Characters Appearing: Admiral Protocol, Firestar, Justice, Mathemanic, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Nova (Rich Rider), Rage, Walter Rosen
New Warriors #53
Issue(s): New Warriors #53
Eventually Mathemanic comes to grips with the situation.
At the end of the issue, we see someone preparing an attack.
Not sure yet if the "Avengers In Town Brawl" is a specific reference, but i thought the "DeFalco Fired Again" headline was interesting. This is around the time that DeFalco was forced out of the EiC position. Not sure if this is just a coincidental joke or a reference to real events, and if the latter, not sure about "again".
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Despite Admiral Protocol saying that the time to strike is "now", the MCP have a couple other New Warriors appearances between this issue and next.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
According to Breevort, in a post on rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe on 5/10/96, he asked Rob Tokar to pull the lead-in pages for the "Robbie Baldwin is dead" story because Fabian left and he wasn't comfortable with the Speedball story. Evan Skolnick said in a post on rec.arts.comics.misc on 4/13/95 that when Fabian quit the book, the synopsis had already gone to the solicitations for issues 54-55, so originally Breevort told him to do a two issue arc where the scientists use a fake corpse of Robbie Baldwin to try to kidnap Speedball. Breevort changed his mind and Skolnick came up with the Rwanda story. That leads me to believe the Protocol scenes were not written by Fabian and the Speedball pages were originally supposed to run in their place. I have no idea who wrote the Protocol scenes, though.
Posted by: Michael | January 19, 2018 9:37 PM
Regarding the DeFalco Fired Again headline- apparently there was a rumor in July of 1994 that DeFalco had been fired and Fabian had been offered his job. I found a posting by a John Holbrook on 7/23/94 on rec.arts.comics.misc that he asked Fabian if it was true on AOL and Fabian denied it. So apparently the headline was referencing Fabian being asked about the rumor. However, on 10/18/94, Marvel announced that DeFalco had been fired for real. According to dcindexes, this issue came out on 9/27/94.
Posted by: Michael | January 20, 2018 3:27 PM
The Comics Journal at the time did mention Fabian as the first consideration for the post-DeFalco EIC job.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 20, 2018 3:32 PM
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