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BLACK KNIGHT

Real Name: Nathan Garrett

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-730834) human (UK citizen)

Occupation: Criminal, adventurer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Avengers (Ant-Man, Falcon, Tigra, Vision, Wasp), Dr. Doom, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile in Europe, notably UK

First Appearance: Avengers United They Stand#4 (February, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: The Black Knight was a peak-level athlete and excellent hand-to-hand combatant. He carried a specialized sword that could fire blasts and he was a skilled thief. Garrett wore what appeared to be a full chainmail suit, but this did not impede his agility. He briefly wielded the destructive Ultimate Amplifier.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Unrevealed

History:

(Avengers United They Stand#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Black Knight had an established criminal reputation. He stole the prototype of the destructive Ultimate Amplifier from an A.I.M. base in New Mexico. S.H.I.E.L.D. intelligence found out he planned to sell it to the despotic Dr. Doom, leader of Latveria, and advised the Avengers. Garrett had made a contact at a border town hotel. The Avengers (Ant-Man, Falcon, Tigra, Vision, Wasp) went to intercept Garrett before he could cross the closed borders, but he saw through their civilian disguise and quickly changed into his Black Knight costume.

(Avengers United They Stand#4) - The Black Knight caused an explosion and sought to escape the Avengers in a stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. flying car, although Tigra tenaciously clawed into the car panels. Seeking to evade detection, the Black Knight fired the Ultimate Amplifier at a guard tower, but Tigra threw off his aim and it destroyed the small mountain the tower was on instead. The other Avengers gave chase into Latveria and were quickly overpowered by dozens of Doom's automated robot sentries.

(Avengers United They Stand#4 (fb) - BTS) - The unconscious Avengers and Black Knight were transported to Doom's castle and fitted with spinal collars that neutralized natural abilities.

(Avengers United They Stand#4) - The Avengers and the Black Knight woke up before Doom. The Black Knight immediately worked on his sales pitch for the Ultimate Amplifier, but was violently dismissed by Doom and the weapon crushed. For their acts of invasion, destruction and espionage, Doom decreed that the Avengers and Black Knight be executed the following day. The Avengers attacked Doom in defiance but he knocked them out with an ion blast, and the captives were dragged to the castle dungeons. They escaped through teamwork and Garrett was re-armed with his sword; Ant-Man distracted Doom with an imitation Ultimate Amplifier device. Garrett was carried away by the Vision as the Avengers flew away, vowing any incarceration by them would only be temporary.

Comments: Created by Ty Templeton (writer), Derec Aucoin (pencils) and Walden Wong (inks).

He's crouching in the main pic; it's the closest there is to a good full body shot of him in the issue.

The Ultimate Amplifier's design resembles that of the Ultimate Nullifier used against Galactus on Earth-616. I like to think it was deliberately designed that way by A.I.M. based on their local version.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Black Knight of Earth-730834 has no known connections to:


Ultimate Amplifier

Ultimate Amplifier

The Ultimate Amplifier increased the natural vibrations found in all matter into a feedback loop, fast enough for fission to occur and cause a massive explosion. The Black Knight stole the A.I.M.-developed prototype and hoped to sell it to Dr. Doom unannounced. However, Doom had already developed such technology and crushed the prototype in his gauntlet. Ant-Man was able to quickly cobble pieces together to make an imitation to distract Doom while the Avengers escaped.

   It  had to be pointed at an object and triggered like a gun, releasing a minor electric jolt. Its range could go up to about 100 feet.

--Avengers United They Stand#4


images: (without ads)
Avengers United They Stand#4, p3, pan3 (main image)
    p10, pan4 (headshot)
    p5, pan5 (Ultimate Amplifier)


Appearances:
Avengers United They Stand#4 (February, 2000) - Ty Templeton (writer), Derec Aucoin (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 05/31/17

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