"I'm Battlestar. John's partner."
―Battlestar[src]

Sergeant Major Lemar Hoskins was a member of the United States Army, and John Walker's partner. Once Walker became appointed as the new Captain America, Hoskins stood by his side as Battlestar. Hoskins and Walker had led the military's pursuit for the Flag Smashers. Along their way, they would be forced to work with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who were leading their own investigation. During their skirmish with the Flag Smashers, Karli Morgenthau then punched Hoskins with enough force that sent him flying into a column, killing him.

Biography

Early Life

Meeting John Walker

"Two weeks ago we're prepping the team for a special ops mission in Chile, now this."
―Lemar Hoskins to John Walker[src]

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Battlestar

Reassuring John Walker

"Star-spangled man with a plan and all that. It's always been in the job description. Listen, this suit, it comes with expectations, brother. You can't just punch your way out of problems anymore, you know? Time to go to work."
―Lemar Hoskins to John Walker[src]

Hoskins arriving to speak with John Walker

Once John Walker had been recruited by the Government to replace Steve Rogers as Captain America, Hoskins had joined his friend as they returned to Custer's Grove High School to present him to the world. Before the ceremony, Hoskins went to speak to him, passing by Olivia Walker on the way into the changing room, questioning if he had thrown up yet, which Olivia denied. Hoskins then found Walker practicing his speech, as Hoskins reminded him of how he had failed his drama class.

Hoskins and John Walker discuss the symbol

Upon seeing him, Walker smiled and questioned if Hoskins could believe what was happening, as Hoskins reminded him about how two weeks prior they had been prepping teams for the United States Army in Chile. Although Walker insisted that this was a great situation, he also complained to Hoskins about the amount of meetings he took and speeches he made, with Walker noting that he did not want to meet with United States Congress anymore, but he wanted to do the job he had been given.

Hoskins giving John Walker some advice

However, Hoskins insisted that all of this was the job, calling it the Star-Spangled Man the job description, and that Walker was always expected to attend these meetings and play the role of Captain America, being the symbol for American heroics. Hoskins looked at the uniform Walker had been given, noting how it came with expectations, meaning he could not punch his way out of problems anymore. Hoskins then told Walker that it was time for them to go to work.

Hoskins celebrates John Walker's ceremony

With that, Hoskins then rejoined Olivia and his fellow soldiers in the High School football pitch, as Walker came out, wearing the uniform, and holding up shield, as Hoskins celebrated for his friend, watching him pose for photographs and sign autographs. Hoskins then stood by and watched Walker being interviewed by Sara Haines, who commented on his military history, and asked him about the responsibility of becoming Captain America and replacing Rogers.[1]

Chase of the Flag Smashers

Battlestar and Captain America join the fight

"John! Where you at, man?!"
―Battlestar to Captain America[src]

Seeking a lead on the Flag Smashers' current location, Battlestar and Captain America had managed to gain access to Redwing's databanks, which they then used to track Falcon and Bucky Barnes to Munich, Germany, where they had been following the Flag Smashers. Once they arrived, they flew a helicopter to Munich, where Battlestar swung into the fight, knocking Flag Smasher off her feet, before he and Captain America introduced themselves to Falcon and Barnes.

Battlestar being choked by Matias

During the fight, the Flag Smashers were able to gain an advantage over Battlestar and his allies, as Falcon was thrown off the truck by [[DeeDee], forcing him to use his EXO-7 Falcon to fly to safety, while Barnes was forced to hold onto the undercarriage of the truck with his Prosthetic Arm, while Dovich attempted to knock him off. Battlestar also soon found himself being chocked out by Matias, as he called to Captain America for assistance.

Battlestar saved by Captain America's shield

While Falcon and Barnes came off the truck and fell behind, Captain America managed to shoot Matias, causing him to let go of Battlestar. However, while Gigi checked on the wounded Matias, Flag Smasher grabbed Battlestar and kicked him off the truck, only for Captain America to throw his shield, which landed under Battlestar and saved him from the impact. While Battlestar thanked him, Captain America attempted to fight Flag Smasher, only to also be thrown from the truck.[1]

Making an Offer

Hoskins greets Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes

"I got mad respect for both of y'all. But you were getting your asses kicked till we showed up."
"Who are you?"
"Lemar Hoskins."
―Lemar Hoskins and Bucky Barnes[src]

Following the clash, Hoskins and John Walker were collected in a Jeep and driven towards the airport. Along the way, they caught up with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who initially rejected their offer for a lift, as they drove alongside and discussed the situation, with Wilson noting that the Flag Smashers were super soldiers, much to Hoskins' surprise. Noting that they had a twenty mile walk ahead of them, Hoskins and Walker convinced Wilson and Barnes to accept a lift.

Hoskins discusses the Flag Smashers' plans

As they drove to the airport, Wilson explained that the Flag Smashers wanted to return the world to how it was before the Blip, with Walker noting that the Super Soldier Serum did not have a great history. As Wilson questioned how they tracked them to Munich, Hoskins confessed that they have actually tracked Wilson and Barnes, having hacked into Redwing, with Walker noting that as Redwing was Government property, they had been able to gain access to it's systems.

Hoskins discusses the state of the world

While Hoskins and Walker noted how chaotic the world they, they explained that the GRC were trying to put the world back in order, with Hoskins explaining how they did this and noting that the GRC provided their resources while they kept the things running smoothly. As Barnes rejected their offer to team, Hoskins noted that they were losing to the Flag Smashers until they arrived, as Barnes and Wilson then ended the conversation and left, annoyed by Hoskins and Walker's attitudes.[1]

Freeing Bucky Barnes

Hoskins and John Walker waiting together

"Our satellites have found their symbol popping up in various displaced communities all across Central and Eastern Europe."
"We think she's taking medicine she just stole to one of these camps."
―Battlestar and Captain America[src]

Having returned to the United States of America, Hoskins had joined John Walker as they travelled to the Baltimore Police Station to free Bucky Barnes from their custody, after he had been arrested for violating his parole. Once Barnes had left the station alongside Sam Wilson, Hoskins and Walker caught their attention, as Walker once again suggested that they work together, insisting that if they divided they would not stand a chance.

Hoskins commenting on the Flag Smashers

As Wilson questioned what they knew, Walker explained that Karli Morgenthau was the leader of the Flag Smashers, with Hoskins noting that they had been able to avoid detection as they travelled around the world, although they were able to track their symbols to locations across Europe. Walker noted that they believed that Morgenthau was taken their stolen medicine to displacement camps, with Barnes noting that there were hundreds of those camps across the planet.

Hoskins and John Walker agree to go alone

As Barnes questioned where Morgenthau was now, Walker had to admit that they did not know, as Barnes noted that Walker clearly had a lot of pressure on him since becoming Captain America. Although they had attempted to get them to work with them again, Wilson and Barnes refused, noting that they were free agents who were more flexible. In response, Walker insisted that they stay out of their way, as he and Hoskins then walked away to continue hunting the Flag Smashers alone.[1]

Chasing the Flag Smashers

Battlestar following behind Captain America

"She's giving displaced people shelter and medicine. That kind of thing creates loyalty, man. I know you want this, I get it, but we've literally tried everything we can here, so has Langley. We keep drawing blanks."
―Battlestar to Captain America[src]

Having gotten a lead on the Flag Smashers' current location, Battlestar had joined Captain America on a mission to Munich, where they arrived at the 1337 Connect, where they believed the Flag Smashers had been hiding. Once Battlestar and Captain America burst inside, alongside the GRC agents, they took Rudy into custody, with Captain America ordering Battlestar to assist him with translating his demands to Rudy.

Battlestar demanding answers from Rudy

Battlestar noted that Rudy had clearly heard Captain America use the name Karli Morgenthau, and questioned who she was, as Rudy insisted that he did not know what they were talking about. As Rudy claimed that the United States of America had become brutes, Battlestar told Captain America that he did not know where the Flag Smashers were, although this was not believed, as he noted that they knew Morgenthau had come through there and questioned where she and the others had gone.

Battlestar leaves the facility empty handed

In response to this, Rudy defiantly spat in Captain America's face, causing him to furiously pin Rudy against the wall, demanding to know if he knew who he was, although Rudy claimed to not care. As they left, Battlestar insisted that they would never find the Flag Smashers, as not even Langley could locate them. Battlestar noted that Morgenthau was providing medicine and shelter, which had allowed her to gain fierce loyalties, although they suggested that they try a new tactic.[2]

Escape of Helmut Zemo

Battlestar learning of Helmut Zemo's escape

"So, you seriously believe Sam and Bucky would've broken a guy like Zemo out of prison?"
"That's exactly what I think they did. They were just as desperate for leads as we were."
―Battlestar and Captain America[src]

Battlestar and Captain America had then traveled to the Berlin Correctional Facility, where they were informed that Helmut Zemo had been able to escape from their custody, which had occurred on the same day that he was visited by Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. Battlestar questioned if Captain America actually believed Wilson and Barnes helped Zemo's escape, which Captain America confirmed, noting that they were also clearly desperate for leads in their case.

Battlestar discusses Helmut Zemo's escape

However, Battlestar merely scoffed at this, noting that they could not accuse them without evidence, to which Captain America suggested that they run with this theory on their own. In response, Battlestar questioned if what they would do next would be by the book, to which Captain America noted that if they had successfully captured both Zemo and the Flag Smashers, it would be unlikely that the GRC would question exactly how they had been able to complete this mission.[2]

Losing Karli Morgenthau

Battlestar following just behind Helmut Zemo

Battlestar and Captain America traveled to Riga, Latvia and found Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Helmut Zemo in the streets going to Donya Madani's funeral. Battlestar watched as Captain America questioned Wilson and Barnes as to why Zemo was out of prison. He also agreed with Wilson who told Captain America of his plan to try and talk to Karli Morgenthau now that she was vulnerable after losing a loved one.

Battlestar learns Flag Smasher has escaped

After realizing Battlestar agreed, Captain America went with the plan. At the building, Battlestar watched as Captain America handcfuffed Zemo and impatiently waited on Wilson, while mocking Barnes.

When Captain America broke into the room, Battlestar followed to find Morgenthau escaping. Battlestar, Wilson, and Barnes later found Captain America with an unconscious Zemo.[3]

Skirmish with the Dora Milaje

Battlestar fighting against the Dora Milaje

Battlestar and Captain America later regrouped with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes back where they were staying and Captain America demanded that Helmut Zemo be taken back to prison.

They were interrupted when the Dora Milaje arrived to arrest Zemo themselves and after Captain America confronted Ayo, she, Nomble, and Yama started to fight against them.

Yama and Nomble defeated Battlestar, knocking him to the ground and left after seeing that Zemo escaped. Battlestar helped Captain America up and watched when Wilson and Barnes left.[3]

Discussing the Serum

Hoskins and John Walker go out for a drink

"If you had the chance to take the serum, would you?"
"Hells, yeah."
John Walker and Lemar Hoskins[src]

Hoskins and John Walker went to get a drink at a nearby café and discussed the Super Soldier Serum. When Walker asked him if he would take the serum, Hoskins told Walker that he would definitely it if he had the opportunity. Walker then expressed his interest in the serum realizing that he needed it.[3]

Murdered by Flag Smasher

Battlestar is subdued by the Flag Smashers

"Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey... c'mon... Lemar, Lemar, Lemar, Lemar, Lemar..."
John Walker to Lemar Hoskins[src]

Back on their mission, Battlestar and Captain America entered a building searching for the Flag Smashers, only for Battlestar to immediately get captured by them, as the Flag Smashers wanted to separate him from Walker so they could kill Walker. After Battlestar was knocked unconscious, they left him tied up and on the floor.

Battlestar being murdered by Flag Smasher

Once he regained consciousness, he unfastened his restraints and joined the fight in the courtyard, knocking Karli Morgenthau aside and saving Walker from her. After Morgenthau got back up, in an effort to get Battlestar away from her, punched him in the chest sending him flying into a cement column. He hit his head against the cement and died immediately, as Walker rushed over to feel for a pulse.[3]

Legacy

Misplaced Retribution

"You saw what happened. You know what I had to do. I killed him because I had to! He killed Lemar!"
"He didn’t kill Lemar, John."
John Walker and Bucky Barnes[src]

Without Hoskins to temper his violent tendencies, and with said violent tendencies exacerbated by the Super Soldier Serum, John Walker completely snapped. With the Flag Smashers having scattered upon realizing what had happened, Walker began hunting them down, intent on killing the first Flag Smasher he came across, regardless of whether or not they happened to be Karli Morgenthau, the actual killer; Nico was unfortunate enough to be that Flag Smasher, and was killed in public despite frantically telling Walker it wasn't him.[3] To avoid confronting the fact he killed the wrong Flag Smasher, Walker convinced himself that Nico, not Morgenthau, had killed Hoskins.[4]

Personality

"Power just makes a person more of themselves, right?"
―Lemar Hoskins to John Walker[src]

Mirroring the friendship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, Lemar Hoskins held a similar bond with John Walker, whom he had known since High School. Each time Walker was worried about his circumstances, Hoskins anchored his friend, assuring him he would do right in the end, displaying his faith in Walker. Working alongside Walker as the new Captain America, he proved to be capable in teamwork and combat, even if they're outmatched against the Flag Smashers and the Dora Milaje. Hoskins was also a loyal friend, as he died saving Walker from getting killed by Karli Morgenthau.

Abilities

  • Combatant: As a soldier, Hoskins was trained in hand-to-hand combat. However, he struggled against the enhanced Flag Smashers.
  • Marksman: Hoskins was trained in wielding firearms. He carried a pistol as his sidearm.
"Lemar, need a translator."
John Walker to Lemar Hoskins[src]
  • Bilingualism: Hoskins spoke English and German. He provided translation for Walker when interrogating Rudy.

Equipment

Weapons

  • Glock 17: Hoskins carried this handgun as his sidearm.

Other Equipment

  • Battlestar Uniform: Hoskins wore this protective uniform when operating as Battlestar.

Vehicles

  • Helicopter: Hoskins and John Walker flew in a helicopter to help Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes fight the Flag Smashers in Munich, Germany. As he joined the fight, Hoskins had swung down from the helicopter, allowing him and kick Flag Smasher off her feet, before he leapt down from the helicopter and join Walker.
  • Jeep: In order to return to the airport following their defeat at the hands of the Flag Smashers, Hoskins and Walker rode a military Jeep, and offered Wilson and Barnes a lift with them, which they rejected.

Facilities

  • Custer's Grove High School: Hoskins attended this high school along with John Walker and Olivia Walker. Hoskins returned to the High School when Walker was to give a ceremony to the world as Captain America, as Hoskins gave Walker some advice in the changing rooms, before going out onto the football pitch and supporting his friend.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

References

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