The eponymous protagonist of the comic strip Black-Hawk was a Nubian slave who, through his prowess in the gladiatorial arena and his success as a revolutionary, became a centurion in the Roman army.
Later, he was abducted by aliens and fought in another kind of arena for the benefit of extraterrestrial gamblers and thrill seekers, before breaking free along with his comrades Ursa and Zog (and old enemy Battak) and ending up on the hellish planet of Silversun, a world inside a black hole. There he lost his soul to the monstrous Soul Sucker, creator of The Great Beast, and began a lengthy quest to regain it.
Black-Hawk eventually got a lead on his soul's location from a Kwark, a crippled robot built by a race called the Thargians, but he and his colleagues fell into the black hole shortly after he finally recovered it. Black-Hawk has not been seen since.
Powers and abilities
Peak human male.
- The Black-Hawk series began in Tornado before transferring to 2000 AD. Originally a historical adventure series, it gained science fiction trappings after the move, with a debatable degree of success.
- Among the artists to draw Black-Hawk for 2000 AD were Massimo Belardinelli, Joe Staton and Ramon Sola. After transferring to 2000 AD, it was written by Alan Grant (under the pseudonym Alvin Gaunt).
- The 2012 2000 AD series Aquila featured a Nubian former Roman slave more or less identical to Black-Hawk, even down to the lack of a soul and the blank, black eyes which Black-Hawk sported after losing his. Despite these thematic links, however, there seems to be no direct in-story connection between the two characters.
Black-Hawk took his name from a hawk he adopted which he referred to as 'my lady'. (There is a tradition that if you name your hawk something like 'Killer' or 'Savage' it will be a complete wimp, but if you name it something gentle and courtly like 'Mabel' or 'Guinevere' it'll be a deadly feathered killing machine.)
- Appearances of Black-Hawk
- Character Gallery: Black-Hawk
- Images that feature Black-Hawk
- Fan-Art Gallery: Black-Hawk
- Black-Hawk quotations
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