Final Fate of Marine Special Unit 302 Ã¬The DevilÃs OwnÃ®
Joseph Collins, aka Ã¬The FixÃ®:
The reputation of the DevilÃs Own became the stuff of legend, due in no small way to the nearly miraculous things created in the field by FixÃs technical genius. But the war changed the young man. He would never again be the happy innocent he was before GuadalCanal. Unlike most soldiers, his return from the war was not a celebration, nor a chance to relax and find a wife.
The government found immediate use for him in their continuing weapons research. With his talent for machines, he excelled, creating many of the advances now taken for granted.
His depression and increasing paranoia would go largely undetected, and the relentless stress and workload would never end.
Finally, something within the Irishman would break. He saw the government and military as forces of evil and oppression bent on dominating all the peoples of the world. He devised a plan to rid the world of them forever. He became the first true megalomaniacal supervillain.
His plan to take over the top secret base where he was stationed was an unqualified success, and from there managed to gain absolute control of AmericaÃs automated defense systems, including most of the nuclear arsenal, in June, 1971.
He was stopped by a vigilante Talent watchdog group calling itself The Cadre. The CadreÃs leader, Retroshock, himself ended the crisis with the simple solution of a bullet to the brain. Retroshock then retired from public crimefighting never to be seen again.
Joseph Collins contributions to technological advancement would never be recognized. Officially, he never existed, and the threat he posed to the free world never acknowledged. His body was cremated and quietly put to rest in a government cemetery.
William Carson, aka Ã¬ReboundÃ®
Willie Carson came back from the war, jubilant to have survived, and proven himself to anyone that he felt mattered. He went home to Montana and quickly married an old high school sweetheart. He too was changed by the war, but not so tragically as Collins. His experiences gave him a taste for the world that could not be sated by rural Montana life. He grew restless, and secretly practiced and developed his powers, which by this point were becoming vast. His ability to absorb and dampen energies had broken the quantum barriers. Strength, endurance, projection and regeneration were all growing off the charts.
After 7 years, his marriage finally ended, and in 1953, he moved on to greener pastures. He adopted the methods of many of his co-talents, creating a costume and secret identity for himself, fighting whatever wrongs he came across. His reputation in that arena grew, as did his powers.
After almost 10 active years in the superhero arena, he began to notice something odd. He was 40 years old and still looked and felt 25. His neighbors and friends in his private life also began to take notice. His ability to regenerate was becoming a problem. He managed to fake his own death and disappear into another city, taking another identity. Rebound was never seen again in Chicago, but Retroshock blazed upon the scene in New York. He formed an alliance of like-minded Talents and called them the Cadre. They were the toast of the town for several years, seemingly immune to the political actions increasingly attacking talents of all types. They were very careful in their actions, always protecting innocents first, capturing villains second.
Retroshock retired from public life in 1971 after he was forced to kill one of his oldest friends from WWII to protect public safety. He never told his teammates why.
He continues to fight the good fight, always taking on a new identity every 10-20 years, uprooting himself and adopting a new name in a new city. His country accent long ago disappeared, but he still retains his folksy charm. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and fights crime under the name Ã¬RoninÃ®.