New Warriors #73-75
Issue(s): New Warriors #73, New Warriors #74, New Warriors #75
(I should note that this also puts to rest the speculation - see Captain Marvel #1, which he scripted - that "D. Coye" was a pseudonym or something; it turns out that he worked at Marvel as an "art-returns guy").
We saw in New Warriors #67 that Turbo (Michiko) was getting antsy about being a superhero and wanting to strike out on her own and use the suit to explore the world. But it seems she got sidetracked, so in this issue she gets a push when Danny Jones, the son of the Torpedo, shows up at Mike's home, demanding the suit back.
This causes Michiko to call the New Warriors together. They do a review of the suit's history. The new information, which would have been in the Turbo #1 script, is that Mike Jefferies found the Torpedo suit in his parents' attic (the Jefferies are related to the Brocks; Danny is Mike's "second cousin")...
...and gave it to his friend Michiko to use for a Halloween party.
At the party, they were attacked by Rocketeers (there was a tracker in the suit that activated once it was put on).
The flashback ends there, but it's said that Michiko handled the Rocketeers, who were just people who worked at the lab where the original Rocketeer armor was built.
Wearing the Turbo/Torpedo armor greatly enhances Volx's powers.
She steals Friday!
That attracts the attention of Garthan Saal, the current Nova.
Meanwhile, the Mad Thinker has kidnapped Cut (who he refers to as Sharpe, which is i guess his civilian name) from the weird Undertow goon squad.
He mind-probes Cut anonymously sends the information to Night Thrasher. Thrasher and Rage use the information to rescue Namorita, who has been a prisoner of Undertow for some 20 issues now.
This is all wrapped up quickly. As noted by Michael in the comments for the previous Undertow story (New Warriors #54-56), this wasn't the intended resolution to the Namorita situation, but Evan Skolnick took his time getting to that and now the series is cancelled.
Thrasher then traces the tip back to the Thinker and, with Rage and Namorita, confronts him. The Thinker reveals that he has a nephew, David, with uncontrollable fire powers. He says that he's already accessed research from people like Mr. Fantastic and Professor X and found no way to cure David. He says the reason he's been monitoring and helping the New Warriors all along is that he expected that the Warriors would find a way to help David and welcome him to the team. The idea was supposed to be that the young Warriors would be more open than an established, older group. But it's moot anyway because by now the Warriors have became "hardened" by the grim & gritty 90s.
One of the elements of the fight against Volx is that everyone is willing to just blow Friday out of the sky. Only Alex is treating Friday like a real conscious entity. But he doesn't really make a strong case; he just simpers that Friday is his friend.
This is a world where plenty of AI lifeforms exist and are treated as real people (the Vision, Machine Man, etc.) so there really shouldn't be any question about treating Friday as a living being.
During the same chase, Firestar proposes to Justice.
Meanwhile, Volx recreates a Neutralizer using Friday's databanks, with the plan of wiping out all of Earth's superpowered people's powers so that she can then wipe Earth out. The Neutralizer is to be powered with the Torpedo suit.
Night Thrasher, Rage, and Namorita rejoin the team for the final fight against Volx. The non-powered Rich Rider also participates.
I feel like Namorita should have been restored to "pink" skin, both as a "put your toys away" end-of-the-series things and also for her "out of the blue... in more ways than one" line to make sense.
Garthan Saal is killed during the fight, and he passes the Nova power back to Rich. The Neutralizer is detonated early, causing only a local effect, but that doesn't prevent Night Thrasher from killing Volx with his wrist blade.
The plan is to bring the Neutralizer back to the Mad Thinker to help David. Unfortunately for the Thinker, he's got too many irons in the fire. He's messing around with Thor for reasons unknown at this point, and in the course of that story (Thor #498-501) he gets his mind blown. So we'll never know if he's able to help "David" (who doesn't appear again, in any event). To be clear, there's no coordination between this story and Thor. The Thinker is shown to be in prison in the Thor issues, which i guess means he's doing the thing where he projects his body into a robotic double for this story.
Other fallout for this series: Timeslip seems to have permanently lost her powers. Turbo decides to keep the armor, but, now that Mike is dead, she says she might share it with Hindsight Lad. Alex, upset about the treatment of Friday (whose personality core survives), decides to quit the team ("Power Pack would've found a way that didn't end with Friday in pieces").
This series goes out on a high note. I love all of the history behind the Turbo/Torpedo suit and this story makes good use of it. There's even a pay-off to the idea that the Torpedo suit was made by the Wraiths as a copy of Galadorian armor, since that's what allows it to power the Neutralizer. And you really can't go wrong with a Dire Wraith piloting a Kymellian Smartship while fighting a Xandarian. It's what the Marvel universe is all about. This run kind of makes me regret skipping a good portion of Evan Skolnick's run, but then i remember Undertow (Right and Wrong! Cut and Dry!) and things like that. It's also the case that the New Warriors became too much of a "franchise" with Night Thrasher and Nova spin-offs (and a Justice mini) and the forced connection to Spider-Man. It was just too much to keep up with. It's even said that the reason the team was so bloated with newer members (including Turbo) is because the plan was to split them across two books after issue #50.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Mad Thinker appears here before Thor #498-501.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAdmiral Protocol, Cut, Danny Jones, Dark, Dry, Firestar, Friday, Gee, General Obsidian, Helix, Hindsight Lad, Justice, Light, Mad Thinker, Mexxa Rien, Namorita, Niels, Night Thrasher, Nova (Rich Rider), Nova-Prime, Primus, Rage, Right, Sparrow (Air Force), Speedball, Timeslip, Turbo, Turbo II, Volx, Wrong
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