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The Engineer, The Maker

Real Name
Dr. Angela "Angie" Spica
Current Alias
The Engineer, The Maker

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 6"

Weight
110 lbs (50 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Unusual Features
Body sheathed in metallic substance

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Authority Operative, former Physicist, Technologist

Education
College Graduate, PH.D.

Origin
Origin
Replaced her blood with nanotechnology developed by the first Engineer's research and her work on human-machine fusion.

Place of Birth


First appearance

Contents

History

Angie was born in Queens, the youngest child of seven. Her family wasn’t rich but they were happy, her father drove a bus and her mother worked in a launderette.

From a young age Angie was obsessed with superheroes. Throughout school all she read were comics of Creeper, Green Lantern and Batman. While dreaming of becoming a superhero, Angie became the smartest child in her school, she was building circuit-boards while other children in her class were still playing with toys.

After the first Engineer was killed, Angela "Angie" Spica's home computer filled up with all his nanotechnology notes and started linking it to her work in human-machine fusion. Spica had known him in real life, but she didn't know he was the Engineer until then. She distilled an incalculable number of intelligent devices into nine pints of liquid machinery and replaced her blood with it. This nanotechnology gives her vast mechanical abilities: the liquid metal covers her body at will, allows her to fly and to create many things, such as radio-telepathy bugs, weaponry, rocket engines, replacement lungs to cope with unfamiliar atmospheres and even additional copies of herself.

Jenny Sparks recruited her as a founding member of The Authority.

In the "Transfer of Power" storyline, Spica was replaced by "Machine", a woman from Japan who received the nanotechnology extracted from the Engineer's body. Spica's blood was temporarily replaced with that of an HIV Positive heroin addict. She was given memory implants and forced into the life of a minimum wage worker in a Seven-Eleven, with an abusive husband and six children (all of them actors paid by the Powers-That-Be), until she was saved by Swift. Spica's deep desire for revenge on Machine was thwarted when it was learned she had been killed by fellow teammate Apollo.

Spica has an open on/off relationship with Jack Hawksmoor, but she also slept with The Doctor on one occasion. She also had a brief fling with a squat, hairy Mexican she picked up in a bar. It ended badly.

Spica was apparently sexually assaulted during her school-age years by a renegade Doctor who traveled back in time while they were fighting.

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WorldStorm

Captain Atom and The Engineer.

When Captain Atom was displaced into the WildStorm Universe after destroying a kryptonite meteor in protecting his Earth's destruction, the Engineer developed a deep, even if somewhat short, relation with him. Spica first met Atom after the Authority teleported him through a door to the moon. At first Spica tasked from Jack Hawksmoor himself to keep an eye over Captain Atom, using her charms if needed to keep him close and devise a plan to bring him back home, or kill him should he become a menace for the Wildstorm Universe. Spica, unable to find his proper universe, used her nanotechnology to apparently disable the fragment of the Void lodged in Captain Atom's body, defusing the threat posed by his survival in the WildStorm Universe, and starts a relationship with him, sharing some intimate moments (much to Hawksmoor's annoyance/jealousy) and trying to mold him into the proactive hero needed by her world. However, upon discovering that the Mark of Void was never purged by his system, and finding Captain Atom embracing Nikola Hanssen, the current host for the Void entity, Angela turned against him, and mixing jealousy to anger and self-righteousness, attempts to slay him. Captain Atom, still deeply in love with her, disables her powers, until Void is able to reboot the universe, leaving Angela no memories of the events surrounding the destruction and recreation of her world, and possibly, no memories about Nathaniel Adam.

World's End

Due to the cataclysm of World's End, Spica lost her powers and became an engineer, trying to fix the Carrier and help the refugees living in it. However, she was able to use her machine blood to reactivate it - partially - and this in turn awoke her powers. She can use her superhuman powers for brief periods. However, this never last long, so she now wears normal clothes over her metallic skin.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Blood Nanites (Partially Inert/Inactive): The Engineers blood has been replaced with 9 pints metallic liquid full of nanotech, tiny machines controlled by her will.

  • Shape-Shifting: her liquid metal form provides her the ability to shift her shape and form as she sees fit, the fluid nature of her nanites.
  • Plasticity: she can extend and stretch her metallic form with ease.
  • Adaptive Durability: She usually coats her skin with a layer of metal to protect herself from harm and is able to modify her own body to survive in space unharmed. This ability makes her a being of complete liquid metal allowing her to morph at will. In battle and it's shown to be stronger then that of the first Engineers, allowing her to take direct hits from atomic bombs without sustaining damage.
  • Nanite Fabricating: Visually, her most impressive power is the ability to create almost anything out of the trace elements that exist in the air and soil that surround her, from machine gun hands to literal clones of herself. There really is no limit to what her machines can do other than her imagination.
  • Self-Duplication: ability to make an exact duplicate of herself which she is mental contact with. Each copy possesses the same abilities and knowledge as the original and each can act in conjunction with each other. The Engineer can create up to 82 of these duplicates before her mind starts to dissociate. Angela needs to maintain concentration to actively control the details of what her duplicates do.
  • Radiotelepathy: These implants were designed and created by the Engineer. They initially resembled tiny flies which implanted themselves painlessly in the recipients temple. The implants allow all the users to use "radiotelepathy", a form of mechanically produced telepathy. The upper range of this communication is unknown, all that is known is that all the members of the Authority were capable of instantaneous communication world wide. The added ability to track and locate is also apart of the Radiotelepathy for those implanted.
  • Nanite Infection: allows her to spread viruses (that can affect both machines and people). She can send it into the body of another to determine how they work physiologically or even to shut down their body or gain some measure of control.
  • Nanite Sensors: has developed an invisible web of atom-sized machine sensors around her, it acts a security field, its highly sensitive to environmental changes.
  • Telescopic Vision
  • Environmental Adaptability: able to grow replacement lungs with her real ones, in environments not supportive of human compatibility. While in her metallic form adverse environments do not harm her.
  • Nanite Disintegration: by extending the nanoload in a sphere from her body as far as it'll go without killing her, she can extrude the machinery out into a web of knives small enough to slip between atoms.
  • Nanite Knowledge: for intensive purposes her nanites are a vast repository of information and she is capable of literally storing the knowledge of every book on earth in a drop of her blood.
  • Technopathy: ability to interface directly with machines using her nanites as connection. It could manifest as a special form of electrical manipulation, a special form of shapeshifting which allows physical interaction with machines, or even a special form of interaction with interfacing with computer data.
  • Flight: Angie can also fly without any visible form of propulsion, but needs to generate massive boosters to attain escape velocity.

    Abilities

Genius-Level Intellect

  • Scientist
  • Inventive

See Also

Links and References

  • None.

Footnotes


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This character exists under the Wildstorm Imprint, and their continuity takes place within the Wildstorm Titles. This template will categorize articles that include it into the category "Wildstorm Characters."


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