Post by Steeven on Aug 13, 2022 20:41:10 GMT -6
Cover Date: July 1992
On Sale Date: July 3, 1992
Cover Price: $2.50
Writer/Artist: Rob Liefeld
Letterer: Kevin Cunningham, Kurt Hathaway, and Diane Valentino
Colorist: Brian Murray of Digital ChameleonSynopsis for "Prophecy":
A team who call themselves the Berzerkers are trying to rescue a man named Kirby from an army of robotic beings controlled by a mastermind named Darkthornn. They beat the guards and free him. They run off to save the day. Meanwhile, Darkthornn is watching them, vowing that "the prophecy will not come to pass".
In Berlin, Youngblood have been called in to bring something back to the United States. A cryogenically-frozen man by the name of Prophet. The scientists who found him tell the story: Dr. Garnet Wells, the "mad" scientist, was working on human experimentation in 1937, using homeless people as test subjects. It was also rumored that he was using superhuman technology. One subject, Jonathan Taylor Prophet, developed superhuman strength, speed and stamina as a result. Wells gave Prophet an "outlandish" uniform and weapons, but disappeared sometime in the Second World War. Now, Youngblood must take Prophet back to the States for further research.
Cougar objects that this man's work will be exploited, but Combat tells him it is their job. Cougar notices a timer on the cryogenic tube, but just as he begins to investigate, the tube opens, unleashing a wave of energy and freeing Prophet. Prophet mistakes Youngblood for the Disciples of Doom, and a fight begins. Prophet disables Cougar and Combat, but Bramha breaks his neck. However, just as they are ready to bring him home, the Disciples of Doom themselves arrive for Prophet... mere seconds ahead of the Berzerkers, led by Kirby!
Synopsis from ImageComic.Fandom.ComSynopsis for "Enter - Shadowhawk"
Writer/Penciler: Jim Valentino
Inkers: Paul Scott and Richard Horie
Letterer: Diane Valentino
Colorist: Brian Murray
An angry vigilante in a dark costume tells us how he has had enough and has decided to fight criminals. We see him beat up a gang of crooks and break their spines. the vigilante leaves, as the narration proclaims "You are ShadowHawk, And you are taking back the night."
Synopsis from ImageComic.Fandom.Com
Post by Steeven on Aug 13, 2022 20:45:47 GMT -6
I have to admit I was a bit confused when I first starting reading this one. I mean, Issue 2 does not take up the narrative from Issue 1 in regards to the Home Team storyline.
No, this a full Away Team story and once I accepted the fact that we weren't going to see what happened to the Home Team in the previous issue, I really started to enjoy it.
What I find funny, and crazy, and yet totally cool about this series so far is that we are just two issues in and we've already been introduced to at least 24 different super heroes and super villains. That's quite a lot for a new series and a new reader, and yet, Liefeld doesn't give a crap. He's throwing everything he has at the wall and hoping that something sticks.
The Berserkers, for example, is a highly derivative team we meet in this issue, and yet, despite the fact that they all feel like near carbon copies of other characters across all of comic book history, I loved them.
I mean, Grey is your standard hulking strong dude, and I think his look is awesome.
I will say I enjoyed this issue much more than the first one, though there were moments in the story where it just didn't flow very well.
For example, when Prophet wakes up, despite the fact that the entire Away Team, along with a scientist, are all in the room with Prophet's cryo-chamber, it feels like suddenly, Combat and Cougar are the only ones in there with him. They even fight him for a bit before the rest of the team steps in. Which again, I found a bit confusing. Did the rest of the team step out for a bit and then come back to find Combat and Cougar fighting with Prophet? Or were they all just standing around watching the fight, waiting for the right moment to step in.
I don't know, and honestly, I don't care.
I can happily say, reading this issue, I really did feel like I did back in 1992, and yeah, I enjoyed the crap out of it.
As for the Shadowhawk preview. Well, I'll be honest. I never really got into Shadowhawk. I mean, in essence, all I can remember about the guy is that he's a street-level, unpowered vigilante who wages a war on crime by breaking criminal's backs.
This preview did nothing to disuade me from that recollection.
However, there was something about it that made me want to read the first issue. Which, of course, I will be doing regardless because of this read along.
Post by tealproductions on Aug 16, 2022 11:07:42 GMT -6
I remember being so juiced for Youngblood back in the day. To be honest I read the first couple years of Image backs not because they are the next Morrison or Gaiman material but to hopefully feel the way reading comics now I did back then.
That said no I don't think the writing itself is all that good but rather to enjoy the eye candy and ride that nostalgia wave, while I still remember it.
I still think especially now the concept of Youngblood would make an excellent story. Social media, poparazzi, influencers and what not all feeds into Rob's concept behind Younglood perfectly.
Macho is how Rob often describes his books and I have to agree.
As this 30th anniversary year winds down I look forward to reading more of this first run from Image. Thanks Steeven for the wayback machine visits. Keep it up.