A sentiment I've seen on occasion is that ICONS is only good for Silver Age-y, bright and shiny superheroics. I think some of that is due to the artwork in the official products, which is intentionally rather cartoonish. But the rules themselves are pretty style-agnostic, and cover lethal damage on page 70. So, really, it's just a matter of perspective and description. Like anything else in a superhero game, it's a matter of what you want to emphasize.
Which brings us to this charming fellow...
Blast Device 4 (Shooting)
Swinging Device 5
Invulnerability Device 3
Catchphrase : "Go Ahead And Run, You'll Just Die Tired."
Connections : Armbruster Industries
Connections : Detective Andrew Drake (Maverick Cop)
Epithet : Scourge of the Streets
Motivation : Justice
Enemy : Little Augie Caesar
Enemy : The Octofather
Personal : Cruel
Social : Obsessed
Point Total 47
From birth, David Armbruster was marked for greatness. His father, Owen Armbruster was a renowned industrialist and philanthropist, but he also subscribed to some unusual notions of child-rearing. David was raised by a team of specialists, top men and women in their fields. From an early age, he was put through strenuous physical exercise and training. His mind was similarly challenged, as were his senses. In short, David was being raised to achieve the very peak of human potential. The elder Armbruster did this out of a true sense of public service. He dreamed that, one day, everyone would benefit from such an regimen and humanity would progress far beyond its current achievements.
As he grew older, David's education included ethics and philosophy, along with the practical skills he would need to one day run his father's company. In short, he was shaped into a veritable superman.
And then, it all came crashing down. Owen Armbruster died, cut down by a mobster's bullet in an ill-advised attempt to rob a charity benefit. For all his education, David lacked the means to cope with the loss of his father. He became obsessed with justice and with destroying the criminal element in Meridian. He threw himself harder than ever into his physical training, incorporating martial arts and weapons skills until he became as expert in them as he was in everything else.
Taking up a crossbow (a nod to the Armbruster coat of arms), he donned a costume and stepped into a world of violent retribution. The criminal underworld would pay for what they took from him. And he won't stop until they're in prison or in the grave.
Can ICONS do gritty? Hell yes, it can.