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#4. Carlton Hodge

November 4, 2009

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Ever wandered how supervillains tend to get released from jail so quickly, or why so many heartless mass-murderers get deemed insane and sent to an asylum for recuperation instead of getting the death penalty?  Odds are, Carlton Hodge is responsible.

Hodge & Associates is a law firm dedicated to the legal defence of supervillains and costumed criminals.  It has made Carlton Hodge one of the wealthiest, most in-demand defence attorneys on the planet, as well as one of the most hated.  Through his mastery of the law and its various loopholes, Hodge has gotten many villains lighter sentences than their crimes warranted, or in some occasions got them out of a jail term altogether.

But though his organisation is publicly known as a law firm, behind the scenes the services Hodge & Associates offer to supervillains extend well beyond the courtroom.  Among other things, Hodge’s people arrange accommodation and even hideouts on their clients’ behalf, put them into contact with professionals to make new costumes and weapons for them, and even manage their accounts and set them up with health and life insurance.  All for a price and a cut of their ill-gotten profits, of course.  Carlton Hodge has made himself utterly indispensable to just about every supervillain in America, weaving himself into the very fabric of their lives.  As such, despite having no superhuman abilities, he might very well be more powerful than any of them.

Carlton Hodge is feared by prosecutors in the courtroom, and by his employees out of it.  His hair-trigger temper and vindictive streak is as well known as his legal prowess, and so he routinely demeans, threatens and bullies those who work for him, and often even his criminal clients, into compliance.  On one occasion, however, he went too far, calling the super-strong mutant Ten Ton Tony “a fat fucking inbred cock-guzzling cuntwater”.  Tony ripped his left arm right out its socket.  What followed was the one and only time Hodge has apologised for offending someone.

Fitted with a cybernetic arm, Hodge quickly returned meaner than ever to rule his practice with an iron fist – literally!  And he’s been a thorn in the side of every superhero ever since, one that none of them can actually fight.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 4:57 pm

    Wow, not only is he a real bad ass, he’s a potty mouth! 😦

  2. Crash! Landen permalink
    November 4, 2009 10:20 pm

    Kind of reminds me of an evil J.Jonah Jameson…

  3. November 7, 2009 8:14 pm

    i think i work for him.


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