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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Multiverse 101: Who Is Cicada?

A few weeks back at San Diego Comic Con, we learned that the villainous Cicada would be making his small screen debut on The Flash next season. Portrayed by Chris Klein, this upcoming version is described as a grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans, and who now seeks to exterminate the epidemic - one meta at a time.

Well, before he makes his arrival in Central City this October, why don't we take a little trip across the Multiverse once more to explore the comic book origins of the mysterious Cicada...

First appearing in the pages of The Flash #170 back in March 2001, the character of Cicada was originally created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins. Born in 1890, David Hersch was a preacher prone to paranoid, violent outbursts that often took the form of physical abuse of his wife. Eventually, Hersch would murder his wife and become so consumed with regret over the act that he would attempt to end his own life. However, in the process, he would be struck by lightning.

Soon after, he discovered that he had gained the ability to absorb the life-force of others, extending his life-span almost a century. Hersch believed that he'd undergone a similar experience to that of The Flash, and felt that they should be linked. The lightning bolt gave him a vision of his own immortality and foretold the resurrection of his wife, so over the next few years he operated as the cult leader Cicada, accumulating many followers planning for the day he would resurrect his wife.

Cicada and his followers were dedicated to murdering anyone ever saved by The Flash using lightning shaped daggers. They believed that by taking the energy left over from all the people the speedster had saved, and from Flash himself, Cicada could successfully bring his dear wife back to life once more.

Shockingly, he was successful in bringing her back, but when it was revealed that Cicada had murdered her, the villain killed his wife yet again by absorbing her energy through a kiss. 

Cicada was eventually stopped by The Flash and Detective Jared Morillo and put on Death Row at Iron Heights. However, before he could be executed, the villain managed to escape during a jailbreak orchestrated by Gorilla Grodd. He would end up accepting an invitation to join the Secret Society Of Super-Villains before being captured and sent to a penal colony on the planet Cygnus.

That's one bad dude, if you ask us!

Clearly, the DC TV version of Cicada is straying away from his comic book backgrounds a bit, but from the description released by the network last month, it certainly sounds as though the core aspects of the vile villain will be carried over to the TV show come October.

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans? Are you excited to meet Cicada?

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