Sebastian Shaw
AKA: Black King, Lord Imperial
Species: Human Mutant
Hair: Black
Eyes: Green
Relatives: Shinobi Shaw (son)
Affiliations: Hellfire Club,
Shaw International
Rogue of: Superman, X-Men,
Justice League
Abilities: Metabolizes energy into greater physical attributes

Sebastian Hiram Shaw is the leader of the Hellfire Club. A mutant, Shaw possesses the ability to absorb energy and transform it into raw strength.


Not much is known about Sebastian Shaw's past, but he was an admirably self-made man. Born into poverty, he gained wealth through various--often unscrupulous--means, and became a champion of mutant supremacy. Everything he ever owned, he had to fight for. If not for his insidious ambitions, these accomplishments might have been seen as inspirational. At some point, he founded the Hellfire Club and became the leader of its elite, the Inner Circle.

As the leader of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, Sebastian Shaw manipulated and influenced world events that benefits him and the Club through force, money and power. Shaw held particular interest over Superman and especially concerning his role in Irene Adler's prophecy. As such, Shaw aligned with Doctor Doom and was one of the secret contributors in financing the Friends of Humanity's Sentinel project through Shaw International. After mutants were made public and the formation of the Justice League, Shaw looked on the news with expectations.

Later, his son, Shinobi, whom he hated and looked down on, betrayed him and tried to take control of the Hellfire Club. Impressed by Shinobi's scheming and surprising cunning, Sebastian offered to forgive his son, but his offer was refused, and they fought. Sebastian initially had the upper hand, mocking Shinobi for being a spoiled brat while he (Sebastian) had worked for all he had. Shinobi, being the treacherous snake that he is, pulled out a gun and shot his father, mortally wounding him. With his last breath, Sebastian mocked his son, calling him a "common thug."

However, Sebastian's body was never found by European authorities, leading Superman to believe that he might still be alive, a belief he was quick to share with Shinobi.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Sebastian Shaw has the ability to metabolize energy used against him to increase his own physical abilities; his most common display of this power is in his ability to absorb kinetic energy, allowing him to become stronger the more his opponents attack him. While his comic counterpart has been established as possessing certain physical limitations on the energy that he can absorb at a time, his "Last Son" counterpart's limits- if any- are currently unknown.


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