33 years ago - Evan McCulloch is left on the doorstep of an Irish orphanage.
20 years ago - 13-year-old Evan runs away, living as a thief and street thug.
14 years ago - 19-year-old Evan fulfills his first contract kill.
10 years ago - 23-year-old Evan takes a contract on Animal Man's life. Buddy convinces him that he's wasting his talent as an assassin & that he could "do great things". He moves to Keystone City to become the new Mirror Master, confronting The Flash & Kid Flash.
7 years ago - 26-year-old Evan is caught & sent to prison by Wally West when he ends Barry Allen's ideal with the Rogues, holding them responsible for the fall of Frankie Kane.
5 years ago - 28-year-old Evan escapes the Suicide Squad after Rick Flagg's death. He rejoins the Rogues.
3 years ago - 30-year-old Evan & the original Rogues stop Clifford Devoe's new, more lethal team of Rogues, earning a new deal with Wally West.
The Silver Age versions of the Flash rogues gallery were almost all drawn from the same archetype; a criminal who "invented a device' that allowed them to somehow completely violate the fundamental laws of physics. Within that context, a burglar that invents a way to manipulate light with mirrors to the point where he was flat-out warping reality wasn't that much of a stretch. One of the main things we find ourselves doing with every classic member of the Rogues is struggling to exlain just what the hell is going on. Thankfully, with the second Mirror Master Evan McCulloch, a lot of the heavy lifting had already been done.
Mirror Master's Comic History
Evan McCulloch appeared for the first time in 1989 in the pages of Animal Man. This was one several amazing series that grew out of the penchant to gived obscure little-known characters to unknown British writers, the same practice that gave us Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, & Peter Milligan's Shade the Changing Man. In this case, Animal Man was being written by Grant Morrison, who of course would go on to revolutionize the Justice League, recreate the X-Men for the new millenium, and tie knots in Batman's mythology that we're still trying to figure out.
While the practice of updating and modernizing Flash villains would become more normalized a year later when Mark Waid took over writing his book, this was the first time we had seen anyone do it. This was a decidedly Grant Morrison take on the practice, simply taking the equipment of the original Mirror Master and giving it to an Irish-born street thug & assassin. It wasn't a complex character shift, but it was an effective one. Even now, when the modern Rogues are all together, McCulloch continues to feel just a little more dangerous than everyone else. The innovation behind his reinvention was to take those powers and give them to someone who presented a real threat.
Our Mirror Master Story
McCulloch fit very neatly into our timeline. We introduced him in much the same way, starting with him finding the Mirror Master technology and choosing to adopt the identity for himself, and taking a job to kill Buddy Baker before he abandons it to go on to bigger things.
We decided to make him an early member of the Suicide Squad. there is some precident for this, as there are very few noteworthy villains in DC who HAVEN'T been associated with the Suicide Squad at one time or another, but in his case he just seems to work particularly well in the group. Of course, fellow Rogue Captain Boomerang is a seminal member of that team. We don't mean to be continually reaching into the grab-bag of Flash villains for the Squad, but the fact is they're one of the best and most iconic group of bad guys outside of Gotham. Mirror Master, despite or maybe because of the inherent weirdness of his powers, is one of the best.