Black Goliath #4-5
Issue(s): Black Goliath #4, Black Goliath #5
Angered at what he thinks is Tony Stark hanging up on him, Foster storms out of his office building and becomes Black Goliath again. He goes to hang out at the police station with an officer named Perez, which i thought was odd considering his fight with the police last issue. While at the station, a boy runs in to tell them that Stilt-Man is robbing a bank. Goliath fights Stilt-Man...
...but Stilt-Man shoots him into another dimension with a Z-Ray gun along with Celia Jackson and the boy from the police station.
In the early stages of a book featuring a new black super-hero, you really want to do a little more than have him go up against Stilt-Man and lose!
In the other dimension, they meet up with a friendly alien who helps them get to an ancient technological temple with the technology to send them home.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that they know it could be dangerous, Bill Foster goes off with Celia to make out while the alien figures out how to get them home. That's when the temple's robotic guard comes up and hits the alien in the back with an axe.
After destroying the robot, the boy asks Bill to tell him why it had to happen. Bill responds "I... can't, Keith. Because I don't really know." Ooh! Ooh! I know! It happened because you were off getting laid instead of watching his back! Points for scoring again, though.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed this just a bit forward in publication time to fit before Black Goliath's appearance in Marvel Two-In-One #24.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBill Foster, Celia Jackson, Centurion, Dale West, Herbert Bell, Iron Man, Regina Clayborne, Stilt-Man, Talia Kruma
This plot with everyone chasing a box is way too similar to everyone chasing the grey statuette in Marvel Team-Up, which Claremont also wrote. As in that story, he isn't quite convincing about all the villains knowing what the device actually is.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 21, 2011 9:41 PM
FOOM#13 announced #4 as the first part in a 3-part story.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 4, 2013 6:49 PM
In Black Goliath#5, Sharra is first referenced, in the context of Sharra's Forge, the cruelest terrain on the cruelest of planets, Kirgar. The forge was named, in bitter irony, for the mother goddess of legend. Derath later references Kirgar as "once the throneworld of a mighty empire which collapsed a million cycles ago.. leaving all of its glorious cities to crumble into dust?"
Now.. what Kirgar's relationship to the Shi'ar was, was previously anyone's guess (but of course I think I've figured it out which I'll get to further down).
You'd think worshipping the same goddess would imply some relationship, and perhaps Kirgar was once the Shi'ar throneworld.. indicating Derath's info was a bit off..
..or perhaps it was some sub-empire within the Shi'ar empire..
..or perhaps those of Kirgar branched off from the Shi'ar..
..or perhaps they just learned of Sharra and Kythri and adopted their worship..
..or perhaps it was all just strange coincidence..
Upon initial observation I could be over thinking the connection between Sharra's Forge on the planet Kirgar and the Shi'ar goddess Sharra.
For one thing, since the Kirgar empire is said to have collapsed so long ago, it seems likely that its civilisation was gone even before the Shi'ar went into space to build their empire.
So who fits the bill? Think about it. The race who abandoned the city contained within the M'Kraan Crystal. This would seem to suggest the Shi'ar learned of Sharra and K'ythri from the remnants of culture left from the Kirgar empire and adopted their worship.
Posted by: Nathan Adler | March 29, 2013 11:44 AM
The presence of the Anti-Proton Cutter is a bit of a problem; the end of Captain America #192 made clear that the plane with the stolen weapons was intercepted by police before it was unloaded.
FOOM#15 has a very weird announcement about the Champions: it said the Stranger's search in Black Goliath for the mysterious box would be resolved in that title...except the Stranger never appeared in Black Goliath. I'm guessing that was supposed to be in the never-published #6.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 31, 2013 6:07 PM
In Black Goliath #5, Sharra is referenced in the context of Sharra's Forge, the cruellest terrain on the cruellest of planets, Kirgar. The forge was named, "in bitter irony," for the mother goddess of legend. In this story, the alien Derath references Kirgar as "once the throneworld of a mighty empire which collapsed a million cycles ago... leaving all of its glorious cities to crumble into dust."
Posted by: Nathan Adler | February 10, 2015 7:33 AM
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