Know your Idols #17: Max Guevara (X5-452)

by Kaitharshayr

Max is a genetically enhanced transgenic super-soldier, she’s passionate, sassy, smart and tough. She’s been through more in her early years than anyone would go through in the entire lives, and yet she still cares for others, and will fight to protect both their lives and their rights.

Whats her deal:
Max, and her fellow X5s were created by Manticore, a secret government programme, her DNA has been mixed with feline DNA, which gives her a lot of what could be termed superhero abilities, enhanced strength, speed, stamina, eyesight, hearing, immune system and a very high I.Q to name but a few. She’s also highly trained in several different types of combat as well as infiltration and computers. When she was still a child Max and 11 other X5’s managed to escape from Manticore, however Max got separated from them and while she did escape she doesn’t know what happened to the others.

Since then America has been turned into a 3rd world country after terrorists detonated an EMP in the atmosphere, which throws the country into utter chaos as it destroys much of the countries computer and communications network. All Max wants is to be able to live a normal life and to be reunited with her brother and sister X5s, however Manticore is determined to recapture them, at any cost. While trying to stay hidden from Colonel Lydecker, the man in charge of the unit trying to recapture the X5s for Manticore, Max works for Jam Pony a bicycle currier service by day, and in her spare time finds herself helping Logan Cale (a.k.a Eyes Only) a cyber-journalist trying to fight corruption in the post apocalypse.

ResearchDark Angel Seasons 1&2

She says:
‘Girls kick ass; says so on a t-shirt ‘
‘Kendra, this is a motorcycle. Its sole reason for being is to go fast, very fast. Not for you to use as a clothesline. Now, make no mistake. I love you as a friend and a roommate, but I love my motorcycle more. Stay away from the bike, okay?’
‘I had to have radical emergency amateur brain surgery to remove a nanochip from my cerebellum before I stroked from a neurochemical overload. ‘
Logan: Isn’t it against the superhero code to use your powers to take advantage of we mere mortals?
Max: Yeah, and I’m not done taking advantage, either.

Max is tough and determined, but underneath it all she has a heart of gold, she’s not as ruthless as she pretends to be. She will do what she can to protect those she loves, even at risk to herself. And while she isn’t afraid to give any would be attackers a good beating, she abhors guns. In the series its unclear what’s happened to the rest of the world it is clear at least that America is suffering its own apocalypse, and Max is a definite survivor, a good resourceful person to have on any team.

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