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Who Is Marvel’s Night Thrasher? Black Batman Meets Extreme Sports!

Who is Marvel’s Night Thrasher?  Watch the latest Blerd Without Fear to find out more about Dwayne Taylor who first appeared in Thor #411 and was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz.


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what is up Earth's Mightiest subscribers
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it's Ernie Blerd Without Fear welcome
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okay in today's video we are gonna be
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talking about probably one of my
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favorite superheroes it doesn't really
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get a whole heap not a whole lot of
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respect
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put on his name and that is one Blaine
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Michael Taylor aka Knight Thrasher we're
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gonna talk about all of my favorite
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things about this Caird run a whole lot
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more right now but first let's hit that
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Thrasher first appeared in for number
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411 in 1989 it was created by Tom
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DeFalco
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and Ron friends now Dwayne Taylor
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he became a super hero the way most non
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power superheroes do and that is by his
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parents getting murked
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though in his case it was made even more
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interesting by the fact that he was
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essentially raised by his parents killer
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an elderly Asian woman named ty ty
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didn't necessarily kill them herself but
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she did mastermind the whole thing and
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before realizing this he spent his life
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with ty as his legal guardian as well as
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another legal guardian by the name of
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Andrew cored an ex-military Merc and
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former associate of cable he's also the
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son-in-law of Ty and the father of 9
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Thrashers closest confidants and maybe
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even arguably one of his greatest
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enemies silhouette and Midnight's fire
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respectively cord and tie raised Dwayne
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and trained him in martial arts survival
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and
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dicks molding him into a weapon Duane
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eventually began training himself
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surrounding himself with the best
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teachers in every discipline not just in
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physical combat but even in academia and
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investigative disciplines
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he literally spared no expense
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eventually he developed his own suit of
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battle armor specifically designed to
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help him fight against his former
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partner
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Midnight's fire and also against any
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other criminal threat he clearly is a
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Legend of Zelda fan because he
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recognized it's dangerous to go alone
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and started the new warriors of which he
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is the founder and leader of and what
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many never noticed is that he's also
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their financial backer Dwayne is also
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filthy rich because of his company the
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Taylor foundation the main reason why ty
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orchestrated his parents death so that
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she could get a hold of his assets and
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control them something she eventually
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accomplished now in Dwayne's spare time
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he researched and tracked down every
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hero he wanted for his potential
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superhero team that would soon become
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called the new warriors and he even
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based their initial makeup around
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another team the Fantastic Four
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seeing himself as the Reed Richards of
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the group with his intellect he first
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recruited Nova to be his pure hitter and
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muscled much like the thing then later
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he recruited Firestar and Marvel boy who
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is now known as justice to fill in the
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roles of Human Torch and Invisible Woman
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respectively later on grabbing a Morita
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and speed ball to round out the team ty
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would even act as a mentor to the group
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from time to time oddly enough though
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Thrasher created this team he would
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later leave and once he learned that his
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company was actually being used and
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manipulated to benefit the same crimes
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he's trying to stop and that his
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guardian ty was behind all of it so what
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exactly can this cat do well ix rash of
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being a normal human
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has trained his body in mind almost his
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entire life as a result he is one of the
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most proficient Hanahan fighters in the
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Marvel Universe trained in over a dozen
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different martial arts styles he's so
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good
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Punisher had to pull the strap on him in
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a pure hands fight because he knew
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dwayne was about to get that ass his
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levels of strength are at peak human
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physical limits despite this his battle
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armor actually increases his strength
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through the use of augments and
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hydraulics to allow him to get as close
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to superhuman strength as possible but
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not enough to be classified as such
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thanks to his training he's become a
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highly trained Acrobat as well
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he's even managed to incorporate this
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into his skateboarding techniques which
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often factor into his combat tactics and
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his general mobility and getting around
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one thing people didn't downplay about
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Thrasher is his intelligence 9 Thrasher
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has a genius-level intellect and he has
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made good use of it as an engineer and
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inventor and as a skilled detective
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something that has helped him create his
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battle armors and gadgets as well as
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helped him investigate and gather
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intelligence on Marvel's premier and
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even not so premier superheroes 9
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Thrasher also possesses an immunity to
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telepathic attacks and suggestions as
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even Emma Frost wasn't able to breach
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his mind this was originally thought to
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be because of his rigorous training and
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meditation regimen but later turned out
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to be because of his former mentor tae
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likely to ensure no one would ever get
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inside his head and open that can of
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worms about his parents being murdered
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by her which makes sense because during
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this time he did hang out with Marvel
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Boy quite a bit in Marvel Boy whoa he is
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telepathic 9 Thrashers battle armor was
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a lightweight Kevlar fiber hybrid in a
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ceramic matrix framework with both 8
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millimeter and 16 millimeter thick
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layers of micro male titanium nitride
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the suit was specifically designed to
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withstand the brute force and power of
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silhouettes brother
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Midnight's fire the suit
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for all intents and purposes bulletproof
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knife proof and fire proof though this
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is in regards to conventional firearms
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and even that not a hundred percent
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seeing as how Punisher was able to
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rupture his armor using a submachine gun
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at point-blank range weapons made of
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vibranium and a man team and other
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anti-armor weapons have proven to get
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through his armor from time to time as
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well his armor is also capable of
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camouflaging him with an extremely thin
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layer of LEDs when he upgraded to his
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mark to addition of the armor the suit
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was outfitted with an active camouflage
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system not unlike what you'd see in
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ghosts in the shell or the Metal Gear
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Solid series his helmets visor is also
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equipped with infrared night-vision
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telescopic zoom lenses scanners and a
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plethora of other augments the helmet
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also has a parabolic sound enhancer
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two-way radio a rebreather and more it
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even had a voice scrambler during a time
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when writers didn't often give
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characters that sort of thing now thanks
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to CW's arrow everyone has one his
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weapon of choice was always his Escrima
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sticks
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not unlike hell's kitchen's own
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daredevil and he also kept a spring
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locked blade in his right wrist gauntlet
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with an adamantium alloy garrote wire in
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the left when he switched over to the
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mark to armor he added pepper spray
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sleeping gas grapnel lines and a
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built-in computer pad he also modified
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the gauntlets to explosively fire off
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his Escrima sticks when desired he also
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wasn't above having micro
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surface-to-surface missiles mounted on
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his forearms and he even had a hidden
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compartment on the suit for a pair of
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submachine pistols you know in case the
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block gets hot he also made use of a
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fiberglass skateboard that was
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weaponized with razor sharp blades built
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into it it could also reconfigure into a
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snowboard when necessary and also
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durable enough to act as a shield and
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later the skateboard was upgraded to
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being an all-purpose hoverboard he
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recently of this year 2020s incoming
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number one been seen using his old
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skateboard speaking of getting around
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his mark to armor was also rigged with a
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glider chute
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like any good street-level crime fighter
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he kept a utility belt with various and
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sundry items including but not limited
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to explosives cordite packs incendiary
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packs napalm gel magnesium flares smoke
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capsules ball bearings and my personal
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favorite towel trumps the nice rash or
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battle armor Duane began wearing during
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civil war and has been wearing ever
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since is said to be made of vibranium
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mesh interesting side note about
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Thrasher is that when we first meet
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night Thrasher he's still a whole last
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teenager at age 19 in x-men vol 2 number
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29 and x-force vol 1 number 32 we learn
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9 Thrasher has some ties to the
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villainous Hellfire Club though what
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they are we will probably never know
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because the true nature of this has
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never been revealed he was once famously
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tied to Dwayne McDuffie stung in cheek
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pitch letter addressed to Marvell whom
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he worked for at the time titled
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teenaged Negro ninja thrashers that was
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a dig at characters like Thrasher as
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well as a couple of other Marvel heroes
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like rocket racer who at the time
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McDuffie rightfully saw as being just
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generic black characters who happen to
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have skateboards though oddly enough Tom
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DeFalco did in fact base 9 Thrasher on
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skateboarding magazine sales which were
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a big hit for Marvel at the time
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specifically the magazine Thrasher hence
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the name Knight Thrasher used to employ
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and in some regards still does some very
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Batman esque
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tendencies he was always ten steps ahead
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of most people in the room he always
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knew things others didn't and he
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constantly kept up an air of mystique
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around himself that made people question
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whether or not he was as dangerous as he
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looked or worse not to mention his
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entire background his set up everything
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about him kind of screams Batman
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speaking of things batting
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and would do when he recruited nova to
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the new warriors richard writer at the
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time did not have access to his powers
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he had recently lost them and thrasher
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knew this but he needed nova on the team
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so he dragged richard up to a rooftop
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and threw him off of it this high-stress
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moment reactivated Richards Nova powers
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and he was able to survive the fall
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something Nova was pissed about even
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more so when he learned Dwayne didn't
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even know if that would actually
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reactivate his abilities one of his
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biggest claims of Fame's that he's gone
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toe-to-toe with characters like the
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juggernaut and Terrax who might I remind
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you is a whole lass Herald of Galactus
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now bear in mind in both of these
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situations he had the New Warriors with
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him in regards to juggernaut he also was
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alongside for one of nine Thrasher's
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favorite tag team partners tends to be
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spider-man and they've teamed up a lot
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throughout the years whether it's in the
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pages of spider-man's own comic or the
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new warriors comics one could even make
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an argument that spider-man is the
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reason 9 Thrasher as well as the new
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warriors themselves became as popular as
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they did one could also say Knight
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Thrasher may have been at least half
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responsible for prophesizing speedballs
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transformation into penance as far back
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as 1991 when speedball jokingly
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mentioned putting spikes on his suit to
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be more effective in combat the rasher
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seemed to think this was a good idea
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fast forward almost twenty years later
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it becomes a reality he's taken on two
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wards in his time
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the first being rage a young preteen boy
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who gained superpowers from toxic waste
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that turned him into an incredibly and
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irrationally angry full-grown
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muscle-bound man he's also taken on
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microbe a young mutant whose father died
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working on a cancer cure for the Taylor
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foundation microbe would later join the
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new warriors Dwayne eventually wound up
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retiring from superhero shenanigans but
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roughly around the time of Civil War
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he did in fact bring the new warriors
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back as a whole new team and convinced a
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TV studio to bankroll and promote their
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travels in superhero shenanigans as a
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reality TV show a la mtv's road rules
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this ultimately backfired when they
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encountered nitro and we all know how
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that ended with a whole ass superhero
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Civil War the same explosive incident
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that ignited the Civil War also killed
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Duane and now Morita and microbe as well
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as many others and the nine thrasher
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that we see from that point on is
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actually his half-brother Donyell Taylor
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previously known as bandit who is
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carrying on Dwayne's legacy and makes it
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his life's mission to bring Duane back
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Donyell would remain as Knight Thrasher
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all the way through Secret Invasion Dark
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Reign even up to and somewhat beyond
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siege during contest of Champions volume
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2 the collector Yanks the original
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Knight Thrasher from the past right
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before he was about to die at the hands
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of nitros explosion and places him on
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his team to fight against the
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Grandmaster and his squad but thanks to
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maestro taking over the team from the
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collector Dwayne is sent back to the
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present instead of the past where he
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died maestro did this largely because he
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felt Thrasher was too dangerous to his
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own plans to keep it round and as a
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result of this in his time displacement
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Dwayne still has nightmares about his
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death despite avoiding it and even
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though he's been alive for some time the
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general public is not aware of this he's
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held membership on not just the new
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Warriors but Red Team psionics
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the folding circle which at the time he
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was acting as a double agent and the
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Marvel Network he's even recently been
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revealed to be a member of the three X's
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a super think-tank
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comprised of himself blue Marvel and
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Jimmy Wu considered to be an informal
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version of the Avengers that focuses on
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fringe activity going on in the Marvel
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Universe think of him as a rib
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of the more recent incarnation of The
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Ultimates now let's talk about some
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media appearances 9 Thrasher doesn't
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really have many to be honest 9 Thrasher
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was scheduled to make appearances on
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television on at least two separate
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occasions that never came to be the
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first of which was a night Thrasher TV
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series that was being developed on what
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was at the time you begin what we know
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now as the CW back in 2002 but the
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series was never made 9 Thrasher was
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also cast for the New Warriors TV series
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that was supposed to hit free form in
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2019 and was even set to be played by
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Jeremy tardy but the show was ultimately
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canceled as well he's only had one video
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game appearance so far and that's in the
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mobile game Marvel contest of Champions
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now as normal these videos I like to
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pick an actor who could play the
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characters I'm talking about on the big
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or small screen and in this one actor I
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wanted to pick was Yvonne a depo and for
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those who aren't familiar with him you
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might remember him from things such as
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HBO's Watchmen series where he plays the
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younger version of will Reeves
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he also played Antron McCray in
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Netflix's when they see us he also plays
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the main character boys in overlord and
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he also played alongside Denzel
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Washington of Viola Davis in the movie
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fences he's an actor I've only recently
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discovered as of the time then when they
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see us an overlord came out I see a lot
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of potential this guy and I would like
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to see him play a character like Dwayne
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I feel like he could play like that
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character just as like a raging fire
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burning within me just ready to unleash
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and it's just ready to take on the world
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now for some recommended reading I do
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highly recommend that you read the
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crossover storyline hero killers which
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spans amazing spider-man annual number
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26 the spectacular spider-man annual
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number 12 web of spider-man annual
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number 8 and new warriors annual number
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2 I also recommend checking out his 1993
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solo run that does a really good job of
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introducing you to both Knight Thrasher
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and some of the other characters in his
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orbit like silhouette bandit
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and Midnight's fire and I also recommend
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checking out the night Thrasher
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storyline for control that came out in
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1992 this is actually the series that
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kind of first showcases us as marked 2
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armor and also has a really good
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character development between himself
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and cord and silhouette I also highly
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advise checking out the new warriors
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comic book that's gonna be relaunching
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in April of this year by Daniel kibble
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Smith and Luciana Vecchio it's supposed
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to be really heavily tied in with the
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new outlawed storyline that's gonna be
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going on that also involves characters
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like Kamala Khan Miles Morales and the
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rest of the champions so I'm really
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looking forward to seeing how this plays
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off we're gonna see a lot of characters
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that probably haven't seen together in a
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while we're gonna see Knight Thrasher
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fire star looks like nan Morita is gonna
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be back
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rage is gonna be on the team and I'm
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pretty sure I see a whole last speed
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ball as well as some other character so
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I'm really curious to see how this plays
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out I can't wait to read it but anyways
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I really like Knight Thrasher I think
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he's a very interesting character I kind
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of feel like he's one of those
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characters that kind of was born out of
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maybe some potentially problematic
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circumstances but at the same time
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throughout the years has kind of been
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able to make a comeback from that and
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become a character that stands out on
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his own but anyways let me know what you
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