Convergence wrapped up this week and that means so do the remaining miniseries. Last month I took a look at Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1 so I figured why the heck not read issue two? Will Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters be able to stop the evil cyborg superheroes from the Futures End universe? This Major Spoilers review has the answer!
If you’re anything like me you’ve been waiting for Plastic Man to make a big appearance in his own book for quite a while now. Actually, I’m sure almost no one has been wanting that except me or we’d have gotten it by now. What we do get is Plastic Man in a Convergence tie-in (with some other guys…)! Is it enough to satiate the need for one of the best, most ridiculous heroes ever? Read the review to find out!
Or – “Before Marvel & DC Editorial Got All Passive-Aggressive…” Long before the actual Marvel DC crossovers of the 90’s (most of which were pretty banal affairs, with the exception of the awesome Batman/Captain America), there were a number of unofficial blink-and-you-missed-it crossovers from the creative teams that made the comics. Steve Skeates used the Sub-Mariner’s book to wrap up a plot leftover from an issue of Aquaman he wrote a couple years earlier, while the story of Roy Thomas’ trip to Rutland Vermont crosses multiple universes (a long story I’ll probably get to sooner or later.) But this, my
Or – “The Capstone To Our Major Spoilers Star-Spangled Weekend™!” The Hero History project is a strange and nebulous beastie, and has plumbed the depths of several corners of the Silver, Bronze and modern ages, as well as the depths of space and the mind of Jack Kirby. But one thing we’ve NEVER done before is troll through the Golden Age itself, that far-flung lost realm filled with Nazis, Fifth Columnists, guys named “Scooop,” “Hop,” and “Stripesy,” as well as the prototypical heroes that started this whole soopa-dupin’ thing in the first place. Though predated by MLJ/Archie comics The Shield (the
Or – “Quality Comics Group, Represent!” DC’s history in the comic book industry is a long and storied one, but the most interesting facet of their current catalog of characters is the sheer number of them that USED to belong to competing publishing firms. The Ted Kord Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade, The Question, Judomaster, Peacemaker and other ancillary characters (including Sarge Steel) came from the late, lamented Charlton Comics. Captain and Mary Marvel and Doctor Sivana (along with their assorted hangers-on) originated with Fawcett Comics until DC forced them out of business, and The Freedom Fighters (as well as
Or – “If They’re All From Earth-X, What Happened To A Through W?” One of the problems with alternate Earths (after the obvious trying to remember which character resides on which Earth) is the name designations. Marvel’s current numbering system makes sense, but is also ridiculously obscure and complicated. The designation “Earth 616” (invented by Alan Moore, who says it’s arbitrary, though some claim it’s derived from the shipping date of Fantastic Four #1, the year 1961, and 6 standing for the month of June) making it clear that their world is one of many, but the overwhelming evidence that
Or – “Stand By For Matthew ‘Mark-Out’ Moment In Three… Two… One…” I realized something during this issue of USFF that I hadn’t realized before… The structure of this story is very much a classical “rags to riches” tale, with the characters starting at their lowest points (or in some cases, being INTRODUCED at an intentionally low point) and building towards heroism. The thing that masked it from me was, ironically, the one piece of the puzzle that stuck in my craw: Not all the old Fighters were dead. In fact, as I intimated last time, one of them was
Or – “Crisis On Earth-Whichever-One-Is-Left-Now!” As a fan of old-school superheroics, it’s always interesting to me which characters get chosen for revamps and which do not. The return of the Freedom Fighters in 1973 probably didn’t make a lot of sense to the readers of the time, as their original incarnations from Quality Comics hadn’t been seen in 25 years. When their own series tanked, they were pretty much used only as background characters, until the newest incarnation of the team was brutally killed in Infinite Crisis. I chalked up their appearance there as doing two things: killing off a