August General in Irons
44 years ago - Fang Zhifu is born in China.
30 years ago - 14-year-old Fang attends Party School.
26 years ago - 18-year-old Fang begins attending an elite military academy.
24 years ago - 20-year-old Fang joins the special forces.
21 years ago - 23-year-old Fang joins china's elite Xeno-team.
20 years ago - 24-year-old Fang is the lone survivor of the Durlan landing in China. He is saved from a flesh-melting pathogen by an experimental mutogenic countermeasure. His body grows chitenous armor is recruited into china's new mutogenic program.
5 years ago - 39-year-old Fang represents China in the Global Guardians & begins a relationship with Dorah Leigh.
4 years ago - 40-year-old Fang is pulled from the Global Guardians after the attack of Warmaker One.
The Great Ten are one of my favorite Grant Morrison creations, a team of superheroes built entirely from Chinese society, culture, and mythology as part of the narrative mechanics of 52, the series that followed the Infinite Crisis. It's loaded with fantastic ideas and remains a gem of creativity.
Fang was the only member of the Great Ten to carry over into the new 52 when he was included in the Justice League International, a team that seemed to be just short of clever until it turned out that it was only just meant to implode. We've included him in the first line-up of the Global Guardians because it makes sense for China to have included the leader of the Great Ten in the UN's superteam.