- Hello, villain. Are you for hire?
- -- Purple Man
Appearing in "Knight Takes King"
- Villains for Hire
- Misty Knight's Crew (First appearance)
- Municipal Power Facility
- Queensboro Bridge
Synopsis for "Knight Takes King"
Purple Man masterminds a complicated attack on an armored transport vehicle, using Shocker to knock out certain power grids across the city, which causes the truck to reroute onto a certain bridge, where Avalanche is waiting to disrupt its path, causing it to plummet onto a barge below, where the new Death-Stalker kills its drivers and prepares to float away with it.
But before she can start moving the barge upstream, Tiger Shark attacks, along with Bombshell, Crossfire, and Nightshade. With Purple Man’s plan going off the rails, his assistant Headhunter takes over and orders Scourge to the site. The two bands of criminals scuffle, with Nightshade making off in a helicopter with a certain piece of evidence from inside the armored truck, which is both groups' target. Death-Stalker uses her death-touch on Nightshade, but she turns out to be an LMD so Death-Stalker's powers have no effect other than to melt its artificial skin. The helicopter explodes, and the second group of villains escapes with the evidence.
Purple Man orders Headhunter to recruit more supervillain help and find out who crashed their operation and kill them.
Elsewhere, Crossfire examines the piece of evidence his team filched, a PDA containing account numbers of several Maggia money stashes. On a screen, their boss, Misty Knight, tells them Purple Man could become an underworld player who would even dwarf the Kingpin, but she will not let that happen, because she is going to take his place.
Villain on villain action! Why has Misty Knight hired psychopaths like Tiger Shark and Speed Demon? Because the Purple
Man is out to build a criminal empire with an army including Avalanche, Shocker and the all-new Scourge! Let the baddest man (or woman) win!
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- ↑ First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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