Code Name: Shadowman
Alias: Zero, Mike LeRoi
Publisher: Valiant/Acclaim Comics
Created by: Garth Ennis and Ashley Wood based on the original Shadowman created by Jim Shooter, Steve Englehart, David Lapham and Bob Layton
1st appearance: Shadowman vol.2 #1, 1997
Team Affiliations: None
Legal Status: Unknown
Height: 5’9 Weight: 210 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Skills and abilities: Skilled marksman.
Powers: Through the mask of shadows he has access to all the power wielded by past shadowmen. He can travel between Deadside and the real word, absorb the knowledge and skills of those he kills, has superhuman strength and uncharted regenerative abilities. His ability to return to life also makes him virtually immortal unlike the Shadowmen before him.
Mike LeRoi is an English major at college who flunked out and hid that fact from his family in New Orleans. He then blew all his cash on gambling while he became a taxi driver. One night a passenger was killed in a drive by shooting leaving him the passengers’ money. Seeing this as way to take care of his family he took the money and returned to his family. With the money he managed to even pay for his brothers operation thus saving his life. The gang however soon tracked him down and killed all of his family leaving him guilt stricken and alone.
When he recovered he suffered from short term amnesia and was captured by a man from whom he had sought help in protecting his family and made into a “zombie slave” now called “Zero”. Here his life took an unexpected turn as Nettie a powerful Voodoo priestess came to take revenge on his captor. Using her powers she embedded the mask of shadows in his chest thus making him the “Shadowman”. With these new powers his memory returned and he became Nettie’s agent as he battled the forces of Deadside to save earth.
Over the course of his adventure he battled demons and gods as his powers were tied in with the god Erebus and not just the Shadowman line. His fate remains unknown after Erebus began an invasion of Earth with only LeRoi standing between him and victory.
Note: This version of shadowman became insanely popular because he starred in the Shadowman (n64) game and its sequel.