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The H.I.V.E. [Second Incarnation]

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Adeline Kane WilsonDamien Darhk


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H.I.V.E. Mentality

The original H.I.V.E. was formed by the H.I.V.E. Master – who gathered together seven other criminal scientists. The H.I.V.E. would try to gain world domination through terrorism and political manipulation, as well as eliminating their common foes, such as Superman and the Teen Titans. The Titans eventually defeated the criminal organization.

Years later, an all-new H.I.V.E. surfaced. Led by a mysterious new H.I.V.E. Mistress, this new incarnation recruited nihilistic young men and women for their ’cause’ and attacked the Titans. These foot soldiers were promised immortality for their allegiance. A mysterious young man named Damien Darhk was the second-in-charge next to the H.I.V.E. Mistress. The all-new H.I.V.E.’s mission was a simple one: rid the world of all super-powered meta-humans.

The H.I.V.E. Mistress and Damien Darhk.

Immortal Coil

The H.I.V.E. Mistress was revealed to be Adeline Kane, ex-wife of Deathstroke’s ex-wife, who blamed super-heroes for the deaths of her two sons, Ravager and Jericho.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Queen Bee, H.I.V.E. Mistress

The remnants of the criminal H.I.V.E. organization survived this encounter, however. Eventually, Queen Bee – former Injustice Gang member and ruler of the planet Korll – assumed the role of H.I.V.E. Mistress. With her alien hypno-pollen, Queen Bee can bend others to her will and create shock troop drones with ease.


H.I.V.E. Associates

H.I.V.E. Mistress II [Adeline Kane Wilson]

The New H.I.V.E. Mistress was at first a very mysterious cloaked figure. Most of the decisions were seemingly made by her second-in-command, Damien Darhk. The H.I.V.E. Mistress was revealed to be Adeline Kane, Deathstroke’s ex-wife. Access Adeline Kane’s profile for more information.

Damien Darhk
Damien Darhk is a bit of an enigma. He managed to become a major player within the underworld community at a very young age. When the H.I.V.E. was reformed by a mysterious new Mistress, Damien Darhk was recruited as her second-in-command. Access Damien Darhk’s profile for more information.


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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