Issue(s): Darkhawk #16, Darkhawk #17, Darkhawk #18
Chris took his Darkhawk amulet off so that it wouldn't interfere while he was playing basketball at recess, so he has to sneak back to his locker when the Peristrike Force attacks. My favorite scene is when one of Peristrike Force's non-powered goons catches Chris at the locker, and instead of just chasing him away (because who cares about some kid?) he makes him open the locker to find out what awesome thing could be in there.
Dude. Who wouldn't assume that the kid was just getting his weed? Because after this incident is over, you know the police are going to be searching the place, and the kid doesn't need that hassle.
Darkhawk of course manages to get his amulet and fight Peristrike Force.
Peristrike Force's leader turns out to be this guy. It's not too late to re-purpose this design for a What If where Odin becomes a Deathlok.
It's said that Peristrike Force are pawns of a dictator.
I originally thought that meant someone working to try to restore the Soviet Union, and i still think something like that is the case. But there's a line about having associates in Latveria. At the same time, they ultimately say that they're taking the scientist back to Russia as a detour from their route to Latveria.
So i dunno. But i assume Dr. Doom doesn't associate with these people.
The Odinlok's guy's power involves mind-control, but it turns out to be only an attribute of his helmet, so Darkhawk is able to stop him by transforming into Chris to surprise the guy, and then doing something vulgar to the extension on his hat.
Both Odinlok (ok, it's Psi-Wolf) and the scientist die by the end of the story. Siberion and Scattershot of the Peristrike Force never appear again either, but as AF notes in the comments, Volga Belle (the vaguely armadillo-looking one) does.
Chris considers the death of the scientist to be a failure on his part, and he now worries that he's a "worse menace than those I fight". Kind of a classic Lee/Ditko Spider-Man ending, if you want to be really generous.
One ongoing thread is the mystery of Darkhawk's armor, which the homeless man Johnny Saint seems to know about. In this issue we see him talking to someone else.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue starts with Chris Powell having gotten a job working for Mitch 'Madman' Marley, a radio DJ. During a commercial break, while Mitch is in the bathroom, Chris pours his heart out relating the events of last issue and what's happened since then, including his dad's funeral. It seems like some time has passed, and this story doesn't have to take place soon after the previous arc.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showCheryl Colon, Darkhawk, Grace Powell, Jason Powell, Jonathan Powell, Mitch 'Madman' Marley, Ned Dobbs, St. Johnny, Volga Belle
Oh oh oh!! Volga reappears in Hulk: Winter Guard #1!
(I was waiting for this issue to be done just so I could contribute that he needs a character tag)
Posted by: AF | March 2, 2016 11:53 AM
Added Volga Belle as a character. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 2, 2016 12:38 PM
Now I need to dig out my copy of the Darkstar and the Winter Guard trade paperback. Nice to know that "the lovely Volga Belle" was more than just a one-off character!
By the way, with a name like Peristrike Force, you kinda get the impression that the pun came first, and the actual characters, as well the story featuring them, were almost an afterthought.
Posted by: Ben Herman | March 2, 2016 4:46 PM
If I'm notistaken, Scattershot doesn't actually show up in Hulk: Winter Guard, but she's part of a bunch of character sketches along with the rest of Remont Six included in the Darkstar & the Winter Guard TBP, so she might actually count as behind-the-scenes appearance...? Not saying you should tag her based on that, though.
Posted by: George Lochinski | December 14, 2016 4:48 PM
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