Legacy Comics Humant’s Universe
Project: New Man
Dave Davison A.K.A. New Man -Project: New Man is a partly secret joint venture of the U.S. Government and the Fortress Foundation, a private sector non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to public defense and scientific research. Dave Davison is the subject of Project: New Man. Dave has the dual role of being part of the research project and at the same time being groomed by the Government as a public protector in the Five Lakes Megalopolis area operating out of Five lakes largest city, New Harbour. Dave has a dark past which he hoped was dead and buried but in his first public adventure he had to confront his past and an old partner.
Before Project: New Man Dave was know as David “Killer” Kane a mercenary who was part of a Special Task Force in the last days of the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the military he continued to take contracts both secretly for government factions as well as privately. His last contract went wrong and an innocent person was accidentally killed instead of the target. Even “Killer” Kane had a code he lived by, so having taken an innocent’s life he turned himself in. This did not sit well with his former bosses in th corrupt government factions which sanctioned his as well as the other Killer Elite’s actions. Deeming it to risky to do away with Kane they arranged for him to participate in a secret government sponsored experiment, one which was very likely to end in Kane’s death. An agent was secretly assigned to make sure Kane would not survive. Unexpectantly to the corrupt officials and the agent, Kane survived as Project: New Man actually worked! Now the corrupt factions would have to play along with their honest peers so as to not expose their covert operations.
Kane was given a new identity and all records show David “Killer” Kane was executed in prison. Dave, as he is now called, hoped that now his past was forever buried. He soon found that his former corrupt bosses were still concerned that Dave’s sudden moral awakening, which began when he turned himself in and increased with the success of the experiment, would eventually end with Dave outing them. So plans were secretly extended to reverse Project: New Man and end Dave’s life and the threat he posed forever.
Dave Davison is an identity know to the public at large as being synonymous with New Man, so even though Dave Davison’s real name of David Kane is a secret, David Davison is not a secret identity of New Man but part of the public persona of Project: New Man.
New Man has the power to harness a Unified Field consisting of equal parts of Gravity, Electrical and Magnetic forces. He uses the field to augment his natural strength, which was increased to near perfect human standards as a side effect of the experiment. This, among other occurrences, during the experiment is a mystery to the scientists over Project: New Man. New Man also uses the Unified Field to erect shields for protection and propel him through the air with tremendous leaps which to some would appear to be actual flight.
New Man is headquartered at the Moriah Building owned by the Fortress Foundation. He shares space with his research doctors and trainers.
Thunder Hawks- An elite squadron known as the Thunder Hawks on special detachment in the Vietnam War. The surviving members are Dr. Jonathan Thunderstorm, Dr. Thomas Jeffery McBride, and Percival Patton Parker. They are the 3 remaining members of the original 9. Currently they are working with the Fortress Foundation under a joint contract with the U.S. Government. They are officially listed as Military Reservists.
Dr. Jonathan Thunderstorm- Is often known by his nickname “Chief Thunder” partly due to his Cherokee heritage and partly because of his accomplishments in so many different fields. He has degrees in several sciences as well as Physical Education. He is a master at nearly every Martial Art known and accomplished in several sports. He had the opportunity to play football in college and would have been a first round draft pick in the NFL had he chosen to continue in that direction. He served with honors in Vietnam in an elite squadron known as the Thunder Hawks with his friends and colleagues Dr. Thomas Jeffery McBride, and Percival Patton Parker. They are the 3 remaining members of the original 9. Chief Thunder is one of the original members of the team of scientists and doctors with Project: New Man. he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fortress Foundation and is head of security with the Foundation. He is headquartered and residences in the city of New Harbour at the Moriah Building.
Dr. Fawn Wilfred-The founding geneticist of Project: New Man. Fawn also hold degrees in several sciences and has been the recipient many awards for discoveries in her field. She was one of the pioneers on the early research teams for the The Human Genome Project. Her work got the attention of E.D.G.E., the Executive Department for Genetic Engineering. She was soon made an offer to work exclusively for them on secret projects which lead her to eventually head up Project: New Man. Dr. Wilfred is the founder of the team of scientists and doctors working on Project: New Man. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fortress Foundation. She is headquartered and residences in the city of New Harbour at the Moriah Building.
Dr. Nicholas Rafferty- He is often called Saint Nick by his friends and family for his resemblance to Santa Clause but also be cause of his quite, kind gentle nature. However it should be noted when those he holds dear are threatened he can be a real bear but not of the “Teddy” variety! He is a master geneticist and has been Fawn’s mentor and father figure since her first day in college. He also has interests in other sciences, which is not uncommon for those who have been a part of Project: New Man, including Astrophysics. His first calling was that of a medical doctor which he still defaults to often in his work but he has not had a public practice in many years.
Dr. Hubert Rolph- A physicist of little renown. Although very intelligent, Dr. Rolph, for some reason, would always fall just short of perfection in his field. Some would call him a hack, he would work hard but always be seeking out shortcuts and using unusual, even suspicious pull from influential people to get promotions, obtain grants and access to areas most others on his level were denied. It was for the later reasons that he was involved in Project: New Man. Since his suspicious tampering with the settings of the New Birth Chamber during a critical juncture in the processing of test subject Dave Davison, Dr. Rolph was discharged from his duties by his supervisor, Dr. Fawn Wilfred. Some the E.D.G.E. Board of Directors were not pleased with this but were overruled by the majority. Little is know of Dr. Rolph’s family life and he appears to have few friends. While working on Project: New Man he kept to himself and was often in conflict with the other members of the team especially Dr. Wilfred. His whereabouts after leaving the Project have been unknown.
Dr. Thomas Jeffery McBride- Also known among friends as Tom Thumb. However, one had better be a friend before calling the hot tempered Irish, Master Chemist by his nick name. In spite of his small stature, according to Tom, and to the best most who know him remember, he has never been beaten in a fair fight regardless of his opponents size. It is believed that he uses certain chemical compounds to tip the scales in his favor.
Percival Patton Parker- He is so seldom called by his given name that he will, at times, not even respond if called by it. Kamikaze is his name of choice one which he has had for many years even before his skills as an ace pilot in Vietnam won him many medals and citations as well as a slot on the Thunder Hawks team. If someone makes reference to the name kamikaze meaning someone who is crazy he is quick to point out the term from the original Japanese means “Divine Wind”. In most cases this does not change the opinion of the critic. Kamikaze’s mom is Japanese and his dad of British decent. Both were American citizens before Kamikaze was born. He is an only child.
Emmanuel Reyes A.K.A. Bearcat- His Uncle Louie raised him as a son after Emmanuel’s parents were killed in an auto accident. As long as Emmanual can remember Uncle Louie has had a salvage business supplied by a huge junkyard located on the outskirts of Municiple City. Since he was very small Emmanuel has always scavenged items of use from Uncle Louie’s junkyard and assembled devises of one sort or another. Some of a practical nature and useful, but always somewhat eccentric in design and function. His greatest invention has been Micromail, an almost impentrible fabric which is lightweight and elastic and made from another discovery of Emmanual’s research called Plastanium. Emmanuel wanted to put the materials through the harshest tests possible before considering marketing the discoveries. Inspired by the reports of the adventurer New Man, as well as other reports of recently surfacing super powered adventurers, Emmanual came up with a the name Bearcat and a uniform formed from Micromail. he often assists the Fortress Foundation, the Thunder Hawks and New Man in an unsanctioned capacity. He hopes he might be asked to be a part of the operations in an official capacity someday.
Emmanuel headquarters in an old shack in Uncle Louie’s Junk Yard where it appears he also lives, and has recently been granted a space to work in the Moriah Building by Chief Thunder. Thunder is attempting to have Bearcat added to the security staff of the Fortress Fighters.
Abraham Moses Maxwell- Max is what everyone calls him. He is Dave’s closest friend and spiritual advisor. The two met at the Rockwell Temporary Holding Facility. Max was serving a minimum sentence for helping some young folks who were in trouble with the law. David “Killer” Kane was awaiting transfer to another prison, as he was on Death Row. At first Dave had little to do with Max, he had just talked to the warden and been offered his role in Project: New Man. Dave suspected Project: New Man might be just a set up by his old bosses to get him out of the way faster. At lunch time Max shared his faith and spoke to Dave that things would soon change for him. Dave thought Max knew something about the warden’s offer but later realized Max was speaking from his heart of things he perceived for Dave’s life. After the experiment which transformed Dave into New Man, he got permission and asked Max to be his advisor at the Fortress Foundation. Max now resides at the Moriah Building and is part of Project: New Man.