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Hath-Set is a DC Comics supervillain created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville. The character is the archenemy of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

Hath-Set
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceFlash Comics #1
(January 1940)
Created byGardner Fox
Dennis Neville
In-story information
Notable aliasesDoctor Anton Hastor, Hector Hall, Helene Astar, Matilda Dunney Roderic, Kristopher Roderic, Vandal Savage[1]
AbilitiesContinuous cycle of reincarnation; possesses his descendants

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Publication historyEdit

Hath-Set first appeared in Flash Comics #1 and was created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville.

Fictional character biographyEdit

Hath-Set, a cruel Egyptian priest, first appeared in Flash Comics (issue #1, January 1940). He leads a rebellion and captures and murders Prince Khufu and Priestess Chay-Ara. He kills them with a cursed dagger which has been forged from Nth Metal. This results in a cycle where all three are reincarnated together. In many different incarnations over the centuries, Hath-Set murders the Prince and Priestess.

Doctor HastorEdit

In the World War II era, Hath-Set is reincarnated as the evil Doctor Anton Hastor. Hawkman (the Prince) and Hawkgirl (the Priestess) are reunited while facing Hastor. Hastor (Hath-Set) is Hawkman's first foe. In 1941, Hastor kidnaps some prominent scientists. He pools their talents and knowledge to build a flying mechanical eye airship, with weaponry capable of leveling whole cities. His plans for world conquest are foiled by Hawkman and the All-Star Squadron. However, Hastor kidnaps Hawkgirl and then is killed by Hawkman with a crossbow.

Infinity Inc.Edit

Infinity Inc is a story line set in the 1980s. Using a curse, Hath-Set takes over an Infinitor called Hector Hall, aka the Silver Scarab. Hall is the son of the Prince and Princess (who are now called Carter Hall and Shiera Hall). With Hector Hall under his control, Hath-Set attacks the team. The team defeat Hath-Set but Hector Hall dies. However, he is subsequently resurrected in the guise of Sandman in the Dream Dimension, taking over from the previous user of that name, Garrett Sanford.

Helene AstarEdit

In his most recent incarnation, Hath-Set is a spirit who can take control of the minds and bodies of his own descendants. The Hawks travel to the Himalayas to search for Speed Saunders. Hath-Set has taken over a woman called "Helene Astar". In attempting to kill the Hawks, Astar dies. The Hawks believe that Astar was a reincarnation of Hath-Set and that Hath-Set has been permanently killed. Hath-Set goes on to make a plot with the villainous businessman Kristopher Roderic to kill Hawkman.[2]

Alliance with KheaEdit

In the Brightest Day storyline, Hath-Set is living in the jungles of Peru.[3] He is allied with "Queen Shrike" the ruler of "Hawkworld", who is Hawkgirl's mother, Khea. Hath-Set and Khea were lovers in ancient Egypt. They created their own immortality using the blood of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, together with the Nth dagger. Hath-Set has collected the remains of all of Hawkman and Hawkgirl's past bodies. He has used them to build a mystical gateway.[4] Hawkman and Hawkgirl follow Hath-Set through this gateway to Hawkworld. Hawkgirl is captured by Hath-Set and Khea. The Entity (White Lantern Corps) tells Hawkgirl she must prevent Hath-Set from killing Hawkman.[5] Hath-Set ties Hawkgirl to the mystical gateway. Following Khea's orders, Hath-Set strikes Hawkgirl in order to lure Hawkman. Hawkman arrives and distracts Hath-Set. Hawkgirl then uses her legs to kill Hath-Set by snapping the evil priest's neck.[6]

In other mediaEdit

  • Hath-Set appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Ancient History", voiced by Héctor Elizondo. In this interpretation, he is a loyal subject of the Hawks. When Hawkman (called Katar Hol) sees Hawkgirl (Chay-Ara) kissing Bashari, his most trusted top military general, he says "I wish they were dead". Hath-Set takes this as an order and poisons Bashari and Hawkgirl. When Hawkman discovers what Hath-Set has done, he orders Hath-Set to get out. Then, consumed with grief, Hawkman kills himself by drinking poisoned wine.
  • In the Arrowverse, Hath-Set is the original name used by Vandal Savage, portrayed by Casper Crump. He was an ancient Egyptian priest in the service of Ramses II who became ambitious and desired power for himself. He was also in love with the priestess Chay-Ara, but she only had eyes for Prince Khufu, and when Hath-Set learned of this, he was consumed with a jealous rage. After Hath-Set attempted to murder the lovers, all three of them were exposed to a mutative element during a meteor shower, which was actually a product of futuristic technology from the planet Thanagar; as a result, Chay-Ara and Khufu were reincarnated each time they died, and Hath-Set developed the power of immortality, which he would need to maintain by killing both the priestess and prince in each lifetime they lived. At some point, Hath-Set assumed the name "Vandal Savage" and began his lifelong quest to kill each of his enemies' incarnations in each lifetime, managing to do so 206 times over the next 4000 years to maintain his own immortality. Savage became more ambitious and sought not to only rule Egypt, but the entire world, and over the course of time gradually began to manipulate world leaders into starting wars to prime the world for his own eventual rule. Savage succeeds in conquering the world by 2166, which leads to Time Master Rip Hunter assembling a team to stop his reign of terror before it begins. When Savage attempts to reset the timeline, he temporarily renders himself mortal and is killed by Hunter and his team.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Simonson, Walt (w), Chaykin, Howard (p), Chaykin, Howard (i). "We Who Are About to Die..." Hawkgirl 56 (November 2006), New York, NY: DC Comics
  2. ^ Simonson, Walt (w), Chaykin, HowardJoe Bennett, Renato Arlem et al (p), Chaykin, Howard, Joe Bennett, Renato Arlem et al (i). Hawkgirl 50–66 (May 2006–September 2007), New York, NY: DC Comics
  3. ^ Johns, Geoff, Peter Tomasi (w), Reis, IvanPatrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf et al (p), Cifuentes, Vicente, Mark Irwin, Oclair Albert et al (i). "Second Chances" Brightest Day 1 (July 2010), New York, NY: DC Comics
  4. ^ Johns, Geoff, Peter Tomasi (w), Reis, IvanPatrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf et al (p), Cifuentes, Vicente, David Beaty, Mark Irwin (i). "Revelations" Brightest Day 3 (August 2010), New York, NY: DC Comics
  5. ^ Johns, Geoff, Peter Tomasi (w), Reis, IvanScott Clark, Joe Prado (p), Cifuentes, Vicente, David Beaty, Mark Irwin et al (i). "The Secret of Life, Part One" Brightest Day 7 (October 2010), New York, NY: DC Comics
  6. ^ Johns, Geoff, Peter Tomasi (w), Reis, IvanArdian Syaf, Joe Prado (p), Cifuentes, Vicente (i). "Under a Blood Red Sky" Brightest Day 13 (January 2011), New York, NY: DC Comics
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