Roll Call: Asylum (Henrique Manuel Gallante), Coronary (James Sharp), Impulse (Dwight Hubbard), Mathemanic (Thomas Sorenson) and Pretty Persuasions (Heidi P. Franklin). The original Asylum went without name or voice.
First Appearance: New Warriors 4 for most of 'em. Gallante, however, started solo in New Warriors 32 and named himself "Darkling" in NW 34 before reemerging (so to speak) as Asylum II in NW Annual 4. His predecessor was last seen in New Warriors 40, after she went wild in Central Park and got blown apart by Speedball.
What's Their Problem? Harmon Furmintz was an exceptional genius who felt passed over by great human events like the Super Soldier project (which dropped him due to his hemophilia), so he sought to start a race of superhumans through his research company, GeneTech. They went ahead and altered five volunteers: an ex-mental patient, a medical student, a street-gang member, a mathematics whiz and an exotic dancer, later joined by an ex-drug addict. Not exactly the ones you'd want gaining great powers (which they did) without that great a sense of responsibility (which they may be learning... I hope).
Abilities: The original Asylum was a mass of non-corporeal Darkforce mist who engulfed a person to scare them with their own inner truth or lie; while immune to various energies, enough physical force (like a punch to the mask) could disperse her. Gallante, the mutant who is the current Asylym, can teleport himself and others via the Darkforce dimension, the substance of which he can manipulate as so much obedient taffy. Coronary can control the biometabolic functions of others and induce intense pain, muscle spasms and so forth. He can also reform his "plasticized" body if shattered, but this leads to weird, spiked-and-bulging mutations with powers like phasing, stretching and superhuman strength. Impulse is able to act very aggressively at the speed of thought. Mathemanic is a "math telepath". He tries out computations by altering people's perceptions of reality, making them feel extremely heavy, weightless, aged, trapped in a maze, separated from their bodies or otherwise distorted. And, finally, Pretty Persuasions stimulates the pleasure centers (read: libidos) of others with her energy weapons, stunning them at least. She mainly uses a whip generated by her own, uh... you know, impulses.
by Ray Schaff
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