Great Lakes Avengers
|Great Lakes Avengers (disbanded)|
Portrayed by various
|Known Aliases:||Mr. Immortal, Flatman, Doorman, Big Bertha and Dinah|
|Affiliations:||Independent, formerly linked to The Taskmaster|
|Socked By:||Dex, Jeff, Frito, Erin, Aisy|
|Introduction:||X-Men Mission: X-Mas in Milwaukee|
A rag-tag group of wanna-be heroes, the Great Lakes Avengers operated out of Milwaukee for a time. When it was revealed they were being used to commit crimes rather than stop them, they disbanded and sought more legal means of helping.
|Mr. Immortal - Craig Hollis|| FoH rally, the young idealist started up a counter rally (with far fewer people) that was dispersed by the FoH members. Later, three of them tailed Hollis and attacked him in an alley behind his building. The young man was badly beaten, set on fire, and left to die. His survival and subsequent experimentation proved to him that he was a mutant, and he immediately dedicated himself to doing good. He’s still a college student (going on the sixth year of his degree) and is supported by a sizable trust fund from his parents.
Hollis is young, idealistic, and utterly clueless. He’s socially awkward and completely obsessed with the idea of being a superhero. He has joined virtually every good cause on campus, and has started half a dozen others. His support group for mutants would prove to be the main motivation for the team. Mr. Immortal cannot die. When injured, his body heals at a normal rate, but once his life functions stop, his body immediately regenerates itself of all damage. While it is unknown how extreme the damage that his powers can recover from, at this point, there does not seem to be a limit.
|Flatman - Dr. Val Ventura|| |
Val’s body is extremely flat; his mutation has replaced the normal human structure with a strange kind of omni-flesh that can bend, stretch and harden at will. He possesses the ability to stretch and twist his limbs and body to a prodigious degree, and due to the elasticity of his form, is almost impossible to hurt. He needs little food and water to live, and can survive without oxygen for over fifteen minutes at a time.
|Doorman - DeMarr Davis|| |
DeMarr is an extraordinarily powerful teleporter, although he doesn’t know it. He can create portals to any location, through which he can either step into the new location or simply view it. He does not need to know or see the location in order to use his abilities, which is a major difference from most teleporters, and the portals seem to possess a subconscious survival instinct, never manifesting in a dangerous location for his purposes.
|Big Bertha - Ashley Crawford|| |
Ashley possesses layers of quantum fat; she can increase it in mass, density and distribution, making herself stronger and impervious to harm. By changing the distribution, she can effectively modify her facial features and body type to disguise herself. Once her control improves, Ashley will discover that her control allows her to change her body type to extreme level, increasing to massive proportions, or reducing down to nearly her pre-manifestation figure.
|Dinah Soar|| Soar has spent most of her life in labs of one form or another. She was given up for adoption two days after her birth, where she had already exhibited her reptilian and avian characteristics. Adopted by Dr. Bernard Soar, a genetic researcher and notable crackpot, she grew up with her foster father working on his experiments for a number of different companies, the more non-invasive of which included her. Soar was a surprisingly dedicated parent, home schooling Dinah and helping her develop her abilities as she grew. Unfortunately, when he died of cancer when she was 16, the research group he worked for tried to claim Dinah as their property as part of her father’s work. Soar fled and it was three years before legal proceedings cleared her. She enrolled into a local college, but quickly found herself unable to fit into the regular student population. However, she met Hollis there, and the two grew close quickly.
Dinah possesses a range of powers, including flight and razor tipped wings as part of her physiology. She also possesses a sonic attack that manifests as a raptor like scream, which paralyzes targets for up to twenty seconds.
|The Professor|| Never seen by the group, but was considered the operational brains of the outfit, calling Mr Immortal with targets and battle plans. He later turned out to be the mutant criminal, The Taskmaster
Having realised his mutant power of immortality, Craig Hollis decided to use his abilities for good and become a super hero. However, those abilities weren't exactly practical in working alone, so he put an ad in the newspaper, asking for wanna-be superheroes to join his 'support group'. The group was targeted by Tony Masters, aka The Taskmaster, who used them as a diversion in his robberies - in his guise as "The Professor", he would call with targets, which he told the GLA were drug labs and such belonging to Leather Boy, and the group would attack them. While the security was focussed on the GLA, Masters' men would slip in the back way and help themselves.
Eventually the thefts - and the attacks - drew official attention and SHIELD sent in Garrison Kane, Terry Cassidy and Abigal Brand to investigate as part of the FBI. The conspiracy was uncovered and the Great Lakes Avengers were convinced to disband and focus their life-saving and helpless-helping to more legal avenues, such as Red X.
While organizing a mutant-positive rock festival for the end of August 2012, Big Bertha received several creditable threats from The Purifiers. A little concerned, she called Doreen Green to see if the X-Men could provide extra security. The first night of the concert passed quietly; on the second night, however, the Purifiers struck. Thankfully, the presence of the X-Men prevented anyone from being seriously hurt.