Comics:Dark Watch

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Note: These are pulled via an automatic pull from CharacterName/Comics subpages of all the characters on the wiki. They are in alphabetical order by character, not necessarily story order. If there is nothing in a section, then the page is setup to be included here but the information has not yet been added.

Expatriette/Comics

Expatriette Dark Watch Standard Front.png

Variant: Originally released during the 2013 Holiday Season

While things deteriorated more and more in Rook City, the heroes who regularly patrolled the failing city grew increasingly concerned about the disappearance of Mr. Fixer. Three of those heroes joined forces: Expatriette, Setback, and Nightmist. They worked together to protect Rook City and to investigate the loss of their friend.

Amanda Cohen fell into her leadership role well. With powerful allies at her side, she was able to take a tactician's approach to combat, laying down heavy fire when necessary. As part of Dark Watch, Expatriette takes a bit more time with her actions, having to consider her moves more carefully as she is now responsible for not just her own life, but for those of her teammates. And with teammates come friendship, and perhaps even more...

  • Dark Watch forms shortly after the 'Return to Insula Primalis' (more in the Mr. Fixer and Dark Watch episodes to come) - short version: MF needed help, she remembered him as the mechanic target she couldn't kill and wants to help, she grabs Setback as somebody who's heart is in the right place, and they recruit Nightmist as they need magic support for whatever is going on and the three of them go and help him out.
    • Dark Watch comics is sort of the "gritty" book of Sentinels Comics - previously this had been Mystery Comics -> Wraith -> Rook City -> Expatriette -> Dark Watch. Dark Magic stories, crime stories, etc. Mainly about the team, but others like the Wraith can show up occasionally.
  • Citizens Hammer and Anvil show up freelance-style, still in their Citizen getups but not really involved with other citizens. Instead they're working with Sergeant Steel and Biomancer (Christopher: "We'll do a whole episode about him some day." Adam: "[sound of disgust] Do we have to?" Because he's "really gross" - this is more likely in an Interlude episode or in one that's about a bunch of minor villains). In this story they're looking for Visionary: Citizens interested in her power, Steel and F.I.L.T.E.R. interested due to her knowledge of future, Biomancer because he's gross, oh and interested in her power too, I guess. Dark Watch and the Prime Wardens are involved in this event. Expatriette takes down Citizen Anvil (a big deal for her as these two are only one step below her mom), Biomancer had made a copy of her at some point, etc. Setback's luck in this conflict kicks in at one point so that he doesn't get shot, but the bullet hits Expatriette instead (Likely her original Dark Watch incap art followed immediately by Setback's original Dark Watch incap art).
    • Her injury there and the time around her recovery is what causes her and Setback to become a couple.

Gloomweaver/Comics

    • Next up is a Dark Watch story that (Dark Watch Annual #2), once again, doesn't directly involve him. GloomWeaver exerts power on DW and causes infighting between them. On a meta level, this is due to the writers needing a way to get through/explain the tensions involved in the team as it had been existing since most of them aren't really the "talk things out" types.

Harpy/Comics

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Variant: Originally revealed during the OblivAeon Kickstarter as the $200k stretch reward.

The Harpy is now a full-fledged member of Dark Watch, and studies magic under the careful tutelage of NightMist.

Her powers are an excellent addition to the team, but they all keep their eyes (or in Expatriette's case, her eye) on young Lillian, as her power constantly threatens to get away from her.


  • Then Progeny attacks. She winds up fighting alongside Dark Watch at this time. When Tachyon is seriously injured, Harpy protects her and distracts Progeny from following up on that attack (although this "luring" action winds up directing it back to the city).
    • Now, while she fought alongside heroes in this battle, a lot of them recognize her as this villain and still don't really trust her. She feels like she needs to finish her atonement and simply turns herself back in to the authorities to finish out her sentence. Tachyon pulls some strings and gets the hotshot lawyer that the FF has on retainer, Brianna Hawke, to help her out (a change from Lillian's original trial when Tachyon wouldn't help because of the things The Matriarch had done). The end result is that Lillian is released for good behavior as long as she has proven, trustworthy people to vouch for/watch her.
    • The Harpy wants to be a full-time hero now and asks Tachyon if she can fight alongside the FF. This is a big "No" because they're government-sponsored and have to kind of be this squeaky-clean group. But, there's a spot for her on this team of "morally-ambiguous rejects" and she needs more training anyway, and so joins up with Dark Watch as a member. There are two main stories before OblivAeon.
    • First, the return of Apostate showing up randomly in lots of places and seemingly impervious to anything the heroes throw at him. Nightmist is one of a group of disparate heroes that fight him at one point and she sees his magical connection to the relics that he's hidden in the Realm of Discord. She comes up with a plan - she'll open portals for Harpy to go through to the RoD (bypassing the need to navigate through it herself) along with instructions on how to disrupt the relics' connection to Apostate. This was a dangerous mission as, in Nightmist's estimation, Harpy's level of control is still not really to the point that she'd like her to be to do this sort of thing (the guys mention that Harpy's raw power level is probably even higher than Nightmist's, though). She winds up trapped in the RoD by Gloomweaver, though, who wants to make a deal with her. He sees her power and internal chaos and figures that she'd make a good servant. She disagrees and opens a portal herself, throws a bunch of birds in his face to attack him, and leaves.
    • Second, the Celestial Tribunal. It's a spaceship with a lot of AI on it, originally designed to "determine what was good" by a race that was having a lot of "infighting and questions about justice and order" - they created the AI to be an impartial judge. They were all corrupt, so they needed to make something that would be apart from their existing processes and be 100% logical. It destroyed their planet almost instantly. Now it travels the cosmos, judging and punishing planets it comes across (it's sword-shaped and it will "sheathe" itself in a planet to eradicate all life there). The Tribunal arrives at Earth and beams aboard several "representatives" of earth to stand in for everybody. One of them is Lillian who is tried for all of the bad things she's done. As character witnesses, the rest of Dark Watch are brought on board and they vouch for her - a good bonding moment for the team even if the CT isn't terribly interested. The guys decide that the whole Celestial Tribunal event is probably a good topic for an Interlude, so we'll get the full story later.
    • The Harpy and Nightmist were absent from the Skinwalker Gloomweaver fight due to their preparation of the spell that Nightmist used to Be the Gate shortly thereafter, but once they got that set up, Harpy did actually come out to join the fight. This was not really a great idea as Gloomy recognized her and could just siphon off some of her power considering her general lack of control.

Mr. Fixer/Comics

Mr. Fixer Dark Watch Standard Front.png

Variant: Originally released during the 2013 Holiday Season

The hero team known as Dark Watch has gone through a lot. They were originally formed by Expatriette, Setback, and NightMist who were seeking to uncover the truth behind the events of the death of their friend, Mister Fixer. So, it was a bit of a rough start that the first major threat to Dark Watch was a mystically revived Mister Fixer! They managed to survive and even helped him reconnect his mind and body, so Mister Fixer became the fourth member of Dark Watch, fighting alongside those who risked everything to save him.

What they found, however, was not exactly what they were looking for. They learned of the death of Mr. Fixer at the hand of his old pupil, The Operative, but his corpse had been sent to the fabled Temple of Zhu Long. The three heroes fought their way to that temple, only to be forced to face in combat the very subject of their search. A resurrected Mr. Fixer who knew not the faces or voices of his former allies fought them at the command of the mystical Zhu Long. In the course of the battle, NightMist managed to reconnect Mr. Fixer’s mind to his body, and the four escaped the temple together.

Now, Mr. Fixer fights as part of Dark Watch. There is much unknown about how he returned, and his body seems to be healthier and stronger than before, but he still experiences great, undying rage. He is a harsher combatant than ever before, and the other members of Dark Watch keep their eyes on Mr. Fixer, both concerned for his safety as well as their own.

  • Expatriette had a particular fondness for him, and visited his grave frequently. About a year after his death she finds it empty - somebody has stolen the body. Dark Watch is pretty much instigated by this event: Expat calls up Setback for support and they get Nightmist involved to help track him down with magic - this points them to, what turns out to be, the Temple of Zhu Long, bringing back an old Black Fist enemy who hadn't really been around much in the Mister Fixer era other than the fact that he was an ally of the Chairman and supplied some power here and there (more next week).
    • At the Temple, Zhu Long comes out to greet them when they arrive and invites them in. [Insert rambling bit about the viscosity and taste of the weird red liquid in the resurrection pits here] Mister Fixer emerges from the pit with his new look, and attacks the heroes. Zhu Long laughs and ducks out of the room. The heroes don't want to hurt him, but it's not like they'd really be able to because he's just that skilled and isn't showing any of that inner peace garbage that he'd always been so big on. Expat and Setback do pretty much all they can just to hold him off long enough for Nightmist to do her thing to sever whatever magical weirdness is going on. They get him to the point where he knows who he is and who they are again, much to Zhu Long's annoyance, but Nightmist manages to get them out of there quick.
    • Dark Watch stories happen here - Urban or Magical threats (Gloomweaver mentioned), Expat and Setback are "at their best" at this time, Nightmist is still getting better, but Mister Fixer is not himself. "Brutal, angry and bitter." He's younger/more vital (but by no means "young" again), but much more violent and lacking his inner peace. The person with the most calm and experience on the team is actually Expatriette, which might tell you something about the way the team operates. Mister Fixer *would* be the heart and soul of the team if it was the old him, but that guy is gone and it kind of falls to Setback to fill that role. More in the Dark Watch episode.

Setback/Comics

Setback Dark Watch Standard Front.png


Variant: Originally released during the 2013 Holiday Season

While things deteriorated more and more in Rook City, the heroes who regularly patrolled the failing city grew increasingly concerned about the disappearance of Mr. Fixer. Three of the those heroes joined forces: Expatriette, Setback, and Nightmist. They worked together to protect Rook City and to investigate the loss of their friend.

When Amanda told Pete that they were going to team up, he had reservations. Of course, he was excited to help, but that was exactly the problem. He knew how things go for him - he didn't want Dark Watch to have any major setbacks. Even still, you can't help if you don't try, and Pete was very good at trying. When working with Dark Watch, Setback often leads the charge. He likes getting up close and personal with his opponents and also far enough away from his allies that he can't accidentally trip them up. Though he does like to spend as much time with Amanda as possible....

Dark Watch summary from Tactics preorder:

The hero team known as Dark Watch has gone through a lot. They were originally formed by Expatriette, Setback, and NightMist who were seeking to uncover the truth behind the events of the death of their friend, Mister Fixer. So, it was a bit of a rough start that the first major threat to Dark Watch was a mystically revived Mister Fixer! They managed to survive and even helped him reconnect his mind and body, so Mister Fixer became the fourth member of Dark Watch, fighting alongside those who risked everything to save him.