"Part One: Pirates of Manhattan": Jake Jordan is an unemployed and disgraced former police officer, who left the force after killing a young boy he misidentified as the murderer of his partner. On the suggestion of his fiancee's father Larry, Jake applies for a myster
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Appearing in "Part One: Pirates of Manhattan"
- Manhattan Guardian (Jake Jordan) (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Part One: Pirates of Manhattan"
Jake Jordan is an unemployed and disgraced former police officer, who left the force after killing a young boy he misidentified as the murderer of his partner. On the suggestion of his fiancee's father Larry, Jake applies for a mysterious job at the Manhattan Guardian tabloid newspaper. Once he enters, he is attacked by terrorists disguised as receptionists, and is forced to fight through the building while simultaneously being guided by its owner, Ed Stargard. After facing several trials, including fighting a Golem, Jordan confronts Ed, who reveals that the terrorist attack was a staged interview. Impressed with his conduct, Ed offeres Jake the job: To be the newspaper's very own Superhero/Reporter, The Manhattan Guardian.
Meanwhile, homeless citizens have banded together creating "pirate gangs", most notably the rivals No-Beard and All-Beard's gangs. These gangs operate beneath Manhattan, using subway cars as a means of transportation. All-Beard's gang kidnaps Larry and Jake's fiancee Carla, prompting Jake to go after them as the Guardian. Guardian clashes with All-Beard's gang, but not before they kill Larry and kidnap Carla. Jake hangs on to the gangs' subway car as they speed through the tunnel.
- This book was first published on March 23, 2005.
- This is part 3 of the Mega series "Seven Soldiers of Victory". Continued in Zatanna #1.
During his meeting with Jake, Ed notes that he had bought the rights to the Guardian name from Project Cadmus, who had sponsored the original.
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