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"I got a loaded gun, a hard dick and a pocket full of cash. That's the American dream."
―Comanche to Shades[src]

Darius Jones, also known as Comanche, was a member of the Rivals who became a fellow prisoner of Carl Lucas during his time serving at Seagate Prison, helping Albert Rackham to organize their illegal prison fights. Upon being released from Seagate, Comanche was recruited by his former cellmate, Shades, to work for Black Mariah. However Comanche was also working as an informant for Tom Ridenhour, as he desperately attempted to keep all of his secrets from Shades. However, when Shades uncovered the truth, Comanche killed Ridenhour before Comanche was then also killed by Shades.

Biography

Early Life

Meeting Hernan Alvarez

"You were six when you guys met."
"Seven."
"Fresh Air Fund. Then the corner. You couldn't speak a lick of English. Kids kicking your ass up and down the block, calling out "puta," "maricón," but Darius wouldn't let no one tease you. He always had your back."
Janis Jones and Hernan Alvarez[src]

As a young man growing up in New York City, Jones met and became friends with Hernan Alvarez, as Jones had protected Alvarez from bullies who teased him for his inability to speak English, making Alvarez loyal onto Jones as a result.[3] Once Jones and Alverez stole hotdogs at Coney Island, leading to Jones' mother beating him as his punishment for him stealing, despite the fact that it had been Alverez's idea.[4] While they were in Times Square, Alverez had stolen some sunglasses while Jones tackled the security guard in order to help him to escape. Alverez then wore the sunglasses for a year until they broke, gaining the nickname of Shades as a result.[3]

Time in Seagate

Locked up with Shades

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Comanche pictured with Shades and Romeo

"Inside was inside. Lack of human interaction. Lack of trust. We did what we had to do to keep from going crazy."
"We didn't have to do shit. I wanted to. You did, too."
"Life inside is inside. Prison has its own set of rules that no one in the outside world would ever understand."
Shades and Comanche[src]

Eventually, Comanche and Shades founded a group they called the Rivals, alongside fellow criminal Romeo, working throughout New York City until Romeo had lost his life and Comanche and Shades were sent to Seagate Penitentiary. During his time locked up in Seagate, Comanche had allied himself with Shades, who had built up a working relationship with one of the guards, Albert Rackham, who was organizing illegal prison fights for his own profit and needed Comanche and Shades to recruit potential fighters for him by testing their ability to fight under pressure.[5]

Threatening Carl Lucas

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Comanche gets orders from Albert Rackham

"They say three things get a cop locked up. Pride, power, or pussy."
"Yeah, well, I take pride in my power over pussy, and I ain't never seen a day in lock-up."
―Comanche and Albert Rackham[src]

When Carl Lucas arrived at Seagate Penitentiary, Rackham viewed him as a potential candidate for their fighting matches. As Comanche commented on how Lucas was a cop and how rare it was that a cop gets sent to prison, Shades questioned what Lucas might have done to have earned his prison time as Rackham only speculated he had annoyed someone very badly and been sent to rot inside prison. Comanche questioned what Rackham wanted to happen, to which Rackham told them to see if Lucas would break under pressure.

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Comanche attempts to beat down Carl Lucas

Rackham sent Shades and Comanche to test Lucas' strength by attacking him in the middle of the night with knives. While Comanche covered Lucas' face with a bag, Shades hit him repeatedly in the chest until Lucas was able to recover his senses and threw Shades against a wall, at which point Comanche drew his knife and slashed at Lucas' arm. While Lucas bashed Shades repeatedly with his cell door, he was able to disarm Comanche and threw both his attackers out of his room before allowing himself to be arrested by the prison guards and put into solitary confinement for some time.

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Comanche speaks to fellow Seagate inmates

Despite Comanche and Shades being clearly seen to have attacked their fellow prisoner, they faced no consequences for the attack, as Rackham, who had been watching the whole time, declared that he found himself a gladiator in Lucas. Rackham attempted to recruit Lucas while he was in solitary, only for Lucas to refuse. When Lucas was finally freed from solitary, Comanche was outside in the prison yard speaking to other inmates, unaware that Lucas had attempted to assault him with a dumbbell before Squabbles stepped in and had then stopped Lucas from making such a dangerous mistake.

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Comanche brutally stabbing a fellow inmate

Since Lucas had declined their offer to become the fighter for them, Rackham gave him an alternative. He told Comanche to stab another one of the prisoners and had the blame put on Squabbles, which had immediately resulted in all the guards pinning Squabbles down and brutally beating him down while Lucas was forced to watch in horror. Rackham then threatened to tear everything apart if he did not fight for him, hitting Lucas in the gut. Lucas finally agreed and Rackham called the guards to go easy on Squabbles; Lucas, then, demanded that Squabbles be by his side as his own personal trainer.

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Comanche brings Carl Lucas into their arena

Lucas and Squabbles entered the arena with Comanche, detailing all the rewards for winning, which would include extra rations, alcohol and women. As Lucas made clear that he did not want any of those prizes; Comanche asked what kind of "n***a" he was and Lucas said he did not like being called that word. As they continued to the ring, where a fight was already happening, Lucas noticed some cameras directed at the ring; Lucas asked if the fights were being handed out and Comanche welcomed him to the internet. Comanche then stood by Rackham and watched Lucas proving himself as a fighter.[5]

Betraying Carl Lucas

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Comanche and Shades cornering Carl Lucas

"Last time was a test. Rackham says you don't change your mind, we give you time in the infirmary to think about it."
"See, I'm of the mind that we stomp your ass. And find a new dude to fight for Rackham. Especially since you trying to expose some shit that's going on at Seagate."
―Comanche and Shades[src]

When it was discovered that Carl Lucas was attempting to expose the illegal prison fights, Comanche and Shades had been ordered to attack Squabbles in order to learn more about Lucas' plans to bring down the fight ring, resulting in Squabbles' death under the orders of Albert Rackham. While Lucas went into his cell, he was approached by Shades, who complimented Lucas on his fighting in the ring, however, Lucas found his appearance suspicious. Comanche then approached, questioning why Lucas wanted out of the arena.

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Comanche and Shades beat down Carl Lucas

Admitting that they got the information through Squabbles by force, Comanche and Shades told Lucas that they were not happy about Lucas now planned on exposing all Seagate Prison's illegal actions, as Rackham wanted them to deal with the situation. Before Lucas could defend himself, Comanche and Shades then beat him up with steel weapons until he was severely injured, which resulted Lucas being aided by Noah Burstein to save his life by experimenting on Lucas' fatally wounded body, resulting in a massive explosion that killed Rackham, while Lucas had also seemingly vanished.[5]

Return to Crime

Release from Prison

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Comanche being finally reunited with Shades

"Rivals?"
"We ain't got none."
Shades and Comanche[src]

During his release from Seagate Penitentiary, Comanche was contacted by Tom Ridenhour, who offered to clear his record under the condition that he would become Ridenhour's informant for Mariah Dillard's operation. Having to contact Shades after his released from Seagate, Comanche went to personally meet with his friend just outside of Graham Court where the pair embraced, happy to be reunited after so many years.

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Comanche accepts employment from Shades

Once Shades had reminded Comanche of their Rivals greeting, Comanche noted that they did not have any rivals. Comanche was then given the keys to a car which was parked directly outside of Graham Court and provided him with employment at Harlem's Paradise, where he would begin working as security for Dillard. With his friend set up with work upon gaining his freedom, Comanche and Shades then visited Dillard and had continued letting Shades and Dillard to focus on their relationship while still making money away from working in the crime business.[6]

Working for Black Mariah

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Comanche watches Shades and Mariah Dillard

"I'm just saying, Ms. Dillard, even if you put it in a three-piece suit, street is still street. Guys like Piranha move fast, so you can never really track what they're doing. Do you know what he's doing?"
"He's making more money for me than anybody in the history of my family."
―Comanche and Mariah Dillard[src]

Working as Mariah Dillard's bodyguard alongside with Shades, Comanche went to Ginny's Supper Club where they had a meeting with Raymond "Piranha" Jones who suggested that they invest their money into plastics. As they discuss about Mark Higgins and his own company, Atreus Plastics, Comanche sat near from them while Jones noted that their best move was to use both Dillard and Shades' criminal techniques to attempt to persuade Higgins to give up his company to them. Comanche watched on awkwardly during Shades and Dillard's sexual flirting as they then continued speaking with Jones about his ideas.

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Comanche talking to Cockroach Hamilton

During the evening, Hamilton and Comanche were watching a performance by Joi, before Dillard would asked for the deal for their weapons trading. While another song plays, Comanche listened to Hamilton about what he was reading while imprisoned at Seagate Penitentiary. Having knowledge to reading Machiavelli, both Hamilton and Comanche shared a laugh before taking drinks. Comanche was then informed of why Hamilton quickly came to Harlem, noting that it was obvious that the streets might be complicated but not rocket science.

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Comanche confronts Luke Cage at the club

Hamilton then told Comanche to never underestimate a man's stature quickly while their in a relationship with someone older. While Hamilton was having another drink, Shades called Hamilton up for a meeting with Dillard. Comanche watched along the group that followed Shades and began to operate as a bodyguard while Dillard involves herself into a meeting with Arturo Rey III and Nigel Garrison. When the meeting was interrupted by the arrival of Luke Cage, Comanche tried to stop his tracks but was knocked out with a slap on the forehead before Cage had calmly walked up the stairs.

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Comanche learning that Luke Cage is still alive

While back at Harlem's Paradise, Comanche waited for Rey III to make their deal, only to witnessed Luke Cage burst into Dillard's office, wearing a recently burned hoodie. As Comanche drew his gun at Cage, he calmly walked over to Dillard and presented her with a fired Judas Bullet, noting that it had bounced right off him. Noting that no bullet could kill him, Cage warned Dillard that if she mentioned Claire Temple's name again, he would kill her and happily go to jail. Comanche watched Cage's warning to Dillard before walking out, which had left Dillard completely enraged.[6]

Assassination of Arturo Rey III

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Comanche sees Shades killing Arturo Rey III

Comanche accompanied Shades to collect money from Arturo Rey III at Rey's store, as per a previous deal. Rey refused to give Shades the money, blaming him and Dillard for his recent arrest. When Rey personally insulted Dillard, Shades shot and killed him, with Comanche quickly killing Rey's bodyguards. The two then retrieved the store's security tapes before escaping the crime scene.[7]

Updating Black Mariah

Comanche and Shades returned to Dillard's Brownstone. Shades confessed that he'd killed Rey without collecting the money, to her fury, despite Comanche backing up Shades' claims that Rey had been insulting her and the organization. When Comanche advised her to sell the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in her office at Harlem's Paradise, Dillard ordered him to leave her house, to which he complied.[7]

Arrival of Tilda Johnson

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Comanche witnesses Tilda Johnson's arrival

When Tilda Johnson arrived at Harlem's Paradise to speak with her mother, Comanche stopped and questioned her. Dillard instructed Comanche to let her into their private booth and dismissed both he and Shades so she could speak with her daughter in private. Downstairs, Comanche and Shades sat at the bar, with Shades constantly looking up at Dillard and Johnson as they spoke. Noticing his friend's discomfort, Comanche leaned over and joked that Johnson had just taken Shades' spot next to Dillard. Shades ignored him, continuing to watch the two.[7]

War for Harlem

Luke Cage's Beatdown

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Comanche sees Bushmaster beat Luke Cage

As Dillard, Shades, and Piranha Jones celebrated the successful merger of Atreus Plastics with Glenn Industries, Comanche interrupted them, to Dillard's great annoyance. He turned on the television, insisting that they needed to see what was on. The four of them watched the video of Bushmaster attacking and beating Luke Cage. While Comanche and Dillard were delighted by the video, Shades was troubled by the fact that Bushmaster could become a threat to them in the future.

Later, Shades met with Dillard to talk about the video and this new possible threat, taking Comanche with him. She refused to let Comanche be present in the meeting with them, threatening him for busting into her office without permission; Comanche merely smirked at her threats. Though Shades stood up for Comanche, Dillard did not yield, and Shades told him to leave.

Meeting with Tom Ridenhour

"The purpose of you being back on the streets is to infiltrate that connection, not give me excuses as to why you can't."
"There's only so much I can do. If I push too hard, Shades will know somethin' is up."
"It's not my problem, brother. That's a "your problem" kind of thing. The quicker you give me the information I need, the quicker I cut you loose."
Tom Ridenhour and Comanche[src]
On the night Bushmaster visited Harlem's Paradise, Tom Ridenhour contacted Comanche and demanded a meeting. Lying to Ray Ray that his mother had called, Comanche left the club and met with Ridenhour. Ridenhour pushed him for information on Dillard, but Comanche told him that he was unable to give him much, as he was worried that Shades would discover that he was an informant.

Preparing for an Ambush

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Comanche being updated again by Shades

"They want Piranha because they must be after the money. That fool has access to every dime we earned on that Atreus Plastics deal. If we're gonna find him, we don't need to go big. That's probably what they expect. We need to go special forces with this shit. Like old times. Me and you."
―Shades to Comanche[src]

Following the ambush during Piranha Jones' party, Shades returned to Harlem's Paradise and ordered all his men to prepare for another attack, telling Sugar to guard the backdoor and shoot anybody who came close.

While Shades was still contemplating how to handle the situation, he was joined by Comanche who compared the situation to the Battle of the Alamo. Shades demanded to know where Comanche had been, explaining that Bushmaster had murdered Ray Ray, as well as Cockroach Hamilton and Mark Higgins, and placed their heads on top of spikes inside the Shirley Chisholm Complex. Comanche noted how Bushmaster was putting Mariah Dillard on high alert, insisting that Shades should make decisions for himself as Dillard's actions were putting them all in danger.

Although Shades still tried to put his faith into Dillard, Comanche insisted that this was not a plan they could all follow, advising him that they should cut her out of the business while she was being questioned by the New York City Police Department. When Shades refused to betray her, Comanche questioned what advice Shades would have given himself, noting that he was becoming far too emotionally attached to make rational decisions. Shades accepted that this was the truth.

Going down into the basement, Shades told Comanche how he had believed that the Stylers had targeted Piranha, as he had access to all of Dillard's money. He expressed his desire to launch a quiet ambush, consisting of only the two of them. He revealed that he had kept a hidden stockpile of the Hammer Industries weapons that they had sold, including a Josh. Having armed themselves, Shades and Comanche then departed from the Paradise together in order to track down Bushmaster's men.[8]

Confessions with Shades

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Comanche and Shades waiting for the Stylers

"Inside was inside. Lack of human interaction. Lack of trust. We did what we had to do to keep from going crazy."
"We didn't have to do shit. I wanted to. You did, too."
"Life inside is inside. Prison had its own set of rules that no one in the outside world would ever understand. We're out now. It's different. I'm different. We're different."
Shades and Comanche[src]

Knowing that Luke Cage had escaped with Piranha Jones, Shades realized that the Stylers would be continuing to search throughout New York City in order to capture Jones and force him to hand over the money. He and Comanche broke into Pop’s Barber Shop, where he assumed the Stylers would search for Jones. Once it was clear that the barber shop was empty, Comanche and Shades turned off the lights to avoid attracting unwanted attention.

The two drew up a pair of chairs and sat facing opposite each other, awaiting Bushmaster’s arrival. They talked as they waited, Comanche questioning why Shades went to such lengths for Mariah Dillard. Shades explained his loyalty to her, noting that she had “ice in her veins.”

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Comanche admitting that he still loves Shades

Comanche, understanding the gravity of the situation and knowing either of them might die, reminded Shades of the relationship they’d had in Seagate, and confessed that he still had feelings for him. Though Shades dismissed the relationship as one born out of loneliness and desperation, he assured Comanche that he would still die for him. Comanche then told Shades that they were wasting their time, and they still had to find Luke Cage.

Hunt for Piranha

Comanche gathered with the rest of Dillard's men in her office as she demanded to know where Jones was. She then revealed that she knew one of them was an informant, having spoken to Tom Ridenhour and learning that he knew the details of Tone's murder. Comanche reacted nervously, though he tried to contain his fear. He watched as Dillard stabbed one of her henchman's hands and furiously ordered them to leave and hunt down Jones.

Lunch with Shades

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Comanche and Shades have lunch together

Comanche and Shades later met for lunch in Harlem. Comanche continued to insist that Shades should have more power within the organization, noting that Dillard constantly disrespected him. He reminded Shades that Dillard was only loyal to family, and that Shades was not her family. When Shades questioned him about the snitch, Comanche blamed Sugar, noting that fatherhood had made him soft.

As Shades began to leave after receiving a text that Bushmaster had killed Piranha Jones, Comanche got a text from Ridenhour, insisting on another meeting. He reacted with fear, which Shades noticed; Shades asked him if he was okay, and Comanche assured that he was.

Murdered by a Brother

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Comanche is forced to shoot Tom Ridenhour

"You shot him first, and then with his dying breath, he raised his gun and... He died first and you bled out later."
"I was gonna get us both out, like you said."
"I didn't want out, it was gonna be different this time."
"I know."
Shades and Comanche[src]

At his meeting with Tom Ridenhour later that night, Comanche was visibly afraid, as he knew that Shades suspected something was up. As Ridenhour tried to reassure him that he could protect him, Shades appeared, having followed Comanche to the meeting. Comanche immediately pulled his gun on Ridenhour, concocting a lie that he'd questioned Sugar and found his contact.

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Comanche is shot by Shades and bleeds out

Ridenhour informed Shades that he could arrange an immunity deal for him if he testified in court against Mariah Dillard. When Shades didn't respond, Comanche shot Ridenhour in the chest, killing him nearly instantly. Shades calmly began to rationalize the situation, concocting a story about how Ridenhour had been a corrupt cop who had tried to enlist Comanche as a snitch. Comanche agreed, relieved that Shades seemingly believed him. Shades, however, then shot Comanche in the stomach with Ridenhour's gun, revealing that he knew that Comanche had been the informant.

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Comanche is shot a second time by Shades

As Comanche lay bleeding out, he told Shades that he had been planning to get them both out of the criminal life; Shades replied that he did not want out. Shades then confessed that he loved Comanche, and that he had been blinded by his love. He shot Comanche again in the chest, finally killing him.

Legacy

Shades' Regret

Shades was haunted by Comanche's death, and rapidly began losing faith in Mariah Dillard. He was horrified by her decision to massacre the patrons of Gwen's, and was unable to pull the trigger on Ingrid Mackintosh due to the memory of killing Comanche.

When Dillard insulted his relationship with Comanche, he attacked her and broke off their relationship for good. He then gave himself up for arrest and offered his testimony to the police.

Personality

"I ain't different. Inside, outside. I am who I am, B."
―Comanche to Shades[src]

Comanche was a soldier, loyal first and foremost to his best friend Shades. He had a tendency to joke around in serious situations and was unafraid of Mariah Dillard despite her repeated threats to his life.

Abilities

"He was a soldier, like his daddy."
Janis Jones to Shades[src]
  • Combatant: Despite not having training in martial arts or fighting techniques, his many years as a criminal and inmate made him a formidable fighter, enough to fight Luke Cage in Seagate Prison, but was ultimately overpowered by him.
  • Marksman: Comanche has display some skill in firing weapons with accuracy and precision. After Shades killed Arturo Rey III, Comanche was able to quickly kill his henchmen before they could pull their sidearms.
  • Tactician: On multiple occasions, Comanche had provided some insight on how Black Mariah and Shades could move through their indecision between the deals with Garrison, Rey, and Cockroach Hamilton, despite his presence often being ignored.

Equipment

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

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