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Relatives
Alan Scott (Green Lantern, Father); Jennie-Lynn Hayden (Jade, Twin Sister, deceased); Mayflower (half-sister, deceased), Rose Canton (Thorn, Mother, deceased); James Rice (Adoptive Father); Shirley Rice (Adoptive Mother); Molly Maynne (Harlequin, Step-Mother)

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Height
5' 11"

Weight
193 lbs (88 kg)

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None

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Occupation
Adventurer, JSA Chief of Security

Education
N/A

Origin
Origin
He found out in his late teens that he had a twin sister, Jennie-Lynn Hayden, alias Jade. They met, discovered they both had superpowers and, operating under the assumption that Green Lantern was their father (which they did not know for certain at the time, but did eventually learn to be true), decided to follow in his footsteps.

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History

Obsidian is the codename of Todd James Rice, the biological son of Alan Scott (the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern) and the Golden Age villain known as Thorn. Todd was raised in an abusive adoptive home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He found out in his late teens that he had a twin sister, Jennie-Lynn Hayden, alias Jade. They met, discovered they both had superpowers and, operating under the assumption that Green Lantern was their father (which they did not know for certain at the time, but did eventually learn to be true), decided to follow in his footsteps.

Jade and Obsidian became founding members of the hero group Infinity, Inc, which comprised those who continued the legacy of the JSA. He served with this group for its duration, then continued to partner with his sister. He was also briefly affiliated with the Justice League.

Obsidian apparently inherited schizophrenia from his mother, Thorn. However, his connection with the shadow realm which gave him his powers and the experience of seeing the blackness within many other souls caused him to go gradually insane, and after many of his team-mates were killed and the Justice League of which he was a part was disbanded, he began a sort of revenge campaign against both of his fathers - biological and adoptive. Corrupted by Ian Karkull, Obsidian turned evil, using his shadow powers to spread darkness over the entire world. Obsidian had a conflict with the new JSA in Milwaukee which was ended by a sacrifice on the part of his adoptive father James Rice after a drawn-out battle with Sentinel, He was defeated by his father. Obsidian retreated to the Shadowlands, the otherdimensional plane from which he derives his powers. Later he joined the mystical villains Mordru and Eclipso to seek vengeance (unsuccessfully) on Green Lantern and the JSA. Following his defeat, Obsidian was cured of his mental imbalance.

After being cured, Obsidan retired. It was during this time that Todd finally came to terms with the fact that he was gay. He met and fell in love with Damon Matthews, an assistant district attorney who works with the vigilante Manhunter (Kate Spencer). Todd's powers went dormant during most of this time, but they returned, following the death of his twin sister Jade during Infinite Crisis. He has since then returned to being a superhero and is still dating Damon happily.

Prior to Justice Society of America vol. 3 #1, Obsidian joins the team. He serves as the security guard of their New York headquarters.

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

Shadowlands Connection: Unlike his sister, Jade, whose powers resembled their father's, Obsidian has various shadow-based powers from his father's exposure to Shadow energy after a battle with Ian Karkull. Obsidian is connected to the Shadowlands, a dimension of primordial, quasi-sentient darkness.

  • Shadow Form: Obsidian possesses the power of shadows. He does this by tapping into the dark energy of a dimension known as the Shadowlands. Todd can turn into a living, three-dimensional shadow by merging with his own shadow, turning it completely black. If he wished he could merge whatever he is wearing with his shadow as well. He can turn any part or all of his body two-dimensional. The full-range of Obsidian's powers has yet to be revealed. In his shadow form he has the powers of:
  • Intangibility: capable of passing through walls and people.
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Superhuman Vitality
  • Levitation: he can float weightlessly, almost fly
  • Shadow Control: Obsidian could animate the shadows of others.
  • Shadow Possession: ability to possess people by taking possession of their own shadow.
  • Growth: ability to grow to enormous sizes
  • Shadow Constructs: create objects out of shadow, in a similar way that his father and sister can create objects out of green energy.
  • Darkside View: Obsidian also has limited telepathic abilities and by coming in contact with a victim's shadow he could cause them emotional agony by subjecting them to their innermost fears.

Telepathic Link: Obsidian could communicate with his sister Jade through a limited form of telepathy.

Antimatter Resistance: During the Crisis Obsidian learned that in his shadow form he is resistant to low amounts of antimatter, for instance the amount of antimatter a shadow demon is made of. In his shadow form shadow demons can not hurt him but he can hurt them.

Weaknesses

Light Flaw: His shadow-form was easily injured by bright light.

Trivia

  • Obsidian grew up in a abusive foster home.
  • Obsidian is homosexual.
  • Obsidian is in a relationship with Damon Matthews.
  • Obsidian formally dated Marcie Cooper the 3rd Harlequin.

Recommended Readings

  • Infinity, Inc. # 01-53 (March 1984-August 1988)
  • JSA # 46-50 (May 2003-September 2003)

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Footnotes


This article uses material from the "Todd Rice (New Earth)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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