Characters Appearing: Allegra Bazin, Beast, Beetle, Broderick Bazin, Cyclops, Darkhawk, Grace Powell, Hulk, Human Torch, Iceman, Jarvis, Jason Powell, Jonathan Powell, Professor X, Psylocke, Rogue, She-Hulk, Speedball, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Strong Guy, Thing, Wolverine
Issue(s): Darkhawk #30
He bumps into Spider-Woman on his way out of Avengers Mansion. I think it's interesting that Darkhawk and Spider-Woman have a "relationship" that's been acknowledged in multiple books. I put relationship in quotes because i don't mean to imply anything romantic about it. They're an unlikely pair considering the age difference (which Spider-Woman may not know about) but that makes it an interesting friendship.
This takes place after the Goddess has removed everyone's criminal tendencies, and the book shows us a few non-super characters being affected by that in addition to the Beetle. Which is something of a surprise since he's never appeared in this book before or since.
One character not affected by the Goddess is Broderick Bazin (son of the crimelord and brother to Darkhawk's semi-love interest, Allegra). He's not affected because he's not evil, just insane.
As bad as that is, even worse is the fact that all of the evil that the Goddess has removed from mankind has apparently been shunted to the Bermuda Triangle, where it becomes concentrated in human form.
Ok, that seems like a major flaw in the Goddess' plan.
Darkhawk concludes a histrionic fight with his mom...
...and then gets into a fight with (per the cover) "Pureheart - the Ultimate Evil".
Darkhawk senses that Pureheart is pure evil, and that its goal is to destroy all the heroes waiting at Avengers Mansion. Darkhawk tries to stop it, but Pureheart just drains his energy. Darkhawk is reduced to taking off his helmet to try to scare Pureheart with his mysteriously scary face, but Pureheart just laughs at him - actually growing a face just to do so.
So Darkhawk does the old 'if someone is draining your energy, give them all your energy to overload them' trick, which works. Pureheart dissipates, claiming that it will be back (which it won't).
It's crazy how seemingly unsupervised these tie-ins were. If the Goddess' actions were causing the creation of a creature that embodied all the evil on Earth (and yet could be relatively easily defeated by Darkhawk), you'd think that would be worth mentioning in the core series.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place after Infinity Crusade #2.
Crossover: Infinity Crusade
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Somehow seeing how the Beetle having second thoughts thanks to the Goddess makes me wonder if any of that stuck around post-Infinity Crusade considering how close we are to the Thunderbolts...
Posted by: Ataru320 | December 5, 2016 12:57 PM
Maybe the Goddess, in her infinite wisdom, realized that all humanity's evil given corporeal form would be such a crappy character, that she allowed it to be created, figuring a random C-list superhero would defeat it :P
Posted by: Berend | December 5, 2016 5:30 PM
And here we have the one book that recognizes the implications of taking away all the evil in the world for writing a tie-in comic where the characters actually have something to do.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | December 5, 2016 11:36 PM
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