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Josie Mac had a promising career ahead of her, until she responded to a call and discovered the mayor's wife in bed with an exotic dancer.
Four days after the incident, her mistake of embarrasing the mayor's wife got her moved to the Missing Persons department at the precint. Josie made the best out of her transfer because unknown to her colleagues, she possessed minor psychic powers, which allowed her to find things and people which are lost through picking up "messages" from inanimate objects.
Josie's first case in Missing Persons got her partnered up with Oscar Castro. The grandson of mob boss Anthony Antonelli was declared missing. The attackers of his grandson had shot at policemen who had responded to the struggle before the boy was kidnapped. Josie went to her apartment to review the case and discovered Batman was waiting for her. Batman tells her that he is aware of her abilities and warns her to stay away from this case. Josie ignored his warning and it got her father killed. Batman offered his condolences and agrees to help Josie to find Antonelli's grandson while in the same time bringing her father's murderer to justice. She and Batman learn that Two-Face was responsible for the kidnapping because he hated Antonelli for double crossing him on a deal that went bad months ago. They apprehend Two-Face while rescuing Antonelli's grandson. During interrogation, Two-Face professed that he had nothing to do with the murder of Josie's father; Batman belivwd him but Josie didn't. Josie later discovered that Antonelli's family lawyer David Montassano engineered events to gain control over the Antonelli mob. Montassano was responsible for the deal going bad between Two-Face and Antonelli and also for murder of Josie's father. He figured the death of her father would intimidate and deter her from pursuing the Antonelli case any further. After his arrest, Josie's partner Oscar Castro retired soon after Commissioner Michael Atkins transferred Josie to the Major Crimes Unit. After filling in for Renee Montoya for a time, Josie was partnered with Marcus Driver on the second shift.
Josie Mac appears in Gotham, portrayed by Paulina Singer. Appearing in "Rise of the Villains: Strike Force", she is recruited by Captain Nathaniel Barnes, along with other cadets Luke Garrett, Sal Martinez and Carl Pinkney to create an elite unit "Strike Force". Josie is involved in the case of attacking the candidates for mayor's seat in Gotham after Aubrey James went missing. When the hitman Victor Zsasz (sent by Cobblepot) tries to kill the candidate Randall Hobbs, the Strike Force manages to rescue him. Victor shoots Josie, but she survives due to her bulletproof vest. She later participates in the case of arsons committed by Pike family, in "Scarification" and "By Fire". One of her colleagues, Luke Garrett, is killed by Bridgit Pike. After this case, she is the only surviving member of Strike Force since all other members of the unit were killed in other cases. Although she doesn't appear further in the show, it is possible that she still serves in Strike Force within GCPD.
|First appearance||Batman #242 (June 1972)|
|Created by||Dennis O'Neil, Irv Novick, Dick Giordano|
Matches Malone was originally a Gotham gang boss who Batman attempted to recruit to help him take down Ra's al Ghul. When he was accidentally killed by a ricocheting bullet that was meant for Batman, Batman began to impersonate him to use his underworld contacts and to fool Ra's.
Post-Crisis, he was a relatively small-time arsonist with his brother Carver and who came to Gotham City early on in Batman's career, attracting Batman's attention when Carver was apparently murdered. Although Matches was the prime suspect, there was no concrete evidence to make the charges stick and Matches was released, only for Batman to subsequently find what appeared to be Matches' dead body in another fire, apparently a suicide. Batman never reported his death; at the time, he had been attempting to establish a criminal alias for himself to help him gather information, but the exclusive nature of the criminal sects meant that no one would recruit someone that they had not heard of, prompting him to adopt Matches' identity and use it for his own.
Years later, Batman learned the truth about what had happened. Carver's death had actually been a suicide prompted by his guilt over a fire that he and Matches had started that resulted in the death of a homeless man resting in the building they had torched, with Matches making the body look like a murder victim because he was ashamed of his brother's suicide. Subsequently, deciding to escape Batman stalking him for the crime, Matches used the body of their earlier victim to fake his own death, with Batman being so eager to establish his criminal alias that he never took the time to definitively confirm the body's identity. After operating underground for years by committing low-end robberies, Matches returned to Gotham after hearing reports of 'his' activities, only to be shot by Scarface for 'his' recent betrayal, surviving long enough to simply confess his role in events to Batman and Nightwing before dying, with his last request being that Batman bury him next to his brother Carver.
Having destroyed Scarface in 'revenge' for Matches' death, Batman commented to Nightwing later on that he continued using the Matches identity because, in the years he had spent playing Matches, he had come to recognize that Matches was not an evil man, but had done some bad things that he never had the chance to make up for, regarding his use of Matches' name as a chance to give Matches some absolution.
The "Matches Malone" identity indirectly caused the events of Batman: War Games; after she was fired as Robin, Stephanie Brown attempted to implement an old plan of Batman's that would allow him to take control of the city's criminal organisations, hoping that this would impress Batman enough to convince him to take her back. Unfortunately, she was unaware that Batman's agent who was meant to take control of the meeting, Matches Malone, was actually Batman himself, resulting in tensions between the crime families flaring up and most of them being killed in the subsequent stand-off, leading into the subsequent gang wars and Stephanie's own apparent death.
In The Batman Adventures comic book series, Batman uses the Matches Malone guise against the False Face Society and a backstory reveals Malone was a low-level enforcer for Rupert Thorne who agreed to become a snitch for Batman and Commissioner Gordon against Thorne. But when Malone began skimming cash from Thorne, he was shot to death by "two Chicago triggers" who go by the monikers Dapper (for always dressing well) and Cricket (for his short wiry build). Upon finding the dying Malone and being told that his killers went to a well-known Chinese restaurant, Batman removed his glasses—and was shocked by what Malone looked like. Batman took Malone's guise, defeated the two hitmen and sent them to prison, and has used the guise ever since.
Matches Malone in other mediaEdit
- In the aborted Tom Mankiewicz script The Batman, the character is named Jimmy Malone, being a simple criminal accomplice to the Joker.
- In Batman: The Animated Series, Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) uses the alias Matches Malone to infiltrate Two-Face's gang in the two-part episode "Shadow of the Bat".
- The character, renamed Matthew "Matches" Malone, is used in Batman: The Brave and the Bold as an alias by Batman (voiced by Diedrich Bader). In the episode "Chill of the Night!", Batman uses the name variation during a trip to the past with the Phantom Stranger to see Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne years before their deaths and unaware that Malone is their grown son. In the episode "The Mask of Matches Malone!", Batman gets amnesia while in his Matches Malone persona and believes himself to actually be a gangster.
- The character appears again, this time renamed Patrick "Matches" Malone, in the live-action Gotham TV series, portrayed by Danny Schoch in his first masked appearance and by Michael Bowen in the second appearance. This version is a philosophical hitman-for-hire who is one of Gotham City's deadliest murderers and was an old partner of Mutants leader Terence "Cupcake" Shaw. He is the masked man in shiny shoes who killed Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne in front of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (who was watching from the highest part of the fire escape), taking Joe Chill's place in the comics and most adaptations. This has led Detective James Gordon into finding him in order to bring to justice. Silver St. Cloud revealed the killer's identity to be Patrick. When Bruce finally confronts Patrick, Patrick stated that he was tired of doing bad things, while barely recalling if he killed Bruce's parents and Bruce decides not to kill Patrick. Using the gun that Bruce left behind, Patrick committed suicide by the time Gordon caught up with Bruce. Gordon and Harvey Bullock were left wondering who could have hired Malone to kill Thomas and Martha (which was eventually revealed to be Hugo Strange).
|First appearance||Pamela: Action Comics #775 (March 2001)|
Sonja: JLA #100 (August 2004)
|Created by||Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke|
|Team affiliations||Justice League|
|Abilities||Controls symbiotic alien parasites|
Menagerie is a name shared by two anti-heroines in the DC Universe, both members of the Elite. The two are Puerto Rican sisters who are linked with a symbiotic alien weapon crèche called symbeasts.
Pamela first appears in Action Comics #775 (March 2001). While the origins of her powers are unclear in Action Comics #775, Manchester Black states that the rogue Men in Black (from the Department of Extranormal Operations) once picked up the dregs of society, turning them into weapons and selling them off to the highest alien bidder. Black recruits Pam to be a member of the Elite. This group takes it upon themselves to "free the Earth of scum". They come into conflict with Superman during their first mission and Superman disables them following a showdown on Jupiter's moon, Io. The Elite are delivered into custody, but soon released by President Lex Luthor. During an assassination attempt on Luthor, Menagerie reveals to Superman that the Elite are acting against their wills. For her betrayal, Black induces a stroke in her, putting her in a permanent vegetative state.
Sonja first appears in JLA #100 (August 2004). Upon Black's apparent death, his sister, Vera Black, takes it upon herself to clear the family name and reassembles the Elite as a force for good. As Sister Superior she convinces Pamela's sister, Sonja, to assume control of the alien cache as the second Menagerie. Vera then approaches the JLA with a proposition to form a sort of black ops JLA team: Justice League Elite. Sonja's hatred of Manchester Black becomes a hatred of the Elite. Sonja sees this as her opportunity to kill Vera's dream, so she plays along and joins the team. In their first mission, Menagerie secretly coaxes Coldcast into killing the foreign terrorist dictator, Hi-Shan Bhat. Menagerie lays low during the fallout and puts effort into her personal relationship with Coldcast. The two become lovers and are drawn together by their shared affection for Pamela. Then, while most of the Elite goes underground, Vera is finally fully overtaken by the disembodied Manchester Black.
While Black threatens Earth with a Fourth World god, Menagerie goes missing and Coldcast is arrested by the JLA for Bhat's murder. Coldcast confesses to the murder and is taken to the Slab prison. There he is visited by the spirit of the recently departed Manitou Raven, who frees him from Menagerie's control. Coldcast is exonerated and the team tracks Sonja to Costa Rica. She is taken into JLA custody, deprived of the aliens, and begins a gradual separation that they hope will sever her connection to the symbeasts.
Powers and abilities of MenagerieEdit
The symbeasts can be assembled to shift over the host to form various shapes and weapons such as claws, spikes or whips. Most commonly, they form around the body and take the form of wings, enabling Menagerie to fly. She can also instruct them to take other forms, or detach from her body and operate independently. One creature has a bite that can force its victims to tell the truth. According to Vera Black, there is also a creature among the creche that can create bio-electric bursts. Menagerie has acidic blood as well and Sonja often allows herself to get hurt by her opponents as a combat tactic.
Menagerie in other mediaEdit
A variation of the Pamela version of Menagerie appears in her self-titled Supergirl episode, portrayed by Jessica Meraz. In this show, Pamela Ferrer is a jewel thief who got bonded to a snake-like alien, transforming her into Menagerie. After she killed her partner Chuck and some other people, Menagerie was confronted by Supergirl, the Martian Manhunter, Brainiac 5, and Alex Danvers. Their fight attracted the attention of the Children of Liberty. When Menagerie planned to rob the masquerade ball, she encountered Nia Nal and Supergirl and George Lockwood show up. While she did manage to subdue Supergirl, the snake-like alien on Menagerie was killed by George. President Baker made an example out of Menagerie and had her incarcerated. While in her cell, Menagerie received a pleasing letter from Manchester Black. In the episode "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?", Menagerie escapes from prison and forms the Elite alongside Manchester Black, the Hat, and an unnamed Morae. They appear in various locations before they get in military base in Wyoming, where they attempt to reprogram the satellite weapon (used to destroy alien ships) to turn into the White House, but Supergirl and her friends prevent this. In "Stand and Deliver", Supergirl and Nia Mal manage to arrest and take her to DEO.
|First appearance||Legion of Super-Heroes #14 (September 1985)|
|Created by||Paul Levitz and Steve Lightle|
|Abilities||Telepathy and psi invisibity|
|First appearance||Teen Titans (vol. 3) #38 (September 2006)|
|Created by||Geoff Johns and Carlos Ferreira|
|Abilities||Ability to shrink|
Within the context of the stories, Molecule is a teen superhero patterned after the Atom and a member of the Teen Titans during the "one-year gap" between the series Infinite Crisis and the "One Year Later" storyline. He is one of a group of teen heroes attacked by the Terror Titans and put in the arena of the Dark Side Club. While trying to escape, he is severed in two by the Persuader.
Mongal is a fictional supervillain in the DC Universe. She made her first unnamed appearance in Showcase '95 #8 (September 1995); her first appearance as Mongal was in Superman (vol. 2) #170 (July 2001).
Mongal is the sister of Mongul II (who is the son of Mongul I), introduced by her brother to Superman in Superman #170. When Krypto the Superdog nearly killed Mongul II, Mongal escaped and reappeared to destroy New York City. After Maxima's death in the Our Worlds at War miniseries, Mongal was chosen as the ruler of Maxima's homeworld of Almerac and was established as a galactic threat to Superman.
After a squabble with her brother in Green Lantern (vol. 4) #8 (March 2006), Mongul II killed her with a punch, stating family to be a weakness.
Her desiccated body appears in Green Lantern Corps #20 as the target to Mongul II's ramblings. Mongul II, newly imbued with a Sinestro Corps ring, taunts her skull by saying he would be the one to carry on their father's legacy and then drops it from the sky.
Mongal possesses superhuman strength and stamina.
Mongal in other mediaEdit
- Mongal appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated television series episode "Duel of the Double-Crossers!", voiced by Gary Anthony Williams. This version is the sister of Mongul and is shown to be very competitive towards him.
- Mongal appears in the animated web series DC Super Hero Girls.
- Mongal appears in the animated special DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, voiced by Julianne Grossman. She represents the Korugar Academy as a participant in the eponymous games.
- Mongal appeared in the live-action DC Extended Universe film The Suicide Squad, portrayed by Mayling Ng. She joins the eponymous team on a mission in Corto Maltese. During a skirmish, she takes down a local military helicopter and dies in its fiery wreckage along with her teammate Captain Boomerang.
Juan Montez is a character in DC Comics.
Juan Montez is a former professional boxer who went by the nickname "Mauler" and is a former sparring partner of Ted Grant. With Maria Montez, he became the father of Yolanda. At the time when Ted Grant was thought to be lost in Limbo forever, Nuklon gave Juan Ted's champion belt to remember him by.
Juan Montez in other mediaEdit
Juan Montez appears in Stargirl, portrayed by Wilmer Calderon. This version is devoted to the Catholic religion. In flashbacks seen in the episode "Wildcat", he and Maria supported Yolanda during her school presidential campaign against Cindy Burman. When Cindy leaked a risque photo of Yolanda, this strained her relationship with her parents who grounded her until further notice, made her go upstairs to her room after school, discontinued taking her to church, and never came near Blue Valley High School. When Yolanda comes in from outside after her first outing as Wildcat II, he and Maria scold her for being outside her room. When Alex asks why they have to keep yelling at her, Juan tells Alex to be quiet. Yolanda tries to get her parents to forgive her and have the family go back to how they originally were before the incident. After Maria states that they can't go back to it as Yolanda disgraced her family and herself which they believed, Juan orders Yolanda to go to her room.
Maria Montez is a character in DC Comics.
Maria Montez is the wife of Juan Montez and an old friend of Ted Grant. When Maria and her unnamed sister were pregnant, they were experimented upon by the evil Doctor Love. The side effects of the experiments gave her daughter Yolanda abilities and she supported her campaign as the second Wildcat to the point where she used her sewing skills to patch up her costume if it gets damaged.
Maria Montez in other mediaEdit
Maria Montez appears in Stargirl, portrayed by Kikey Castillo. This version is devoted to Catholic religion and is a housewife. In flashbacks seen in the episode "Wildcat", she and Juan supported Yolanda during her school presidential campaign against Cindy Burman. When Cindy leaked a risque photo of Yolanda, this strained her relationship with her parents who grounded her until further notice, made her go upstairs to her room after school, discontinued taking her to church, and never came near Blue Valley High School. After Yolanda's first outing as Wildcat II and her parents scolding her for being outside her room, she tries to get her parents to forgive her and have the family go back to how they originally were before the incident. Maria states that they can't go back to it as Yolanda disgraced her family and herself, which they believed, as Juan orders Yolanda to go to her room. This caused Yolanda to take up Stargirl's offer to officially become the second Wildcat.
Sophie "Gimme" Moore is a character in DC Comics.
Sophie Moore was a cadet captain at West Point, where she held the rank of S-3, or Operations Officer. She was also the roommate and girlfriend of Kate Kane, who was herself the Brigade Executive Officer, one rank above Sophie. The two boxed competitively at the academy, with a strong implication that Kate beat Sophie in an academy championship match before their senior year. When Kate resigned from the academy due to DADT allegations, she did not rat out Sophie.
In The New 52 onward, Sophie's history with Kate remains intact. After graduating from West Point, Sophie eventually made the rank of colonel and accepted a teaching position at Gotham Military Academy. She later reunites with Kate by chance at a charity carnival where she learns that Kate is engaged to Maggie Sawyer, and attempts to schedule a friendly dinner with Kate, to no avail.
Sophie Moore in other mediaEdit
Sophie Moore appears in Batwoman, portrayed by Meagan Tandy. Unlike in the comics, Sophie is also accused of homosexual conduct for her relationship with Kate, though she still decides to stay in the military. She later became a high-level agent of Crows Security. The episode "Grinning From Ear to Ear" introduced her mother Diane (portrayed by Jeryl Prescott) who likes Batman, but dislikes Batwoman due to the heroine's status as an out lesbian.
|First appearance||Firestorm #1 (March 1978)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway|
|Abilities||Self-duplication, superhuman strength|
Within the context of the stories, Danton Black is a nuclear physicist who worked as Martin Stein's assistant in the designing of the Hudson Nuclear Facility. Feeling that he is not receiving his due credit, he begins stealing lab equipment. When he is caught by Stein and fired, he publicly accuses Stein of stealing his designs for the power plant. He breaks into the plant to steal blueprints to fabricate evidence on the same night that Stein attempts to bring it on line. Caught in the same explosion that fuses Stein and Ronnie Raymond into Firestorm, he gains the ability to split himself into identical duplicates, though those duplicates are smaller than the original, and get smaller the more he splits.
Multiplex was a member of the Suicide Squad team tasked with capturing Firestorm when the hero attempted to coerce the nations of the Earth to destroy their nuclear weapons. Multiplex ran afoul of the Parasite, a dangerous villain brought along as a last resort, and appeared to be completely eaten by him.
Multiplex returned years later as an unwilling servant of the Thinker. He claimed to be the same villain that Firestorm had faced before, though he had no explanation as to how he was still alive. His powers had changed, as his duplicates were not reduced in size and appeared to be disposable.
In The New 52 reboot, during the Forever Evil storyline, Multiplex appears as a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains. The Crime Syndicate sent Multiplex with Black Bison, the Hyena, Plastique and Typhoon to finish Gorilla Grodd's job. The villains ended up defeated by the Rogues, since one of their targets was the hospital that Captain Cold's sister was recuperating at.
In the 2020 crossover event, Endless Winter, Multiplex appeared as one of several supervillains working for Black Adam to help fight the Frost King. Although not confirmed, it is implied that he dies at the hands of the Frost King.
Multiplex in other mediaEdit
Michael Christopher Smith portrays Danton Black / Multiplex on The Flash live-action television series episode "Fastest Man Alive". This version is a former employee of Stagg Industries who attempted to get revenge on his former employer Simon Stagg for stealing his research in cloning, which led to the death of Black's wife. As a result of being exposed to dark matter after S.T.A.R. Labs's particle accelerator exploded while experimenting on himself, Black gained the ability to create mindless duplicates of himself that he can control mentally. After realizing his powers caused great strain on him, the Flash exploited this by tricking Black into creating hundreds of duplicates and defeating the weakened original. While trying to tackle the Flash, Black ends up defenestrating himself. The speedster attempts to save him, but Black chooses to fall to his death. Cisco Ramon briefly nicknames Black "Captain Clone" before posthumously naming him Multiplex.
|Mysto the Magician Detective|
|First appearance||Detective Comics #203 (January 1954)|
|Created by||George Kashdan (script)|
Leonard Starr (art)
|Alter ego||Richard "Rick" Carter|
Mysto was a regular back-up feature in Detective Comics #203–212 (October 1954). He was dropped when Detective Comics went from 44 pages to 36. Mysto's only Modern Age appearance was in Detective Comics #500 (March 1981), in a special anniversary team-up story featuring Slam Bradley, Roy Raymond, and many other detectives that had once appeared in previous issues.
Fictional character biographyEdit
Rick Carter is a Wildcat flier piloting a small single-engine plane over the Tibetan plains when he spots three bandits chasing a lone old man. In gratitude for Carter saving the old man's life, Carter is taught ancient mysticism as well as tricks of the marketplace. Carter and his manservant Sikhi return to the United States to fight crime, using his skills as a stage magician.
Powers and abilities of MystoEdit
Mysto is a skilled stage illusionist, who uses his powers to confuse criminals. He is also an above-average detective.
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