Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Vile Menagerie: RIO FERDINAND
Rio Ferdinand was an agent working under then-current U.S. Homeland Security chief Keane during the "One Year Later" period. She was a casual killer of anyone who might interfere with Keane's plans. This included Alex Ferguson's best friend "Sully" Sullivan and the original head scientist over Keane's Martian experimentation program, whom she "fired" for allowing an escape. Each with done in by a bullet to the brain. Ferdinand activated the brainwashed assassin of Roh'Kar and brought in the agent Giggs to stalk the Martian escapees. Ferdinand led the investigative team following Alex Ferguson's death that connected him to Sara Moore, on whom Rio successfully implanted a tracking device. This led to the uncovering of a Martian safehouse and the death of Jornell.
Rio Ferdinand's total disregard for human life made murder and the threat of same her favorite tool. Putting a gun to an underling's head as motivation to speed up an internet search meant nothing to her. Ferdinand continued to work for Keane until evidence of her murder of Sullivan was leaked by persons unknown to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. While Giggs was initially implicated after going rogue, it seems likely that this was the result of Keane's paranoia. Ferdinand was arrested and questioned, but eventually released on her own recognizance. This afforded her the opportunity to confront Keane, although she was seemingly convinced of his innocence in the matter. Regardless, Ferdinand began collecting a trove of evidence she had kept in various storage locations across multiple states, then offered to feed Keane to the feds in order to walk on her own charge. However, one of the F.B.I. agents was on Keane's payroll, and attempted to murder Ferdinand. Rio escaped, and later turned her bundle of incriminating evidence over to the Martian Manhunter to secure her freedom from immediate apprehension. Whether J'Onn J'Onzz honored the deal is unknown, as are Rio Ferdinand's current whereabouts.
Quote:"There's a very powerful rifle aimed at your head right now, Sara. All I have to do is nod and you'll be dead before you hit the sidewalk. So, are you ready to come with me?"
First Appearance: Martian Manhunter #1 (October, 2006)
Created by A.J. Lieberman & Al Barrionuevo