Real Name: Travis (last name unrevealed)
Group Membership: None
Mr. Kearns (loose) (all Earth-93060);
formerly Xanadu Amalgamated (Mr. Kyle, others)
Enemies: Brotherhood (Alan Kline, Mr. Kyle, others), Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz), Prototype drone, Warstrike, Xanadu Amalgamated (Mr. Kyle, others) (all Earth-93060)
Known Relatives: mother (name unrevealed,
deceased), Davey (brother)
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, USA
First Appearance: Warstrike#1 (May, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Blind Faith has belief-based
powers, which include emanating healing energies and self-regenerative
abilities. Other abilities include basic self-powered gliding flight,
although he cannot lift others. He can instantly call up a personal
defense shield that protects him from falls and short range gunfire and
grenade explosions, although he can be knocked unconscious. He can
shoot purple lasers from his fingers up to large destructive blasts
from his fists. However, all his powers are dependent on faith in him.
Arrogant, Blind Faith's basic powers are from self-belief but his
powers are significantly augmented the more other people believe in
him; as such, it is unknown if there is a limit to his powers. Although
initially considering himself blind, he is able to "see", potentially
similar to a "radar sense." He has athlete-level fitness and excellent
hand-to-hand combat skills.
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: White (formerly green)
(Giant Size Warstrike#1 (fb)) -
Travis grew up with
his brother Davey and single mother, who was devoted to her Christian
faith and made her children follow, despite their being bullied for it.
However, ignoring doctors, she succumbed to cancer before her helpless
sons, her faith proving useless. Angered, Travis lost his faith and had
to raise his brother alone. Travis became a knife-wielding mugger, but
one scuffle resulted i the accidental death of a victim. Bloody-handed
and shocked, Travis stumbled into a nearby church, seeking forgiveness
before the empty altar when a "Jumpstart" bolt hit, triggering his
superhuman ("ultra") powers, but also shattering the stained glass and
seemingly blinding him. He became an arrogant blindfolded mercenary who
sought fame to bolster his faith-based powers.
(Warstrike#1) - Keen to wipe out the self-perceived
threat the rising number of ultras, Mr. Kyle from nefarious
organization Xanadu Amalgamated (and secret leader of the Brotherhood
cabal) hired Blind Faith to eliminate ultras, beginning with Warstrike.
Blind Faith was introduced to the "Brothers" of the Board.
(Warstrike#2) - Blind Faith used fellow mercenary
Backlash to lure Warstrike to a warehouse to rescue a girl he had been
hired to rescue (but since left a corpse by perverted Senator Alan
Kline). Blind Faith used this to test Warstrike's abilities and
methods, then left quickly before his bomb detonated.
(Warstrike#3) - Blind Faith surveyed the rain-swept
L.A. cityscape, waiting to pounce on Warstrike.
(Warstrike#4) - Blind Faith attacked Warstrike at a
show baseball match at Yankee Stadium. Dodging the mercenary's blasts,
Warstrike eventually shot him down. Elsewhere, Kyle and Kline saw the
televised melee. Eager to use ultras as pawns that destroyed each
other, Kyle sent an armored Prototype drone to kill the battling duo.
Meanwhile, Blind Faith told Warstrike that he only wanted to humiliate
Warstrike to harvest people's faith and augment his powers. But Blind
Faith momentarily lost control; Warstrike's precognitive powers guided
him to nobly block the merc's blast, saving civilians, but knocking him
out. Blind Faith cut off Warstrike's ponytail as a trophy, only to be
confronted by the Prototype drone.
(Prototype#13) - Having also
seen the Yankee Stadium
battle with the Prototype drone, the real Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz)
rocketed in and fought the drone. This allowed Blind Faith to escape so
he could speak to Kyle as he was concerned by Warstrike's
self-sacrifice, no longer considering him a menace.
(Warstrike#5) - Blind Faith returned to Kyle's
offices, but Kyle fobbed him off and had a giant blue android toss the
mercenary out the skyscraper window. He landed in an alleyway, having
lost his blindfold.
(Warstrike#6) - Recovering, Blind Faith crawled out
of the garbage, determined to kill Kyle in hate-filled
(Giant Size Warstrike#1) - A short time passed and Blind Faith continued his mercenary work, notably for Mr. Kearns, and now had a blanket "no kill" policy. His powers slightly diminished, he glided into the air and chose to ignore a woman being mugged. Passing nearby, Warstrike rescued the woman and attacked Blind Faith, the brutal fight coincidentally ending up in the church where Travis gained his powers with the fray damaging the interior and altar crucifix. Fearing he would lose his powers if defeated by Warstrike, whose telepathic powers momentarily disoriented him (having revealed elements of the imminent Godwheel event). Blind Faith savagely pounded at the now unconscious Warstrike until the revelation hit him that his powers could heal. He reassembled the broken crucifix and left.
Comments: Created by Dan Danko, Hoang Nyguen, Bob Downs.
Blind Faith's story wrapped up too quickly; we don't hear any more about Xanadu Amalgamated or the Brotherhood, but Blind Faith has a "no kill" policy in his last appearance despite wanting to kill his mysterious former employer. But at least we have his origin story; kudos to Malibu for letting Danko wrap this up.
I guess the final allegory is that just as he reassembled the broken crucifix bearing the life-size representation of Jesus, Blind Faith may have helped heal Warstrike's head injuries (adding to Warstrike's heightened healing factor). Perhaps comparing the resurrections of Warstrike to Jesus was too controversial.
This profile was completed 5/20/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Blind Faith has no known connections to:
Warstrike#4, p4 (main image)
Giant Size Warstrike, p10, pan3 (headshot as teenager)
Giant Size Warstrike, p3 (hit by lightning Jumpstart)
Warstrike#4, p7, pan1 (blasting)
Warstrike#1 (May, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), Hoang Nyguen (pencils), Bob Downs (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Warstrike#2 (July, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), Hoang Nyguen (pencils), Bob Downs & Larry Welch (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Warstrike#3 (July, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), Hoang Nyguen (pencils), Alex Dialy (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Warstrike#4 (August, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), Hoang Nyguen & Roger Robinson (pencils), Kelly Krantz (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Prototype#13 (August, 1994) - Len Strazewski (writer), Dean Zachary (pencils), John Livesay (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Warstrike#5 (September, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), David Wong (pencils), Howard Shum (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Warstrike#6 (October, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), Hoang Nyguen (pencils), Bob Downs (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
Giant Size Warstrike#1 (December, 1994) - Dan Danko (writer), Keith Conroy & Hoang Nyguen (pencils), Larry Welch (inks), Roland Mann (editor)
First posted: 09/14/2021
Last updated: 09/11/2021
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