Secret Six (comics)
The Secret Six is the name of three different fictional comic book teams in the DC Comics Universe, plus an alternate universe's fourth team. Each team has had six members, led by a mysterious figure named Mockingbird, whom the characters assume to be one of the other five members; the third, villainous incarnation of the Secret Six was rated by IGN as the fourth Best Comic Run of the Decade in 2012. The Secret Six first appeared during the Silver Age of comics in the initial team's seven-issue title Secret Six. Unusually, the premiere issue's story began on the cover, continued on the interior's page one; this strike team of covert operatives consisted of August Durant, Lili de Neuve, Carlo di Rienzi, Mike Tempest, Crimson Dawn and King Savage. Created by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Frank Springer, the ongoing series ceased publication with the identity of Mockingbird unrevealed; the first two issues were reprinted in The Brave and the Bold #117 and #120. Writer Martin Pasko and artist Dan Spiegle introduced an updated version of the team as an eight-page feature in the omnibus title Action Comics Weekly #601.
They revealed Mockingbird as Durant, who now reunited the team after twenty years while assembling a new team consisting of Mitch Hoberman, Ladonna Jameal, Tony Mantegna, Luke McKendrick, Vic Sommers and Dr. Maria Verdugo; the following issue saw. The feature ran through Action Comics Weekly #612, with DiRienzi succeeding Durant as Mockingbird. A second arc of this team, by writer Pasko and original Silver Age artist Springer, ran in Action Comics Weekly #619–630. DiRienzi died, his son Rafael disappeared amid intimations that he may be the successor Mockingbird; the next version of the team was introduced in Villains United #1. Unlike previous versions of the team, the new Secret Six consists of villainous characters who undertake missions of dubious moral quality and resulting in a high body count; the team consists of the pre-existing DC characters Catman and Cheshire, the newly created Rag Doll, Scandal Savage, a Parademon. Another member, the Fiddler, is killed by Deadshot on order of Mockingbird.
The Parademon is killed and Cheshire betrays the group to the Society, was shot by the Society's Deathstroke, who does not trust her for being a traitor. The Mockingbird for this version of the team is revealed to be Lex Luthor. In the 2006 Secret Six limited series, revealed as a mole infiltrating the Society in Villains United, has joined the group to be with her lover, Scandal. At the end of issue #1, Catman asks the Mad Hatter to be the sixth member of the group. While Catman meets with the Mad Hatter, Doctor Psycho orchestrates a series of attacks designed to wipe out the Six. Hatter is kicked off the team by Rag Doll, who says that one eccentric fop in the group is enough, his replacement is Harley Quinn, who quits. In Birds of Prey issues #104–108, the Secret Six face off against Oracle's Birds of Prey in Russia for the soul of Tora. After Harley Quinn quit the team, they disbanded. Subsequently, in Birds of Prey #109, Knockout was attacked and killed by the same assassin, stalking the New Gods and killing them off, one by one.
Earlier in the issue, Knockout comments in passing that Catman was going soft, Deadshot had returned to the Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn is reformed in Countdown #43. Scandal Savage, Rag Doll and Catman were seen in Salvation Run. DC launched a new Secret Six series in September 2008, reuniting Catman, Deadshot and Rag Doll, adding Bane and an original character named Jeannette, who appeared in the third issue; the Six have been hired to retrieve Tarantula from Alcatraz Island, find a card which she stole from "Junior", a mysterious villain who runs the entire West Coast mob. This Junior has the entire villain community at her beck and call, all afraid of her those in Arkham Asylum; the Six learn that the card in question was made by Neron, says "Get Out of Hell Free". Soon, the Six are attacked by a small army of supervillains, all wanting to recover the card and collect the reward of $20 million for each of the Six, under the orders of Junior, who captures and tortures Bane, whose strong principles and moral convictions, paired with his fatherly fondness of Scandal, keep him from betraying his new team.
It is revealed that Junior is in fact Rag Doll's sister and daughter of the first Rag Doll. She has the ghastly appearance of an old clown, with sliced skin and eyes stitched wide open to give the appearance of a clown; the Six escape and head for Gotham City, with Deadshot betraying them and leaving with Tarantula. The Six manage to catch up to Deadshot, was attacked by Junior, the supervillains, the Mad Hatter, revealed to be the one who hired them so they would be killed. Tarantula sacrifices herself by pulling herself and Junior in front of the supervillains' combined attack destroying the card along with them. However, it is shown that Scandal is now in possession of it. Although the current incarnation of the Secret Six are technically supervillains, several members of the team are treated sympathetically and come across as heroic, if only on the virtue of the team encountering individuals who are more bloodthirsty and villainous. In a new storyline starting with issue #10 titled "Depths", the Six have been hired by a new villain
Gail Simone is an American writer of comic books. Best known for penning DC's Birds of Prey, her other notable works include Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom and Wonder Woman. In 2011, she became the writer for Batgirl. Though fired from Batgirl in December 2012 by the title's incoming editor, Brian Cunningham, she was rehired on December 21 after DC received backlash from fans, she became the writer for a new Red Sonja series in 2013 with Dynamite Entertainment, for the 2017 series Crosswind from Image Comics. A former hairdresser who had studied theater in college, Simone first came to fan attention through Women in Refrigerators, a website founded in 1999 by a small group of comics fans, including Simone, in response to a scene in Green Lantern #54, in which the titular hero's girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, was murdered and her corpse shoved in a refrigerator for the hero to find; the site was dedicated to identifying female superheroes, killed, raped, or otherwise suffered traumatic indignities as a plot device for a male character.
The site brought her into contact with many people working in the comics industry. Her column You'll All Be Sorry! appeared weekly on Comic Book Resources. Topics ranged from satirical summaries of comic books to fan fiction parodies. Simone worked for Bongo Comics, her contributions include stories for Simpsons Comics, an annual Treehouse of Horror special, regular scripts for Bart Simpson Comics. Simone penned many Sunday strips for the syndicated Simpsons comic strip. Following her Simpsons work, Simone entered the comics mainstream with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool; when Deadpool was canceled and relaunched as Agent X, Simone continued as writer, but left the series after a conflict with the series' editor. Simone returned to pen the concluding arc to Agent X, some months after the series' initial cancellation. After the dispute with Marvel, Simone moved on to DC Comics, where she was given the Birds of Prey title in 2003 featuring the all-female group consisting of Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.
Simone took over Action Comics with John Byrne penciling. Simone continued her other projects, including the 2005 Villains United limited series – part of the "Infinite Crisis" crossover – in which she revitalized the Catman character, she wrote a two-issue story arc that focused on the new Hawk & Dove for the third Teen Titans series, with Rob Liefeld penciling. While Simone maintained her usual enthusiastic stance, fandom was quick to lambast the promotional art Liefeld produced in tandem with the PR announcement; the controversy lay with Liefeld more than with Simone, a situation Simone acknowledged on the DC Comics message boards soon after the first Simone/Liefeld issue reached stores. In 2005 Simone wrote a Villains United limited series spin-off, entitled Secret Six, which led to an ongoing series that debuted in September 2008 and finished with the rest of DC's titles prior to the September 2011 New 52 relaunch. Other work by Simone includes a run on the Superman title Action Comics, a brief stint on The Legion, a Rose and Thorn limited series at DC Comics, a revitalization of Wildstorm's Gen¹³.
For Oni Press, Simone wrote Killer Princesses with co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez, Gus Beezer specials for Marvel Comics. Simone wrote an Atom series, based on ideas by Grant Morrison and penciled by her Action Comics artist, John Byrne and Mike Norton. Other work includes a Gen¹³ series and a creator-owned project about a retirement community of super-heroes, Welcome to Tranquility, for Wildstorm. Simone was a contributor to Tori Amos's Comic Book Tattoo. On April 12, 2007, DC announced that Simone would be the new regular writer of the third volume of Wonder Woman, first scheduled to start with issue #13 but changed to #14. Simone is notable for being Wonder Woman's longest-running female writer and has erroneously been credited as the first woman to write the character, when she was in fact preceded by Joye Hummel, Mindy Newell, Trina Robbins, Jodi Picoult. In early 2010 she was named as the writer for Birds of Prey under the "Brightest Day" banner. Simone was replaced on Wonder Woman by J. Michael Strazcynski, right after the book was renumbered to issue 600, but remained writer for the ongoing Birds of Prey and Secret Six titles.
A second Welcome to Tranquility limited series was published in 2010. In June 2011, it was announced that Simone would be collaborating with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver on a revamped Firestorm series starring Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch and that her ongoing series Secret Six had been cancelled, she subsequently left Birds of Prey, was succeeded by Duane Swierczynski. Simone left The Fury of Firestorm with issue #6. In 2011, Simone contributed to The Power Within, a Kickstarter-funded comic book that focuses on teen bullying; that same year, as part of DC Comics' New 52 initiative, Simone wrote the new Batgirl title starring Barbara Gordon. The first issue of that series was published in September 2011, in it, Simone introduced a character named Alysia Yeoh, revealed to be transgender, the first major transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic book. In November 2012, various press reported rumors that her exclusivity deal with DC was coming to an end, that she was leaving the Batgirl title and DC.
On December 9, 2012 Simone revealed that her departure was not voluntary, that she had been fired from Batgirl the preceding Wednesday by the book's new editor, Brian Cunningham. By December 21, Simone was back writing Batgirl. In Februar
Cheshire is a fictional DC Comics supervillainess. Cheshire first appeared in New Teen Titans Annual #2 and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. Born to a French father and a Vietnamese mother, Jade Nguyen had an unhappy childhood and was sold into slavery; as a young adult, after killing her master, Jade was informally adopted by Chinese freedom fighter Weng Chan, who taught her all he knew about guerrilla fighting. She acquired knowledge of poisons from Kruen Musenda, a famed African assassin known as the "Spitting Cobra", whom she was married to for the two years prior to his death, she is a long-standing rival of the superhero team the Teen Titans. However, when Roy Harper, a.k.a. the archer Speedy, went undercover for the government in a mission to get her confidence and turn her over, the two fell passionately in love. Knowing he would not be able to turn her in, he walked out; the result of their romance was a daughter, whom Roy raised. Returning to her mercenary ways after leaving Lian behind for Roy, Jade saved Deathstroke's life so he could help her in stealing nuclear weapons from Russia in an attempt to blackmail the world.
To prove she is not bluffing, she obliterates the fictional Middle East nation of Qurac, reasoning that since Qurac is a stronghold of Onslaught terrorists, that Western countries would be secretly grateful. Cheshire's plans were foiled when she was forced to flee, she created her own team, The Ravens. Cheshire volunteered to join Tartarus, a group created by Vandal Savage with the objective of destroying the Titans. During a confrontation with the Titans and the H. I. V. E, Savage shot Cheshire to distract Arsenal, she was taken into custody for crimes including destroying Qurac. Sentenced to life imprisonment, she was broken out by the Ravens. Arsenal, forced her back into custody. Cheshire discovers that her biological father was a Senator named Robert Pullman, she attempted to torture and kill him. To that end, she defeated Lady Shiva, devised a plan to use her to fake her own death and flee the country with her daughter. Jade ties up Shiva, gags her and locks her in the trunk of her car, hoping that the authorities will find the charred body of an Asian woman in the flaming car wreck and believe that Jade was killed while fleeing the Senator's murder.
For her and Gypsy show up and untie Shiva, while Huntress and Black Canary stop Jade from murdering the Senator, take her into custody. While escaping the scene of the attempted assassination, Jade is punched in the face and thrown out of the helicopter the women were escaping in by Black Canary to avoid being beaten to death by an enraged Shiva. In 2005, she appeared in the miniseries Villains United as a member of the Secret Six. Cheshire had been blackmailed into joining by Mockingbird, who claimed that there was a small bomb implanted in the back of Lian's head. During the series, she slept with Thomas Blake, a.k.a. Catman, became pregnant with a replacement child, thereby allowing her to leave the team and no longer needing to worry for Lian's safety. At the end of the miniseries, having betrayed the Six to Luthor's Society, she is shot and critically wounded by Deathstroke; as the faux Luthor orders the Society's withdrawal, one of his last commands is to bring Cheshire with them, provided she is still alive.
After the "Villains United" series, she turned up alive, living in a mansion in the Himalaya Mountains with her son by Blake. Working with Vandal Savage again, she put out hits on the other members of the Secret Six except for Blake. Taking matters into her own hands, she stabs the Mad Hatter, working with the Six, her blade was poisoned and she bartered the antidote to the poison to Catman in exchange for her safety. In Justice League of America #12, Cheshire was shown in prison, receiving a visit from Roy Harper and Lian. In the Justice League of America Wedding Special, Cheshire was shown to be a member of the new Injustice League, she was seen among the exiled villains in Salvation Run. Cheshire returned as a member of a small army of villains attempting to collect massive bounties on the heads of the Secret Six, she is defeated by Jeannette. In Justice League: Cry for Justice, Star City is destroyed by Prometheus. Cheshire attacks Roy, injuring him in the process. Both Roy and Cheshire continue to fight.
Cheshire tearfully recalls the loss of her child. Roy comforts her and the two of them attempt to sleep together. However, due to Roy's impotence he is unable to please Cheshire in bed, which causes more turmoil in Roy's life forcing him to angrily leave. In Secret Six Cheshire's son from her involvement with Catman is kidnapped, chronologically this takes place after the death of Lian. Catman goes on a murderous rampage believing the child to be dead only to find the man who orchestrated the kidnapping has given the boy to a loving childless couple and that the kidnapping itself was an act of revenge against Cheshire for murdering his family. Catman, after realizing the child is better left where he is, informs Cheshire that their son is dead; this sends her in to a sorrowful rage, while Catman tells his son to rest in peace after killing all of the kidnappers involved. Cheshire is now a member of Deathstroke's new team of Titans, their first assignment was murdering Ryan Choi. It is unforeseen how long she will stay on the team, but it seems one of Deathstroke's goals is to taunt her i
Batman: Gotham Knights
Batman: Gotham Knights was a monthly American comic book series published by DC Comics. The original intent of this book was to feature the exploits of Batman and his extended family, such as Alfred Pennyworth, Nightwing, Robin and Catwoman, among others; the latter section of the run, came to focus much more upon his enemies. The series featured the popular "Batman: Black and White" back-up strip, which allowed various artists with varying styles to do their take on the Dark Knight in a black and white format; these back-up strips are collected in trade paperback form. Contributors to this section include Jim Lee, John Byrne, John Buscema, Eduardo Risso, Jordi Bernet, José Luis García-López, Kyle Baker, Harlan Ellison, Dave Gibbons, Gene Ha, Gene Colan, Enrique Breccia, Claudio Castellini, Dick Giordano, Christian Alamy, Jason Pearson, Mike Wieringo, Alan Davis, Chris Bachalo, Denys Cowan, John Watkiss, Mike Kaluta, Whilce Portacio. Batman: Gotham Knights began in March 2000 and ran for a total of 74 issues.
The last issue was published in April 2006. This title was among several which were cancelled at the conclusion of the Infinite Crisis storyline, as part of the "One Year Later" event; the final story arc was left unresolved but was closed with Paul Dini's Detective Comics arc Heart of Hush. Various stories have been collected into individual volumes: Batman: Officer Down Batman: Scarecrow Tales Batman: Bruce Wayne – Murderer? Batman: Bruce Wayne Murderer TP Batman: Bruce Wayne – Fugitive Vol. One Batman: Bruce Wayne – Fugitive Vol. Two Batman: Bruce Wayne – Fugitive Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 1 Hush Returns Batman: War Games Act One – Outbreak Batman: War Games Act Two Tides Batman: War Games Act Three Endgame Batman Black and White: Volume 2 was published in September, 2002 as a hardcover book. It collected black and white Batman backup stories from the first sixteen issues of Batman: Gotham Knights, as well as five never-before-published tales; the five new stories were subsequently included in issues of Batman: Gotham Knights.
Volume 2 was released as an oversized softcover in October, 2003. Volume 3 was published as a comics-sized hardcover in May, 2007, it collected the black and white Batman backup stories from Batman: Gotham Knights #17–49. A softcover edition was released in 2008. Detective Comics The New Batman Adventures Gotham Knights at the DCU Guide
Batman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Named the "Bat-Man," the character is referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, the World's Greatest Detective. Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon, vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any inhuman superpowers, he does, possess a genius-level intellect, is a peerless martial artist, his vast wealth affords him an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment.
A large assortment of villains make up Batman's rogues gallery, including the Joker. The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, the following year; as the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller; the success of Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the character's prominence in mainstream culture. Batman has been licensed and featured in various adaptations, from radio to television and film, appears in merchandise sold around the world, such as apparel and video games. Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Anthony Ruivivar, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, Jason O'Mara, Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character's voice for animated adaptations.
Batman has been depicted in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck. In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at National Comics Publications to request more superheroes for its titles. In response, Bob Kane created "the Bat-Man". Collaborator Bill Finger recalled that "Kane had an idea for a character called'Batman,' and he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, he had drawn a character who looked much like Superman with kind of... reddish tights, I believe, with boots... no gloves, no gauntlets... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings, and under it was a big sign... BATMAN"; the bat-wing-like cape was suggested by Bob Kane, inspired as a child by Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch of an ornithopter flying device. Finger suggested giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, gloves. Finger said he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character's secret identity: "Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot.
Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name. I tried Adams, Hancock... I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne." He said his suggestions were influenced by Lee Falk's popular The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic-strip character with which Kane was familiar. Kane and Finger drew upon contemporary 1930s popular culture for inspiration regarding much of the Bat-Man's look, personality and weaponry. Details find predecessors in pulp fiction, comic strips, newspaper headlines, autobiographical details referring to Kane himself; as an aristocratic hero with a double identity, Batman had predecessors in the Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro. Like them, Batman performed his heroic deeds in secret, averted suspicion by playing aloof in public, marked his work with a signature symbol. Kane noted the influence of the films The Mark of Zorro and The Bat Whispers in the creation of the character's iconography. Finger, drawing inspiration from pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Sherlock Holmes, made the character a master sleuth.
In his 1989 autobiography, Kane detailed Finger's contributions to Batman's creation: One day I called Bill and said,'I have a new character called the Bat-Man and I've made some crude, elementary sketches I'd like you to look at.' He came over and I showed him the drawings. At the time, I only had a small domino mask, like the one Robin wore, on Batman's face. Bill said,'Why not make him look more like a bat and put a hood on him, take the eyeballs out and just put slits for eyes to make him look more mysterious?' At this point, the Bat-Man wore a red union suit. I thought that black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright:'Color it dark grey to make it look more ominous.' The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms. As Bill and I talked, we realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action and changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope, he didn't have any gloves on, we added them so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints.
Kane signed away ownership in
Black Adam is a fictional supervillain and occasional antihero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, the character is a recurring enemy of the superhero Shazam. Black Adam first appeared as a one-time villain for the first issue of Fawcett Comics' The Marvel Family comic book. However, Black Adam was revived as a recurring character after DC Comics first licensed and acquired the Fawcett characters and began publishing Captain Marvel/Marvel Family stories under the title Shazam! in the 1970s. As depicted, Black Adam was a corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor of Captain Marvel, who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates. Since the turn of the 21st century, Black Adam has been re-defined by DC Comics writers Jerry Ordway, Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer as a corrupted antihero attempting to clear his name and reputation. Featured roles in such comic book series as Justice Society of America, Villains United, Infinite Crisis, 52 have elevated the character to an unprecedented level of prominence in the overall universe of DC Comics characters.
In 2009, Black Adam was ranked as IGN's 16th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Dwayne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam in the planned feature films, including a solo Black Adam film from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. which will be set in the DC Extended Universe film franchise. The canon version of Black Adam appeared only once during Fawcett's initial publication run of Captain Marvel comics. In The Marvel Family #1, Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian named Teth-Adam, chosen by the wizard Shazam to be his successor due to his presumed moral purity; this story is reprinted in DC's Shazam! #8, his true first appearance in the Bronze Age. When Teth-Adam says the magic word "Shazam," he is transformed into a super-powered being possessing the same powers that Captain Marvel would be granted; the wizard Shazam grants Adam powers derived from ancient Greco-Roman deities. Deciding that he should rule the world, Mighty Adam overthrows and kills the pharaoh and assumes the Egyptian throne.
Angered by this betrayal, Shazam renames his errant champion "Black Adam," and—unable to revoke the powers he gave Adam, banishes him to the most distant star in the universe. Black Adam spends the next 5,000 years flying back to Earth. By the time he makes it back, in 1945, Shazam has appointed three new champions to take his place: Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr. Adam's attempts to take over the world cause the Marvels to seek counsel with Shazam, who tells them about Black Adam. Adam succeeds in gagging Freddy while they are talking to Shazam, he ties them up, planning to kill them later. But Uncle Marvel releases them. Adam does battle with the trio, known as the Marvel Family, but since all are invulnerable, the fight goes on and on without resolution. However, the non-powered Marvel Family member Uncle Marvel gets an idea from Shazam and tricks Adam into saying "Shazam," by repeating the word incorrectly, reverting him back to Teth-Adam. 5,000 years of aging catch up with him in an instant when Captain Marvel knocks him out seconds after he transforms, he dies, becoming a skeleton.
Black Adam wore a costume identical to Captain Marvel's -- except black, instead of scarlet, cape-less. Dr. Sivana uses his resurrection machine to resurrect Adam; when last seen during the Crisis On Infinite Earths, Adam was fighting the heroes on the 5 remaining and merged Earths. While he is defeated in the same story in which he debuted, the non-canon or DC version of Adam is resurrected nearly thirty years in Philadelphia by Doctor Sivana's reincarnation machine in DC Comics' Shazam! Revival of the Marvel Family characters, he destroys the machine so he cannot be sent back. According to Shazam! #28, Black Adam gets his powers from Shu, Amon, Zehuti and Menthu. Black Adam accidentally time-travels to 1776 while going to the Rock of Eternity to destroy Shazam at Sivana's suggestion, as Sivana felt Adam's powers would be wiped out as well, but Cap accidentally threw him back in time, he and Cap battle and Adam realizes. He makes his lightning strike Cap, turning him back to Billy seizes him and covers his mouth before he can finish saying his magic word.
He flies to a nearby ship and gets some rope to bind and gag Billy, after which he throws him into the sea. But Billy swims up, is saved by one of the colonist rebels, freed, he realizes the man is Paul Revere, ironic since earlier in the story he repaired Revere's statue, returns to his own time when Shazam tells him Black Adam is there. Adam is once again tricked by Uncle Marvel into saying "Shazam" when he goes to him to get revenge, gets amnesia from a punch by Captain Marvel. After that, Black Adam is involved with Karmang in All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58 and tries to destroy both Superman and Captain Marvel. After several more defeats at Captain Marvel's hands, Adam joins Mister Mind's final pre-Crisis version of the Monster Society of Evil which stages an assault on the Rock of Eternity; the evil god of magic Oggar summons an evil army from the sands and dust of Egypt for Adam to lead after muting B
Parademons are a fictional group of extraterrestrials appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They are monstrous shock troops of Apokolips used by Darkseid to maintain order on the planet; the original Parademons were created by Jack Kirby in The New Gods #1. An artificially created servitor race loyal to their master Darkseid but none too bright, the armored Parademons fly through the air, carrying powerful weapons used to quell the rabble, their true strength is in their numbers. When acting together, they can overwhelm the toughest heroes, they are chosen from the most sociopathic and cruel residents before being given gliders and trained in combat. They are accompanied by gigantic dogs called Hounds. In the comic Salvation Run, Parademons are dispatched by Desaad to attack the villains that were dumped onto their training camp, they killed Hyena, General Immortus, Solomon Grundy, the last of whom turned up alive in comic issues. Most of them were killed. In The New 52, the Parademons are used to attack Earth, first seen encountering both Green Lantern and Batman in Gotham City.
It is revealed in new continuum that the Parademon hordes are either remolded lifeforms or the processed corpses of which that Darkseid and Apokolips have harvested and processed from the various worlds and realities they've conquered. Repurposing them through the usage of nightmarish Apokoliptian technologies, Red Tornado of Earth 2 noted that K'li's, former fury of Darkseid. Typical abilities of a Parademon include heightened strength, endurance and a high tolerance for pain; the apokaliptian armor grants them the ability of flight and increases degree of invulnerability to conventional damage and energy. Most parademons have an incipient intellect and in combat they are equipped with powerful claws and heavy weaponry; as opposed to most Parademons, the Secret Six Parademon, Pharzoof could speak and seemed to have more than the rudimentary intelligence most Parademons possess. The latter was shown to enjoy being tortured by his opponents. Within the New Continuity many if not all Parademons boast fire breath, self detonation and transformation abilities.
The Parademons appear in the final season of the Super Friends, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians with their vocal effects provided by Frank Welker. When Darkseid became a recurring villain, the Parademons followed. Thus, Darkseid's minions were sometimes referred to as "para-drones" on that show. Parademons have been seen in several episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, most notably in the "Apokolips... Now!" two-parter. They were last seen in the final episodes of Justice League Unlimited, following a resurrected Darkseid's attempt to take over Earth once more, they are non-speaking creatures and appear as invading armies. The Parademons appear in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!" A few of them along with Kalibak pursue Question after he uncovered Darkseid's plans to invade Earth. In "Darkseid's Descending", the Parademons take part in the attack on Earth. Additionally, a Parademon appears in part 2 of the two-part episode "The Siege of Starro", as one of the statues that represent the warriors defeated by the Faceless Hunter.
The Parademons appear in the DC Super Hero Girls TV Special "DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High". One notable Parademon is called Perry; the Parademons appear in Justice League Action. The Parademons appear in Young Justice: Outsiders; the Parademons made a small appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, showing up in Bruce Wayne's vision/nightmare of a post-apocalyptic Earth resembling Apokolips. Their inclusion hints at Darkseid's future involvement within the DC Extended Universe; the Parademons appear in the 2017 film Justice League with their vocal effects provided by Gary A. Hecker, they appear under the command of Darkseid's uncle Steppenwolf, are shown to be attracted to fear, can transform their victims into other Parademons. In the final confrontation with Steppenwolf, he is betrayed by his own Parademons when the League's success in separating the Mother Boxes he was using to trigger a transformation of Earth inspires fear within him, they attack Steppenwolf. The Parademons appear in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
They appear driving a tank trying to destroy Superman, Wonder Woman, Big Barda when they arrive on Apokolips to save Supergirl. The Parademons are shown coming out of a Boom tube in a post-credit scene in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox; the Parademons are used in Justice League: War with their vocal effects provided by Dee Bradley Baker. In the film, they are depicted as aliens from conquered worlds, transformed by nanomachines into an army of monstrous soldiers serving as Darkseid's invasion forces. Desaad attempts to transform Superman into a "Super-Parademon" by using these nanomachines, but the process is interrupted by Batman. In order to diminish the invasion, Cyborg connects himself to a Mother Box and uses it to reopen the Boom tubes to send them all back to Apokolips; the Parademons appear in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice Bizarro League. They assist Darkseid in his invasion on Bizarro World. In the