Vibe from Legends #1 (November 1986),
artist John Byrne
|First appearance||Justice League of America Annual #2 (October 1984)|
|Alter ego||Francisco "Paco" Ramon|
|Team affiliations||Justice League
|Notable aliases||Reverb, Hardline|
|Abilities||Above average agility
Skilled hand to hand combatant
Sonic vibration manipulation
Superb break dancing skills
Molecular vibration induced image distortion
|Justice League of America's Vibe|
|Series publication information|
|Publication date||February 2013 – December 2013|
|Number of issues||10 (as of February 2014 cover date)|
|Writer(s)||Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates|
|Artist(s)||Pete Woods, Sean Parsons|
Vibe is the alter ego of Francisco "Paco" Ramon, a fictional character and comic book superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Justice League of America Annual #2 (October 1984), and was created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton.
Fictional character biography
Paco Ramon's career as Vibe began shortly after Aquaman disbanded the original Justice League. When young Paco heard that a new Justice League was forming in his own hometown of Detroit, he decided to give up his position as the leader of a local street gang, Los Lobos, to join up. What made Ramon a candidate was his metahuman ability to emit powerful vibratory shock waves.
Vibe's presence on the team caused Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter to harbor some strong doubts about the new JLA, particularly after he got the League involved in a rumble with a rival gang. However, Vibe soon proved his mettle during the League's battles against Cadre, Anton Allegro, and Amazo. He stayed with the League through the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, when his powers played a vital role in defeating Despero.
During Darkseid's assault on Earth during the Legends mini-series, the Justice League of America was disbanded and Paco left his JLA comrades to seek the familiar solace of the streets. Vibe was attacked by one of Professor Ivo's androids, and became the first Justice League member to be killed in the line of duty. The Martian Manhunter brought Vibe's body back to the League's mountain sanctuary, where Vibe was laid to rest in a cryogenic chamber. However, Paco's dead form has twice been resurrected by evil-doers.
One of Vibe's younger brothers, Armando, developed a similar set of vibratory powers and joined Booster Gold's team of heroes, the Conglomerate, using the code names Reverb and later Hardline. He has since been depicted as the owner of a dance club named Reverb in the Little Tachyon section of Old Town Metropolis.
In the Trinity maxi-series, reality is altered, and a living Paco is shown as a member of The League, an underground version of the Justice League. However, soon after Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman return, his head is disintegrated by an energy blast, thus killing him again.
In a Justice League of America tie-in to the Blackest Night crossover, Vibe was reanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps, rising from his coffin in the Hall of Justice. Alongside the Black Lantern Steel, Vibe attacked his former teammates, Gypsy and Vixen, until Doctor Light destroyed him.
In DC's Free Comic Book Day 2012 sample during The New 52, a gatefold revealed various characters who will make an appearance in Justice League over the coming year, one of which is Vibe. Geoff Johns revealed that Vibe's return would be explored in greater detail in the third story arc of Justice League. On August 26, 2012, DC announced a new Justice League of America title which would feature Vibe. On November 5, 2012, DC announced that Vibe would star in his own ongoing monthly title. It was written by Andrew Kreisberg and drawn by Pete Woods and debuted in February 2013. In new continuity, Vibe's powers derive from being "caught in the event horizon of a Boom Tube", in which "interdimensional forces rewrote his DNA". Justice League of America's Vibe lasted for ten issues, with the final issue released on December 18, 2013.
Powers and abilities
Vibe's sonic powers enabled him to create shock waves of considerable strength. His power could shatter concrete or steel. His agility was above average (and he was a superb breakdancer). Under Batman's tutelage, Vibe became a more skilled combatant.
Vibe's reintroduction in 2013 has sought to establish him as a more powerful character. Part of this was redefining his powers as having to do with interdimensional physics. Justice League of America establishes that Vibe's sonic waves have the power to disrupt the Speed Force, making him one of the few characters in the DC Universe who poses a serious threat to the Flash. For this reason, he is recruited into the JLA by Steve Trevor, which exists to guard against the threat of the main Justice League going rogue. In Justice League of America's Vibe #3, Amanda Waller says "Cisco Ramon might be one of the most powerful super-humans on the planet. He wields vibrational powers that could in theory shake the Earth apart. And he's the only person we know of who can find and track interdimensional breaches". He is also undetectable by security cameras.
In other media
- Vibe has made several appearances in Justice League Unlimited. He was often seen next to other members of the Detroit League, but he did not get a major role in any episode. His most prominent action is helping rescue civilians in the New Mexico city attacked in "Flashpoint". He is shown with fellow Detroit-era members Vixen, Steel and Gypsy in the final "curtain call" of the episode "Destroyer".
- Vibe appears in a series of DC Nation Shorts voiced by Carlos Alazraqui. In a two-part short, he goes up against Professor Ivo's breakdancing robot Extremo in a breakdancing contest.
- Carlos Valdes portrays Cisco Ramon on The CW's The Flash and Arrow. He made his debut in the Arrow episode "The Man Under the Hood". He and Caitlin Snow appear in the Starling City STAR Labs warehouse doing inventory. He and Caitlin are then chased by Deathstroke through the warehouse. After Cisco and Caitlin find a weapon created by Doctor Light, he uses it on Deathstroke to stun him and evade capture. Felicity Smoak and John Diggle arrive to learn what Deathstroke stole and Felicity reunites with the two as she met them previously. She questions them about the status of Barry Allen, who has been in a coma. Felicity later returns to ask Cisco and Caitlin for help in finding a cure for the serum Mirakuru, that was responsible for Deathstroke gaining super abilities. Cisco is a series regular in The Flash, where he and Caitlin help Barry fight crime by guiding him, Cisco even developing the Flash's costume—originally intended to be donated to fire-fighters before being chosen as the Flash's attire due to its heat-resistant properties preventing it being damaged by friction—although he also unintentionally "creates" Flash's worst enemy Captain Cold, as he developed a gun that can freeze and slow down the air around it, which was subsequently stolen by Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold), having created it in case Barry went rogue. He also makes up names for all of the metahumans (and Captain Cold). It is currently unknown how or if Cisco will obtain the Vibe moniker or the powers associated with it.
- Vibe's Earth-3 counterpart Breakdance is shown in the movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths voiced by Carlos Alazraqui. He appears as part of Owlman's clean up crew. He is shown with the other evil counterparts of the Detroit-era Justice league including Gypsy Woman and Vamp (counterparts to Gypsy and Vixen). It is implied that they were J'edd J'arkus Made Men before he died as his New Earth counterpart is the Martian Manhunter who led the Detroit Justice League.
Comics artist George Pérez took exception to the Vibe character. In a 1985 interview with Heidi MacDonald, he stated, "I have a certain bigotry towards Vibe...I sincerely say he's the one character who turned me off the JLA. If nothing else, every character that was introduced was an ethnic stereotype." Perez's dislike of the character was such that in JLA/Avengers in which every member of both teams were depicted at least once, Vibe's cameo was merely of his legs as he fell off panel.
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The prestigious Justice League of America got a bit easier to join, thanks to writer Gerry Conway and artist Chuck Patton. Marking the debut of camouflaging hero Gypsy, the shockwave-casting Vibe, and the second generation hero Steel, this landmark comic saw many of the more famous League members step down in order to make way for a younger roster to carry on their legacy.
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