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DF Interview: David Walker’s Nighthawk brings the heat to Chi-town … or Chiraq?
By Byron Brewer
Billionaire Kyle Richmond and his dark alter ego, Nighthawk, are back and fighting evil by any means necessary in a new book written by David Walker. But this ain’t your Daddy’s Defender!
No, this Nighthawk is one dangerous dude. And to find out more, Dynamic Forces took the “L” to mid-town Chicago and spoke to the man himself, scribe David Walker.
Dynamic Forces: David, as I understand it, the titular character in this new book you are writing is the Nighthawk created by J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank for their 2003 Supreme Power series for Marvel. Without giving away any spoilers, can you tell us what he is doing on the new Marvel Earth?
David Walker: Nighthawk is kicking ass the way no one else kicks ass. He is the Punisher turned up to eleven—maybe even turned up to fifteen. He’s the guy that has the bad guys running to the good guys for protection, because he shows no restraint and no mercy. He is going to be unlike any hero out there—so much so that at times some people will see him as a villain. But it is all merely a matter of perspective, and when push comes to shove, he’s the hero.
DF: As I recall, this Kyle Richmond was somewhat of an extremist. Tell us a little about this Nighthawk – and about this Kyle Richmond – as a character (or characters).
David Walker: Like all people that put on costumes and run around fighting crime, Nighthawk has a well-defined sense of right and wrong. It just happens that he measures such things with a slightly different stick, and that sets him apart from other people looking to fight crime. In fact, he’s not a crime-fighter so much as a crime-killer.
DF: And you’ve brought Nighthawk to Chi-town?
David Walker: I love New York, but it is a bit crowded, if you know what I mean. Chicago is an interesting city, and there’s not nearly as much superhero activity. At the same time, crime is at epidemic proportions. People don’t call Chicago Chi-town anymore, they call it Chiraq, because it is so violent and deadly. And a city like that is the perfect place for someone like Nighthawk to do what he does—there are no other superheroes to stop him.
DF: Will we be seeing any other members of the Squadron Supreme in Nighthawk? I see there is a book by that title spinning out of Secret Wars.
David Walker: Eventually, I hope to bring in some of the other members of Squadron Supreme, but for now, it is really about establishing Nighthawk and his world as a solo character. It’s funny to me, because whenever a character best know for being on a team gets a solo series, one of the first question people ask is, “Who from the team will be in the book?” In my mind, it kind of defeats the purpose of a solo series. So yeah, I’ll be bringing characters in, but it will be a minute or two before that happens.
DF: David, you are known for your urban gritty characters as well as having a flavor of noir about your tales. Does this play true for the coming Nighthawk series?
David Walker: Nighthawk will be grim and gritty. This series is going to be a dark exploration of what it means to be a superhero, as well as what it means to be a villain. So many books are about the black and white of good guys versus bad guys. There’s not much gray area to be found in a lot of books these days. This book is all about the gray area.
DF: Will there be any interplay between your Nighthawk and the star of the coming Hyperion book? If so, what kind of relationship do they have?
David Walker: From my point of view, their relationship is tense and strained at best. If I get my way, we won’t see them getting along that well, but this is all stuff that is being worked out. These are two very different men, who are only in agreement in their commitment to fighting evil, but even then, they can’t always agree on what is evil and what is not.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank David Walker for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Nighthawk #1 hits stores in early 2016!
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