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Shadowpact


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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Day of Vengeance #1 (June 2005)
Created by Bill Willingham (writer & artist)
Base(s) of operations Oblivion Bar
Roster
Blue Devil
Detective Chimp
Enchantress
Nightmaster
Nightshade
Ragman

The Shadowpact is a group of magic-based heroes who fought against the Spectre in the 2005 limited series Day of Vengeance, published by DC Comics. Some of the team members are Homo Magi. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Blue Devil is a superhero featured in material published by DC Comics. ... Detective Chimp is a fictional chimpanzee detective published by DC Comics. ... For the Marvel Comics character of the same name, see Enchantress (Marvel Comics). ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ... Nightshade (Eve Eden) is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ... Ragman is a fictional mystic vigilante and superhero who first appeared in the short-lived series named after him. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Homo Magi is a term to describe a sub-race of magic using Atlantean descended humans in the DC Universe. ...

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History

The group is founded on a spur of the moment impulse by Enchantress, Ragman and Detective Chimp to get rid of the Spectre because of his decision to destroy all magic in the universe. They are joined by Blue Devil, Nightshade, and Nightmaster, that latter christening the group the "Shadowpact". For the Marvel Comics character of the same name, see Enchantress (Marvel Comics). ... Ragman is a fictional mystic vigilante and superhero who first appeared in the short-lived series named after him. ... Detective Chimp is a fictional chimpanzee detective published by DC Comics. ... Blue Devil is a superhero featured in material published by DC Comics. ... Nightshade (Eve Eden) is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ...


During the course of the story, it is revealed by the wizard Shazam that the name “Shadowpact” has been used repetitively throughout history by groups of mystics who champion lost causes and who are doomed to failure. Shazam is a comic book character created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. ...


In their fight with the Spectre, the group is aided by others: the Phantom Stranger, who advised Detective Chimp even though he had been transformed into a rat; Captain Marvel; the wizard Shazam; and Black Alice. At the end of the limited series though, only the six core members remain with the team. The Phantom Stranger, returning to human form, continues to advise the group. Captain Marvel is defeated by the Spectre as he tries to defend the Rock of Eternity. The wizard Shazam is also defeated by the Spectre. And Black Alice, after witnessing the final battle on the Rock from afar with the Shadowpact, leaves to be with her father in Dayton, Ohio, without formally joining the team. The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ... For other uses, see Captain Marvel. ... Black Alice is also the title of a novel by Thomas M. Disch and John Sladek, under the pseudonym Thom Demijohn Black Alice is a DC Comics character introduced in Birds of Prey #76 (January 2005). ...


Some time afterwards, the Shadowpact helps Robin in rounding up meta-humans in Blüdhaven, right before the city is destroyed. During the adventure, they are again aided by another magic-based hero, the Warlock's Daughter.[1] Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Universe. ... The Warlocks Daughter (Darla Aquista) later known by the alias of Laura Fell, is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ...


Shadowpact are headquartered in the Oblivion Bar, a hangout for mystics with a secret entrance in Gotham City. Jim Rook was then the owner of the bar. During the team's one year absence (see below), a flipper-armed conjurer named Eddie Deacon took over. Deacon claims ownership despite Rook's return. The Gotham skyline with the Bat-signal. ... The word conjuration (from Latin conjuratio, conjurare, to swear together) can be interpreted in several different ways: as an invocation or evocation (the latter in the sense of binding by a vow); as an exorcism; or as an act of illusionism. ...


Day of Vengeance Special

In the Day of Vengeance Special, the Shadowpact members join other magic users in trying to rebuild the Rock of Eternity after it shatters over Gotham City. Under the guidance of the Phantom Stranger, the gathered heroes split into three groups: one lead by Zatanna to gather and reassemble all the pieces of the Rock and its contents; one to act as bait for the Seven Deadly Sins; and one, composed of the Phantom Stranger and the Shadowpact, to actually trap the Sins. The plan works well, with Zatanna’s team making relatively short work of the retrieval and reconstruction. After capturing Greed, Nightshade is attacked and abducted by Felix Faust and the Demons Three, who deliver her to Alexander Luthor, Jr., who incorporates her into his multiverse power battery. Greed is excessive or uncontrolled desire for or pursuit of money, wealth, food, or other possessions, especially when this denies the same goods to others. ... Felix Faust is a fictional sorcerer and supervillain who appears in stories published by DC Comics. ... Abnegazar, Rath and Ghast are three fictional characters in the DC Universe. ... Alexander Luthor, Jr. ...


With the Rock of Eternity restored, Zatanna tells Captain Marvel that he will have to remain inside it to make sure the wild magic it holds remains contained. While the Rock is being restored, Nabu, the last Lord of Order, confronts the Spectre. He goads the Spectre to the point where the Spectre kills him. This act has two results. First, it forces the Presence to notice what the Spectre has been doing and place him in a new host, Crispus Allen. Second, it signals the end of the Ninth Age and the Dawn of the Tenth. Making it to the Rock, Nabu has time before he passes to explain to the heroes what has happened to the Spectre and to charge Detective Chimp with choosing a new Doctor Fate. Finding that the Helm of Fate doesn’t fit him, Detective Chimp gives it to Captain Marvel to throw from the Rock and let it fall to Earth, letting fate itself chose the new Doctor Fate. The Lords of Chaos and Lords of Order are complementary groups of supernatural entities with godlike powers that appear in DC Comics. ... Crispus Allen is a fictional police detective in DC Comics Gotham City Police Department assigned to the Major Crimes Unit (MCU). ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ...


Shadowpact series

Shadowpact
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Standard U.S., 4 color, ongoing
Publication dates July 2006 - April 2007+ (ongoing)
Number of issues 10+ (ongoing)
Main character(s) Shadowpact
Creative team
Writer(s) Bill Willingham
Penciller(s) Bill Willingham
Cory Walker
Steve Scott
Tom Derenick
Shawn McManus
Inker(s) Bill Willingham
Wayne Faucher
Cory Walker
Shawn McManus
Colourist(s) Chris Chuckry
Michael Atiyeh
Creator(s) Bill Willingham

A Shadowpact ongoing series saw publication in May 2006. The team is now operating out of the back of the Oblivion Bar. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Cory Walker is an American comic book artist and penciller. ... Shawn McManus caricature of Stan Lee Shawn McManus (born June 30, 1958 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is an American artist who entered the comic book field in the early 1980s. ...

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

In the first arc, a villain group known as the Pentacle whose members mirror the Shadowpact is introduced. The Pentacle forms a nearly impenetrable shield of solid blood over an American town and systematically kills the townspeople as a means to summon Strega's master, the Lord of Light. The Shadowpact enter the town with the help of the Phantom Stranger. The Shadowpact is captured, but Detective Chimp escapes and frees the team, which overpowers the Pentacle and breaks Strega’s spell.[2]


In their next storyline the members of the Shadowpact have found themselves targeted by a whole host of villains including Blue Moon, Wild Huntsman, and The Congregation. They are all following the orders of Doctor Gotham, a new villain who has spent millenia underground, and has now set his sights on getting rid of the Shadowpact. Strega has also been revealed to be his ally, and he was responsible for previous taks that the Shadowpact thwarted. During this arc Enchantress and Ragman are both turned into hellhounds by the Wild Hunstman and Nightshade, Blue Devil, and Ragman are all blinded by The Congregation. Despite these injuries the Shadowpact manage to force The Congregation to retreat.[3] With help from Madame Xanadu they manage to cure their blinded teammates, and despite all their recent troubles the Shadowpact now find themselves in a stronger position in the magical order; Enchantress gained the possession of the Herne-Ramsgate Cauldron from Nightwitch which gives the Shadowpact access to information on every magical creature in the DC Universe, while Detective Chimp and Nightmaster have studied tactical and superhero strategies in order to mold the Shadowpact into the best team possible. A part of this was writing the "Three Universal Laws of Superheroics", a tip of the hat to Issac Asimov, as recited by Detective Chimp.[4] Madame Xanadu is a fictional character, a mystic in the DC Comics universe. ...

First Law: The lives and safety of innocent bystanders will always be protected.
Second Law: The lives and safety of you (the superhero) and members of your team will be protected to the extent that it does not conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: The lives and safety of all opponents will be protected to the extent that it doesn't conflict with the first two Laws.

Current status

The Shadowpact have recently been deputised by Checkmate in order for them to assist the Black Queen in infiltrating Kobra. While the team originally thought this would be a one time arrangement, the Black Queen has informed them that they will be serving Checkmate for as long as they are needed, to the annoyance of the Enchantress.[5] Checkmate is a fictional covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ... Sasha Bordeaux is a comicbook character in the DC Universe, who was at first primarily associated with Batman, and has subsequently evolved an association with Checkmate in two of its incarnations. ... Kobra is a DC Comics supervillain. ...

Spoilers end here.

Membership

  • Blue Devil - Daniel Cassidy, is a former Hollywood stuntman cursed by the demon Nebiros, now demoted to Rhyming Demon.[6]
  • Detective Chimp - Bobo T. Chimp, is the world's greatest simian detective.[6]
  • Enchantress - June Moone, given great power by a mysterious magical being.[6]
  • Nightmaster - Jim Rook, wielder of the Nightblade, leader of the Shadowpact, former owner of the Oblivion Bar.[6]
  • Nightshade - Eve Eden, refugee from the Land of the Nightshades, former government operative.[6]
  • Ragman - Rory Regan, latest in a long line of redeemers who use the "Great Collector Artifact" to fight evil.[6]

Blue Devil is a superhero featured in material published by DC Comics. ... ... Stuntman refers to any of several types of skilled performers. ... St. ... Detective Chimp is a fictional chimpanzee detective published by DC Comics. ... Families Cebidae Aotidae Pitheciidae Atelidae Cercopithecidae Hylobatidae Hominidae The simians (infraorder Simiiformes) are the higher primates very common to most people: the monkeys and the apes, including humans. ... For the Marvel Comics character of the same name, see Enchantress (Marvel Comics). ... The Nightmaster is a DC Comics superhero. ... Nightshade (Eve Eden) is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ... Ragman is a fictional mystic vigilante and superhero who first appeared in the short-lived series named after him. ...

Temporary members

  • Acheron - He professes to be a powerful ghost but not in the Spectre's league. [7]
  • Midnight Rider - Elias Stone, wields a pair of enchanted six-shooters he calls Ghost Pistols that only appear at night. Who or whatever is shot by them turn to stone, and revert when the sun's rays shine down on them. [7]
  • Warlock's Daughter - Laura Fell, is the former acolyte of Johnny Warlock. Laura and Johhny share the same power source and were both confined at the Dark Tower. [7]

The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... The Warlocks Daughter (Darla Aquista) later known by the alias of Laura Fell, is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... This article is about religious acolytes. ... The following is a list of prisons, asylums, institutions, planets, and alternate dimensions which have been used to imprison humans, superhumans, and nonhumans in various fictional comic book universes. ...

See also

The Sentinels of Magic is a fictional group of magically powered heroes in the DC Comics Universe who fist appeared in Day of Judgement. ...

References

  1. ^  Willingham, Bill (w),  McDaniel, Scott (p),  Owens, Andy (i). "Too Many Villains!" Robin v2 #145 February, 2006  DC Comics.
  2. ^  Willingham, Bill (w),  Willingham, Bill & Walker, Cory (p),  Willingham, Bill; Faucher, Wayne; & Walker, Cory (i).  Shadowpact v1 #1-3 July - September, 2006  DC Comics.
  3. ^  Willingham, Bill (w),  Scott, Steve; Walker, Cory; Derenick, Tom; & McManus, Shawn (p),  Faucher, Wayne; Walker, Cory; & McManus, Shawn (i).  Shadowpact v1 #5-8 November 2006 - February, 2007  DC Comics.
  4. ^  Willingham, Bill (w),  Derenick, Tom (p),  Faucher, Wayne (i). "Three Laws Safe" Shadowpact v1 #9 March, 2007  DC Comics (3/2-3).
  5. ^  Rucka, Greg (w),  Saiz, Jesus (p,i). "Pawn 502: Part 2" Checkmate v2 #9 February, 2007  DC Comics.
  6. ^ a b c d e f  Willingham, Bill (w),  Justiniano (p),  Wong, Walden (i). "Chapter One: One Last Drink at the End of Time" Day of Vengeance v1 #1 June, 2006  DC Comics.
  7. ^ a b c  Willingham, Bill (w),  Derenick, Tom (p),  Faucher, Wayne (i). "Cursed" Shadowpact v1 #10 April, 2007  DC Comics (21-22).

Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Scott McDaniel is a comic artist who had drawn numerous Marvel Comic books including the Fall from Grace story line in Daredevil Comics. ... Robin is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cory Walker is an American comic book artist and penciller. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Steve Scott (born May 5, 1956) is an American athlete who set an American Record of 3:47. ... Shawn McManus caricature of Stan Lee Shawn McManus (born June 30, 1958 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is an American artist who entered the comic book field in the early 1980s. ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Greg Rucka is an American writer of novels and comic books. ... Checkmate is a fictional covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ... Justiniano is an American comic book artist. ... Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with a length of 30 days. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ...

External links

  • The Grand Comics Database Project - index for Shadowpact.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Day of Vengeance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1215 words)
These five are joined by Nightshade as the Shadowpact and they all agree to take the fight to the Spectre.
The Phantom Stranger uses his powers to allow the Shadowpact to watch the battle between Shazam and the Spectre from Earth.
The Shadowpact, meanwhile, agrees to continue the fight, but will do so without Black Alice, who, as she is still a teenager, plans to return home.
Detective Chimp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (467 words)
He has recently been revived in the Day of Vengeance miniseries, and is set to be a major character in the new ongoing series Shadowpact spinning out of it.
Detective Chimp was a simple, although intelligent, trained chimpanzee, who acted as an "helping mascot" for the local sheriff, after helping him to solve the murder of his chimpanzee trainer, Fred Thorpe.
But being a monkey without civil rights and being unable to stand as a juridical person, he couldn't get paid, and when the public began to forget him, he became an alcoholic.
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