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"Today's heroes don't have the luxury of keeping their hands clean. What we're doing will outlive the legacy of that shield."
― Nico to Karli Morgenthau[src]

Nico was a super soldier and a member of the Flag Smashers. As a child, he idolized Steve Rogers and looked up to his grandfather Lukasz Kovaczsik. After the Blip, Nico joined Karli Morgenthau's cause, stealing supplies from the Global Repatriation Council across Europe, while eluding the Power Broker. In Latvia, when the Flag Smashers were confronted by Falcon, Winter Soldier, Captain America, and Battlestar, Nico was murdered by the unhinged Captain America, who chased him down and bludgeoned him to death with his shield.

Biography

Childhood

Admiring Captain America

"When I was a kid, I was actually a Captain America fan."
"I don't know if I should tease you about that yet or not."
"He made me believe that there was decent people in this world."
― Nico and Karli Morgenthau[src]

Nico was the grandson of Lukasz Kovaczsik, who was an Allied soldier in World War II. As a child, Nico idolized Steve Rogers, whom Nico thought of as a decent person and made Nico believe there were decent people in the world.[1]

Flag Smashers

Chase in Munich

To be added

Finding Refuge

Nico and the Flag Smashers go into hiding

"Shit, they're already looking for us. I'm wiping our aliases off any public traffic sites now."
― Nico to Flag Smasher[src]

To be added

Escape in Bratislava

"We gotta move out, now! They found us!"
"How much time do we have?"
"None. It's the Power Broker's men."
― Nico and Flag Smasher[src]

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Donya Madani's Funeral

Nico reminisces of his grandfather Lukasz Kovaczsik

"Do you think I'm making a mistake making more of us?"
"My grandfather, Lukasz, he was a World War II resistance fighter. He always used to tell me, 'If you're doing something, and it makes you scared, it's probably because it's the right thing'. And he fought Nazis, so..."
Karli Morgenthau and Nico[src]

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Ambushed

Nico expresses his concerns to Karli Morgenthau

"We cannot fight two wars and win."
― Nico to Karli Morgenthau[src]

Nico and the Flag Smashers, who had arrived in Latvia to mourn Donya Madani, engaged in a fight with John Walker and Battlestar there, along with Falcon and Winter Soldier. The Flag Smashers kidnapped Battlestar, resulting in a fight breaking out between the two sides.[1]

Murdered by Captain America

Nico restraining Captain America in the fight

"It wasn't me! It wasn't me!"
― Nico to Captain America[src]

The fight ended when Karli Morgenthau accidentally killed Battlestar, enraging Walker and causing the Flag Smashers to flee, including Nico. The Flag Smashers scattered, however Walker was hot on their trail, jumping out a window and landing on a car below. Walker spotted Nico, causing him to flee.

Nico pleading to Captain America for his life

Walker, unhinged from a combination of the Super Soldier Serum exacerbating existing mental instability and grief from seeing Morgenthau accidentally kill Hoskins, relentlessly chased Nico down. Walker caught up with him, knocking him to the ground next to a memorial. Terrified, Nico pleaded with Walker, frantically telling him that he didn't play a part in Battlestar's death. Walker did not listen, and raising his shield, plunged it several times into Nico, killing him in front of countless onlookers.[1]

Legacy

International Controversy

"Captain America killing a foreign national in public, it's kinda like a big deal. Like-like international incident big."
Joaquín Torres to Sam Wilson[src]

Immediately after the incident, John Walker fled to an abandoned facility, where Falcon and Winter Soldier confronted him, eventually forcibly taking his shield away. Nico's murder by Walker would cause an international uproar, which later led to the U.S. government stripping him of the Captain America mantle, his military career, and all benefits he would've received in retirement. To avoid confronting the fact he killed the wrong Flag Smasher, Walker convinced himself Nico, not Karli Morgenthau, had killed Lemar Hoskins, which is what he told later on to Hoskins' family to give them closure. However, a mysterious woman, who sympathized with Walker and believed that Nico got what he deserved, approached him due to his new abilities.[2]

Personality

"Back then, there was just good and bad, but the world's more complicated now. People are lost. They need a leader who looks like them, who understands their pain."
― Nico to Karli Morgenthau[src]

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Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The Super Soldier Serum enhanced all of Nico's bodily functions, granting him low level superhuman physiology.
    • Enhanced Strength: Thanks to the Super Soldier Serum, Nico had the strength to restrain John Walker, another super soldier, and was able to throw a large cylinder concrete block with ease.
    • Enhanced Durability: To be added
    • Enhanced Speed: The Super Soldier Serum allowed Nico to run and move at superior speeds; affording Nico the capacity to fight on equal grounds with trained soldiers, and quickly flee from the scene of Lemar Hoskins murder, and briefly from John Walker.

Abilities

  • Combatant: To be added

Facilities

To be added

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Behind the Scenes

References

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