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Christine St. Clair, an Interpol agent, seeks a mysterious vigilante called Manhunter, aka Paul Kirk, a former big-game hunter. She learns from a man in Nepal of how Manhunter protected an idealistic anti-tyrant from assassination by a group of clones of Manhunter's, and then leaves, not knowing that the man she spoke to was Manhunter himself in disguise.

Christine St. Clair learns more about the mysterious Manhunter from her Interpol boss, Damon Nostrand, and gets the assignment to find him.

Christine St. Clair catches up to Manhunter and learns of his origin. He tells her of the existence of a mysterious group called the Council which brought him back to life through cloning. When he finishes his story, they see her boss coming up to them with a gun. It's been revealed that he is secretly working for the Council, and Manhunter kills him.

After killing Christine's former boss, Manhunter reveals to her that the Council had him cloned to head their enforcement branch. He also confesses that Nostrand was one of their pawns, which is why he killed him too. Later, Christine discovers some of Nostrand's files in his hotel, which indicate that he had made both Manhunter and herself fugitives.

Manhunter and Christine St. Clair invade a cathedral in Istanbul. They confront the Council, gaining evidence that the organization was responsible for murdering one of their directors.

Asano Nitobe, the martial artist who trained Manhunter, now goes against his pupil in a fight to the death.

Investigating the apparent death of a friend, Batman encounters Manhunter, and becomes intertwined with his last desperate crusade to bring down the Council.


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
  • In the Pre-Crisis cosmology, Paul Kirk must have migrated from Earth-Two to Earth-One at some point before his safari accident, even though that was never shown. Post-Crisis, that is not necessary.
  • When Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created the character, they called him "Rick Nelson", and that is his name in his first story in Adventure Comics #73. However, in the second story his name was changed to "Paul Kirk", which has lead to him being confused with the private detective Paul Kirk ever since.
  • When Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson first re-introduced Manhunter in Detective Comics #437, they intended him to be a new character using the name Manhunter (not Paul Kirk). Goodwin later changed his mind and made the character Pauk Kirk as a way of giving the character an instant backstory, as it was hard to establish a history for the character in eight-page stories.
  • A Manhunter action figure was introduced by DC Direct in 2009 as part of their The History of the DC Universe line.


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