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Vigilante II

Alias: Pat Trayce

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Vigilante II Quick Bio: Tough Gotham Detective Pat Trayce – frustrated with the revolving-door justice system – became the Vigilante in an effort to punish the man who killed her partner. Trained by Deathstroke, Vigilante found herself in a tumultuous on-again/off-again affair with the famed mercenary. Trayce also runs a search & rescue operation known as Vigilance.

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Hero History

Locked And Loaded

Patricia Trayce served on Gotham’s Police Force and took great pride in her career as a cop. She met and fell in love with a fellow officer named Paul, and the two married shortly afterward. Paul eventually was killed in the line of duty. Pat eventually became a detective, and found herself continually hamstrung by the rules and regulations that seemed to prevent even the seamiest of street hoodlums from receiving just punishment for heir crimes.

When her partner, Luis, was killed by a highly place mob hitman named Barker, Trayce swore that this one wouldn’t be one that got away. She was wrong. Soon after, Barker elected to turn state’s evidence and, while help in protective custody, prepared himself to enter the U.S. Government’s witness protection program.

Pat Trayce takes her first shot as Vigilante in DEATHSTROKE #9 [1992].

Unfortunately for Baker, his safety was jeopardized by a secret traitor within the justice department – and when Deathstoke, the Terminator, kidnaped him as part of an operation to smoke out that traitor, circumstances let suspicion to fall on Detective Trayce, who was suspended from the force pending a full investigation.

Vigilante Justice

Trayce, determined not only to prove her innocence but to finally bring Barker to justice, had only one lead on Barker’s whereabouts: she knew Deathstroke had him, a silver of knowledge that in time allowed her to unearth one of Deathstroke’s assistants – a former criminal informant known only as Scoops.

As it happened, before linking up with Deathstroke, Scoops had assisted the late crimefighter Adrian Chase, known to the authorities as the Vigilante. Scoops entrusted Trayce with Chase’s costume and weaponry, at which point she joined forces with Deathstroke as the all-new Vigilante in order to flush out the turncoat who had cast suspicion on her.

Pat Trayce asks Slade to train her as the new
Vigilante in DEATHSTROKE #10 [1992].

Following the resolution of her first case as Vigilante, Trayce decided that she much preferred working outside the system and permanently resigned from the police force. She asked Deathstroke to train her as the new Vigilante, and Slade initially refused, thinking of the grief and pain he had brought to anyone close to him. Seeing that Pat had nothing left in her life that held any meaning, Slade relented and trained Pat in the arts of urban warfare. It wasn’t long before the two became lovers, beginning a tumultuous on again/off again relationship that would last years.

Love Is A Battlefield

Supported by whatever illicit funds she could steal form the criminal scum she pursued, Trayce lived the life of an urban commando wanted by the law for questioning, forever on the move. The only thing she missed from her “former life” was her adopted 12-year-old boy, Luis, Jr. – the son of her former police partner. With her new calling as Vigilante, Pat was forced to leave Luis Jr. in the care of his aunt, Louisa.

Pat and Deathstroke clashed several times – sometimes as allies, sometimes as adversaries – but their mutual attraction was never in question. With each occasional physical dalliance they shared, Pat became increasingly frustrated with the fact that she was hopelessly in love with Slade Wilson.

ABOVE: Pat and Slade begin their complicated relationship in DEATHSTROKE #10 [1992].
BELOW: Pat must leave her old life in DEATHSTROKE #11 [1992]. 

Ever Vigilant

Pat Trayce was later hunted and captured by Slade’s insane ex-wife, Addie Kane. Madly jealous of Pat’s relationship with her former husband, Addie attempted to frame Pat, which tragically led to Addie’s own death. By this time, Trayce had let go of the anger and vengeance that had driven her for so long. She salvaged what was left of Adeline Kane’s company, Searchers, Inc., and created her own search & rescue operation known as Vigilance. No longer taking the law into her own hands, Pat vowed that Vigilance would be a company dedicated to helping people.

Slade himself was undergoing some changes of his own. His regenerative powers were behaving erraticaly, which caused age regression and memory loss. Pat and Deathstroke’s best friend, Wintergreen, reached out to Slade, but the famed mercenary cut all ties with his former life at that point. During this time, Wintergreen worked on a few cases with Vigilance, before returning to Slade’s side once his psysiology returned to normal.

Pat Trayce takes over Searchers Inc. in DEATHSTROKE #55 [1996].

Vigilance accepted various search and rescue missions from various groups and organizations, including the U.S. Government. On one such mission, Vigilante and Vixen were called to track down an all-new Hawk & Dove at the behest of Checkmate. Trayce eventually learned that they were being manipulated by a government agent named Freitag.

As Vigilante, Pat also returned to action to assist Resurrection Man with a new incarnation of the Forgotten Heroes and aided the JSA during the “Our Worlds at War” galactic crisis.

 Powers & Abilities

Skilled both in the use of firearms and in the martial arts, the Vigilante was combat-trained by Deathstroke, the Terminator. As such, she is privy to numerous fighting techniques that allow her to more than hold her own in any battle.

The Vigilante is never without her automatic rifle, sidearm handgun, and night-vision goggles; moreover, the pockets of her flak-jacket contain a bevy of additional crimefighting accessories, including glasscutters, climbing rope, grenades, and a molybdenum-alloy fighting baton.


Essential Reading

Deathstroke #6-9 [1991-1992]: “City of Assassins” parts 1-4: Detective Pat Trayce becomes frustrated with the city’s revolving door justice system. When mob assassin Jeremy Barker becomes a federally protected witness, Pat is framed for an attempt on his life. Pat dons the Vigilante identity and clears her name. First appearance of Pat Trayce in issue #6. First appearance of Pat Trayce as Vigilante in issue #9.
Deathstroke #10-11 [1992]: Pat Trayce leaves her job as a detective behind her and decides to become the new Vigilante. She asks Deathstroke to train her; he initially refuses but later accepts. Deathstroke trains Pat in the arts of urban warfare and the two become lovers. With her new calling as Vigilante, Pat leaves her stepson Luis Jr. in the care of his aunt, Louisa.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #21 [1993]: Deathstroke clashes with Vigilante Pat Trayce, as she tries to stop Slade from protecting a cop killer. But Pat learns it’s not all as it seems.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #29-33 [1993-1994]: “DEATHSTROKE’S WORLD TOUR” 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. Pat Trayce clashes with Deathstroke when she is hired by a ruthless Chinese Warlord.
Deathstroke: The Terminator #39 [1994]: Deathstroke, Green Arrow and Vigilante each have their own reasons for going after Dr. Death, a physician turned hitman who seems certain to escape justice. At cross purposes and racing against time, the heroes try to outmaneuver one another in pursuit of their quarry.
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 begins a vengeance campaign against Pat Trayce. Bronze Tiger and Deadshot hunt Deathstroke, seemingly killing him. Slade awakens in the morgue [the first hints of his immortality] and battles Guy Gardner, Warrior. Meanwhile, a mystery assailant murders Slade’s friends Maurice, Frannie and Squirrel and attacks Wintergreen. Slade encounters Sweet Lili and during the confusion, discovers her daughter, Rose, has been kidnapped by the mystery assailant [now calling himself the Ravager]. The Ravager holds Rose hostage & reveals Slade is her father. Sweet Lili and Wintergreen mount a rescue attempt. As Slade once again awakens from death, he is attacked by Crimelord’s agents as well as Hawkman. The Titans hunt and capture Deathstroke; Wintergreen rescues Rose Wilson but Sweet Lili [Rose’s mother] dies. Hunted storyline concludes with issue #45.
Deathstoke #46 [1995]: Sarge Steel offers Deathstroke a deal. Addie Kane plots with the Crimelord, who has captured Pat Trayce [Vigilante]. Rose mourns her mother’s death and Wintergreen comforts her.
Deathstroke #55-57 [1996]: Slade awakes in the hospital as a man some 20 years younger than he had been, with no recollection of his past life. Pat Trayce, Vigilante, has salvaged what was left of Adeline Kane’s company, Searchers, Inc., and created her own search & rescue operation – Vigilance. On a mission for Sarge Steel, Slade learns of Steels’ involvement in covert chemical warfare experiments to create meta-humans. Slade severs all government ties with Steel and walks out. First Vigilance in issue #55.
Deathstroke #59-60 [1996]: On a routine mission with Vigilante, Slade is caught in yet another explosion, this time involving volatile chemicals. The explosion ‘kills’ Slade and triggers another regeneration. After that incident, Slade’s actions become somewhat erratic, and he cuts ties with both Pat Trayce and Wintergreen; Pat Trayce continues running Vigilance, with Wintergreen as her right hand man.
Hawk & Dove #1-5 [1997]: a five issue mini series. Vigilante [Pat Trayce] and Vixen track down Hawk & Dove at the behest of Checkmate. As Vigilante tries to convince the duo she is trying to help them, Suicide Squad arrives and incites a battle. Hawk & Dove, with the help of Vigilante, Vixen, and Colonel Martens, are able to repel the Suicide Squad and expose Government Agent Freitag’s duplicity.

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 Titans and Vigilantes

Who is that masked man? Over the years, multiple DC characters have claimed the title of Vigilante. And several of them have personal links to the Teen Titans. Here’s a quick-list of the Vigilantes that have cultivated ties to the Titansverse.

Vigilante: Adrian Chase

In the 1980s, the comic book medium began to evolve and mature. There was good and evil, but readers started to see the introduction of characters that would be a little more ambiguous. Marvel started the trend with characters like Wolverine and the Punisher. And DC soon followed suit with the all-new Vigilante: an urban commando who waged his own war on crime.

Tough District Attorney Adrian Chase first appeared in New Teen Titans #23 in 1982. Writer Marv Wolfman created a character who grew increasingly irritated by the alarming crime rate. The situation started to reach a breaking point in New Teen Titans #33-34, where Chase teamed up with Robin to bring down Anthony Scarapelli, head of one of New York’s mob families. In retaliation, Scarapelli planted a bomb which killed Chase’s wife and two children.

The story reached its climax in New Teen Titans Annual #2, where Adrian Chase made his debut as Vigilante, killing Scarapelli as Robin watched. By this time, DC had already planned a Vigilante ongoing series. Marv Wolfman explained how he wanted to differentiate the Vigilante from The Punisher: ” I think people simply assumed I was going to send the Vigilante off to kill everyone in creation who was ever served a parking summons or found littering. No way, folks! The Vigilante is obviously a protagonist whose methods are questionable, but he does not use his gun unless he has to. The character, his unique perspective of the law – having once been a District Attorney – and his method of operations make him different from virtually all the other characters of this type in pulp novels or in comics.”

Marv Wolfman launched Vigilante with Keith Pollard on pencils. Some Teen Titans characters appeared during the course of the series, including Cyborg in Vigilante#3 and Nightwing in the two-part Vigilante #20-21. Captain James Hall, who debuted in New Teen Titans, was featured as a supporting character throughout.

After Marv Wolfman left Vigilante, Paul Kupperberg became the main writer. The tone of the book began to change, as Chase himself became more obsessed. Adrian Chase’s tragic end was perhaps preordained by the events of Vigilante #37, where the anti-hero threw a policeman from a fire escape. After that event, Chase sank deeper into despair and self-loathing. In a shocking finale to the series, Adrian Chase took his own life with a bullet to his head in Vigilante #50 in 1988.

Editor Mike Gold explained the unconventional ending in that issue’s letter column: “Inside each of us lurks a potential vigilante who wants to strike back at evil. Luckily, we keep that vigilante in check. Adrian Chase could not. His desire to commit suicide, his actually pulling the trigger, is understandable if not acceptable: he had become the evil he was fighting. Adrian Chase has paid the price of his actions, as he understood it.”

Essential Reading:
New Teen Titans (first series) #23, 26-27, 33-34
New Teen Titans Annual (first series) #2
Vigilante #1-50

Vigilante: Pat Trayce

In the 1990s, grim and gritty characters became quite popular. This led to Deathstroke getting his own ongoing series in 1991. And soon, Marv Wolfman would introduce another all-new Vigilante.

Tough Detective Pat Trayce was introduced in the pages of Deathstroke #6 in 1991, which kicked off a four-part storyline guest-starring Batman. Trayce grew frustrated with the city’s revolving door justice system as mob assassin Jeremy Barker became a federally protected witness. When Trayce was framed for an attempt on his life, she donned the original Vigilante costume to clear her own name in Deathstroke #9. This marked the first appearance of Pat Trayce as Vigilante.

Pat Trayce left her job as a detective behind her and decided to become the new Vigilante full-time in Deathstroke #10-11. Slade Wilson initially refused to train her, but eventually relented. The two soon became lovers, beginning a tumultuous romantic relationship. Pat Trayce returned in Deathstroke #21, and became a recurring character in the series, clashing with Slade while alternately enjoying an occasional physical dalliance with the famous mercenary.

Deathstroke #0 and #41 started a new direction for the title, wherein Slade Wilson was framed for murder and hunted by various DC characters. Pat Trayce was kidnapped and tormented by Slade’s now-insane ex-wife, Addie Kane. The storyline was ultimately resolved in Deathstroke #50 and Annual #4. By this time, Trayce had let go of the anger and vengeance that had driven her for so long.

Vigilante appeared next in Deathstroke #55, where it was revealed that Trayce had taken over Adeline Kane’s Searchers Inc. company, and renamed it Vigilance. Pat claimed she went a little crazy, thinking she could take the law into her own hands, and vowed that Vigilance would be a company dedicated to helping people. She remained a supporting character in Deathstroke until its final issue, Deathstroke #60, in 1996.

Pat Trayce appeared next in the Hawk & Dove 1998 mini-series, where Vigilante and Vixen were called to track down Hawk & Dove at the behest of Checkmate. She also returned to assist Resurrection Man with a new incarnation of the Forgotten Heroes and aided the JSA during the “Our Worlds at War” galactic crisis.

Essential Reading:
Deathstroke #6-11, 21, 29-30, 34, 38-39, 0, 41-46, 55-60
Deathstroke Annual #1, 4
Hawk & Dove (mini-series) 1997

Vigilante: Dorian Chase

Yet another all-new Vigilante was introduced in the pages of Nightwing #133 in 2007. In a story penned by Marv Wolfman, an entirely new Vigilante was hunting Dick Grayson’s old friend, Metal Eddie, who had become leader of the 21 Tigers, an international gang of murderers.

The storyline continued through Nightwing #137, but the reader never learned Vigilante’s true identity. The mysterious gunman is seen visiting the grave of Adrian Chase, and explained, “he’s not out to save the world, just himself.” His connection to Chase was not yet made clear, creating an intentional mystery surrounding the character.

Writer Marv Wolfman shared some insights into the creation of this new Vigilante on his column at “When I was asked to bring back Vig by DC honcho, Dan Didio, I spent a lot of time coming up with a new and surprising back story so he won’t fit into the “My family was murdered and now I seek revenge” school of vigilante characters, everyone from Batman and Spider-Man to Punisher and even the last incarnation of Vigilante I wrote back in the 80s. This Vigilante’s family didn’t die. In fact he didn’t have a family (wife or kids) to have died. […] This Vigilante is a series of mysteries beyond the evil plots he’s dealing with, and clues will be dropped along the way as to who he is.”

Vigilante received an ongoing series of his own in 2008. His first name, Dorian, was revealed early in the series, but his background was still shrouded in mystery. Finally, in Vigilante #9, it was revealed that Dorian was the brother of original Vigilante, Adrian Chase. Vigilante #11 gave more clues to Dorian’s backstory, as a hard-boiled reporter decided to track down the gun-toting anti-hero.

In Vigilante #12, the final issue of the low-selling series, readers finally learned most of the details surrounding the new Vigilante’s mysterious origins. The story began almost 10 years ago, when Dorian stood trial for the murder of his wife, Marsha Bennett. An underling of mob boss Solomon Bennett, Dorian was manipulated into believing that Marsha was carrying another man’s baby. Consumed with rage, Dorian shot and killed his wife, only to learn he had been set up. Consumed with guilt, Dorian served 5 years in jail for manslaughter, where he learned his own brother’s activities as the first Vigilante led him to take his own life. Upon release from prison, Dorian became the new Vigilante as a way to atone for his own past, and used Adrian’s weapon specialist, J.J. Davis, as his right-hand man.

As the series came to a close, Vigilante rescued J.J. from Solomon Bennett’s men, but allowed himself to be arrested by the FBI while J.J. went underground. Vigilante was forced to admit his identity as Dorian Chase to the feds, who placed him in Stryker’s Island Maximum Security Prison, where he was left to calculate his next move.

Essential Reading:
Nightwing #133-137
Vigilante #1-12


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