The Super Babies is a moderately popular comic book series created by D. Isaac Thomas. The series spans eleven books and several spinoff books, though two upcoming ones are on their way. The series also includes Before The SMSB, which elaborates on the history of mutantry. It is widely considered one of Thomas' best and most popular works. Three novels about the adulthood and dissolvement of the S.M.S.B. members are scheduled for release on 6 January, 2018, January 2019, and 2020.
The X-Adults: Endgame - Part 2Edit
Rotta and Greg Hecks have a baby, unaware of the powers he possesses. Finally they abandon him, but he is adopted by the police and trained to be a superhero. Baby Intelligence is born. He promises to train other babies who have unusual powers, knowing there ARE others. The S.M.S.B. is born! On top of it all, the darkest force their town has ever known may be returning, and more powerful than ever. Now it's up to Baby Intelligence to defeat them once and for all.
The legend of the X-Babies continue! Baby Lindsay longs to join the X-Babies, especially after her parents died and she was orphaned. Eventually she got her chance, and before she knew it she faced the first foe and the first adventure she knew was coming. “An X-Baby lives to help others,” Peter warns her, “not seek adventure.” And even when Mr. Stupid NoHead goes his sons are still at large, as is a nearly-forgotten enemy...
The NoHeads will attempt to bond with these wielders of Dark magic. In the meantime, Baby Intelligence prepares for the finals of Crodela, the sport of mutants, that must come.
It is time. For Baby Intelligence to become a professional Crodela player. To destroy the evil Annabeth Black and bring redemption to a nearly-forgotten enemy. Young Pythoman insists on being of assistance, but how can he be trusted? Can Baby Intelligence trust himself? In the enchanting conclusion to the worldwide phenomenon, he will face his greatest feat yet, not just in strength, but also in the heart.
The S.M.S.B. is back, but now they're all a lot older. In this era of peace, Baby Intelligence, now going by Master Intelligence, continues to train the group. Among them is a new member named Red X, whose powers could be more than meets the eye. And at Bast Castle, a past enemy is planning to return from the dead and seek revenge. And if the NoHeads return to power, chaos will follow.
In New York City, Rotta Hecks meets with her husband and reveals her pregnancy to him. Nine months later, Peter Hecks is conceived in NYC Hospital. Peter begins to show he has powers at a very young age, as he is born of NoHead blood. By the time he is a week old, he can walk, read, and speak. Rotta and Greg begin to fear this. He is soon recruited by NASA to explore space. However, Rotta and Greg leave him to rot with the space organization, but Peter proves his prodigious skills by destroying a UFO. An impressed officer named Zett invites him to join the Police Grand Army.
Sheriff Bladepoint begins training Peter to harness his power and control his emotions. Weeks later, while training, Peter hears the alarm signal. A police attempts to tell Bladepoint of a Robotic Monster, but is cut off before he can finish. Bladepoint offers Peter the chance to go, who accepts it. Upon seeing Peter, a short struggle ensues, and Peter manages to kill the robot. He is then confronted by its maker, Mr. Stupid NoHead, who is also his archenemy. They engage in an intense battle using their swords and superpowers, within the heart of town. Finally, Peter disarms NoHead and he flees. Peter is immediately applauded by the police for his victory. Sheriff Bladepoint takes him home and tells Peter that he has graduated. Peter renames himself Baby Intelligence and the police help him build an elaborate home called the MBH. He gives a speech on TV from inside a radio station about his new rank and name, and mentions his promise to find other Supers.
Baby Intelligence is his own hero now. He catches several robbers, including Bomb Man and Metamash, and is still conducting a search for other mutants. Another mutant named Sebiscuits heads to the MBH in hopes of joining Baby Intelligence, but his application is denied. Subsequently, the evil Mr. Stupid NoHead has infiltrated New York City and captured Mayor Katie Black, head of New York City. As the NoHeads attempt to escape the city, a massive sky battle erupts, into which race Baby Intelligence, unaware Sebiscuits is following him. He fights through the NoHead armanda, leading a mission to rescue the Mayor. When Sebiscuits reveals himself, Baby Intelligence furiously tells Sebiscuits to leave. Sebiscuits refuses to digress. After landing on the Wasp and finding his sword, Sebiscuits and Baby Intelligence make their way through the station, fighting through an army of robot soldiers. The babies reach the top, finding Mr. Stupid NoHead guarding the captive Mayor. Impressed by Cardarphen's swordsmanship, and seeing a much greater opportunity, NoHead relinquishes the Mayor. But the latter is recaptured along with Cardarphen and Baby Intelligence. Baby Intelligence learns that Rotta Hecks, his mother, is actually a NoHead, as is his friend Black, but he still stages an escape with his friends. In the city, Baby Intelligence makes Sebiscuits a superhero in training, and his first apprentice, a rank Sebiscuits promises to hold with honor.
Two weeks later, a teenage mutant named Paige walks to the MBH and successfully joins Baby Intelligence's organization. Later, Baby Intelligence announces that the robotic army of Mr. Stupid NoHead had been located near a lake in Palmyra and says they need to act on it. Intelligence then reminds them they do not know the way and will need help. That night, the three Supers fly toward an office building, hoping someone there can give them the directions. They go inside, only to find the building is deserted. Although Paige senses no activity inside, Sebiscuits does. They follow an activated light into a small room. Baby Intelligence is shocked to find two mutant babies - Baby Strength and Force Baby - are at the other end of the room. These homeless orphans had come to the lobby for shelter. Amazed, Sebiscuits asks them if they can guide them to Palmyra. The two agree. Following that meeting, Baby Strength and Force Baby assist the others in a mission to stop the NoHeads from building a new base, and eventually emerge victorious. Baby Intelligence offers a rank in the S.M.S.B., and they both agree. However, this caused a decline in attention for Sebiscuits, conflicting him.
Cardarphen, however, suffers from feelings of neglect, and Mr. Stupid NoHead begins preying on him, hoping to turn him to the Darkness. During an engagement at the Fourth NoHead Base, which is completed, Cardarphen chooses the NoHeads over the S.M.S.B. and kneels before his new Master. The latter then gives Sebiscuits his first assignment: to launch an assault on the police station, ensuring the police are crushed. Sebiscuits succeeds in doing this, and in the meantime, Mr. Stupid NoHead broadcasts a command to the many Human Replicas spread across town: to “wipe out the police,” an action that is effectively set into motion. As this happens, Baby Intelligence senses everyone that died. As survivor Sheriff Bladepoint seeks out his fellows, the S.M.S.B. members decide to fly to the police station to aid any survivors, and are shocked to find none. However, Sebiscuits then confronts them. Most of the members are easily taken down, but Baby Intelligence disarms the latter, forcing him to flee with Mr. Stupid NoHead. While pursuing Cardarphen, Baby Intelligence also gets his first glance at Hell Burnbottom.
Two weeks after his fight with Sebiscuits, Baby Intelligence tells his students that he is considering attacking the NoHead base again, and the others agree. They all mount their skyfighters and fly to the NoHead base. After a fight, they fly into the fortress, where they receive assistance from the Rear Guard. Baby Intelligence leads the charge indoors until Paige deserts the fight and flees, pursued by Sebiscuits. In a volcano, Paige is ruthlessly slaughtered by her enemy. Back at the NoHead base, NoHead murders Rotta Hecks, traumatizing Baby Intelligence for life and prompting him to attack the NoHead Grandmaster. The baby’s victory wins him the Verasect and saves everyone on his side. After the fight, Baby Intelligence returns to the MBH, where Rotta's ghost visits him and speaks of many things. Baby Intelligence also senses another baby will join him, one who may be even stronger than Paige.
The first book opens with Baby Intelligence being interviewed. Afterwards, Baby Intelligence returns to the MBH and parks his car before walking to the Storytelling Room, where Lindsay, Baby Strength, and Force Baby are waiting. He tells Lindsay to begin the story, and after introducing herself, she does.
Lindsay’s story, which dates back two months, begins immediately with Percy and Stephanie leaving the dollar theater after seeing what was later revealed to be The Silver Chair. As they pause to think about what they had seen, they are cornered by a robed character who asks them for a dollar. Percy refuses, but the villain then demands the money he and Stephanie are carrying. He uses a pocketknife to force their backpacks open and steal the cash. As the criminal escapes with his loot, he is cornered by Baby Intelligence, Baby Strength, and Force Baby. Together, they are able to shake the stolen money off the mugger, though the villain launches a grenade. However, Lindsay, who was an orphan in the same alleyway, makes it disappear of thin air before it can hurt anyone. Baby Strength grabs the crook and throws him into Officer Walltalker’s patrol car.
Believing he has found the baby he had foreseen would join them, Baby Intelligence brings Lindsay with them. Lindsay arrives at Baby Intelligence’s office, where Baby Intelligence introduces himself and tells her he has identified her power of Disappiration. He asks her if she will join, and Lindsay extends her hand to shake on it. However, this is interrupted by an alarm. Everyone rushes to the Pinewood Derby to stop a bank robbery. On the way, Baby Intelligence introduces her to the other members: Baby Strength and Force Baby, reduced from Sebiscuits and Paige.
Being that Hell Burnbottom still existed, Baby Intelligence believes that a NoHead must still remain. The S.M.S.B. organizes a great victory celebration on the streets of town. Lindsay is the guest of honor, now wearing an informal supersuit given to her by Baby Intelligence. The book ends with a new threat in the form of a building-eating monster, which the S.M.S.B. leaps to face.
After that, Gunray and Mean King escape capture and begin tightening their grip on the world. Sebiscuits lends them a portion of his armies.
The story opens with Alyssa Smith reading the newspaper before heading to the MBH with her father for testing. Concurrently, Becca Smith arrives at Transylvania Quarters, where the Gladiator is holding a meeting with the Knights of Plague. Becca informs the Gladiator that the Orb of Power is hidden in the Hall of Domination, the only room in Transylvania Quarters even the Gladiator was cut off from.
While discussing their plans, the Gladiator declares to the Knights of Plague that he requires another's sword to kill Master Intelligence. The Gladiator chooses Monroe in punishment for his recent failures. The Gladiator toys with Alicia, the former leader of the famous Fobble revolution, whom he has bound and levitated before killing her.
After Alyssa Smith's father drove her to the MBH, Alyssa asks Master Intelligence if she can apply. Master Intelligence begins testing her knowledge, abilities, and general morale, finally declaring her a member of the group. Afterwards, she takes the nickname of Andromeda.
Andromeda does her best to train with the other members, but is quickly failing. Nevertheless, she proves herself by preventing Nagatha from attacking the MBH. Her spirits raised, Andromeda begins to improve on the training exercises, though she is disturbed by a vision of an attack on Percy in the Hall of Domination.
Because Nagatha failed to get the Orb of Power, the Gladiator tried a different tactic using Lindsay Kellerman. The Gladiator planted a vision in Lindsay’s mind that suggested that the Gladiator was building a bomb that he would soon use to destroy New York in the Hall of Domination at Transylvania Quarters. The Gladiator predicted that the S.M.S.B. would race to the fortress to stop him. As the Gladiator predicted, Lindsay told Master Intelligence about it, who rallied the other members of the S.M.S.B.. For the mission, Master Intelligence revealed the old Pinewood Derby, now made much larger. The group rode it to Transylvania Quarters to stop him.
Meanwhile, Becca Smith and George returned to Transylvania Quarters to communicate with the Gladiator via hologram. George proposed using the base’s superweapon to destroy the old police station, which would give the police nowhere to go once their station’s shields were breached. The Gladiator authorized his proposal. He then spoke with Becca privately, asking if she had felt an awakening in the light side. He ordered Becca to kill her daughter to overcome her temptation by the light.
The S.M.S.B. flies to Transylvania Quarters, where they descend to Level 11 and down the corridor to the Chamber of Mystery. They found themselves in the Entrance, with 12 identical black, handle-less doors. When each door behind them closed, the walls spun, and the doors returned to different places. They went through one, which turned out to be the Space Chamber and went back to the Entrance Room and try another, which turned out to be the Death Chamber. The next door they tried would not open by any means, but the next room, the Time Chamber, contained the glittering lights from Lindsay Kellerman’s dreams. Once in this room, they took another door to the Hall of Domination.
In the row where the Gladiator was supposed to be waiting, they spot the Orb of Power, prompting twelve Knights of Plague and the Gladiator himself as leader to emerge from the shadows and demand that Master Intelligence give them the orb. Ultimately, Master Intelligence refuses, and the S.M.S.B. members all attack the Knights of Plague briefly before sprinting away. The Knights chase them into the Death Chamber, where the Gladiator takes the Orb from Kellerman and attempts to use the Grand Bomb. Red X, however, gives her life to destroy it, and the battle resumes. In the skirmish, Andromeda is murdered and the Orb of Power is destroyed. The majority of Knights, including Becca Smith, join Andromeda in death while the survivors are captured. Thanks to Kellerman, Master Intelligence successfully captures the Gladiator and sentences him to Negagard Castle.
At this time he was introduced to Thomas Meyer and dubbed him a member of the S.M.S.B. He began to neglect his duties as he was planning his uprising with Centauri. It was at this point that the S.M.S.B. meets Ramona Meyer.
Finally, Baby Strength confronted Centauri about his plans. Centauri, Master Intelligence, and Baby Strength got into a duel, in which Force Baby was accidentally killed in the struggle.
Approximately thirty years after the duel in the MBH, the S.M.S.B. has disappeared into Asia. Both the Knights of Meyer and the Team of Terror hope to find him, as well as the Map of Light. If the device was destroyed, it could break the very fabric of the light side.
Jason, Sue, and Britney Grover go to Palmyra to stay with their uncle, Eegan, who has obtained the widely coveted device. During the meeting, Knights of Meyer under the command of the Dark Flame and Captain Photon attack the village. Eegan attempts to flee in his skyfighter, but a pair of troopers disable the engines with their guns. With no alternative, Eegan opens fire on the Knights. The Dark Flame emerges and spins a tornado, destroying the city. In the meantime, Jason gives the device to Britney and told her and Sue to hide; their house somehow survived the tornado. Jason remains behind because the others are still searching for him.
After securing the area, the stragglers to the tornado are herded into the town square. Eegan takes a shot at the Dark Flame from cover, but the Dark Flame casually stops the bullet in midair and crushes it with his powers. Eegan is captured and brought before the Dark Flame, who demands to know where the light-side device is. Eegan responds that he knows who the Dark Flame used to be, and chides the Dark Flame that he cannot escape his real identity. Growing impatient, the Dark Flame kills Eegan by striking him down with his sword.
Just then, the Knights of Meyer show up with Jason in tow and the Dark Flame decides to interrogate him further back on their ship. Before leaving, Photon asks what to do with the survivors, and the Dark Flame orders them all slaughtered. As the massacre plays out behind him, the Dark Flame leaves.
Near the end of the Asian Revolution, Master Intelligence and the S.M.S.B. were trapped in a landslide. When Master Intelligence emerges from it, he immediately makes sure everyone is all right. To his relief, everyone has survived. Just then, Rocken Role arrives, much to his surprise. After a brief talk, Role reveals that his assistant, Wesley Carrier, was captured by Mella Montgomery, and likely killed. Role then leaves to finish his mission.
- "The Team of Terror will not be intimidated by you!"
- ―Jason Grover to the Dark Flame[src]
Returning to the Defilement in the meantime, KM-15 is overwhelmed with emotions because of the massacre of the townspeople and makes the choice to desert. Meanwhile, after failed attempts of torturing Jason for vital information about the Map of Light, the Dark Flame uses his mind probing power to pry the information from Jason's mind. The Dark Flame learns that the Map is located with Sue and Britney Grover, and informs Captain Photon of the new information. Eventually, Jason Grover returns home after he is rescued by KM-15 from the Dark Flame. Knowing they need to return the Map of Light to Master Intelligence, Jason, along with Sue and Britney, sneak through the airport and hide behind a service desk. Here, KM-15 says he will have to leave them. Jason asks why KM-15 would stay in a place where he would be unveiled and surely killed, instead of fleeing to Asia with them. In response, KM-15 says the Dark Flame will send a group of Knights to track him, and he would rather die than see the deaths of more innocent people. Jason accepts this, and with his sisters, he proceeds to stow away aboard an airplane.
Back in China, Master Intelligence has a vision of KM-15 being tortured and killed by the Dark Flame. Realizing that Mella Montegomery is the head of a vast criminal empire in China, the S.M.S.B. allows themselves to be captured so they can reach their enemy's quarters. The same enemy uses the effect of Pitial Defilatelum to see if Master Intelligence's sword has been recovered. Eventually, the others manage to escape capture thanks to George Thames, who is a blacksmith. Unfortunately, George dies shortly after teleporting everyone away to North Korea. Shortly afterwards, Britney, Jason, and Sue show up and are able to recover the device, rendering it out of the Dark Flame's reach.
In April of 2180, the Dark Flame discovered the plans for the MBH. Using his powers to surpass security, he broke in to steal the plans. At this moment, Master Intelligence knew that the duel had to be fought. The Dark Flame entered a chamber, but the S.M.S.B. was waiting. Lindsay fired at the Dark Flame with a nearby gun, but the Dark Flame knocked her out by telekinetically hurling her against a wall, temporarily knocking her out. Sebiscuits, horrified, rushed over, but failed to wake her. As such, Sebiscuits angrily attacks the Dark Flame in a sword duel, but the Dark Flame overpowers Sebiscuits, jabbing him with his elbow and slashing him across the back to incapacitate him. Just then, Lindsay awakens from her stupor and proceeds to attack the criminal. The Dark Flame initially held the advantage, using his rage to an advantage. Lindsay spent part of the duel in retreat, defending herself against the Dark Flame’s advances. The two locked sabers and the villain taunted her about her hair. This backfired, however, as Lindsay was unconcerned about her appearance and the taunt only served to reassure her of her own power: she began to draw on her powers to hone her attacks, and moved onto the offensive, delivering powerful, heavy attacks against her enemy. However, the Dark Flame drew upon his own powers and regained the offensive, and the tide of the duel remained in his favor. Ultimately the Dark Flame was able to overpower Lindsay and deal her a severe wound to her face while severing her sword into two. Lindsay has taken too many wounds to continue standing, but she still struggles in vain to rise.
Master Intelligence intervenes and engages the villain for a straight three hours. The fight ends when Master Intelligence sacrifices himself to prevent Lindsay Kellerman's slaughter. Kellerman and Cardarphen watch with horror as the legendary superhero dies. Kellerman and Cardarphen relentlessly engage the Dark Flame, who incapacitates the former. Cardarphen fights on and slays the head of the Knights of Meyer.
The battle and Master Intelligence’s death had a great impact on the world. After his death, Lindsay became the new leader of the S.M.S.B., as she had been promised over a century before.
After Master Intelligence died, Lindsay assumed control of the S.M.S.B. By now, only Sebiscuits, Telekinibabe, and Baby Strength were left. She was widely considered “just as good a leader as Master Intelligence.” In 2218, and died of old age. Lindsay had grown sick and weak in old age, and knew her death was imminent. She informed Sebiscuits there was little he could learn from her. She also told Sebiscuits, Telekinibabe, and Baby Strength that they should pass on what they had learned, as the light side powered them all, as it had Master Intelligence. She also revealed the origins of Intelligence’s power. With her final breaths, Lindsay struggled to tell Sebiscuits her final words: “Sebiscuits. You are now our leader.”
Lindsay then died and was buried soon after. Soon after. Lindsay told a nervous Sebiscuits that she and Master Intelligence would always be with him, if not physically.
List of DeathsEdit
The main protagonist of the entire series is Baby Intelligence (later rechristened as Master Intelligence), a superhero determined to maintain world peace and destroy the evil NoHeads. Lindsay Kellerman is the deurotagonist; it is in the first book that she joins the S.M.S.B. Baby Strength and Force Baby serve as supporting characters in both the original series and prequel trilogy. Mr. Stupid NoHead, a powerful criminal bent on destroying the S.M.S.B., is the primary antagonist in “Pride of the Super Babies” and in the adjoining prequel trilogy. The secondary antagonists are Hell Burnbottom, Annabeth Black, Becca Smith, and Captain Photon. Tritary antagonists include George, the Lunch Money Bandit, and Whammo Fireball. Supporting characters include Percy, Stephanie, Katie Black, and a pack of sevlows under NoHead custody.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The idea for the series came up during discussion at the dinner table when D. Isaac Thomas (who was eleven years old at the time and had already published six books) was eating breakfast with his brother. It was inspired by "The X-Men," just as Baby Intelligence (the protagonist) was inspired by their leader, Professor Xavier.
"The Super Babies" received overwhelmingly positive feedback from its readers, and many considered it the best story D. Isaac Thomas had ever made.