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The Sovereign Seven
superhero team published by DC Comics
and created by Chris Claremont
Polynesian traditional religionist
The Sovereign Seven is a comic book superhero team introduced by DC Comics in 1995. The team was created by Chris Claremont, famed for his work on rival publishing company Marvel's X-Men titles. Dwayne Turner was the artist and co-creator for The Sovereign Seven comic book series.
Among the comic book industry's most popular and most respected comic book writers, Chris Claremont is one of the writers best known for consistently including explicitly identified religious affiliation as integral aspects of the characters he creates. Numerous Marvel characters from teams such as the X-Men and the New Mutants are widely known to be adherents of specific religious groups largely due to Claremont's thoughtful, realistic character creation and writing. So it comes as no surprise that many of the characters in the Sovereign Seven likewise have specific, real-world religious affiliations.
From: "Sovereign Seven" page on Wikipedia.org website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_Seven; viewed 1 June 2007):
Sovereign Seven is a superhero team and its eponymous American comic book, published by DC Comics. Launched in April 1995, Sovereign Seven was the first title co-created by writer Chris Claremont since he had left Marvel Comics, where he had been the long-time writer of various X-Men comics. His co-creator was artist Dwayne Turner. It was the first title (seemingly) set in the DC Universe owned by its creator (Claremont) instead of DC Comics. However, in the final issue it was revealed that the entire series was nothing but a comic book being drawn by two women who reside in the DC Universe. Thus, everything that occurred in the series had absolutely no effect on DC continuity, and Power Girl was never actually a member (since the S7 never actually existed in the DCU.) It is thought that this was done so no one else could use the S7 characters after the series was canceled, thus preventing any chance of legal disputes between the creators and DC.
The Sovereign Seven were a group of aliens exiled to Earth, where they battled various villains (notably Darkseid). The original group consisted of Cascade, Finale, Rampart, Reflex, Indigo, Network and Cruiser; later, Rampart was replaced by the DC character Power Girl.
The title met with middling success and was cancelled after 36 issues, in June 1998, after which Claremont returned to Marvel.
The main characters of Sovereign Seven were all gathered by Cascade as a mysterious force known as The Rapture destroyed their home worlds. Each of the Sovereigns, as might be expected, were princes/princesses of their people.
- Cascade (Rhian Douglas) was the leader of the Sovereign Seven and had the ability to cascade, or teleport, both herself and others. Her ability generally required some knowledge of the destination or that she be provided with a "waypoint" by Network. Cascade fled her mother, Maitresse, who ruled Cascade's homeworld with unflinching omnipotence.
- Network (Taryn Haldane) was the first of the Sovereigns to meet Cascade, and in some ways, she was the motivating force behind gathering them. Network's homeworld is never detailed much. She is a telepath, but unlike most telepaths in comic books, she never hesitates to draw the information she needs from the minds of those around her. It has been shown that when no other people are within range of her powers, or her powers are suppressed, she is fully illiterate; she unable to read, speak, or understand any language. Several story lines that showed possible futures indicate that Network will become some sort of terrorist/liberator for captured or controlled telepaths.
- Finale (Pahe Leilani Favaela) is a warrior, from a society reminiscent of pre-American Hawaii. She is said to have come from a water world. She makes several references to Mother Ocean and The Great Orca. Unfortunately, to defend her world from the Rapture, Finale was forced to kill her world and its inhabitants. As a result, Finale fears water since joining the Sovereigns. She fears what will happen if the Mother Ocean of Earth finds out who she is. Finale wears full body armor throughout the series, and we never truly see her face. It has been suggested that Daisy Miller is, in fact, Finale in a human form.
- Rampart (Jaffar Ibn Haroun Al Raschid) is a prince of a Muslim society. He has ability to manifest force fields. He is generally considered to be attractive as several of the local girls tend to swoon in his presence.
- Reflex (Walter Thorsson) is a speedster from a Nordic/Christian heritage. Unlike most characters with super-speed, both in DC and Marvel comics, Reflex is a large person. This causes some problems for him when dealing with normal, every-day things, like typing.
- Cruiser (Nicholas Helicon) is a telekinetic who fuels his powers with his body mass. As a result he's always hungry. Throughout the series, Cruiser goes from incredibly skinny, and 'running on empty,' to a more common state of quite fat, but with plenty of power in reserve.
- Indigo is one of the most mysterious of the Sovereign Seven. 'He' is an enigma, without a true identity. Even using the pronoun he is arbitrary. When he desires it, Indigo can go completely unnoticed. His presence simply isn't registered, whether it's in a dark hallway or a crowded street. He is also the consummate persuader. He can convince almost anyone (or anything) to do what he wants. He is a master infiltrator, allowing him to get into and out of secure areas. He is also the Sovereigns' tactician, carrying out Cascade's orders no matter how difficult.
From: "Religion of Comic Book Characters" forum discussion, started 29 March 2006 on AllSpark.com website (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4168; viewed 1 June 2007):
post Mar 29 2006, 08:38 AM
I found this great resource entirely by accident:
post Mar 13 2007, 06:36 PM
That's a good site.
I love Sovereign Seven. I remember one of the characters in the Seven was a practicing Muslim and another was Lutheran, and another followed a pagan sort of sea-worship. Some of the others weren't very religious at all. All of them though felt like very "Real" people.
From: Kelly Fryer, "Share Your Faith Like A...Superhero?", posted 31 July 2007 on "Reclaiming The F Word [Faith]" blog website (http://reclaimingthefword.typepad.com/reclaiming_the_f_word/2007/07/so-how-come-rel.html; viewed 12 August 2007):
...By the way, of all the Superheroes listed at adherents.com, only THREE are Lutheran (my shy denomination). I never even heard of two of them: Reflex and Elastic-Lad. And the one I have heard of - The Little Mermaid - is listed as Lutheran/Atlantean (NOMINAL). I'm not even sure how she made the superhero list in the first place! Lutherans!!! Oh well. I'm glad you're using your superpowers to make a difference where you live! You inspire the rest of us.
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