Orpheus-Gavin King

Orpheus-Gavin King

Created by: Alex Simmons and Dwayne Turner

1st appearance: Batman: Orpheus Rising #1, 2001

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: none

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 5’10              Weight: 220

Eyes: Brown         Hair: Black

Relatives: Unnamed Parents (deceased)

Skills and abilities: Accomplished dancer, singer, martial artist, tactician, and leader.

Powers: His costume grants him enhanced resistance to injury. The gauntlets possesses short retractable claws on the knuckles, the ability to fire projectiles. It also has sonic emitters, holographic projectors


Gavin was born to an ex-dancer mother and ex-soldier turned T.V sports producer. He never quite fit into the mold of “young black man”, instead of shooting hoops an roaming the streets he danced and excelled at academics. After his habits made him the target of bullies his parents enrolled him in martial arts. To him it was another dance and he excelled at it. After High school he joined a dance troupe and toured the world. His travels lead to  a life changing experience as poverty, sickness and injustice were all around him. He tried to make a difference but was almost killed. This caught the attention of an organization trying to protect the innocent and save the world. They trained him extensively in martial arts and gave him a custom made power suit to aid him in battle.

With his training complete he returned to his home town of Gotham City. In a bid to fight crime and give the Black People of Gotham a symbol he became Orpheus, Gotham’s socially conscious superhero. He helped minimize drug and gun traffic in his district even though Batman considered him a “wild card”. The assassin Onyx became his bodyguard as they made a difference all over Gotham as symbols for the Black Community.

Orpheus is eventually killed by Black Mask during “War Games”.


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Islandstage.net where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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