Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Hyperclan: TRONIX

Alter Ego: None known
Occupation: Alien Invader
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: The Hyperclan, White Martians
Base of Operations: Still Zone, formerly a floating city in the Pacific Ocean
First Appearance: JLA #1 (January, 1997)
Height: Variable; appeared approx. 5'10"
Build: Variable; appeared athletic
Eyes: Variable; appeared reddish-brown
Hair: None
Skin: Variable; appeared brown

Tronix arrived with The Hyperclan on the lawn of the White House, claiming as a group to be alien heroes. She helped seed one of the world's most famous wastelands, but her fetishistic dress and sadistic manner made her among the least convincing in the charade. In truth, the Hyperclan was the advance force of a White Martian army freed after millenia from exile in the Still Zone and set on conquering Earth. The team systematically negated any resistance, including the JLA. Tronix specifically targeted Wonder Woman, licking her lips with a pierced tongue after seemingly charring her with energy beams. The Amazing Amazon lived, to be taken to the ancient Martian city of Z'Onn Z'Orr.

Before Wonder Woman and her teammates could be tortured to death, the Batman breached Z'Onn Z'Orr's security. Tronix was part of a team sent to capture him, but instead found that Batman had already incapacitated one member of the Hyperclan, learned their secret, and trapped Tronix with two others in a ring of fire. Tronix was last seen bound with her three downed teammates and dragged by the Dark Knight.

Tronix usually partnered with Fluxus on missions. She seemed to relish taunting her foes the most of the Hyperclan, often describing her intention to destroy her enemies in graphic detail before getting down to business.

Powers & Weapons:
While presumably possessed of the innate abilities seen in most Martians of all colors, the White Martians held for millenia in the otherdimensional "Still Zone" displayed a tendency toward heavily favoring only certain of these abilities. Tronix was only shown to possess the powers of flight and energy projection (broad, yellow blasts from her hands, and precise purple/red beams from her eyes.)

Tronix has a catastrophic vulnerability to fire, causing immediate loss of her abilities, and eventually death.

Quote: "'Wonder Woman'! Ha! I was looking forward to a fight! This is going to be so easy. They're useless... Killing that Daxamite priest out by the Krypton Gulf was harder than this and he was a pacifist!"

Created by: Grant Morrison and Howard Porter


will_in_chicago said...

Tronix seems like a pretty creepy character. I think that the trick of having a group of people pose as heroes might be a good one to see used again in the DCnU.

Diabolu Frank said...

I agree.

I just wanted to mention that this was posted three years to the day I first began drafting it. I did a whole slew of preliminary Hyperclan bios, then set them aside. This left Züm the only member with a published biography for several years. Even worse, none of the Hyperclan I've covered so far ever had an on-panel fight with the Martian Manhunter. As a result, the Hyperclan are only in the Vile Menagerie census as a team entry, with the individual members now listed under a separate heading. That helps me deal with agents of Vulture, "the Others," and the rest who have slight association/pose no serious threat to J'Onn J'Onzz one-on-one.