New Warriors #27
Issue(s): New Warriors #27
Speedball messes up and attacks the guy in the familiar Rage costume, forgetting that he just gave Rage a new costume last issue. And the doppelganger gets away.
Speedball explains that Rage wasn't included in the Warriors that are with the other heroes dealing directly with the Infinity War situation because
Rage tells Speedball that his own doppelganger is said to be on a rampage in his hometown, so Speedball heads there. Rage then has a rematch with his doppelganger, and absorbs it.
Speedball makes it all the way from Manhattan to Connecticut in apparent record time. He finds that his town has turned against him, thanks to the actions of the doppelganger. Speedball is at least able to demonstrate a new use of his powers, stopping the bullets fired at him by the police.
Speedball then catches up with his doppelganger, which is attacking his mother.
Hmmmmm. Dark Speedball looks a little different than Penance.
Speedball is able to stop the doppelganger with another unusual use of his powers. Note that unlike Rage, he's completely rejecting his dark side.
Speedball's father, who was leading the police against the doppelganger, finds out that his son is Speedball.
Meanwhile, Rage finds that he's more violent, and doesn't like it.
But when Speedball meets up with him again at the end, Rage says that he can control his dark side.
We do get a fun moment with the rest of the team, with Nova bragging about being put on the expeditionary force.
Night Thrasher says it's because Captain America is still holding a grudge against the Warriors over the whole stealing a Quinjet thing. I'd say that most of the adult heroes probably have a problem bringing teenagers into space to fight a mega threat like (they think) Thanos, but Nova does have deep space experience moreso than the others.
Speedball seems to cover an implausible amount of distance in what i'd think was meant to be a short amount of time. And the evil twin thing is inherently silly, but of course that's what Fabian Nicieza was stuck with. And i actually think this is one of the better Infinity War tie-ins, in part because it doesn't just repeat scenes from the main series. It uses the opportunity to look at how Speedball and Rage deal with their dark sides, and it gives us some developments for Speedball, both powerwise and in terms of his father discovering his secret ID. Artwise, this is the second issue by Darick Robertson, who is following Mark Bagley. I find the art at times to be alarmingly zany looking, but then again we are dealing with Dark Speedball, so what should i expect?
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place during Infinity War #3. At the end of that issue, just as the expeditionary force is leaving, we see Speedball show up with the pizza. Both Rage and Speedball's doppelgangers are named - Enraged and Blackball - but these are their only appearances.
Crossover: Infinity War
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showAngel, Beast, Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Captain America, Colossus, Cyclops, Darkhawk, Firestar, Havok, Henry Pym, Hercules, Hulk, Human Torch, Iceman, Jean Grey, Justin Baldwin, Maddie Baldwin, Madrox the Multiple Man, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Northstar, Nova (Rich Rider), Psylocke, Puck, Quicksilver, Rage, Rogue, Sasquatch, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Silhouette, Speedball, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Storm, Strong Guy, Thing, Thunderstrike, Vision, Wild Child, Wolfsbane, Wolverine, Wonder Man
"Blackball" somehow reminds me of Captain Pollution, Captain Planet's "evil twin."
Posted by: Thanos6 | April 5, 2016 5:26 PM
Some guys try to murder Speedball, and he's so conscientious, he doesn't even let the bullets bounce off him because they could hit his attackers. Weird for him to get picked as one of the poster children for reckless heroes.
Posted by: Mortificator | April 5, 2016 6:54 PM
@Mortificator- to be accurate, these were cops tricked by the Magus, not normal murderers. But you're right, Speedball being the poster boy for careless heroes never made sense. As this story demonstrates, Robbie and his father don't get along because they're so much alike- the same strong sense of right-and-wrong.
Posted by: Michael | April 5, 2016 9:10 PM
So the Magus deems Speedball important enough to get a doppelganger, but what about the Kree and Shi'ar heroes, isn't he worried about other races than humans? And how do these doppelgangers do anything important, they don't stop any heroes and are constantly defeated, some threat the Magus is...
I love the zanier aspects of the art though.
Posted by: PeterA | April 6, 2016 1:59 AM
It wasn't scanned, but I liked the opening splash of Speedball bouncing around carrying a stack of pizzas. Nova trolling the rest of the team is pretty good too though.
Posted by: Red Comet | April 6, 2016 11:51 AM
"how do these doppelgangers do anything important, they don't stop any heroes and are constantly defeated, some threat the Magus is..."
Posted by: clyde | April 6, 2016 2:31 PM
Not a fan of Rage's new outfit. The original had its problems, but I can see a young kid who doesn't have a lot to spend putting on a luchador mask and a leather jacket and thinking "Yeah, now I'm cool!" This new thing is just very bland.
Posted by: Berend | April 8, 2016 7:38 AM
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