== New 52 & Elseworlds Blackhawks ==
Blackhawks was a monthly series launched by DC Comics in September 2011. The series had no direct ties to previous incarnations of DC's long-running Blackhawk characters. The book is set in the present day with no appearances by or mention of prior Blackhawks, although there is a new "Lady Blackhawk". The book shares the setting of the rebooted DC Universe continuity set up in the Flashpoint mini-series and is a part of DC's New 52 initiative. The series ended with Blackhawks #8 (April 2012) to make way for a "second wave" of New 52 titles.When DC Comics relaunched its entire line, the Blackhawks received a thoroughly modern makeover. In an early interview with CBR, writer Mike Costa described his outlook for the book: "It's a corner that really focuses on the technological advancements that occur within the DCU … I don't think you have a place where you're really understanding the scope of what's going on in this universe that's become so much more advanced than ours. … It's also a book about espionage and action and intense emotions." Unlike its forebears, the new book was titled in the plural, and did not reuse any of the legacy Blackhawk characters. Instead, a new "magnificent seven" were introduced:The Alpha Team's commander is Col. Andrew Lincoln, who is the Deputy of Operations at their mountain top base, called the Eyrie. It is a remote mountain top location, which aids their secrecy and freedom of movement. Lady Blackhawk, the primary field leader. Her eye patch harkens back to that of the post-Crisis Lady Blackhawk, Natalie Reed. Attila, the Hungarian ponytailed powerhouse. Kunoichi (Nikki Nemser, "female ninja"), a Japanese woman and deadly operative. She was a later addition, and in a relationship with Wildman. She once auditioned for the Japanese pop group called Team A. The Irishman (Corporal Costello), a red-haired Ukrainian. His parents had international business in the USSR and he was born there. nickname from from his comrades in the Spetsnatz (the Russan special forces). Randall Wildman (deceased) was Communications and Analyst. He grew up in Vanity City and was often paired with … Canada, who is from Atlanta but got his nickname because of an incident in Calgary. Canada oversees the team's high-tech gear and planes. He generally detests hand-to-hand combat.The unnamed lieutenant is a Blackhawk abducted in battle with Parademons and coopted by the hive mind called Mother Machine. Their "infantry" men are called Austringers (an obsolete term meaning "keeper of hawks"). These operatives are not all pilots, and their transport vehicles are called Peregrines. Their first recorded mission—when they were were a fledgling unit—was around the same time that the Justice League were fighting Darseid. The Blackhawks fought through Parademons on a mission to recover their lost member, an unnamed lieutenant. They found her enveloped by a nanocyte cocoon. She'd been completely overtaken by the technological hive mind of Mother Machine, and turned on them. The Blackhawks retreated and Mother began her mission to "upgrade" the human race to a hybrid of flesh and silicon. In this battle, Lady Blackhawk lost her left eye,shown in DC Universe Presents #0,where they were in a covert operation to Kazakhstan, where their secrecy was compromised by civilian photographers. These photos wound up on the Internet, which sparked the attention of the Blackhawks' parent organization, the United Nations. Further, Kunoichi was bitten by an enemy soldier and when she returned to the Eyrie, she found she'd been infected with "nanocites," that granted her super-strength. The nanocites were designed by Mother Machine, a techno-organic being herself, who used the technology to destroy a meta-human detainment facility in Asia.When Lady Blackhawk led a team to investigate the prison's destruction, they were met by one of Mother Machine's operatives, Titus. Titus was a ruthless killer and promptly sliced off Irishman's arm. Kunoichi and Lady Blackhawk managed to bring him down but in the process, Kunoichi was exposed as having been infected. Meanwhile, Canada and Wildman were kidnapped and taken to the Mother's hidden city. (#2) They met her minion, Flynn, and learned that Mother Machine's technology was far more advanced than anything they had experienced. She asked them to join her. Meanwhile at the Eyrie, Titus escaped and infected the computer systems. Kunoichi hooked herself via IV into the system and served as a sort of antivirus. (#3) As radiation levels rose in the Eyrie, Kunoichi took down thw weakened Titus. And Canada attacked Mother Machine directly (after learning that her consciousness would take time to upload to a new form). He flew her craft out—into space! (#4) The Blackhawks were docked at Mother Machine's own satellite in orbit, where they hatched an impossible plan to save themselves. When Mother sent it falling to Earth, they used its "kinetic harpoon" to destroy her own facility on Earth. Lady Blackhawk scrambled an A23 Condor on their trajectory and secured a cable to transfer them to safety. (#5) NOTE: The solicitation for issue #5 showed a blonde Lady Blackhawk, which was either a trick or mistake. The final cover depicted the existing Lady, with dark hair.== References ==
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