From CoH Comic Index
MidKnight X is a character in the "Guardians of the Dawn Spotlight" comic series and a member of the supergroup by the same name. His first appearance was in the text-only "Guardians of the Dawn Spotlight" Issue #0 (2009) and was featured in Issue #3 (2009).
He is one of a small group of heroes who came from another universe referred to as XHT-S7. In that world, many people received their powers from radioactive rocks that came to earth during a meteor shower in 1938. He was previously known simply as MidKnight.
Jason Rich was the second person to become the street vigilante known as MidKnight.
Damian Wilson was an orphaned child in Hell's Kitchen. A victim of crime, he was adopted by a family friend, a police officer who raised him as his own son. As he got older, he became aware of the corruption that existed on the streets, but also knew that the police were powerless to do anything about it. To hide his connection to his adopted father, he became a masked street vigilante called "MidKnight" to explose the corruption and sever the link between the police force and organized crime.
Damian's one-man crime war was responsible for reducing crime in Hell's Kitchen by half. Eventually he discovered a trust fund that was set up in his name when he was a child. This gave him some resources to continue his cause. He also expanded his circle of allies to include a young child named Jason Rich. Rather than to make Jason his sidekick or partner, he kept the young boy in the shadows, knowing that Jason would one day inherit the cause.
When a major real estate developer wanted to renovate the whole area, he set forth a series of crimes that would force the President to declare the area a disaster, and therefore he could buy the whole area for pennies on the dollar and make a fortune in reconstruction. He masterminded a major jailbreak and neighborhood riot to cause chaos and destruction. During the jailbreak, Jason Rich was killed. Damian buried Jason in the Wilson family plot and then waged an all-out war on the rioters. But he was outnumbered and eventually overpowered and killed.
When Damian Wilson died, Jason Rich came back to life. Damian wore a necklace that contained a piece of the original 1938 meteor shower. The properties of the necklace transferred a portion of the wearer's strength and lifeforce to whomever was on their mind the most. Since Damian made his last stand shortly after Jason's funeral, his life force was transferred to Jason, bringing him back from the dead.
Jason was uneasy about coming back to life. His return dispelled all of his earlier notions about life and death. To him there were no angels or demons. There was just life and then nothing. But he still had his training, and the city still needed a protector. So he applied his training to become the second MidKnight, carrying on as though he was Damian.
Jason also continued Damian's work with the League of Champions group, partly because they helped to retrieve Damian's body after he died and sustained the myth that MidKnight was still alive. But his return also gave him a connection to dark forces, which made him a conduit to supernatural activities. He wasn't comfortable with this, but he saw no way to get around it.
Crisis Event 2007
In 2007, MidKnight II was one of four heroes at the brink of a Crisis Event in which the boundaries of universe itself were ruptured by a cosmic being. The unnamed cosmic being then destroyed universe XHT-S7 because it considered it unacceptable. During that time, three of the four surviving heroes were thrown into the Paragon Universe. (The fourth was killed by the rift.)
Jason arrived in Kings Row through a free-forming portal. Like the others that came through, he suffered from some amnesia from the change. The Vanguard assisted him with a new idendity as MidKnight X and a second idendity as Jason Knight. Eventually he learned of his real name, but preferred his new one, considering his previous idendity dead when his body originally died.
Even though he considers himself more of a nihilst than anything else, he relishes his opportunity at starting life anew and being able to continue the crusade as he defines it rather than to pretend he is something that he is not.
He has since made Kings Row his home and often refers to it as his domain.
During his time with the Guardians, Jason has taken on the role of team tactician, playing on his more suspicious nature in providing protocol contingency plans for the team. He also took it upon himself to investigate the hacking of the group's CPCU database by Simon Barrister, including travelling to Europe to confront Barrister directly.
According to the events described in "Guardians of the Dawn AFTERMATH", Jason's reaction to the attempted assasination of Alex Wentworth was to "take the fight" to the leader of Shadowborn himself, Lord Lee Geddy. He since stayed in Perez Park to stalk the Shadowborn leadership, leaving Kings Row to fend for itself.
In Issue #4 of "The Guardian Powers", Icon Powers managed to track down Jason in the sewers. After revealing the evidence he already collected against Shadowborn, he was convinced to return to Kings Row and take it back from the Skulls and the Family. He also modified his outfit to include Vanguard technology.
Powers and Abilities
His primary ability is Dark Melee. Unlike his predacessor, whose skills were more on the martial arts side, MidKnight X developed additional mystic powers after his rebirth, which he uses not only to augment his strength, but to also instill fear in his opponents.
His secondary ability is Willpower. His force of will may seem to make him unstoppable, but that is more of his natural will to live.
MidKnight X is a skilled fighter and a modest investigator.
He is also an insomniac since his resurrection, sleeping only an hour or two before going back to the streets. He prefers to use a street vigilante look in the daytime and the traditional "MidKnight X" armor at night or in the shadows.