The Deacon is a powerful crime lord. He wears a priest's habit, but rules his territories, including those within Astro City with a devious ruthlessness, tinged with brutal, psychopathic violence.
Before becoming the Deacon, master criminal in his own right, Deke MacManus was Joey "The Platypus" Platapopoulous's second-in-command. MacManus became the Deacon when he betrayed and murdered him, usurping his power during the 1977 Gang War, which left him in control of the cities mob activities for the next 20 years.
Recruits members for his Cat Squad. It is unknown what they actually do. Another type of his troops were stylized business suits as uniforms, in the motif of priest's garb.