Marvel Premiere #55
Issue(s): Marvel Premiere #55
Wonder Man bluffs his way into his old headquarters and finds that it's being run by a mysterious female Director, who employs cartoonish Mafia thugs.
Failing to learn anything more that way, Simon seeks out a former employee of his, and learns that he was indeed forced out by the Maggia. The employee was then blacklisted and forced to find employment as a novelty gift store owner. His wife and kids have left him.
Simon decides that's enough to go back to the factory and smash it up (evidence, schmevidence). The novelty store guy goes with him, and brings whoopee cushions.
Inside the factory, Wonder Man encounters the Director and has to fight a Dreadnought.
Wonder Man handles the Dreadnought with ease, but hey, he's Wonder Man.
The Director escapes and the factory is blown up. The novelty store owner is killed in the explosion.
A little cutesy is some ways, but this could easily have been an issue of Michelinie & Layton's Iron Man that just happened to not feature Iron Man.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Has to take place after Avengers #193, since that's where Wonder Man first learns that his former company has possibly been taken over by the Maggia. This story is followed up on in Iron Man #138-139 and needs to take place prior to that. I've placed this between Wonder Man's appearance in Avengers #200 and Iron Man #138. The Director here is almost certainly meant to be Madame Masque (or rather, her Bio-Duplicate, as with all her appearances at this time), but the MCP doesn't list her as appearing here. The MCP also places this story before Avengers #192-193, so i suspect a detailed analysis of this issue just wasn't done there (not meant as a knock, at all. Just justifying my deviation from them).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showMadame Masque Bio-Duplicate, Wonder Man
The MCP took its placement from Murray Ward's Avengers Index 4. (I don't know why Ward put it where he did.)
Posted by: Michael | July 2, 2013 7:39 PM
The title refers to the Chuck Norris film "A Force of One".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 5, 2013 4:32 PM
This reminds of the Wonder Man one-shot. Decent, but disappointing, in that the story isn't all the good, the art doesn't stand out and it really doesn't do much which Simon's character. Wonder Man was so great in the Avengers with Beast and they just couldn't figure out what to do with him other than that.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 22, 2015 6:59 AM
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