Shado is a female comic supervillain that features in DC Comics.
The New 52
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of history was created with a different series of events. Shado was noted as a skilled assassin who was proficient in archery.
Her father worked for the Yakuza where he lost the Oyabun a great deal of money and thus brought dishonour on himself. As a result, he killed himself to maintain his honour whilst his debt passed onto to his daughter Shado who was forced to continue to work for the Yakuza. (Green Arrow v6 #7)
She was sought out by Robert Queen and Simon Lacroix who wanted to learn her skills. To gain her attention, they hired the young woman to target the Yakuza in Tokyo where they intended to see her skills in action. Afterwards, Queen and Lacroix later confronted her who attacked them but she later determined that they were not trying to kill her. The pair explained that they desired to learn from her archery skills as they sought out the Green Arrow talisman. During their time together, Robert Queen had an affair with Shado who became pregnant with his child with her giving birth to a daughter named Emiko Queen. Shado, Robert and Simon later discovered the Green Arrow along with a secret society of weapon masters known as the Outsiders. After acquiring the Green Arrow talisman, they formed the Arrow Clan of the Outsiders but Simon Lacroix became corrupted by this power leading to him betraying his allies. He seemingly killed Robert Queen for leadership of the Arrow Clan whereupon he took the name Komodo and kidnapped Emiko Queen to raise as his own daughter. Komodo then had Shado given over the cruel Count Vertigo of the nation of Vlatava. (Green Arrow v5 #23)
To clear off her debt to the Ninth Circle, they tasked Shado with eliminating both Brodercik and Moira Queen after the pair had failed them. (Green Arrow v6 #36)
Personality and attributes
She believed that sentiment got people killed and used the story of her great-grandmother Kuzumi Adachi who had rushed to meet her lover only to die in the process. Shado believed that she only brought death to the world but this view somewhat changed after she had Emiko. She said that she loved her daughter Emiko like she's never loved anyone else before to the point that it scared her as she felt that she was the only weakness in her life. As such, she felt that ultimately she had to chose between herself and her daughter with Shado ultimately choosing herself and deciding to eliminate Emiko. (Teen Titans Special v1 #1)
Powers and abilities
- Shado was created by Mike Grell and Lurine Haines where she made her first appearance in Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters v1 #1 (August, 1987).
In other media
- In Arrow, Shado appeared in the live-action CW series set in the Arrowverse where she first appeared in the episode "The Odyssey" where she was portrayed by actor Celina Jade. She was the Chinese daughter of Yao Fei and had a twin identical sister named Mei. Shado was abducted by Edward Fyers where he took her to the isolated island of Lian Yu where he used her as leverage against her father.
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