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Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11 (May 2001):
“Hero for Hire”
by Chuck Dixon, Eduardo Barreto, Nelson DeCastro

Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11

Title: “Hero for Hire”

Medium: comic

Cover date: May 2001

Publisher: Marvel

Written by: Chuck Dixon

Art by: Eduardo Barreto, Nelson DeCastro


21 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Daredevil Daredevil (Matt Murdock) hero
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Weapon X (Exiles); Marvel Knights Marvel 1,801
Black Widow Black Widow (Natasha Romanova) hero
CBR Scale: I Russian Orthodox Communist
(lapsed)
Marvel Knights; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,789
Moon Knight Moon Knight (Marc Spector) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Egyptian classical religion
(raised Jewish)
United States Marine Corps; The Avengers...  Marvel 423
Luke Cage Luke Cage hero
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown)
The Defenders; The Avengers... 
[formerly owned a bar and theater]
Marvel 951
Dagger Dagger (Tandy Bowen) hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic
Secret Defenders; The New Warriors... 
[partner of Cloak]
Marvel 219
Shang-Chi Shang-Chi hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: S Taoist monk
black; The Avengers...  Marvel 313
The Punisher The Punisher (Frank Castle) hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic (former seminarian)
United States Marine Corps; Marvel Knights...  Marvel 1,893
Zingh Zingh villain
CBR Scale: I Sikh
[agent] Marvel 4
Zaran Zaran (Zhou Man She) villain
  [assassin] Marvel 8
Mr. Lu Mr. Lu villain
  Asian
[Zingh's partner]
Marvel 4
Viktor Smerdilovisc Viktor Smerdilovisc villain
CBR Scale: R Serbian Orthodox (lapsed)
[war criminal; was in Serbian death squad Black Mariah] Marvel 2
Mickey Fondozzi Mickey Fondozzi
(8-panel cameo, pg. 14-15)
supporting character villain
CBR Scale: S Catholic
[gangster; informant...] Marvel 32
Tombstone Tombstone (Lonnie Lincoln)
(3-panel cameo, pg. 21-22)
villain
  Hood's Army; Sinister Twelve Marvel 135
Fu Manchu Fu Manchu
(3-panel cameo, pg. 13, panels 3-4, 6)
villain clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: M Si-Fan (leader); Order of the
Golden Dawn (leader); Leopard
Cult (leader)
Si-Fan; Asian
[Foe of: Shang-Chi (arch-enemy). father of Shang-Chi]
Marvel 148
Bengal Bengal (Duc No Tranh)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 21-22)
villain hero
CBR Scale: S vengeance
U.S. Army; Shadow Initiative...  Marvel 30
Bullet Bullet (Buck Cashman)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 21-22)
villain
  [intelligence agent; mercenary] Marvel 4
Big Ben Big Ben (Ben Donovan)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 21-22)
villain
  black Marvel 14
Shades Shades (Alvarez)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 20, panel 3)
villain
  Hispanic Marvel 13
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
(mentioned, pg. 22, panel 2) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
The Avengers; X-Saviours...  Marvel 4,551
Iron Fist Iron Fist (Danny Rand)
(mentioned, pg. 9, panel 2) 
hero
CBR Scale: M Tibetan (K'un L'un) Buddhism
The Avengers; Heroes for Hire...  Marvel 672
Black Maria Black Maria
(mentioned, pg. 12, panel 6) 
villain
CBR Scale: U Serbian Orthodox
[Serbian death squad Viktor Smerdilovisc belonged to] Marvel 2

Excerpts

BELOW: Luke Cage makes a good-natured joke with Moon Knight about the Ku Klux Klan: The white costume and hood worn by the fellow super-hero Moon Knight apparently reminds race-conscious Luke Cage of the Ku Klux Klan. Cage makes a good-natured joke about the Klan with his future teammate. Cage tells him: "Guys in white hoods aren't exactly welcome in Harlem."

Luke Cage makes a good-natured joke with Moon Knight about the Ku Klux Klan

Source: Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11 (May 2001): "Hero for Hire", pg. 5, panels 3-4. Written by Chuck Dixon. Art by Eduardo Barreto, Nelson DeCastro. See also: racism; humor; White Supremacist; Moon Knight (Marc Spector); Luke Cage

BELOW: The Punisher visits his informant Mickey Fondozzi in St. Anscom's Catholic Church in Brooklyn:

The Punisher visits his informant Mickey Fondozzi in St. Anscom's Catholic Church in Brooklyn

Source: Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11 (May 2001): "Hero for Hire", pg. 14-15. Written by Chuck Dixon. Art by Eduardo Barreto, Nelson DeCastro. See also: church (interior); Catholic; The Punisher (Frank Castle); Mickey Fondozzi

BELOW: The Punisher finds his long-time informant Mickey Fondozzi praying in St. Anscom's Catholic Church, a place the man has lately been spending considerable time at. The Punisher initially believes that former criminal Mickey Fondozzi has come to the church seeking sanctuary, a place to be safe from the Punisher himself. The Punisher is mistaken. Fondozzi is there to pray. Note Mickey Fondozzi's words: "...lead us not into temptation..." He is reciting the Lord's Prayer.

The Punisher finds his long-time informant Mickey Fondozzi praying in St. Anscom's Catholic Church, a place the man has lately been spending considerable time at.

Source: Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11 (May 2001): "Hero for Hire", pg. 14. Written by Chuck Dixon. Art by Eduardo Barreto, Nelson DeCastro. See also: prayer; church (interior); Lord's Prayer; cross; sanctuary; temptation; kneeling; Catholic; The Punisher (Frank Castle); Mickey Fondozzi

BELOW: Since experiencing Dagger's soul-cleansing light daggers, the Punisher's informant Mickey Fondozzi has sincerely repented of his criminal ways: Interestingly enough, the Punisher finds that Mickey Fondozzi's change of heart frustrates his own mission. Fondozzi was one of the Punisher's principal informants (or "snitches"). But now that Fondozzi has "found religion" (as the Punisher puts it), the man is no longer useful to the vigilante.

Since experiencing Dagger's soul-cleansing light daggers, the Punisher's informant Mickey Fondozzi has sincerely repented of his criminal ways

Source: Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11 (May 2001): "Hero for Hire", pg. 16. Written by Chuck Dixon. Art by Eduardo Barreto, Nelson DeCastro. See also: repentance; prayer; church (interior); soul; angel; novena; religion (the word "religion"); Catholic; The Punisher (Frank Castle); Dagger (Tandy Bowen); Mickey Fondozzi