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Respect Mirror Master
I've seen a rise in Mirror Master threads in the battle forums as of late which has led me to believe that more than ever a Mirror Master respect thread is needed. This thread will cover both the original Mirror Master -- Sam Scudder -- and the second Mirror Master -- Evan McCulloch.
Before I begin I want to state that Mirror Master has a very confusing power-set to understand. It's never been well-explained in the comics, so, I'll do my best to try and compile all the information we've got on it to try and make sense of it all.
So -- let's get down to business, eh?
Table of Contents
- Profiles/Handbook Entries
- Powers & Abilities
- The Mirror World
- Mirror Technology (Mirror Gun/Trick Mirrors/Mirror Pack/etc.)
- Misc. Feats/Statements/Crap
1.0 | Origins
Since there are two different Mirror Master's I'll post both of their origins.
Sam Scudder's Origin: The Flash #105 - Conqueror from 8 Million BC! / The Master of Mirrors!
In short - Sam Scudder was an inmate who worked at a mirror factory within a prison. He mixed the wrong chemicals together and created his first piece of mirror technology. It's a typical Silver-Age origin without any "real" explanation.
Evan McCulloch's Origin: The Flash #212 - Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
After Sam Scudder (the original Mirror Master) died during COIE, his equipment was seized by the American government. McCulloch, a rather successful hitman, attracted the eyes of the fed's by killing a few of their own and they offered him the equipment in return for some favors. He eventually double crossed them (this happened in the Animal Man series IIRC) and joined up with the Rogues to fight Flash.
2.0 | Profiles/Handbook Entires
Here are some various handbook entries and whatnot that feature Mirror Master.
In order of where they originate from:
- Flash Secret Files #1 - A Run of Luck; Fast as Fast Can Be; The Case of the Screaming Skull;
- Flash: Iron Heights
- The Flash: Secret Files and Origins 2010
- The Flash #4 - Case One: The Dastardly Death Of The Rogues Part Four
- Who's Who in the DC Universe #15 - Abby Arcane to Tim Hunter
- Who's Who in the DC Universe #13 - Arkham Asylum to Star Sapphire
They're kind of fun -- so there's that.
3.0 | Powers & Abilities
3.1 - The Mirror World
The Mirror World -- the title given to the hub that connects an endless amount of alternate "mirror" dimensions to one another, only accessible using Mirror Master's Mirror Technology.
The original 'Mirror World' was accessed by Sam Scudder and was inhabited by a tribe of Warrior Women known as the Orinocas, these women resembled Amazonians and had never seen a man before. With the knowledge we have now of the Mirror World we know that this 'Mirror World' was simply one of the many alternate "mirror" dimensions accessible via the Mirror World.
Sam Scudder would then go on to use the Mirror World to move in and out of reflective surfaces at will, utilizing it to break free from prison and to commit a variety of high profile crimes.
The Mirror World would then be expanded upon when the title of Mirror Master was passed onto Evan McCulloch -- but we'll see that for ourselves.
Lets get onto the feats & displays of the Mirror World!
As mentioned -- the first time Sam Scudder went to the Mirror World he encountered a tribe of Warrior Women. It's not really a "feat" so to speak, this is just here for historical purposes.
Onto Evan McCulloch, the second Mirror Master and more frequent user of the Mirror World. Here McCulloch explains that after getting his equipment from the American Government (and then defying their orders) he found Scudder's old hideout. There he found research on what he called anti-tachyons.
Harnessing these anti-tachyons in his equipment he was able to access the Mirror World -- the hub for all reflective surfaces on Earth.
Here's an instance from the same issue in which Wally West finds himself within the Mirror World, pulled their an issue earlier by Evan McCulloch (scans will be featured later in the thread) and trapped. It's important to note that Wally can't simply just leave the way he entered -- if you're trapped in the Mirror World then you're trapped.
It's also mentioned that the people on the other side of those reflective surfaces may be able to see you but they can't hear you -- makes me wonder how Mirror Master communicates with people in the real world via the Mirror World, I connect it to his mastery of the place.
In this issue Evan McCulloch traps Wally's wife, Linda Park, in a Mirror Dimension in which time move backwards. What's cool about this feat is that he traps a SINGLE PERSON in a Mirror Dimension but leaves everyone else unaffected, basically it's some sort of localized dimensional trap.
Here's some further explanation about what McCulloch did to Linda. She can't feel, smell or hear Wally and she's been placed in a Mirror Dimension outside Wally & McCulloch's own reality in which time accelerates backwards. At the rate time is moving in that dimension she'll be dead/erased in less than 15 minutes.
Trapped in one of Mirror Master's Mirror Worlds -- Flash finds his Mirror Duplicate in an alternate version of Keystone City. It appears that the Mirror Flash has the same powers/abilities of the real Flash -- something we'll touch on later in the thread.
Mirror Master uses the Mirror World to trap the entirety of the Keystone City Police Department & Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg.
The Keystone CPD and Cyborg are still trapped in the Mirror World, but this time Captain Cold is there to help free them. Detective Fred Chyre is with him and explains that when he was trapped in a Mirror World it made him feel like his blood was turning to syrup and slowed his perception.
Captain Cold also states that he's worked with Mirror Master before and has seen him utilize this trick a few times, important to note for everyone who claims that Mirror Master only did the BFR Insta-Death trick in Final Crisis: Rogues Rebellion. Oh -- and Captain Cold knows how to free people from this trick, just reverse the reflection and break the reversed version.
Throughout this issue Mirror Master had been explaining his origins while also fighting some FBI agents sent after him by a former Rogue-gone-good, Trickster (Jesse). At one point he trapped them in the Mirror World & sent the Mirror they were trapped in to James Jesse -- toying with him.
Issue: The Flash #220 - Rogue War 1
While in the Mirror World Evan McCulloch harms the reflection of a security guard -- we see the actual guard in the real world is affected by being grabbed as well. Then, when his reflection's throat is slit, he feels the same pain and dies in a puddle of his own blood.
This sequence is actually a dream sequence -- but I included it because it still holds true in explaining the Mirror World. It contains reflections of reflections of reflections in an infinite loop. It basically embodies the idea of -- if you can think it, there's a universe where it exists -- and that's pretty cool.
This also explains how there have been so many different Mirror Worlds in the past, such as the original one that Sam Scudder visited and the one in which Plunder came from.
Issue: Animal Man #8 - Mirror Moves
This is actually the issue in which the second Mirror Master is first featured. Here he punks Animal Man after he enters the Mirror World -- it's basically like a living fun-house mirror.
This is a different artistic rendition of the Mirror World, but each of those glowing stars is a gateway to a reflective surface. This also shows that it doesn't matter how large or small the mirror is -- it can be used for transportation by Mirror Master, because that side-view mirror on the truck is clearly smaller than Mirror Master is.
Here to reiterate the fact that Mirror Master is the one way to get out of the Mirror World if you're trapped inside, otherwise he wouldn't state that he's their ride home and that young child wouldn't be afraid of being stuck on the inside.
Mirror Master and the rest of the Rogues arrive back at their hideout only to find that the second Trickster, Axel Walker, has taken over. Mirror Master uses his Mirror Technology to BFR his groupies into the Mirror World and states that if Trickster breaks the Mirror it'll kill them.
Considering Mirror Master has been inside mirrors when they're busted I'm led to believe that Mirror Master can send these people to pocket dimensions within the Mirror World (remember -- it is infinite) and the destruction of those mirrors leads to the destruction of those pocket dimensions.
While in the Mirror World he creates a series of duplicates on the reflective surfaces of a man's eyes, thus blinding him.
Heading into N52 territory -- Sam Scudder uses the Mirror World to access the reflective surface of a Satellite orbiting Earth.
Another N52 feat, but this one comes from when Scudder was trapped inside the Mirror World. He states that inside the Mirror World he can do whatever he wants and begins to cover Flash is small glass shards.
If it wasn't for his ability to vibrate at high speeds/phase then it would've likely been game over for Flash.
Inside the Mirror World Scudder can make "anything happen" as he creates illusions/constructs of Turbine's family.
Mirror Master's control over the Mirror World is pretty stellar too -- here he punches into one Mirror and it pops out the other, nailing future Barry in the face.
This feat is here to highlight Mirror Master's control over traveling through the Mirror World.
Similar to Mirror World BFR in a sense -- but different enough that it has to be included. If a Mirror is destroyed while someone is partially through it then it completely cuts them in half, severing whatever part(s) were inside the mirror from their body.
This happens to an unfortunate Heatwave replacement when he loses his arm -- we see Mirror Master holding the severed arm inside the mirror as well.
The Mirror Beasts
This is a sub-category of the Mirror World -- the Mirror Beasts. They've taken different forms in the past but all of them are summoned from the Mirror World by Mirror Master.
I'm not 100% sure if these are Mirror Beasts, but it's the first appearance of anything of the sort -- Mirror Master's so-called invincible body guards. These are duplicates of Mirror Master that reside in the Mirror World and can fire paralyzing beams into the real world.
It's a silver-age feat, so they'll probably never be used, but it's good for historical purposes.
These Mirror Beasts were made of Mirrors and lived inside the Mirror World -- they were hostile to even Mirror Master, but that could've been due to the lack of experience McCulloch had at the time or that he was trying to trick Flash (of which he succeeded in) into helping him.
The Mirror Beasts can be broken, but that just creates more of them -- similar to a Hydra and it's multiple heads. Wally even states that after he broke all the Mirrors in this specific Mirror Verse that the dust would reform into an unstoppable amount of Mirror Monsters.
Mirror Master's gun was triggered by Plunder at the end of the issue before this which resulted in Mirror Master summoning Mirror Versions of himself, Captain Cold and Wally West. They seem to be a different type of Mirror Monster that can actually interact with the real world and pull people into the Mirror World, as that's what happened to Mirror Master.
Also of an important note -- Wally was stuck inside this Mirror World and it cut him off from all of his powers, so each one of these Mirror Verses seems to be different/has different effects.
Mirror Master accesses some alternate realities and summons 3 Mirror Versions of Flash and orders them to kill him. They unfortunately seem pretty fragile (as they're shattered when Flash throws Trickster's bombs at them) but it's still worth mentioning.
This version of the Mirror Beast is the most recent and resembles the ones from inside the Mirror World in Flash 105. Flash destroys the Mirror Versions of himself (they shatter like glass) but they then reform into the behemoth Mirror Beast that begins to mirror his speed & manages to pin him against a wall.
Flash defeats this Mirror Beast by vibrating with a frequency of 10,000 vibrations per second, reducing the creature to dust. So apparently this Mirror Beast doesn't have the same reforming capabilities as the one(s) before it, which were able to reform from dust when Wally blitzed through them.
3.2 - Mirror Technology
Aside from his connection to the Mirror World, Mirror Master also has a bunch of trick mirrors with varying effects. His trademark Mirror Gun is also capable of some devastating attacks and illusions.
The Mirror Gun is a blaster that Mirror Master always has on him. It's capable of transmutation, teleportation and duplication.
One of the first times the Mirror Gun was ever seen in Flash comics. It had a different design but similar abilities -- here it transmutes Flash into a glass version of himself. Of course, due to Silver Age what-the-heckery we see Flash utilize his total atomic control and basically form-change from glass to human.
Mirror Master uses his Mirror Gun to transmute the Barry Allen of this universe into glass -- we should note that this Barry Allen wasn't/isn't the Flash.
While fighting the FBI agents sent by Trickster he utilizes his weapon's transmutation abilities. This time we see the transmuted foe come crashing to the ground, shattering into bits of glass and blood.
Uses his blaster to transmute Tattooed Man (Tarrant) into glass. He's then pushed over and shatters into a bunch of pieces.
The first group of villains to be trapped on the prison planet during Salvation Run, the Rogues were under constant attack. Here we see Mirror Master transmuting one of his attackers with his blaster.
For context, these creatures were trained against by Parademon Strike Forces.
Still on the Prison Planet and still fighting for their lives -- this time against Parademons themselves. Mirror Master easily transmutes a group of them & Weather Wizard shatters them all with hail.
HARD LIGHT/ENERGY BLASTS
There's some energy projection that Mirror Master can accomplish via his Mirror Gun -- usually taking the form of a hard light beam.
Scudder uses one of his Mirror-Weapons (looks like an earlier version of something that'd be incorporated into his Mirror Gun) to fire a solid-light beam at a security guard to KO him.
Mirror Master hits Barry Allen with a trick-shot of solid light from his Mirror Gun -- seems to just stun him a bit.
Blasts some man in a high-tech suit with his Mirror Gun & probably kills him -- though Mirror Master states he doesn't know what he did to him.
Fires an energy beam from his Mirror Gun that turns a member of the KCPD inside out.
Uses his Mirror Gun to blast some weird card-like monster.
Puts his hand in one reflective surface, it comes out another & blasts Parasite with an energy beam, stunning him momentarily. It also seems to open a portal to the Mirror World which is a great segue into the next section.
PORTAL CREATION FEATS
Mirror Master can also create pathways to the Mirror World with his blaster.
Uses his Mirror Gun to project several portals to the Mirror World during a bank heist.
Uses his Mirror Gun to project several portals to the Mirror World, again, but this time to re-direct a flame blast.
Issue: The Flash #48 - Public Enemy
Tries to blast Flash, but is tagged before he can do so & we see a portal generate from his weapon, then Weather Wizard gets tossed inside.
Issue: The Flash #49 - New Blood
As Weather Wizard creates a tornado that begins collecting shards of ice, Mirror Master creates a portal to the Mirror World. The Tornado enters & then more portals are generated, each with a copy of that very same tornado, which then begins spitting out razor sharp shards of ice.
DUPLICATION & ILLUSIONS
This will get another segment that collects ALL of Mirror Master's duplication and illusion feats, but this section collects the ones specifically generated via his Mirror Gun.
Uses his Mirror Gun to create a series of duplicates to distract Green Arrow -- each one shatters into glass when destroyed. We also see another example of size being irrelevant when exiting the Mirror World as the real Mirror Master expands out of a glass shard.
Issue: Animal Man #8 - Mirror Moves
Blasts Animal Man with one of his mirrors to create an illusion that causes Animal Man to take on the appearance of whoever he looks at, making him a living mirror.
The illusion disappears when the mirror is destroyed.
Using his Mirror Gun (or as Freeze calls it -- reflection gun) to create several illusions of a KO'd Weather Wizard, using the actual KO'd Weather Wizard to do so.
Creates Mirror-Constructs (similar to the ones from Green Arrow 55) that can talk and converse with the real world. Unfortunately the Royal Flush Gang takes a shot at them causing them to explode into glass -- but they worked as a great distraction for the actual Rogues.
The Mirror Pack was a silly gimmick that existed in the Silver Age; it was pretty much a Mirror Jet Pack.
Using his solar-powered flying pack (what a catchy name) to soar through the sky.
Using his Mirror Pack again to soar off into the sky -- this time away from the Flash. Unfortunately Heatwave creates a solid path of molecules for Flash to run on, allowing him to zip through the air after our fiendish Mirror-Monarch!
Using his Mirror Pack for the last time (thankfully) to chase after one of the Top's trick tops.
Miscellaneous Trick Mirrors
These are going to be all from the Silver-Age, back when Mirror Master had some of the most absurd Trick Mirrors that he used in his crimes and capers.
An ammo-absorbent mirror that seems to attract bullets like a magnet and sends them into the Mirror World.
Built an atomic mirror bomb that triggers if it's mirrors detect super speed vibrations. No idea what it's destructive capacity actually was as it never got triggered.
A body-switching mirror that he used to swap all of the imprisoned Rogues with random, innocent citizens. Basically he used teleportation, but it had to have a goofy name to fit in with the times.
Uses a camouflage mirror to turn himself invisible -- actually wish we saw more of this.
Creates a future mirror that can see 20 seconds into the future. It ain't much, but hey, it's something.
Uses the future mirror again to predict what the Flash will do -- of course, something incredibly bizarre and strange happened where Flash got sent into the future and then came back to create a strange paradox where he then helped his past self.
It was a stupid story -- I'm just here for the mirrors, man.
Apparently he has an invisibility shield -- a shield that makes him invisible? It honestly looks like it makes him more visible but he was able to rob a bank, so like... whatever works I guess.
Uses a liquid mirror that fires a liquid that reflects all light except for UV Radiation and harnesses it to burn their target. It's like a super-sunburn!
Uses a different type of liquid mirrors that look like puddles but are actually landmines. These landmines KO'd Barry Allen and also implanted a hypnotic command into his mind, forcing him to head to a two-bit carnival to gaze at a telepathic mirror.
Uses a bunch of locating mirrors to track down Zoom & Kid Zoom.
Uses a Matter Displacing Mirror to create a hole within the bank so he can steal some money.
The mirror duplicator -- a voodoo doll type mirror that does to the host what is done to it. Mirror Master shoots it with a magic bullet to paralyze Barry Allen.
Uses a blinding mirror to blind Wonder Woman, Flash and Ultra. Turns out it creates some bubble around their head that'll first blind them and then cause them to suffocate.
Uses the blinding mirror again -- this time without the suffocation bubble.
Using what he called the 'Mammoth Mirror' to launch Barry Allen into space at multi-light speed. I love the Silver Age and you do too.
Using some trick-mirrors to make Barry Allen believe that his molecular structure was altered. The illusions generated by these mirrors were so effective that Barry couldn't use his super-speed to full effect because he was so disoriented afterwards.
Has protective mirrors built into his costume that are capable of blinding the Flash long enough for him to make an escape.
Using a 'Quake Mirror' to cause a localized earthquake that lasts for 7 minutes.
Using tiny specialized mirrors hidden on his person, Mirror Master is able to alter his size.
Using his shrinking mirror(s) again -- this time to shrink Flash.
Uses a 'Switching Mirror' that can swap the bottom half's of things to swap his legs with Barry Allens -- thus apparently granting him super speed in the most hilarious of ways.
Using his ULTRA REAR VIEW MIRROR he can spot a speeding Flash -- even when the naked eye can't.
Also showcases what he calls the 'Distorter Gun' which works like an over-amplified fun-house mirror to disorient it's target.
Has mirrored soles on his boots that can project a concentrated energy burst with the kick of a bazooka.
Utilizing his mirrored soles once again, this time to propel himself through the sky like a rocket; however, he must be in a beam of light in order to use them in this manner.
Issue: The Flash #350 - Flash Flees
Has mirror-contact lenses concealed inside his mask that can emit tiny lasers -- activated by rapid eye movement.