DC Comics fans will recognize the name of tonight’s episode of The Flash—“Shade.” When I think of Shade, I always think of James Robinson and Tony Harris’ amazing STARMAN series—read it! —but, Shade is actually a long-time Flash villain.
Unlike many characters in the DC Comics pantheon, there has only ever been one Shade—Richard Swift. For the purpose of this article, we are going to examine his power sets and origin. What makes Shade, Shade?