Real Name: Norman Zachos

Identity/Class: Human, magic user

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Pawn of Chthon, the Dwarf

Enemies: Darkhold Redeemers; shadow demons of Oblivion

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An unnamed prison; the Dark Place;
Realm of Oblivion/Outer Void?

First Appearance: Midnight Sons Unlimited#1 (April, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Zachos was a psychotic, and had no compunctions in maiming an unidentified number of people. He suffered from claustrophobia.
The magic of the Darkhold allowed Mercy to see a shadow world which overlaps with Earth. It also enabled his mind to survive the death of his body, although he remained trapped within his inanimate corpse (or at least within its shadow). When all light was gone, he was consigned to a realm of oblivion and would be the victim of the shadow demons within.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#1/2 (fb)-BTS) - Zachos earned the nickname Mercy because instead of killing his victims, he cut off their hands and tongues so they couldn't identify him--and he thought this made him merciful. He was eventually captured and imprisoned.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#1/2) - While imprisoned, Mercy began to have paranoid visions of demons attacking him. He was visited by the Dwarf, who offered him a page of the Darkhold, which would allow him to see things in a whole new light. Upon reading the page, the Other appeared to Mercy and brought him out of the prison, and into a world of darkness. There he was confronted by some of his past victims and fled into a pitch black room, where he was plagued by shadow demons.
However, prison guards' lights pierced the darkness, dispelling the demons, and allowing them to recapture Mercy. Knowing that the shadow demons would be back at lights out, Mercy jammed a pencil into his own brain, killing him...mostly. Mercy remained aware of everything going on around him. His claustrophobia flared as he was placed inside a pine box, while the Darkhold Redeemers showed up to investigate the use of a Darkhold page. As the coffin was nailed shut, all light was cut-off, and he returned to the darkness...and the demons...

Comments: Created by Chris Cooper and Joe Quesada.

To be honest, I've read this story a few times and still don't really get it. There was the obvious "ironic" twist where the user of the page is actually punished rather than rewarded, but I can't tell you much more than that.

No known connection to:

The Other, the agent of Chthon, should not be confused with:

The nature of the Dark Place (and its shadow demons) remains unknown, as do its potential connections to:

The Dark Place

"...a dark place that only exists where there is light...and whenever all light is gone the victim is consigned to oblivion. and the things that dwell therein."
It would appear that the Dark Place overlaps with the Earth dimension, but it cannot be seen or accessed by most. It can be accessed by magic, such as a spell from the Darkhold. Within the Dark Place exists images from the victim's nightmares. When light from the real world is shone onto the Dark Place, it fades, returning the victim to reality. However, the victim then returns when the light is again cut-off. In addition, within absolute darkness, demons appear to plague the victim.

--Midnight Sons Unlimited#1/2




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Midnight Sons Unlimited#1 (April, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Klaus Janson (artist), Hildy Mesnik

First Posted: 09/17/2002
Last updated: 03/23/2014

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