Simon Dark

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Simon Dark
Simon Dark
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Simon Dark #1 (October, 2007)[1]
Created by Steve Niles
Scott Hampton
In-story information
Abilities Impervious to Bullets and Amputation, Super-strength,[2] Intelligence, Arcane knowledge

Simon Dark is a fictional comic book character in the DC Comics universe, with an ongoing eponymous series beginning in October 2007 and ending in 2009.

While ostensibly set in the same city as Batman the comic focused exclusively on Simon Dark and his narrative with no cross-overs and only a few casual comments to indicate they were active in the same city.

His name is also the name of a nursery rhyme[3] in Gotham City, the city in which he lives.[4]

Fictional character biography[edit]

When he initially appears, Simon Dark has amnesia. He exhibits some super-human abilities such as enhanced speed and agility, as well as extraordinary strength. He acts as a protector of a neighborhood called "the Village" in Gotham City; for its part the neighborhood is happy for their odd protector's presence.

As the comic progresses it is revealed that Simon Dark was created from the bodies of 20 boys by a desperate medical genius who turned to a dark cult for assistance. Simon, and several other characters in the comic, were created using science and magic but only Simon was created with a purpose; to stop the dark cult that created him.

Eventually Simon transforms from a scared and confused creature with a childlike mentality into a powerful and confident supernatural being with a laundry list of vaguely defined occult superpowers, many of which are only used once. He is resistant to damage (bullets hurt but don't seem to seriously impair him), extremely strong, can read minds, pasts and futures by touching people and can change his appearance (or at least his face) to hide his scarred face. He can cast magical rituals that allow him to see far away places and the future, and transport himself and other people to other dimensions. Once, he uses a magical rock like a floating high speed weapon, slamming through enemies like a bullet under his mental direction. He also has three shapechanging servants he calls his 'familiars', who he liberates from the evil cult; they are physically very powerful.

Apparently, he can also bring dead people back to life by sacrificing some of the 20 souls that constitute him.

He also becomes the magical overseer of Gotham (confusingly called The Mayor), who controls the flow of supernatural creatures into the city.[5]

Nursery rhyme[edit]

The children around the area that Simon Dark lives frequently sing an urban nursery rhyme about the character. The rhyme, or as much of it as has been revealed thus far, is as follows:

Lurks in Shadows. Hides in the park.
Simon. Simon. Simon Dark.

If you're good he'll stay away.
If you're bad he'll make you pay.

Lurks in Shadows. Hides in the park.
Simon. Simon. Simon Dark.

Collected editions[edit]

The series was collected into trade paperbacks:

References[edit]

  1. ^ DC Comics profile for issue #1
  2. ^ Steve Niles (w), Scott Hampton (a). "What Simon Does" Simon Dark 1: 3-9 (December, 2007), DC Comics
  3. ^ Steve Niles (w), Scott Hampton (a). "What Simon Does" Simon Dark 1: 12/5-6 (December, 2007), DC Comics
  4. ^ "Comics - October '07". DC Comics. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  5. ^ Simon Dark #12
  6. ^ What Simon Does details at DC
  7. ^ Ashes details at DC
  8. ^ The Game of Life details at DC

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