Hard Knocks is a gang from Star City. The gang controls Westchester, Brainerd, Avalon, and the Glades.
Danny "Brick" Brickwell was originally a low-level henchman/enforcer for various mobsters in Star City and also ran his own street gang. However, he had a brilliant criminal mind and higher aspirations to go with it. In the wake of the metahuman criminals springing up, he began to expand his gang's criminal activities, particularly drug sales, into areas left vacant by other criminal organizations. Brick succeeded in uniting the various street gangs of Star City under his leadership under the banner of the 'Gang of Hard Knocks'. Then in the aftermath of the Undertaking, these low-level criminals, who had previously been denied access to many lucrative areas by the more "up-market" mafiosos, became an overnight crime syndicate with greater manpower and resources than the now greatly weakened traditional organized crime families. Then later after Trigon rained chaos and death upon Star City, Brick grew rose like the phoenix from the ashes and made himself the undisputed king of Star City's underworld.
Trivia and Notes
- The name of the gang is Earth-27 original. The name comes from a phrase "School of Hard Knocks" meaning the (sometimes painful) education one gets from life's usually negative experiences.