The point of a mask is that the hero could be anyone: your neighbor, friend, father, daughter. Maybe that's what makes it special. No one would ever suspect that their team of five is really a team of ten and that's the way they like it. The workload sucks and doesn't pay (at all), but they do it for the greater good. And maybe because it's fun.
With Shane quitting the team and one of the power-suits missing, the teenagers are reminded that there is more to their masquerade than powers and secrets. They have to learn what being a hero really means - and if they deserve to get a second chance. The decision is theirs, whether they want it or not.
If Vance had his way, Comet would be the unopposed leader of the team. He's stoic, certain, and stronger than the other members of the team. What other qualities does a leader need?
Tara struggles to keep up with Paradigm's outspoken persona that Sadie created. She's always been the quiet kid, using her art to say the big things that her voice won't.
Jodi considers herself to be the better half of Vortex. She is easily more focused and prepared for the job. It's a shame that, with so many other commitments, Jodi doesn't have many opportunities to prove it though.
Devon didn't ask to be one half of Shockwave. He didn't ask to be placed on a team of ten, all whom are uniquely different, when he doesn't play well with others. He didn't ask for any of this.
Christie is used to being half of something: the Byrd twins, the Shield. It's how life has always been and she's come to accept it as fact. At least she finds ways to enjoy it and make a difference in their city.
Now, being the other half of Comet would make Aaron a co-leader, which is a responsibility that he doesn't want. He prefers to live life one day at a time and would hate worrying about other people during that.
While Sadie may be the shortest member of the team, her voice and outspoken nature easily make up for it. She thinks her tendency to call people out is endearing, but it also makes her impossible to work with.
Overly excitable in and out of the Vortex suit, Marlene loves doing the heavy lifting. Marlene may struggle with staying focused occasionally, but she knows her worth as a hero. She'll make you see it too.
Unlike his Shockwave counterpart, Fletcher enjoys being part of a large team. Fletcher is the most loyal and trusting of them, which leads to some trouble when they act out. He has a hard time not giving them the benefit of doubt.
Shane is the other half of the Shield, but that doesn't mean he enjoys the responsibility that comes with it. He's tried to play well with his teammates and it just hasn't worked, which might explain why he's all but given up being helpful.
A Fan-Art Gallery
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