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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 the idyllic Kansas suburbs with her brother Larry, father Warren, and mother Maureen. When Eve and her brother were young, their mother 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 her. Maureen received word that Incubus had been killed, and took her children home, but this was revealed to be a ruse. They were attacked by Incu-Demons who kidnapped Larry and mortally wounded Maureen. Maureen told Eve she had the power to become living shadow, or open portals to any location she could see in her mind. Eve returned home, forced to leave her dying mother. Her father Warren was devastated by the loss of his wife and child, so he grew distant and later became a senator. This is when Eve became religious, because her priest was the only one who would listen. Eve returned several times to try and rescue her brother, but could not fight Incubus. The last encounter damaged her powers, so it hurt to become a living shadow. To rebel against her father, she moved closer to him in Washington, D.C. and became a notorious party girl. Eve needed more experience to fight Incubus, so she approached King Faraday at the CBI. 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. Amanda Waller learned of Nightshade and 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 begins working undercover for the Suicide Squad. Her first mission is infiltrating the terrorist group Jihad in Qurac by posing as a villain named Chimera. The Jihad massacres an airport of civilians in their first demonstration, and Nightshade is horrified at being an accessory to this crime. This leads her to angrily slap Rick Flag for not warning her. Nightshade uses her teleportation powers to distribute Suicide Squad members in the Jotunheim fortress, allowing them to destroy the Jihad. When Belle Reve is attacked by the Female Furies of Apokolips, Nightshade tries to fight Bernadeth and is easily defeated. Nightshade extracts the team after they discredit the racist vigilante William Hell at a white power rally. The Suicide Squad go undercover in Moscow to rescue imprisoned author Zoya Trigorin, and Nightshade is their transportation. They are discovered by the Russian army, and her powers are stretched to the limit avoiding capture. Nemesis reveals that he has feelings for her, but Nightshade says she has feelings for Rick Flag. Her exhaustion leaves them unable to escape, and they have to make a daring helicopter extraction.
Nightshade becomes field leader when they are sent to enchanttake down drug czar Xavier Cujo in Colombia. The team is discovered, and Nightshade has to fight through a jungle of communist guerillas. Nightshade takes Enchantress to destroy Cujo's drug stockpile, and Enchantress turns on her. The two women have a brutal fistfight, but Nightshade puts Enchantress in a chokehold and forces her to submit. Nightshade works with Flag to disobey Waller, and they launch an unauthorized rescue mission to get Nemesis out of Moscow. They battle Justice League International and Nightshade pretends to fight Captain Atom, who she has recently begun dating. They tickle each other instead, and it is cute.
Eve stayed with the Squad up until the end, she then went back to work for Sarge Steel at the CBI.
Nightshade made several appearances alongside Superboy and the Ravers and was also part of the L.A.W.. During the Superman/Batman story arc "Public Enemies", she was under control for a brief time by Gorilla Grodd, trying to capture Superman for a $1 billion ransom.
Nightshade has since then re-emerged as a member of the Shadowpact in the Day of Vengeance. She has been paired with Detective Chimp, resulting in some good-natured bickering. During the Infinite Crisis crossover she joined a legion of magic-based characters battling against the Seven Deadly Sins. However, she was captured by Felix Faust and eventually used by Alexander Luthor to bring back Earth-Two.
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 has served with the Shadowpact battling a host of magical villains. It was revealed that it requires 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 the 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.
- 156 Appearances of Eve Eden (New Earth)
- 54 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 #4
- ↑ Suicide Squad #5
- ↑ Suicide Squad #6
- ↑ Suicide Squad #7
- ↑ Suicide Squad #11
- ↑ Suicide Squad #12
- ↑ Justice League International #13
- ↑ Suicide Squad #13
- ↑ Reign in Hell #2
- ↑ Reign in Hell #5
- ↑ Reign in Hell #8
- ↑ Reign in Hell #1
- ↑ Secret Six (Volume 3) #17
Suicide Squad member
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