- Turbo (comics)
caption=From the cover to "Runaways" v2, #3. Art by
real_name=(I) Michiko "Mickey" Musashi
(II) Michael "Mike" Jeffries
debut=(I) "New Warriors" #28 (October 1992)
(II) "New Warriors" #33
Loners(I&II) New Warriors
aliases=(I) Torpedo Sue
*Air blasts |
Turbo is the name of two
fictional characters in the Marvel Comicsuniverse. One a comic book superheroine, the other a superhero. Michiko "Mickey" Musashi debuted in " New Warriors" #28 and her ally Michael "Mike" Jeffries in " New Warriors" #33.
Fictional character biography
The Torpedo armor was a creation of the
Dire Wraiths, their attempt to counter the cybernetic armor of the Spaceknights. They employed a human scientist to develop it, combining both Wraith and human technology. It had collapsable turbines mounted around the wrists and ankles, allowing the user to fly and fire powerful blasts of air. Upon discovering that the suit was going to be used for criminal purposes, its inventor stole it but died while escaping, and he gave it to the first person he stumbled onto, a man called Brock Jones, who used it to battle crime as the superhero, the Torpedo.
However, Jones eventually decided to hide himself and his family from the people seeking the armor, and went to live in the town of Clairton,
West Virginia, were he encountered Rom the Spaceknightand learned about the Wraiths. Jones agreed to help Rom protect the town from the Wraiths, and Rom altered the costume so its lenses would allow the user to see a Dire Wraith's true form.
However, Jones was eventually found and killed by the Wraiths anyway. Some of Jones' effects were passed on to his relative Phillip Jeffries, whose son Michael found the armor and gave it to his friend Michiko to use as a Halloween costume. When Michiko donned the armor, it began broadcasting on a wavelength that allowed human scientists from the lab that developed the armor to track it, and they attacked Michiko and Mike at a college costume party, where Michiko discovered the suit's abilities and fought off her attackers.
The New Warriors
Michiko and Mike began sharing the armor, Mike wishing to be a superhero, while Mickey used it to travel the world. Although she considered heroism as a "ridiculous calling", Mickey did not wish to see innocent people hurt when she could have prevented it. This is one of the reasons which got her mixed up with the New Warriors: After a gang of weapon smugglers under the command of the mercenary Sea Urchin involved an innocent in their dealings, she set out to stop them and ran into the team, who were also tailing the criminals. Mickey helped the Warriors to bring them down.
Mike encountered the Warriors as Turbo when Darkling put
Manhattanunder siege with the energies of the DarkforceDimension, and the two Turbos were attacked by Air Force when they trained with Nova. Mickey became a reserve Warrior, helping rescue the team twice alongside other back-up heroes, before being offered a full-time membership by the team. Mickey continued to share the armor with Mike, but often had to borrow it for missions with the Warriors.
On one mission, the Warriors fought Volx, the queen of the
Dire Wraiths, who recognized the Torpedo armor and desired it for the power-boost it would give her. She tracked the armor to Mike Jeffries and killed him, absorbing his memories. Posing as Mike, she tricked the Warriors into giving her the armor, which she used in a plot to depower Earth's superhuman population, before she was ultimately killed by Night Thrasher. Mickey pledged to be the sort of hero Mike wanted to be to honor him.
Mickey later met and fell in love with a young man named Dalton Beck, who unfortunately turned out to be
Firestrike, a member of the armored criminal team Heavy Mettle. When the Warriors clashed with Heavy Mettle, Firestrike turned on his allies and employer to protect Turbo. Beck was then put in the Federal Witness Protection Program, preventing the two of them from continuing their relationship.
Deciding that she would do more good with her education in journalism than adventuring, Mickey retired the Torpedo armor. With the help of Phil Urich, she got a job at the
Los Angeles Timesnewspaper. She later founded the group called Excelsior, a support groupfor retired teenage superheroes; in which their adventures are being revealed within the "LONERS" miniseries.
Within the first issue of "Loners"; Mickey was talking with Phil regarding Julie Power's recent lapse in using her flying powers. And in the second issue, Mickey was going on a date with Chris Powell after their latest support group meeting.
Within the third issue; Mickey learns about Chris, Mattie and Johnny's involvement about the MGH Ring and the events leading to where Julie was stabbed by Hollow (originally known as Penance from Generation X). Mickey also prevented Hollow's recapture by the group responsible for her imprisonment by talking to their leader (who is a CEO named Fuyumi Fujiwaka) in their native language, which was Japanese. The fourth issue has Mickey talking with Chris about her concerns with Mattie within the support group, as well as making up for the recent tensions between them afterwards.
Within the fifth issue; Mickey was almost strangled by Nekra when she was saved by a mysterious girl who called herself "Namie". And although she was terrified of dying (since she wasn't wearing the Turbo suit at the time); Mickey was also angered by the facts that Julie revealed the truth that she wasn't a registered hero and that Chris refused to remove the Darkhawk amulet from himself. She was also surprised to learn that Phil harbored feelings for her and witnessing his attack on Chris, in which he grabbed the amulet and transformed into an alternate version of Darkhawk.
House of M
Mickey appears as a member of the Wolfpack; along with Speedball, Rage, Zero-G, Lightspeed and Darkhawk ["House of M: Avengers" #3 & #4] .
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