PREPARING TO LAUNCH ONLINE. Brought together by circumstance and associated by necessity, Pulse and Rigor are each empowered with their own unique influence over vibratory forces at the atomic level.
An accomplished physicist employed in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Adrian Benson caught the industry's attention when his research on the use of sonic fields for rehabilitating patients with terminal illnesses was published in one of the world's most prestigious medical journals. While many seemed to ridicule his findings, he was nonetheless approached by benefactors willing to offer their funding for continued work on the subject-- including one Richard Jackman, who even offered to commission an apparatus that operated on Adrian's principles. While he had his doubts about the man, the promise of his career taking an incredible upswing was too good to ignore.
Jackman followed through on his word and more, but trusting the unscrupulous man would lead to one of the biggest mistakes in Dr. Benson's career. His benefactor was, in fact, in the employ of a VIPER cell interested in obtaining the mechanism for a more nefarious purpose-- and they came to collect as the two were testing their final prototype, intent on stealing the device and leaving behind no witnesses. A wayward gunshot struck the gadget in the ensuing crossfire, causing it to self-destruct with a pulse of pure sonic force. While Jackman and several agents were disintegrated by the blast, Adrian was instead innervated with the released energies and granted superhuman powers.
Even with his invention destroyed and his traitorous colleague dead, the damage to his professional prospects was the least of his worries now that he had to deal with the onset of changes to his body-- with every fiber of his being now vibrating uncontrollably without sufficient concentration or an outlet to release his consistently built-up energy.
Afflicted with a cancerous tumor that wouldn't respond to conventional treatments, blue-collared breadwinner Todd Meyer was a desperate man searching for a way to keep himself alive in fear of the livelihood of his family. Roused to seek out Adrian Benson after reading the publication featuring his work on the sonic generator, Todd was eventually able to confront the Doctor, begging him to use the device on him to heal him. Adrian could do naught but turn Todd away as there was no apparatus for him to use: it had completely malfunctioned in an incident just a week prior.
Todd's determination to live struck an emotional chord with Dr. Benson, who soon made efforts to reconnect with the man who had visited him. At their second meeting, Adrian revealed the truth behind the fate of his invention, and confided that he was empowered by the very same forces he sought to harness. With no other apparent options open to him, Todd pressed the Doctor once again to find a way to rid him of his cancer-- Adrian reluctantly agreed, despite the risks, to use his newfound gifts to attempt the procedure under his own power.
Something about the vibratory field Dr. Benson produced seemed to resonate with Todd's very DNA, but the reaction that followed was nothing either of the two men were prepared for. As Adrian began to relax his influence over the man's body he simply stopped moving-- frozen in a state of suspended animation.
Place of Birth:
Hampton, VA, USA
Base of Operations:
Millennium City, MI, USA
165 lbs. (variable)
Secret (known to Rigor)
University (PhD Science/Physics)
Known Powers and Abilities
Vibration control (Atomic acceleration, flight, sonic blasts)
Each Other: The defining characteristic of these two heroes is their reliance on each other to keep the nuances of their powers in check. Rigor regularly needs to be "buzzed" by Pulse's ability to accelerate atomic movement in order to stay active, otherwise he will continuously regress into stasis. In doing so, Pulse essentially uses Rigor as a power sink to prevent too much of his own power from building up from disuse-- preventing the production of unbearable noise pollution from his "vibing" or inadvertently shattering objects by mere touch.