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The Masters of Disaster are a team of fictional supervillains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. They are presented as a group of mercenaries who prefer to work for money. They are shown as meta-humans with superhuman abilities. Each group member controls a superhuman ability related in some way to a force of nature: earth, wind, fire, and water.

Masters of Disaster
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman and the Outsiders #9 April (1984)
Created byMike Barr
Jim Aparo
In-story information
New Wave


Fictional historyEdit

The Masters are portrayed as enemies of Batman's Outsiders, Infinity Inc., and the Justice Society. Their powers are based on the elemental forces of nature.

One of the Outsiders' earliest defeats is neutralized with the emergence of Looker. Looker defeats the Masters and frees the others.[1]

The Masters are hired by Maxwell Tremaine[2] to kidnap Sapphire Stagg. The Outsiders thwart this plot.[3]

They assist Baron Bedlam and his Soviet-backed invasion of the country of Markovia which results in many soldiers dying during the invasion. The Outsiders attack an enemy camp and encounter the Masters. Learning from a previous encounter, the team defeats the Outsiders.[4]

Windfall develops sympathetic feelings for the Outsiders and works behind the scenes to keep them alive. Windfall's defection leads to the Masters capturing and cloning her.[5]

The Masters send Windfall's clone to infiltrate the team. Batman uncovers the ruse. The Windfall clone is then killed during battle while the real Windfall sides with the Outsiders.[6]

New Wave, Shakedown, Coldsnap, and Heatstroke are inmates at a prison nicknamed the Slab. When Geo-Force is wrongfully arrested the Masters are inspired to plan a jailbreak. The Masters of Disaster and Geo-Force successfully escape from the Slab.[7]

Windfall's sister, New Wave, does not like this, and when Shakedown wants the team to work in peace, New Wave kills Shakedown, causing Windfall to leave the team.[8]

The Masters later gain Dust Devil and Mudslide as members, when they go to steal something and end up fighting the Outsiders. The Outsiders disagree on tactics, the Masters get away.[9]

In 2011, "The New 52" rebooted the DC Universe. During the "Forever Evil" storyline, Coldsnap and Shakedown are transferred to another prison with Deadshot. Heatstroke and New Wave later attack the prison transport in order to free them, only to be intercepted by jet-pack wearing S.W.A.T. officers.[10]

Coldsnap and Heatstroke later appear as members of the Suicide Squad when it comes to them assisting Katana in fighting the Kobra organization.[11]


  • New Wave – Becky Jones is the group leader. She can become living water. She is the older sister of Windfall and is possibly insane.
  • Shakedown – He is almost invulnerable and can generate powerful vibratory blasts. He tries to keep peace in the group.
  • Coldsnap – Darryl is able to generate extreme cold. He is in love with Heatstroke, but cannot touch her due to his powers. He joined the group to get money needed to cure his condition.
  • Heatstroke – Joanne is able to generate extreme heat. She is in love with Coldsnap. Joanne also joined the group in order to get money needed to cure her condition.
  • Windfall – Wendy Jones has air manipulation abilities. She has sympathetic feelings for Halo, which causes tension. She later leaves the Masters to join the Outsiders. She resurfaces as a member of Strike Force Kobra and later appears as a member of the Suicide Squad where she is killed by Chemo during a mission.
  • Dust Devil – Not much is known about Dust Devil. She can fly and has air manipulation abilities.
  • Mudslide – Not much is known about Mudslide. He can cause earthquakes and can liquefy objects by heating them with his hands.

Other mediaEdit

The Masters of Disaster appear in DC Nation Shorts: Thunder and Lightning episode "Lightning Under the Weather."

Black LightningEdit

The Masters of Disaster appear in Black Lightning starring Brooke Ence (New Wave), Hosea Chanchez (Shakedown), Esteban Cueto (Heat stroke), and Derrick Lewis (Coldsnap). While New Wave and Coldsnap retain their true identities, Shakedown's name is Marcus Bishop and Heatstroke is a man named Joe. After Tobias Whale has his resident techie, Todd Green, crack the codes in an A.S.A. briefcase, they find that the organization was developing metahumans for "Project Masters of Disaster".

Later in the season, it is revealed that the project involved turning violent inmates into a metahuman attack squad before they were put into stasis pods for twenty-five years. The pods were then taken by Tobias so that he could utilize them for his purposes. The first member to appear is Shakedown in the episode "Book of Secrets: Chapter Three: Pillar of Fire" when Tobias awakens him to assist him in building a metahuman army by helping his assistant, Giselle Cutter, steal more pods. In the episode "The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter One: The Alpha," Tobias, Dr. Helga Jace, and Cutter release Heatstroke, Coldsnap, and New Wave from their pods. After Cutter severely wounds Shakedown for disobeying Tobias, he states that they will start their metahuman arms race by promoting Heatstroke's attack on the Dark Web.

Heatstroke goes on the attack. Black Lightning and Thunder fight Heatstroke until Tobias reluctantly takes Jace's advice to have Heatstroke retreat. Cutter later informs Tobias of an attack by former minion Lala, causing the Masters to retreat to the rendezvous. In the episode "The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega," Coldsnap freezes a generator at the Freeland Power Plant while the 100 incite riots. While Peter Gambi and Lightning work to thaw the generator, Black Lightning and Thunder fight the Masters of Disaster. Heat stroke is shot by Lala while the others are defeated by Black Lightning and Thunder. the closest analog to Windfall is Wendy Hernandez (Madison Bailey), a young girl who was exposed to the drug "Green Light" 30 years before the series and placed into a stasis pod alongside dozens of other kids. She is freed 30 years later, develops aerokinetic powers, and is currently in the A.S.A.'s care.


  1. ^ Adventures of the Outsiders #34 (June 1986). DC Comics.
  2. ^ "Maxwell Tremaine (New Earth)". DC Database. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ Batman and the Outsiders Annual #2. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Batman and the Outsiders #32. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Outsiders #14. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Outsiders #19. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Outsiders Vol. 2 #9. DC Comics.
  8. ^ JSA #31. DC Comics.
  9. ^ Outsiders Vol. 4 #27-28. DC Comics.
  10. ^ Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #30. DC Comics.
  11. ^ Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #2. DC Comics.

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