One of the best new additions in the third season of The Boys is the supe known as Soldier Boy. During his encounter with Butcher’s crew in the fourth episode, he makes Kimiko powerless after hitting her with an energy blast. This is because he is gifted with power negation, the ability to cancel or counter the superpowers of other individuals.
This is a game-changing superpower because it makes Soldier Boy difficult even for supes to defeat. However, like many other special abilities showcased in the series, power negation is not exclusive to Soldier Boy. In Marvel, DC and Amalgam comics, there is a handful of comics characters who can block or nullify powers with ease.
In Amazing Spider-Man # 559, FEAST Center founder Martin Li accidentally creates the Anti-Venom while trying to treat Eddie Brock’s cancer. The new venom is depicted as having numerous powers, including the ability to cure any ailment.
The Anti-Venom’s long list of powers unfolds like a scroll but the most impressive thing he can do is block Spider-Man from doing any spider-related thing. Peter Parker loses all his spider powers whenever Eddie comes close to him and only regains them when he has gone. And Peter isn’t the only one that has to fear Anti-Venom. The new symbiote is able to cancel the first Venom’s ability to attach himself to hosts too. When Venom misses Eddie and tries to take him as a host once again, he fails.
Chase is first seen in Batman # 550 where she promises to avenge the death of her father, the Acro-Bat. To accomplish her mission, she becomes an agent of the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO).
As an employee of an organization that investigates metahumans, having power negation makes it possible for Chase to do her job in a much safer manner. It never quite explained how she got her power but what’s cool about it is that it works in a subconscious manner, She does not have to do anything but get close enough to a metahuman.
Hope is the first mutant born after the events of M-Day, where the Scarlet Witch cast a spell to reduce the mutant population in the world. Her birth happens in X-Men (Vol. 2) # 205 after which Cable raises her as his adoptive father in the future before she comes back to the present.
Hope is special because she can not only cancel other mutants’ powers but also manipulate them in any manner she wishes. For example, she is able to copy Rogue’s powers while at the same time preventing Rogue from copying hers. She is kind of a healer too since she can regulate powers that are out of control, bringing them back to their optimal state. Such is what she is able to do with the members of the Light.
Ashley Rayburn (Primer)
Ashley acquires her powers shortly after she gets adopted by Yuka, a scientist at Zecromax Labs, She discovers a suitcase full of paints that can grant someone different kinds of powers depending on the paint worn. However, only 3 paints can be worn at a time.
It’s a kind of origin story that fits Ashley since she is a graffiti artist. She is unique because she is one of few comic characters that are spoiled for choice when it comes to powers (there are 33 paints in total). She’s fairly new too, having only debuted in 2020. This means there are way more adventures to come. And with everything she can do, she definitely ought to be considered one of the most powerful DC characters.
After being abandoned, Leech is found and taken in by the Morlocks in Uncanny X-Men # 179. He later becomes a citizen of the mutant state of Krakoa.
Leech’s abilities have not only helped him defeat enemies but have also been beneficial to his friends and associates too. Since the dampening field he projects blocks neural pathways in the brain, it can cancel both powers and negative thoughts. As such, he is able to help Annalee deal with her depression when she loses her children to attackers. Leech is quite the comical character too since he normally speaks in broken English, something his buddies find very amusing.
Hart Druiter (Nemesis Kid)
Hart Druiter makes his DC Comics debut in Adventure Comics # 346 as an enemy of the Legion of Superheroes. He is a native of the planet, Myar.
Though he is an underrated DC character, Druiter can confidently challenge anyone to a fight and win. Most superheroes are no match for him because his body has the ability to adapt itself in a manner that makes any power fail to harm him. This is best demonstrated during his duels against Superboy and Supergirl when his body generates enough ice to make their laser attacks ineffective.
Gabriel Summers (Vulcan)
It’s explained in X-Men: Deadly Genesis # 1 that Garbiel is the brother of Cyclops as he was removed from Katherine Summers’ belly as a fetus and placed in an incubation accelerator. As a grown man, he is recruited by Charles Xavier into a new X-Men group meant to rescue the original group from Krakoa.
Thanks to his status as an Omega-level mutant, there’s a lot that Vulca can do. Apart from energy detection and absorption, he can override powers but manipulating the brain current of any mutant. This makes him a reliable enforcer for Professor X and also someone his teammates can count on in case of any serious enemy mutant threats.
Initially, a member of the Snakeheads gang in China, Mister Negative immigrates to America and steals the identity of a man known as Martin Li. In Dark Reign: Mister Negative # 3, he becomes an enemy of Peter Parker and is currently thought of as one of the best Spider-Man villains not yet in the MCU.
Since he has access to both the Lightforce and the Darkforce, Mister Negative can do pretty much anything he pleases. With his “Corrupt Touch” he can either grant someone powers or completely remove them. He can opt for the kinder option of brainwashing too. He isn’t an easy person to track either since he can easily switch between his Martin Li and Mister Negative personas.
Martha Johansson (No-Girl)
Martha makes her debut in New X-Men # 118 where she is kidnapped by the human supremacist group, the U-Men. Their founder John Sublime removes her brain and forces her to work for him.
Given how powerful Martha’s brain is, it’s no surprise that John removes it and tries to clone it. Nullifying any other mutant’s powers is easy for her as she can do so just by thinking. In addition to that, she can take over a person’s brain, therefore, being able to control their bodies. And it does not end there. Thanks to her ability to dig into the cerebral cortex of dead people. she is able to reanimate ad use the bodies of deceased mutants.
Dream Crystal is introduced in Challengers of the Fantastic # 1 as a member of the Un-People. In the Amalgam Comics continuity, she is a blend of the DC Comics’ character Beautiful Dreamer and the Marvel character, Crystal,
Dream Crystal is not normally considered one of the best Amalgam Comics characters as there is strong competition in that area but she has impressed fans by frequently using her powers to do minor good deads. Among her memorable acts is canceling out the powers of a mutant terrorist who was planning to torch a hospital.
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