Real Name: Duc No Tranh
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Bengal is a martial arts master. He typically fights with bow and arrows, or shurikens. His favorite weapons are paired sai-like weapons with blades that collapse or expand at the press of a button. He has an unusually well defined sense of smell and can track people by scent; it has not been revealed if this is actually a superhuman ability.
Duc No Tranh was a boy growing up in a Vietnamese village during the Vietnam War. During the war, American soldiers, including Red Wolf, Willie Lincoln, and the future reverend Michael Janes, massacred his village and parents. He tries to climb aboard the Americans’ helicopter, but he was kicked off by Private Janes, despite the pleas of other soldiers on board.
Years later, the boy became the costumed Bengal and travels to America for revenge on the soldiers involved in the destruction of his village. Willie Lincoln sought Daredevil’s protection, and the hero defeats Bengal.
Bengal later clashed with the New Warriors and the Punisher over the fate of Reverend Janes. He eventually befriends the New Warriors and Bengal and Janes make peace with each other.
Despite this, Bengal still feels the need to avenge atrocities stemming from the Vietnam War. He comes to believe that Gai No Don, an acquaintance of Night Thrasher, was in reality, Li Pan, a Vietnamese general responsible for thousands of innocent deaths. Bengal battles security officers until he reaches Gai. He is confronted by Night Thrasher and Silhouette, whom Gai has hired. He is told Gai is not Li Pan. Bengal leaps out a window and escapes. Bengal later attacks the Poison Memories gang, a long time New Warriors enemy. He believes they have information on Li Pan. Again, Night Thrasher fights him. He is temporarily subdued and urged to move on.
Bengal is hired by Tombstone, an albino American gangster. Along with the man's employees, he confronts a loose collection of superheroes operating out of New York City. Bengal personally confronts Shang-Chi; both acknowledge they have heard of each other in the past. Before the fight can begin, Black Widow subdues Bengal with a 'stinger' blast.
Several of Tombstone's allies were swallowed up by Cloak, one of the heroes, but is not clear whether Bengal was. Victims of Cloak usually face their worst fear before being dumped out, freezing and disoriented.
After his employment by Tombstone, Bengal marries a woman named Tranh and improves his English.
Civil War/The Initiative
The Bengal has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who have registered and being trained as part of the Initiative. He is seen being bussed into Camp Hammond, the super-human training facility built on the remains of Stamford. One of the many other passengers on the bus is Rage, one of the surviving New Warriors. Other passengers include Thor Girl, Komodo, Slapstick and Cloud 9.
As part of his training, he battles the Thing alongside many other of his class. Little success is had.
Bengal is part of the Initiative's black-ops team created by Henry Peter Gyrich. Soon after, the Hulk returns from deep space with an army and battles many of Earth's heroes. Some of the Camp Hammond recruits are captured and kept imprisoned in Madison Square Garden. Bengal, Constrictor, Mutant Zero and other operatives free the Hammond prisoners.
Created by Ron Lim & Fabian Nicieza.
First Appearance: Daredevil (1964) #258
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Avengers Assemble (2010)
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
#1 Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
- 'Happy Accidents'#3
- 'Bug Hunt'#4
- 'Green Zone'#5
- 'Secret Weapons'#8
- 'Killed In Action Part 1 Of 4: Snafu'#10
- 'Killed In Action Part 3 Of 4: Confirmed Kills'#14
- 'We Have Met The Enemy, And They Are Us!'#17
- 'Home Field Advantage'#20
- 'Acceptable Losses'#21
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Part 1'#22
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Part 2'#23
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Part 3'#24
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Part 4'#26
- 'Up is Down'#27
- 'Even The Losers / The Taking of 42'#32
- 'Seize The Day'#34
- 'The Hammer Falls, Part 2 of 3'#35
- 'The Hammer Falls, Conclusion'
Danny Fingeroth's Write Now! (2002)
Destructor Nocturno (1994)
Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Knights (2000)
#11 Night Thrasher (1993)
- 'Hero for Hire'#12
- 'The Long, Long Night'
Night Thrasher: Four Control (1992)
#1 The New Warriors (1990)
- 'Four Control, One: Strength'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Hard Choices, Part One: The Heart of the Hunter'#8
- 'Hard Choices, Part Two: Devils at the Doorstep'#9
- 'Hard Choices, Part Three: Following the Line along the Middle'
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