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Damien Darhk

Young Criminal Mastermind

Related Links: The H.I.V.E. [first incarnation]
Adeline Kane Wilson • The H.I.V.E. [second incarnation] •


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Age of Darhkness

Damien Darhk is a bit of an enigma. He managed to become a major player within the underworld community at a very young age. Obsessed with the latest tech, Damien always seemed to possess state-of-the art equipment that hadn’t been used by any organization. Although he was considered a major criminal by the FBI and CIA, their investigations failed to yield any hard evidence on the elusive mastermind. One thing that baffled investigators was Darhk’s youth; Damien seemed to be in his early twenties yet was already well-established and well-connected.

Damien Darhk explains the H.I.V.E.’s raison d’etre in TITANS #12 [2000].

H.I.V.E. Minded

When the H.I.V.E. was reformed by a mysterious new Mistress, Damien Darhk was recruited as her second-in-command.

The H.I.V.E. Mistress was revealed to be Adeline Kane, ex-wife of Deathstroke. A blood transfusion from Deathstroke had given Adeline immortality, but also drove her insane. Suffering delusion and psychosis, Adeline blamed all super-heroes for the deaths of her two sons, Ravager and Jericho. Drafting a group of nihilistic youths, Adeline Kane’s all-new H.I.V.E. had one objective: rid the world of all super-powered beings by whatever means necessary.

Kane 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.

During the melee, both sides suffered casualties. The third Red Panzer was killed only to be replaced by the nihilistic H.I.V.E. soldier, Justin. Vandal Savage shot Cheshire as a means of distraction, leaving her injured in enemy hands. Damien Darhk’s treachery prompted Lady Vic to plunge a sword through his back, seemingly killing him. But Darhk’s blood mingled with Adeline Kane’s before she died, leaving Darhk himself immortal.

Highly intelligent, ruthless and now immortal, Damien Darhk is a sinister force to be reckoned with.

The immortal Damien Darhk –  from TITANS #12 [2000].


Powers and Abilities

Damien does not appear to have any meta-human abilities, but he is highly intelligent, ruthless, calculating and ambitious. When Damien’s blood mingled with Adeline Kane’s immortal blood, he became immortal as well – seemingly impossible to kill.


Essential Reading

Titans Secret Files #1 [1999]: Profiles on Damien Darhk & The H.I.V.E.
Titans #1-2 [1999]:
 The newly-formed Titans are attacked by the reformed H.I.V.E.! First appearance of Damien Darhk, H.I.V.E. II and H.I.V.E. Mistress II in issue #1.
Titans #10-12 [1999-2000]: “Immortal Coil”: The newly formed super-villain team of Tartarus takes on the H.I.V.E., with the Titans caught in the middle. Adeline Kane revealed to be the H.I.V.E. Mistress in issue #11 and dies in issue #12. Red Panzer killed in #12 and replaced with a H.I.V.E. agent. Damien Darhk becomes immortal in issue #12.

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