Cable and the Outsiders
Cable, Katana, Boom Boom, Geo-Force, Shatterstar, Grace, Domino, Metamorpho
+ Black Adam
= Teth Sabah Nur (The Black Apocalypse)
Born to a wealthy family in the African country of Kahndaq, the man who would one day be known as Teth Sabah Nur was cast aside by his parents for his unsual skin tone. However, the Wizard Shazam, who had been posing as a high priest took notice of the child's unnatural appearance and secretly took the child to the Rock of Eternity where he raised him as if he were his own son. For years, Shazam kept the child's true nature from him a secret that would ultimately be his greatest mistake. When the boy became a man, the Earth was visited by the godlike Celestials. Fearing what type of influence these beings would have over the Earth, Shazam was forced to name Teth Sabah Nur as his champion, endowing him with the powers of the gods, in a desperate attempt to repeal the Celestial invasion. Unfortunately for Shazam and the people of Earth, the Celestials taught Teth the truth about his origins, that he is a mutant, the first member of a race of beings that will naturally evolve from humanity and will one day become the dominate race. The Celestials enhanced Teth even further than Shazam could even dream and he turned on the wizard, becoming the fearsome Black Apocalypse. Using the full might of his power, Shazam was forced to banish the Celestials and the man he had raised from the Earth, knowing full well that they would one day return…
+ Mr. Sinister
= The Sinister Hand (Apocalypse's Minister of Death)
As a young man living in Victorian England, the son of a whole who owned and operated a funeral home, Nathaniel Hand had an eerie fascination with death. Over time, this fascination grew into obsession that led Nathaniel to begin performing bizarre experiments upon the corpses that were brought to his family's business. When his father discovered his son's "hobby" his kicked him out of their home. Distraught, Nathaniel wandered the Whitechapel district of London where he began murdering local prostitutes to feed his growing, insatiable desires. And then, one day he simply disappeared. While his acts became an urban legend, something far more sinister was happening to Nathaniel himself. Abducted by the Teth Sabah Nur, who had returned to Earth and now calling himself Black Apocalypse, Nathaniel found himself becoming the first human that Apocalypse would raise to his level of genetic superiority. Tasked by the Celestials themselves to become a guardian of evolution, Apocalypse needed to begin recruiting ministers to stand beside him and spread their message to the world. When the horrors of Black Apocalypse's uplifting had finally subsided, Nathaniel discovered that he now literally held the power of life and death within the palm of his hand. For over a century, Nathaniel would serve the whim of his new master but he had goals of his own and woe is the man who meets his Sinister Hand...