Thursday, November 29, 2012

KNIGHT HAWK JUSTICE

Created by writer Joman Reyes and artist Luisito Antonio, Knight Hawk Justice ran in Terminator Komiks (published by Sonic Triangle Publishing, Inc.) from 1993 to 1994.  Not to be confused with the similarly-named character from Pilipino Superheroes Pocketkomiks, this Knight Hawk was a death-dealing vigilante (part-Batman, part-Punisher) whose true identity remained a mystery.



WEAPONS AND ABILITIES


Skilled in both armed and unarmed combat, Knight Hawk employed an arsenal of advanced gadgetry and lethal weaponry.  His main mode of transportation was his high-tech Hawk Car.



SINO SI KNIGHT HAWK?

Some episodes of the series ended with the question "Sino si Knight Hawk?" ("Who is Knight Hawk?")  While it was never really revealed, there were at least two possible candidates...

BOLT GADIN

The son of a corrupt judge, Bolt is a tough, principled young lawyer determined to learn the truth about his mother's murder.












RUD

Heir to wealthy couple Don Miguel and Donya Elsa Padilla, Rud searches for his long-lost half-brother, Dalton.  To this end, he infiltrates the underworld, working as a snitch for police chief Cepe.


SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

GWEN TORRES
Bolt's girlfriend and fellow attorney.  More than beauty and brains, she is also more than capable of kicking ass.

JUDGE GLEN GADIN
Bolt's father, a corrupt judge, but is a much more complex character than he seems.  Supposedly, Glen took up his illegal activities so as not to take advantage of his wife Marta's wealth. He appears to show a bit of remorse for his actions after Marta's death.

RENE STA. CLARA

A crusading radio news anchor.  Once suspected of being Knight Hawk himself, until Hawk saves him from some corrupt cops.












CHIEF CEPE




A corrupt police official secretly in league with the crime syndicate.












THE HAWK'S PREY

BLACK POPE
Fanatical leader of the city's major criminal organization, crime is the Black Pope's religion.

ZERO
The Black Pope's second-in-command.

CHASING SHADOW

Zero's top lieutenant.














HOMBRE
Drug lord and head of a group of hired killers.

THE MIDNIGHT KILLER

A serial murderer who strikes at midnight (but of course) and specifically targets doctors.












TASMANIAN

Psychotic cannibal killer and cultist.


















HEAVY

The syndicate's crackhead muscle.



















THE AMAZING KNIGHT HAWK RISES

In the following sequence, Heavy tries to break Knight Hawk.  Unfortunately for him, Hawk does whatever a spider can.





Saturday, November 24, 2012

KNIGHTHAWK

Knighthawk first appeared in a short story in Pilipino Superheroes Pocketkomiks #96 (October 7, 1987), published by Adventures Illustrated Magazines, Inc.  As written by Romy P. Lapuz and illustrated by Lando Nino, Bryan Lee was a karate champion and police officer who moonlighted as a motorcycle-riding masked crimefighter.





The following year, Knighthawk was given his own regular strip, with Lapuz still on board as writer and Vidal Malatbalat taking over as artist.



ALLY

RUBY
Princess of the alien Starrions, who asks for Knighthawk's help against the evil Xylons.

ENEMIES

SKULLIBUR
Disfigured leader of the Hellskulls, a vicious gang of barbaric bikers.

THE TRIGGERMAN
Captain Muertos, a high-ranking policeman who was secretly an assassin.








THE XYLONS
An evil race of cannibalistic aliens.
THE MARKSMAN
Yet another hitman, this one is a champion marksman who turns out to be Knighthawk's cousin.
THE DEATH CONDORS
A heavily-armed, high-tech crime syndicate.

FIRE BLASTERS

From Pilipino Superheroes #168 (February 22, 1989), Knighthawk faces a group of terrorists who have commandeered the Fire Blasters, a series of experimental combat rocket packs.





Saturday, November 17, 2012

MIDKNIGHT

Created in 1993 by then-high school students Eric "Jugs" Jugueta (writer/editor, and oh yeah, future guitarist/vocalist for the Filipino rock band the Itchyworms) and Ronald Tan (co-writer/artist), Midknight appeared in a number of ashcans (mini-comics) before finally getting published by Alamat Comics in Shadow Comics Presents #1 (November 1995).


After inheriting his late uncle's fortune, college student Rick Stanford decides to use his newly-acquired wealth to become a superhero "like that Bat-Guy."  Unfortunately for him, his dead uncle isn't too happy about it.









Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mike Tan's DARK KNIGHT

This All Saint's Day, spend a spooky evening at the graveyard with The Dark Knight!  No, not THAT Dark Knight.  This one, a supernatural adventurer created by writer Mike Tan and illustrator Larry Santiago, stalked the pages of Super Heroes Comix (published by Graphic Arts Service, Inc.) in 1993.