget about trying to beat him in a swimming match. Often, Croc's brutish behavior overrules sense, so if you do ever see him, we suggest backing away slowly and praying that he’s not hungry…