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Pre-crisis history

The story of Mellu started before Shade, the Changing Man. But the parts of her history before the series hasn`t been told to us. Therefore, her history known to us, starts from Shade, the Changing Man.

Mellu got to know Shade first, as her martial arts instructor. When she bacame better and better at that, she became his partner. And after that, his lover. Later on they engaged. But it all changed when Mellus parents were crippled, and Shade was thought to be the faulty one (among other things). He goed to prison. But, due to an accident, he got to escape to Earth. Mellu teleported to Earth, to hunt Shade down.

After The Form (a member of the Crime council of Meta) had escaped from Zero-zone to Earth, Mellu killed her. Unfortunately for Shade, Mellu was in the same bulding as him, and almost killed Shade too. But, she obviously didn`t succeed. After her failure, she returned to Meta.

When Shade returned to Meta, and was noticed, he was to be arrested if noticed. Every agent, meaning also Mellu, was looking for him.During the searching, she accidentally stumbled to Gola Zae (another Metan criminal) and her insane and evil plans. She and her goon sent Mellu to Zero-zone, to the area of Madness, where she goed to shock. She was saved by Shade, who also saved her sanity. But, Mellu was too shocked, and in the end, unconscious during Shades noble acts. So she didn`t find out, until later what Shade had done.

When she regained consciousness, she noticed that Shade had been captured.

Dr. Sagan showed her a video of Shades act of heroism. She bacame a little convinced that Shade possibly isn`t all that evil. She and Sgt. Barak (part of Shades supporting cast) decided to spring Shade out of jail. But one of Shades enemies goons had already captured him, and the goons goed to their headquarters. Mellu and Barak followed them all, but were noticed and captured. They were brought to Crime counsils HQ, and they saw Shade battling against the leader of the council, Supreme decider. This cleared all suspicion of Shades true, good nature from their minds. She and Barak helped Shade to fight against Sude, and they defeated Sude. During the battle, Shade dissapeared, and were thought to be dead by many.

During the time he was gone, Mellu fought against a criminal called cloak (who framed Shade as the murderer of Capt. Majan), with Barak.

By the last issue of Shade, she finally got to reunite with Shade, and all feud between them was forgiven.


Mellu was created by Steve Ditko and Michael fleisher.

Major story arc

The first Shade-series.


Mellu is/was (depends of the version) strikingly beautiful and an expert at combat.

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