Issue(s): Quasar #12
It's actually Quasar's fault that he's in this situation. He volunteered to take the Blood Brothers from the Vault so that they could be "deported" from Earth, and he brought them to Mars to fight.
It seems the idea was that he'd beat them up to convince them to never return to Earth, but Quasar also wonders if he subconsciously wanted to get beaten up to take his mind off his own feelings of ineptitude. That doesn't make any sense (to take your mind off being inept, you do something even more inept?) but Gruenwald is pushing hard the idea introduced last issue that Quasar is not handling his new responsibilities and abilities that well. Quasar does manage to pull himself out of the beating he's getting, and then he just strands the Brothers on Mars with a warning not to return to Earth.
After a brief check-in at the office of his civilian identity's career, where it turns out that H.D. Steckley is pulling off her challenge of bringing in five new customers in return for getting hired, Quasar goes into his magic closet and gets huffy about all the time his father is spending with Eon.
After that, Quasar decides to get more proactive about his mission of finding the alien that is going to try to kill Eon, so he flies back into space and uses his powers to create a net around the Earth that will notify him whenever there are "highly energetic power manifestations". Wonder Man had earlier told Quasar that Makkari, who Quasar inadvertently knocked out last issue, woke up and left the Avengers West Coast compound. Quasar's energy net locates Makkari, and so Quasar goes after him again. Makkari has no idea who he is, though, so they get into a minor fight.
It's a new look for Makkari, much more generic than his normal Kirby-fied appearance.
Makkari explains that he'd been training with an Eternal guru named Master Elo, who was showing him how to increase his speed. Makkari was testing out his newly speedy abilities last issue. But now that he's returned to Master Elo's cave, he's found that Elo has been kidnapped by Deviants. So Makkari and Quasar go to rescue him.
While they're investigating the Deviant city of Lemuria, Quasar winds up getting in the middle of an arena fight between Ran-sak the Reject and Tutinax.
One of Tutinax's powers is to cause people to see their fears. Quasar is still having anger issues regarding his dad, and Tutinax takes the shape of his father.
Meanwhile, Quasar's real father, composing a note in response to their altercation earlier, has a heart attack.
Tutinax defeats Quasar and is only stopped from killing him by the revival of Reject. But once Reject is finished with Tutinax, he turns to kill Quasar as well. Luckily, at that point, Makkari has rescued Master Elo and is able to snatch Quasar away from the battle and out of the city. Still angry at his father, Quasar doesn't go home and sleeps in his office instead, waking up only when H.D. Steckley shows up to demand to be hired. And meanwhile, Eon confirms that Quasar's father is dead.
This book can always be counted on to have a lot going on.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: In Avengers #324, Quasar mentions the energy detection net that he sets up here, so this issue takes place before that arc.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBlood Brothers, Eon, Gilbert Vaughn, Kayla Ballantine, Kenjiro Tanaka, Kro, Maelstrom, Makkari, Moondragon, Quasar, Ransak the Reject, Tutinax, Wonder Man
Fnord, should Maelstrom be listed as a character appearing? We later find out he used his powers to cause Quasar's father's heart attack.
Posted by: Michael | June 15, 2015 7:47 PM
As long as he did it directly (i.e. it wasn't a slow acting poison or via a robot or something that he could send in advance), then yes. I'm assuming that's the case and i've added him. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 15, 2015 9:19 PM
Yeah, he did it directly. This is build-up to my favorite story of all-time.
Posted by: Thanos6 | June 15, 2015 9:23 PM
Master Elo doesn't rate a "characters appearing" since he never shows up again, but he has a strange magic, and I can't get it out of my head...
Posted by: Andrew | November 18, 2016 7:12 PM
Dammit, Andrew, now you have a bunch of songs stuck in my head, too. If your name was Andrea, I'd say you were an evil woman.
Posted by: Thanos6 | November 19, 2016 5:16 PM
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