For nearly two and a half decades, the citizens of Seattle need not fear, for they were under the vigilant watch of “The Human Locomotive,” “The Man Who Couldn’t be Stopped,” The Conductor.
In those years, Seattle’s crime rate was tenth lowest in the country, and dropped a total of 144%; the Conductor thwarted several bank robberies, hostage situations and prevented the Space Needle from being blown up twice within the first five. Despite his “unstoppable” abilities, the Conductor was sure to create very little collateral damage.
In this time, he became a beloved member of the community and a local celebrity. He did not shy away from his adoring public, and even attended numerous charity events. When asked to clarify exactly what his “powers” were, he jokingly said “to have captured the heart of my city.”
In truth, his powers could be called “resistance to resistance.” The Conductor takes any resistance (e.g: gravity, or brick walls) and regenerates it as a strength. The greater the resistance, the stronger he becomes. Due to constant gravitational resistance, the Conductor is seemingly impervious to harm, extremely strong (though not superhuman) and extremely fast (the bounds of which have never been tested). This is most commonly demonstrated in his trademark move “The Runaway Train” (as dubbed by local rags): a shoulder block performed at blinding speeds.
After years of beloved service, and following Science Riots in Los Angeles which resulted in an obscene amount of casualties, Hampton Means rode science hero/villain hysteria to a mayoral victory. He called for the Conductor’s head, and his identity. The city held a Retirement Gala which the Conductor never attended. He was never seen again. Many believed he left the city for work in other cities.
In truth, Eli Dean January, could not bare to leave his beloved city, and stayed a shut in near the market working as a mediocre SF comic book writer. One of his characters, “Bullet Man” was nearly a spitting image of the Conductor, in make believe Rain City.
Eventually, Eli met a young boy who recognised him as the Conductor and they quickly became good friends, kindred spirits. In a twist of ugly fate, the boy came down with powers of his own: able to turn his flesh into a dense, impregnable steel. This is something the boy struggled with, but, Eli realised that there was something that could help. He handed down the old Conductor costume as well as the mantle. After some training, the boy eventually became Conductor II: Trainwreck.
Eli is still in Seattle, writing cheesy comic books to pay the rent while occasionally acting as a guide to Trainwreck. Though, being a shut-in, he doesn’t have much exposure to the youth’s exploits. That’s fine by him. The city has changed and so must it’s Conductor.
Be on the lookout for the exploits of The Conductor in an anthology @ Artifice Comics coming soon.