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Weatherman of Stormwatch

Weatherman

(Henry Bendix)


Context

The Weatherman is the director and mentat  of StormWatch, a S.H.I.E.L.D.-like organisation. You may want to read the Stormwatch organisation profile first for context.

He first appeared early during the launch of Image Comics – in StormWatch vol. 1 #1 (1993).


Background

  • Real Name: Henry Bendix.
  • Other Aliases: Think Tank.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Formerly Team One, StormWatch.
  • Base Of Operations: Skywatch.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Bald.


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Powers and Abilities

Henry Bendix is a technological genius. He is able to design all kind of techno-wizardry, from cybernetic implants to high-powered tanks.

As StormWatch’s Weatherman, he developed impressive leadership talents. He also wove an extended web of informants.


History

His genius made him a candidate to join International Operations’ Team One during the 1970’s. At this time, he had implanted himself with neural cybernetics of his own design. These could to interface with any machinery. He also built a awesome armored vehicle to go in the field, taking the name of Think Tank (no relation).

After the team’s dissolution, Think Tank stopped being active.

StormWatch

When StormWatch was created, the UN’s security council  named him Weatherman. As such, he commanded the vast intervention arsenal of StormWatch. He started to assemble Super Powered Beings (mostly seedlings ) from around the world. His ties with IO must have eased the task.


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Bendix even arranged with Miles Craven to recruit Backlash, who wanted to quit IO. Though no one quits IO, Craven agreed to let him go on the condition that Backlash act as his personal double agent within StormWatch.

Bendix was almost perfect in his role until Battalion went on an unauthorized private mission. He struck out to rescue his StormWatch Prime team-mates (Flashpoint, Nautika and Sunburst), held captive in Gamorra.

When the UN’s security council wanted Battalion’s head for so obviously breaking international laws, Bendix covered him. As a consequence, he was dismissed from his Weatherman’s position.

Stepping down for a bit

Though, he stayed a top UN officer, he was grounded in NYC UN’s headquarters for administrative tasks.

When Winter warned him about the preparing Stalinist coup in ex-USSR, Bendix proposed a raiding party with the recently resigned Cannon, Winter and himself. Undercover, they prevented the coup by killing its leader.

After the Despot episode, he was promoted to Weatherman again, to the relief of Synergy who had assured the interim.

Back in the saddle

After the ’Fire From Heaven’ episode, he reorganized StormWatch teams. Bendix recruited three of his personal connections, keeping 10 superpowered officers, and firing the rest. At this time, we started learning that his attitude was not clear regarding StormWatch’s behavior. He made it a fearsome instrument for the world to reckon UN’s authority.

The High then emerged from his self imposed exile in the Rocky Mountains. He announced the arrival of a new world order to bring peace and happiness all around the globe. Bendix zealously followed the Security Council’s orders to prevent that from coming. Against their deeply-held convictions, he sent StormWatch to destroy The High and his friends.

Only Jenny Sparks deduced what was going on from the start. She eventually managed to confront him. She nearly killed him, but at the last second he managed to teleport away from Skywatch.

Bald on the run

Crippled, Bendix took refuge with his old friends from IO. With his knowledge of the seedlings, IO launched yet another program to built super humans.

This plan was exposed by StormWatch Black. Jenny found Bendix’s hideout and seemingly finished the job.


Description

Take the headband computer implant of Lobo (Lando Calrissian’s aide in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), and put it on Captain Jean-Luc Picard to get the perfect picture of what Bendix looks like.


Personality

Though he appears as a trustworthy UN’s law enforcer, Bendix is indeed following a personal agenda. He constantly works on his information network and collects as many data on worldwide seedlings as possible.

He shares many secrets with the UN’s Security Council, particularly the fact that they don’t want the current world’s order to change.

Anyway, as a leader, he is efficient, ruthless and supportive. The motto he inspired in his officers is that men are expendable if it’s for the sake of an higher goal. But he can sacrifice his own position to cover the ones he respects (as he did for Battalion and Winter).


Quotes

“And you’d kill me if I told you any more…”


DC Universe History

See the other StormWatch writeups.


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Weatherman

Dex: 05 Str: 02 Bod: 04 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 11 Wil: 10 Min: 10 Occupation : Weatherman
Inf: 11 Aur: 10 Spi: 10 Resources {or Wealth} : 16
Init: 024 HP: 100

Powers:
Interface*: 11

Skills:
Charisma*: 11, Gadgetry*: 11, Scientist*: 11, Weaponry*: 05

Advantages:
Genius, Intensive Training, Leadership, Scholar (Computers, Cybernetics, UN, Seedlings, IO), Sharp Eye, Omni-Connection.

Connections:
UN Security Council (Low), StormWatch (High), IO (Low).

Drawbacks:
Age (Old), Dark Secret, MIA (Rose Tattoo).

Equipment:

  • WEATHERMAN’s IMPLANTS [BODY 01, Radio Communication: 04, Recall: 16, Telepathy: 07, Limit: Telepathy is limited to StormWatch Computer systems].
  • THINK TANK ARMOR (latest) [/STR/ 09, Hardened BODY 08, EV: 08, Range: 05, Radio Communication: 10, Running: 06, Carries 6 missiles (various possible types)].

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Images Comics (Wildstorm Universe) .

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