General Information
Real name: David Hersch
First Appearance: The Flash (Vol 2) #170
Created by: Geoff Johns
Scott Kolins
Affiliations: Formerly:
Cicada Cult
Secret Society of Super Villains II
Abilities: Architecture
Portrayed by: Chris Klein
Chris Webb
Sarah Carter



Cicada Born David Hersch is The Founder, Creator and Leader of The Cicada Cult and is an extremely dangerous Metahuman criminal in Keystone City. After murdering his wife, sick with regret, he sought to end his own life. Until he was struck by a bolt of lightning. He discovered that he had gained the ability to absorb the life force of others, extending his life span almost a century. He believed the accident was the same as The Flash's and that they should be linked. The lightning bolt gave him a vision of his own immortality and foretold the resurrection of his wife. Over the subsequent years he operated as The Cult Leader Cicada, accumulating many followers planning for the day he would resurrect his wife.

The Cicada Cult

The Cicada Cult and it's followers were dedicated to the murder of every one that The Flash has ever saved using lightning bolt shaped daggers. He teams up with The Flash's ex, Magenta and managed to kidnap him. Cicada reveals to Wally that his wife was murdered and he was struck by lightning. Cicada saw a vision that he was destined to live on, together with his wife. By taking the energy left over from all the people The Flash has saved and from The Flash himself, Cicada succeeded in bringing his wife back from the dead. However, his wife revealed that Cicada murdered her. Cicada denied this and killed his wife yet again by absorbing her energy through a kiss. He was eventually stopped by The Flash and Detectives Jared Morillo and Officer Fred Chyre and though not before he managed to slash Morillo with his knife. This gave Morillo a the ability to heal rapidly from any injury, similar to Cicada's own. Cicada was put on death row in Iron Heights pending confirmation by S.T.A.R. Labs that he could even be killed in the first place, but escaped during Gorilla Grodd's jailbreak.

The Secret Society of Super Villains

Cicada later appeared at Captain Boomerang's funeral and accepted an invitation to join Alexander Luthor, Jr.'s Secret Society of Super-Villains during Infinite Crisis. He is one of the various super criminal sent to to the penal colony on the planet Cygnus 4019, which has been nicknamed Salvation.

Powers and Abilities


  • Unique Physiology: After being struck by lightning, David's body had changed into a lightning rod for souls and he learned not only could he live forever but he could do so by stealing lives.
  • Accelerated Healing: David's body's increased metabolism allows him to heal damaged tissue much faster and more extensively than a normal human is capable of.
  • Immortality: Stealing one life can give David up to a century more to live and he's killed dozens of people already. Coupling this with his self healing means that Cicada is effectively immortal.
  • Psychic Link: After being cut by Cicada's dagger Jared Morillo is now connected to him.



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  • Lightning Daggers: David wields two blades capable of absorbing the life force of his victims to be transferred to resurrect the dead.


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