Paco, a young Puerto Rican breakdancer with the mutant ability to cause strong vibrational waves, a smart mouthed attitude and a thick (affected) accent, Vibe joined the Justice League's new line-up. Vibe was asked to join when Aquaman decided to re-vamp the team, allowing truly "dedicated" round-the-clock members.
Francisco "Cisco" Ramon was the youngest of three brothers, during a game between the brothers, Cisco stepped into a boom tube created by Darkseid. Without thinking, his oldest brother, Armando pulled his brother out of the boom tube at the cost of his own life making him the first civilian killed by the Darkseid invasion while their middle brother, Dante couldn't help but watch. The process left Cisco's body alter allowing him to create not only seismic vibrations but also to be able to sense beings from other dimensions, even as small as an insect. He kept his powers a secret over the next five years helping people as he could. Thanks to his powers there wasn't any type of recording device digital or photographic that could capture his face or identity. He was eventually followed by a member of A.R.G.U.S., Agent Dale Gunn under the orders of Amanda Waller, who offered him the chance to kill the same Parademon that took his brother's life. Although he kills it and agrees to cooperate as to becoming Vibe and a founding member of the Justice League of America, it is later revealed neither Gunn nor his superior were sure of whether this Parademon was the same Parademon that attacked and killed Armando Ramon. He later begins to question his role after a fight with Kid Flash.
At the time when Vibe was created, the comics industry was being dominated primarily by titles featuring teenage superheroes (such as the X-Men or the Teen Titans.) It was thus decided to redesign the Justice League of America and to give them a similar roster. Vibe was one of three new teenage characters introduced to the team in the same single issue which served as the first origin of all three (the other two were Steel and Gypsy). His Break-dancing motif was also influenced by the popularity of the fad at the time.
Major Story Arcs
Although a young and relatively inexperienced hero, Vibe and the rest of the Justice League at the time (which was mostly filled with similarly inexperienced characters) did manage to gain a degree of respectability in defeating certain supervillains, including the Cadre and Despero. However Vibe was not with the Justice League of America long before he was killed by one of Professor Ivo's androids, becoming the first Justice League member to be killed in battle. Paco had left behind many extended family members, along with a little brother by the name of Armando with similar powers who goes by the names Reverb and Hardline , even working for Booster's onetime super team the Conglomerate.
He has recently been seen as a resurrected Black Lantern in the Blackest Night story arc.
Vibe gained his powers during Darkseid invasion of Earth which began in Detroit it caused the supposed death of his elder brother Armando.
Cisco was approached by Dale Gunn who took him to the location of a Parademon and told him it was the same one that had killed his brother. In a fit of rage, he blew up the house the Parademon was in and accidentally killed it. Agent Gunn later convinced him to take the role of Vibe and a founding member of the Justice League of America to fight Barry Allen if the team ever needed to take on the Justice League.
Vibe was later sent to battle Bart Allen, as a sort of training for his expected battle with Barry Allen. He was briefly able to deprive Bart of his connection to the Speed Force, showing that he would actually be able to effect Flash if they fought. After noticing Bart wasn't as bad as he'd expected Cisco began to doubt the role he played with A.R.G.U.S. During his contemplation Breacher teleported into his room and told him that A.R.G.U.S would lie and manipulate him and told him to find other people like him before he was pulled away.
On his third mission, Vibe was sent in after Gypsy. Gypsy was able to use her powers to convince the other A.R.G.U.S members that she was Batman and that Superman was dealing with Gypsy inside a building. Vibe however, saw through her illusion and attacked her. After, Amanda Waller ordered A.R.G.U.S soldier's to fire at will on Gypsy after she'd already been surrounded, Vibe attacked them, in retaliation Waller ordered the Suicide Squad to capture him and Gypsy. Gypsy turned herself and Vibe invisible in attempt to escape from them, however, Deadshot had been informed of this ability and turned his lens to a specific spectrum that allowed him to see them and shoot Gypsy in the shoulder. Cisco blasted Deadshot and Harley Quinn and in attempt to stop King Shark from eating Gypsy was attacked by Crowbar who'd been specifically assigned by Amanda Waller because he could redirect and absorb energy which would be very useful against Vibe. However, Vibe used so much energy against him that his crowbar couldn't contain it and he disappeared. Due to the amount of energy he used Cisco was weakened and easily knocked out by Deadshot. He was then put in The Circus.
Dante, Cisco's older brother alongside Agent Gunn were able to enter A.R.G.U.S and break Vibe out of his cell. However, before they could escape Dante was shot in the back. Vibe in anger released all the other prisoner in The Circus, the energy increased eventually breaking the walls of reality allowing Rupture to enter their dimension. Rupture cut a swath through anybody he met, when he saw Gypsy and attempted to capture her. As Vibe went to protect her, Rupture looked at him he stopped and realized he was looking at Cisco his younger brother. Before Vibe could completely get through to Armando, his mind control kicked and he reverted to his Rupture personality and attacked him. The energies of Vibe's lightning and Rupture's own led to a dimensional portal allowing for a dragon to enter their dimension. As Vibe dealt with the Dragon, Rupture chased after Gypsy. While Gypsy distracted him, Vibe was able to blast him through a wall. As Vibe and Gypsy ran away from Rupture, Gypsy revealed how Hardline came to be known by her people. Vibe was briefly able to talk to his brother, however his mind control took over and he stabbed Vibe in the chest with his Scythe. Rupture then took Vibe and Gypsy back to her dimension.
- Height: 5' 10"
- Weight: 157 lbs
- Eye Color: Brown
- Hair Color: Black
Powers and Abilities
Vibe had the ability to create vibrations, often displayed as powerful enough to cause significant structural damage as well as to injure or incapacitate people. Although not demonstrated, as a member of the Black Lantern Corps he presumably had the equivalent abilities granted by the black power ring.
Vibe was also a gifted breakdancer, and his abilities transferred to his heroics in terms of agility.
In the New 52, Cisco's body is altered, allowing him to not only create seismic vibrations but also to be able to sense beings from other dimensions, even as small as an insect, and his constant vibration keeps him from being captured by cameras.
Justice League Unlimited
Vibe was a member of the Justice League in the Justice League Unlimited animated series. He never had a speaking role but he is seen in many episodes either fighting in battles, on the satellite base or helping in relief efforts. He has also appeared in the Justice League Unlimited comic spin-off.
Vibe appears in his own series of DC Nation shorts on Cartoon Network.