Characters Appearing: Paladin
Marvel Comics Presents #21 (Paladin)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #21 (Paladin story only)
Paladin is hired by a newspaper publisher named Emmette Edison regarding his daughter, Dixie, who has been kidnapped by terrorists that demand that he liquidate his assets and give them to the poor.
It turns out the daughter isn't really kidnapped, though, and she pays him double his rate to instead deal with her father's treatment of farmers in Seattle.
Then it turns out the father was really buying the farmers' land to protect them from a Florida based country that wanted to dump toxic waste.
So Paladin is reluctantly hired to go to Florida next, and the people in Florida turn out to be blackmailed by a crime syndicate in Europe, etc., etc.. Ultimately it leads to aliens.
And that's the story.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Had this story been written now, it would have been a Deadpool story. Talking to the reader, ridiculous running gags, blatant flirting, a merc/hero for hire's adventures narrated in a light-hearted way... yeah, sounds like a Deadpool story. Talk about things being ahead of their time!
Posted by: Nate Wolf | July 3, 2017 2:54 PM
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