Real Name: Leonid Vishnevetsky
Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-148611 / "New Universe") human paranormal;
Soviet (USSR) citizen (see comments);
no criminal record
former automobile factory worker
Group Membership: Formerly Crashniye Solleetsi (see comments) / Red Sun Soviet Paramilitary Task Force (Coojeechiscue/Nadehzda, Shivowtnoeh/Irina Mityushova; formerly Dehman Doosha/"Johnny Do")
Affiliations: Lindsey Falmon, Kathy Ling
Enemies: Potiphar, Siberian Project (Gennardi Shepalev, Petrov Szymanski, Sergei Vladimiroff, Anya Zotov);
formerly Kathy Ling
Known Relatives: Zoya Kollanti Vishnevetsky (wife), Nina, Zenia (daughters)
Education: Completed studies at Leningrad Vocational Institute
Aliases: Force Point (English translation of Russian codename)
"Butt-head" (from Kathy Ling)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Siberian Project for paranormal research, Siberia, USSR;
born in Leningrad, USSR
First Appearance: Psi-Force#23 (September, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: Sillatochca could psionically expand the mesonic binding of atomic matter on a molecular level. This expansion occurred in the form of building pressure, which, in turn, caused the object of focus to eventually burst apart from the pressure being exerted.
The effort of using his power takes a heavy toll on Leonid, and he endured a consistent droning headache since his powers developed. This pain increased exponentially depending upon the amount of mental force is was required to use on a given object.
His paranormality and the associated enhanced brain capacity led to a slight enlargement of his cranium (see comments).
A trained mechanic, Leonid has an understanding of structural tension and because of this, he is able to quickly judge which portion of a mechanical construct needs the least amount of pressure applied to successfully incapacitate it.
A pacifist, Leonid resisted being pressed into being a warrior by the Siberian Project and he was afraid to use his powers to their fullest, but he reluctantly complied due to threats to his family.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair: Brown (sometimes white; male pattern baldness; sometimes with ponytail)
(Psi-Force#26: Sillatochca profile) <April 1, 1955> Leonid Vishnevetsky was born.
(Psi-Force#23 (fb) - BTS / Psi-Force#26 (fb) - BTS) - Leonid and Zoya had two daughters, Nina and Xena.
(Psi-Force#28 (fb)) - Leonid's wife, Zoya, gave him a necklace on his birthday (see comments).
(Psi-Force#26: Sillatochca profile) - Leonid enjoyed automobiles, auto mechanics, ice hockey, and beer brewing.
(Psi-Force#26: Sillatochca profile) <July 22, 1986 > - Leonid Vishnevetsky was empowered by the White Event (a release of Star Brand energy that blanketed the Earth and granted two out of every million people paranormal powers). His paranormal ability to psionically expand the mesonic binding of atomic matter on a molecular level surfaced that same day.
(Psi-Force#26: Sillatochca profile) - The effort of using his power takes a heavy toll on Leonid, and he endured a consistent droning headache since his powers developed.(Psi-Force#28 (fb) - BTS) - <Sometime before October 3, 1986; "over two years" before the main story> - The Siberian Project began gathering Soviet paranormals.
(Psi-Force#23 (fb) - BTS / Psi-Force#27 (fb) - BTS) - Sillatochca and his fellow paranormals in Red Sun assisted in Afghanistan, where they suffered injuries.
(Psi-Force#26: Sillatochca profile) - Sillatochca used his powers to burst a moving tank, but the strain rendered him unconscious for over sixteen hours.
(Psi-Force#23 (fb) - BTS / Psi-Force#27 (fb) - BTS) - The Siberian Project considered this "Afghanistan affair" an abysmal performance (see comments).(Psi-Force#23) <4/2/1988> - When the KGB's Sergei Vladimiroff visited the Siberian Project to oversee the rehabilitation of the Crashniye Solleetsi, Anya Zotov showed him footage of Sillatochca, noting that he continued to prove bitterly opposed to their entire program and that only their threat to his family kept him under their control.
(Psi-Force#27) <9/2/1988> - During a Siberian Project meeting, as Gennardi Shepalev and Petrov Szymanski discussed killing "Johnny Do" (aka Dehman Doosha) due to his uncontrollable nature as an autistic pyrokinetic, a disgusted Leonid interrupted, asking about his situation. Sergei Vladimiroff asked if he was going to whine incessantly about his family again, and he reminded Leonid that they had told him repeatedly that his family was being well cared for. Vladimiroff continued that they were being cared for better than they deserved, considering Leonid's abysmal performance in the Afghan affair.
Advising Vladimiroff that he was a mechanic and not a killer, Leonid caused Vladimiroff's pencil to explode, after which Leonid continued that his attitude and actions were rapidly making him change his position on the matter.
Coojeechiscue then used a cube of force to contain Sillatochca, who complained that she should be stopping Vladimiroff. Apologizing to Leonid, Coojeechiscue informed Leonid that as a member of the Red Sun task force, he was her responsibility, while Vladimiroff was her superior, "for better or worse."
Later, the still hospitalized Lyndsey Falmon touched a medicine tray Leonid had touched, and she sensed his love for his family, his wife Zoya and their two kids.
(Psi-Force#28) <10/3/1988> - Alongside Coojeechiscue and Shivowtnoeh, Sillatochca participated in challenge against Kathy Ling in the Siberian Project's Combat Situation Room. Leonid exploded something (a piece of machinery?) in Ling's vicinity, but she formed a telekinetic shield to protect herself as she vaulted (or levitated herself) away from it. She hurled something at Leonid, which he exploded. When she approached him after forcing her way out of Coojeechiscue's energy cube, Leonid exploded a series of combat dummies while apologizing to the "child" (in Russian, which she didn't understand), noting that he had to perform for his keepers if he wished to see his family, even if he had to hurt her. However, protected by her telekinetic shield, she instead continued forward to kick him in the chest and knock him down.
After Ling had surrendered due to her fear in being confronted by the monstrous Shivowtnoeh, Leonid rushed to her, asking if she was unhurt (speaking English but in thick Russian accent). Telling him she was just fine, Kathy asked his name, and he told her, "Leonid," after which she apologized for calling him "butt-head" during the conflict. When he asked her what that meant, she told him, "never mind."
Trying to help Kathy, he told her not to be afraid of Shivowtnoeh, as she was truly animal and could smell the fear on her and that she would consider Kathy to be prey as she was everything Shivowtnoeh could never be; he further noted that Shivowtnoeh was everything Kathy hated about her paranormal curse. After Kathy thanked him for the advice, he told her to be careful and bade her farewell, although he considered that his assisting of "the enemy" would give his Siberian Project masters something else to use against him.
As he walked away, fearing he would never his wife or darling daughters again, he accidentally collided with Lindsey Falmon, whose object empath powers caused her to see his memories of his family while causing him to feel his family's presence. Confused, he asked what she did and if she knew his family, and Lindsey noted that she had felt/sensed that they were OK. Leonid had more questions, but the Siberian Project's orderly/nurse took her away, telling her not to touch anyone again and apologizing to comrade Vishnevetsky.
Later that evening, desperate to know what Lindsey knew about his family, Leonid left his quarters and incapacitated a guard by blowing up his gun and then applying enough pressure on his head to knock him out. Stealing the guard's security card, Leonid accessed Lindsey's room. To answer his questions, Lindsey asked for something from his family, and he gave her a pendant from Zoya, and she used it to share history and emotions from Zoya.
Brought to tears by seeing and feeling the emotions of his family, Leonid argued that he had done nothing to deserve this. Lindsey hugged Leonid, assuring him that he would be with them again, and she promised him that if he helped her, he would see them again soon. Leonid asked what she would have him do.
(Psi-Force#29 (fb)) - Lindsey talked to Leonid about an escape plan.(Psi-Force#29) <October 5, 1988> - During a free-for-all Red Sun training exercise, Shivowtnoeh hurled objects at Sillatochca, who exploded it. However, this left him open to an assault by Coojeechiscue, who sent a cube to knock his feet out from under him, leaving him vulnerable to a potential assault from Shivowtnoeh. Administrative director Petrov Szymanski derided Red Sun's performance as pathetic, especially Leonid's, and he instructed him that he should be serving the state proudly rather than the whimpering, self-possessive, repressive attitude he had affected.
Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Graham Nolan, and Mike Witherby.
See the New Universe primer.
See the sub-profile on Zoya, Nina, & Zenia for Leonid's appearance pre-paranormality.
A very likable character for whom it was easy to be sympathetic. He just wanted to be with his family. He helped Kathy Ling overcome her fear of Shivowtnoeh, and he tried to help Psi-Force escape. Potiphar shooting him so callously helped make Potiphar a very unlikeable character.
I'm not sure if the "Afghanistan affair" that Coojeechiscue and Red Sun were involved in is related to the one in which Rodstvow virtually singlehandedly delivered victory to Soviets.
"Crasniye" means "red", but the "solleetsi" word doesn't exist. It seems to be a misspelling of "solntsa" - "suns".--Mike Castle
Me again...in Psi-Force I#27 and subsequent issues, the group name is confirmed to be Red Sun, although the above Russian spelling is repeated.
Kathy Ling called him "butt-head" because he had a crease running down the middle of his balding head.
Per his OHotMU-esque profile in Psi-Force I#26, his codename is pronounced "Seel-ya-tosh-ka."
Though his Russian name is grammatically incorrect (it should be "Tochka Sily"), yes, it's "Force Point."
In his profile in Psi-Force#26, Leonid's date of birth was noted as
4-1-55. In Psi-Force#28, Lindsey reads Leonid's memories, and she notes
that his wife, Zoya, gave him his necklace on his 34th
birthday...which is problematic, because that story took place on
10/3/1988, so he wouldn't have even been 34 at that time of the story,
and we know that the KGB gathered him sometimes between July 22 and
October, 1986, when he would have only been 31. He got the necklace
before the time of his paranormality (or at least before his head
started to change shape) and certainly before he was separated from his
Leonid certainly looked like he could be a decade older (born in 1945), but that may just be because of his hair loss. His children did not look that much older when going to school under KGB supervision than when they stood by happily as Zoya gave Leonid the necklace, so maybe his date of birth was off by a few years, so that maybe he was born in in 1950-1951, and he would have received the necklace in 1984-1985. Or, maybe Lindsey was just a little off in her assessment of Leonid's age when he got the necklace, and maybe he was only 30, which would make it 1985.
Leonid looked completely bald in the panel in which he was seen in
Psi-Force#23, as well as the first time Lindsey glimpsed him in a
vision in #27. Although balding, he had brown hair when actually seen
in #27 and #29, but white/light gray hair in #28 and on the cover of
His family looked significantly different than the images in Psi-Force#28. It would appear that Zoya, immediately to his right (our left), had short hair, while their two children appeared to be significantly older. The blond child could just as easily be a young boy as a young girl in that image, and the older girl has lighter hair than the dark-haired girl in the PF28 image.
In Psi-Force#23, Lindsey was just starting to recover from the battle with Rodstvow, and she was glimpsing Leonid at a distance, whereas she usually sensed memories, etc. on direct contact or with an object of personal significance...so perhaps she was actually reading more than one person at a time, or her powers were just a little faulty.
I would really love it if the likes of Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, or Saladin Ahmed would do a story that stayed true to continuity and followed the New Universe forward in real time over the last 30+ years. I would like to see a little spot where Lindsey Falmon, possibly with the aid of Coojeechiscue and/or the members of Psi-Force, ensured the health and welfare of Leonid's wife and daughters, checking in on them at regular intervals.
Psi-Force was a decent series before Fabian took over, but it became the most interesting comic in a line I loved while he was in charge.
Profile by Snood.
Sillatochca should be distinguished from:
(Psi-Force#23 (fb) - BTS / Psi-Force#26 (fb) - BTS) - Leonid and Zoya had two daughters, Nina and Xena.
(Psi-Force#28 (fb)) - Zoya gave Leonid a necklace on his birthday (see comments).
(fb) - BTS)
- <Sometime before October 3, 1986; "over two years" before the main
story> - The Siberian Project began gathering Soviet paranormals.
(Psi-Force#28 (fb) - BTS) - Presumably after Leonid complied with the Siberian Project and participated in Red Sun, Zoya, Nina, & Zenia were moved to a nicer home, but they remained under KGB supervision. Agents picked up Nina and Zoya and took them to school. Although kept a comfortable prisoner, Zoya was very lonely, and she missed Leonid.
Psi-Force#28 - BTS) - Bumping into Leonid in the Siberian Project, Lindsey Falmon shared his memories of his family. Leonid later sought Lindsey out and, via his necklace, Lindsey allowed Leonid to see and feel his family's current existence.
Promising they would get him to his family, Lindsey convinced Leonid to help her free her Psi-Force teammates and facilitate an escape. However, in the process, he was fatally shot by Potiphar, who had been sent to rescue Psi-Force and presumed Leonid to be loyal to the Siberian Project.--Psi Force#23 (28
Psi-Force#23 (September, 1988) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Graham Nolan (penciler), Mike Witherby (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Psi-Force#27 (January, 1989) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), David Wohl (assistant editor), Howard Mackie (editor)
Psi-Force#28-29 (February-March, 1989) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Alan Kupperberg (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), David Wohl (assistant editor), Howard Mackie (editor)
First posted: 03/27/2023
Last updated: 07/31/2022
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