Real Name: Unrevealed
Group Membership: Alphaclan (Fog, Kilamanjaro, Shamgar, Vandalo, "Vængir," Wraith)
Enemies: New Warriors (Blackwing/Barnell Bohusk, Decibel/Jonothan Starsmore, Night Thrasher/Donyell Taylor, Ripcord/Miranda Leevald, Skybolt/Vin Stewart, Phaser/Christian Cord, Tempest/Angel Salvatore, Wondra/Jubilation Lee), S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: New Warriors IV#9 (April 2008)
Powers/Abilities: Gravitas can fly and move other objects with her mind - whether through telekinesis or (more likely given her derivation) manipulating gravity, is not specified. Objects she was manipulating glowed slightly.
Height: 6'3" (speculative)
Weight: 190 lbs. (estimated)
History: (New Warriors IV#9 (fb) - BTS) - Gravitas was a member of Alphaclan, a team that was in the number twelve spot on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted list. Eventually, they encountered the New Warriors, and either a battle ensued, or the New Warriors had only recently finished another, earlier battle (see comments).
(New Warriors IV#9) - The two teams faced off, and Gravitas took to the air, raising small rocks in orbit around herself, as the Alphaclan moved forward menacingly. After exchanging a few taunts, the New Warrior Wondra told Alphaclan to look behind themselves, a warning Fog derided as an obvious, old ruse. Gravitas, however, glanced over her shoulder, and her obvious shock prompted more of her teammates to turn. Behind them stood a giant version of the Warrior Decibel. Seizing advantage of Alphaclan's temporary confusion at Decibel's illusion, the Warriors swiftly attacked.
Striking the ground, Wondra caused a shockwave that left the Alphaclan stumbling, and the Warrior Ripcord used her mechanical tentacles to grab Shamgar and threw him bodily into Gravitas. Alphaclan rallied and regained the upper hand until the Warriors all unexpectedly turned insubstantial, a trick engineered by Warriors' leader Night Thrasher using phasing technology built into his teammates' armors. Seizing the opportunity while Alphaclan were distracted, Decibel emitted a sonic scream that incapacitated all the villains.
(New Warriors IV#9 - BTS) - The defeated Alphaclan were left for the authorities.
(New Warriors IV#9) - The TV news that evening reported Alphaclan's capture.
Comments: Created by Kevin Grevioux (writer), Paco Medina (penciler) and Juan Vlasco (inker).
Alphaclan are very obviously homages to
Hanna-Barbera's superheroes. None of them were individually identified in their single
appearance, but Kevin Grevioux posted Paco Medina's designs for six
of them on Twitter, and those included the original names; one
member remains without an official name, and he (Vængir) has been given an
unofficial placeholder name for the time being.
Gravitas was based on the Galaxy Trio's Gravity Girl; as well as being a nod to controlling gravity, her name also has the more literal meaning of being the ancient Roman virtue of conducting oneself with seriousness.
Big thanks to MarvellousLuke for cleaning up the design sheets by Paco Medina taken from Kevin Grevioux's Twitter account and turning them into great new main images for the Alphaclan profiles.
Profile by Loki.
Gravitas has no known connections to
images: (without ads)
Gravitas sketch (main)
New Warriors IV#9, p2, pan1 (flying)
New Warriors IV#9, p1, pan4 (body)
Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes #2 cover (Gravity Girl)
New Warriors IV#9 (April 2008) - Kevin Grevioux (writer), Paco Medina (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
First Posted: 05/16/2016
Last updated: 05/04/2020
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