Eve was born a short time after the world itself. She was created by God from one rib of Adam, the First Man, who needed a companion that was his equal. As Adam's wife, Eve shared with him the Garden of Eden, and had at disposal everything that Heaven had to offer, but the Tree of Knowledge, the only thing forbidden to them. As the story says, Eve was tricked by the Snake and led to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, and she even shared the fruits with Adam. As a result, the alliance between God and mankind was broken, and both Adam and Eve got exiled from Eden, sent to Earth to live a mortal and painful life. It certainly was painful, especially for Eve who, as the first mother, was the first one to experience the physical strain of giving birth to other human beings. She found relief in the love she felt for her sons, Cain and Abel, but even that was taken from her: for reasons left uncertain, Cain killed Abel, and was cursed as the first murderer. Eve had never experienced death before, but she was helped in dealing with it by Lucien, the first raven, who showed her how to bury Abel. Eve became friends with Lucien, and it was him who introduced her to Dream of the Endless, patron of stories, who let her, her husband and her children enter the Dreaming as the living embodiment of their stories. It was possibly in the Dreaming that Eve learnt to use magic, and she first used it to freely modify her appearance. When she was entrusted with the Sinister House, residence of horror stories and nightmares, Eve looked like an old crone, the epitome of a witch, and she even flew on a broom. She stayed there for centuries, offering terrifying stories to all who passed there (mostly in their nightmares), and she even found herself a new friend, Edgar Allen, a deceased human who had become a raven. Then, she followed another one of the Endless, Destiny, and she took possession of the Haunted House, with similar tasks to her previous accommodation.
When Dream abandoned his realm, captive of a dark mage on Earth, Eve became more and more a recluse, hardening her character and slowly becoming the witch she was pretending to be. From time to time she visited Cain and Abel in the House of Mystery and the House of Secrets, but only to scare them, tormenting them as if she was blaming them for her condition. Her misanthropy grew to the point that, when some neighbors complained with the police about the smell of the potions she prepared in the Haunted House, she cursed them, forcing them to relieve the same, tragic day over and over again for all eternity. Finally, when Dream was released from his imprisonment, Eve came back to the Dreaming as well, and she even brought along the infant Daniel Hall, destined to become Dream's successor. She brought the boy to the House of Secrets, where she grew him with stories along with Cain and Abel. As she was becoming young again, she also regained her old personality, and she came back to be the loving mother of her story. Then, one of her beloved ravens, Matthew got lost after leaving the Dreaming, and Eve left her new home dimension to look for him, summoning all her dead ravens to assist her. It turned out that Matthew had gone on his free will to the Waking World after assisting the Corinthian in his task to retrieve Daniel, who had been kidnapped by Loki and Puck. While the Corinthian retrieved the child, Eve went after Matthew, just in time to see him regain his human form for a little while, just enough to embrace his wife Abby Arcane, and then being killed by Lucien by mistake, as he was in pursuit of the living nightmare Echo. This chain of events led to the Nightmare Wars, a conflict Eve took part to: as familiar with nightmares as she was, she could easily resist their influence, but because of this, she was abducted by Echo, and kept prisoner and tortured until the end of the war. Freed, she came back to her cave in the Dreaming, with her ravens and her memories, ready for the beginning of another infinite cycle.
Powers and Abilities
- Immortality: Eve is immortal and has existed since the dawn of mankind.
- Transformation
- This character is an adaptation of Eve, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- The comic book version of Eve was often used as a host for the horror anthology series Secrets of Sinister House where she was usually accompanied by her sons Cain and Abel, and in Weird Mystery Tales, where she was even more popular than Destiny. The three also made regular appearances in the humor magazine Plop!, written and drawn primarily by Spanish cartoonist Sergio Aragonés. Eve later became a background character in Neil Gaiman's Sandman title, making her first appearance in the title in issue #2.
- 67 Appearances of Eve (New Earth)
- 3 Images featuring Eve (New Earth)
- 4 Quotations by or about Eve (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Eve (New Earth)
- Weird Mystery Tales #11, letters column