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No. 13: Misty Knight (Mercedes Knight) – Marvel Comics

A former member of the New York City Police Department injured in the line of duty. Misty lost her arm in an explosion but was given a new one courtesy of Tony Stark. Mercedes Knight first appeared as an unnamed character in Marvel Team-up #1 (1972) and officially debuted as Misty Knight in Marvel Premiere #21 (1975). Following her injuries, Misty leaves the NYPD to form a private detective agency (Knightwing Restorations, Ltd.) with her friend Colleen Wing. Misty and Colleen’s crime fighting reputation earned them the nickname Daughter of the Dragon.

Knightwing Restorations often teamed up with Luke Cage and Iron Fist (Danny Rand), the Heroes for Hire. This led to Misty and Danny dating for a period of time. Over the years Misty has appeared in numerous titles as guest or supporting character. Misty has co-starred in several titles over the last decade including Daughters of the Dragon (2006), Heroes for Hire (2006), and Fearless Defenders (2013). Merecedes currently appears in Sam Wilson: Captain America and will soon join Black Panther: The Crew; she is currently dating Sam Wilson. Misty Knight played a significant role in season one of Netflix’s Luke Cage (2016) and appeared in The Defenders (2017).  Knight will appear in the second season of Luke Cage.

First Appearance: Marvel Team-up #1 (1972) – uncredited | Marvel Premiere #21 (1975) – credited as Misty Knight.

Powers: A bionic arm that has enhanced strength, it can shoot energy bursts and control machinery.

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Written by Mo Walker

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