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International Operations

    In General 
The secret organization that rules the world.
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    Miles Craven 
The secret ruler of Earth and the leader of International Operations. He's been locked in a cold war with Skywatch, and Henry Bendix.

    Jackie King 
The chief of International Operations. Also the leader of the analysis team.
  • The Ace: At data collecting and strategy.
  • Adaptational Wimp: She isn't a legendary fighter anymore, just I.O.'s chief.
  • Bad Boss: Subverted. She initially teases Mitch and doesn't take him seriously but she's always around to give him some smart advice. She takes his death very personally.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Acts a little odd, demanding her underlings say "yo-ho" when entering the room, but she is good at her job all the same.
  • Desk Jockey: Chief of I.O., which means she provides information on hits and situations.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Tells Mitch he can shoot people if they get in the way of him getting her morning coffee.
  • The Strategist: Plans I.O.'s attacks and gathers data.

    Ivana Baiul 
Miles' deputy leader, who is secretly trying to undermine and overthrow him.
  • Bad Boss: Always grouching at her workers, who all hate her.
  • Jerkass: Always grouching and trying to make fools of everyone.
  • Prim and Proper Bun
  • The Starscream: Continuously undermining Miles and Jackie and trying to seize their positions for herself. She eventually turns out to be reporting to someone else, outside of IO.

    Mitch Saunders 

  • Mauve Shirt: After appearing through several issues, he's killed by Zealot on Bendix's orders.
  • New Meat: The intern at I.O.'s analysis team.
  • Techno Wizard: Knows how to place an intel-taking bug inside of Skywatch without it being caught.

    John Lynch 
The former leader of International Operations.
  • Badass Normal: Survives both the raid of Science City Zero and Marc Slayton's violent rampage. Also manages to kill Andrew Kwok, a superpowered individual. Though comments by Slayton and Kwok hint the "normal" no longer applies to him.
  • Bad Boss: Implied. People don't hold a high opinion of Lynch, including (especially) people who knew him.
  • Eye Scream: His right eye was damaged in Skywatch's attack on IO. His left eye bleeds as he fends off Andrew's mental attack.
  • Jerkass: People really don't like him.
  • LEGO Genetics: It's hinted he's been tinkering with himself.
  • No Social Skills: Something most of Project: Thunderbook's subjects rag him about.
    Alex Fairchild: Human stuff was never your strong suit, was it? Don't get me wrong. You were a good commanding officer. Best I ever had. But human life always kinda escaped you.
  • The Paranoiac: Described as such, even placing an incendiary device in an old folder.
  • Posthumous Character: Supposedly died in the 70s, during the Skywatch raid on Science City Zero. He's actually alive and well.
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Wild C.A.T.

    In General 
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  • The Ace: Every single person in the team is a one man army. Imagine them all together.

    Jacob Marlowe 
The owner and CEO of Halolife. Secret leader of the WildC.A.T.S. One of five Khera to come to Earth, he was the leader of the mission, and the one responsible from stranding them.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's a charming alien who doesn't constantly grill and berate his people, unlike his previous version.
  • The Alcoholic: His excuse is that he's trying to strengthen his digestive system.
  • Alien Among Us
  • Bystander Syndrome: When Angie contacts him asking for assistance with the all-out war between IO and Skywatch, he declines because he doesn't think it's a threat to his project.
  • Corporate Warfare: Against Miles Craven.
  • Expy: Can be considered one for Elon Musk; the reason IO sent Michael Cray to kill him is because he's selling bleeding-edge tech to civilians — little things like smartphones, solar panels, residential and industrial batteries — in a manner that directly threatens the utility companies and hardline communication providers.
  • Desk Jockey: C.E.O. of Halolife and plans the C.A.T.S' missions aside Grifter.
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: He looks like a normal dwarf, but his bone structure is very, very wrong. And this is when he bothers to look human.
  • Jerkass: He was apparently a very unpleasant person back home, and John still hates him for it.
    • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Even though he's grouchy and easily irritable, he's really just trying to do the best. Maybe. It's eventually clarified that his idea of what's right is skewed.
  • Knight Templar: Not above sending his team to slaughter I.O. hitmen.
  • Rebel Leader: Leads the C.A.T. against Skywatch and I.O.
  • The Strategist: Alongside Cole, he plans the gigs.
  • Techno Wizard: Seeing as he created Halolife and the company's inventions.
  • Unreliable Expositor: He tells Angie about why he and the others are on Earth, with the admission he's giving her the "easy reader" version, but it's later revealed he left out a few very salient details. Like the fact that they came to Earth in the Stone Age to enslave the human race, but he scuttled their ships to prevent that from happening.

    Cole Cash / Grifter 
Main article: Grifter
A former I.O. soldier who faked his death and defected to the WildC.A.T.S.
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    Adrianna Tereshkova / Void 
A Russian astronaut who died on a failed experiment and was resurrected by something from the bleed.

  • The Blank: Her real appearance is an entirely smooth chrome form, with no distinguishing features.
  • Blessed with Suck: She can't touch anything with liquid in it, evidently because her new form is super-hot to the touch.
  • Came Back Strong: Whatever brought her back gave her the ability to teleport through the Bleed.
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Adrianna was part of a failed experiment with a Bleed ship. She actually likes looking at it, though.
  • Military Superhero: Downplayed. Not really a superhero, but close enough.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: Event shielding makes her feel like her eyes have been stuffed with cotton.
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    Kenesha 
An alien with an unsettling obsession with explosives. Also one of five aliens to come to Earth for an unknown purpose.

    John Colt 
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One of the Khera who came to Earth. He also had the "u" sound in the middle of his name, which means "Individual of no worth".
  • The Ace: He's the most deadly fighter with a sword, just ask the mercenaries.
  • Agents Dating: Implied to be dating Kenesha. He gets a kiss on the cheek from her.
  • Alien Among Us
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Because he prefers the expensive things in life.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Pervious Colt hasn't done anything as gory as the samurai execution.
  • Blood Knight: Kills an entire team of samurai instead of simply asking the artifact.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Twice. First when escaping from I.O., and second during the sword fight.
  • Luxurious Liquor: Only drinks expensive champagne, mostly because he was denied basic rights like food, water and anything expensive before he came to Earth.
  • Military Superhero: Downplayed. Not really a superhero, but close enough.
  • One-Man Army: Slaughters an entire pack of Samurai with ease.
  • Professional Killer: Alongside the rest of the C.A.T.
  • Race Lift: A blonde caucasian man in the original universe, here's a black man.
  • Reverse Mole: Was infiltrating I.O. before his cover was blown.
  • Ronin: In the older days.
  • Troll: Once a year, on the anniversary of the arrival to Earth, he gets pissed and sends a photo of his true form to Jacob, just to piss him off.

Skywatch

    Henry Bendix 
Power hungry, Ax-Crazy leader of Skywatch who is just begging to go to war with Earth. However, as insane as he seems, he's actually a cunning, calculated man.
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  • Ace Pilot: Destroyed Science City Zero in his U.F.O., and was one of the few to come out alive.
  • A God Am I: He even calls himself a god to his underlings (a "sexy" god), in case it wasn't clear he is out of his gourd.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Bad Boss: Continuously abusing the workers and anyone who isn't Lauren. And only then because he needs her. Henry enjoys making the lives of everyone who works under him miserable, regarding it as one of the few joys of his life.
  • Bald of Evil: One of the nastiest and baldest characters in the series.
  • Blood Knight: Wants nothing more than to start a war with earth.
  • Capital Offensive: Completely annihilates Science City Zero in an attempt to kill John Lynch.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He is completely insane, and that's when he's sober. His favored drugs actually make him less likely to kill people out of hand.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: Leader of one, Skywatch.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: He wants to completely annihilate Earth.
  • Humans Are Smelly: In his words, everything on the stinking planet is farting.
  • Jerkass: Always yelling, fighting and punishing people for fun.
  • Knight Templar: Is completely self-righteous and wants nothing more than war.
  • Large Ham: Once he gets going, he's as nuts as a maniac written by Warren Ellis can get. Which is a lot.
  • Orbital Bombardment: What he wants to do to Earth.
  • Prevent the War: Played with. He's itching to start a war with Earth over the littlest thing possible, but he knows that despite his tech advantage — Skywatch has stealth spacecraft and freaking teleportation but International Operations has at least several times the manpower and an environment that won't go away if the seals fail — he can't be sure he'll win.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Jenny mentions Skywatch wasn't exactly good to begin with, but once Bendix took charge, it managed to get worse.

    Lauren Pennington 
Henry Bendix's The Dragon. She keeps him in line and is the only person he shows respect to.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Doesn't have her superpowers in this version.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Henry Bendix, having a much greater hold on reality and her sanity than he does, as well as knowing what he's supposed to be doing. This, Bendix states, is all that's kept him from turning her into food.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: Lauren basically runs Skywatch while staying as stylish and sexy as ever.
  • Odd Friendship: She's good mates with Lucy, who she meets up with for wine.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: She and Bendix snark back and forth at each other constantly.
  • Troll: She changes Henry's access codes while he's out, just because.

    Zannah / Lucy Blaze / Zealot 
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A former assassin who has been promoted to the leader of the Ground Operative of Skywatch after Trelaine's departure. One of five aliens who came to earth for an unknown purpose.

    Michael Cray 
An I.O. assassin with a brain tumor who defected to Executive Protection Services, which is a secret Skywatch front. He is unaware he's working for Skywatch.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While he is still a killer, he isn't an Ax-Crazy psycho like his past version is.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Doesn't take the contract on Spica because of the pure fear on her face, which the previous Deathblow would have loved.
  • Assassination Attempt: Tries to kill Marlow at the beginning of the series.
  • Blessed with Suck: He's got a... something in his brain which gives him superpowers, but which is slightly alive, and determined to completely take over him. It later turns out to be a Khera.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: As hard as it is to believe, this version has some nasty executions.
  • Boots of Toughness
  • Broken Ace: A master assassin with a brain tumor which isn't actually a tumor, but a Khera.
  • Consummate Professional: Played with. He researches his targets intimately, but he ultimately doesn't feel remorse. Until Spica's hit.
  • Corporate Warfare: Begins one by botching Marlow's assassination.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily kills the two assassins who invade his home.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Refuses to kill Spica, deserts I.O. and brutally kills the hitmen sent after him.
  • Demonic Possession: At the end of his series, he gets taken over by the Khera inside him.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He kills people for I.O., but is horrified to realize they have been duping him to kill whom they want killed.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: At first, on account of not knowing he had superpowers to begin with. It takes until his own series until he learns how to get a handle on them.
  • Hypocrite: Performs custom assassinations for I.O. to control commercial technological development so as not to leave the "little guy" in the dust... but still expected them to provide ultra-tech cancer treatments when he learns he has a brain tumor.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The khera inside him won't let him, first making him move his hand at the last minute, followed by vaporizing the gun to stop him trying again.
  • LEGO Genetics: Hinted at, and later confirmed that he's got a Khera in him giving him superpowers. Alarmingly, Michael didn't even know about this until his attempt on Marlowe's life, raising the question of just how the hell it got there... We later find out that Cray, like so many others; had Khera DNA implanted in him. Cray was wounded during a mission, and they implanted Khera DNA into him, in order to save his life. Like with all Thunderbook and I.O. Khera Implants, it created new organs inside of him, giving him new powers and abilities. The Khera that he can see is the host from which the original DNA came from. Cray's implant came online when it reacted to the xenobiological detector inside of Marlowe's office.
  • Military Maverick: Kicked out of I.O. for refusing to kill Spica.
  • Professional Killer: I.O.'s top hitman before getting kicked out.
  • Punished for Sympathy: Is kicked out of I.O. for refusing to take the hit on Spica.
  • Race Lift: As with John Colt, he's a black man instead a caucasian man as in the original Wild Storm Universe.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Used to be I.O.'s deadliest hitman.
  • The Strategist: Plans his hit to the last detail.
  • Unwitting Pawn: While he doesn't trust Trelane to begin with, he also doesn't realize she's working for the enemies of his former employers.

    Christine Trelane 
The former leader of Skywatch's ground division of Earth. She now works in Executive Protection Services.
  • Adaptational Wimp: She doesn't have her powers anymore. She was no use to Cray when I.O. assassins invaded his home.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: She's manipulative and has her own agenda, but throughout Michael Cray, it's made clear she's outclassed by the series' actual big bads, and if Michael ever turned towards her... she'd be screwed.
  • Desk Jockey: Her job when she was at I.O.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She isn't actually looking out for Michael's interests.

Project Thunderbook

    Mark Slayton 
A project Thunderbook test subject who's been granted powers and gone insane.
  • Ax-Crazy: Project Thunderbook had damaged his sanity, leading him to kill people who come near his farm. After his run in with John Lynch, he starts going after other experimentees.
  • Body Horror: Has an alien thinking machine stuck inside of his body which leeches off his mind.
  • Meaningful Name: As he explains to John, Slayton comes from the Old English for a farm town. Mark sees his mass murdering as farming.
  • Psycho Prototype: He was the first test subject for Project Thunderbook. Originally one of Lynch's top men, he's gone very, very mad in the years since. Being told to kill people by a Khera doesn't help.
  • Whip It Good: His abilities manifest as an organic tentacle thing which can slice through metal with ease.

    Alexandra Fairchild 
A female Project Thunderbook test subject who has been granted super strength.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not as bad as Slayton, but the alien implanted inside of her makes her want to kill.
  • Body Horror: Has an alien implanted inside of her.
  • Gender Flip: A female in this universe.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: She gave up Caitlin because she was afraid of what would happen if she lost her temper.
  • Uncertain Doom: Last seen throwing a car full of explosives at some gangsters she'd pissed off. Later, Mark isn't certain whether she's dead or not.

    Andrew Kwok 
An Asian member of Project Thunderbook who underwent plastic surgery, name change and started up a family under the name Philip Chang.

  • Affably Evil: Makes genuinely nice chit-chat with Lynch. He also regrets having to kill Lynch, apologizing several times.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Apparently during his time in Thunderbook, he was the "sweet, reasonable" one. He tries to kill Lynch when they meet again.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: John is baffled and appalled by him naming one of his kids "Percival", on account of his wife being a King Arthur fan.

    Gloria Spaulding 
One of the former members of Project Thunderbook.—-

  • Cloudcuckoolander: The effects of her implant have left her with more than a few screws loose.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The upper half of her face remains covered in shadows the whole time she and Lynch talk, until the end.
  • Gravity Screw: Her implant allows her to cause "gravity field negation". She uses it to float about her house.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like the other Thunderbook subjects, she felt a compulsion to have a child. Once she gave birth, she immediately handed it over to her mother.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes constantly glow red.

    Stephen Rainmaker 
A Native American member of Project Thunderbook

  • The Dreaded: John Lynch, noted paranoid bastard, was scared of this guy. Given what he's seen doing when first introduced, it's not hard to see why.
  • Meaningful Name: The guy called rainmaker gets weather-controlling powers.

Jenny's Team

  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A group of grouchy superhumans with varying troubled pasts, out to try and save the world.

    Jenny Mei Sparks 
A Pariah whose appearance signifies something bad is about to happen. She devotes most of her time figuring out the secret war between I.O. and Skywatch.

    Shen Li-Min / The Doctor 
An ancient line of healers from the beginning of humanity. The current doctor is Shen Li-Min.
  • Badass Gay: Slept with Jenny Sparks and Angie, and plans to help The Wild C.A.T.S face I.O. and Skywatch.
  • Barrier Warrior: She can generate nigh-invincible force-fields, capable of withstanding prolonged machine gun fire, though it has limits.
  • The Medic: The Doctor, actually. Can help someone heal from all types of injury, not just physical.

    Jack Hawksmoor 
A homeless person who claims to be the mayor. He checks up on stores half a dozen times a year.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Even though he's homeless, he has a suit to die for.
  • Barbarian Longhair: As an effect to his homelessness.
  • Body Horror: His body was ripped apart and machinery was placed inside his body, as a substitute for organs.
  • Flawed Prototype: Part of the reason for his initial lack of memory is because his control implant is one of the early, badly made versions misfired.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Initially, being a homeless hobo, he looks like a dishevelled mess (because he is). After spending a few hours being sick in Shen's bathroom, he emerges looked scrubbed up.

    Angela "Angie" Spica 
A medical engineer who stole from I.O. to make a robot suit from stolen Skywatch tech, strengthening tension between the two factions.
  • Attack Drones: Can make them from her body.
  • BFG: One of her suit's abilities, capable of punching holes in Skywatch vessels.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Her transformation to the Engineer isn't nice. By issue #11, Spica makes a new suit that causes a lot less bleeding.
  • Cool Helmet
  • Corporate Warfare: One of two causes of the I.O. and Halolife war.
  • The Dreaded: She doesn't know it, but she terrifies Marlowe, which is why he decides to never tell her the full truth of why he and his came to Earth.
  • Human Weapon: Turns herself into one.
  • The Engineer: Her name. She also made her suit out of stolen Skywatch components and makes drones and weapons for Marlow.
  • Military Superhero: Saved Marlow on live tv and then joined his army.
  • New Meat: Into the [=Wild C.A.T.S] and the I.O./Skywatch cold war.
  • Punished for Sympathy: Saving Marlow puts her in I.O.'s crosshairs.
  • Sticky Fingers: Steals and adapts any tech in her proximity.
    Spica: I steal stuff a lot.
    Sparks: I like you already.
  • Techno Wizard: Creates a whole suit that she hides inside of her blood. She later creates a new suit that causes less pain.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Testing out her stolen tech to save Marlowe inadvertently kicks off a war.
  • War Refugees: Briefly runs away from Brooklyn after being put in I.O.'s crosshairs.

    Apollo and Midnighter 
A pair of former Thunderbook experimentees who'd like very much to be left the hell alone.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Slayton comes to their doorstep looking to kill them. They tell him to get lost, and when he considers attacking, one drives him away with some eye beams, without ever leaving their doorstep.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Midnighter figures Apollo would get distracted if he ever actually flew to the moon and take too long to come back.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Midnighter, as in the previous continuity, can analyse a situation and the various ways he can punch a person's face to mush in seconds.
  • Badass Gay: They're gay, and generally tear their way through anyone they mess with.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Midnighter is rated for an hour in hard vacuum. Doesn't mean he actually want to try.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Apollo is sweet, gentle and polite... and can smash through tanks like they were made of tissue.
  • Collapsible Helmet: Midnighter has one.
  • The Dreaded: A Skywatch operative who recognizes Apollo panics and breaks cover to try and warn Bendix.
  • Expy: As always, they're a gay, more aggressive pair of counterparts to Superman and Batman.
  • Flying Brick: Apollo.
  • No Name Given: At first, though they are pretty recognisible to anyone familiar with the previous Wildstorm continuity as Apollo and Midnighter.
  • Super Senses: Apollo can sense a Skywatch ship moving above his head even when its stealth drive is on.
  • Super Strength: Both of them have it. Midnighter can reduce a person's head to gory splatter with a single punch.

Others

    Priscilla Kitaen / Voodoo 
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    Miles' Husband 
Miles Craven's husband. He is unconcerned about Miles' secret life.

  • Muggle: Completely uninvolved in Miles' work life.
  • No Name Given: No last name. His first is Julian. It’s easy to miss.

    Daemons 

  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted. They're not exactly lookers by human standards, but they're (probably) not evil.
  • Not So Above It All: On first appearance, they're your typical Vague Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. Come issue 18, it turns out they're... actually not that different attitude wise to everyone else. And they really like booze.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Initially played straight, but it eventually turns out that Daemon doesn't translate well into English.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The one Lucy meets tells her something important is happening, but doesn't elaborate further, beyond telling her that staying out of the way would be better. As it turns out, this is because of difficulty translating their language into English.
  • The Watcher: They observe. And measure, and calculate, though Lucy insists they do more. Like creating Jenny Sparks and her kind.
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