An inhabitant of The Dreaming, Abel is the original murder victim from the Bible. Though the story that has survived tells of him being slain in jealousy over God preferring Abel's sacrifice of a lamb over Cain's offering of plants, the truth is more sinister. Cain killed Abel in a rage after they argued over a woman. Morpheus, also known as Sandman or Dream, took pity on the brothers and brought them into Dreaming to act as storytellers. No one knows when the brothers returned to Earth or why but since the late 1960s (at least), they have been living in the hills of Kentucky. Located on opposite hills, with a rundown cemetery between them, Abel and his brother are custodians of The House of Secrets and The House of Mystery. Anyone brave, or foolish, enough to visit either house will find the brothers wonderful hosts who will stay up all night sharing wonderful stories of death, betrayal, and horror. Visitors should show caution when visiting the House of Secrets as Cain's hobby of devising new and inventive ways of murdering his brother has been known to catch innocent bystanders as well. This may very well be the source of the graveyard between the two houses though this has never been confirmed by either brother. For those of a squeamish stomach or an unhealthy case of morals this habit may seem shocking, but Abel never fails to resurrect in short order.
During the upheaval caused by Daniel Hall becoming the new Sandman, the Furies of Greek legend killed Abel. When he failed to come back to life his brother petitioned the new Lord of the Dreaming to restore him. Cain said that they had been promised by Morpheus that they would always be a "double act" and that Daniel needed to remain true to the contract. Surprisingly, it worked. Though quiet in recent years, the brothers are still active, spinning horror stories and endlessly reenacting their own.
- Immortality: Abel ceased to physically age after a certain point in his life.
- Resurrection: Abel can resurrect himself endlessly.
- Dimensional Travel: Abel also possesses the ability to enter and exit the realm of the Dreaming through sheer act of will.
- Storytelling: Abel is a master storyteller, preferring tales of the horrific or the macabre. Ironically, Abel is so talented at his craft that he often frightens himself with his own stories.
Abel possesses the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who abstains from most forms of physical exertion. A coward by nature, Abel is more likely to flee in terror than to resort to direct physical violence.
- Cowardice: Abel lives in perpetual fear of his brother Cain. Abel's fear is understandable, as Cain loves nothing more than to torment his brother, often killing him through various cruel and violent ways. Though Abel always resurrects himself, the practice has affected his behavior and he often cowers in terror of his brother's next malicious act.
- This character is an adaptation of Abel, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- The comic version of Abel is based upon the Biblical Abel as presented in Genesis, the first book of the Torah.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- 80 Appearances of Abel (New Earth)
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- Character Gallery: Abel (New Earth)
- The Biblical Abel at Wikipedia
- Abel article at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe I
- The DC Comics Encyclopedia