Sci Fi Channel has revealed the identities of the 10 new homegrown heroes who will compete in the second season of Who Wants to be a Superhero?, a comic book-themed reality competition series that searches for America's next great crime-fighter. 

In addition, the network has also bumped the show's previously announced premiere back a day.  Rather than premiere on July 25 and air on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT,  Who Wants to be a Superhero?'s second season will now debut on July 26 and air on Thursdays at 9PM ET/PT.

Who Wants to be a Superhero? 2 -- which will feature eight one-hour episodes, a two-episode increase over last year's six-episode first season -- will once again follow legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee's attempt to find a new superhero among a group of contestants who have created an alter ego.  During the season, the 10 superhero wannabes will compete in challenges and attempt to outsmart the show's new nemesis -- Dr. Dark, a masked evildoer whose real identity will be revealed during the second-season finale.

The competition's winner will be "immortalized" in a Lee-created comic book from Dark Horse Comics and will also see his or her character turned into an action figure by Shocker Toys.

The 10 contestants competing on Who Wants to be a Superhero? 2 -- as well as their Sci Fi Channel-supplied bios -- are:

- Basura, aka Aja De Coudreaux  from Oakland, CA, who enlists the help of all bugs everywhere and uses her mystical powers to turn trash into treasures.

- Braid, aka Crystal Clark from Bloomington, IL, who makes herself any age, race, or gender and can turn her hair into crime-busting tentacles.

- The Defuser, aka Jarrett Crippen from Austin, TX, an expert paramilitary superhero who uses non-violent weaponry to stop villains. He has the unique ability to function at 110%.

- Hygena, aka Melody Mooney from Sherman Oaks, CA, who fights crime and grime making weapons from all types of cleaning utensils.

- Hyper-Strike, aka John Stork from Plainfield, VT and Chicago, IL, is a martial arts expert with super strength and agility who can project his life force through his hands.

- Mindset, aka Phillip Allen from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is a telekinetic time traveler on a mission to end all war. Originally named Omnicron, Mindset is the viewers' choice on the show winning his place by Internet voters earlier this year.

- Mr. Mitzvah, aka "Sir Ivan" Wilzig from Miami, FL and New York City, is a real life Bruce Wayne who lives in a castle, this multi-millionaire's mission under the guise of Mr. Mitzvah is to save the lives of children.
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- Ms. Limelight, aka Trisha Paytas from Byron, IL and Los Angeles, CA, is a captivating blonde caped-crusader who absorbs the powers of action stars on television and in movies.

- Parthenon, aka Dan Williams from Orlando, Fl, is an archaeologist who gets his mystical powers from an ancient gauntlet he discovered in Greece.

- Whip-Snap, aka Paula Thomas from Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA, she has a mastery of the whip and if her bare skin touches a villain that villain is turned into sand.