Real Name: Veronica "Ronnie" (last name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human technology user (pre-modern era);
formerly: professional criminal
Group Membership: First Line (Black Fox/Robert William Paine, Blackjack, Doctor Mime, Effigy/Velmax, Firefall, Flatiron/Russell, Frank, Katyusha/Anya, Liberty Girl/Beverly, Major Mercury/Makkari, Mr. Justice/Timothy "Tim" Carney, Morph, Nightingale, Oxbow, Pixie, Rapunzel, Rebound, Reflex, Squire, Templar/Ian Fitzwilliam Dare, Vulcan, Walkabout/William Carmody, Yankee Clipper/Patrick "Pat" Carney, Yeti)
(T. Ruth McCrae), Cassandra
formerly: Axis, Howler (Luke Garrow), the Scythe, Typhoon, unidentified Skrull agents
Skrull Invasion Fleet;
formerly the First Line
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Babe" (nickname given by Blackjack)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
last seen aboard a Skrull vessel approaching Earth;
formerly The Carmody Institute, New England
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 (March, 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Positron did not possess any know
superhuman powers. However, she used two power-packs strapped to her
legs that gave her the ability to project vibration-based energy blasts
from her hands. The intensity and range of these blasts were regulated
through machinery inside her gauntlets. She could use the energy the
power-packs generated for a variety of effects. Potent enough to
completely evaporate a human being within seconds, the energy beams
could also disintegrate an entire wall with little to no sound. Blessed
with a gifted scientific mind, Positron was fully aware of the various
uses of her powers. The two power-packs operated independently of each
other, which allowed Positron to sometimes use one to counter or dampen
the effects of the other. Initially starting out on the wrong side of
the law, Positron eventually redeemed herself.
Height: 5'6 (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#6 - (fb) - BTS) - After obtaining (or possibly creating) the anti-matter power-packs that fueled her powers, Veronica became Positron and embarked on a career of crime. Over time, she met and fell in love with fellow super-criminal Blackjack. Their relationship ended, however, when Blackjack decided to go straight. Eventually, he even joined the First Line, which left Veronica irritated and annoyed at her former lover ,whom she considered a traitor.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#6 - BTS) - Aware mankind was about to embark on their first major exploration space by landing on the Moon, the Skrull Empire sent three agents to Earth to destroy Apollo 11. Figuring the failure of the Apollo mission would discourage humanity from spreading out among the stars, the three Skrulls disguised themselves as humans and contracted Positron and several other super-villains (Axis, Howler, the Scythe and Typhoon) to do their bidding.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#6) - Not too concerned about the fate of the astronauts aboard the Apollo 11, Positron and the other villains gladly agreed to help out the three disguised Skrull agents, in light of the major compensation promised to them. However, infighting between the volatile Howler and the antagonistic Axis threatened to break up the partnership. Positron ended one particular argument by firing a blast at the the two combatants shortly before they left for the Moon aboard the Skrulls' flying saucer (unbeknownst to them, the First Line's leader Effigy had learned of the planned attack on Apollo 11 and brought the First Line to the Moon as well).
Positron and the others watched in awe as the Lunar Module landed on the surface of the Moon, impressed by the fact that the astronauts dared such a feat in so fragile a craft. Positron noticed Howler's increasingly erratic tendencies, figuring that since his powers were tied to the Moon, being this close to the celestial body must be like maximum overload to him. Positron joined the other villains on the Moon, while the three Skrulls remained on board the space craft, even as the First Line arrived on Luna as well.
As luck would have it, Blackjack was the first to spot Positron, positively identifying her as his former lover. Veronica was less than enthused to see her ex and even tried to blast him for switching sides. Their altercation alerted Axis, Howler and the others. Maddened beyond reason, Howler stormed off to kill the traitor Blackjack, even as the First Line attacked the other villains. In the end, only Positron and the Scythe survived the encounter. After First Line member Pixie removed Positron's energy-packs, she was tied up along with the now blade-less Scythe and taken back to Earth.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#9 - BTS) - After having paid her debt to society, Positron joined the First Line in the late-1970s, even though the organization now mainly worked undercover following President Nixon's attempts to outlaw the team earlier that decade. She even rekindled her romance with Blackjack, enjoying the benefits of once again being on the same side as her partner.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#9) - Positron was part of the First Line team that went into the Arab nation of Halwan to rescue their teammate Mr. Justice (Timothy Carney), who was being held hostage there. After using her powers to gain entrance to the Halwan royal palace, Positron kissed Blackjack goodbye as they went their separate ways to find Mr. Justice--they were being watched by the time-traveling historian Cassandra Locke, who realized that she'd time-jumped into the secret mission where history foretold it would all go wrong for the First Line.
Locke stuck around long enough to confirm historic fact, but eventually was captured by Scimitar, Halwan's hereditary hero. Blackjack showed up and saved Locke, only to be totally disemboweled by the Halwan native. Seeing her lover ripped to shreds caused the horrified Positron to evaporate the blade-wielding baddie with a single blast. Even as she held her dying lover in her arms, Positron tried to question Locke, wondering who she was. But, after a quick apology, the 22nd century historian jumped back into the timestream, promising to try and find a way to make up for this.
Positron tried to get the First Line's resident healer Nightingale to heal Blackjack, but despite the empathic creature's best intentions, she wasn't able to restore him. Positron endured the next several hours in relative shock, accompanying the First Line as they escaped Halwan with Mr. Justice and Doctor Khaijdah, cousin to Halwan's ruler Princess Zafina. The team went to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Medical Center, where Nightingale managed to heal Mr. Justice's extensive injuries.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 (fb) - BTS) - Following the death of Blackjack, Positron left the First Line and super-heroics behind.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#12) - Positron donned her costume once again when a Skrull invasion fleet approached Earth. Veronica, along with First Line members past and present, their allies and even some enemies, went out to stop the invaders. After boarding one of the many Skrull vessels, Positron was killed in a firefight. Her death was observed by Uatu the Watcher and a version of Cassandra Locke (ironically, still at the start of her journey through time).
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
I'm no scientist, but a positron is a particle of matter with the same mass as an electron, albeit oppositely charged. Basically, it's a form of antimatter which, in theory, can be used to create incredibly powerful weapons of mass destruction. So, assuming Veronica didn't pick the name Positron because it sounded cool (as her one-time ally Typhoon did), she was running around with antimatter radiation batteries strapped around her thighs. Guess that would explain the premature white hair... With all that free-floating radiation surrounding her private parts, let's just hope she wasn't in too big a rush to have kids...
Profile by Norvo.
Positron should not be confused with
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Marvel: The Lost Generation#9, p5, pan3 (main image)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#6, p21, pan2 (original costume)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#9, p15, pan2 (kisses Blackjack)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#12 (March 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#9 (June 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#6 (September 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 02/05/2014
Last updated: 11/23/2019
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