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After murdering his wife, David Hersch, sick with regret, sought to end his own life, when he was struck by a bolt of lightening. The flash of electricity gave him a vision of his own immortality and foretold the resurrection of his wife.

David Hersch also discovered that he had gained the ability to absorb the life-force of others, extending his life-span almost a century. Over the subsequent decades he accumulated many followers planning for the day he would resurrect his wife as the cult leader called Cicada. [1]

Cicada cult and it's followers are dedicated to the murder of every one that the Flash has ever saved using lightning bolt shaped daggers. He teams up with the Flash's ex, Magenta and manages to kidnap him. Cicada reveals to Wally that his wife was murdered and he was struck by lightning. Cicada saw a vision that he was destined to live on, together with his wife. By taking the energy left over from all the people the Flash has saved and from the Flash himself, Cicada succeeded in bringing his wife back from the dead. [2]

However, his wife revealed that Cicada murdered her. Cicada denyed this and killed his wife yet again by absorbing her energy through a kiss. [3]He was eventually stopped by the Flash and Detectives Jared Morillo and Officer Fred Chyre and though not before he managed to slash Morillo with his knife. This gave Morillo a the ability to heal rapidly from any injury, similar to Cicada's own. [4]

Cicada was put on death row in Iron Heights pending confirmation by S.T.A.R. Labs that he could even be killed in the first place. but escaped during Gorilla Grodd's jailbreak. [5] Cicada later appeared at Captain Boomerang's funeral and accepted an invitation to join Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super-Villains during Infinite Crisis. [6]

He is one of the various super criminal sent to to the penal colony on the planet Cygnus 4019, which has been nicknamed Salvation. [7]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

  • Unique Physiology: After being struck by lightning, David's body had changed into a lightning rod for souls and he learned not only could he live forever but he could do so by stealing lives.
    • Accelerated Healing: David's body's increased metabolism allows him to heal damaged tissue much faster and more extensively than a normal human is capable of.
    • Immortality: Stealing one life can give David up to a century more to live and he's killed dozens of people already. Coupling this with his self-healing means that Cicada is effectively immortal.
    • Psychic Link: After being cut by Cicada's dagger Jared Morillo is now connected to him.

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Equipment

  • Lightening Daggers: David wields two blades capable of absorbing the life force of its victims to be transferred to resurrect the dead.

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