Notes: Fade is also one of only a handful of gay men in comics and even more rare a black gay man.
Powers: Fade exists as a “wave” meaning his existence is spread out over a three second time period at all times. This allows him to see a few seconds into the future. In addition to this he can fly, control his density to become intangible and tangible at will and solidify parts of his body inside a target for devastating effects. Because of the nature of his powers he needs his sister Flashback to anchor him in any given time or he would linger between seconds uncontrollably.
Carlos joined the force syndicate with his sister Flashback in order to help them assimilate after moving to the US from Panama. He knew from early on that he was gay. While in the force syndicate he fell in love with Tech-9one of the founding members of Force Syndicate, though Tech-9 had no idea Carlos’ true feelings. His gang-banger lifestyle left a strained relationship with himself and his father. On the night of the Big Bang event he was one of many gang members to attend the event. Unlike most of those present however he was changed by the event into a super powered being. Stretched over a three second time span he would remain incorporeal and almost unseen forever, luckily his sister Flashback‘s power anchored him in whichever time she was. He lost the man he loved eventually and was blackmailed due to his sexuality by teammate Masquerade. It’s unknown if he is still “in the closet” to this day.
Heroes for the little brown girls in your life
Dr. Elizabeth Chapel, alias Doctor Midnight was the successor to Charles McNider (Doctor Mid-Nite) who died during “Zero Hour,” as he had no known living relatives. He was close to his student and protégé, Beth. Chapel first appeared when Jade of Infinity, Inc. was rushed to the hospital for treatment against Mister Bones’ cyanide touch. Shortly thereafter, her super-hero career kicked into fast and full gear.
During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Beth was blinded by an oxygen explosion in her hospital. She was rescued by Rick Tyler, the son of Hourman, who had taken his father’s Miraclo. Like McNider, Beth discovered that she too could see in the dark. She and Rick both assumed the mantles of their predecessors, as Doctor Midnight (note the different spelling) and Hourman. Along with Yolanda Montez, the new Wildcat, they applied for membership in Infinity, Inc., but were not immediately accepted. Eventually they were admitted, but their careers were short-lived.
Infinity, Inc. soon disbanded and Doctor Midnight and Wildcat were recruited by the U.S. government for a mission to defeat Eclipso. Both women died on that mission along with Commander Steel, Peacemaker and Major Victory.
"And if a certain vintage JSA-er retires, I can even take over his business!"
↳Beth Chapel, Dr. Mid-nite II
First Appearance: Infinity Inc. v1 #19
Who is she? Beth Chapel is an accomplished and successful doctor, working under the famed Charles McNider for years— and deduced his identity without much of a word to it as Doctor Mid-nite. She never said much of it, it wasn’t her business and she trusted the doc. She’s a very serious, empathetic woman dedicated to saving lives and when Infinity Inc. finds their way into the hospital during the Crisis, she’s there to help them as well. A vicious earthquake strikes, and when trying to save civilians, she is blinded in an explosion. Doc McNider, sly as he is, tried to save her eyesight in the smallest way, gave her an ocular operation and ability to see in the dark. Aiming to take over his mantle once he had seemingly died, she joined Infinity Inc., growing close Yolanda Montez and Bones, while still holding up her dedicated career as a surgeon. She’s compassionate, determined, and a self-assured woman all on her own.
What can she do? Armed with blackout bombs to blind the enemies in a cloud of pitch black smoke, she can see when other’s can’t; complete and total darkness is her element, and even in near darkness, she can manage her own way. An acrobat, she’s trained for combat by her team mates and can hold her own with several enemies at once. She’s also amazingly down to earth what with all the crazy things you’d be seeing in the hero world. On top of all that, she’s a skilled surgeon rivaling Charles McNider’s famous skill.
- Infinity Inc. v1 #20-21, 26-on, Annual 2
*After Infinity Inc. was cancelled, Beth, along with Yolanda Montez, were set into the Eclipse (#11-14) and unceremoniously killed off. You can find and read those issues if you want but I don’t recommend them.