Rubble from Bloodpool (Image Comics)


(Horace Benson)


Rubble appeared in a 1995 Image / Extreme Comics LS, unarrestingly titled Bloodpool. These four issues felt remarkably like a straight transcription of a tabletop super-hero role-playing game session. Which I reckon isn’t necessarily what one wants to read about a comic, but heh, it’s true. And that’s what gets them a profile !

These guys can thus easily be used as stock Player Characters (the “pre-rolled” kind, so to speak) or as stock young heroes in the background.


  • Real Name: Horace Benson.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Parents (names unspecified).
  • Group Affiliation: Bloodpool.
  • Base Of Operations: An unspecified west coast town.
  • Height: Around 4’5”. Weight: Around 160lbs. Age : 16
  • Eyes: Glowing yellow Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Rubble is a genetically engineered human. His consciousness exists in what seems to be an inorganic stone-like substance.

Stronger and much more durable than normal, Rubble can casually survive having most of his body pulverised. He can reconstitute himself with ease under most circumstances.

Rubble puts that control over his body to good use. He’s turned going to pieces into an aggressive art. Benson will break his own body down into its component parts and use his head, limbs, and even smaller fragments as weapons against his enemies.


The Bloodpool project was certainly not the finest moment of the US government’s special projects involving superhumans.

About 20 nu-gene active teens were recruited from their families, prodded, tested, operated on, genetically and cybernetically enhanced, and subjected to a dangerous and gruelling training. The promise was that they could one day join the prestigious Youngblood action team. Youngblood was both a powerful combat force and an efficient media tool for the government.

However, Youngblood’s director Graves was discovered to be a demon. Which was an issue. During the upheaval, the new director, Battlestone, decided to forego the Bloodpool contracts. Despite all the promises and all they had been through, the Bloodpool subjects were downsized.

Rubble (Horace Benson) portrait

A few trainees (Task, Psilence, Wylder, Fusion, Rubble, Seoul) chose to follow the advice of one of Seoul’s spirit guide. With the support of former Youngblood leader Shaft, they struck on their own as a private, hero-for-hire outfit.

An early, lucky meeting with a millionaire in an unfortunate situation bankrolled them. And thus the group, which kept the Bloodpool name, soldiers on.


See illustration.


Rubble is a young, immature, loudmouthed, unruly, aggressive and prone to tantrums. Yet he’s not a bad kid, and he obviously loves swashbuckling adventures.

Rubble (Horace Benson) leaps into action


“This bites !! It *sucks* ! IT TOTALLY BLOWS !”

DC Universe History

The Bloodpool might stay a failed government attempt at a super-group, perhaps a Task Force X remnant that Amanda Waller killed in order to make more space for her pet Suicide Squad.

If you want a more recent origin, I’m afraid you won’t escape the DEO… unless you’re willing to resurrect the DDI from Swamp Thing (plus, that would resemble them).

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 05 Str: 05 Bod: 07 Motivation: Thrill
Int: 03 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Bloodpool member
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 03
Init: 011 HP: 035

Anatomical Division: 08, Invulnerability: 16

Bonuses and Limitations:
Rubble uses his Anatomical Division to throw body parts at opponents (+1). EV depends on the part ; he generally uses his head (EV 06), which is by far the most balanced. A hand would have an EV 04 (and could grapple), most other body parts have an EV 03.

Weaponry (thrown): 06

None demonstrated.

Bloodpool (High).

Age (young), Distinct Appearance.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Bloodpool (Image comics).