OriginA child of preachers Joe Earl and Thelma, Obadiah Archer discovers his parents molesting children from their congregation. Obadiah is captured and almost killed by his parents, who tie him up and set fire to the house with him inside. Archer manages to escape, and makes a promise to God that
Obadiah Archer, a child from Kansas, is almost killed when he is tied up in a burning house by his preacher parents after discovering them molesting children. With death imminent, Obadiah promises God he will bring his parents to justice for their crimes, however he becomes engulfed by the smoke and passes out. Here he has a near-death experience, being drawn towards the afterlife but remembers his promise to God and wakes up in a hospital bed.and breaks free, but passes out from the smoke. After a near death experience, he wakes in a hospital bed, however fearing his parents, he flees the country. Arriving at a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, here he discovers his near-death experience has unlocked some abilities, being able Archer discovers he has abilities, allowing him to master martial arts with ease and having an uncanny gift with a bow and arrowand use of weapons. After years with the Monksof training, Archer returns to the USA States to find exact justice on his parents, but quickly learns discovers they were imprisoned not long after he leftare already imprisoned. Wandering the streets hopelessly, Archer he meets an immortal a man named Armstrong and they eventually team up to take down a secret society known as The Sect.
With Valiant's relaunch in 2012, Archer was trained as a child assassin by his preacher/politician parents out of a theme park in Kansas. Along with several other children, Archer was adopted, but his true origin is unknown to him. His foster parents had told him that he was their real son, in efforts to make him more obedient. After winning a competition between his siblings, Archer is sent out into the world for the first time to find and kill a man who must not be named. The man turns out to be Armstrong, an immortal who explains that Obadiah is working for a group whom his parents have led him to believe to be a demon. Travelling to New York City, Archer meets a man named Armstrong and learns that he is the man he was sent to kill. They fight, but are both captured by a secret society known as the Sect. After discovering that the revelation is true, Archer teams with Armstrong in an effort to prevent his parents and the Sect
While captive, Archer escapes but discovers he was lied to by his parents, who are members of the Sect, and teams up with Armstrong to stop them from destroying the world and gaining immortality for themselves.