Characters Appearing: Baron Blood (Kenneth Falsworth), Black Queen (Selene), Spitfire
Marvel Comics Presents #89 (Spitfire)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #89 (Spitfire story only)
The story here is Spitfire vs. Selene. Selene sees Spitfire on television, explaining her recent de-aging, and Selene is intrigued by the energy draining potential, in between terrorizing the Hellfire Club goon assigned to escort her on her trip to England.
Meanwhile, Spitfire's son, Kenneth Falsworth (who is physically older than she is now), tries to convince his mom that it's been long enough since dad died and it's time for her to get into the dating scene again. That presents a problem for Spitfire, who is too physically young for men her actual age, and too mentally mature for men her physical age. Kenneth suggests that she split the difference and talk to a local middle-aged tavern owner, who she saved during World War II when he was a young boy and who has had a crush on her ever since. But when she goes into the tavern to talk to the barkeep, Selene kidnaps Kenneth.
Selene admits she wants to vivisect Spitfire to learn the secret of her blood, because (she says) her own method of rejuvenation is too inefficient (not that we've ever seen her struggle with it before). John Byrne made a point of saying that Spitfire's reaction to the Human Torch was due to something unique in her body chemistry, specifically to avoid stories where everyone and their cousin goes after the Torch for his blood, but i guess nothing would prevent everyone and their cousin from going after the finished product in Spitfire's blood (nor, i suppose, would everyone know/believe that the reaction was unique to Spitfire).
Despite Kenneth being tied up a short distance away with a voice-activated bomb, Spitfire risks attacking Selene to prevent her from speaking the command word long enough to race over to Kenneth and free him...
...and she does manage to do so.
A weird thing you have to accept about these short stories is that it's perfectly normal for someone to get attacked by a super-villain, survive the attack, and then go home to have a drink and laugh about it. Spitfire has connections to the Avengers in addition to being a member of the British ruling class, and Selene is theoretically a public figure. You'd think Selene attacking Spitfire would have some repercussions.
Dan Slott seems determined to fit every bit of British slang he can think of into this story. I'll leave it to British commenters to say for sure, but i have a hard time seeing Spitfire, who is from a noble family, using words like "rotter" or talking about sticky wickets.
Even beyond what's appropriate for Spitfire, there are enough "Cors!" and the like to ruddy stuff a bleedin' boot, wot?
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Namor #12, and probably shouldn't take place after Namor #15 or so, when Spitfire starts helping out with the management of Oracle due to Namor's absence.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
can anyone tell me why we need a young Spitfire running around in the 90s de-aged? Not enough heroes around, you say? Bringing her back makes total sense.
Posted by: kveto | December 2, 2015 3:19 PM
Re: Selene and the Avengers- there were no repercussions to her nearly killing Cap and Diamondback in Cap 369-370, so why should there be repercussions to her actions this story?
Posted by: Michael | December 4, 2015 11:21 PM
Obviously the Avengers and Spitfire know that Selene is under the protection of the X-Men editors.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | December 5, 2015 3:21 PM
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