Former Aliases: Star Tsar, Privateer
Real Name: Mark Fletcher Shaw, JD
Group Affiliation: Former member of the Manhunters, former member Justice League of America, occasional associate of the Suicide Squad, former member of Shadow Fighters
History: Mark Shaw was a prosecutor who got tired of seeing criminals walk free. His uncle took advantage of this and brought Mark into the cult of the Manhunters, telling Mark they were a force for good. Mark was conditioned by the Manhunters, even placed under their control a times. Eventually, he realized he was on the wrong side and turned on them.
But they’d warped a part of his mind, and he felt a need for power. In a convoluted scheme, Shaw developed the identities of the Star Tsar, a criminal, and the Privateer, a hero. Shaw even joined the Justice League as the Privateer, seeking to infiltrate them and destroy them from within. Red Tornado figured out what he was doing and the League stopped his plan, sending him to prison.
Years later, Shaw was recruited into the Suicide Squad, given a chance to earn his freedom. He helped the Squad against his old foes, the Manhunters, during the Millennium event. He was one of the few Waller actually let go. Shaw began operating as Manhunter. He claimed to be a bounty hunter, going after villains, but he frequently ends up doing the right thing in spite of himself.
At one point, Shaw was reportedly killed by Eclipso. Eventually (and unconvincingly in my opinion), the was revealed to be a scheme by Sarge Steel and Amanda Waller.
In his guise as a bounty hunter and even occasional mercenary, Shaw was contacted again by Amanda Waller and is serving with the Squad again, keeping the criminals on mission and limited their collateral damage as best he can.
Abilities: Shaw has a brilliant, driven mind. His ability to plan scheme was part of what attracted Waller’s attention in the first place. He’s very observant and intelligent. He is a skilled tracker of both people and animals, in rural and urban environments, an ability Waller finds attractive in his new role with the Squad. Shaw is a highly skilled hand to hand combatant, and adept with many weapons.
Weapons/Equipment: Shaw’s mask has several types of sensors in it, low-light capability, and protection from flash grenades and the like. His power baton can be used as a staff and converts to nunchuks. It also has other functions, including a magnetic pulse to repel metallic weapons, grappling hook, retractable blade, and sonic weapon nearly as effective as Black Canary’s Canary cry. His costume is armored and padded.