Real Name: Tom Wyatt
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Shadowflame is a great hand to hand combatant. He has amazing strength allowing him to lift well over 80 tons. He is powered by a force called “The sacred flame of Isht” and it gives him the power of limited telekinesis and force bolts. He can also control the black flame that gives him his power. To a certain extent he can control regular flame.
Psionic energy has been known to ramp up his powers. Once in a battle with Anarchy, a telekinetic, telepathic, emption controlling villain, Shadowflame noticed that his power was raising at a tremendous rate and he had to release the extra power.
Shadowflame is vulnerable to electrical power attacks.
Shadowflame is a tortured hero type. He is noble with serious character flaws. He is suicidal and to a certain extent doesn’t care too much about his own life but he does care about the lives of others.
Shadowflame was created out of necessity to protect Earth from Maldestrak, a planet destroying despot from the planet Zakraan. Zakraan was destroyed hundreds of years ago and the 2 remaining holy men, Granolynd and Treetanne, came to Earth.
In this time they thought Maldestrak destroyed but sometime in the 16th century they sensed him coming back within range of them. The Zakraani Holy men started a search for the perfect genetic and noble warrior family that they could bestow the “Gift of Power” and make a human a Holyman to defeat Malderak in the event he set his sites on earth. There have been a few false alarms but no need to talk about that now.
This time Granolynd and Treetanne knew for a fact it was Maldestrak on his way to Earth so they needed to set their plan in motion. There was one problem. The only ancestor still living from the noble line was Tom Wyatt. A suicidal, widower, out of work police officer who was at the end of his rope a month after his wife was shot and killed.
Tom was a NYC policeman who was very ambitious and would work the normal 16-20 hour days trying to get ahead and be a good cop. He was investigating matters the average cop wouldn't dare touch and came under the notice of Don Tony Baltinetti, the crime boss who controls all of Manhattan and other venues as we learn later. They put a contract out on Tom Wyatt and visited his home late one night to find he wasn't home. They found Tom's wife instead. There was a scuffle and Janice was killed. Tom was distraught and took a leave of absence from the force.
In the first issue of Shadowflame we see Tom Wyatt at the end of his rope a month after the murder. He attempted to end his own life and instead he found himself transported to a ship orbiting the Earth. The aliens aboard explained that he could not kill himself for he was the last of a chosen line; a family line which possessed the perfect genetic imprint to receive the 'gift of power' and become a third holy man of lsht. After hearing the story of Zakraan and his family, Tom reluctantly agreed to take the power. In a painful ceremony he was endowed with powers that set him apart from other men. He was now a superman, capable of vast feats of strength, flight, telekinetic force bolts and all the rewards of being a holy man. This gave him not only great powers, but a reason to live.
First Appearance: Shadowflame (1996) #1
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Curse of the Cortes Stone (2012)
#1 War of the Independents (2011)
- 'A Gathering Storm'#2.5
- 'If I Had a Hammer'
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