Thursday, August 14, 2008

COLD BASTARD #2 - TAO


WHO IS HE?

Tactically Augmented Organism. A genetically engineered supergenius who created a criminal empire.

WHERE IS HIS PROOF OF BASTARD?

Alan Moore's run on WildC.A.T.s, but a better showcase is the Sleeper series.

COLD BASTARD LESSONS LEARNED?

Everyone's a toy waiting to be broken.

THE STORY

TAO was created to be a weapon, but he decided that he didn't like that, so he went ahead and became someone who just fucks with people to show them how easy it is for them to destroy themselves. He engineered a superpowered gang war to show that it could be done. He then created a global criminal enterprise, and used it as a means to undermine every form of social order on the planet. Why? Well, he thinks that as an artificial creature, he has no soul, but he also has no illusions about the true operation of the world. He's thus concluded that he has to destroy every soul to show them how the world is, and he'll undermine any structure, even his own, in order to achieve it. He even allowed a knowing double-agent in, and then toyed with him using his hopes and fears just to break him and show him how hopeless it all really is. A true bastard.

But not the greatest.

NEXT UP: A mystery man in black

2 comments:

LurkerWithout said...

Johnny Cash?

Phil Watts, Jr. said...

I loved TAO's early appearances. You just knew from the get-go that he was up to something and that he'd eventually pull a coup on everybody.

I still read those old WildCAT issues (even though I'm not 'supposed to' because it's "LOL90'S". Whatever. I'll take most of the EXTREEEEEME 90'S over the overbearing dreck of today.)