Speedball (Marvel)(02 - Darrion Grobe)
Real Name: Darrion Grobe
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During his time as Speedball II, Darrion possessed the exact same powers as that of the original Speedball (Robbie Baldwin), which included the ability to create a kinetic field all around him which would absorb all kinetic energy directed towards him.
In the year 2092, Darrion's father was accidentally transformed into the time-travelling vilain Advent, and the only way for him to be stopped was for Darrion to take the place of a kinetic being (Speedball), and go back in time to prepare for Advent's assualt on the past.
Darrion replaced Robbie immediately before "Speedball" was returned to his teammates at the end of Time and Time Again. Robbie and his fellow Warriors had been kidnapped by the Sphinx, and sent to various places / times. Robbie was put into the kinetic dimension, where he discovered that his own kinetic "bubbles" made up a universe themselves. In fact, each bubble represented a moment in time.
Elsewhere/when, Darrion and his father were working on a way to travel through time using a chronal displacement shell, and his father had to rush a test-run for fear of the program being shut down. However, the test failed, and he was transformed into the time-travelling villain Advent. In order to stop him, Darrion isolated a being within the kinetic dimension (Speedball), and created a physical duplicate of him. He then programmed "Speedball II" with Robbie Baldwin's personality and memories, but with his own thoughts/memories in remission. He then travelled into the dimension, snuck past Robbie, and used his chronally-enhanced powers to escape the dimension and free his fellow Warriors.
He then went on to lead Robbie's life, acting and making the exact same decisions as the real Robbie Baldwin would. However, "time" eventually caught up with him, and the fateful day approached when Advent would attack the Warriors' time. It was then that Darrion's "shell" began malfunctioning, with his "bouncing" powers going haywire, and his mother suffering the effects of "chronal radiation." This "radiation" was detected by both the Sphinx and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and only through an instinctive "time-manipulation" was Darrion able to save his teammates from the Guardians, but nothing could stop the Sphinx from killing Speedball / Darrion.
Darrion / Speedball's impending death was foreseen by the time-manipulating Rina Patel. Rina discovered that she could "visit" various times in her past, but one day, upon seeing a newsreport about the Warriors, she accidentally threw herself into the future, where she was a member of the Warriors. Later "timeslips" would have her witness Speedball's death, and this led her to search out the team and warn them. There, she was dubbed Timeslip, and became an active hero with the team. However, all events proceeded as she had foreseen, and eventually, Robbie did "die." However, Rina's powers enabled her to see the truth of the matter, and somehow the Warriors were transported to the future, where a holographic version of Darrion aided them in defeating Advent. In defeating him, Darrion's universe was "made whole" again, and he now lives again.
First Appearance: The New Warriors (1990) #50
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Green Goblin (1995)
#2 Night Thrasher (1993)
- 'Rampagin' With The Rhino'
#16 Nova (1994)
- 'In For a Penny...'#20
- 'Beating and Beaten'
#14 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage (1995)
- 'Shadows Asunder!'#18
Alpha The New Warriors (1990)
- 'Maximum Clonage, Part 1: ... And the Jackal Cries, 'Death!'"'
#50 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Till Death Do Us Part'#51
- 'Another Think Coming'#52
- 'Don't Mind the Maggots'#54
- 'Might Makes Wrong'#55
- 'Unacceptable Losses'#56
- 'Payback's a Real Switch'#57
- 'Breaking Points!'#58
- 'Shalom, Shalom (Good-Bye, Peace)'#59
- 'The Only Constant'#61
- 'Maximum Clonage, Prologue: Everyone Hates a Clone'#62
- 'Unnatural Selection'#64
- 'Bang and Blame'#65
- 'Slave Machine'#66
- 'Return to Springdale'#67
- 'The Evil Among Us'#68
- 'Just Yesterday'#69
- 'Some Time To Kill'#70
- 'Time Will Tell'#71
- 'The Fire In Which We Burn'
#227 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Maximum Clonage, Part 5: If Death Be My Destiny--!'#228
- 'Time Bomb, Part 1: Run For Your Life!'
- 'Time Bomb, Part 2: By My Hand, Mary Jane Must Die!'
New Warriors (Marvel)
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