Angela Spica was born to a blue collar family in Queens as the youngest sibling of six children. Her father was a bus driver and mother worked at a launderette with her five older sisters all being pregnant in high school. At school, she developed a passion for reading comic books leading to her desiring to become one whereas her class fellows wanted to be lawyers and orthodontists. She would express her desire to be a superhero to her careers officer but was told that she was out of her mind. However, the young Angela was able to build circuit boards and fixing televisions. In 1998, she would swap her blood for nine pints of liquid machinery allowing her to shape it to her needs. (Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority v1 #5)
Professor Angela Spica would be dispatched by the future Jenny Sparks to her past self in the 19th century to save her life after the incident with Sliding Albion. (Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority v1 #5).
During one incident, a displaced Captain Atom arrived in her reality where the Authority observed his activities as he encountered Mr. Majestic and WildC.A.T.s. In a fight with the latter, Angie decided to intervene and had a Door open that sent Captain Atom to the Moon where she revealed herself to him. After introducing themselves, she took him to the Carrier where she introduced him to the rest of the Authority whilst claiming that she would return Captain Atom back to his home reality after it was discovered a reaction in his body would lead to him exploding and creating galactic scale destruction. With Jack Hawksmoor, they journeyed across multiple realities but failed to find his own before they took him to an Earth under Nazi rule in Earth-37C where they brutally killed the Nazi forces before executing Hitler. Captain Atom later was sent to Earth through the Door where Angie commented to her fellow Authority members on the dangers posed by Nathaniel Adams where they decided to keep a close eye on him in order to cure him or kill him. (Captain Atom: Armageddon v1 #5) The Engineer would keep Captain Atom company where the two struck a romantic relationship. She would take him to stop a dictator that threatened to fire his nuclear arsenal where they effortlessly eliminated his regime. Afterwards, Angie would with Nathaniel Adams permission send her nanotechnology into Captain Atom to remove the fragment of Void that threatened to explode which would have destroyed the entire universe. (Captain Atom: Armageddon v1 #6) She became conflicted on her feelings when Jack Hawksmoor informed her that the attempt to remove the fragment did not solve the problem. A Door was opened sending her to Captain Atom's location where he had Nikola Hanssen in his arms with Hawksmoor claiming that Nathaniel Adams was cheating on Spica. Angie attempted to speak to Captain Atom who decided to go briefly into the future where he said he disagreed with the computer analysis that said he would detonate. He would ask Angela to believe him over the computer simulations but she attacked him and said she was sorry but that she would kill him in order to save her reality. She would manage to incapacitate him and proceeded with her attempt to kill Captain Atom when the Engineer was shot as well as rendered inactive by a shot from a prototype gun from Grifter. Captain Atom would initially be angry until Grifter explained the threat posed by the Engineer whereupon Nathaniel Adam used his powers to turn Angie human. (Captain Atom: Armageddon v1 #7) The unconscious Engineer was taken back to the Carrier when Apollo and Midnighter arrived to kill Captain Atom. (Captain Atom: Armageddon v1 #8)
The New 52
After the Flashpoint, Angela Spica was shown as a civilian who was badly wounded in a car accident when she was taken by the Shadow Lords. They began implanting the technology of the previous Engineer Archie Trundle and offered Spica the chance to join Stormwatch as his replacement. Her body was already partially transformed by this point so ultimately she had no choice in the matter whereupon she adopted the guise of the Engineer. (Stormwatch v3 #11)
Personality and attributes
Her desire to become a superhero stemmed from her time in reading comic books. (Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority v1 #5)
During her encounter with Nathaniel Adam, she decided to flirt with him in order to keep close and watch him. However, she grew to have feelings for him when Captain Atom was in her universe. But when it seemed clear to her that Captain Atom was going to detonate and destroy her universe she showed no hesitation in attacking him in order to eliminate the threat he posed. (Captain Atom: Armageddon v1 #7)
After the Flashpoint, Angie was initially quite uncomfortable about her cybernetic form with only her relationship with Harry Tanner making her comfortable with her transformed body. (Stormwatch v3 #11)
Powers and abilities
Spica was noted for her high intelligence which she had a young age when she constructed circuit boards and fixing televisions as a child. (Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority v1 #5)
The liquid machinery that coated her body was capable of being shaped into a variety of tools for any purpose. She was also able to shape her limbs into nano-utensils that could stitch a wound. (Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority v1 #5)
She was shown being able to merge with the cybernetics of even dead individuals and uploading their memories into her mind. (Stormwatch v3 #11)
- The Engineer was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch where she made her first appearance in The Authority v1 #1.
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