Nothing has been revealed regarding the early life and history of the woman known as Blackwing. Using an identity previously created by Joe Manfredi, Blackwing appeared as a member of Manfredi's private army of super-villains, Heavy Mettle.
Joe Manfredi ordered the team's leader, Firestrike, to bring him the battlesuit used by Turbo of the New Warriors. Not only did Manfredi hope to gain a sophisticated piece of technology, but he was also hoping to prove himself, both to his father, Silvermane, and to other New York crime bosses. Instead, however, the New Warriors defeated Heavy Mettle, and Firestrike found himself falling in love with Turbo. Ultimately, the Warriors turned the members of Heavy Mettle over to the police, and Firestrike agreed to be placed in the witness protection program in exchange for providing testimony against Joe Manfredi. (The results of which remain unrevealed.)