Christopher Powell (Earth-616)


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Christopher “ Chris ” Powell [ 1 ]

Current Alias



[ 2 ] D.H. [ 3 ] Drughawk, [ 3 ] Edge-Man, [ 4 ] Falconer, [ 5 ] The Powell [ 6 ]

Bucket-Head,D.H.Drughawk,Edge-Man,The Powell

Affiliation and Relationships


NYPD, Code : Blue


Loners, New Warriors, Queen ‘s Vengeance [ 5 ], Avengers West Coast (reservist), Secret Defenders (founder), Fraternity of Raptors (host), Project Pegasus


Mike Powell (father);

Grace Powell (mother);
Jon and Jason Powell (brothers);
Miranda Cruz (fiancée)

Marital Status


Physical Characteristics[35]




5′9″ ( 1.75 m ),
( as Darkhawk ) 6′1″ (1.85 m) (as Darkhawk)


150 pound ( 68.04 kilogram ),
( as Darkhawk ) 180 lbs (81.65 kg) (as Darkhawk)



  • Brown (unrevealed as Darkhawk)


Brown (unrevealed as Darkhawk)

Origin and Living Status


Human who discovered a mysterious amulet which transformed him into the armored vigilante Darkhawk

Living Status




Place of Birth

Queens, New York City, New York

Personal Information






Adventurer, former security guard at Project Pegasus

Base of Operations

New York City, New York


Holy Trinity Church, Los Angeles, California and Avengers Compound

Creators and Appearances


Tom DeFalco, Mike Manley


Darkhawk # 1
( January, 1991 )
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Chris Powell was the adolescent son of Mike Powell, a collar, and Grace Powell, a District Attorney. Following his younger counterpart brothers, Jon and Jason, to the abandoned amusement park across from his home, Chris discovered his father taking a bribe from syndicate boss Phillipe Bazin. While trying to escape with his brothers from Bazin ‘s henchmen, Chris discovered an amulet that transposed him into the Darkhawk armor. When his forefather disappeared after Chris saw him, he swore to use the Darkhawk armor as an “ border against crime ”. [ 4 ] He frequently teamed up with Spider-Man. As a erstwhile member of the New Warriors, he befriended Speedball, [ 7 ] Nova, [ 8 ] and late, Turbo. [ 9 ] He developed quite a roll of enemies : he would fight villains such as Hobgoblin [ 10 ] and Tombstone, who were seeking to take his amulet, with the latter succeed. He was highly weakened and flush dying from having the amulet removed, but hush able to use all of his powers except for turning bet on into homo form to heal. once he retrieved the amulet he was able to put it back in his thorax and amply heal. [ 11 ] Darkhawk had 2 separate encounters with Venom, who felt that Chris was good natured and held back whereas Darkhawk was greatly opposed to Venom ‘s ideals and way of handling crime, and curse to bring him to justice, despite Venom offer to be his ally. [ 12 ] lodestone : a magnetically-powered villain developed by Bazin, was frequently pitted against Darkhawk. He besides fought against some who would late ally with him, such as Portal, a teleport mutant who killed another Darkhawk and steal parts of his armor, Savage Steel, which had been created by the hidden police cabal that Chris ‘ dad had been a member of, and Damek, a materialistic sent from the future to kill Darkhawk. [ 6 ] Chris learned that his armor was actually an autonomously existing android armor, one of five commissioned by an alien gang lord named Dargin Bokk, being held in a sentient starship, Ocsh, in Null Space. When Chris grasped the amulet, it actually caused his body to switch places with that of the Darkhawk consistency, although his mind remained in control condition of the ‘replacement ‘ body. [ 13 ] After helping them several times, Darkhawk was brought aboard the Avengers West Coast as a reserve penis, but saw little action with them after becoming a member, because they were dissolved concisely thereafter. however, he did at least start a lasting friendship with Spider-Woman. [ 14 ]

Darkhawk 2.0

by and by, Chris and Darkhawk actually split into two discriminate entities, with the armor being updated into the “ 2.0 ” form, as it was colloquially known. This advanced form of armor gave Darkhawk new powers, such as the ability to form a force carapace encasing his torso, an actual “ Hawk ” construct ( a gigantic force-field shaped like a hawk ), and the ability to summon weapons from Osch. [ 15 ] Darkhawk 2.0 and Chris re-merged, with the view of no longer needing to use the amulet in order to switch bodies. [ 16 ]


Chris joined a self-help group of ex-teenage-superheroes, the Loners, who admitted to being addicted to their powers. Members included : Turbo, Green Goblin IV ( Phil Urich ), Ricochet, Lightspeed, and late Spider-Woman III ( Mattie Franklin ). The group was hired by a cryptic benefactor, subsequently revealed to be Rick Jones, to track down the Runaways in Los Angeles. Powell displayed perturb controlling his anger in his Darkhawk character, leading to a abruptly brush with Turbo. Dismayed with himself, Powell admitted to his teammates that he suffered a nervous dislocation. [ 17 ] Powell decided to never turn into Darkhawk again, but this decision did not last retentive, as soon thereafter the group battled the ill-famed Avengers villain, Ultron. Darkhawk delivered the final examination botch, using a darkforce gust at point blank range to blow Ultron to pieces. [ 18 ] The Loners continued their meetings and Chris was drawn rear into heroics by Spider-Woman and made an enemy of MGH manufacturers who had abused Mattie Franklin and the woman running them angstrom well as Nekra, a charwoman who was getting full-bodied by selling her bodily fluids to them. Chris then got his Darkhawk amulet stolen from him temporarily by an unbalanced Phil Urich but was able to regain it with help from the group. [ 19 ]

secret invasion

Having registered with the government, Darkhawk was assigned to the stead of security foreman at Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. . During the Skrull invasion, he worked alongside his erstwhile teammate Nova against the Deviant Skrulls. [ 20 ]

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 malefic and that the Fraternity had created the amulets. Evilhawk had been a hallucination caused by his mind, which had been unable to process all the data the Amulet gave him. [ 21 ] The Raptor, known as Razor, took over Chris ‘ body and assassinated Lilandra. [ 22 ] late he fought Gyre another extremity of the Fraternity of Raptors that had been recruited as a pawn of the Sphinx. Darkhawk, Nova, Black Bolt, Mr. Fantastic and Namorita defeated the Sphinx and his pawn. Darkhawk was able to separate Gyre from his Kree host by using the lapp technique Talon used to separate Chris from Darkhawk and bring back Razor. [ citation needed ]

Avengers Arena

Arcade kidnapped Chris and fifteen adolescent heroes and brought them to Murderworld, a seclude island where no matchless could find them, and forced them to fight each other to the death, and only the last homo standing within thirty days would be allowed to leave. [ 23 ] One night, he was attacked and had his amulet removed, leaving his destiny obscure. [ 24 ] His amulet would get passed around by others locked in Murderworld. [ 25 ] Chris was belated shown in a coma-like country in a foreign tank along with the dead person heroes, where arcade appeared to be healing him. Waking up, he located Arcade and knocked him out. He late reclaimed his amulet and was among the survivors of the battle. [ 26 ]

Marvel Legacy

Powell finally resurfaced back in New York, set to marry a new fiancée by the diagnose of Miranda Cruz. With whom he ‘d shared all of his exploits while piloting the sentient automaton known Darkhawk. Nowadays his Amulet has become inert, not so much as even changing when he focuses his thoughts on becoming his interpolate ego again ; but recently has been suffering from nightmares of the Tree of Shadows every time he slept. Following in his father ‘s footsteps, he finally became an military officer of the police at the NYPD. Taking to the same tick Michael Powell used to back when he was one of the patrol, he reminisced about how his father would listen to people and remember their names while trying to keep the peace on the streets. Trying to be the every bite as adult a man and a better bull than he was by holding the values he once thought Mike stood for before, Chris found out his beget was a corrupt bull. All the while ruminating on whether the world needed him as Christopher Powell, police military officer or as the cybernetic hero he once was. While on patrol, dispatch sent out poster of a disturbance at Wonderland Amusement Park, where he inaugural found the Raptor Amulet. While investigating the derelict institution, Powell was approached by two fishy cops veracious near the sphere where he inaugural became Darkhawk. Officer Hal Fingeroth and Sergeant Harold Conrad came to Powell offering certain opportunities while on the force which Chris quickly denied, when the latter opted to be a bit more emphatic in his persuasion ; Conrad was promptly eviscerated by members of the Fraternity of Raptors who were after the unseasoned military officer ‘s depowered amulet. Canorus and Aceptar created the curious circumstances which led to Christopher retracing his origin as a superhero in order to kill him and take what they believed was theirs by right, but the early bird of prey did n’t go without a contend ; discovering that these new raptors were in actuality just armored Shi’ar thugs given how easily Aceptar was stunned by a jolt baton. Though Christopher was finally subdued by Canorus and his gem taken from him. Canorus was able to activate it again with a damaged Razor taking his set, whom about beat Powell ‘s other would be assassin to death until Chris got his attention. The badly break android grabbed detention of Powell and ported him to a helping of the Datasong he called the “ Perch, ” where memories of previous host pilots were stored within a Raptor ‘s own motherboard. Razor, now calling itself Darkhawk after the recombinant character imprinted on itself due to their shared escapades as a champion. Chris learned from his other one-half that a wholly new Fraternity has sprung up in the wake up of Novas ‘ decimation, eager to bring the universe to heel under their bondage and had been searching for a mean of acquiring the Raptor androids from the Null Space null to cement their dominance. Horrified by this development the nowadays empathic Razor sought to defy this mandate by said cabal of zealot pretenders by escaping his pod and severing his connection to the Tree of Shadows, which was the reason why Powell could n’t become Darkhawk anymore. Severing his brother ‘s joining to their amulets earned Raptor their wrath, however. They about hunted it down and executed until he was summoned to Earth by Canorus. Seeing the opportunity to heal itself, and hoping to enlist help in stopping the rebel Raptor faction, Darkhawk sought union with Chris Powell once again in order to recover and grow in power. Seeing as the solid of the universe was at stake, including his own homeworld in the long run. Chris knew in malice of his misgivings about space travel and the new life he has on Earth, that since his android had grown a conscience since the War of Kings. That he could not just sit by and pretend what effects the galaxy has no consequences for everybody involved, himself included. Donning the diagnose Darkhawk once more, he took to the skies after blasting the other bird of prey second to his enclave in space before taking off, wondering how Miranda will react to the change of pace. [ 27 ] After learning from Richard Rider that the Fraternity of Raptors were after the Infinity Stones, Chris wanted to find a way to stop them, but he was stuck on ground. He was later attacked by the bounty hunter Death ‘s Head who was hired by the Raptors to capture Chris and bring him back to them animated. After learning that Death ‘s Head had a starship, Chris was able to convince Death ‘s heading to take him to the Raptors. After saying adieu to Miranda, Chris and Death ‘s Head traveled to where Death ‘s Head was to meet the Raptors, the satellite Arcturus IV ; however, the Raptors betrayed Death ‘s Head and destroyed his ship. Chris survived the ship ‘s end and confronted the Raptors, but he was cursorily overwhelmed by their numbers. Chris ‘ Darkhawk Amulet was removed from his body by the Raptors ‘ drawing card Gyre and used in a ceremony to transform Richard Rider ‘s brother Robbie Rider into the being called Dark Darkhawk by fusing him with Ratha’kon, a being purportedly more brawny than the Phoenix Force. The Raptors then left a dying Chris where he was set off to destroy Earth. As Chris dragged himself across the ground, he encountered his other half Razor who revealed to him the origins of the Tree of Shadows and of the first Raptor. After some wheedle from Razor, Chris tapped into his hide strength and emerged with a new Darkhawk body after amply fusing his beware with the armor. Chris then flew after the Raptors to stop them. [ 28 ] Chris battled the Raptors with help from Death ‘s Head and Nova Prime. Nova made it unmanageable to fight Dark Darkhawk as he preferred to argue with his buddy Robbie than fight him. Dark Darkhawk then shockingly turned on Gyre and destroyed him while stating that he would bring order to the universe, not Gyre. The Raptors were finally stopped when Death ‘s Head rigged the power congress of racial equality of the Kree ship the Raptors stole to explode. merely Dark Starhawk survived the plosion, though stunned, allowing Chris to reclaim his Darkhawk Amulet. Dark Starhawk then disappeared in a flash of light after striking his Nega-Bands together. Grieving over the loss of Robbie, Nova angrily told Chris to stay on worldly concern or he would have him locked up. After Chris returned to Earth, he decided stay out of space for a while. late that night, he was met by Sleepwalker while he dreamed, telling him that the influence of the Infinity Stones threatened the Mindscape and that the only way he could protect it was to become a Sleepwalker. [ 29 ]

young Again

Darkhawk attended Thanos ‘ funeral along with big cosmic figures where it was revealed that Thanos had transferred his mind into a new body. however, the Black Order came and stole Thanos ‘ cadaver, while opening a rip in outer space in decree to trap them. [ 30 ] While trapped there, Darkhawk ‘s atoms began to break apart, affecting his link to the befit. After being captured by the Universal Church of Truth from a possible future, Chris found out that his soundbox was merged with the armor, and that he had become youthful than he had been when he first found the amulet. [ 31 ] Under the command of the Church, Darkhawk and the other prisoners attacked the Guardians of the Galaxy, but Rocket Raccoon was able to free them from the Church ‘s control and sent the church back to their timeline. [ 32 ] After the Void leash the forces of the Cancerverse to invade the Negative Zone, Darkhawk was among the heroes summoned by Mister Fantastic using his Dimensional Anchor in order to defeat the Scourge. Once the Silver Surfer managed to merge Bob Reynolds back with the Void, Nova sacrificed himself in ordain to defeat the Scourge, ending the threat. [ 33 ]


Power Grid[36]


Skilled Combatant: Chris is skilled in Kendo and an nameless ramify of Karate. [ citation needed ]



  • Darkhawk Amulet:
    • Consciousness Transfer: Chris can transfer his consciousness into the Darkhawk’s 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.[citation needed]
  • Darkhawk Android: The Darkhawk Armor is advanced Shi’ar technology meshed with magic, allowing the host numerous superhuman capabilities:
    • Superhuman Strength: The Armor allows Chris to lift in the excess of 25+ tons. Able to knock out Venom.[citation needed]
    • Superhuman Speed
    • Superhuman Durability: Darkhawk is superhumanly durable; he is capable of shrugging off physical impacts, energy blasts, and most artillery fire.
    • Superhuman Agility
    • Superhuman Reflexes
    • Armament Conjuration: The Android can summon weapons from the extra-dimensional expanse from whence they came, or manifest desired munitions from its own body at will.[citation needed]
    • 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. After the Darkhawk armor attained a new form, Chris is able to fly interstellar distances.[34]
    • Self Repair: Even major injuries to his Darkhawk body can be repaired by switching back to his human form.[citation needed]
    • Superhuman Vision: Darkhawk has telescopic and infra-red vision. He can see through most camouflage.[citation needed]
    • Force Field: Chris can utilize a circular wafer-thin force field.[citation needed]
    • Concussion Blasts: He can fire blasts of destructive dark energy from the amulet on his chest.[citation needed]
    • Mode Shifting: Talons can morph their bodies into a host of augmentative forms. Becoming transparent, doubling body armor, projecting greater weaponry, etc.[citation needed]

Formerly Avengers Identicard


Formerly Avengers Quinjet


  • 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 Loners appearances, he is in “DH 1.0” form, although he had appeared a few times as DH 2.0 prior to this.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]

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