Issue(s): Quasar #10
Her powers allow her to break out of Quasar's light constructions...
...so Quasar has to bind her in a fetish-y kind of way.
Quasar brings her to the Vault, not questioning what she was doing out in the desert in the first place.
Quasar returns to his office where everyone just sits around because they have no customers.
Then that night he goes flying through the Atlantic ocean, trying to locate some of the alien signatures that have been detected under sea, but he doesn't find any, so he goes home and, exhausted, falls asleep in costume.
He's then kidnapped by a giant breast.
The breast belongs to Doctor Minerva and Captain Atlas, who we saw disguised as humans last issue. Minerva is now wearing a modified (it has pants) version of Ms. Marvel's original costume and Atlas is wearing a traditional Kree soldiers outfit. It's green, the same color as the original Captain Mar-vell. His name is a play on the name Captain Marvel, since Atlas was one of the earlier names of the company. It's a fine name on it's own, but one wag writes in to the lettercol to ask if we'll be seeing Captain Timely next.
Captain Atlas is nervous about being on Earth because it's a "breeding ground for meta-mutants... the Earthers are a dangerous, unstable lot... unstable emotionally and mutagenically". The latter is actually the reason that Minerva has brought Atlas here. She is trying to solve the problem of the Kree's genetics; the fact that they've reached a genetic dead end. She's used the psyche-Magnetron to give herself enhanced powers, and then she's invited Captain Atlas here so that he could receive the same treatment and become her mate.
All of this will turn out to be unrelated to her kidnapping of Quasar, though. Minerva wants Quasar's bracelets, since they are similar to the original Captain Mar-vell's nega-bands. In fact she thinks they are the "legendary power-bands of Rinn" which were last seen in the vicinity of Earth by Kree Sentry 213 and put in a weapon depot.
Minerva of course also finds Quasar to be attractive.
But that doesn't stop her from deciding to slice off Quasar's hands in an attempt to get the bracelets (she'll just scoop out the organic material when she's done). Thanks to a mental call from Eon, though, Quasar strikes out with his light beams even though he's still unconscious. And that allows him to wake up and capture Minerva. He then gets into a fight with Captain Atlas.
But Atlas, despite being a Kree warrior, apparently doesn't know to be careful about blasting while in a spaceship so, despite Quasar's warning, he blows a hole in the hull and gets sucked out, while the ship is in hyper-space. So, after getting an explanation from Doctor Minerva, Quasar goes out and rescues him. He then tells them that he's fine with the two enhanced Kree going back to their empire and mating or whatever, but they'd better not come back to Earth again.
Then he teleports home, and goes into his closet to talk to Eon. He asks if it's possible to set up an automated defense response so that if anyone tries to mess with his bracelets again, they get zapped even if he's unconscious. Eon tells him it's possible, leaving Quasar to wonder why Eon didn't tell him sooner.
Doctor Minerva was kind of a loose end, having not been seen since the end of Captain Marvel's series. The fact that she was last seen on Earth is something that it's nice to see addressed. The Quasar book is at its best delving into these backwater continuity issues. It is a little unusual how the information Gruenwald wanted to tell us, which is that Minerva has found a way to bypass the Kree's genetic problem really has nothing to do with the main plot, which is basically "Oh, hey, while we're here let's grab those quantum bands, too!". In fact, this issue is relatively drama free unless you thrill to scenes of Quasar hanging on a yellow band of light in a blank panel representing hyperspace.
But that's fine. Quasar is basically playing a role similar to the Fantastic Four in the Silver Age, except he's exploring forgotten concepts instead of new ones. He doesn't have to get into a huge super-brawl every issue.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Like last issue, this story takes place at the same time as Avengers #314-318. At this point it's said that the Avengers have been away in space for "over a week".
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showCaptain Atlas, Doctor Minerva, Eon, Halflife (Avengers villain), Kayla Ballantine, Kenjiro Tanaka, Quasar
It's interesting Atlas uses the term meta-human when that's now DC's preferred term for superpowered people. I think they first started using it during Invasion and it grew more prevalent through the 90s. Pretty sure DC didn't create it, though.
Posted by: Robert | April 27, 2015 3:51 PM
"The term as a referent to superheroes began in 1986 by author George R. R. Martin, first in the Superworld role playing system, and then later in his Wild Cards series of novels."
That's from the wiki entry on metahuman - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metahuman
Posted by: clyde | April 27, 2015 4:26 PM
It's SAID the the Avengers have been in space for over a week but the actual STORY in Avengers 314-318 makes it seem like they were in space for less than 24 hours.
Posted by: Michael | April 27, 2015 9:21 PM
This book took a quality dive when Manley became the regular penciler. I think I only stuck it out for a few issues after this.
Posted by: Bob | April 29, 2015 2:44 AM
Same for me Bob.
Posted by: Grom | August 14, 2015 9:24 AM
The continuity between Quasar and Avengers #314-318 is garish. Worsened by Quasar showing up in #317-318 mentioning all his adventures he's had in his solo book while in his solo book he's mentioning that Avengers story while having the adventures he mentions in Avengers.
Posted by: AF | April 19, 2016 3:53 PM
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