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Adeline Kane Wilson

Alias: H.I.V.E. Mistress II

Related Links: Deathstroke (Slade Wilson)
William Randolph Wintergreen
Jericho (Joseph Wilson) •  Ravager I (Grant Wilson)
Ravager II (Bill Walsh)Ravager III (Wade DeFarge)
•  The H.I.V.E. IIDamien Darhk

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Reckless Youth

The Kane family wealth was built by the fortunes gathered by M. Josiah Kane, who was born in 1794. Each ancestor  enjoyed the spoils of his wealth, rearing new generations of Kane children in Josiah’s original manor in London, England.

Growing up affluent, Adeline became a playgirl, squandering her almost limitless wealth with the rest of the useless jet set society. At age nineteen, Adeline met the charming Count Tavolara in Monaco.  After a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, the young lovers wed.

Unknown to Adeline, the Count was not a Count at all. His real name was Jacques Morel and he made his money selling drugs and underage girls. He even began selling state secrets concerning a nuclear submarine program, which was something the French authorities would not abide. Jacques Morel and Adeline fled France, as Morel abandoned his various business interests. He then became violent and abusive toward Adeline, which caused her to uncover his true activities. Adeline filed for an annulment and called the police to arrest him. Morel escaped capture when the  Mafia sent him to manage their drug business in the Far East.

At this point, Adeline decided to cast away her undisciplined youth and make something of her life. Her father had taught her everything he learned while working as a liaison for communist guerrilla fighters during World War II. In turn, Adeline served in the U.S. Army as an instructor in a special training program at Camp Washington.

Adeline had a brief relationship with Wade DeFarge, a troubled young man with anger issues. Although the two parted ways, Wade remained bitter over the break-up for years. Unknown to Adeline, Wade was actually the half-brother to Slade Wilson, the man she would marry four years later.

ABOVE: Addie meets Slade… and sparks fly, as related in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44 [1984].
BELOW: Adeline Kane relates the Wilson family history in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44 [1984].

Gunning For Trouble

When Slade Wilson arrived for training at Camp Washington, Adeline was both frightened and fascinated by him. Already decorated as a war hero, Wilson was an army legend before he joined the camp. Despite his background, Adeline took Slade down a few pegs by besting him during a guerilla warfare training session. Beguiled by Adeline’s beauty and brains, Slade soon became her eager new student, as she passed along her fighting techniques. In truth, their mutual interest in one another was more than professional. Sparks ignited immediately between the two, and they quickly fell in love and wed within six months.

As Slade was called into service, Adeline gave birth to a son, Grant. Slade continued on active duty, and volunteered for a medical experiment in resisting truth serums. The experiment had an unforeseen side effect: it gave Slade enhanced strength and heightened reflexes. Shortly after this, Adeline gave birth to a second son, Joseph William Wilson.

Weeks later, Slade launched a rogue rescue mission to rescue his best friend, Major William Randolph Wintergreen. Badly beaten and tortured, Wintergreen awoke to witness his rescuer – a costumed man who easily bested all the soldiers with an unrivaled ferocity. The mystery assailant unmasked himself, revealing himself to Wintergreen as Slade Wilson.

Joseph is tragically maimed, as retold by Adeline

Slade soon was discharged from the army. He took up hunting for awhile, but it failed to quench his thirst for the life he once led. To the world, Slade Wilson became a celebrated hunter. Unknown to even his wife and family, Slade secretly became a mercenary known as Deathstroke, the Terminator. Although Slade was gone for weeks a time, he was a good father. He was closest to Grant, who idolized him. But Slade also loved Joseph, who preferred music over fighting and painting over guns.

One one of his assignments, Slade assassinated a Colonel from the country of Quarac. The president from Quarac sent a terrorist known as the Jackal to find Slade, and find out who hired him to kill the Colonel. To gain leverage, the Jackal kidnapped a young Joseph Wilson.

This forced Slade to admit to his Adeline that he was secretly the mercenary known as Deathstroke, the Terminator. Adeline and Deathstroke together confronted the Jackal in an alleyway in Tangiers. Slade refused to give the Jackal the information he requested, because it would violate his professional code of ethics. Slade gambled he could react fast enough to save his son; He saved Joseph’s life, but not before one of Jackal’s men had begun to slit his throat. Joseph was now mute. Slade always needed to be the best. But now, his own son suffered for his monumental ego.

Addie exacts her revenge, as related in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44 [1984].

Adeline was so furious with her husband that she nearly killed him herself. Due to his quick reflexes, the almost-fatal gunshot claimed his right eye instead. But the emotional damage was irreparable; Adeline divorced Slade and raised their two sons by herself. Grant followed in his father’s footsteps and attended military school. Joseph, however, was quite different from his brother; He was a kind, gentle soul who flourished in the arts. Joseph was both a talented artist and musician. Adeline nurtured this side of Joseph, and he grew up to be a fine young man under Adeline’s care.

Searchers Inc.

Sometime after her divorce from Slade, Adeline established her own organization, Searchers, Inc. – a worldwide information network that passed itself off as a detective agency. As he grew older, Joseph worked closely with his mother, receiving combat and tactical training from her.

Searchers, Inc. provided espionage services for a number of clients. On a mission for the U.S. government, Joseph and his mother separated briefly for reconnaissance. Joseph spotted his mother in danger from an assassin she did not see. Joseph wanted to scream, but couldn’t. The assassin laughed and prepared to fire at Adeline. Joseph intensely stared at him across the room, desperately wanting to stop him. It was at this moment that his mutant power manifested. Joseph felt his bodies separate and enter into the assassin, controlling the man’s motor skills. Adeline deduced that her son’s D.N.A. was mutated due to the biological experimentation that had been done on Slade Wilson. As a side effect, it gifted Joseph with amazing super-human abilities.

Adeline’s other son, Grant, had taken a darker path. The bitter young man petitioned the H.I.V.E. to give him superhuman powers in an effort to retaliate against the Teen Titans, for an imagined slight against him. Grant’s vendetta led to ruin, as his contract with the H.I.V.E. led to his own death, with his father left to mourn him.

Adeline soon learned that Deathstroke has co-opted Grant Wilson’s contract to kill the Titans. With the help of Terra, Slade had finally fulfilled the H.I.V.E. contract to deliver the Titans into their hands. Adeline and Joseph surveyed Slade’s activities, and approached Dick Grayson, offering to help rescue the captured Titans. At this time, Joseph first adopted the name Jericho, and fashioned a costume for himself. Nightwing and Jericho successfully freed the kidnapped Titans and brought Slade Wilson to justice. Adeline was quite pleased with herself, as it was her hidden agenda to place Joseph in the Teen Titans.

Jericho joins the Teen Titans in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44 [1984].

Eventually, Slade Wilson stood trial and re-examined his life. He developed a stricter code of ethics and even became an ally to the Titans on occasion. Addie continued to run Searchers, Inc. and even aided her ex-husband on some of his missions. However, when Slade was forced to kill their son Joseph, it drove a wedge between Slade and Addie.

Having been imprisoned for almost a decade, Addie’s first husband, Jacques Morel, returned and sought the Kane ancestral armor, which was rumored to contain the secret location of a long-lost treasure.  Morel kidnapped Addie and injected her with a slow-acting poison to force her compliance. Deathstroke and Wintergreen tracked the pair around the world and eventually to Egypt, where it was discovered the armor was itself a star map to the lost treasure. Morel was infuriated to discover the “treasure” was actually the scroll libraries of Alexandria, Instead of gold or jewels. An enraged Morel boasted that there was never an antidote to Adeline’s poison, which enabled Addie to kill Morel during a fight with Deathstroke. To save Adeline’s life, Deathstroke gave Adeline a transfusion of his own super-human blood, which contained regenerative properties.

Slade realizes Addie is immortal after she recovers from
a fatal wound in DEATHSTROKE ANNUAL #4 [1995].

Crazy For You

Unknown to either Deathstroke or Addie, Slade’s blood transfusion also began to slowly drive her insane. Adeline exhibited strange behavior, blaming Slade for her sons’ deaths while vowing to punish him. To this end, she kidnapped his new lover, Pat Trayce, the second Vigilante.

Meanwhile, Slade Wilson’s murderous half-brother, Wade DeFarge, co-opted the Ravager identity and began to hunt Slade’s friends and loved ones. Now completely over the edge, Addie donned the Vigilante costume and came into conflict with Slade and the Ravager. After Adeline was bruised and healed immediately, Slade guessed the truth: Slade’s blood transfusion gave her rapid-healing powers, but also was driving her quite mad. During the confrontation with Ravager, Addie was shot between the eyes and presumed dead. Later, in the morgue, Adeline awoke. Apparently, she had gained Slade’s regenerative abilities as well, granting her virtual immortality.

Addie as the H.I.V.E. Mistress meets her end in TITANS #12 [2000].

Immortal Coil

Addie eventually resurfaced – founding a new H.I.V.E. made up of nihilistic youths. The all-new H.I.V.E.’s mission was a simple one: rid the world of all super-powered meta-humans, as Adeline blamed super heroes for the deaths of her two sons.

Addie lured the Titans and other heroes to Zandia with the intention of detonating a thermo-nuclear bomb to destroy as many heroes as possible in one fell swoop. Meanwhile, the anti-Titans group known as Tartarus was tracking Adeline Kane for their own purposes; Tartarus leader Vandal Savage sought to harvest Addie’s regenerative blood to create an immortality serum.

The Titans – with the help of Deathstroke – tracked Tartarus to Zandia and found themselves in a dangerous three-way battle for their lives. Savage slit Addie’s throat in an attempt to synthesize her blood – and offered Cyborg a human body if he would help Savage harvest the blood into a serum. Addie, drained of her regenerative blood, was brain dead. Cyborg agonized whether to accept Savage’s offer. But before a decision was reached, Starfire fired a starbolt at Addie, killing her as a gesture of mercy.

The H.I.V.E. was contained, the bomb was deactivated and Tartarus escaped, as Slade was left to mourn his ex-wife.

 Searchers, Inc.

Sometime after her divorce from Slade Wilson, Adeline Kane established her own organization known as Searchers, Inc. – a worldwide information network that passed itself off as a detective agency. Joseph Wilson worked closely with his mother as he grew older, receiving combat and tactical training from her.

A super-human blood transfusion from Slade Wilson later caused Addie to go insane, resulting in a series of actions that eventually led to her own death. Pat Trayce, the vengeance-driven Vigilante, salvaged what was left of Searchers, Inc. and created her own search & rescue operation known as Vigilance. Letting go of the anger and fury that had driven her for so long, Trayce vowed that Vigilance would be a company dedicated to helping people.

 Powers & Abilities

Adeline Kane has received extensive military and espionage training, making her a proficient fighter and a superior markesman. A blood transfusion from Slade Wilson also granted her immortality.


Essential Reading

Tales of the Teen Titans #42-44, Tales of the Teen Titans Annual #3 [1984]: Terra gives her collected information on the Titans to Deathstroke, who captures each of the teen heroes and delivers them to the H.I.V.E., except Dick Grayson. Joseph and Adeline Wilson confront Dick at Titans’ Tower, telling him of Terra’s association with the Terminator, who brings the Titans to the H.I.V.E.’s Rocky Mountain headquarters. Dick Grayson learns the origin of The Terminator and about the accident that made his son Joseph a mute; Dick becomes Nightwing and agrees to let Adeline and Joseph accompany him to the H.I.V.E. base after Joseph takes the identity of Jericho and “possesses” him. They help free the Titans, but not before Terra kills herself. First appearance of Adeline Kane Wilson and her son, Joseph in issue #41. Origin/Histories of Deathstroke, Wintergreen, Adeline Kane and Jericho in issue #44.
Tales of the Teen Titans #51-52 [1985]: President Marlo of Quarac hires Cheshire, who abducts Adeline Wilson, Jericho’s mother, a former agent of his who had stolen information on the military strength of Kyran, a bordering nation which he intends to invade. Jericho travels to Quarac with one of his mother’s agents, a young woman named Amber, to rescue Adeline. Jericho uses his powers to help them get free and to defeat Cheshire.
Deathstroke #1-4 [1991]: A New Ravage lures Deathstroke into conflict with him. Meanwhile, Addie Kane is furious at Deathstroke over the death of their son, Joe Wilson.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #27-34 [1993-1994]: “DEATHSTROKE’S WORLD TOUR” begins as Slade sets out in search of his missing ex-wife, Addie. in a quest that will carry him from Kenya to Germany, from Europe to the Far East, in pursuit of a lost treasure and himself. Having been imprisoned for almost a decade, Addie’s first husband, Jacques Morel, returns and seeks the Kane ancestral armor, which is rumored to contain the secret location of a long-lost treasure.  Morel kidnaps Addie and injects her with a slow-acting poison to force her compliance. Deathstroke and Wintergreen track the pair around the world and eventually to Egypt, where it is discovered the armor itself was a star map to the lost treasure. Morel is infuriated to discover the “treasure” is actually the scroll libraries of Alexandria, instead of gold or jewels. And enraged Morel boasts that there was never an antidote to Adeline’s poison, which enables Addie to kill Morel during a fight with Deathstroke. To save Adeline’s life, Deathstroke gave her a transfusion of his own super-human blood, which contained regenerative properties. Vigilante joins his quest in issue #30. Addie’s past revealed in issue #32-34. Addie receives a blood transfusion that makes her immortal and eventually drives her insane in issue #34.
Deathstroke: The Hunted #0, 41-45[1994-1995]: THE HUNTED STORYLINE. Deathstroke is implicated in a presidential assassination attempt, making him a wanted man. Crimelord plots against Slade. Addie Kane – now insane – begins a vengeance campaign against Pat Trayce.
Deathstroke Annual #4 [1995]: a YEAR ONE of Deathstroke; the third Ravager revealed as Slade’s half-brother, Wade DeFarge; Wade relates how his hatred for his half-brother grew over the years [a flashback featuring Joe and Grant Wilson and Addie Kane is related]; Addie, now insane, dons the Vigilante costume and joins the fray, only to be shot between the eyes. Addie seemingly dies then rises in a morgue; Deathstroke defeats Ravager, who is brought into custody. Deathstroke believes Addie has died.
Titans #10-12 [1999-2000]: “Immortal Coil”: Changeling and Deathstroke guest-star as Tartarus attacks the H.I.V.E. The newly formed super-villain team of Tartarus takes on the H.I.V.E., with the Titans caught in the middle. Cyborg faces the ultimate test of his loyalty when the immortal Vandal Savage offers him a human body to call his own. As the battles with Vandal Savage’s villain team, Tartarus, and the malevolent H.I.V.E. heat up, the Titans are at odds…with one another. Adeline Kane revealed to be the HIVE Mistress in issue #11 and dies in issue #12. Damien Darhk becomes immortal in issue #12.

Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, DC Who’s Who Binder Series, The Official Teen Titans Index [published byICG in 1985], The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], DC Universe Role-Playing Games: Sourcebooks and Manuals [ West End Games], DC Secret Files, supplemented by

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