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Infinite Crisis Speculation, Post #3

Welcome to another edition of Infinite Crisis Speculation Friday!

To recap, in the first issue I suggested that Power Girl might be a chronal anomaly, who doesn't belong in the DC universe, and that the Psycho-Pirate was using that fact to bring back the Multiverse. In the second issue, I proposed that perhaps the Anti-Monitor is pulling the Psycho-Pirate's strings, and I suggested that maybe the Pirate is playing a large role in the Villains United miniseries. My thought was that perhaps the Pirate was also the mysterious Mockingbird.

But now, I have a different idea.


This past week, I went back and re-read the whole Villains United story line. For those of you not keeping track, the basic plot is that Lex Luthor has created a new Secret Society of Supervillians. He's trying to recruit almost every villain imaginable, using the argument that as a group, they'd be better able to defend themselves against Superhero mindwipes. (The villains discovered that the mindwiping had taken place shortly after Identity Crisis.) There are six villains, however, who have rejected Luthor's society, and in fact have been recruited by that mysterious figure named Mockingbird to form their own group, called the Secret Six. Mockingbird has them going up against Luthor's group, for no apparent good reason except to show Luthor that some villains refuse to live under his thrall. (More plot details can be found at Wikipedia: Villains United.)

It's obvious that Mockingbird is someone important; otherwise the eventual revelation of Mockingbird's identity would be a letdown. Mockingbird's identity is kept hidden throughout the series, as the Secret Six's leader only communicates with the Six over video. Furthermore, their leader's face is always obscured; it looks like an old style bits-and-bytes computer graphic, with only the two eyes clearly defined.

So who is Mockingbird? I think I know. I began by going over the names of all the villains who have appeared so far in the story, to see who's missing. And one name seemed obvious: Braniac. We haven't seen Brainiac for a while, and he and Luthor are well-established to be in conflict in this current continuity. If Mockingbird is made up of computer data, well, the connection to an incarnation of Brainiac is obvious. Finally, I could easily see how Brainiac might decide that Luthor is making himself too big a player, and so he decides to challenge him. He's also be as ruthless about his own recruits as Mockingbird has been; we've seen how Mockingbird has no compunction against killing any member of the Secret Six just to make a point.

But I don't think Mockingbird is Brainiac, for one very important reason. Throughout Villains United, it's been pretty well-established that Mockingbird really hates Luthor. While Brainiac might go up against Luthor, he doesn't really hate him, per se. So I went a little further and asked myself the following question: Who out there would have such hatred of Luthor, and also the power to keep an identity as private as possible?

Answer: Luthor's daughter, Lena.

Back in 2000, during the Brainiac 13 story, Brainiac 2.5 took control of Lena's body and used it to defend Luthor from Brainiac 13. But then Brainiac 13 made a deal with Luthor -- essentially, he said, hand over your daughter, and B13 would give Luthor the power to run the new technology that B13 had created in Metropolis, the technology that truly made it a City of Tomorrow. Luthor agreed, and betrayed his daughter and B2.5 in the process.

Now, supposedly Lena was restored to infant form and returned to Luthor at some point, but a) we haven't seen her much recently, and b) there's no guarantee that the baby Luthor got back was actually Lena. What if Lena is still merged with B2.5 somewhere out there, and has decided that she wants revenge on her father for his betrayal of her?

That would explain a lot. It would explain Mockingbird's name, for one thing, as Lena is mocking her father. It would explain why Mockingbird has only appeared over a video screen, in an image of a face that looks like it's made up of computer data. And it would explain Mockingbird's vicious hatred of Luthor, as hell hath no fury like a daughter scorned.

And why is it so important that a Luthor daughter play a part in Infinite Crisis? Well, remember that one of the most important characters in the original Crisis was a Luthor son...

Comments

Brainiac and Luthor recently teamed up to fight the Outsiders and Teen Titans after taking over Indigo (actually Brainiac 8.0) and Superboy (who shaved his head and carved an "L" into his shirt while under Luthor's control).
I missed this. Where was it?
Teen Titans and Outsiders, both in issues 24-25, so a four-issue crossover.
While I think your opinion is a good one... I believe it is infact...
*drum roll*

*Calculator*
It can be passed off at him:

Testing the Secret Six
&
Trying to impress Luthor and co.

Calculator doing it does make sense to me plus the description for Birds of Prey #88
"From the pages of VILLAINS UNITED and IDENTITY CRISIS comes the deadly new Calculator — and he's on the hunt for Oracle. It's the ultimate battle of the DCU's biggest information brokers, with their hand-picked teams caught in the crossfire! "
http://www.dccomics.com/comics/?cm=4414
Interesting, It could very well be Calculator, but my reasoning is that it's someone we haven't seen yet who makes logical sense in the story. Kind of like when Reign of the Supermen happened; the clues for who two of the fake Supermen were there for regular readers of the comics.

In the end, I don't care if I'm right or wrong, as it's just fun to speculate. But if I am right, I will probably be inordinately proud of myself.
I dunno why I think this, and have no proof other than him stomping off in front of Luthor, and that chick being his daughter...I dunno her name

I think Mockingbird is Vandal Savage.

What better way to cover for yourself than be a part of the organization you fight?

I think thats Batman logic...*shutters*.
Vandal Savage is another possibility. But staying in the shadows never seems to be his MO.
This thread kick-started a memory; back in the late 80's DC experimented with having a weekly comic called Action Comics Weekly or something like that. The comic consisted of groups of ongoing stories, 4-6 to an issue involving different super heroes and groups.

One of the story lines was about a group called The Secret Six.

Their leader was a cowled guy named Mockingbird.

Hate to play the Old Fart card, but they're really pulling out of the past here.

And going back even further.....

Back in the first Secret Six series in 1968, Mockingbird was August Durant

http://www.dcuguide.com/History/History_1950.php

Re: And going back even further.....

Fascinating. I remember Action Comics Weekly, and actually love it when they pull things out of past history like that. I doubt that they're bringing back Durant, though.

One request - could you change the icon you've used to reply to this post? I have a "no obscenity" policy in my journal (mentioned on my info page).

Re: And going back even further.....

I doubt they'll use Durant either, I'm just wondering if they're using the formula where Mockingbird is actually one of the Secret Six.

Sorry about the icon, I thought this was in the DC Universe lj and not your personal one. I have only a basic account so cannot assign specific icons to specific posts so you might want to delete my posts here as I'm not always going to be using the icon seen now.

Re: And going back even further.....

Ah. What I'll do then, is requote your thread in a new post and give you credit, so there's no icon problem. Take a look and let me know if it works for you before I delete.
neflm said the following:

This thread kick-started a memory; back in the late 80's DC experimented with having a weekly comic called Action Comics Weekly or something like that. The comic consisted of groups of ongoing stories, 4-6 to an issue involving different super heroes and groups.

One of the story lines was about a group called The Secret Six.

Their leader was a cowled guy named Mockingbird.

Hate to play the Old Fart card, but they're really pulling out of the past here.


Followed by

And Going Back Even Further...

Back in the first Secret Six series in 1968, Mockingbird was August Durant

http://www.dcuguide.com/History/History_1950.php


I replied:

Fascinating. I remember Action Comics Weekly, and actually love it when they pull things out of past history like that. I doubt that they're bringing back Durant, though.


To which neflm said:

I doubt they'll use Durant either, I'm just wondering if they're using the formula where Mockingbird is actually one of the Secret Six.
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