Personal Info:
Real Name: Kowalski
Also Known As: Deputy Kowalski
Place Of Birth: Unknown
First Appearance: Ghost Rider Vol.6 #21 (2008) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Zadkiel, Blackout, Big Wheel, Deacon, Madcap, Orb, Scarecrow, Trull the Mighty
Group Affiliation: Formerly Masters of Evil, Ghost Rider Assassination League
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Ghost Rider
Creators: Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi
Enhanced Abilities: Vengeance has super human strength, endurance and durability.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite his high resistance to injury while he is transformed into Vengeance, Kowalski can still sustain physical injury. However, the mystical energies of Vengeance enables him to rapidly heal physical damage much faster and more extensively than an ordinary human being is capable of.
Hellfire Manipulation: As Vengeance ,Kowalski possessed the ability to generate, control, and project mystical fire, or "hellfire" at will. Hellfire is an empyreal and supernatural flame that burns the soul of a person and can be used to burn their physical body.
Pollution Stare: Unlike the Penance Stare that makes the victim feel every pain that that individual has ever inflicted on anyone else innocent in their lifetime, the Pollution Stare magnifies the corruption of the subject until it consumes them.
Hellfire Motorcycle: This hellfire-powered motorcycle is used by Vengeance to travel around the country.
Mystical Bone Chain: As Vengeance, Kowalski wields a mystical chain with a sickle at each end that is capable of cutting through almost anything,
Deputy Kowalski wasn't part of the New Beulah Police Department for any stretch of time before being assigned to a grizzly auto accident on Highway 18. The bodies were so badly torn apart, the deputy couldn't hold it together, but the sheriff – a friend of Kowalski's uncle – told him to get used to it because there were plenty of accidents on that road. Kowalski felt like he had something to prove, especially because he had some trouble with his job back where he came from, and did some digging into the highway’s history. It brought him to the Wojciehowicz Funeral Home. The director of the funeral home was surprised by the visit, so Kowalski recited the ghastly story concerning Highway 18 and the reports of cannibalism by early settlers who built a town around the road. The director was the last living descendant of the original inhabitants, so the deputy figured he may have known something. The only thing the funeral director knew is what he was having for dinner, Deputy Kowalski. He cut off the deputy's right hand and planned to take him home and cook the rest of him up. Deputy Kowalski was saved from that horrible fate as he and the funeral director were involved in a four-way car accident, with one of the participants being Ghost Rider. After Ghost Rider finished his own business, he set his sights on the cannibalistic funeral director. Kowalski attempted to intervene and challenged Ghost Rider, determined to bring the man who attacked him to jail and end the curse of Highway 18. The injured deputy even went so far as to stab Ghost Rider which only enraged him further. Kowalski reeked of sin and Ghost Rider gave him the Penance Stare, leaving Kowalski broken in the street. Ghost Rider left with the funeral director and left him with his descendants, the Ghosts of Highway 18, ending the curse.
Kowalski lost his job, got a claw in place of his hand and turned to the bottle for comfort. He told himself he wasn't the villain that day the Ghost Rider ruined his life. He told himself that the real villain was the cannibal who tried to make a meal out of him. He told himself that no matter how bad he had it, the Ghost Rider was going to get it much worse. Venturing to the liquor store, Kowalski was met by a man who gave him a business card for Michael Badilino, a former acquaintance of Ghost Rider's. The man was a pawn of a being called Zadkiel, an individual who wanted to help complicate Ghost Rider's situation. Kowalski met with Badilino who acquired a special shotgun found near the remains of the burned down home of Caretaker. The shotgun used Hellfire instead of bullets, but Badilino told Kowalski only one with a connection to the Ghost Rider could shoot it. Kowalski fired one round off, paid for the gun and was sent somewhere in the Arabian Desert to wait. Soon enough, Ghost Rider, now known to the former deputy as Johnny Blaze, was in a race for his life against his brother Daniel Ketch, both in their Ghost Rider forms and Kowalski let loose with his weapon. Blasting Blaze in the chest, he knocked him from his bike, but Kowalski was savagely dismissed by Ketch right before he stole Blaze's power and brought it to Zadkiel. Realizing his mistake, Ketch took some of the power back, and Kowalski was unwittingly given a portion, transforming him into Vengeance!
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