Real Name: Nathan Garrett
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-730834) human (UK citizen)
Occupation: Criminal, adventurer
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Avengers (Ant-Man, Falcon, Tigra,
Vision, Wasp), Dr. Doom, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in Europe, notably
First Appearance: Avengers United They Stand#4
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)
(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
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Black Knight of Earth-730834 has no known connections to:
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
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
Avengers United They Stand#4, p3, pan3 (main image)
p10, pan4 (headshot)
p5, pan5 (Ultimate Amplifier)
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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