King Snake
King Snake
Personal Info:
Real Name: Edmund Dorrance
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: London, England
First Appearance: Robin Vol.1 1
Died: Batman: Gotham Knights Vol.1 49
Resurrected: Blackest Night Batman 1
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Black Lantern Corps, formerly Ghost Dragons, Kobra
Base Of Operations: Gotham City
Grudges: All sentient life
Creators: Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle
The King Snake is a master of several of the world’s most deadly martial arts. He kills without conscience and has earned the title of "the most dangerous man alive". The King Snake is also blind but has made it an asset rather than a handicap, as he has honed all of his other senses to an uncanny degree. He uses the dark as his weapon.
Black Power Ring: The Black Lantern Rings are capable of wielding the black energy outside of the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum. When Black power rings choose wearers, they present themselves to the deceased without a charge. The rings (which constantly ask for "flesh") are recharged by killing living beings and removing their hearts; each heart restores .01 percent power to every ring in the Corps. Black Lanterns are also able to read the emotions of the living as a coloured aura that correlates to the emotional spectrum (red for rage, violet for love, etc.). Black Lantern Rings will regenerate a corpse each time it is damaged, they can create constructs, but this ability is rarely used and they allow flight.
Edmund Dorrance went from the London slums to a captaincy in the Royal Artillery of the British Army by his 24th birthday. His rise through the ranks was suspicious, and charges of blackmail were rumoured but never formally made. It was as a soldier of the Queen that he came to Hong Kong, where he used his rank as means of smuggling illegal goods from Asia to the ports of Europe.
Over time he became a mercenary and was blinded in battle with soldiers. He was never caught for his crimes and left a young woman who he had gotten pregnant for him to rot in prison for his crimes; this child would become Bane.
Edmund subsequently moved to Hong Kong and used the money he had acquired to start a double life. To the public, he was a Hong Kong businessman worth millions, with interests in shipping, backing, and electronics, while in secret he was one of the most feared men in Asia, a giant in the heroin trade, taking on the name King Snake.
King Snake tried to seize control of the Kobra Cult, with his son (Bane) at his side. After Robin and Batman intervened, however, Bane sided with them. In the resulting struggle, King Snake was knocked down a deep crevice and died. He was resurrected by a Black Lantern Power ring.