|First appearance||Detective Comics #743 (April 2000)|
|Created by||Greg Rucka|
|Alter ego||Kyle Abbot|
League of Assassins
|Abilities||Immortality, shapeshifting into a wolf form, lycanthropy, superhuman strength and stamina.|
Kyle Abbot is a fictional villain in DC Comics.
Fictional character biography
Formerly an agent for the late Ra's al Ghul, Kyle is the bodyguard of Whisper A'Daire, empowered by his mistress with the same serum that gave her immortality and shapeshifting abilities. In Kyle's case, the serum turned him into an ageless werewolf, second in command of a small army of similarly empowered henchmen. Able to inflict fatal wounds with ease, Kyle is a useful partner for Whisper. After having disfigured and half-blinded him with acid spit for having displeased her, Whisper searched him out again. Kyle returned to work alongside Whisper, and was again injected with the serum to restore his youth but not his eye. Whisper tends to lash out at Kyle for any perceived failures, but the two remain partners. His loyalty and eagerness to follow every order issued by his mistress, even the most gruesome, is total and absolute.
Kyle resurfaces in 52 week 11, with his role as bodyguard formalized, due to Whisper being known as a manager for HSC International Banking, a company connected with Intergang. He took Whisper's side in the HSC Headquarters when the Question and Renee Montoya confronted them. Whisper fled, leaving to Kyle and a small group of shapeshifters the task of killing the pair. Kyle also left, shortly before the arrival of Batwoman, leaving the battle to the other henchmen. Some weeks later, when the Question and Renee fled to Kahndaq searching for clues about Intergang, Kyle was able to track them, and frame the pair for the slaughter in an Intergang facility, disappearing again.
After returning to Gotham, he expresses increasing concerns about Bruno Mannheim increasing in madness, only to gain the enmity of his former contractors. Splitting again with Whisper, he helps Renee Montoya find Batwoman, who has been kidnapped and offered as a sacrifice so Intergang can fulfill a prophecy from the Crime Bible. Abbot goes on to help Nightwing disable devices intended to drown Gotham City in fire.
Powers and abilities
A tall and muscular bodyguard, trained in hand-to-hand and weapon combat.
Thanks to Ra's al Ghul's serum (which needs to be taken on a regular basis), Kyle is immortal and able to shapeshift. Appearing to be only in his thirties, he is at least sixty years old. After the events of Infinite Crisis, he has increased in bulk and his eyesight has been restored. His shapeshifting abilities allow him to transform between his basic human form, a wolf form, and an intermediate bipedal form (which resembles a werewolf) in which he's described as a "large, furry brick".
After Ra's al Ghul death, it is uncertain how and where Kyle obtains the serum that grants his powers.
In other media
- Kyle Abbot appears in DC Universe Online voiced by Brian Talbot. In the hero and villain campaigns, the players encounter Kyle Abbot and Whisper A'Daire in an Intergang Warehouse after Batwoman gets captured.
- Detective Comics #743
- 52 #48