Real Name: Brent (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human government agent
Occupation: Head of American anti-terrorist task force
Group Membership: American anti-terrorist task force
Affiliations: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Eban, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), President of the United States (POTUS), Strelgov (see comments);
indirectly Benjamin Abramov, Marlene Alraune, Jean-Paul "Frenchie" DuChamp, and reluctantly Moon Knight (Marc Spector),
Enemies: Third World Army (see comments; Nimrod Strange and his personal bodyguards (Assigi, Jeesala, Sheena, Sonia, Yumi, presumably many others), Master Sniper, Slayers Elite (Jou-Jouka, Kareesh-Bek, Sumaro), others), terrorists in general
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Anti-terrorist command post, lower Manhattan, New York
First Appearance: Moon Knight I#20 (June, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Brent was experienced with anti-terrorist activities. He likely had combat training and skills to get where he was, though he was only involved in discussions in his sole appearance.
He smoked a lot and put down a lot of coffee, at least in times of stress.
Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 210 lbs.)
***relevant back story in blue***
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - Nimrod Strange (aka Arsenal)'s Third World Army agents learned of the "Manhattan plan," was initially designed as a practice exercise by anti-terrorist forces to prepare their response groups in the event such a situation ever really came to pass.
How Strange learned of this plan is unrevealed.
The plan involved hijacking the four oil tankers and anchoring them by the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels and the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges, which were Manhattan Island's four access points. The plan four tankers would begin purging their oil; gases would build as the oil levels dropped, until a critical point was reached, and the tankers would explode, destroying the access points. The purged oil would then ignite and spread to the piers, docks, and land waiting beyond. The fires would spread quickly, destroying the other smaller bridges off the island, and the entire island would be surrounded by flame and everyone within would eventually die from the inwardly burning fire, like panicked rats; casualties were estimated to approach 97%.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - As Strange continued to accrue power and resources, the the CIA (and the British, French, and German governments) still did not believe Strange or his army a legitimate threat.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - The Third World Army initiated the "Manhattan plan," hijacking the four oil tankers and anchoring them at Manhattan's four access points.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - Based on his knowledge of the operations of Nimrod Strange's operations, Strelgov was asked by the CIA, FBI, and even the President of the United States (POTUS) to preside over the US anti-terrorism task force meeting.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - Having worked with Strelgov against Strange, Marc Spector arranged for Strelgov to work with his "associate" Moon Knight. They agreed that a smaller infiltration of Strange's operation might had the best chance of success, while a larger operation could lead to Strange detonating the tankers before being stopped.
As Moon Knight headed for the tanker on which Strange was based, Strelgov prepared for the most difficult part, telling the American anti-terrorist task force what he had just done, Moon Knight assured Strelgov he had a tough hide that would survive a few hours of being nailed to the wall.
(Moon Knight I#20 (fb) - BTS) - Waiting at the anti-terrorist command post in lower Manhattan, Mr. Brent received word from Arsenal who had started venting oil from the tankers.
(Moon Knight I#20) - When Strelgov, Mr. Brent criticized his late arrival and told him what they had just heard from Arsenal. He asked Strelgov if he didn't realize what they were dealing with, and Strelgov assured Brent he did..."better than anyone in this smokey room." He then reminded Brent why he had been placed in charge of the meeting.
Brent listened as Strelgov and his associate Eban then told the assembled group how they had crushed Strange's island base and captured most of his crew; they reviewed the Third World Army's long-term goals.
After Brent shared that the tankers' crews had been released as "insignificant hostages," Strelgov noted how Arsenal held the entire island of Manhattan hostage; at Brent's request, Strelgov explained the specifics of Arsenal's plans, adding that Arsenal's plot was based on a hypothetical situation conceived by several members of the anti-terrorist task force to allow them to plan counter-measures. When others expressed frustration at how dangerous and hard to deal with the situation was, Strelgov reminded them that they had not taken Strange seriously in the past, allowing him to evolve to his current threat.
Brent was outraged when Strelgov then noted how he had taken it upon himself to act, placing a man aboard Arsenal's tanker. He told Strelgov he was insane, "When the president hears of this, your career won't be worth a swastika in Jerusalem!"
this decision would end his career. Reminding Brent that the POTUS did not control Israeli intelligence, Strelgov nonetheless agreed that he would be expelled from the Mossad and perhaps from Israel hersel...should his plan fail. Strelgov advised everyone to pray that his agent succeeded, as the fate of Manhattan (in which the task force was based) rested solely on him.
Shortly thereafter, Brent informed Strelgov that the POTUS had just instructed him that they would send in a commando team in 15 minutes if Moon Knight had not succeeded. Having expected this, Strelgov reminded him that commando teams were doomed to failure as long as Arsenal could still give the signal to the other three tankers. Brent asked if he had any alternatives, and Strelgov admitted that he did not, as everything continued to hinge on Moon Knight.
(Moon Knight I#20 - BTS) - After defeating Arsenal, Moon Knight had DuChamp recover himself and Marlene from Arsenal's tanker and call Strelgov to meet them at the bridge where they had started.
(Moon Knight I#20) - Brent and Strelgov met with Moon Knight (alongside his allies Marlene Alraune and Jean-Paul DuChamp). After Strelgov congratulated Moon Knight on proving him right, however, Arsenal blew up his tanker (from which the gas had already been vented), killing himself and his agents aboard.
After Moon Knight departed, Strelgov teased Brent about not having arrested Moon Knight, as it would have been embarassing for the POTUS having to go into prison to pin a medal on him. Brent told him not to rub it in.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Steve Mitchell.
It was Strelgov consistently in Moon Knight I#17-18, and Streglov consistently in #19-20. I don't know why it changed, but I'd go with the precedent on this one.
In Moon Knight I#17, Strange's army was consistently referred to as the "Third World Slayers." In #18-20, they were consistently referred to as the "Third World Army." While the general policy is to follow the precedent, it seems to me that since the writer (Doug Moench) was consistent throughout the whole arc, the latter name was a correction of an earlier error...perhaps confusing the names of his "Slayers Elite" and the "Third World Army," or perhaps Third World Army and Third World Slayers are two names for the same group?
And, with this profile, I finally finish all the characters (except Moon Knight, Marlene, and Frenchie, of course) from my favorite Moon Knight arc from my youth...
Profile by Snood.
Mr. Brent should be distinguished from:
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Moon Knight I#20, pg. 4, panel 1 (main, leaning);
panel 5 (cigarette and coffee)
Moon Knight I#20 (June, 1982) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (penciler), Steve Mitchell (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
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