In 1861, Hannibal had left home at an early age to work aboard a whaling ship under Captain Monbelle, a former slave. Captain Monbelle tought Hannibal how to fix just about everything, from watches to ship masts. He educated Hannibal in many different subjects and morals. One night while the captain was out, his wife had asked Hannibal to fetch him as she had just found out she was pregnant. One of his crew had wanted a larger share of their earnings and stabbed the captain. He died in Hannibal's arms and Hannibal promised himself that he would help people and do good. Afterwards he looked after the captain's family. When Hawke's turned 18, he moved out and began to make a living as a traveling handyman while he fought criminals as Nighthawk.
Nighthawk and Cinnamon
Nighthawk became partners and fell in love with Cinnamon. While taking on the Robertson's Gang, they were taken down and thrown in a mine shaft. The entrance to the mine was dynamited shut and they were left to starve with nothing but a lamp. While wandering the mine, they found the tomb of two Mayans with mystical amulets. The amulets gave them the ability to climb out of the mine and escape. Later, they took on Robertson's Gang in a flooded graveyard full of alligators. They defeated the men and threaten one with getting eaten by alligators until he agreed to talk. Robertson is in a carnival parade and Nighthawk and Cinnamon kissed as they waited for the news to reach the gangster. After Robertson arrived back at his place his house exploded and his men ran off in fear. They are going to keep him alive but when Robertson makes a move to get Nighthawk, Cinnamon killed him.
Nighthawk and Cinnamon were going after a group called the August 7 when Hex arrived in search of the leader of a child labor ring he busted. They request Jonah's help stopping the August 7 as he is good at finding people. At first Hex refused but after getting his nose broken by Nighthawk he reluctantly agreed to help. While Hex attempted to infiltrate the August 7, Nighthawk and Cinnamon attempted to find more information. Hex revealed that he was given an offer and that he could join after sinking a ship at the docks. Nighthawk and Cinnamon tried to stop him from going through with it; however, he pointed a gun at Cinnamon's head and took Nighthawk's talisman and then headed to the dock. When Hex arrived at the dock to get the explosives the man revealed that he had captured Arkham, who had talked about Hex's plans. They were then put on a boat full of explosives where Hex breaks his bonds with the talisman he stole. Nighthawk and Cinnamon were able to stop the August 7 and after Hex returned the talisman.