|"Once again, we return."|
- "When you're as good as I am? This is humble."
Becoming a godEdit
Baal was born Valentine Campbell, and grew up with his parents and younger brother and sister. Baal's incarnation was in 2013, before the start of the series. He was the first god to emerge in the 2010s Recurrence. When he became a god, Ananke warned him about the Great Darkness, but he didn't take it seriously, and they attacked his family, killing his father.
After the Judge Holmes murder, Baal appeared on television defending Lucifer, saying that she shouldn't have been on trial in the first place, as her murder of the gunmen was in self-defence. However, he agreed with Ananke that she should be left in prison, and fought with Inanna about it.
Baal overheard Cassandra and Laura discussing him as a suspect in the judge's murder, having been messaged their location by Cassandra's assistant. He invited them to Valhalla, threatening violence or legal action if they refused. He showed them a mural of himself, explained that the gods had no choice in how to deal with Lucifer, and led Laura to the meeting with Ananke, who explained they had to leave Lucifer in prison to ensure the continuance of the Recurrence.
After Lucifer escaped from prison, Baal attacked her with lightning, telling her to go back or he and Sakhmet would kill her, although he admitted that in her position, he would refuse too. He was present after Lucifer was killed by Ananke for her out-of-control behaviour. He elected not to go to her funeral, noting that her parents likely wouldn't want him there.
After Lucifer's deathEdit
Baal was present at Fantheon. He defended Laura from harassers in the VIP area, and comforted Minerva after she unintentionally injured Brunhilde with a miracle. He also attended Dionysus' party, and hijacked a bus to take Laura home after it. It is implied that they then slept together.
Baal was devastated when Inanna was murdered (seemingly by Baphomet). He gave an interview about his feelings for Inanna to Beth and her camera crew in exchange for her help finding the Morrigan, who he believed would lead him to Baphomet. He and Woden captured her and took her back to Valhalla, where she was imprisoned in a cage Woden had built. He then picked a fight with Tara at a Pantheon meeting shortly before her death, which he later expressed regret about. Ananke revealed that Baphomet may have been influenced by a demon, and war may be on the horizon, so Baal started training in preparation.
In late September, Ananke called a gathering of the gods and revealed that 'The Destroyer' had returned. She took Woden and Sakhmet with her to fight this being, but commanded Baal to stay and guard Valhalla, despite his protests. Once they left, there was a knock at the door, which Baal opened to find Baphomet on the other side. Baphomet attacked him with a flaming baton, knocking him out. Once he regained consciousness, he went after Baphomet, who was escaping with the Morrigan and Minerva, vowing revenge for Inanna's death. However, at that moment, Persephone arrived and rescued them. Baal came to the realisation that she was actually Laura Wilson. Despite this, Ananke convinced him that she was his enemy, and sent him, Sakhmet and Amaterasu after the runaway gods, resulting in another battle as they rescued Minerva.
The other gods followed them to Valhalla and continued their battle there, leaving Minerva inside with Ananke. Urdr arrived and broke up the fight, persuading them to put aside their differences temporarily to check that Minerva really was safe. Sakhmet paid no attention to this, fully intending to continue the fight, but Baal knocked her out, concerned for Minerva's well-being. They found Ananke just as she was about to sacrifice Minerva, and a furious Baal led the attack. Persephone captured Ananke in her vines, and seemed to be considering killing her, but Baal talked her down, reminding her that it was not what her parents or Inanna would have wanted. He comforted her, and she appeared to be listening to him. However, she then asked what her sister would have wanted, and, realising she would never know, violently killed Ananke. Baal then decided they would claim it was self-defence, to protect Persephone from jail.
Fighting the Great DarknessEdit
Following this, Baal moved into the Pantheon's new headquarters in the Shard with Persephone and Minerva. He officially became Minerva's legal guardian after her parents' deaths. His first priority was meeting with government figures to reassure them about recent events. He was interviewed for the November 2014 edition of Pantheon Monthly, in which he revealed he was in a relationship with Persephone. He also spoke about the new responsibilities he had taken on since Ananke's death, becoming the de facto leader of the group.
As Baal was relaxing one night with Persephone and Minerva, Minerva was abruptly kidnapped by the Great Darkness. He fought them off and rescued her, then went to check on his family, who had also been attacked. The Pantheon held a meting to discuss how they would deal with the Great Darkness, and Baal believed their main priority should be fighting them. They held a vote with the result being to do nothing, Persephone casting the deciding vote. Baal was frustrated by this and when he confronted her, Persephone broke up with him, telling him she was not Inanna and would only ever hurt him.
Baal is a black man with short black hair and brown eyes. He typically wears a suit over a T-shirt, a gold stud earring in his left ear, and a gold chain around his neck or, after the meeting at Valhalla, the lightning pendant he received from Woden. A variant cover for Issue 19 depicts Baal with a tattoo of Inanna's symbol, but it is unknown whether he has this in the comic.
Baal is arrogant, proud, and aggressive. He is angry about the limited life span that results from being a god. He says that when he performs, people know that he is bad in his soul, which makes them feel better about their own inner darkness. However, he also has a more vulnerable side, which he displays around Minerva and Inanna.
Baal likes giving people nicknames, and appears to call people by their actual names as a mark of respect or affection. These include:
- Laura: "Fangirl-from-hell", "Satan's little helper", "2014 Fangirl of the Year"
- Cassandra/The Norns: "Dead-from-the-waist-down", "Goddess-in-triplicate", "Cauldron-clique"
- Luci: "Queen Bitch", "Ms. Whiter-Than-White Challenge Winner 2014"
- Baphomet: "Pallid motherfucker", "Nick Batcave", "Lord of Dorkness"
- Morrigan: "Mistress of Mope", "Eyeliner-made-of-eyes", "Crushed velvet", "Crow road to nowhere"
- Dionysus: "Party-starter"
- Tara: "Princess Perfect"
- Sakhmet: "Fat cat", "Blundercat"
- Amaterasu: "Little Miss Sunshine"
- Shooters: "Guys with crosses and cross-hairs"
- Underworld gods: "Dead Poets Society"
- Ananke: "Queen Bitch"
Lucifer said that Baal was "not her type." The two argued in the past when Lucifer slept with Baal's boyfriend, Inanna.
Baal and Inanna were in a relationship, but Inanna slept with Lucifer, which Baal viewed as a betrayal. Inanna argued with Baal over helping Lucifer, and Baal physically attacked him, nearly throwing him through a wall. Though they never reconciled before Inanna's death, Baal was in love with him, and regretted never being able to tell him. Inanna's death has sparked a strong desire for revenge in Baal.
Laura found Baal very attractive and hoped he was not the murderer. He kept teasing her about being a fangirl, but eventually stopped, even started calling her by her first name. It is implied that they slept together after Dionysus's party. However, once she became Persephone and teamed up with Baphomet, Ananke convinced Baal that she was his enemy, and he fought against her. After Ananke's death, they entered a relationship, but Laura later broke it off.
Woden gave Baal a necklace with a lightning symbol on it during a meeting at Woden's Valhalla. The two worked together to capture the Morrigan. While Baal accepts that Woden "is who he is", he was annoyed that Woden's relationship with Brunhilde forced Minerva to resort to violence. Woden thinks Baal is very easily manipulated.
Baal is very protective over Minerva and they have a close relationship. He comforted her after she attacked Brunhilde, and they seem to spend a lot of time together. He later rescued her from the underworld gods, believing them to have kidnapped her, and turned against Ananke to save her. He is currently Minerva's legal guardian now that her parents are dead.
Baal always obeyed Ananke's orders, and often acted as one of her enforcers. He did not question her authority. Ananke used his relationship with Inanna to manipulate him into fighting against Persephone's faction of gods, despite his initial reluctance. However, he turned against her once he realised she was actually guilty of the crimes she had been accused of.
As a sky god, Baal has lightning-based powers:
- Lightning generation: Baal is able to generate and manipulate mass amounts of energy in the form of lightning. He is able to use these abilities in a variety of ways, most commonly as a means of energy based combat, enhancing his strength to cause devastating effects such as smashing Lucifer into the ground and knocking out Sakhmet with only one punch. He was also able to manipulate the lightning in the form of a cage, preventing the Morrigan's escape even in her crow form. Baal's lightning also affords him the ability to traverse at incredible speeds, travelling across London in the form of a lightning bolt within seconds. It appears on some level the lightning is capable of charging vehicles, as it allowed his car to travel at a much faster rate, leaving visible lightning streaks behind it. His power and skill make him one of the Pantheon's best fighters; in his opinion, the best.
- As a side effect of his powers, he is able to emit sparks of lightning from his eyes.
Baal was part of the 1920s Recurrence. He was one of the last four Jazz Age gods to die, killing himself in an explosion triggered jointly with the three other remaining gods; Susanoo, Minerva, and Amaterasu, at Ananke's prompting.
Several gods exist who could be called "Baal". Cassandra initially suspected that Baal was Baal Hammon, a Carthiginian sky god who was involved with child sacrifice. However, Baal claims his name is short for Baal Hadad, a Canaanite lightning god and ruler of heaven. Baal's rains also bring fertility to the land. In one myth, Baal is lured to the underworld by his brother and is trapped there after eating mud. His sister Anat kills Death and he is freed once more. Anat, who is also Baal's lover, is an earlier version of the Sumerian goddess Inanna.
- Baal is based on an archetype which runs 'from Bo Diddley doing "Who Do You Love" to Kanye doing "Power"'.
- Baal's mural at Valhalla appears to be based on the music video for Power.
- He has a fragrance line, the tagline for which is "Capture lightning in a bottle."
- ↑ Writer Notes: The Wicked + The Divine #12
- ↑ The Wicked, The Divine, and The Mythology—Part 3: Baal and Inanna
- ↑ Writer Notes: The Wicked + The Divine #2