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Johnny Sorrow

Johnny Sorrow
Johnny Sorrow from the 2002 graphic novel JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice.
Art by Carlos Pacheco.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999)
Created by James Robinson
David S. Goyer
Geoff Johns
Phil Winslade
In-story information
Alter ego Jonathan "Johnny" Sorrow
Team affiliations Injustice Society
Suicide Squad
Abilities Fatal Countenance;
Energy manipulation;
Psionic powers;
Mask transmutation

Johnny Sorrow is a fictional character that appears in publications published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999) and was created by writers Geoff Johns and David Goyer and artist Phil Winslade, though he was first mentioned in passing in Starman #8 (June 1995) in a story written by James Robinson.

First mentioned in the storyline "A Knight in the Circus" in Starman #8 (June 1995), Johnny Sorrow debuted in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999), and was, according to writer Mike Conroy, "...a continuity implant. While purportedly a Golden Age villain...around since the 1940's, Sorrow didn't make his first appearance until more than 50 years later."

After an initial defeat, a greatly changed Sorrow reappeared with a new version of the Injustice Society in JSA #9 - 10 (April - May 2000), and makes a brief appearance in Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E #13 (Aug. 2000). The character returned in a storyline that detailed the origin of his new powers in JSA #16 - 20 (Nov. 2000 - March 2001), and then the graphic novel Virtue and Vice (Jan. 2002), battling both the Justice Society and the JLA with ally Despero. Johnny Sorrow and another version of the Injustice Society appeared in JSA All-Stars #1 (Feb. 2010).

First mentioned by a demonic opponent of the maverick Starman, Sorrow appears as an unnamed intruder in the prison facility the "Slab", killing two prison guards simply by taking a mask off that reveals his true face. Sorrow then frees the supervillain the Icicle, telling the criminal that he once saved his father—the first Icicle—when he was forced to flee from the original Green Lantern.



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