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Hugh Evans of the Suicide Squad (DC Comics)

Hugh Evans


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Doc Evans is a member of the 1959 version of the Suicide Squad, from DC Comics. This article assumes that you have just read the Suicide Squad (Mission X version) article. Said article describes all the context, the history, etc.

Dr. Evans and Jess Bright are often switched – to be fair they were interchangeable. Here we stick to the original Brave and the Bold story as to whom has the pipe and whom has the glasses.


Background

  • Real Name: Dr. Hugh Evans.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Mission X’s Suicide Squad ; Task Force X.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Dr. Evans is presented as an astronomer. From what he does — and his involvement in atomic research — it seems likely that he’s rather an astrophysicist specialising in high-energy physics. In practice it doesn’t really matter. What Doc Evans does is Science! with a capital S and a bang.

He’s a Silver Age  comic book scientist, which means that he’s competent in every hard science and then some. For instance he’s an excellent chemist, and was ace at plotting gravity-well-based trajectories in space.

The Silver Age Suicide Squad by George Perez

Evans does his best work with his assistant Bright. In DC Heroes terms, their Brainstorming Schtick allows them to Team Attack scientific problems with unusual power. With this combined level of skill and the Squad’s Hero Points pool, they can make redoubtable Scientist (Observation) rolls to find a way to take out seemingly invincible menaces.

This is usually how the Suicide Squad comes up with a plan against the menace of the month.

Like the rest of the Squad, Evans is not a sedentary academic. He has genuine skills in adventuring. The Doc is an able outdoorsman, equestrian, marksman, sailor, diver, parachutist, etc. and can throw a punch when needed. He’s not as good as Bright or Flag, but Squad members tend to be polymaths.


History

See the matching Suicide Squad article.

Atomic

Jess Bright has but one bit of known background before joining the Squad. It was a terrible accident during a nuclear test, after which his colleagues urged him and his mentor Dr. Evans to carry on in their stead as they died.

In the original (pre-Crisis Earth-1) timeline this accident was likely meant to occur during, or shortly after, the Manhattan Project. Since similar moments for Flag and Grace take place late during World War Two.

The Silver Age Suicide Squad fights a pterosaur atop the Statue of Liberty

In our proposed merged timeline, this would likely have occurred during the catastrophic Castle Bravo atomic test  on Bikini. Castle Bravo left several islands uninhabitable even today.

In the post-Crisis revised timeline, it might have been the comic book version of the 1970 Operation Emery  series of nuclear weapon tests. If so, the Baneberry test would have gone wrong and releasing a large radioactive plume.

Cambodia

Dr. Evans died during the last mission of the Squad in Cambodia. As he and Bright were trying to hold off a yeti with gunfire, the ice under them shattered. They fell into a huge crevasse. Doc Evans hit a ledge then shattered upon a rock.


Description

See illustrations.


Personality

He’s a good-guy, serious, bespectacled scientist. Like all Suicide Squad members he’s brave and dedicated to the point of self-sacrifice. He’s determined to serve even thought that will eventually mean death. And like all Squad members he’s a calm, competent thinker who works well under pressure and faces enormous odds without flinching.

The Suicide Squad in its Silver Age version

The circa-1960 Suicide Squad were very much the Lawful Good champions of the Free World. They are not pointlessly violent, only kill monsters and people about to kill innocents, raise money for charities, fight for world peace, etc., etc..

Part of the theme of the team is that they were abnormally driven by tragic circumstances. This made them able to unhesitatingly face disastrous odds for the common good. However, this great strength stemmed from psychological trauma. Thus, there’s a tiny chance that somebody might crack (Minor Psychological Instability).

Splinter

This wasn’t too present in the few original stories. But the sense that someday, somehow, somebody’s ghosts would catch up with them and everything would go wrong was present in the post-Crisis version.

Squad members were driven by an unusual sense of Responsibility, though in practice their actions were of Upholding the Good sort. They felt personally, deeply responsible for carrying on in the name of their comrades after terrible tragedies.

No Squad member made attempts to rationalise away, forget or shirk what had happened. They all took-on a life-changing, 24/7, to-the-death duty ever since.


Quotes

“Jess — there’s a close-up of the red wave with the strange shape at its core — brought to us by our televisor-analizor screen ! If the foam bombs failed to smother it — it means it will feed off everything tossed at it.”

“Skipper ! We’ve a plan to contain the red wave. But it means you’ve got to go down and have to hedgehop over it. And risk not being able to pull up again !”

“Hmmmmm — it might just work ! We’ve a special concentration of sodium manganate aboard !”

“How can we fight these high I.Q. dinosaurs if we haven’t the foggiest idea where they are ?!”

“Professor Duane’s notes show that he has been experimenting with chemicals to increase the size of living things !”

“Galloping galaxies ! We’ve flown inside a huge spaceship — using the cloud for camouflage !”


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Doc Evans

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Mission X agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 012 HP: 035

Skills:
Acrobatics (Climbing): 04, Animal handling (Horses): 04, Military science (Demolition): 05, Scientist: 08, Vehicles: 04, Weaponry (Exotic, Firearms): 05

Advantages:
Credentials (US Military, High ; NASA, High ; US Intelligence, Medium ; NATO militaries, Medium), Dream Team (with Karin Grace, Jess Bright and Rick Flag, Jr.), Expertise (Parachuting, SCUBA diving), Schtick (Brainstorming (Scientist ; Jess Bright)).

Connections:
Mission X (High) plus those derived from his Credentials.

Drawbacks:
MPR (Nearsighted, wears glasses), Minor Psychological Instability.

Equipment:
See the corresponding Suicide Squad article.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: DC Universe.

Helper(s): Darci, Ethan Roe.

Writeup completed on the 17th of August, 2011.

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