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Darnell Wade was born in Brooklyn and raised in multiple foster homes. Being passed from one home to another, Darnell took comfort in reading about the many superheroes based in New York.[1]

In his mid-20s, while working days at a secondhand clothing store, Darnell began moonlighting as Shade, a drag queen inspired by New York superheroes. With her best friend, Spillin' Tea-yana Taylor, Shade hosted a lip-sync night it Astoria. However, Shade's real ambition was to be the star of a drag queen competition show. Unfortunately, when Tea gets selected as a drag competition contestant, she snubs Shade on national television ending their friendship and leaving Shade with nothin but an apartment with the electricity turned off and a desire to disappear. And at that moment, Shade's mutant powers manifest allowing her to control Darkforce energy to teleport herself and others.[1]

Excited by her new powers, Shade agreed to emcee New York's first Mutant Pride Parade.[2] She also helped the X-Men fend off Mister Sinister's mutant-Iceman-golems.[3]

Using his new powers, Darnell went on a "shopping spree" with a friend that ended when the police arrived and with Darnell losing his friend while escaping through the Darkforce. Vowing to now only use her powers to bring light and joy into the world, Darnell has rebranded his drag/hero persona as Darkveil.[1]

Darkveil emceed at Java A Go-Go during Iceman's birthday celebration.[1]



Darkforce Teleportation: Darnell is a mutant with the ability to teleport herself and others through the Darkforce Dimension.[2]




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