Nightwatch (comics)

Nightwatch (comics)
Nightwatch HCV.jpg
Cover art for Nightwatch #1.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics;
First appearance Web of Spider-Man #99
In-story information
Full name Dr. Kevin Trench
Abilities Enhanced strength, agility and reflexes. Invisibility, Shapeshifting

Nightwatch is a fictional super hero who has appeared in various comic book series published by Marvel Comics. He exists in Marvel's main shared universe, known as the Marvel Universe.


Publication history

Most of his appearances came in the 1990s in various titles starring Spider-Man and in his own short lived, self-titled series. One of his more prominent roles was in the Maximum Carnage crossover, where he proved a specific ally to Morbius, the Living Vampire during the conflict.

Nightwatch was created shortly after the Todd McFarlane run on Spider-man, leading many to speculate that Nightwatch was intended to be an answer to, or perhaps even a mockery of McFarlane's Spawn. Nightwatch had a few similarities, particularly the design and the functions of his "living costume" which displayed some similar abilities with Spawn's necroplasmic symbiote.

Fictional character biography

Nightwatch was Doctor Kevin Trench, who 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. His first appearance was in Web of Spider-Man #99.

Freaking out, Trench stripped the costume from "his" body and fled to a deserted island, reasoning that if he just never wore the suit or went home, he wouldn't die.[1] Events conspired to bring him back, as the criminal Alfredo stole one of the costume gloves after washing up on the island and being nursed to health by Trench.[2] After Alfredo had been dealt with, Trench decided that he couldn't avoid his destiny, and decided to investigate the costume's origins.[3]

In the interim, he battled menaces like the "Maximum Carnage" gang, who were wreaking havoc across New York and slaughtering dozens of innocent civillains. He had many allies in the fight, including, but not limited to, Captain America, Black Cat, Deathlok and Firestar.[volume & issue needed] He also fought the mutated Deathmask.[volume & issue needed] Graduating into his own book, Nightwatch encountered similar "cloaked" villains, and was shocked when their technology merged with and enhanced his costume.[4] 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.[volume & issue needed]

Ultimately, project head Phillip Morelle proved to be corrupt, and Nightwatch defeated his sinister plans.[5] Justin Morelle, the son of Phillip and Trench's ex, received nanotech arms from the project in the bargain.[volume & issue needed]


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.[volume & issue needed]

Nightwatch survived but knew he had been fatally wounded, and used the last of his costume's power to go back in time and try to warn his past self of what would happen, to keep him from meeting this ignoble end, and try to prevent his girlfriend's death in the process. Ultimately, he got sucked into a fight with terrorists and ended up fulfilling the time loop, dying before he could warn himself.[volume & issue needed]


Nightwatch's costume boosted his strength and durability by triggering his adrenal glands, and nanotechnologically repaired itself. His 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.[volume & issue needed]


  1. ^ Web of Spider-Man #100
  2. ^ Web of Spider-Man #98-99
  3. ^ Web of Spider-Man #100
  4. ^ Nightwatch #1
  5. ^ Nightwatch #2-10

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