Timeline and Noted Events:
Mystery Metachemical Man known as Black Out appears in the arena of anti-gang activities. First reported sightings consistent with a young Ginferno’s power range. The fire and electrical disruptions as extension of his powers are accounted for in Black Out’s principal strategy; using flares to blind the night sight of the attackers, before the surrounding street lights die. No physical details are listed from these eye witnesses lacking reliable eyes. The victims say this continues, while men grunt and groan around them, for twelve minutes. Then the lights come back on. The victims stand, quite queasy, in a ring of living-but-lethargic street thugs. While standard super-encounter violence is noted in the later statements of gang members, the chief identifier of a Ginferno-based attack are in the fact that they are all recorded to have hangovers (the villians worse than the victims) they can’t account for.
The other classic Ginferno identifier is that he did not personally encounter the criminals or victims at any proximity, and the tag Black Out was coined later. This, coupled with the premeditatedly generalised nature of the attack, makes it quite clear that no firm link can be formed with can be formed between this incident and those surrounding, never mind with Ginferno himself. Not even the hangovers are conclusive: the criminals are unlikely to have owned up to a little premeditated Dutch courage, the victims unlikely in admitting self-reduced capacity. A fuzziness about the power type in early activities is a classic phase of many super types, but it is rare in this mental set that some degree of encounter is not noted. Not even warding the victims to the nearest police station, never mind warning the ne’er do wells off of this area. Instead they appear to have been observed.
To be tested.
In the following weeks, the string of recon-rescues continued. The secretive saviour appears to have made no announcements, pronouncements or significant protections. As such, ‘he’ barely made the society pages. It was a city filled with heroes, each trying to carve out a niche in the rush of pro-super legislation and public lauding. If “Black Out” wasn’t going to self-publicise, he would never go public. ‘He’ did get a cover of the October 1911 edition of the recently established Superb magazine, but all they had were scene photos, a few barroom confessions and a question mark. The story didn’t run long, and neither did Black Out. By the end of the year, even the most indepth researches into the vague reports reveals nothing consistent with the already vague peramters of attack and withdraw. A thunder newcomer to New York referring to himself as BrownOut briefly took up the mantle. This version later realised both his titles spelt BO, and later became the Thunderhead who had the impact into the floor of the Mayoral Residence that the Police Commissioner happened to be sitting in at the time.
‘Dunderhead’, as he was later dubbed by the papers.
Relegated to outer-outer-ocean coast guard by the burgeoning Icon Affairs Offices, the Black Out/Thunderhead misassociation seems to have driven the meagre mythology of this figure into inexistence. This may very well be a true association; there are no strict accounts for Thunderhead’s whereabouts before his arrival in New York. But it is unlikely – Thunderhead’s self-promotion driven motivations excise him from investigations at this time. Preying on natural, human sensibilities, the confusion of the superheroic explosion and magpie-eye of those clawing their way to the top, the Black Out phenomena is associated with a few isolated incidents in the lead up to a disgraced superhero, whereas speculative investigation incidents attributable to this figure rack up an arrest record a little under that of an accredited mid-level hero of the time. Slipping away like a thief in the night, what had been stolen was information never missed and all the more powerful when never retold.
Knowledge of self.
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