Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Affiliations: formerly Caesar Cicero
Enemies: Iron Fist, Maxine Lavender, Misty Knight, Power Man (Cage), Vienna, Colleen Wing
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: Power Man and Iron Fist#101 (January, 1984)
Powers/Abilities: Impasse carries and can spread a deadly toxin on contact. This acts almost instantly on its victim. He used a gun to shoot a highly concentrated mist containing the toxin, which can incapacitate others (even superhumans) in seconds. Spreading the toxin by contact works more slowly, although repeated contract speeds its action. When spread by contact, the toxin may take several minutes or more to overcome its victim. The toxin is uniformly fatal within a few days, although there is a specific vaccine, which apparently allows the victim to recover almost instantly.
(Power Man and Iron Fist#101 (fb)-BTS) - The man who would become Impasse once worked for Caesar Cicero. The crimeboss once got a drug charge dropped against the man, who wold never forget the only nice thing anyone had ever done for him.
The man then went overseas and got busted for smuggling. He was given a choice--go to jail or let the country's scientists experiment on him with germ warfare. The experiments succeeded, and then the man, now calling himself Impasse, stole a germ warfare gun from his captors, escaped, and returned to the USA.
(Power Man and Iron Fist#101) - Impasse used his gun to infect
Power Man and Iron Fist, because they had caused trouble for
Caesar Cicero. He then met with Cicero and revealed both his
identity and his plans to make Cicero the head of the New York
Crimelords. Cicero--realizing this guy was crazy and that the
attacks on Luke and Danny would bring down a heap o' trouble on
his head--was terrified of Impasse.
Meanwhile, Vienna had been hired by the unnamed foreign government to retrieve--or at least stop him from using--the weapon Impasse had stolen. She set the Daughters of the Dragon (Colleen and Misty) after Cicero, who revealed Impasse's involvement. Impasse went after Maxine Lavender, the assistant District Attorney, who was trying a case against Cicero. He was driven off by Vienna and the Daughters of the Dragon--but not before infecting Colleen by contact. Vienna allowed Impasse to steal her car, which contained a tracking device.
Impasse confronted Cicero, furious over his betrayal, but was stopped from killing him by Colleen and Misty. Just before collapsing, Colleen destroyed his gun. Misty knocked him out, but was infected in the process. Vienna showed up with the vaccine, charged the Daughters $20, 000 for it, saved all those infected, and walked off.
Comments: Created by Steven Grant and Geof Isherwood
This issue was part of the "Assistant Editor's Month," featuring Linda Grant taking over for Dennis O'Neil.
***CAUTION--(Medical) TIRADE ALERT***
Ah, the world of fiction and its knowledge of medicine. Two things you will always see, which will always be wrong:
***OK, YOU'RE SAFE NOW***
and the profile is over.
Not so much
Power Man and Iron Fist#101 (January, 1984) - Steven Grant (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils), Andy Mushynsky (inks), Linda Grant (editor)
Last updated: 10/27/02
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