SERAPH

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (New Universe) Human mutate

Occupation: Defender of paranormals

Group Membership: Forsaken

Affiliations: Agent of Judge Mental

Enemies: Captain Brooklyn, Chauncey, Justice (John Tensen), Playback, Shudderbug

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Guardian Angel

Base of Operations: the Terminus, below Coney Island, New York; Earth-New Universe

First Appearance: Justice#20 (June, 1988)

 

Powers/Abilities: He can absorb energy into his body and redirect it as his own attack. In order to channel this energy, he must use some object as a focus. Although any object may be used for this action, Seraph prefers to use a scythe due to its symbolic meaning. Charged with Seraph's energies, this scythe can deflect the sword and shatter the shields of Justice. It could also cut through steel and most other forms of matter. In addition, when separated from his scythe, Seraph can mentally recall it, even dislodging it from solid steel.
    The absorption of energies also enhances Seraph's physical abilities, to an uncertain level, possibly even enhanced human.

    He is very charismatic, is well conditioned, and is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant.

    He has seen the Seventh Sign and Frank Langella's Dracula 27 times each.

 

 

History: Seraph's date of birth, and the actions in his life prior to the White Event are unrevealed

<July 22, 1986> - The White Event occurred, bathing the inhabitants of Earth in the energies of the Starbrand.

(Justice#22-profile - BTS) <December 22, 1987> - When Ken Connell attempted to disperse his Starbrand energies into an inert object, a backlash of energies occurred, completely vaporizing Pittsburgh in what would become known as the Black Event. Seraph's powers surfaced the same day.
     Some time after this, he was recruited by Judge Mental to serve in the Forsaken. He made the protection of less powerful paranormals his life's mission.

(Justice#21) - Seraph defended James, a paranormal with enhanced hearing and grossly enlarged ear lobes, who had become an object of ridicule. He appeared as a group of men taunted James, and when one of them pulled a knife on him, he cut off the man's hand with his scythe, then beat up the others, causing them all to flee. James convinced Seraph to come to the Pitt-Aid concert, to protect him there as well.

    At the concert, Seraph saw Justice, who had made his mission the extermination of paranormals abusing their powers. He nearly confronted Justice when he intimidated Miriam Morse, a paranormal known as Playback, but he stopped when Justice let her go free. Later, James accosted and then chased the daughter of Justice, Angela Tensen, and Justice assaulted and warned him. Seraph then confronted Justice and attacked him, proving able to resist Tensen's powers. Seraph kept Justice on the defensive until he sent several small shields into his throat, choking him. However, at the same time, Angela was nearly overrun by a panicking mob, and Justice used all of his powers to protect her, falling easy prey to the security forces, who bludgeoned and captured him. Seraph escaped in the commotion.

(Justice#31) - Seraph participated in the capture of a group of National Security Council agents investigating rumors of paranormals around Coney Island. He questioned Augur with regards to the final outcome of the imminent rematch with Justice, but she could give him nothing definite.

(Justice#32) - Captain Brooklyn broke into the Terminus, intent on taking down the Forsaken and freeing their captives. However, too intent on a fair fight, he was not ready when Seraph pulled his cape over his head and stabbed him with his scythe. Seraph then stuffed a grenade down the throat of the dazed Captain Brooklyn, killing him, but protecting everyone else with his steel hard skin.

    Shortly thereafter, Justice arrived in Coney Island. He dodged Seraph's scythe, leading him to the top of a Ferris Wheel using his shields as stepping stones. Once there, he managed to deflect Seraph's scythe back at him. Off balance, Seraph fell from the top of the Ferris Wheel, and as he tried to use his scythe to catch himself, it simply sliced through everything he grabbed with it. He fell to his death.

Comments: Created by Peter David and Lee Weeks.

The name Guardian Angel may have been the one initially intended for Seraph. It was listed in the summary of recent events in Justice#21, and I think I remember it in the previews of Marvel Age.

CLARIFICATIONS:
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Appearances:
Justice#21-22 (July-August, 1988) - Peter David (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils), Mike Gustovich (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Justice#31 (May, 1989) - Peter David (writer), Lee Weeks (artist), Howard Mackie (editor)
Justice#32 (June, 1989) - Peter David (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Alan Kupperberg, Don Hudson, Chris Ivy & Mike Gustovich (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)


Last updated: 07/16/03

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