Characters Appearing: Andrew Chord, Coronary, Darkling (Asylum), Hindsight Lad, Impulse (Genetech), Justice, Mathemanic, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Pretty Persuasions, Rage, Speedball II, Walter Rosen
New Warriors #52
Issue(s): New Warriors #52
I think it's kind of fitting that both this issue and next use what i guess have turned out to be the best villains for the team: Psionex. This isn't really a great story - it's the kind of topical issue thing that Nicieza has been doing all over the place with varying degrees of success. But at least with Psionex involved it kind of invokes a bit of the older New Warriors issues.
Psionex are technically reformed at this point, and the issue starts with them trying to fight street crime. But it turns out they're just attacking kids who are using water guns, and one of the kids is accidentally killed by the group's newest member, the new Asylum (formerly Darkling, suddenly Asylum and a member of Psionex with little fanfare; as Michael notes, it's because it happened in New Warriors annual #4. As usual, no footnote.).
The New Warriors are running tests comparing Namorita's strength to Rage's (Namorita's base strength is strong, but Rage gets stronger when he's angry). They're then contacted by the mayor and police commissioner, who want help from the Warriors to deal with the Psionex situation. The Warriors were called since they are trusted heroes after the Sphinx incident. And because of their relationship with Psionex, of course.
All of Psionex have turned themselves in except for Asylum. But Walter Rosen's contention is that Asylum himself is "innocent". I think it's better to say that Asylum wasn't guilty of premeditated murder; he accidentally gave the boy a heart attack.
So the New Warriors and Psionex search for Asylum and help "prove" his "innocence".
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: A footnote says that this story takes place prior to Night Thrasher #16.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The title is from the Rolling Stones' Shattered: "Go ahead, bite the Big Apple. Don't mind the maggots."
(Are we still doing that?)
Posted by: Andrew | January 17, 2018 5:12 PM
"formerly Darkling, suddenly Asylum and a member of Psionex with little fanfare"- Darkling became Asylum and joined Psionex in New Warriors Annual 4.
Posted by: Michael | January 17, 2018 9:14 PM
Nicieza said in an issue of Marvel Age that he left a lot of titles around this time because Bob Harras told him he was doing a lot of work and the quality was suffering as a result.
Posted by: Michael | January 18, 2018 8:18 AM
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