Lt. Colonel Albert Francis "Al" Simmons, USMC (Ret.) born in Detroit Michigan, was a highly trained Force Recon Marine who was at his most successful point when he saved the President from an attempted assassination. He was promoted to a high level and recruited to a highly classified unit within the CIA devoted to black ops. Once there, he began to question the morality of what his agency was doing.
Jason Wynn hired Bruce Stinson (codenamed Chapel) Simmons' friend and partner, to kill him. In a blazing inferno, Simmons was killed and his soul sent to Hell because he had knowingly killed innocents while working for the CIA.
Simmons made a deal with an evil being known as Malebolgia: in exchange for his soul, he would get to see once again his wife, Wanda. However, when Simmons returned to the human world, five years had passed, and he had been transformed into a demonic creature with little memory of his former life. After regaining his memories, he sought out his wife, only to find she had moved on and married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald, and that they now had a daughter named Cyan.
After this event, the Violator appeared and revealed to Simmons the purpose of his resurrection. They fought, but the battle was interrupted by Malebolgia.