In the Dakotaverse, an alien craft had malfunctioned and fired an escape pod towards Earth containing a baby named Arnus. His pod was programmed to mimic the first life form it saw, which happened to be a slave woman named Miriam. Arnus grew up working with Miriam but discovered in adulthood that he had stopped aging and had superpowers.
To disguise his agelessness, Arnus began pretending he had a son and would assume the son's identity. In present day, he is known as Augustus Freeman IV. Arnus is aware of his past and how he came to Earth, waiting for Earth to achieve his home world's level of technology. He is reluctant to use his powers unless absolutely necessary.
One night while Arnus is fending off a home invasion, Raquel Devin witnesses Arnus' powers and follows Arnus. She sees Arnus as her way out of her gang neighborhood and to help clean up her streets. After several attempts she manages to convince Arnus to take up the cape and become Icon with her as his sidekick Rocket. Icon and Rocket help protect the streets sometimes even teaming up with other members of Milestone, such as Static or Hardware, to get the job done.
Icon is a conservative and follower of the Republican party; he witnessed its original inception as Republican president Abraham Lincoln helped free the slaves (such as himself and his adopted mother). This would often lead to arguments with Rocket, who was a liberal. Over time their points of view mellow out.
Over the years Icon has lived on Earth, he's become more and more accommodated to it's customs. Having spent centuries on Earth Icon has blended in with its natives, he has made this planet his home, and has grown to to have a affection for its people. His personality has evolved to were he easily resembles a normal human being.
Major Story Arcs
After the events in Final Crisis, both the Dakotaverse and the DC Universe were on the edge of destruction by The Rift. Dharma absorbed the powers of The Rift and called on the help of both worlds' heroes, including Superman and Icon. The heroes saved the day, but the Milestone universe had suffered a world disaster. In order to save millions, Dharma merged his world with the DC Universe, preventing it from being destroyed. Only Icon, Superman, and Dharma know of this event.
With the worlds united, the new heroes carried on their day to day lives. Icon and Superman have a good friendship as well. They later arranged for the Justice League and Shadow Cabinet to meet each other believing they would have to team up one day.
In the DCU, Icon is under the eyes of many people, one of which is none other than General Sam Lane, who after the events of New Krypton has his suppositions about the hero, either over his connections to the Man of Steel or suspecting him of being a Kryptonian.
- Height: 6'8"
- Weight: 290 lbs.
- Eye Color: Brown
- Hair Color: Black
Alien Physiology: Icon is a member of the Terminan race, a powerful race with powers and abilities similar to Kryptonians, however they don't share any of the Kryptonian weakness.
Unique Physiology/Superhuman Physiology: Icon's DNA was changed/altered by his life pod, so he would resemble a normal human being. The changes to his DNA made it possible to blend among Earth's natives, however, it also resulted in the maximization of his now human/alien genetic structure. His body became highly resistant and extremely durable. The maximization of Icon's DNA grants him additional powers and abilities, that are unusual even for a Termian.
Superhuman Strength: Icon possesses vast strength due to the maximization of his DNA and alien heritage. He can lift over 100 tons effortlessly. He usually hold back, only using enough strength for the situation at hand, thus the limits of his strength are unknown. Even when holding back, he still displays strength equal to a full powered Superman.
Superhuman Speed: Icon possesses the ability to move at superhuman speeds. He is immune to the affects of traveling at high speed, and is capable of keeping up with Flash effortlessly. The exact limits of Icon's speed isn't known.
Superhuman Agility: Icon can move from place to place in the blink of an eye. His agility, balance, and bodily coordination are far beyond the natural physical limits and capabilities of the finest human specimen.
Superhuman Reflexes: Icon possesses the ability to think, move, and react at superhuman speeds. Icon’s reflexes are superior to those possessed by the finest human specimens.
Superhuman Stamina: Icon possesses a highly efficient musculature structure, granting him vast amounts of stamina in all physical activities.
Flight: Icon flies by manipulation of gravitons, manipulation of magnetic fields, control of his absolute molecular movement, and utilizing his superhuman speed. His top speed has not yet been determined.
Enhanced Senses: Icon possesses superhuman senses (the extent of which are unknown). He is constantly aware of his own state of being (physical health and mental status).
- Enhanced Vision
- Enhanced Sense of Smell
- Enhanced Sense of Taste
- Enhanced Hearing
- Enhanced Sense of Touch
- Enhanced Mental Perception: Icon possesses a super genius intellect. He can sense and comprehend things on levels that exceed human capabilities.
Self-Sustenance: Icon can survive in harsh environments without air, food or water, and his bodily evacuations aren't needed. He's also able to survive unaided in space.
Invulnerability: Icon possess nigh-invulnerability, he can withstand: high-impact forces, high-caliber bullets, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury, and is unaffected by the weather.
Accelerated Healing: Despite his nigh invulnerability, it is possible to injure Icon; If injured, Icon's body is can swiftly recover/regenerate from minor and serious/fatal injuries. He's capable of repairing damaged/destroyed tissue, limbs, muscles, and organs with great speed and efficiency. The true extent of his healing ability has yet to be determined.
Positron Manipulation: Icon can create, shape and manipulate Positrons. They have mass, spin and statistics equal to that of the electron, but positive charge equal in magnitude to the electron's negative charge. Positrons have properties of both particles and waves, collide with other particles, and can be diffracted like light. Many physical phenomena involve electrons in an essential role, such as electricity, magnetism, and thermal conductivity, and Positrons also participate in gravitational, electromagnetic and weak interactions. Icon can manipulate Positrons in various ways which include:
- Hand Blast: Icon can project powerful positron energy blasts from his hands.
- Concussion Force Beams: Icon can release positron energy from his hands as bolts of concussive force. A low power force bolt can flick on a light switch, but at maximum power the amount of damage is unknown.
- Stun Bolts: Icon can project low-energy positron bolts that render human beings unconscious by disrupting the electrical impulses in their nervous systems.
- Expanding Energy Bolts: Icon can fire bolts of positron energy that can rapidly expand upon contact with a object, person, or target. The size to which the bolts expands vary.
- Energy Ball Projection: Icon can create balls of positrons that he can launch at rapid fire rates.
- Energy Enhanced Punches: Icon can focus positron energy into his fists, which he can then use to shatter any substance.
- Energy Pulse: Icon can produce a surge of positron energy (from his hands or entire body), which can disrupt biological or technical technology.
- Energy Waves: Icon can release waves of positron energy and use them in various ways (to damage, push, bind and/or paralyze people). The waves can be sent through any form of matter creating ruptures, and can go through anything.
- Omnidirectional Energy Waves: Icon can release all of his body's positron energy as massive positron waves in ever direction, causing devastating damage.
- Positron Constructs: Icon can turn positron energy into whatever he desires ( tools, objects, weapons and other items). He can also use positron energy to create semi-living constructs and/or create structures/buildings of varying permanence.
- Positron Field: Icon can detect the presence of Bang Babies within his vicinity by flooding an area with a field of positrons.The field interacts with the invisible quantum well surrounding a Bang Baby, who then glows as he or she gives off mild gamma particles. Hence, Icon can use these fields to distinguish Bang Babies from other meta humans as well as normal humans.
- Force Field: Icon can use positrons to create quasi-solid energy fields to entrap opponents. The force fields becomes more powerful, by absorbing kinetic energy.
- Energy Shield: Icon can create a extremely powerful positron energy shield, that can deflect and absorb energy. The shield can also absorb kinetic energy, in which it becomes more and more powerful.
Decelerated Aging: Icon possesses extraordinary longevity, enabling him to age at a vastly slower rate than that of human beings. Hence, though centuries old, he appears to be no older than forty. Icon's lifespan is usual for a Terminan and is the only power that is not the result of his genetic maximization. The maximization of his DNA did effect his aging process; He will never show signs of old age and will always be in top physical condition.
Expert Lawyer: Augustus Freeman is one of the worlds best Lawyers as well as Corporate Lawyers. As Icon, he is among the Cooperative’s most celebrated mediators. He has extensive knowledge of every type of law system on Earth (most notably American Law) and the Cooperative legal system combined with his decades of experience in his chosen field. Icon also possess vast knowledge of many forms of alien/other worldly law and also has a extensive mediator background.
Multi-billionaire: Augustus Freeman is a self-made multi-billionaire, and has used his centuries on Earth to accumulate his Billions. He is one of the most successful Lawyers in the world, and is also a Celebrity. Augustus has used his wealth to help others, by founding various centers and organizations around the world, one the most famous being the Freeman Community Center. He's also build and develop his own Law Firm, which has a branch in every state in the U.S.
Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Icon is a deadly combatant, whose fighting skills rival some of the most well known trained fighters in the universe. Icon is well trained in unarmed and armed combat, having fought in major conflicts ranging from the Civil War to World War II, and has mastered multiple types of fighting styles both armed and unarmed.
Icon can adapt to any fighting style (unarmed or armed), automatically changing his fighting style to be superior to his opponents, and can predict attacks from every direction. Icon boosters his strength every time he fights, meaning the more he fights the stronger he and his overall strength becomes. Some opponents underestimate Icon because of his initial attempts of diplomacy.
Multilingual: Icon is fluent in English and Galactic Standard, the native language of the Cooperative. Icon can instantly learn and translate any language perfectly when he hears it, reads it, or sees it.
Armor: Icon wears armor composed of highly advanced alien technology. The armor grants him further protection from projectile weaponry, energy beams, intense heat/cold, tremendous impact forces, and adds to his already incredible strength. He can change the appearance of his armor at will. The armor can instantly adapt to any environment, quickly repairs any damage that comes of it, and becomes immune to whatever previously damaged it. With a mere thought, Icon uses his own positron energy to construct his armor, and when no longer needed the armor is converted back into energy that Icon stores in his body.
Starship: Like all Cooperative vessels, Icon's starship is equipped with a faster-than-light drive that allows it to shift into the realm called Hyperspace. Icon's starship is also equipped with cloaking technology that can render the vessel invisible to both the human eye and all forms of technological surveillance. When not in use, Icon stores his starship in his "garage," a hangar located beneath his mansion’s swimming pool. The pool slides out of the way to provide easy entry or exit for the ship. Over time Icon's ship has been equipped with numerous technology from other planets and cultures, including time travel technology. The ship is extremely fast and maneuverable. The ship is also equipped with multiple types of offensive and defensive technology. Icon's ship is highly effective in combat.
Info Tool: The Info Tool is a computerized database of virtually everything known within the Cooperative. It even contains very detailed files on the cultures, languages, history and technology of Sol III (Earth) thanks to Icon's accounts of his life on the planet. The Info Tool acquires new information from written documents, verbal accounts, and visual data inputs. The database can even scan an item (organic or inorganic) and store its molecular structure within files called "software." Apart from storing and retrieving data, the local access to the Info Tool can also link to and control any computer-operated device or system.
Because of all the data it has accumulated over the millennium, the Info Tool is truly self-aware and even has a personality of sorts. The Info Tool relies on verbal inputs to receive commands to perform certain functions. In terms of information retrieval, the Tool can respond either verbally or by displaying its findings via holographic images aboard the starship. The Info Tool remains in contact with Icon via a communicator hidden in his costume.
The Maker: The Maker is a molecular factory that can construct any physical item, molecule by molecule, from structural data files stored within the Info Tool. These data files are called "software" while the objects created by the Maker are known as "hardware." The Maker operates by tapping the vast energies of the reactor for Icon's starship and converting them into matter used for the construction of hardware. The Maker can create any item, terrestrial or extraterrestrial, in a matter of seconds as long as its structure is on file within the Info Tool. These include medicines, machinery (e.g., vehicles), clothing, and even food.The Maker can repair or modify constructed hardware by altering its molecular structure according to the whims of its user.
The Maker can also rearrange the molecular structure of items it did not create in order to change their appearance or function. To do so, the Info Tool must first scan the structure of the object to be modified. For example, Icon employed the Maker to build the starship garage beneath his mansion's swimming pool.
Icon's starship has numerous projectors through which the Maker can construct hardware within the vessel. To build an item outside the vessel, the Maker relies on a special probe mounted on the underside of the starship. it is the probe that facilitates the Maker repairing or remodeling Icon's possessions over great distances.
While Icon did not appear in the series, the community center is named after his civilian counterpart. This community center was a recurring location in the series.
This is the first use of characters from Milestone since the DCAU and the first animated appearance of Icon. Icon hails from Dakota City. He met a young girl, Raquel, who convinced him to become superhero in May 2010. He helped the Justice League fight off Poison Ivy's plants with his sidekick Rocket.
As part of a simulated training scenario of the Team, Icon was "killed" by alien invaders.
Icon was considered for membership of the Justice League, though Green Arrow jokingly said Superman's only reason for nominating him was a belief that Icon might be another Kryptonian.
With the other inductees into the League, Icon was welcomed to the Hall of Justice and given an official membership pass. He had hoped to talk to Rocket, but inside the Hall, he found she and the other proteges were gone.
The Team captured three escaped felons, and brought a case they had to Batman. He showed its content to Icon, who concluded that the biotech samples were partly alien, though he was not sure of its origin. When Batman left to analyze them at the Watchtower, Rocket apologized for leaving him earlier. Icon accepted, and was glad they had both found teams in which they belonged.
After being made a slave of the Light's mind control, Icon welcomed Vandal Savage aboard the Watchtower with a silent kneel of obedience. Icon, Captain Marvel and Doctor Fate were sent by the Light to subdue the Team, but they found the Cave deserted. The moment the trio made it back to the Watchtower, the Team ambushed them with cure-tech. Doctor Fate was tagged, but Icon managed to destroy the other two chips. Rocket had another ready for him. She put it on him, and he collapsed.
Young Justice: Invasion
After Gamma Squad saved hostages from the Kroloteans, Icon arrived on the scene with the rest of the Justice League members and the Team.
Being experienced in intergalactic tribunal law, Icon volunteered to travel to Rimbor with the six Leaguers accused of crimes to defend them before the High Court.