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Matthew 27:51 is a member of the Rapture, a group of superheroes working for televangelist Reverend Skagg. Advised by a disguised Shapeshifter he made a plea to his viewers for volunteers with police or military backgrounds to come forward and join his holy crusade. Twelve hundred volunteers came forward, and Skagg tortured them to death, each in a unique and brutal manner; as Shapeshifter had expected, the violent deaths attracted the Shadowspear, a storm of magical energy previously assembled by Shapeshifter's former ally Saker, and its energies resurrected six of the twelve hundred as undead superhumans, the Rapture, naming each individual for passages in the Bible.   
In Matthew 27:51's case, his passage reads "At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split." 
After initially establishing a reputation doing good deeds, the Rapture ambushed the Elementals away from public view, as Skagg viewed that hero team as abominations serving Satan, but the Rapture were defeated and some of their members were slain. 
Matthew has earth-quake inducing powers. He can shatter stone and heave the ground causing people to tumble. His arms were disfigured after they were set on fire by Morningstar.

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