Jonathan, son of Kevin:
Characters Appearing: Allegra Bazin, Andrew Bazin, Black Widow, Broderick Bazin, Captain America, Crystal, Darkhawk, Grace Powell, Hercules, Jason Powell, Jonathan Powell, Mike Powell, Steve 'Headset' Rubino
Issue(s): Darkhawk #33, Darkhawk #34
'Cuda turns out to be a scientist that was trying to stop a company from polluting and wound up getting transformed. Darkhawk eventually defeats him and he's taken to the Vault (never to be seen again). It's a pretty standard plot and there's no special twist about it. But for some reason it made me nostalgic. It's the kind of plot that you'd see a lot of in the 80s. This story could easily have occurred in a 1980s issue of Moon Knight or Daredevil or anything else. That's also the downside: there's nothing about it that justifies the continued existence of a Darkhawk series. And neither the writing, the art, nor the character of Darkhawk make up for that.
Some other developments:
Darkhawk takes Evilhawk's amulet and gives it to the Avengers.
Darkhawk is already a reserve West Coast Avenger, for what it's worth.
As Chris Powell, Darkhawk is still having residency problems. He's living with his friend Headset and his family, but they don't like him coming home at all hours. Darkhawk is friends with the New Warriors and i'm sure they could get him a place to stay (this is actually raised in the lettercol but the response says that Chris is doing ok with Headset for now).
Broderick Bazin continues to manipulate Chris' brother Jason. He has him throwing bricks at buildings and generally taking out "revenge" on the world.
Meanwhile, Chris' mom interviews Allegra Bazin and learns that Broderick killed their mom. And Allergra is afraid that Broderick is out killing all of their father's former enemies and that he might come after her. At the end of the issue, Chris' mom figures out that Jason is missing. And we see that Broderick has seemingly killed him.
We also learn that Chris' father is definitely alive.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The subplot with the Bazins continues directly into the next story arc.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
"That's also the downside: there's nothing about it that justifies the continued existence of a Darkhawk series. And neither the writing, the art, nor the character of Darkhawk make up for that."
IMO, it does get better with the next two arcs - the Venom story and the "Amulet Quest".
Posted by: clyde | March 7, 2017 3:53 PM
Evilhawk's amulet goes to the Avengers- and in a later issue St. Johnny retrieves it and encounters Captain America- another reason why Abnett's and Lanning's retcon doesn't work.
Posted by: Michael | March 7, 2017 7:48 PM
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