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Alias: Dr. Virgil Adams

Related Links:  Fearsome Five •
The Calculator

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S.T.A.R. Labs scientist, Dr. Virgil Adams, was a lonely soul. With no family or friends, Virgil’s closest relationship was with his pet parakeet named Josephine. Dr. Adams devoted his life to Project Nano, a test program designed to create technologically enhanced combat armor that would be impervious to all forms of attack – both physical and mental. But after failing to produce any results, Dr. Adams was removed from the project and replaced by Dr. Caldwell.

Angered at this betrayal, Dr. Adams absconded the nanosuit and held the entire Project Nano team hostage. Leaving his pathetic life behind him, the desperate doctor now only saw himself as Nano. Cyborg confronted the nanite-powered villain and was very nearly defeated – until Cyborg deduced the suit’s shutdown trigger word. It was “Josephine,” the only thing Adams cared about in his life.

The Fearsome Five, as gathered by the Calculator, in TEEN TITANS (third series) #73 [2009].

The Calculator later hired Mammoth, Shimmer and Jinx to free Nano and Rumble from Alcatraz Prison. His true objective was to exact revenge on the Teen Titans, whom he blamed for the death of his son, Marvin. To this end, Calculator’s prison breakout would trap the Titans on Alcatraz Island, where where a nuclear-powered inmate would reach critical mass and destroy San Francisco. Calculator’s plan was thwarted when Eddie Bloomberg used the T-jet to fly the inmate away – at the cost of Eddie’s own life.

Later, the Fearsome Five tussled with Donna Troy in Miami, where the Titan was called to photograph  the grand opening of a new resort hotel. Discovering the job assignment was a trap, Troy quickly dispatched Shimmer, Mammoth, Jinx, Nano and Rumble.

 Powers & Abilities

Nano is powered by his own self-designed nanosuit, which is composed of tiny blue nanites. Nano can control these nanites, which can morph into deadly shapes, deliver deadly shocks and invade complex computer systems.


Essential Reading

Titans #14 [2009] : In the grueling aftermath of the “Deathtrap” arc, Vic Stone must face the very teammates he feels he let down big-time. First appearance and origin of Nano.
Teen Titans #72-74 [2009]: The Calculator seeks revenge against the Teen Titans on behalf of his children, Wendy and Marvin. The genius criminal kidnaps Kid Eternity and hires the Fearsome Five to assault the Titans – a battle which results in the death of Eddie Bloomberg. First appearance of Rumble. Nano and Rumble join the Fearsome Five. Death of Kid Devil (Eddie Bloomberg).
Titans #20 [2010]: Spotlight on Donna Troy! What happens when a young twenty-something woman feels like she grew up too fast and deprived herself of a twenty-something kind of life? As Donna ponders this, the Fearsome Five continue their Titans revenge streak. They picked the wrong time to do it…


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