Fade (Character)


Publisher: Milestone Comics

First Appearance: Blood Syndicate #1, April 1993

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan

Real Name: Carlos Quinones

Nationality: Dominican

Weight: unknown    Height: 5’11

Eyes: brown           Hair: brown

Known Relatives: Mother (fate revealed), Mr. Quinones (Father),  Sara Quinones/Flashback (Sister)

Notes: Fade is also one of only a  handful of gay men in comics and even more rare a black gay man.

Powers: Fade exists as a “wave” meaning his existence is spread out over a three second time period at all times. This allows him to see a few seconds into the future. In addition to this he can fly, control his density to become intangible and tangible at will and solidify parts of his body inside a target for devastating effects. Because of the nature of his powers he needs his sister Flashback to anchor him in any given time or he would linger between seconds uncontrollably.


Carlos joined the force syndicate with his sister Flashback in order to help them assimilate after moving to the US from Dominica. He knew from early on that he was gay. While in the force syndicate he fell in love with  Tech-9 one of the founding members of  Force Syndicate, though Tech-9 had no idea Carlos’ true feelings. His gang-banger lifestyle left a strained relationship with himself and his father. On the night of the Big Bang event he was one of many gang members to  attend the event. Unlike most of those present however he was changed by the event into a super powered being. Stretched over a three second time span he would remain incorporeal and almost unseen forever, luckily his sister Flashback‘s power anchored him in whichever time she was.  He lost the man he loved eventually and was blackmailed due to his sexuality by teammate Masquerade. It’s unknown if he is still “in the closet” to this day.


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