Created by Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel

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Torque; Art by Scott McDaniel and Karl Story
The Original Universe


Real Name: Dudley Soames
Occupation: former police Inspector, later hitman
Status: Deceased
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Single
Base of Operation: Blüdhaven
Gender: Male
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 186 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Greying Brown
First Appearance: (as Dudley Soames): Nightwing Vol. 2 #1 (October 1996): "Child of Justice"
(as Torque): Nightwing Vol. 2 #27 (January 1999): "Live Not on Evil"
Creators: Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel


Lieutenant Dudley Soames was probably the hottest contender for title of 'most corrupt cop in Blüdhaven' - quite an achievement considering the reputation of that particular police force. He was the liaison between the police and criminal Blockbuster, but when Nightwing arrived in town, he used the vigilante to play both sides off each other. He was eventually discovered and Blockbuster twisted his head around 180 degrees. Miraculously, he survived and lived a backwards-facing life having sworn revenge on both Blockbuster and Nightwing. He managed to escape from jail with the help of the easily-fooled Tad Ryerstad. Soames planned to kill Tad after their escape, but instead was killed by his intended victim.


For a definitive list of appearances of Torque in chronological order click here