While many of the titles that are popping up for Marvel Legacy this fall are continuations of titles that were running before the initiative with new storylines or directions, there are a few things coming that are giving characters or teams that haven’t had a title in years a new look.
One of those heroes is the amulet powered Darkhawk, who is getting one more brand new issue in his ongoing series for the first time in twenty-two years.
As revealed by Newsarama, the Darkhawk #51 one-shot by Chad Bowers & Chris Sims (X-Men ’92) and Kev Walker (Doctor Aphra) will bring Chris Powell/Darkhawk back to the spotlight of heroics as the Fraternity of Raptors, the group to which the amulet belongs and first appeared during the War of Kings cosmic event in the late 2000s, fresh off their appearance in All-New Guardians of the Galaxy come to steal Chris’ amulet.
“Obviously, we can’t tell you much, but more than anything else, this issue is about teeing up Chris Powell and the Darkhawk for this epic, universe spanning adventure that fans have been clamoring for since the original series ended,” Bowers said. “In the last decade, Darkhawk made some giant steps as a character that moved him out of the alleyways and into the stars, and it’s opened the door for a ton of new stories starring a guy I’m betting a lot of readers thought they’d seen the last of.”
This one-shot might be picking up the numbering of the original series but it won’t be acting like it’s just the next issue after that last issue over two decades ago. The series will pick up on all that has changed for Chris in those years and take place in the modern MU.
“When we started pitching, we had a long talk about whether we wanted to just pick up right where Darkhawk #50 left off back in ‘95, especially one particular element from that original series that never got a proper resolution – and any ‘Hawk-heads out there might be able to guess what I’m talking about,” Sims said. “The more we got into it, though, the more we realized that Darkhawk actually has been through a lot in the past 20 years. Loners, “War of Kings,” Avengers Arena. We wanted to build on all of that, and do something that would feel like the next chapter of the story, not just a throwback.”
Check out the Darkhawk #51 solicitation & cover below.
CHAD BOWERS & CHRIS SIMS (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
The RETURN Part 1 (OF 1)
Years ago, Chris Powell discovered a mysterious amulet that allowed him to transform into the spacefaring gladiator known as DARKHAWK. With his newfound edge against crime, he stood against some of the most extreme threats the Marvel Universe has to offer! Now, when two members of the Fraternity of Raptors descend on New York with designs on stealing the amulet and returning it to the stars, it’s not Darkhawk who has to rise to the challenge…it’s Chris Powell!