Characters Appearing: Alec Dalton (Dauntless), Andy Black (Guvnor), Dragonfly (Andre LeRoux), Gog (Owen Llewelyn), Invincible (Joseph Hauer), Punisher, Robin Pembridge, Sarah Wilde, Xantia
Super Soldiers #8
Issue(s): Super Soldiers #8
Two of the three new characters - Xantia and Andre LeRoux - leave the team. Xantia is assigned to another government agency, and LeRoux decides to go back to the United States. Small print in their contracts prevents the rest of the Super Soldiers from protesting the new arrangement.
Mercy already has an army of super-soldiers, some of whom have been protecting a dictator in a Caribbean country called Yaritagua. The dictator had been a target of the Punisher thanks to his involvement in drug trade. But at the end of this issue, Mercy gets a better offer from the dictator's enemies. Mercy decides that instead of getting involved directly, they'll just let the Punisher kill him.
And that's how the issue, and the series, ends. It's not even a cliffhanger, exactly. The Super Soldier characters never even get formally assigned to the Yaritagua mission, so we can just assume that the Punisher does go ahead and kill the dictator and probably kills the guys that were conspiring against him too. The Super Soldiers probably just languished in obscurity at Mercy Corp. Mercy was actually conspiring to dissect them to try to find out how they stay stable unlike their homegrown super soldiers, so maybe they're all dead (the main Super Soldier, Joseph Hauer, will be mentioned in a Civil War handbook, though).
This issue's plot doesn't get started and it doesn't have the artist that was on the rest of the series, and it feels kind of dry compared to the rest of the series. It's missing most of the characterization and humor. But this issue aside, it's a shame that the series was cancelled. A lot of the first wave of Marvel UK books had potential but weren't executed very well. This series came a little later. If anything, the concept of the series was a little more generic, but it more than made up for it with fun writing and pretty good art. So i'm actually more disappointed by the cancellation of this than, say, Warheads.
It's not clear from the timeline what was causing Marvel UK books to get cancelled. It's not like they were cancelled all at once, and they were continuing to launch new books. So this getting killed mid-story doesn't make immediate sense. It seems the priority was to keep launching new #1s, either in the hope that something would immediately hit it big (like Death's Head II did, i guess) or just because #1s themselves would sell. At least for the most part new books were launched as mini-series, sometimes just 2 issues in length, which would avoid scenarios like this.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The reason why many of the UK books dated Nov 93 and later were cancelled- often very abruptly- was because of the collapse of the comics market in 1993 due to the glut.
Posted by: Michael | March 3, 2017 7:52 PM
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