Sunday, March 1, 2009

Unknown, Overly Flamboyant, Possibly Gay Superheroes: Issue 1

With Watchmen opening in less than a week, I figured it was time to get into the superhero swing of things and present lesser known *!Super!*-heroes.

Actually, this will probably be the first/last issue unless David or anyone else has something more to add. You see, I came across the Texas Twister accidentally. An old X-Men episode featured the villain Red Skull, I Wikipedia'd said villain, which led me to S.H.I.E.L.D., which then led me to members of S.H.I.E.L.D. that included the Texas Twister, Drew Daniels:
Drew Daniels was born in Amarillo, Texas.. He is working at a cattle ranch when a tornado and radiation from a nearby nuclear reactor affect him at the same time. The net effect was to give him the power to generate tornadoes at will.
Safe to say I don't know much about the comic book/superhero universe. But I couldn't help but laugh at the bio of this southern fried dandy in all his baby blue glory. Texas Twister is an expert rodeo rider, mind you. But he's got other battles to fight, as explained further in another entertaining portion of his bio:
Soon, however, Texas Twister returns to the Avengers Compound at a time when Hawkeye was alone, demanding to see the captive demon. Twister declares his love for the demon, which turns back into Shooting Star. Texas Twister went on to explain that the demon had come to him months ago when Twister's powers seemed to be fading, making him afraid that he'd lose Shooting Star if their rodeo act broke up on account of his lost powers. The demon offered to augment the Twister's powers in exchange for his soul, and the Twister agreed, but after his powers were restored he begged to be spared. The demon then takes over Shooting Star instead. The demon proceeds to cast a spell that prevents Twister from telling anyone about this. The spell did not prevent Twister from researching the occult on his own; this is how he finds a way to break the demon's original spell.
If Iron Man knew this guy was in S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm sure he would have revoked his membership long ago. So goes the superhero universe I guess, filled with tons of obscure guys just like this. There's definitely too much radiation out there being accidentally used on the wrong people. There had to of been a better human casualty, even in 1976.

Congratulations, your 2009 Halloween costume has been decided.

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