Real Name: Vernon Hatchway

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Federal agent

Group Membership: FBI

Affiliations: Commission on Superhuman Activities, Nomad, Jack Norriss, Red Wolf, Andrea Sterman

Enemies: Gambit Doppelganger, Bartholomew Ingrid

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Hatch"

Base of Operations: Georgetown, Washington D.C.

First Appearance: Nomad II#7 (November, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Vernon Hatchway is an experienced federal agent, skilled at espionage, capable of flying a commercial jet, and carries a handgun.

History: (Nomad II#7)- Hatchway was part of an FBI team who faced off in a Los Angeles airport against a doppelganger of the X-Man Gambit created by the Magus. Although his fellow agents were killed, Hatchway was aided by Nomad, who helped Hatchway lure the doppelganger aboard the plane he had come to L.A. in. Hatchway then took off in the plane, seemingly intending to crash it in order to kill the doppelganger, claiming that he was dying of cancer. He assigned Nomad a parachute so that he could bail out, but the doppelganger stole the parachute and escaped. However, Hatchway had actually filled the parachute with plastique, and blew up the doppelganger once he was free of the plane.

As Hatchway turned the plane around, he revealed to Nomad that he knew who he was, but had no intention of doing anything with that information.

(Nomad II#10)- Hatchway was sent to oversee a standoff at a Native reservation which was apparently operating illegal casinos, with Nomad defending them. Not wanting the confrontation to turn bloody, Hatchway brought in Red Wolf through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Ultimately Hatchway stormed the reservation, only to find that the casinos were fakes, staged to embarrass the government on national television and place the debate into an open forum. Hatchway still arrested Nomad, but let him go in the middle of Arizona because he believed in his ideals.

(Nomad II#22)- Hatchway met up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jack Norriss in a Georgetown bar, and the two men shared information on attempts both of their agencies had been making to have Nomad killed. Hatchway promised to use his resources in the FBI to learn who it was.

(Nomad II#23-24)- Hatchway learned from an investigation of the FBI's files that the order to terminate had come from Bartholomew Ingrid through the CSA, but that they expected Hatchway to kill Nomad for them. This information led Hatchway to drink.

(Nomad II#25)- Hatchway met with Norriss again, and voiced his intention to fake Nomad's death. Norriss offered to help cover it up in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s files. After Nomad was believed to have perished in an explosion in Congress, Hatchway supplied the body of a dead cameraman to serve as Nomad's corpse. He then placed Nomad's body in suspended animation in a storage facility outside of Langley, Virginia, so that one day Nomad could return to save America-- if America was willing to have him.

(Thunderbolts I#49 (fb))- Hatchway later returned to the site to check on Nomad, only to find that he was gone, and the facility had been scrubbed clean.

(Thunderbolts I#46)- Hatchway met with Andrea as she was researching into deaths related to a conspiracy in the CSA. She confronted Hatchway on Nomad, aware that he had placed him into suspended animation, but he informed her that his body had gone missing.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, S. Clarke Hawbaker, Mike Harris and Mark McKenna.

by Prime Eternal

Vernon Hatchway should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Nomad II#10, page 16, panel 4
Thunderbolts I#46, page 12, panel 2

Nomad II#10 (February, 1993) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Olliffe (pencils), Greg Adams, Pat Garrahy, Mike Manley, Mark McKenna & Tom Morgan (inks), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Nomad II#22-23 (February-March, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Rick Mays & Pete Garcia (pencilers), Greg Adams (inker), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Nomad II#24 (April, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Pete Garcia (penciler), Fredrick Percy (inker), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Nomad II#25 (May, 1994) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Peter Garcia (penciler), Fred Fredericks & Greg Adams (inkers), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Thunderbolts I#46 (January, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Greg Adams (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#49 (April, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 10/02/04

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