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Once thought to be only a common criminal with a shadow-manipulating cane, the Shade was for a long time at odds with first Jay Garrick, then Barry Allen. Between running ultimately petty crimes and of course that business of kidnapping the entirety of Keystone City for thirty years, he made enough trouble for two or even three dapper English gentlemen of his approximate height and weight. But while he has spent time in the Injustice League and wreaked his particular brand of havoc a time or two, his proclivity for wickedness has always been kept strictly away from the home he claimed upon crossing the Atlantic: Opal City.
Name: Richard Swift
Alias: The Shade
Past Aliases: James Black, Louie Fox, Dicky
Weight: 170 lbs
It was in Opal City, by befriending both Ted and Jack Knight, that he began the journey from monster to... perhaps as this journey is ongoing, it is hard to say what he shall become. But the Shade's humanity, so long forgotten, began to peek at the corners of his sensibilities and his actions in defense of the City and its inhabitants (as well as the architecture) speak for themselves. Where once he eschewed the idea of being like the rest of the teeming masses, he stands proudly as a force for, if not Light, then at least those whom he deems worth protecting.
The Shade's abilities, given to him by an unfortunate accident to which only one other was privy, have grown over the years as he has honed and learned more about his connection to the Shadowlands (or the Dark Zone), a quasi-sentient, extra-dimensional mass of malleable darkness which he can channel to various effects. These include teleportation, numerous constructs, the control of 'demons' from the Dark Zone, and the ability to project darkness. He can also trap and store just about anything in the Dark Zone, if he chooses to put it there. It also makes him immortal and just nigh of unkillable.
Richard Swift, aka The Shade is from the DC comics universe. This version, as found in the Starman run during the 90s, was written by James Robinson and as such is mostly his property, though of course he was drawn by others and is a part of the DC universe on the whole and thus owned by Warner Brothers, et all. Anyway, this journal is for entertainment purposes and is in no way, shape, or form creating undue profit, causing damage to existing copyrights, or attempting to infringe upon the rights and privileges of the copyright holders. This journal is for entertainment purposes only.
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