Characters Appearing: Daredevil, Gladiator (Shiar)
Marvel Comics Presents #49 (Daredevil & Gladiator)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #49 (Daredevil & Gladiator stories only)
Kelly Corvese - Assistant Editor
And he awesomely keeps a pair of metal baseball bats inside his trench coat.
Daredevil defeats Scope, but is bothered by the fact that he has a radar sense like Daredevil, caused by a similar origin.
Scope also has a problem with white vigilantes. He calls them "white messiahs".
I honestly don't know what the point of this story was.
Meanwhile, Gladiator is flying through space, punching out suns...
He's upset that he's working for Deathbird.
He then encounters a creature described as a Devonian Xontar.
The creature is "shaped by his own rage" and reflects all his attacks back on him. Gladiator eventually realizes that his anger is the problem and reaches a state of satori, and the creature turns into a flower.
I like the Gladiator story since it shows him working through and coming to peace with the fact that he's stuck working for someone that he thinks is evil. It's not the greatest story but it's a good little character moment.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP place the Daredevil story between Daredevil #290-291.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
MCP sure liked to use new villains. Sometime it feels half the villains on the appendix site are one shot villains from MCP.
A Gladiator story. So obscure. This series should have been a favourite of an obscure character lover like me.
Posted by: kveto | July 31, 2015 1:37 PM
I don't understand the point of these brief one shot stories of characters with their own titles. They obviously aren't inventory stories - they're too small to fill an issue. They're not any good, so they don't showcase the character any better than their own book. And for the type of stories they tell, any number of existing characters pulled from OHOTMU can do it.
Did someone's buddy really want to write the main title, and they thought by doing this they'd get a shot?
Posted by: Chris | August 1, 2015 1:24 PM
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