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 homeworld'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 neighboorhood 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.
Icon is among the Cooperative’s most celebrated mediators and one of the best lawyers in the world. He has extensive knowledge of the Cooperative legal system. Due to his high success as a lawyer, Icon has accumulated a lot of wealth(billions); Icon uses his wealth to help him build weapons and other tools to help fight crime.
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
Icon is a powerful member of the Termian race, a powerful alien race whose abilities are similar in strength and power to Kryptonians under a yellow sun. Termians do not share any of the Kryptonians weaknesses.
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 his DNA, has granted Icon a variety of usual superhuman abilities, unusual even for a Terminan.
As a result of the maximization of his DNA, Icon is able to perform any physical act without difficulty. Icon's conditioning, making him immensely stronger, faster, durable and smarter than normal members of this race.
Icon possess vast (limitless) strength due to the combination of his alien heritage, Kryptonian kinship, and the maximization of his DNA. At his base level Icon’s strength is at berserk level, however he usually holds back (only using enough strength for the task at hand), but even when holding back, his strength far surpasses that of a full powered Superman. Icon can increase his muscle mass at will, thus adding to his already incredible strength, speed, stamina and durability.
Icon possesses the ability to move at infinite speeds, although his top speed is unknown. He can move so fast he becomes invisible. Icon has shown to be faster then Flash, this making him one of the most fasted beings on Earth and in the universe. Icon has ability to reach speeds surpassing the speed of light, his speed gives him great control over his angular momentum (at the molecular level), and his molecular interactions. His speed lets him pass through any substance. He can excite the molecules of whatever substance he vibrates through in similar fashion as Flash, causing it to explode. Icon’s speed allows him to create speed clones, enhance his physical attacks, and spin like a tornado. Icon’s speed also allows him to traverse time and dimensions. Icon's momentum (forward or backwards) makes him unstoppable, gaining massive inexorable force, crushing whatever is in his path. Icon can steal the speed from others and from objects making them motionless, he can use the speed he steals to increase his own speed.
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 and most superhuman beings. Icon can preform numerous gymnastic, athletic, and martial implements with no effort.
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 and most superhumans.
Icon possesses highly efficient musculature, thus granting him limitless stamina in all physical activities.
Icon flies by manipulation of gravitons, manipulation of magnetic fields, control of his absolute molecular movement, and utilizing his superhuman speed. Icon has shown that he can fly faster than the speed of light.
Icon possesses superhuman senses (the extent of which are unknown), granting him a increased sense of self-awareness, to be constantly aware of his own state of being (physical health and mental status) whether there is something unusual happening. Icon's senses include:
- Enhanced Vision
- Enhanced Hearing
- Enhanced Sense of Smell
- Enhanced Sense of Taste
- Enhanced Sense of Touch
- Enhanced Mental Perception: Icon possesses the ability to sense & understand things on levels that exceed super genius capabilities. Icon can processes and assimilate information within nanoseconds. Icon possess Brainiac Intellect granting him: Intuitive Aptitude, Knowledge Replication, Computer-Consciousness, Skilled Inventing, and Scientific Prowess. Icon also possess great wisdom, the ability to take nothing and make it into something with no effort, and the ability understand/process patterns (no matter how complex).
Icon can move through objects (any solid matter). He uses this power to ignore most attacks, physical dangers, most forms of energy (heat/cold, electricity, etc.), and gravity.
Icon can become unseen to the naked eye. While invisible Icon doesn’t give off heat or a scent. Icon can visually blend into any environment, as well as becoming invisible while in shadows.
Icon's telepathic abilities are extremely strong, thus granting him a wide array of physic abilities which include: reading peoples minds (even the minds of entire planets at once), create realistic illusions, trace and locate people, shut down people's minds, influence thoughts transfer information directly into people's brains, and induce sleep; reprogram or reorder minds. Icon can block other Telepaths (automatically) and shields himself and others from physic assaults, link the minds of other (from various distances), and can take over the minds of others even if they try to resist him. Icon can control memories, cause hypnosis, manipulate the minds of others, plant Psychic Inhibitors, and drive others to insanity. Icon’s telepathy also allows him to control/manipulate technology. Icon can gain direct information about an object, person, location or physical events, make others perceive things that aren't real, and take over the bodies of others (without leaving his own). He can fire Brian Blast causing severe mental damage to opponents, overload others mind (causing pain, memory loss, lack of consciousness, vegetative state and/or death), control/manipulate Psychic Energy, as well as change psychic energy into tools, objects, weapons and other items, create semi-living constructs and/or create structures of varying permanence. Icon can control/persuade others (using his voice) and mentally push the minds of others.
Icon is capable of controlling/manipulating objects even at the subatomic level. Icon can manipulate atoms, subatomic particles, and cells perfectly. Icon can fire extremely powerful Telekinetic Blast.
Icon can survive in harsh environments without air, food or water, and his bodily evacuations are not needed. He's also able to survive unaided within the vacuum of space.
Icon has the power to manipulate matter on a molecular level. This power grants Icon a wide array for other abilities.
Icon has the ability to manipulate quantum physics in photons, atoms, and atomic-scale objects to summon many forms of energy.
Icon possess an extremely strong willpower. No matter the situation or temptation, Icon never gives up. Icon can break through his own limitations.
con has complete control over his anger, which he can channel into raw power, increase strength, into raw, and through his fighting.
Icon is immune to all Earthly diseases (poisons, toxins, venom's, etc), and can resist the effects of any viruses/bacteria. Icon instantly recovers from any biological threat attacks him. Icon’s cells automatically go after and destroy any alien substances (chemicals/viruses etc.) in his body.
Icon has extremely dense body-tissue, skin, muscles, bones, etc. allowing him to withstand tremendous and harmful strains. Icon is capable of withstanding immense impact forces, high-caliber bullets, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes (unaffected by the weather), and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury. He can travel through the core of a Star, Planet, and even through black holes without injury or disorientation.
When Icon is injured his body is capable of quickly repairing damaged/destroyed tissue, organs, muscles and missing limbs instantly, as though they never happened. Icon can also regenerate cells and nerves instantaneously. The full extent of Icon's healing factor isn't known.
Icon doesn’t required food, water, sleep, or any time of rest, and his bodily evacuations are unneeded. Icon can survive in harsh environments without air, food or water. He's also able to survive unaided in the vacuum of space
Positron Energy Manipulation
Icon has the ability to generate and control a radiant energy based on Positrons. He can manipulate this energy for various effects which include:
- 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 bolts that render human beings unconscious by disrupting the electrical impulses in their nervous systems and cause parlous.
Electromagnetic Pulse: Icon can use positron energy to create electromagnetic pulses to overload electronic devices (technological and biological), from various distances.
Energy Enhanced Punches: Icon can focus positron energy into his fists, which he can then use to shatter any substance.
Energy Pulse: Icon can release all of his body's positron energy as a massive omnidirectional pulse of devastating power.
Energy Constructs: Icon uses his positron energy to construct tools, objects, weapons and other items, create semi-living constructs, and create structures/buildings. Icon's creations are extremely powerful and durable.
Energy Beams: Icon can release continuous stream of positron energy.
Energy Balls: Icon can create and launch spheres of positron energy.
Energy Waves: Icon can send out waves of positron energy that repels everything. The waves can be in the forms of rings/spirals, and he can let his positron energy rush out of his body.
Expanding Energy Bolts: Icon can project positron energy orbs that expand rapidly on contact with an object.
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 metahumans as well as normal humans.
Force Field: Icon can use positrons to create quasi-solid energy fields to entrap opponents. The more energy exerted while inside the field or trying to get out it, the more powerful the force field becomes.
Energy Shields: Icon can create extremely powerful (impenetrable) positron energy shields that can absorb and deflect energy.
- Energy Armor: Icon can use his positron energy to create powerful energy based armor, which increases his invulnerability, strength, and speed.
Icon has the power to generate and manipulate many different types of energy.
Fundamental Forces Manipulation
Icon has the power to control the four fundamental/interactive forces: Strong Force, Weak Force, Electromagnetism and Gravity.
Icon has the power to generate and control limitless amounts of energy from his own body.
Physical Lightning Manipulation
Icon has the power to generation and manipulation of all electrical/electromagnetic phenomena in the universe.
Icon can fire pure heat emissions from his eyes that is able to completely destroy objects.
Icon has the ability to create Hurricane force winds by blowing. He can chill his breath to subzero temperatures in order to freeze any target. Icon's great strength and invulnerability, makes it very easy from him inhale huge amounts of air through his lungs and freeze it. Icon can use his breath to disperse toxins/poison in the air.
Icon is capable of absorbing all types of energy through his cells, which he uses in various ways.
Icon can change his clothes, DNA structure, and entire appearance as he chooses. Icon's shapeshifting powers are so great, he can turn into other people, animals, any type of alien (alive or dead), and anything he can imagine. Icon's shapeshifting is so advanced, whatever he turns into, he can copy it and its DNA perfectly; Icon can copy the powers and abilities of whatever he turns into. His density can be changed as well. Icon can also alter his size. He can change his molecules, which offers a wide array of other abilities. The full extent of Icon's shapeshifting is unknown.
Icon being part of the Termian race, he his granted all the powers and abilities of his race.
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 typical for a Terminan and is the only power that is not the result of his genetic maximization, however as a result of the maximization of his DNA Icon never shows signs of old age and is always in top physical condition.
Augustus Freeman is one of the worlds best Lawyers as well as Corporate Lawyers, Augusts developed and owns his own Law Firm, which has a branch in every state in the U.S. 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.
Augustus Freeman himself is a Billionaire having accumulated a lot of wealth due to his high success as a Lawyer and his Celebrity.
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. He can 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 become. If necessary, Icon can steal/absorb the strength of others and add it to his own, in doing so, he adds to is overall strength, speed, endurance, and invulnerability. Some opponents underestimate Icon because of his initial attempts of diplomacy.
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.
Equipment and Weapons
Icon wears armor composed of very flexible alien materials and nanotechnology, the armor grants him further protection from projectile weaponry, energy beams, intense heat/cold (regulates his temperature), tremendous impact forces, and also 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 repair any damage that comes of it, and become 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.
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.
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 imagers aboard the starship. The Info Tool remains in contact with Icon via a communicator hidden in his costume.
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.
In Other Media
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.