DOCTOR MID-NITE II (Dr. Pieter Anton Cross)
Created By: Matt Wagner & John K. Snyder
First Appearance: Doctor Mid-Nite #1 (Sept. 1999)
Role: Super-Medic, Skillmonkey
Group Affiliations: The Justice Society of America
PL 9 (164)
STRENGTH 3 STAMINA 4 AGILITY 5
FIGHTING 10 DEXTERITY 5
INTELLIGENCE 6 AWARENESS 5 PRESENCE 3
Acrobatics 6 (+11)
Athletics 8 (+11)
Close Combat (Unarmed) 3 (+13)
Deception 3 (+6)
Expertise (Science) 5 (+10)
Expertise (Streetwise) 3 (+8)
Insight 2 (+7)
Investigation 3 (+8)
Perception 7 (+12)
Persuasion 3 (+6)
Stealth 3 (+8)
Technology 6 (+11)
Treatment 12 (+18)
Agile Feint, Contacts (Network of Trained Nurses), Defensive Attack, Defensive Roll, Equipment (Medical Gear, Visual Link to Charlie the Owl, Evasion, Fast Grab, Favored Environment (Darkness), Grab Finesse, Improved Critical (Unarmed), Improved Defense, Improved Disarm, Improed Trip, Minion 4 (Charlie the Owl), Move-By Action, Power Attack, Precise Attack (Close/Concealment), Ranged Attack 1, Set-Up, Skill Mastery (Treatment), Takedown, Teamwork, Ultimate Treatment Skill
"Inverted Vision" Senses 2 (Darkvision) 
"Blackout Bombs" (Flaws: Easily Removable) 
"Black Cloud" Concealment 2 (Vision) (Extras: Attack, Ranged, Area- 30ft. Cloud +2) (Diminished Range -1) (11 points)
Unarmed +13 (+3 Damage, DC 18)
Dodge +13 (DC 23), Parry +13 (DC 23), Toughness +4 (+5 D.Roll), Fortitude +6, Will +8
Disabled (Blind)- Unless his eyes are bathed in darkness, Cross cannot see- he must wear infrared glasses or use Blackout Bombs in order to see in regular light.
Motivation (Helping People)- Dr. Cross is a compassionate, caring physician- he is obsessed with saving people, and sets up numerous free clinics to save people who cannot afford proper care. He will never knowingly take a life.
Responsibility (Religion)- Dr. Cross is a devout Christian, often found praying for people's souls.
Total: Abilities: 82 / Skills: 64--32 / Advantages: 25 / Powers: 9 / Defenses: 16 (164)
-The third Dr. Mid-Nite debuted in a 1999 Limited Series written by the creator of Mage & Grendel, Matt Wagner- he was a Doctor delivered by, and partially-trained by, Dr. Charles McNider, the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite. In a weird bit of storytelling, he becomes the greatest doctor in the history of the universe, but is unable to save his mother's life- it turns out there WAS a drug that may have helped her out, but the company that makes it was withholding it. While investigating some new street drugs, he is drugged by an Evil Pharmaceutical Company (one of comics' first big attacks on Big Pharma- Spidey-related anti-hero Cardiac was first), and blinded the way McNider & Chapel were.
-The book was quickly glossed-over, but on the second arc of JSA, he got a big debut, helping out the heroes against Obsidian & Ian Karkull's Shadow-Energy (naturally, seeing in total darkness was a big help). Confident, capable and intelligent, he was treated like a big deal immediately, and got put into a relationship with Black Canary (who gave him BIG props in her narration- "Deep voice. Steady hands. This guy's more confident than God."). With Geoff Johns' writing, Mid-Nite gets a big push as a capable helper (his medical knowledge comes in handy), and interesting character- one of the few very religious superheroes. When Canary moves on to Ollie again, Mid-Nite gets a bromance with the intellectual atheist Mr. Terrific, and they become one of the big partnerships on the book. It's actually amusing how Mid-Nite came in handy again and again- as one of the other books featuring an actual DOCTOR on it, the JSA naturally was afflicted with numerous situations that called for his exact skills- people were frequently grievously-harmed, necessitating emergency surgery.
-Though some of the "Pieter Cross is Perfect" stuff irked me at the time- he was a bit TOO compassionate, TOO caring, for me to really take him at face value. He was a humanitarian, a vegetarian, deeply-religious, and devoted to helping the downtrodden and homeless. I think that says more about ME than HIM, though- I did that thing where you jealously-search for the DARK side to somebody. But nope- it just turns out he IS that caring. Dude didn't become a doctor just for the money...
-Dr. Mid-Nite II (I'm not calling him "III" because Chapel was "Midnight" instead of "Mid-Nite", and HYPHENS ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS, DAMMIT) is a great fighter and a handy guy to have around in a scrap, but no powerhouse- he's PL 8 offensively (he's never seen fighting anyone better than a Mook)- he just specializes in weird little medical things: He's allowed Black Canary to use a Cry that puts people to sleep (by getting handsy with her, naturally), figured out the nature of constant heroes' powers (Power Girl, Kingdom Come Superman, Citizen Steel, Alan Scott), saved Jakeem Thunder from a sliced jugular, saved Alan Scott once or twice, and figured out how to take out Count Vertigo by figuring out what inner-ear disorder the villain had. He also once took out a nasty pimp by putting his fingers against the dude's blood-vessels. But really, most of the time he's good for the plan, and for when the heroes inevitably get injured- naturally, the only team with an actual surgeon on staff was the only one to frequently suffer injuries that REQUIRED such a name.
-The DCA build's a bit... weird... owing to some odd power choices. His medical gauntlets are really more Equipment than the Laser-thing they're statted up as, and I don't think he really has Infra or Ultravision, nor an Anaesthetic Spray. And being +10 to Defenses with +8 Toughness? That's as tough as SPIDER-MAN- they REALLY over-use Defensive Roll in these books. It feels like nearly every build has it pumped in to maximum ranks just to artificially make everyone fit their recommended PL.