Day 15: 3 yrs ago for #BlackHistoryMonth
I profiled a #blacksuperhero
and/or a #blacksupervillain
each day of the month and I decided to bring that back this year.
I spoke about #LukeFox
, the person that would eventually take up the mantle of #Batwing
, but this character is #DavidZavimbe
, the original Batwing.
David was created by #GrantMorrison
and Chris Burnham for #DCComics @dccomics
After losing their parents to HIV/AIDS, as children, David and Isaac Zavimbe were left to fend for themselves .They soon joined a DR Congo domestic terrorist organization that utilized child soldiers. David escaped that life, later becoming a police officer in an attempt to reconcile for his sins. Unable to lawfully address crimes in the corrupted city of Tinasha, a fictional city within the Congo, with a police department just as corrupt, he became a masked vigilante performing random acts of justice. After #BruceWayne
inducted David into his team of batmen as "Batwing".
Eventually David would give up the mantle of Batwing because several life events that occurred during his reign. Like the fact that he never really knew his parents and his brother grew up to become one of his greatest adversaries. Rene Diallo, the woman that cared for him like a mother, was mercilessly killed and the assassination of Matu Ba, his closest friend, drove him mad. With so much death on his hands, from his stint as a child soldier, the loss of Rene and Matu took a toll on him emotionally. David had failed to protect Matu from Death Jack, Lord Battle, and Sky Pirate. Although many factors played into David’s decision to resign, Matu’s death was the most prominent.
David also felt that Batman's image did not install fear on a global scale like Bruce Wayne thought it did. He resigned with the intention of still administrating justice, just not in Batman's image.
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