Sir Simon Church was a British student in the days before World War II. He gained his powers due to contracting what scientists would come to call Cryptocorporeal Biomutagenic Encephalorrhea, or, more colloquially, “The Prometheus Virus”, from sexual contact with an alien xenoanthropologist and cartographer, who crash-landed while updating the starcharts for her society, and also attempting to study Earth’s animals from orbit. The virus mutated Simon’s cellular structure and gave him amazing superpowers. Simon and the alien woman, Zhalla-Vin, left Earth to reside on her own home planet, Amzaa Prime. Simon lived with her, loved her, and served as an unofficial ambassador to the Milky Way galaxy. He was returned to Earth when Zhalla-Vin passed away. He was gone for over 5 years by his experience, but due to temporal shift, was only gone for about 3 days Earth time.
Simon carried on. When the war raged, he’d decided that he would use his fantastic superpowers to become one of the heroic “mystery men’ he’d heard so much about over the radio, and contribute to the war effort for Jolly Olde England. He, still feeling that his life was nowhere, especially without his beloved Zhalla-Vin, he figured to become a war hero, just as his father, David Church, had been in WWI.
Donning a costume derivative of the knights of old, he dubbed himself “Captain Cannon”. In time, he joined with other costumed superhumans to form The Freedom Warriors, the first superteam, comprised of supers from many of the Allied countries.
During the campaign, he’d began a secret relationship with the young American superheroine, Lillian Brooks, aka, “UltraGirl”.
At the end of WWII, Simon relocated to the United States. Being somewhat of a celebrity, he settled in Hollywood, California, and began writing memoirs of his adventures as a superhero. His book, “The Captain Cannon Story”, became a best seller, and garnered him lots of money and connections. Despite finally seeming to get his life together, the thrill of being a hero was too much to give up.
He and the Freedom Warriors team decided to stay together, though, Simon broke off his relationship with Lillian, and began one with an American actress named Diane Webster, though, he and Lillian didn’t stay apart for very long. Their on again/off again affair continued on, in secret, for years. Soon, Simon and Diane were married, and in 1949, had a child, Froederick.Simon Church. Simon led an idyllic life for the next several years, until he discovered his beloved Diane cheating on him with some young, Hollywood prettyboy. The divorce was ugly, but swift. Simon kept the majority of his material wealth, but, Diane gained custody of their son. It was then, that Simon, heartbroken, descended into drugs and sexual addiction, determined not to risk his heart anymore, after losing the only two women he’d ever loved.
Unbeknownst to Simon and the world at large, the Prometheus Virus was communicable as an STD.
Unwittingly, Simon would be the literal and figurative father of generations of superbeings.

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Froederick Church grew up in the care of a mother who was, shall we say, less than perfect. The self-centered starlet was more interested in being seen at trendy spots with trendy people than raising her son. She threw money at him to buy his good behavior. It wasn’t enough. His father was no help either.
Simon had become bitter at his former wife’s betrayal, and Fred, who had his mother’s eyes and hair, was a living reminder that love was fickle and dangerous. After Fred had hit his teen years, Simon seemingly wanted nothing to do with him. Freddy became a juvenile delinquent. He ran with a bad crowd. Experimented with drugs and alcohol and was just a bundle of hot, unfocused anger and frustration… until days after his 19th birthday, when that hot anger became cold. EXTREMELY cold.
Freddy was truly his father’s son, as the Prometheus Virus that infected his DNA since conception manifested in a very powerful cryokinesis. So powerful, in fact, that Freddy could control the weather. It was the Summer of Love, and he made it snow in California in the middle of July, just to test the extent of his powers.
Overjoyed at finally having some form of real power in the world, Fred became a criminal. He robbed banks, casinos and museums. He killed policemen during chases and escapes. He kidnapped, extorted and threatened the rich and prominent, all before he was even 21. He made quite a name for himself in the burgeoning supercriminal underworld. Some thug dubbed him “The Snowman”,and he liked it. The ABOMINABLE Snowman. Fred was smarter than the average thug, though. America was becoming more and more crowded with these superhumans and mystery men every day. Freddy decided to move to the land of his ancestry and start anew.
In London, England, The Snowman spent the next decade forging a criminal empire rivalling any of the gangster kings of the Americas. By age 30, he was a multimillionaire kingpin of drugs, prostitution and organized crime with a vast network of spies and mercenaries under his thrall. Still, he longed for vengeance against those who he felt had made his long, arduous life a living hell– his parents.
Fred travelled back to California. He found his mother in Ocean City, California, on her fifth husband, yet, in the arms of another man. With a touch, Fred froze his mother and her lothario lover solid, and shattered them like glass. His father was even easier to find. Simon had just bought a compound in Ocean City, as well, not far from his mother’s place. Fred confronted Simon, but found him much harder to dispatch than his mother was. Simon’s superpowers kept him young. He looked even younger than his harried son, whom he barely recognized, until Fred began raging at his neglectful father for abandoning him. Simon was all but immune to Fred’s extreme temperatures, and, as superstrong as the Snowman was, Simon was stronger. And faster. Fred, defeated, begged Simon to let him go. He owed him that. What little bit of pity and guilt Simon harbored made him release his son and not call the authorities. Fred, free, assured him that he’d just made a fatal mistake, and that he’d be back someday to finish what he started.
Fred returned to London to find that his criminal empire was under new management; a paramilitary covert ops network calling itself The Prime Number. This shadow government, filled to the brim with metahumans, was too much for even Snowman to handle. He barely made it out with his life by creating a massive blizzard to cover his escape. Fred ran from his former network of spies and assassins for weeks until he was contacted by agents of another clandestine organization called The Cryptocrats who have promised to assist him in regaining his criminal empire as well as the harder job of taking down his father. Fred agrees and is now an enforcer for the Cryptocrats, planning for the day he will be able to systematically destroy everything his father has built, and eventually kill Simon himself. it would take a while, but he was patient. After all, he was his father’s son. He may not have his father’s seeming immortality, but he was aging slower than the average man, and he was very, very strong.

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During one of the many, MANY trysts that Lillian Brooks has had with Simon Church, one of them bore fruit, so to speak. It was later in her career that UltraGirl changed her super-identity to “StarWoman”.
She had struck out on her own away from the Freedom Warriors, whom she felt had become yet another celebrity-obsessed group of narcissists. Still, she had an unhealthy relationship with Simon Church. He had been her first love, and had ‘made a woman of her’ lo, those many years ago in the heat of World War II. Even after he’d been married several times, and seemingly couldn’t keep it in his pants whenever some tight young piece of ass was around, she always found herself back in his arms.
This was 1989. Lillian found herself pregnant, and Simon was the father. She figured that perhaps this would settle his urges and make him, if not loyal to her, then, at LEAST more responsible. She didn’t know about Froederick. Also, there was the problem of Simon being married. AGAIN. Her name was Dana Robbins, and she was Simon’s fourth wife. What’s more, it seemed that the ultimate hard-hearted chauvinist actually seemed to truly LOVE her. It made it all the harder on Lillian that SHE genuinely liked Dana. She was different from all the gold-diggers and harlots that Simon usually hitched himself to.
She was a modest school-teacher who didn’t give a damn about Simon’s celebrity or his money. Still, during the first 3 years of their marriage, Simon had crises of faith and trust, and dealt with them in his usual manner: by philandering… usually with Lillian.
For most of her rather long adult life, Simon had been a guilty pleasure/addiction and the source of her own crises of self-worth. She’d only married once, and her husband, Henry, had died of natural causes in 1967. She hadn’t really dated much. She had her law career, which was fulfilling, if somewhat dull at times. All she had outside of that at that point, was being StarWoman, and waiting for Simon to get his head out of his bum and realize that she loved him. In ’89, she became pregnant with Simon’s child and told him so. Needless to say, he was unimpressed. If nothing else, it showed him how reckless and foolish he’d been in his own life, but, it didn’t do too much to curb that behavior. Lillian had the child in 1990, and named him David in honor of Simon’s father, thinking that would ingratiate him to the boy. No dice. Simon and Lillian fought like cats and dogs for months due to the birth. In her lowest moments, Lillian held the threat of telling Dana over Simon’s head to get him to pay some attention to her and his illegitimate child. Simon circumvented that by confessing everything to Dana, himself. There were arguments, cold shoulders, stern talking-tos, but, in the end, Dana forgave Simon, and, he promised to change. To his credit, for the first time in his entire life, he MEANT it. Simon paid copious child support to Lillian for David and the two agreed to avoid each other. Simon didn’t even pretend that visitation rights were something he wanted. He just concentrated on his family.
it took that gut-wrenching series of events for Lillian Brooks to finally well and truly get over her 50-plus year unrequited obsession with Simon Church. She retired from being StarWoman and threw herself totally into raising her son, David, and her law career. She was a new woman. She was happy… Her son, on the other hand…

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David Sean Brooks was one of many children raised by a single mother who wanted nothing more than to have a relationship with his father. When he was about 4 years old, he was allowed to meet Simon Church. At first, Simon was pretty taken with the boy. He was the spitting image of his father, and that really struck a chord with Simon. It even got Simon and Lillian in a mindstate where they could coexist in the same room for more than 10 minutes like civilized people. Simon visited and brought gifts, and had Lillian and David over for dinner at least twice a month for a solid year.
All that changed when Dana got pregnant. The child was a girl. Simon, being the old fashioned man at heart that he was, wanted a boy to carry on the Church family name, Froederick being deliberately forgotten. Though David was not a “Church”, he was still Simon’s son, and was treated as such. Then, Simon really began to dote on ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’. She was named Lydia Diane Church, after Dana’s mother and, unbeknownst to Dana, the first (human) woman Simon ever loved. She was the apple of her father’s eye, which meant less and less attention paid to David over time.
When David was 9 and Lydia 4, Simon seemed to have all but forgotten David. Lydia was his world. David was still invited over to connect with the Churches, and bod with Lydia, but it was clear even to his young yet very precocious eyes that it was no longer ‘about him’. Even less so, since Dana had gotten pregnant again.
This time the child was a healthy baby boy. Simon was overjoyed. Lillian, Lydia and David less so.
Simon had named the boy David Paul Church, after his father and younger brother who had died of polio when he and Simon were children. This was a less-than-subtle slap in the face to Lillian, who admittedly had named her son David in a bid to manipulate Simon. This also drove home the reality to David Sean that he had been ‘replaced’. He spent the remainder of his childhood doing everything he could to get his father to notice and be proud of him. Davids Sean was a very bright and active child. He’d get A’s on his report card or win some award or trophy and was always more eager to show it to Simon than to his own mother. He played the role of big brother to Lydia almost grudgingly, thinking that it would earn his father’s love. None of this seemed to matter to Simon. David Paul was his golden boy, and neither David Sean or Lydia seemed to matter anymore. David Sean and Lydia did grow closer, however during their teen years due to a shared resentment of their father and younger brother, and the manifestation of their respective superpowers. David Sean’s powerset was almost exactly like his father’s; flight, strength, enhanced vision, the ability to generate an ionic forcefield… however, when he reached his 20’s David Sean’s resentment grew to encompass all things Chuch, including his younger half-sister. He had decided to hell with Simon Church for neglecting him and his mother and not living up to his responsibilities as a father and friend. To hell with him for stringing his mother along for so many years, and to hell with him for presenting himself as a hero to the world when in reality, he was a self-absorbed, chauvinistic, callous bag of shit.
David Sean had decided that he would succeed in life despite his lineage. He graduated college at 22 with a degree in engineering. He parleyed all the money he’d saved into a small fortune on the stock market, and invested in several technologies firms. He used a portion of his money to form a record company which signed many popular and lucrative acts. It wasn’t until he began producing indie films and horror movies that he realized that subconsciously he’d sunk a lot of money and effort into the intertainment industry because that’s what Simon did to make his fortune after retiring from superheroing. Perhaps he was subconsciously attempting to eclipse his father in his own endeavors.
Still, he was a success. This gave him another idea. If he was going to “beat Simon at own game”, then maybe he should really level the playing field. At 27 years old, David Sean Brooks had a fitted costume made, and decided to become a superhero. He called himself “Adonis”. (He was a handsome lad, after all).
He was rather rusty, as he really hadn’t used his powers for anything more than easy transportation, bypassing the God-Awful California traffic by flying, but, with profuse practice and exercise, he got into the swing of things. As Simon is widely considered to be the Grandfather of SuperCelebs, Adonis went VERY public with his identity and lineage. He became an overnight sensation with the news media as a photogenic savior of the city, and a darling in the tabloids as the illegitimate son of Captain Cannon and StarWoman. Simon was furious at being ‘outed’ like that, but, as he, himself had formed a media empire via his own movie studio and publishing empire, he and his staff were able to spin the ordeal.
Still, to this day, David Sean “Adonis” Brooks is a huge success, if only to spite his father.

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Lydia Diane Church didn’t ask to be born the only daughter of the world’s first and most famous superhero. She didn’t ask to have a chauvinistic father who seemed to completely stop valuing her as a human being once she outgrew her ‘cute little baby girl’ stage. She didn’t ask to be the middle child between the baby Golden Child, and possibly the only person who resents her father more than she does. None of that was her doing. What WAS her doing, was forming a superhero team solely for the sake of ticking off her daddy and making him pay attention to her.
The eldest of Simon’s two live-at-home children, Lydia has continually been passed over for her father’s doting affections in favor of her younger brother, David Paul Church, named after Simon’s own father, David Church, a revered hero of WWI.
True, she was once the apple of her father’s eye, and the spitting image of her mother, but, that was until David was born.
Simon, rather an old school British chauvinist, wanted a boy. A strong son to not only carry on the family name, but also be heir to the legacy of Captain Cannon, as well as the legacy of the Freedom Warriors:
the first superhero team, formed in World War II. A team that Simon led for most of his very long career.
Needless to say, when Lydia was born, he was nonplussed.
Still, Simon, back in those days, had not quite yet become the hard-hearted, calculating pragmatist hewould eventually become. he loved his little girl immensely, and he was happy with his wife, Dana.
But, when Lydia was 4 years old, her mother gave birth to a baby boy, and she was, in no uncertain terms, replaced in her father’s heart.
Growing up jealous and largely ignored by a man who was her hero took it’s toll on Lydia and soured her relationship with her brother. Lydia would later find that Simon had had another child.
Having had a failed and largely unhealthy relationship with his former Freedom Warriors teammate, Lillian Brooks, (formerly UltraGirl, later ‘StarWoman’), Simon had secretly fathered another child. An illegitimate boy he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) claim: David Sean Brooks (whom Lillian had also named after Simon’s father in an attempt to either win him over to the boy, or to agitate him.)
Checking facts, Dana would find that the child would have been conceived about 2 years after she and Simon got married.
All manner of stress and strife would come from this inconvenient relationship.
Lydia and David Sean would, oddly, become good friends, and over time, he would be as a big brother to her, though, Simon wouldn’t so much as look at the boy. The two children shared something – Being ignored by their father in favor of a little brother neither of them wanted.
When Lydia was 9 years old, tragedy struck. Simon’s identity was public knowlege. His extraterrestrially based superpowers halted his aging, and, having written a memoir and even been producer on 2 blockbuster movies about the Freedom Warriors, he was a celebrity. He was THE celebrity. Well, some novice supervillains somehow got it into their heads that the very rich, very retired superhero would be easy pickings for a shakedown.
They’d kidnapped his wife, Dana right out of the posh restaurant where they were dining that night for their 13th wedding anniversary, while Simon was in back berating the cook and the matre’d about how overdone his steak and underdone his potatoes were.
Lillian had graciously volunteered to watch the kids that night: Lydia, David Sean, David Paul, and even little Kyle Graham, the son of Lana Graham, the big time Hollywood actress next door, while she attended some red carpet affair to promote her hot new indy flick about a record store.
The kidnappers had also abducted a news crew from the scene of a fire in midtown. They’d set up shop on top of one of Ocean City’s tallest buildings and threatened, over the airwaves to drop Dana Church from the roof if Simon Church didn’t fork over his entire 266 million dollar fortune to them by midnight.
Simon was livid, and perhaps that made him reckless. He flew to the tall building and without so much as a word began his attack, he’d felled two of the superpowered goons before they knew what hit them, but got blasted by a third with the strange energy he cascaded.
The energy goon, who called himself ‘Siphon’ explained that his powers leeched away other meta’s powers, albeit temporarily. Simon was insane with rage and charged anyway. The two remaining goons warned him that they would drop Dana if he took one more step.
At the best of times, Simon was an excellent judge of character, but now, relying on pure instinct, that sense was sharpened. He went for the villain farthest from him. The one that seemed to be made of living mud. Simon ran at him, he mirrored the action. At the last possible moment, Simon dropped and slid like a baseball player stealing a base, and kicked the mud-man’s muck encrusted feet out from under him, putting him flat on his mushy face. Even without his superpowers, Simon was quicker than a man even half his age would be. In a blink, he was up and running at Siphon. The last assailant, “Jackhammer”, the one holding his beloved wife, screamed some incoherent obscenity at Simon to gain his attention, then, shoved poor horrified Dana over the roof’s edge.
Simon changed course like a pinball off a bumper and dove over the side after her, without even registering that his power to fly was nullified. The camera crew that the powergoons had abducted was filming the entire ordeal, and the cameraman aimed his lens over the roof’s edge and captured the Churches’ plummet.
The feed was being broadcast live. Lydia, Lillian and the rest of the kids were watching.
Simon and Dana fell closer and closer to the onrushing concrete below, and Simon was without his powers. He struggled and strained and grunted, trying to activate them mentally…. to overcome what had been done to him. He seemed to ‘shake off’ most of Siphon’s influence, but it was too late. The Churches crashed through the concrete at the base of the building, leaving a crater almost half a block in radius. Simon escaped the ordeal alive, but Dana was not so lucky. Her body was shattered. Simon’s partially invulnerable body was no cushion from the impact. She was dead, and her young daughter had seen her demise live on television. it scarred Lydia so much that, later, when her gravity powers fully developed, she had developed an odd form of acrophobia, and refused to actually fly. She would take long, 80 or 90 foot leaps, ricocheting off of walls and ledges, but, would not go any higher than 40 or 50 feet off the ground at a time.
Her angst-filled teen life became even more difficult, as her father quickly and often remarried after the death of her mother.
Whether she realized it or not, she was the spitting image of her mother, and as Dana was only the third woman Simon Church had ever truly loved in his long, long life, the sight of his daughter was a living memory of his late wife, and was painful. Simon ignored Lydia, and Lydia engaged in more and more wild, ill behavior to get his attention. Eventually, at age 19, she figured the best way to do that was to go into the ‘family business’.
Lydia decided to form her own superteam. That would show him…
Calling upon her best friend, Kyle Graham, who, himself had a relatively mild superability to control probability, and her ex-boyfriend, Virgil “Firehazard” Maxwell, the former metahuman gangmember, and illegitimate grandson of her father’s former fellow Freedom Warrior, Helios, they snuck into Simon’s private home office, hacked his computer, and found his private contacts list and files on the Freedom Warriors and their families and their locations.
One of the grandchildren of the Freedom Warrior Natu Kimballah, aka the Black Cheetah, lived and worked close by.
Vanessa Elisabeth Gibson, aka Armada, was contacted, and agreed to join. She had been an active superhero since she was 15. She, in turn contacted one of her old partners, the superstrong amazon called Brahma, who also agreed.
She propositioned her half-brother, David Sean Brooks, who now called himself Adonis, to join, but he had found his own niche in the world of both business and superheroics. The relations between Simon’s children had grown strained and somewhat cold in the last few years, thus, Adonis refused her. She would round out her team with one of Firehazard’s old friends from his days with the Devil’s Cross Mob metagang, “Rampage”, and a manipulator of malleable energy called SunDevil.
The team put out fires, and thwarted bank robberies, but they also fed the homeless and avenged battered women and stopped hate crimes. In a city where all the ‘big’ heroes were too arrogant and self centered to ‘stoop’ to catching purse-snatchers, and were too busy giving sound-bites on talk shows, Lydia, now called Neutrino, and her team eschewed the media and the trappings of celebrity.
It was the night of a very large fire in the historical district of Ocean City that Neutrino and her team arrived to help. Barked at by an ungrateful Police Department, but praised by the Fire Department for their assistance, and assaulted by an inquisitive media, particularly by a rather snarky, pushy and rude news-hen by the name of Robi McFarland, Lydia melted down on camera telling all and sundry that her team would not be pawns of the ratings-hungry media machine; that they didn’t require the thanks or the scorn or even the permission of local law and public service to do what they do; they were no one’s ‘sidekicks’, ‘legacy’ or ‘next generation’ despite the lineage of half the team being that of the Freedom Warriors. After a string of personal and profane on-air insults to Robi’s “journalistic integrity”, she turned to leave, only to be confronted by Adonis, who, while not as bad as most of the Celeb Superheroes in and around Ocean City, WAS looking to make a name for himself in the public eye, to promote his business endeavors, and, of course, still to gain the favor of Simon, if not as a superhero, then as an entrepreneur. The two had harsh words (all still being recorded by Robi’s newscrew and the other present media), in which Adonis insulted Lydia, her team, their age(s) and inexperience; calling them reckless, irresponsible children who got lucky!
Lydia countered, saying that if he were so much more mature, then, maybe he’d turn his back on showboating for the media and do something REAL, like staying to help the good men of the Fire Department clean up the mess while she and the other “reckless, irresponsible children” rush off to save more lives. Also, she pointed out that, as he had not been doing the hero thing much longer than they, as a team, had, and had yet to even face a real supervillain, he too, was “inexperienced”.
As they left, Adonis called back at Lydia and told her that, deep down, she was just seeking Daddy’s attention, (like he was, she countered), and that no matter what she says, she wants to be in the public eye just like every other superhero in Ocean City.
His parting shot:
“You brats will never be STARS!”
This gave Lydia what she felt the team was lacking… a name. So, just as they were taking off, and Robi McFarland got back in her face and asked who she and her team ‘think they are’, she turned and answered:
“You heard my whiny half-brother… We’re the StarBrats!”

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David Paul Church was born a pawn.
He’s been used by his father practically since his conception. Still, he lays claim to the dubious distinction of being the only living person that Sir Simon Church truly cares for besides himself. David Paul is the youngest child of the world’s first superhero. He is a good kid, despite the way he was raised and by whom. He was very young when his mother died, and harbors a great guilt that he is beginning to forget her. He had known since a very young age that he was the center of the contention between his father and siblings, and that also adds to the crushing guilt he carries. He goes out of his way to be a good person and a true hero. Like his other siblings, he only wants to please his dad, but, even moreso, he want’s his family to love one another and get along, as he thinks they should.
His father has planned his life down to the last detail since birth. He is the heir to the Captain Cannon name and legacy. Almost literally carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Simon had planned to unveil him as the new Captain Cannon, leader of an all-new generation of the Freedom Warriors, at a big press conference, which was upstaged by David Paul’s sister, Lydia, aka Neutrino, and her superteam, The StarBrats battling the cosmic powerhouse, Abraxas, to a standstill in the middle of downtown Ocean City. Simon was furious, and that day, declared the StarBrats enemies to be destroyed. The debut was put on hold, and, seeing the rift it caused in his already broken family, David decided to take charge of his own life. He arranged a press conference of his own, and introduced himself to the press, and his new team, not as the Freedom Warriors, but, under the name “System Alpha”, which he and his team all agreed as being ‘cooler’ and more current. This change made Simon angrier still, as he feels that the team has lost the ‘brand recognition’ of the Freedom Warriors name.
However, in his twisted way, he was proud of his boy for taking the initiative. System Alpha became the official, government-sanctioned superhero group for America, Canada and England, thanks to Simon’s connections, Thus putting David Paul in the position of Number One Superhero of the First World. All this means nothing to him, he surmises, if he can’t put his family back on the path to right. His father and sister hate each other, his step-mother, (Simon’s fifth wife), Molly Walters, a vapid model only barely older than Lydia, keeps trying to seduce him behind Simon’s back, and, he is sorely tempted. His half-brother, David Sean, in his frustration and fluctuating self-esteem seems to be travelling down a dark path, which is extremely dangerous considering Adonis’s vast power level. On top of all this, David is beginning to crack the veil of the wealthy, genial entertainment mogul that his father puts forth to see the true Simon Church: secret criminal mastermind and murderer; aided by inside information supplied to him by the older brother he never knew he had:
Fred “Snowman” Church, who seems hellbent on bringing Simon down, and using David Paul and Lydia to do it. That, plus, maintaining the position of level-headed leader of the premiere supergroup of possibly the entire world, providing the voice of reason and trying not to let himself or his team be corrupted by power, authority and celebrity like so many other heroes have, is a heavy burden to bear for someone who isn’t even legal to drink, yet.
All this responsibility, these secrets and this dysfunction are weighing heavily on the poor, put-upon 19 year old superhero. Will he be able to handle it, or will he crack, as seems to be the family tradition?
That is the question that dogs his every waking moment.