Cadre (comics)

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The Cadre is a DC Comics supervillain group, except for members of the Cadre of the Immortal, most of whom were redeemed and became heroes by story's end.

The Cadre
The Cadre in JLA #235-236
artist Chuck Patton
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceJustice League of America #235 February (1985)
Created byGerry Conway (writer)
Chuck Patton (artist)
In-story information
Black Mass
Doctor Polaris
Prester John
Ewald Olaffson
Mohammed Ibn Bornu

Publication historyEdit

The Cadre first appeared in Justice League of America #235 (February 1985) and were created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton.[1]

Fictional team historyEdit

Overmaster's CadreEdit

A cosmic alien villain known as the Overmaster began to test humanity's fitness to inhabit Earth.[2] He summoned a bunch of villains to him and gave them superpowers, and the villains became the Cadre. The Cadre has fought the Justice League on different occasions and has been through many incarnations of their group. Several members have died and new ones were recruited.[1]

The original Justice League defeated the Cadre, after which the Overmaster vanished. Years later, he returned, acting through heralds such as the Aryan Brigade, the New Extremists, and the Cadre of the Immortal.

Cadre of the ImmortalEdit

There was also another version of the Cadre called the Cadre of the Immortal; this version was made up of international metahumans deluded by an agent of the Overmaster that claimed to be Prester John, the Immortal. He then announced his intention to destroy the Earth in one week, erasing Central City from the planet and stopping all deaths and births across the globe as proof of his power. The Justice League invaded the Overmaster’s spacecraft and used its technology to reverse all effects of the Overmaster’s activities. The Mahayogi was killed while freeing JLI member Maya from mind control. After the truth was revealed Seneca and Osiris joined the JLI in their battle against the Overmaster, but have not been seen in the DCU since.

Overmaster was accidentally killed by Will Everett III, the second Amazing Man, after the Justice League member Ice had been killed by the villain. Following this event, the League moved into the Refuge, Overmaster’s space station, making it their new headquarters.

Second CadreEdit

Another version of the Cadre was formed with various members of minor DC villain groups such as the Extremists.[3]

Third CadreEdit

Yet another version of the Cadre, led by Doctor Polaris, was later formed and fought the Power Company.


There were different incarnations of the Cadre. They are:

Members of Overmaster's CadreEdit

  • Overmaster - A vaguely Galactus-like 580 million year-old alien. He was accidentally slain by Amazing Man.
  • Black Mass - Former M.I.T. physicist with gravity control powers.
  • Shatterfist - Korean martial artist whose fists could shatter anything. Slain by Ice.
  • Crowbar - Former Detroit gang leader with a metaphysical crowbar.
  • Fastball - Used a robotic suit that allowed him to throw baseball-sized explosives with great force. Killed by an OMAC.
  • Nightfall - Wristbands create a null-field, absorbs light and kinetic energy.
  • Shrike - Mental patient with a sonic scream and wings. Died on a mission with the Suicide Squad.

Members of the Cadre of the ImmortalEdit

Cadre of the Immortal, artist Chuck Wojtkiewicz
  • Prester John - Aka the Immortal. Wanted to rid the world of modern technology. Killed by the Overmaster for failing to defeat the JLI.
  • Ewald Olaffson - Ice's brother; servant of the Overmaster.
  • Maya - Former JLA member from India.
  • Mahayogi - A Hindu wraith and servant of the god Shiva. Gave Maya her powers.
  • Druid - An English villain. Died at end of story.
  • Phalanx - Italian hero wearing Roman armor who could create duplicates of himself.
  • Mohammed Ibn Bornu - North African hero with an electronic spear that fired bolts of lightning, he rode a flying robot horse.
  • Musashi - A super powered Japanese warrior hero.
  • Seneca - Superstrong Native American hero.
  • Xiuhtecutli - Aztec styled Mexican warrior woman with solar powers.
  • Osiris - Egyptian hero wearing golden armor, believed he was Osiris re-incarnate.

Members of the Second CadreEdit

Members of the Third CadreEdit

  • Doctor Polaris - Magnetic powers, healed Black Mass and reformed the team.
  • Starshrike - Resembles the original version with similar powers and wings.
  • Shatterfist - American martial artist whose fists could shatter anything.
  • Black Mass - Former M.I.T. physicist with gravity control powers.
  • Crowbar - Former Detroit gang leader with a metaphysical crowbar.
  • Fastball - Could throw a baseball (or a bomb) really, really fast.
  • Nightfall - Wristbands create a null-field, absorbs light and kinetic energy.

In other mediaEdit

Shatterfist, Black Mass, Fastball, Nightfall and Crowbar of the Cadre appeared in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Clash". They were defeated by Superman and Batman quickly. Black Mass, Fastball, and Nightfall later appear as members of the Secret Society. Shatterfist also later appeared fighting Hellhound in Roulette's metabrawl.


  1. ^ a b Wallace, Dan (2008), "Cadre", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 64, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  2. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 256. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  3. ^ Jimenez, Phil (2008), "Extremists, The", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 117, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017

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