Kevin Trench was a super-villain known as Nighteater. Eventually realizing that villains never win, Nighteater conspired to alter the vibratory attunement of reality and create a new history where he was a more heroic figure. With the mystical assistance of Doctor Druid and the vibrations abilities of Shocker and Vibro, Nighteater engineered his spell in a small town in North Dakota. She-Hulk, Tigra, Captain Marvel, and Wyatt Wingfoot were present at the scene trying to stop him but they ultimately failed. Thanks to the spell, most of the universe was made unaware of Trench's criminal history. Instead, they remembered him as a heroic figure known as Nightwatch, who'd fought by their side on multiple occasions.
Eventually, he quit being Nightwatch and traveled to an isolated island, but events conspired to bring him back to the city, as the criminal Alfredo Morelli stole one of the costume gloves after washing up on the island and being nursed to health by Trench.
Back in New York, he battled menaces like the "Maximum Carnage" gang, who were wreaking havoc across the city and slaughtering dozens of innocent civilians. He had many allies in the fight, including, but not limited to, Captain America, Black Cat, Deathlok, and Firestar. Later, Nightwatch encountered similar "cloaked" villains, and was shocked when their technology merged with and enhanced his costume. In between battling menaces like Flashpoint, Cardiac (whose technology had been stolen to create the more vicious Cardiaxe), and Venom, Nightwatch discovered that an old ex-girlfriend was working for the shady Morelle Pharmaceuticals on a nanotech project.
Ultimately, project head Philip Morelle proved to be corrupt, and Nightwatch defeated his sinister plans. Justin Morelle, the son of Phillip and Trench's ex, received nanotech arms from the project in the bargain.
Nightwatch was an innocent victim of the Great Game. While trying to protect Justin, he was slain by the mercenaries Polestar and El Toro Negro. Polestar used the magnetic powers of his costume to peel away just enough of Trench's nanite costume for El Toro Negro to shoot him point blank in the chest. El Toro Negro then immediately turned on Polestar, shooting him between the eyes.
Sometime after his reported death, Kevin Trench was alive and active in charity work, after retiring as Nightwatch. He was contacted by She-Hulk regarding "the blue folder", a lawsuit regarding the principles present at Nighteater's spell filed by the one civilian who managed to avoid the memory effect. She-Hulk eventually uncovered the truth behind Nighteater's reformation into Nightwatch and confronted him about his deeds.
Nightwatch's costume was comprised of self-replicating nanites. It boosted his strength and durability by triggering his adrenal glands, and nanotechnologically repaired itself.
Its cape responded to his subconscious thoughts to move on its own, and allowed him to glide on air. After he was boosted by the later-generation Morelle technology, the durability of the costume increased, the cape became more metallic, and he had something closer to true flight.
- Before the release of She-Hulk (Vol. 3) #12, Kevin Trench was a doctor who had witnessed a costumed man die battling some terrorists armed with invisibility-generating "cloaking" devices, and unmasked the corpse to learn that it was an older version of himself.
- Every appearance by Nightwatch before She-Hulk (Vol. 3) #6 is now suspect. The story of Nighteater wasn't clear on wether all the stories about Nightwatch really happened or if they're also part of the illusion.
- 29 appearance(s) of Kevin Trench (Earth-616)
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