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A Dozen Days of Vengeance

A Dozen Days of Vengeance: Nighthawk

Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta anoint a new hero into a complex legacy



By Ben Morse

Beginning in July, Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta launch a six-issue ambitious odyssey across time, space and the Marvel Universe, drawing in characters familiar and obscure to explore the complex nature of good, evil, and what lies beyond in VENGEANCE.

Over a 12-day period, Marvel.com will unspool a mere sampling of this story’s sprawling cast and their histories, with Casey offering insight that provides both answers and more questions while Dragotta previews the visual genesis of VENGEANCE.

Get out your compass and then throw it away, as A Dozen Days of Vengeance will take you way off the map and on the path to the craziest adventure you’ve ever had!

The wealthy Kyle Richmond became Nighthawk, a member of the super villainous Squadron Sinister organized by The Grandmaster in 1969’s AVENGERS #69. It didn’t take long for Kyle to turn his back on his teammates and take his acrobatic and fighting skills to the Defenders, seeking redemption and gradually becoming a hero, albeit one constantly battling for respect. One of the most stalwart Defenders, Nighthawk has overcome paralysis and even death.

Richmond attempted to reconstitute the Defenders as part of the 50 State Initiative in THE LAST DEFENDERS, a limited series by Casey, but found limited success. Recently, he handed over the role of Nighthawk to Joaquin Pennysworth, a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and son of a one-time Sons of the Serpent leader he knew to be part of a future Defenders team that would someday save his life.

“Joaquin Pennysworth reluctantly took on Kyle Richmond's famous mantle to lead a new team of heroes,” recaps Casey. “This will be his first test of leadership. Hopefully, he'll make it out alive.”

Continue to follow A Dozen Days of Vengeance here on Marvel.com and get psyched for VENGEANCE #1, coming your way July 6!

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