From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
The Noisebomb is a fictional superhero in comic books published by Paragon Comics. The character first appeared in The Reciprocators #20 (November 2008), and has been a member ever since. He later went on to star in the Debut Album miniseries that explained his origins, but due to low sales, the series was cancelled, though the writer promises to finish the series due to a surge in popularity after the Noisebomb helped the Reciprocators defeat the Arachnos arch villains in The Reciprocators #34.
The Noisebomb is a particularly loud individual. For most of his appearances in The Reciprocators, his text has been written either in ALL CAPS or ending every sentence with an exclamation mark. He apologizes, often, for his inability to stop yelling. The Noisebomb is also very excitable, and frequently goes from doing essentially nothing to charging towards goal. In spite of his loud, grating voice, he is very sociable and has gone out of his way to make friends with most of the Reciprocators. He even frequently proclaims that Black Starbeam is his "close friend and personal hero," though in actuality, he seems to appear alongside Yuki Frost and Static Bolter more often than the golden-eyed avenger. The Noisebomb appears to be blissfully unaware of how ugly his mutation has made him look, and lightheartedly pursues many of Paragon's most attractive women.
His explosive, over-the-top personality is hinted at being an act in some Reciprocators-related comics, and this is confirmed in The Reciprocators #37 by the Noisebomb himself. When his powers were stripped away, the Noisebomb was revealed to be Chad Jefferson, a womanizing sleaze and a drunk with an overly macho streak who is very much in love with himself. In spite of this, the Noisebomb traded in his good looks and voice of his own volation in exchange for a second chance to prove that he was more than a fratboy in the one-shot comic, The Freaky Noisebomb: The Cure. The Noisebomb was humiliated, beaten, nearly killed, and stripped of his powers again after the events of The Freaky Noisebomb #46-50: Farewell Tour and The Invincible Noisebomb: Curtain Call, but found himself humbled (If only slightly) by his experiences, though he still seems to be a bit of a party boy.
In recent Reciprocators tie-ins, Farewell Tour, Curtain Call, and The Last Freaky Noisebomb Story Ever, the Noisebomb has shown depths of conviction and courage that he previously seemed unable to muster, all so that he can stand up and face the most challenging fight of his young life: a battle with throat cancer.
Abilities and Assets
*Sonic Blasts: Perhaps his most infamous aspect is that when he speaks, the Noisebomb yells. Therefore when he screams, it's eardrum-rupturingly loud! He can manipulate his screams into concentrated bursts of sound, allowing him to deal damage to superhumans who would otherwise be impervious to damage by combining concussive force and incredibly loud sound. The Noisebomb has been shown to be able to transform up-beat Eighties pop songs into crushing volleys, capable of leaving powerful villains in heaps. In The Reciprocators #34, during a battle with the sinister Doctor Aeon, he suffered a secondary mutation that increased the volume of his voice to the point where he can no longer speak without damaging something or someone. Likewise, he can hardly control the sound bursts anymore.
- Repulsion Fields: The Noisebomb can control any sounds passing through the air, and is able to compress them into fields that repel or dampen the effects bullets, super-powered punches, fire breath, incredible kung-fu moves, and even the occassional cosmic, God-like entity's energy beams.
- Sound Replication: Before he swore himself to silence, the Noisebomb could effectively emulate any frequency, sound, and pitch he wanted. He did this by mentally pulling sounds apart, studying the frequency, pitch, and volume, and putting it back together in the span of a few seconds. This power was most often used to confuse people over the communication radios by jokingly saying something while sounding exactly like someone else. This power is sometimes used by the P.P.D. during investigations as a lie detector, due to the Noisebomb being able to pick apart subtle changes in pitch that may indicate falsehoods.
- Self-propelled Flight: The Noisebomb, like many other heroes, is capable of spreading his wings to their impressive eighteen-foot wingspan and flying. The powerful, tightly-corded sinew in his wings can propel him up to ninety miles-per-hour. He wears a pair of welding goggles to protect his eyes while in flight.
- Everyday Normal Guy Physiology: The Noisebomb has average strength and stamina for a man of his height and weight, and is a very good sprinter. He could lift his own weight over his head if his right arm hadn't been dismembered.
- Improvised Weapon Proficiency: The Noisebomb has been shown to be able to turn baseball bats, sledgehammers, rocks, bar stools, and steel chairs into improvised melee weapons if the time arrives for him to fight the good fight as an Everyday Normal Guy.
Debut Album #1-4
Chad Jefferson was an outgoing high school student. He was in the school choir, he played base ball, painted, and he was even in a garage band with his closest friends. He was A-list; an all-American boy. Unfortunately, a combination of his creative mind and athleticism being praised constantly as well as his own vanity made young Chad completely egotistical and shallow. He scoffed at authority, seniority, and wise choices. To him, all that mattered was having fun. He had a new girlfriend every few days, put forth only the necessary effort in his classes, and was pretty much considered a scumbag by anyone with any sense of decency or morality.
Terribly depressed by how ugly he had become, Chad fled from the school grounds and clumsily ran through the city streets of Augusta on his new legs. After a series of mishaps in his yard, Chad flew up to his window and picked up his guitar, a Gibson Flying V, so he could play it and think. When he strummed it and tried to vocalize the sound the notes would make when attached to an amplifier, and was surprised to find that he actually dropped that booming note and rattled his room.
Deciding that this was "cool," Chad left his house and decided to roam the streets until he could figure out what to do. A high-speed chase passed him by, which only caught his interest for a moment, until a cameraman who had been trying to follow the chase turned a camera on him due to confusion brought on by the brightly colored t-shirt with a bomb emblem on it that the mutated Chad was wearing. His band's name, "The Noisebomb," was on the shirt, and that led the cameraman to assume that Chad was a registered hero. Thus the Freaky Noisebomb, Loudest Thing That Ever Was, was born.
While his first battle was successful given he had no training, the Noisebomb was shot through the leg and had a bullet graze his arm. He took out the majority of the thugs, but their ring leader got away with a looted strongbox. After being forced into flight by a crowd of people that thought he too was a villain due to his monstrous appearance, the Noisebomb chased after the escaped leader (Codenamed "Beat-Down"). He met the thug in a back alley, in an old butcher's shop, where he was faced by both Beat-Down and his partner, Noticably F.A.T. They forced the new hero to face Beat-Down in a literal dance battle, MCed by Noticably F.A.T. on beat box, which the Noisebomb lost due to the injuries he sustained in the initial encounter.
It was revealed, after the Noisebomb woke up in a meat locker, that these two were just henchfolk of a supervillainess named Chart Topper. Their plan was to use the contents of the strongbox, a legendary musicians's enchanted Fender Telecaster, to make themselves rock stars or something equally childish. The enchantments, some form of psionic persuasion, turned out to be ineffective towards the Noisebomb due to how his brain processed sound waves. He faked that they did work, however, much to the amusement of the gangsters. They left to commandeer a spot on a charity show's performer list shortly afterwards, leaving what they thought was a mindcontrolled Noisebomb in the freezer.
The Noisebomb exploded into action, and in spite of his many injuries, made it to the arena that the concert was at. There, hedefeated Beat-Down before being forced into another dance off, and convinced Noticably F.A.T. that he could get off easy if he would just turn his friends in. Most amazing of all (And the best documented part of his first day as a hero) was the Noisebomb's fight with Chart Topper, which involved an on-stage guitar battle. Psychic assaults, compressed sound blasts, lightning bolts, and a totally awesome sound track peppered the air as the furious fret-fingerers fought. The battle ended with Chart Topper melting the Noisebomb's Flying V with an electric blast due to his chops being too righteous, and the Noisebomb yelling that her music sucked. The sonic blast from the Noisebomb yelling blew Chart Topper into the air, and the Noisebomb caught her to make sure she wasn't injured further.
The comic run ends with the Noisebomb handing Chart Topper a note that told her that he, in fact, thought she was cute.
The Reciprocators #20-34The Noisebomb mysteriously appeared in Paragon City during the events of the Reciprocators #20, in which he began his new heroic career by fighting the Paragon City drug cartel, primarily the Skulls. Most of his investigations were inconclusive due to someone frequently beating him to the scene of a crime. When he finally found the location of some big names of the Skulls, the Noisebomb attacked their hideout, but was beaten near-senseless by the Petrovic brothers, and decided to flee before he was killed.
Overwhelmed by the city's startling amount of supervillains and frustrated by his inability to do much of anything solo, the Noisebomb began to research the super groups of the city. Since taking the classical approach wasn't working for him, the Noisebomb decided to apply at one of Paragon City's heavy-hitters: the Reciprocators. He had a friend help him make an application tape, which he used as a testing ground for his over-the-top personality. After his acceptance into the Reciprocators, he decided to maintain that personality.
The Noisebomb has assisted the Reciprocators in many high-profile adventures, including stopping the Skulls-Hellions turf war from spilling out into the street in an outright gang war, thwarting an attempt to destroy the walls of Ziggursky Penitentiary, fending off the Rikti invasion fleet from Steel Canyon alongside the entirety of the Shield of Paragon during the initial days of the Second Invasion, challenging and defeating Ruladak the Strong in his own domain, and even defeating the Arachnos Patrons and the Lord of Villainy himself.
However, the Noisebomb's voice had progressively gotten louder, to the point where he was trying to whisper but was always screaming. During the Reciprocators' attempt to destroy the W.E.B. device once and for all in the Reciprocators #34, the Noisebomb finally hit his limit and could no longer speak without causing severe damage to something or someone. He resolved to stay silent until he had to fight Paragon's worst, when he could direct his incredible voice against them.
The Reciprocators #37-Present
He was absent from the Reciprocators #35 and #36, before returning in #37 with a surprisingly human form and a normal speaking voice, though he inexplicably shifted between being normal and being the Noisebomb. After assisting in taking out a corrupt Vanguard official, he explains to Static Bolter that the phenomenon isn't a new power. A pharmaceutical company had approached the Noisebomb with a mutant gene suppressor after his mutation robbed him of his voice. The Noisebomb was suffering from depression after that secondary mutation, as he was a singer and his antics as the Noisebomb were intended to make people smile. He accepted the offer, and is currently a meta-human test subject for the new chemical, and appears to be on the fast-lane to becoming a normal person once again. He also revealed his real name for the first time: "Chad."
- The Reciprocators: The Noisebomb is an active superhero on the Reciprocators' roster, at least until he reverts back to being a normal human.
- Black Starbeam: Black Starbeam is a very serious man, and the Noisebomb's ridiculous personality and incessant yelling grates on his nerves. In spite of that, Black Starbeam seems to genuinely care about him, and the Noisebomb proudly proclaims that Black Starbeam is his "good friend and personal hero."
- Serial Avenger: Tegan Morris was one of the Noisebomb's first friends in the Reciprocators, and though she is quite the grump, she appears to have a soft spot for him.
- Mr. Mundane: John Smith is the man that the Noisebomb admires most in the Reciprocators. Not only does Mr. Mundane look rather dashing in his neutrally-colored suit, but he reminds the Noisebomb that even ordinary people have the capacity for great heroism.
- Static Bolter: Of all the Reciprocators, Miss Elizabeth Wells has always been the most polite in spite of the Noisebomb's sometimes troublesome personality. Her up-beat personality has endeared her to the Noisebomb. She has gone to bat for him several times, and in turn, the Noisebomb seems to trust her the most out of any of the current Reciprocators. She is the first Reciprocator that he tells his first name to.
- Yuki Frost: Perhaps it is due to an assumed proximity in age, but the Noisebomb teams up with Yuki Frost quite often. She has his admiration, and he follows her orders faithfully. The Noisebomb is secretly investigating why her hair is blue. During the Prom Night miniseries, dedicated to Yuki's disastrous junior prom, the Noisebomb gave her a corsage immediately after the encounter with Council Archon Davis to cheer her up, and in the conclusion he comforted her when she was told not to show up at her school ever again.
- Pariah Flux: The demon is the person who accepted the Noisebomb into the Reciprocators. As another hero that has been transformed by her powers, you would think that Flux would be able to summon some level of empathy for the Noisebomb, but she always seems to be edgy around him, and even went so far as to attack an already defeated Wretch after the Noisebomb mentioned feeling sorry for him.
- Cyberette: Cyberette is occasionally on the same task force as the Noisebomb because of their similar powers. Though much taller and likely much older than him, the Noisebomb appears to be crushing on her, going so far as to ask Static Bolter what Jesska's favorite ice cream was and subsequently procuring a carton of it.
- The Undaunted: Though never a member of the odd-ball super hero group, the Undaunted frequently request the Noisebomb join them "for publicity reasons."
- Pink Awesome: The Pink Awesome claims to be the Noisebomb's partner every now and then, and sometimes the Noisebomb does help Pinky out. It is likely that Pink Awesome is just trying to increase his "street cred" by hanging out with the Noisebomb or something.
- Canadian Loonie: The Coin-based Canadian hero amuses the Noisebomb simply because of how startlingly stereotypical he is. The Loonie sometimes crashes at the Noisebomb's apartment and watches hockey games on his TV, while drinking all of his syrup and beer.
Did You Know...
- That the Noisebomb was inspired by the amazing Spider-Man and Blackbolt, King of the Inhumans?
- That the Noisebomb's weakness is other Sound-based super powers?
- The name Chad Jefferson is intended to be the most "Bro"-like name possible, and a reference to the Bro Rape video?