Courtesy of CBR comes the latest news that All New All different Marvel #1 breakout star NIGHTHAWK who will be a central figure in the new Squadron Supreme will be getting his very own ongoing series. The series will be written by David Walker (Cyborg,Power Man & Iron Fist) with an artist to be announced later. CBR also interviewed David and here are a few highlights:
Who are some of the characters Nighthawk will run afoul of as he hunts the streets of Chicago?
How about I offer up some teases instead of real revelations? I don’t want to get into trouble or spoil anything. What I will say is that we’re going to see some characters that we have not seen in ages in the Marvel Universe. We’re using the Nighthawk from the “Supreme Power” run that Straczynksi wrote and obviously, that’s an African American character. So it’s giving me an opportunity to sort of look through the history of the Marvel Universe and go, “Who are some of the Black and Latino characters who haven’t gotten any significant play in the last 20 or 30 years? And how can I use them?”
This sounds great for the underused characters Lion Fang and El Muerto, Cheshire, Comanche, Black Mariah, Big Brother, Spear, Mr. Fish, Mangler, Nightshade and Hardcore are in serious need of an upgrade in design. If what he says hold true this could bode very well for the underused and often neglected Black and Latino villains of Marvel.
You’re playing with shades of gray in a way that seems very noir-inspired. Would you say that’s accurate?
Yeah, part of what I want to explore with this particular character is what does it really mean to be a super hero, especially a super hero in city that’s riddled with poverty, rife with police corruption, and a lot of gang violence.
That’s the big question. I’ve been doing a ton of research on Chicago and how crime has been escalating in the city over the years. It’s really a sort of sad and terrifying glimpse at what can go wrong in an American city. I ask myself that if a city is a living, breathing entity as it were, and all cities have their own unique personalities, what would it be like to be a super hero in a city that just can’t seem to heal itself, and you want to heal it even if it means you’ve got to chop its feet off? [Laughs] If the feet have gangrene, what are you going to do?
Me and my editors at Marvel keep talking about how dark this book is going to be, and I keep telling people at Marvel, “There are heroes. There are villains. And then there’s Nighthawk.” There’s always been this relationship between super heroes and, say, representatives of law enforcement where some cops will look at the heroes and say, “You guys are doing more harm than good.” And others will look at them and think they’re doing a really good job, but with Nighthawk the police are as terrified of him as the criminals are.
Even the community is asking, “What is this guy here for?” His position is, “At some point you’ll thank me. Right now though you’re just going to have to learn to deal with all of the blood.”
In his original series Nighthawk toed the line considerably and was so hardcore he would make The Punisher blush. It’s good to know that vibe will be continued as he makes his way in the new marvel Universe. Over the top, visceral, noir…I’m super excited to see where this goes!
Finally, what can you tell us about the first “Nighthawk” story arc you have planned?
Part of my initial “Nighthawk” arc is going to be firmly establishing him within the new Marvel Universe as his own entity and not just as a member of the Squadron Supreme. In the Squadron Supreme, he has this role where he’s almost like the Oracle. He’s overlooking things and talking about stuff, but this is more about him getting down and dirty and getting his hands bloody. And at some point the members of Squadron Supreme, especially someone like Hyperion, are going to look at him and go, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? We all agreed it’s okay to cross the line, but apparently you found another line that none of us knew existed.”
Sounds promising to me! Read the full interview on CBR
“Nighthawk” will debut in early 2016 from Marvel Comics.
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