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Eve Eden is Nightshade, a superhero with the ability to manipulate darkness. This includes the ability to become a living shadow, and the ability to open portals anywhere by traveling through a shadow dimension. Her powers are mystical in nature, tied to an otherworldly realm where she was born a princess. In addition to this, she is an extremely skilled martial artist.
Eve Eden grew up in an idyllic Kansas suburbs with her family. When Eve and her brother Larry were young, their mother Maureen introduced them to the Land of the Nightshades. Maureen had been the Queen of this mystical realm, but she was banished by a villain called Incubus. Their father was never told, as he would not believe his wife's story. Maureen received word that Incubus had been killed, and took her children to her homeworld and explaining to them about their heritage. Unfortunately, the news of Incubus's death was a ruse. They were attacked by Incubus's Incu-Demons who kidnapped Larry and mortally wounded Maureen. Maureen told Eve that she has the power to become a living shadow and open portals to any location she could see in her mind, and urging her to master her powers to rescue her brother. Eve returned home while forcing to leave her dying mother behind. Her father Warren was devastated by the loss of his wife and son, in which he grew distant and later channeling his bitterness into becoming a senator.
Eve returned to the Land of the Nightshades several times to try and rescue her brother, but could not fight Incubus. The last encounter damaged her powers, causing her to hurt herself whenever she becomes a living shadow. She had no one to turn to help until she met a Catholic priest, who listened and comforted her. Since then Eve became a devout Catholic in a search for inner strength to one day face the Incubus and rescue her brother. Inspired by superheroes, Eve decided she needed experience to fight Incubus in which she first dropped out of college and moved closer with her father in Washington, D.C. in order to become a legitimate superhero in the nation's capitol. She also used her status as the "capitol's darling" and became a notorious party girl to spite her indifferent father.
Eventually Eve approached King Faraday of the Central Bureau of Intelligence and offered her services to his organization. Faraday agreed to hire her as an unofficial agent, and she worked with him as the costumed hero Nightshade. During this time she took down several super-villains including Black Spider, Image, and Punch & Jewelee. But despite of her deeds, she loathed herself for being still unable to save Larry. Nightshade was later introduced to Amanda Waller, who asked her to become a member of Task Force X. Nightshade agreed, on the condition that she could use the team for one personal mission.
Nightshade's adventures in Task Force X were disasters. Her first mission was infiltrating the Qurac-based terrorist group Jihad by posing as a villain named Chimera. The Jihad massacred an airport of civilians in their first demonstration, and Nightshade was horrified at being an accessory to this crime. After Nightshade assisted the Suicide Squad in destroying the Jihad, she lashed out at Amanda Waller for being responsible for putting her in the Jihad. However, Nightshade decided not to quit the Suicide Squad out of disgust as Waller kept her end of their agreement to help in the rescue of her brother.
Nightshade was disgusted at working with the Suicide Squad, which consists of criminals. The only people that she found decent to work with were Nemesis and Colonel Richard Flag, and even develop feelings for these men. Initially she let herself to fall in love with Flag, but was later surprised that Nemesis revealed that he had feelings for her as well.
Nightshade participated with the Suicide Squad on a undercover mission in Russia to rescue imprisoned author Zoya Trigorin. When they were discovered by the Russian military, Nightshade's powers were stretched to the limit to avoiding capture. Her exhaustion leaves them unable to escape, and they were forced to make a daring helicopter extraction but leaving Nemesis behind.
Nightshade tried to convince Amanda Waller to rescue Nemesis. But instead, Waller assigned her as a field leader to take down Colombian drug czar Xavier Cujo. Prior to her mission, Nightshade was asked by King Faraday to meet Captain Atom to monitor him as he had severed his ties to the American government. Nightshade soon developed a romance with Captain Atom and even worked together. After her time with Captain Atom, Nightshade lead the Suicide Squad to Colombia where they fought through a jungle of communist guerrillas and fighting her teammate Enchantress in a brutal fistfight after the latter turned on Nightshade before putting the witch in a chokehold and forced her to submit.
Eventually, Nightshade worked with Flag to disobey Waller, and they launched an unauthorized rescue mission to get Nemesis out of Moscow. The mission almost turned awry when the Suicide Squad found themselves battling the Justice League International, and Nightshade pretended to fight Captain Atom.
Nightshade was soon finally given Waller's permission to commandeer the Suicide Squad and led them to the Nightshade dimension to rescue Larry and defeating the Incubus. But to Eve's dismay, the Incubus had possessed her brother in which Larry is killed in the process. The situation worsen when Eve is possessed by June Moone's Enchantress persona, who is revealed to be a separate evil entity called The Succubus, and attempted to force Eve to mate with the Incubus-possessed Larry in order to conceive a child who would be the incarnation of their demonic master, Azhmodeus. Fortunately, Eve, through sheer willpower, resisted and destroyed the Succubus while also absorbing the Succubus's powers. The Incubus in turn was finally killed by Deadshot.
Eve stayed with the Squad up until the end, which she then went back to work for Sarge Steel at the CBI.
Nightshade worked alongside Superboy and the Ravers and was also part of the L.A.W. She was for a brief time fell under the control of Gorilla Grodd, trying to capture Superman for a $1 billion ransom.
Nightshade re-emerged as a member of the Shadowpact. She had been paired with Detective Chimp, resulting in some good-natured bickering. She joined a legion of magic-users battling against the Seven Deadly Sins. However, she was captured by Felix Faust and eventually used by Lex Luthor to bring back Earth-Two during the Infinite Crisis.
One Year Later
Nightshade and the other Shadowpact members entered the town of Riverrock, Wyoming, which was shielded from the outside world. She met a villainous counterpart named Sister Shadow. Since then she served with the Shadowpact battling a host of magical villains. It required some measure of concentration for her to form elaborate darkness constructs, when she and her partner Ragman were attacked by the Congregation. As a result she was unable to conjure her more elaborate darkness creatures until Blue Devil managed to get The Congregation away from her. Despite this Nightshade and her teammates found themselves blinded by The Congregation's light power, and for the first time in her life she experienced what darkness was. With the assistance of Madame Xanadu, Shadowpact set about restoring Nightshade's sight, although it took several days before it was fully restored.
- Unique Physiology: Nightshade's powers are hereditary due to her being the only surviving royal family member from the Land of Nightshades, a family of sorcerers. Nightshade absorbed a succubus into her body after the Suicide Squad mission on which Larry died, and doing so made her appear less human giving her skin a pale complexion and her hair became living shadows.
- Umbrakinesis: First and foremost her abilities come from a magical source allowing her to tap into a shadowy realm to create dimensional forces of pure darkness. She has gained experience over time allowing for creative uses of her abilities.
- Shadow Teleportation: Nightshade can create dimensional portals to teleport herself and others through the Land of Nightshades.
- Shadow Homunculi: Nightshade is able to create shadow creatures and constructs. She pulls these objects and beings from her shadowy realm and controls them without error.
- Shadow Transformation: Nightshade can becoming a living two-dimensional tangible shadow. This effect gives her enhanced abilities as well as a change in her physiology.
- 162 Appearances of Eve Eden (New Earth)
- 62 Images featuring Eve Eden (New Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Eve Eden (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Eve Eden (New Earth)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Secret Origins (Volume 2) #28
- ↑ Suicide Squad #1
- ↑ Suicide Squad #2
- ↑ Suicide Squad #3
- ↑ Suicide Squad #5
- ↑ Suicide Squad #6
- ↑ Suicide Squad #7
- ↑ Suicide Squad #11
- ↑ Suicide Squad #12
- ↑ Justice League International #13
- ↑ Suicide Squad #13
- ↑ Suicide Squad #14
- ↑ Suicide Squad #15
- ↑ Reign in Hell #2
- ↑ Reign in Hell #5
- ↑ Reign in Hell #8
- ↑ Reign in Hell #1
- ↑ Secret Six (Volume 3) #17
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