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Obsidian


Obsidian, artist Alex Maleev Image File history File links Obsidianprince. ... Cover to Daredevil (v2) #46, by Alex Maleev. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance All-Star Squadron #25
(September 1983)
Created by Roy Thomas (writer)
Jerry Ordway (artist)
Characteristics
Full name Todd Rice
Team
affiliations
Justice Society of America
Justice League
Infinity, Inc.
Abilities Merge his body with his own shadow, giving him enhanced strength and vitality. As a shadow, he can fly, as well as envelop enemies, showing them their dark side. He has also shown the ability to enlarge himself and cover the world in darkness

Obsidian is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in All-Star Squadron #25 (September 1983), and was created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... The All-Star Squadron is a DC Comics fictional superhero team that debuted in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981). ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Ordway. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... Infinity Inc. ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... The All-Star Squadron is a DC Comics fictional superhero team that debuted in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981). ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Ordway. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Obsidian is the codename of Todd Rice, the biological son of Alan Scott and Rose Canton, respectively the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern and villain Thorn. Todd was raised in an abusive adoptive home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He finds out in his late teens that he has a twin sister, Jennie-Lynn Hayden, alias Jade. They meet, discover they both have superpowers and, operating under the assumption that Green Lantern was their father (which they did not know for certain at the time but did eventually learn to be true), decide to follow in his footsteps. For other uses, see Allan Scott. ... Superman, catalyst of the Golden Age: Superman #14 (Feb. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... Rose and Thorn are the two personalities of a character in DC comic books. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Largest metro area Greater Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N  - Longitude 86° 46′ W to... Jade is the codename of Jennie-Lynn Hayden, a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ...


As Obsidian and Jade, they were founding members of the superhero team Infinity, Inc., a group composed mainly of the children, grandchildren, and protégés of members of the Justice Society of America. The group appears in the Infinity, Inc. comic book. Obsidian also serves with the Justice League in a space-station based headquarters. He has many various adventures there, including helping the League deal with dozens of aliens who are the last members of their species. During his tenure with the League, he undergoes therapy. For a time, he also has to deal with seemingly permanent injuries to his shadow form. Infinity Inc. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ...


Obsidian apparently inherited a potential for mental illness from his mother, Thorn. Corrupted by Ian Karkull, Obsidian turns evil, using his shadow powers to first steal all shadows from an entire city, then to spread darkness over the entire world. His father, with the aide of other JSA members, defeats him. Obsidian retreats to the Shadowlands, the otherdimensional plane from which he derives his powers. Later, he joins the mystical villains Mordru and Eclipso to seek vengeance (unsuccessfully) on Green Lantern and the JSA. Following his defeat, Obsidian is cured of his mental imbalance. // Character Biography Mordru (also known as Mordru the Merciless) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe whose main foes are the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future world of the 30th and 31st centuries and the Justice Society of America and the Lord of Order... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


After being cured, Obsidan retires. It was during this time that Todd came out and to terms with his self-identity as gay. He meets and falls in love with Damon Matthews, an assistant district attorney who works with Kate Spencer, who is also the vigilante known as Manhunter. Todd's powers went dormant during most of this time, but they return, following the death of his twin sister Jade during Infinite Crisis. He has since then returned to being a superhero and is still dating Damon happily. For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... Sexual identity is a term that, like sex, has two distinctively different meanings. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Damon Matthews is a fictional character who appears in the DC Universe series, Manunter. ... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ... Manhunter is a fictional character, a superhero in publications from DC Comics. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...


Prior to Justice Society of America vol. 3 #1, Obsidian joins the team. He serves as the security guard of their New York headquarters.


Powers and abilities

  • Unlike his sister Jade, whose powers resembled their father's, Obsidian has various shadow-based powers from his father's exposure to Shadow energy after a battle with Ian Karkull. Obsidian is connected to the Shadowlands, a dimension of primordial, quasi-sentient darkness. At will, Obsidian can merge with his own shadow and possess the shadows of others. In his shadow form, he is stronger than in human form, can pass through solid objects and can fly. After being corrupted by the Shadowlands, Obsidian was able to control his shadow powers to the point that he could grow to enormous size and create objects out of shadow, in a similar way that his father and sister can create objects out of green energy.
  • Obsidian also has limited telepathic abilities and can force a person to see the evil side of their own soul, which has been known to drive people insane.

Shadows on pavement A shadow is a region of darkness where light is blocked. ... Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ...

Sexuality

He has a short-lived, troubled relationship with Marcie Cooper, the third Harlequin, shortly before the disbanding of Infinity, Inc. Later, sexual confusion was shown during his tenure in the Justice League, when he told his friend Nuklon that the only two people he could ever love in the world were his sister and him. When Nuklon asked if he was gay, Obsidian did not fully answer, instead asking "Why must there be labels?" After Obsidian's redemption, JSA penciller Steven Sadowski stated that Todd's sexuality would be dealt with whenever he returned to that title. Marcie Cooper is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... For the Jokers sidekick, see Harley Quinn Harlequin is the name of four clown-themed DC Comics characters. ... Albert Rothstein (known by the aliases Nuklon and Atom Smasher -- sometimes spelled Atom-Smasher) is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ...

Todd shares a kiss with Damon Matthews.
Todd shares a kiss with Damon Matthews.

Todd appeared in Manhunter #18 where he shares a kiss with Damon Matthews, a gay recurring character, and spoke in the fashion of a lover, confirming his sexuality. Marc Andreyko, the writer of Manhunter, goes into detail about selecting Obsidian as Damon's lover, stating that: Image File history File linksMetadata ObsidianGay. ... Image File history File linksMetadata ObsidianGay. ... Manhunter is the name given to several different DC Comics superheroes/antiheroes, as well as the Manhunters an entire race of androids created by the Guardians of the Universe, as a forerunner to the Green Lantern Corps. ...

I didn't want to make a character gay unless it felt organic. So, the list was pretty short. Then I remembered when Obsidian was in the JLA years ago and Gerard Jones, the writer, danced around the issue. I went back and read all my Infinity, Inc.'s and although Todd dated women, it was always a mess.

Andreyko said that DC was supportive, wanting a "visible gay character" and that it was "a general void in the DCU that needed exploration". Geoff Johns, longtime writer of JSA, also stated his support for the idea. [1] Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ...


Other versions

In the final issue of 52, a new Multiverse is revealed, originally consisting of 52 identical realities. Among the parallel realities shown is one designated "Earth-2". As a result of Mister Mind "eating" aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-2, including Obsidian among other Justice Society of America characters. The names of the characters and the team are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear.[1] 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Prominent members of the Monster Society Of Evil. ...


In Amalgam Comics, Obsidian is combined with Gambit to form Wraith. Amalgam Comics was a metafictional American comic book publisher, and part of a collaboration between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters to create new ones (e. ... Gambit (Remy LeBeau) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero who is a member of the X-Men. ...


Other media

Obsidian has made brief cameo appearances in the animated television series Justice League Unlimited in which he is a member of the eponymous Justice League. As he has no speaking role in the series, it is not possible to discern origins or character, or if Green Lantern Alan Scott exists in the DC animated universe. This version recently received a figure from the Justice League Unlimited toyline. A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... An image of many of the DCAU heroes. ...


References

  1. ^  52,  #52 May 2, 2007  DC Comics (13/3)
  • ^  ANDREYKO & MANHUNTER: Love Is In The Air. Retrieved on February 3, 2006.

52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Gay League Profile

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Obsidian is connected to the Shadowlands, a dimension of primordial, quasi-sentient darkness.
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