Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DC Invasion Crossovers Part 1

Invasion! was a three issue mini series in 1988, by Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo, Todd McFarlane, P. Craig Russell, Al Gordon, Josef Rubinstein, Tom Christopher, and Bart Sears, covering a gathering of the Alien Alliance (headed by the Dominators) to unite against the heroes of Earth.

The first issue was devoted entirely to the Alien Alliance, and the kidnapping of humans from Earth to be tested for a genetic anomaly....which some people on Earth were found to have, that allowed them to manifest super human abilities when hit with extreme stress or danger.

This first issue set the stage for First Strike and Aftermath (the second and third issues of the series), as well as the two issues of individual titles of the heroes of the DC Universe, some of which are detailed below.

Flash

The Flash of Invasion! was Wally West, who, being Kid Flash until the supposed death of his mentor, Barry Allen, fought on as the Flash.  Flash fought the Durlans (shape-changing aliens) in Cuba, where his father (Rudolph West) was also hiding in Flash #21 (1988), and Flash #22 (January, 1989), in issues by William Messner-Loebs, Greg LaRocque and Larry Mahlstedt, and Flash also worked with the Manhunter.

Manhunter

Manhunter was a man named Mark Shaw, who worked for the Manhunters (precursors to the Green Lantern Corps), but turned against them, and became a bounty hunter of super-villains.  Manhunter was paid by Wally's mom to go down to Cuba to help Wally (thus he also ended up fighting the Durlans as well, using his training and energy baton) in issues of Manhunter #8 (Holiday 1988) and #9 (January, 1989) by Kim Yale, John Ostrander, Frank Springer and Pablo Marcos, in tales intertwined with those of Flash and Invasion!

Checkmate

Ordinary men had to step up during the Invasion, and the knights of the secret government organization, Checkmate! were as likely as any to do the job.  Checkmate #11 (Holiday, 1988) dealt with humans working with the aliens to unseat the government in England, while Checkmate #12 (February, 1989) dealt with the knights keeping Cape Canaveral safe (and dealing with the Dominators last assault on mankind) in two stories by Paul Kupperberg, Steve Erwin and Al Vey.

Animal Man and Swamp Thing

Animal Man (the man with animal powers) and Swamp Thing (a powerful Earth Elemental both got a little involvement in the battle.  In Animal Man #6 (Holiday 1988 by Grant Morrison, Chas Troug and Doug Hazlewood), Buddy Baker (a.k.a Animal Man) faced off against a Thanagarian warrior and artist, with a little help from Hawkman, while Swamp Thing #81 (Holiday, 1988, by Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala) didn't have Swamp Thing in it (as the Dominators sent him away the issue before, fearing their plant-based technology would be vulnerable to a plant elemental), and this issue dealt with his wife, Abby Cable, dealing with a widowed alien.

Superman

Superman had two monthly titles at this time, so we deal with the First Strike issues of his here.  In Superman #26 (1988 by Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill and Brett Breeding), Superman dealt with the supernatural menace of Baron Sunday, as well as attacks by the Thanagarians and the machinations of Luthor and Brainiac, with Captain Atom looking for Superman, but only finding the Guardian (and a new Gangbuster emerging to help people in Metropolis as well).  In Adventures of Superman #449 (1988, by Jerry Ordway and Dennis Janke), Guardian fights Gangbuster while looking for Superman, finding the man of steel but losing Gangbuster.  Jimmy Olsen helps out, getting Superman to Captain Atom, and leading him to meet with the Dominators (and leading into Invasion! #2).

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is recruited to help by Black Canary in Wonder Woman #25 (1988 by George Perez, Chris Marrinan and Will Blyberg), helping the Justice League International against the warrior Khunds, while in Wonder Woman #26 (January, 1989, also by Perez, Marrinan and Blyberg), Wonder Woman works with Captain Atom and Etta Candy to free Steve Trevor from the shape-changing Durlans.

Captain Atom

Nuclear powered hero wrapped in an alien metal shell, Captain Atom, is recruited by the U.S. government to head up the response to the aliens in Captain Atom #24 (1988, by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman, Pat Broderick and Romeo Tanghal), with the JLI's Maxwell Lord, the Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller and General Wale Eiling (secretly of the Captain Atom Project), and they find a Durlan spy disguised as Steve Trevor in their midst (leading back into Invasion! and the later Wonder Woman story).  In Captain Atom #25 (January, 1989, by Bates, Weisman, Broderick and Robert Smith), the heroes celebrate what they thought was a victory until situation change (leading into Invasion! #3).

Starman

Will Payton was a man struck by a beam from outer space, allowing him to control his density, fly and limited shape-change, which he used to become the hero, Starman.  Dealing with a group of powered people called the Power Elite, Starman is recruited into the Invasion in Starman #5 (Holiday, 1988 by Roger Stern, Tom Lyle and Robert Smith), after being kidnapped by a Durlan, and then fighting Khunds with Firestorm, Firehawk and Power Girl.  Then, after Invasion! #2, in Starman #6 (January, 1989 by Stern, Lyle and Smith), Will is part of clean-up duty across the world, along with Green Lantern, Atom, Power Girl and Blue Beetle, and runs into the Power Elite again as time for Earth runs out....



Invasion continues...

...and the 3 issue mini-series is collected in tradepaperback, with Animal Man's issue in the Animal Man TPB of 1991, Swamp Thing in Swamp Thing: Infernal Triangles TPB of 2007, and the Superman tales would make it into a Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 11 (if there is to be one), and the Wonder Woman issues would be in the second Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus due out in 2017, with the rest of the tales presented here needing collection.....

....and more tales to follow in a new column!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Seems odd for Superboy to spoil a meal, but that's what happened in Superboy #59 (September, 1957) with this cover by Al Plastino.

In the story, "Superboy's Underground Exile", by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, Superboy started to only travel underground after a missile test near Fort Knox.  Soon after, Superboy spends his time searching for gold....and he did this, distracting people into thinking the missile made him radioactive, to replace the gold in Fort Knox, which he accidentally turned to lead (and wanted to prevent a worldwide panic).

Two other stories in this issue as well, one where Superboy meets an adult Luthor (as "Superboy Meets Amazing Man" by Jerry Coleman and John Sikela) which is contradicted by later stories that place Superman and Luthor at the same age (and it is in Adventure Comics #271 of April, 1960 where the teenage Luthor first turned to crime), and another story, "The Super-Dreams of Superbaby" with art by John Sikela, wherein Superboy has to go to the moon to fix a note he left there back when he was a baby, or risk revealing his identity as Clark Kent!

Such adventures are what we're thankful for!  Happy Thanksgiving!




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Aliens of Invasion

Invasion!

Something to be feared, when coming from beyond our Earth, and DC's heroes dealt with this threat decades ago (and will be dealing with it again on their live action CW shows).

Hard to tell your invaders without a scorecard, so here's a few facts to help you keep the Alien Alliance members straight.

Dominators

This group first appeared in Adventure Comics #361 (October, 1967), though, it would likely have been the descendants of the one Earth's heroes would face, as the Dominators seen there were in the time of the Legion of the Super-Heroes, one thousand years past the publication date of the issue by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and Jim Mooney.  The Legion faces the "Unkillables", descendants of some of Earth's most notorious killers like Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth and Brutus, send to menace members of the United Planets by a rogue Dominator.  Usually, the Dominators work in tandem, but, as this shows, sometimes their most dangerous plans come from one member of their race acting out against the others.

Durlans

The first Durlan readers see came in Action Comics #267 (August, 1960) by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney, as Supergirl tried to join the Legion of the Super-Heroes in the 30th Century, and met other applicants, including Durlan Chameleon Boy.  Cham used a familiar form of an orange humanoid with pointed ears and antennae, used by many Durlans in the 30th Century, but in the 20th Century, at the time of Invasion!, members were a little looser, obscuring their forms....as their shape-shifting came about due to a devastating war on their homeworld.

Daxamites 

The first time a Daxamite appeared was in Superboy #89 (June, 1961) by Robert Bernstein and George Papp, and this was when Mon-El met Superboy (just a little before the current age of heroes, as Superboy was Superman, as a boy, learning to deal with his powers in Smallville).  Daxamites have powers similar to Kryptonians (flight, super-strength, invulnerability, vision powers), but without the weakness to Kryptonite.  Instead, their weakness is common lead, and it is fatal to any Daxamite who is exposed to it.

Thanagarians

Thanagarians lived on a planet with an advanced police force, as revealed in their first appearance in Brave and the Bold #34 (February-March, 1961) by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert.  At that time, police officers Katar and Shayera Hol came to Earth to track down a criminal, and stayed to learn Earth police techniques.  Various invasions and tyrannical rulers of Thanagar have taken it's toll on its people, and the once proud Nth metal winged Hawkmen symbol of law and order had turned into flying fascists, bent on controlling other races (though as Hawkgirl can attest, their history gets confusing sometimes). 

Gil'Dishpan 

The Gil'Dishpan really first appeared in Adventure Comics #293 (February, 1962) as the Brain Globes of Rambat, attacking Superboy in his home of Smallville in a story by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and George Klein, with a more formal introduction in Legion of Super-Heroes #307 (January, 1984) by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt.  As the Brain Globes, they turned Superboy's friends, the Legion of Super-Heroes, against him, and were instrumental in the formation of the Legion of Super-Pets (Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey and Comet the Super-Horse), while, later, in the 30th Century, members of their race usually were involved in nefarious actions, and keeping things flowing smoothly, as they were not of much use in physical confrontations, needing to be confined to their globes.

Psions

Originally briefly glimpsed in Witching Hour #13 (February-March, 1971) by Alan Gold, Marv Wolfman and Gray Morrow, the Psions were scientists, that like to experiment (and they considered every other race inferior, and useful only as experiment subjects).  They lived in the Vegan system (home of the Omega Men, and a zone that the Guardians of the Universe had barred Green Lanterns from).  The Psions were also instrumental in enhancing the solar powers of New Teen Titan, Starfire, and her sister, Blackfire, as the sisters escaped one of their solar based experiments.

Citadel

The Citadel first were mentioned in Green Lantern #137 (February, 1981) by Marv Wolfman and Joe Staton, and these hulking aliens were leaders of evil empire which ran the Vegan system, being the brutish forces that the alliance of the Omega Men fought against, though harboring a secret of their own, that of being a race of clones.

Warlords of Okaara 

The Warlords of Okaara were a fierce warrior race (thus, the name), and the earliest mention of them came about in New Teen Titans #13 (November, 1981) by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Romeo Tanghal.  They trained many of the ruling class of the worlds of the Vegan system, including the children who would grow up to be Primus and Kalista of the Omega Men, and Starfire and Blackfire.

Khunds

But, no race in the galaxy were as savage of the Khunds, introduced in Adventure Comics #346 (July, 1966) by Jim Shooter and Sheldon Moldoff.  True, that was the 30th Century version of this race, which gave the Legion of Super-Heroes one of its most serious traitors in their mist, as well as introducing new Legion members of Karate Kid, Princess Projectra, Ferro Lad and Nemesis Kid...but they were just as ferocious in our time as they would be in the future.  The Khunds were a race devoted to war, brutal in their dealings with all other peoples.



These were the forces aligned against Earth in Invasion! #1 (1988) by Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo and Todd McFarlane, as well as the second and third issue of that mini-series (and quite a few crossover issues at the time).


Earth's response to the alien Invasion.....and check back for a little more Invasion coverage coming soon!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Arrow Shots: Vigilante

Adrian Chase was a tough District Attorney in New York City, working with Robin of the Teen Titans to take down the crime families (running from New Teen Titans #23, #26, #27, #29, #30, #33 and #34 of 1982 and 1983 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez)...until the crime families hit back, killing Adrian's family and wounding him, leading Chase to take up the masked identity of the Vigilante...



Origin

It was in New Teen Titans Annual #2 (1983) by Marv Wolfman and George Perez that Adrian became the Vigilante after his family was killed (and Adrian had been declared dead as well).  Still, he recovered, and with help, took out the man who killed his family as the Vigilante.  In Vigilante #7 (June, 1984) by Marv Wolfman, Chuck Patton and Mike DeCarlo, it was explained how Adrian was trained by the spirits of the dead and given a regenerative healing factor, which allowed him to recover and mete out justice, with his infra-red goggles, guns and other weapons.

On His Own

Vigilante #1 (November, 1983) introduced Adrian's helpers, J.J. Davis and Theresa Gomez, by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard, with a more adult approach to handling violent crime. Vigilante #2 (January, 1984) by Wolfman, Pollard and Pablo Marcos, saw Adrian doubting himself already, going after Leonard Kord for assault against a nun, but after a savage battle with the man, finding out he was not the perpetrator.

Villains

Adrian did face foes who weren't in need of understanding, such as the hitman duo of Sabre and Cannon introduced in Vigilante #5 (April, 1984) by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard and Romeo Tanghal, as well as the Electrocutioner, a one-time foe of Batman's, who started to menace Adrian as of Vigilante #8 (July, 1984) by Marv Wolfman, Ross Andru and Mike DeCarlo (and these villains would return to vex Vigilante multiple times).

Adrian Quits

Adrian's heart became heavy because of the severity of the crime he faced (as well as losses along the way), and with Vigilante #19 (July, 1985 by Marv Wolfman, Paul Kupperberg, Denys Cowyn and Rick Magyar), gave up being Vigilante (as he was also being appointed a judge at the time). Someone else took over the costume, prompting Nightwing (formerly Robin) to confront Adrian, and with Vigilante #21 (September, 1985 by Paul Kupperberg, Tod Smith and Rick Magyar), Adrian promises to find the more violent Vigilante and stop him.  Adrian does, and another man takes over being Vigilante for a while

Adrian Returns

But that doesn't last, as unstable hero Peacemaker takes out the newest Vigilante in Vigilante #36 (December, 1986 by Paul Kupperberg, Denys Cowan and Kyle Baker), with Adrian returning to combat his killer, starting in Vigilante #37 (January, 1987) by Paul Kupperberg, Tod Smith and Rick Magyar, beginning to work with now ex-NYPD officer Harry Stein and Valentina Volstok (Negative Woman of the Doom Patrol).

Adds The Black Thorn

Adrian continues his battles against violent criminals and attacking terrorists, and even meets assassin, Black Thorn in Vigilante #45 (September, 1987) by Paul Kupperberg, Tod Smith and Rick Burchett, and the two become very close, continuing that relationship in the next issue, Vigilante #46 (October, 1987) also by Kupperberg, Smith and Burchett.  Harry Stein gets recruited into a secret government organization by Valentina Volstok, with Harvey Bullock of Gotham Police Department also getting involved.

The End

The trail of the terrorists lead to Gotham, with Batman getting involved and not liking the Vigilante in Vigilante #47 (November, 1987 by Kupperberg, Smith and Burchett), but Harvey gets Batman on board for now, and then due to falling into the water, everyone thinks Vigilante is dead.  Harvey is recruited for the government organization as well, and Black Thorn returns briefly as well, until Adrian realizes he might be more of menace than those he fights, and takes himself out of the game for good by giving himself final, fatal justice in Vigilante #50 (February, 1988 by Paul Kupperberg, Steve Erwin and Jack Torrance).



A quick highlight of the life of Adrian Chase and his version of the Vigilante (showing, though, that he never met Green Arrow in the comics).


Though only lasting 50 issues and 2 Annuals, Vigilante changed the mindset of comics in general at the time...


...making one wonder what a true hero was, what he could and couldn't do, and truth of the toll taken on the hero for being a hero, as well as the difference between the law and justice, and justice and revenge.






Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Supergirl Stats: Early Days Of The Parasite

Back in the day, it was Superman, not Supergirl, who first faced the Parasite, who started as Maxwell Jensen, being a failure at his life....but over time he grew to be one of Superman's most deadly and powerful foes.

Here's a look back at how the original Parasite came to be!

Power Of The Parasite

Action Comics #340 (August, 1966) was the first appearance of the Parasite, by Jim Shooter and Al Plastino (with a cover by Curt Swan and George Klein).  Superman was helping a lab with radioactive materials, and Jensen was the man assigned to dispose of them when they were done.  But, Max had also heard that the lab sent money out disguised as radioactive disposal, so took a "quick look" to be sure (planning to take money if there had been any.....).  Problem was, there really was waste in the box, and he was scarred over his entire body.  But, he did gain a power, that of absorption, and quickly put that to work for himself.  After draining smarts from scientists, the Parasite planned to drain Superman, and started to, at a construction site (where he had also discovered Superman's secret identity), and would have taken all of Superman's power....were it not too much for him to contain....with the Parasite's body exploding into dust!


The Power Of The Parasite

Action Comics #361 (March, 1968) saw the unlikely return of the Parasite, by Jim Shooter and Al Plastino (and a cover by Neal Adams.).  A passing alien geographer reassembles the misty Parasite, restoring him to his previous form.  Returning the favor, the Parasite absorbs the alien's life energy and knowledge, and returns to Earth.  Using his knowledge of Superman's identity, Parasite joins the Daily Planet staff in disguise, to slowly leech away Superman's powers.  This works for a while, but, Superman had figured out what was going on, and found a way to defeat his foe, finding friends of the alien geographer to take the Parasite into off-world custody (insuring the Parasite would not return for a long time.



The Parasite's Power Play

Superman #286 (April, 1975) was when the Parasite returned, courtesy of Elliot S! Maggin, Curt Swan and Bob Oksner, under a cover by Bob Oksner




After escaping his alien prison and returning to Earth, the Parasite was such a menace that he faced both Superman and Luthor (stealing a little of Luthor's intelligence along the way), and forcing Superman and Luthor to work together to stop the leeching menace (with Luthor showing off his recently acquired super-suit as well....).





The Double-Or-Nothing Life Of Superman

Superman #299 (May, 1975 by Cary Bates, Elliot S! Maggin, Curt Swan and Bob Oksner) saw the Parasite return at the end of a four part Superman story, where a mysterious villain had been manipulating Superman to use his powers at full for a time, and battle against some of his nastiest villains, including the second Toyman, the Prankster, Terra-Man, Amalak, the Kryptonite Man (formerly the Kryptonite Kid), Brainiac, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Luthor...

 



...but, oddly, it was the Parasite (unknowingly, or more accurately, Superman using power absorption) who helped saved the day!



The Parasite's Prism Of Peril

Superman #304 (October, 1975 by Gerry Conway, Curt Swan and Bob Oksner, and cover by Oksner) had the Parasite return solo.....but using some of the intelligence he had borrowed. 





This time around, the Parasite was using a prism to absorb Superman's powers, and transfer them to others (like the son of Clark Kent's best friend, Jon Ross), and getting those individuals to battle Superman. 

Things still turned out in favor of the son of Krypton, though, eventually!




Break With Batman

Bob Haney and Kurt Schaffenberger oversee the next return of the Parasite in World's Finest Comics #246 and #247 (August-September and October-November, 1977 with a Neal Adams cover and interior inks by Murphy Anderson on #246, and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez cover and Tex Blaisdell inks on #247).  This time around, the Parasite returns disguised as a non-existent deformed brother to Superman...who enslaves the Earth (including the Justice League), and only Superman and Batman can defeat him.  Oh, those wild and wacky Bob Haney stories!

Behind the Scenes

Superman #319 to #321 (January to March, 1978) sees a sneakier Parasite, hanging around behind the scenes, draining Superman slowly as he faces a new version of Solomon Grundy who recently formed in Metropolis, in these three issues by Marty Pasko, Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte, all to weaken Superman in preparation for a final battle in the skies.....

Laser War Over Metropolis

In Superman #322 (April, 1978 by Marty Pasko, Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte, with a cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez). 


This time around, the Parasite's plan was revealed, and how he was taking bits of Superman's power over time, and targeting some specific abilities of Superman's as well (such as his control over his scenes), all to make Superman easier to beat. 


This leads into an all-out war with an evenly matched Superman and Parasite....for a time.  Problem is, Superman did figure out how to beat the Parasite, and did!



Sitting In Prison

Superman #331 (January, 1979) and World's Finest Comics #270 (March, 1982) saw the Parasite in jail, with the Master Jailer using the Parasite's power to imprison Superman in Superman's title, and an even quicker cameo in World's Finest Comics as Metallo broke out of the prison of Superman's Island (which holds the deadliest of Superman's foes, but Parasite was still in his cell inside!).


Superman's Last Christmas

What says Christmas more than a purple and green villain smashing the Man of Steel into a Christmas Tree?



Superman #369 (March, 1982 by Cary Bates, Rich Buckler and Frank McLaughlin, and a cover by Buckler and Frank Giacoia) answers that question, with the Parasite returning for the holidays, looking for powers from the Man of Steel for his stocking, and using Clark Kent's old friend, Cory Renwald to get them.


Yule enjoy this one!





The Parasite's Power Ploys

DC Comics Presents #55 (March, 1983) sees the Parasite facing Superman again, this time with some help from new hero, Air Wave, in a story by Bob Rozakis, Alex Saviuk and Pablo Marcos (and cover by Saviuk and Robert R. Smith). 



The young legacy hero uses his radio wave powers to help Superman against the Parasite in the present, while Superman thinks back to his time as Superboy, when he worked with Air Wave's father (who was also a costumed hero known as Air Wave).


More of Clark Kent's earlier days are brought to light thanks to the Parasite!




Reunion

Action Comics #555 (May, 1984) was a special issue by Paul Kupperberg, Curt Swan and Dave Hunt (and a cover by Eduardo Barreto and Bob Oskner), marking Supergirl's 25th Anniversary (in real time, since Action Comics #252). 



This also marked the first time Parasite faced Supergirl...well, almost. 



It was Superman who faced the Parasite, breaking free in time to rendezvous with his cousin for her special day (which actually happened in Supergirl #20 of June, 1984, where the Kryptonian cousins faced a Parasite clone together!). 



The Most Popular Man In Metropolis

The last appearance of the Parasite before the Crisis On Infinite Earths was in Action Comics #578 (April, 1986)...


....where Superman is facing a drain on his overall approval ratings in Metropolis as a new darling of the public, Joe Blohe, seems to absorb it from him (is this a subtle enough reference for you to figure out the plan of the Parasite in this story by Craig Boldman and Kurt Schaffenberger, under an Eduardo Barreto cover?). 



Then the whole DC Universe changed with the Crisis On Infinite Earths, and there wasn't a Parasite anymore....




Return Of The Parasite

At least until a waste management specialist named Ruby Jones decided to check out the toxic waste dump at S.T.A.R. Labs looking for the company payroll. 


Thanks to a little manipulation from Darkseid, Rudy turned into the Parasite (though shaded green this time) to face Firestorm in Firestorm #58 (April, 1987) by John Ostrander, Joe Brozowski and Pablo Marcos, and that Parasite faced Firestorm, joined the Suicide Squad, and eventually got around to facing Superman...




...and then bonding with Dr. Torval Freeman in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #2 (Fall, 1995 by Roger Stern, Tom Grummett and Brett Breeding), and even mutating into more of a Parasite as well, as seen on the cover of Action Comics #715 (November, 1995 by Kieron Dwyer, and interiors by David Micheline, Gil Kane and Denis Rodier).



While a sucker may be born every minute, the Parasite is more like a cockroach, surviving and returning time after time....but that leach is beaten by truth, justice and the American way!






Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembering Our Veterans With Sgt. Rock

For all the brave men and women who provide our country their service, we appreciate you, salute you, and hope you all have the opportunity to be "Goin' Home"....



...like this cover from Sgt. Rock #392 (September, 1984) by Joe Kubert.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Arrow Shots: Prometheus

Prometheus is shaping up to be quite the menace to Green Arrow in the CW series, Arrow, but he's been causing problems in the comics for years.

Prometheus was a villain who was a man with a plan.  He started out as the "anti-Batman", but became something so much more dastardly, inflicting pain and suffering on Green Arrow, Star City and the whole DC Universe.

A Villain Premieres

Prometheus premiered in Prometheus (Villains) #1 (February, 1998) by Grant Morrison, Arnie Jorgensen and David Meikis (and cover by Jason Pearson) as one of a "fifth week" event, with villains as the focal point of a title.

Prometheus lured in a new young hero, named Retro, and killed him to take over his identity to get into the JLA's Watchtower on the moon.  Prometheus was a boy when police killed his parents.  The lad used the ill-gotten gains his parents had collected, perfecting his mind and body, as well as eventually gaining access to "The Ghost Zone", an empty realm between dimensions where he build a headquarters and could hide from the law and safely plot against the heroes he hated, coming up with ways to take down even the mightiest of the mighty.

His Master Plan

Prometheus' plan unfolded in JLA #16 and #17 (March and April, 1998, by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, John Dell, Arnie Jorgensen, David Meikis and Mark Pennington) as Prometheus used his plan against the JLA as they introduced their Watchtower and new members to the world.  A bit of luck (and a lady named Catwoman) was enough to stop him, and he ended up in the Ghost Zone in his Crooked House (his home there), making more plans again.

These three tales were reprinted in the JLA: Strength In Numbers tradepaperback of 1998.

Joins A Group

Prometheus returned in JLA #34 (October, 1999) by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell, as riots broke out at Belle Reve, with many criminals involved, with Prometheus joining with the General, the Queen Bee and Lex Luthor as an Injustice Gang, who menaced the Justice League in JLA #36 (December, 1999), and JLA #37 to #40 (2000), with Prometheus taking out the JLA's Oracle, facing Batman again and after being defeated, nearly being killed by the Huntress (which puts a rift between her and Batman, as he kicks her off the team).

These issues are all reprinted in the JLA: World War III tradepaperback of 2001.

Faces Batman and Friends

Prometheus returned again, with a slightly narrower focus in  Batman: Gotham Knights #52, #53, #56, #60, #62, #64, #66 (all of 2004/2005), facing off against Batman, and working with other Batman villains like Hush and Poison Ivy, and fending off Talia Al Ghul, who wanted his Cosmic Key (which allowed access to the Ghost Zone).

Prometheus joins Luthor's Society in Villains United #1 (July, 2005), working with them through Infinite Crisis #7 (June, 2006).

After, Prometheus tried settling his scores with Huntress and Oracle in Birds Of Prey #93 through #95 (June to August, 2006), and even one of many villains used by Starro in Teen Titans #51 to #54 (2007/2008), and being in the Final Crisis of 2008/2009  but all the while, something seemed off about the villain.....

The Real Villain Emerges

Prometheus' true face was revealed in Faces Of Evil: Prometheus #1 (March, 2009, by Sterling Gates and Federico Dallocchio, and a cover by Mauro Cascioli), as we found out all the appearances of Prometheus since the JLA World War III story weren't the original, just his protege, Chad Graham.  The original (still unnamed) had been reduced to a vegetative state by Batman and the Martian Manhunter, figuring only the prison of his own mind could hold him, and with Martian Manhunter's death at the hands of Libra during Final Crisis, the blocks holding his mind at bay faded.  The original Prometheus tracked down Chad, killing him for the damage done to his reputation, as well as attacking members of the hero group, Blood Pack (this time around, Argus, Anima and Gunfire), severely injuring and killing them as well.


An Evil Scheme

Prometheus decided to get revenge on all the Justice League for the indignities he suffered in the 7 issue mini-series Justice League: Cry For Justice (September, 2009 to April, 2010 by James Robinson, Mauro Cascioli and Scott Clark), killing more heroes like Freedom Beast, the Tasmanian Devil and Gloss, maiming Arsenal (Roy Harper), and attacking so many more (including Supergirl, Atom and others), Prometheus planned to attack the home cities of the heroes (like Central City, Opal City, Fawcett City, St. Roch and Star City) with "time-bombs" that will strand the cities in the past or the future.  Prometheus successfully destroys part of Star City, killing Arsenal's daughter, Lian in the process.  The heroes do eventually catch Prometheus, with the peaceful Donna Troy (formerly Troia and Wonder Girl) violently taking him down, but catching him wasn't good enough for Green Arrow, who wanted a more final, fatal  justice.....

The End?

Green Arrow had to deal with the consequences of what he did to Prometheus, starting in Green Arrow #31 and #32 (May and June, 2010), the Justice League: Rise and Fall Special #1 (May, 2010) and in Justice League: The Rise Of Arsenal 4 issue mini-series of 2010. 


Perhaps Prometheus won, splitting Green Arrow and Black Canary, as well as damaging the reputation of the heroes, with Green Arrow's harsh actions (and Arsenal slipping off the deep end....).