- My name is Chris Powell. I'm Darkhawk. And everything I thought I understood...just changed.
- -- Darkhawk src
While trying to escape with his brothers from Bazin's henchmen, Chris discovered an amulet that transformed him into the Darkhawk armor. When his father disappeared after Chris saw him, he swore to use the Darkhawk armor as an "Edge against crime."
Darkhawk's powers included a force blast which emanated from the amulet on his chest, a force shield from the same amulet, a claw cable which could serve as both a Wolverine-like claw, and a grapple cable, glider wings and later flight capability, enhanced vision and strength, and an image underneath the Darkhawk helmet which served to frighten and distract his enemies.
He developed quite a roster of enemies: he would fight villains such as Hobgoblin, Tombstone, Venom, Lodestone, a magnetically-powered villain developed by Bazin. He also fought against some who would later ally with him, such as Portal, a teleporting mutant who killed another Darkhawk and stole parts of his armor, Savage Steel, the armor created by the secret police cabal that Chris' dad had been a member of, and Damek, a mercenary sent from the future to kill Darkhawk.
Chris learned that his armor was actually an autonomously existing android armor, one of five commissioned by an alien mob lord named Dargin Bokk, being held in a sentient space ship, Osch, in Null Space. When Chris grasped the amulet, it actually caused his body to switch places with that of the Darkhawk body, although his mind remained in control of the body.
After helping them several times, Darkhawk was brought aboard the Avengers West Coast as a reserve member, but saw little action with them after becoming a member, because they were dissolved shortly thereafter. Nonetheless, he did at least start a lasting friendship with Spider-Woman.
Later, Chris and Darkhawk actually split into two separate entities, with the armor being updated into the "2.0" form, as it was informally known. This advanced form of armor gave Darkhawk new powers, such as the ability to form a force shield encasing his body, an actual "Hawk" construct (a gigantic force-field shaped like a hawk), and the ability to summon weapons from Osch. Darhawk 2.0 and Chris re-merged, with the prospect of no longer needing to use the amulet in order to switch bodies.
Chris joined a self-help group of ex-teenage-super-heroes, the Loners, who admited to being addicted to their powers. Members include: Turbo, the Green Goblin IV, Richochet, Spider-Woman III, and Lightspeed. He made an enemy of Nekra, a woman who seemed to be held prisoner by manufacturers of MGH.
Fraternity of Raptors
The being known as Talon came to Earth, and offered to teach Chris how to control his amulet. They went to the Negative Zone to fight Annihilus. There, Chris bonded fully with his amulet. This allowed him to learn that the Fraternity of Raptors that Talon represented was evil and that the Fraternity had created the amulets. Evilhawk had been a hallucination caused by his mind being unable to handle all the information the Amulet gave him. The Raptor known as Razor took over Chris' body and assassinated Lilandra.
Arcade kidnapped Chris and fifteen other teenage heroes and brought them to Murderworld, a secluded island where no one can find them, and forced them to fight each other to the death, and only the last man standing within thirty days will be allowed to leave. One night, he was attacked at night and lost had his amulet removed, leaving his fate unknown. The current wearer of his amulet is Chase Stein.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Conscious Transfer: Chris can transfer his conscious into an alien android while at the same time, switch the robotic body's place with that of his own body wherever he is at any time.
Superhuman Strength: He can bench press 2 tons.
Superhuman Durability: Darkhawk is superhumanly durable; he is capable of shrugging off physical impacts, energy blasts, and most artillary fire.
Flight: The retractable glider wings under his arms allow him to glide on air currents. Darkhawk can also fly at speeds that let him fly from New York to California in only a matter of hours.
Self Repair: Even major injuries to his Darkhawk body can be repaired by switching back to his human form; his Darkhawk body teleports back to its holding space on the Darkhawk ship in Null Space, where it can be repaired almost instantly.
Superhuman Vision: Darkhawk has telescopic and infra-red vision.
Concussion Blasts: He can fire blasts of destructive dark energy from the amulet on his chest.
Force Field: Chris can utilize a circular wafer-thin force field.
|Power Grid |
AbilitiesSkilled Combatant: Chris is skilled in Kendo and an unidentified branch of Karate.
EquipmentClaw cable, a grappling hook/weapon. Formerly Avengers Identicard
Formerly Avengers Quinjet
- Darkhawk has made two TV appearances on the Fantastic Four animated series. He appeared alongside Justice and Speedball in "To Battle a Living Planet," and with Justice in "Doomsday."
- He has also appeared in the pages of What the--? Marvel's humor comic, as Darkgeek.
- Darkhawk's armor and appearance has been a continued source of debate amongst Marvel "True-Believers." After his series was canceled, his new appearances often reverted back to the original Darkhawk armor. As of his Excelsior appearances, he is in "DH 1.0" form, although he had appeared a few times as DH 2.0 prior to this.
- It has been a misunderstanding amongst many readers and fans of Darkhawk that he was aware of his status as a hero within the Marvel 2099 universe, in which he is known as "The Powell," one of the "most powerful, and feared, heroes in the universe." This wasn't Earth-928 (or Marvel 2099), it was a similar cyberpunk dystopia world within Chronopolis. This was resolved by DeFalco himself within the letter columns in one of the final issues of the ongoing series.
- 156 Appearances of Christopher Powell (Earth-616)
- 30 Images featuring Christopher Powell (Earth-616)
- 3 Quotations by or about Christopher Powell (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Christopher Powell (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Christopher Powell (Earth-616)
- Darkhawk Zone: The Ultimate Darkhawk Fansite
- Darkhawk @ New Warriors Continuity Conundrum
- New Warriors Message Board
- Darkhawk #1-50 (March 1991 – April 1995)
- Darkhawk Annual #1-3 (1992 – 1994)
- New Warriors #14, 22-25, 47-51
- New Warriors Annual #3
- Avengers West Coast #93-95
- Runaways Vol 2 #1-6
- Marvel Team-Up #15-18, 25 (2005)
- Loners #1-6 (2007)
- Nova (vol. 4) #17-#19 (November 2008 – January 2009)
- War of Kings: Darkhawk #1 and #2 (February 2009 and March 2009)
- War of Kings: Ascension #1-4 (April 2009 – July 2009)
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