Riot of Heavy Mettle (New Warriors enemy) (Marvel Comics)


(Heavy Mettle)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Heavy Mettle is an obscure Marvel Comics criminal team. They fought the New Warriors during the 2000s.

They are a convenient, low-powered bunch that is easy to use in your own stories.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Other Aliases: Decibel.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Heavy Mettle.
  • Base Of Operations: Formerly New York City.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Riot wears a special costume (which seems lightly armoured) with triple-barelled sonic canons built into the large forearm units. The shocks from those weapons are sufficient to topple and crash a moving 18-wheeler.


Heavy Mettle is a team of operatives wielding high technology weapons, usually as light power armour. They were assembled by Joe Silvermane when he started running the Silvermane family of the Maggia.

Firestrike seemed to be their leader, and Warbow their tactical leader. Other members included Barracuda, Blackwing II, Riot and Stronghold. Our guess would be that the armours and weapons were contracted from Madame Menace.

Sea, air, land

In 2000, Silvermane’s Heavy Mettle clashed twice with the New Warriors. The criminals performed well despite their generally lower power level. Still, they were defeated when their leader, Firestrike, betrayed them after falling in love with Turbo, one of the New Warriors. The members of Heavy Mettle were all arrested, including Firestrike.

Heavy Mettle group shot

In 2009 they registered with the Initiative. Heavy Mettle members were tapped for the second version of the Shadow Initiative. This no longer was an elite black ops squad, but a trap for cannon fodder troops. The Shadow Initiative was spent retaking the 42 Prison in the Negative Zone . They softened the alien opposition therein before more valuable assets would move in.

Though the assault was eventually successful, it was reported in the heat of the fight that half of Heavy Mettle had fallen. How many of them, who exactly and how gravely they were hit wasn’t revealed. Secondary sources  list Blackwing and Riot as having been killed, and Barracuda and Stronghold as having apparently been retired, perhaps due to wounds.


See illustrations.


Riot seemed to be the most aggressive Heavy Mettle soldato, though he’s generally as disciplined as the rest of the group. He likes talking tough and trash talking.


“That’s it… come to daddy Riot.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 020

Weaponry (Sonic units): 05

None demonstrated.

Underworld (Low), Heavy Mettle (Low).

None demonstrated.

RIOT COSTUME [/BODY/ 06, Sonic blast: 09].

Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG

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Riot — Averaged PL 6.6

01 02 (04) 01 01 04 01 01 01


Riot light power armour ● 12 points (Removable) ● Descriptor: Technology
– Armour, lenses, filters, etc. — Enhanced Stamina 2, Protection 2.
– Sonic units — Ranged Sonic Damage 8, Precise Attack (Ranged, Concealment), Power Attack.

Combat Advantages

Close attack 1, Defensive Roll 1, Ranged attack 2.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.


Athletics 2 (+3), Expertise (Mercenary) 5 (+5), Insight 1 (+2), Perception 3 (+4), Ranged combat (Sonic units) 5 (+8).


Initiative +1
Unarmed +5, Close, Damage 1
Sonic units +8, Ranged, Damage 8


Dodge 6 Fortitude 6 (8)
Parry 6 Toughness 7**/3/2*
Will 4

* Without Defensive Roll
** With armour and Defensive Roll


  • Mercenary Heavy Mettle members serve the underworld for money.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 8, Dodge/Toughness PL 7, Parry/Toughness PL 7, Fort/Will PL 6.
  • Point total 62 Abilities 24, Defences 14, Skills 8, Powers 0, Devices 12, Advantages 4. Equiv. PL 5.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Primarily New Warriors v2 (Marvel Universe).