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Encyclopedia > Inertia (DC Comics)
Inertia

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Inertia, in art from Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #5, by Ron Adrian. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Impulse #50 (July 1999)
Created by Todd Dezago
Mike Wieringo
Characteristics
Alter ego Thaddeus Thawne
Affiliations Titans East
Abilities Superhuman speed

Inertia is a comic book character in the DC Comics universe. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Wieringos cover for Flash vol. ... Titans East is the name of several DC Comics teams. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ...

Contents

Publication history

Creation

When questioned as to who created Inertia, Ethan van Sciver wrote that he could only accept five percent of the credit. The rest was offered to Mike Wieringo (twenty percent), Grant Morrison (twenty-five percent), and Todd Dezago (fifty percent). He also states that Inertia's appearance is just Impulse's inverted, like a Reverse Flash.[1] This fits the character's original role as a "Reverse Impulse" created to antagonize the title character. Wieringos cover for Flash vol. ... Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Bartholomew Bart Allen II is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... Something that is inverted is something that is flipped over, around or otherwise appearing in an opposite manner than is normal, customary, or common. ... Reverse Flash is a title that has been taken by three supervillains in DC Comics. ... An ...


Initial appearances

Inertia's inital appearance came in Impulse #50: “First Fool’s” (July 1999), followed by 51: “It’s All Relative” (August 1999), with Dezago observing. Then, Dezago wrote for Impulse 52: “Tumbling Down” (September 1999). The most character development came in #53: “Threats” (October 1999), with Dezago also writing. Inertia wasn't featured again until Impulse #62 and 66: “Mercury Falling” (July, November 2000), by Dezago. After this, Inertia would not be notably featured again for half a decade. Experience points (often abbreviated as exp, ep or xp) are a representation of a characters advancement and improvement in skills in role-playing games and computer role-playing games. ... A decade is a set or a group of ten, commonly a period of 10 years in contemporary English, or a period of 10 days in the French revolutionary calendar. ...


Revival

About five years since his debut, Inertia began making regular apperances in the DC Universe again, mostly due to his twin Bart Allen becoming The Flash. Inertia appeared in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #5: “Lightning in a Bottle, Parts 5” (December 2006) by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo. The formula was largely the same. Inertia acted as an antagonist to the title character, Bart Allen, who had changed since his days as Impulse. Danny Bilson is a writer, director, and producer in movies, television, videogames, and comic books. ...


Most recently, Inertia was responsible for events leading to the death of the fourth Flash (see below)


In addition to his Flash appearances, Inertia has made repeated appearances in Teen Titans. A team-based series, Teen Titans features Inertia as part of an enemy team, Titans East. The story arc began in Teen Titans #43 (January 2007) written by Geoff Johns, with art by Tony Daniel and Jonathan Glapion. The arc concluded with Teen Titans #46 (April 2007) written by Geoff Johns and Adam Beechen. The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... Titans East is the name of several DC Comics teams. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ... Checklist X-Force Annual #2 X-Force #28, 30-36, 38-41, 43 Gambit & the X-ternals #1-2 Shattered Image #1, 4 Spawn #38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 Spawn: Bloodfeud #1, 2, 3, 4 Tales of the Witchblade: #9 Witchblade #78, 79 F5 #1-4, preview, origin Silke... Adam Beechen is an American comic book writer, currently writing Robin and Teen Titans for DC Comics. ...


Fictional character biography

Beginnings

Mike Wieringo's original rendition of Inertia.

Thaddeus Thawne is a clone of Bart Allen, and was created in the 30th century by Bart's maternal grandfather, President Thawne. Thawne, being the descendant of the Flash's enemy Professor Zoom, got tired of his grandson's crime fighting activities in the 20th century and decided to create a clone of Bart using more Thawne blood so that he would be more ruthless. In addition to this modification, Thaddeus's growth and development was slowed. This is in contrast to Bart's accelerated development, (becoming physically 15 at chronological age 2). This was done to give Thad more training and knowledge than Bart ever would. His mission as the "Reverse-Impulse" was to go back in time and replace Bart, but he was easily defeated. Image File history File links pic of evil speedster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links pic of evil speedster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of something. ... Bartholomew Bart Allen II is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Flash. ... Professor Zoom is a comic book super-villain in the DC Universe. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ...


In his second attempt, upon realising Impulse was prepared to sacrifice himself to save Max Mercury, he fled, apparently horrified by the contrast between Bart's adopted family and his own grandfather's treatment of him as a weapon. Max Mercury is the name of a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


Return

Appearing again after the One Year Later event, Inertia worked with Manfred Mota.[2] Inertia stated that his agenda involved stealing the speed of all other speedsters in order to become the next "Fastest Man Alive". His first targets include his old rival Bart Allen, who is now a Flash and the original Flash, Jay Garrick. After betraying Mota, Inertia used his daughter Valerie Perez as a bait in a trap he set for Bart. Bart escaped and successfully rescued Valerie. After this defeat, Inertia began to gather the Rogues for his next attack. One Year Later event logo. ... Manfred Mota is a DC Comics villain and adversary to The Flash. ... A speedster is a fictional character, often found as a staple of superhero comic books, who has the superhuman ability to run and perform other normal physical acts at speeds unachievable by normal human beings. ... Jay Garrick is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe and the first Flash. ... Valerie Perez is a DC Comics supporting character. ... Some members of the Flashs Rogues Gallery. ...


Inertia is also working with Deathstroke. Due to Bart's encapsulation of the Speed Force, Inertia has been forced to inject himself with Velocity 9, a notoriously unstable substance invented by The Rival which allows the user to move at superhuman speeds. However, Inertia's Velocity 9 has been specially made by Deathstroke, and has thus far shown no ill effects.[3] Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Reverse Flash is a title that has been taken by three supervillains in DC Comics. ...


After being defeated in The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #8, he returned in #10 when he confronted the captive Heat Wave. He recruited Heat Wave into his newest mysterious plan, telling him that he was talking about something that would "change the world". Getting rid of the Flash would "just be a bonus." Heat Wave is a fictional villain in the DC Universe and a primary foe of the Flash. ...


He is also now a member of the new Titans East team in exchange for Deathstroke's help.[4][5] He begins the attack on the Teen Titans with Titans East teammate Match. Disguising himself as Impulse and Kid Flash, he defeats Robin and Raven, then toys with Wonder Girl in Robin's secret facility. Ultimately, he lets Match knock Wonder Girl unconscious. During the assault, Inertia mentioned that he was going to call himself Kid Zoom after Bart renamed himself from Impulse to Kid Flash, but decided to stick with the name Inertia. In Teen Titans #44 he is shown to be romantically involved with his Titans East teammate Sun Girl. Titans East is the name of several DC Comics teams. ... Match is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Raven is a fictional character and superhero in the DC Comics and is married to Aquaman. ... Cassandra Sandsmark is the current Wonder Girl, a superheroine from DC Comics. ... Zoom (real name Hunter Zolomon) is a comic book supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Sun Girl is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Full Throttle

With Bart Allen as the new Flash, Inertia decided it was time to declare war on his old nemesis. He organized Flash's Rogues together in a grand scheme. He claimed that their goal was to build a machine that could stop time, essentially giving them the freedom to commit crimes without anyone being able to stop them. This operation was apprentally in the planning stages for some time, and some of the Rogues' planning sessions were depicted in issues of DC Countdown. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ...


Once the plan was put into action, the Rogues soon attracted the attention of The Flash, but it was soon revealed that this was Inertia's intention all along: the machine they were building did not stop time, its function was to drain the speed force from Flash and transfer it to Inertia, so he could regain natural speed powers and no longer be dependent on Velocity 9.


Inertia succeeded in taking Bart's speed, but the machine was unstable and was poised to explode and take the entire western seaboard with it. Angry at being used, the Rogues restrained Inertia and along with Flash, but Flash broke free and attacked Inertia in a rage. The Rogues retaliated by unleashing their powers on the Flash, and Inertia joined them as together the Rogues beat the hero mercilessly, then left him to die. As he lay bleeding on the ground, however, Flash was content, as the entire incident had just been a ploy on his part to buy time for his girlfriend, Valarie Perez, to stop the explosion. Secure in the knowledge that they had succeeded in preventing the disaster, Bart Allen died with Valarie by his side.


It is unknown what became of Inertia after Bart's death. It is thought that he escaped with the Rogues and is still at large.


Powers and abilities

A partial clone of Bart Allen, Inertia is primarily a speedster. He has not demonstrated any other speed related powers, including Bart's resilience to alterations in the time stream. Since Infinite Crisis, Inertia is no longer connected to the Speed Force. Instead, he has begun injecting himself with Velocity 9, a substance that helps him maintain his superhuman speed. Velocity 9 has been notoriously unstable in the past, but Deathstroke's new variant seems to offer no negative side effects. A speedster is a fictional character, often found as a staple of superhero comic books, who has the superhuman ability to run and perform other normal physical acts at speeds unachievable by normal human beings. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Wally West, Barry Allen, Johnny Quick, and other users of the Speed Force from Flash #150. ... A side-effect is any effect other than an intended primary effect. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.comicbloc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31402&page=4
  2. ^ Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5
  3. ^ Flash: Fastest Man Alive #7
  4. ^ http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=7930
  5. ^ http://comics.ign.com/articles/720/720516p1.html

External links

  • Profile from "The Flash: Those Who Ride The Lightning website

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