Saturday, October 16, 2021

 

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Marvel’s New Universe returns in a series of one-shots, including the Psi-Force team that Joseph Self reviews here. Then, Marvel’s devastating House of M, Avengers Disassembled, and Decimation storylines force the government’s hand in creating a new sort of law enforcement… based on some familiar models.

 

Untold Tales of the New Universe: Psi-Force

Marvel’s New Universe, where the mysterious White Event introduced paranormal abilities to a world previously power-free, debuted in 1986. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary, these Untold Tales revisit popular titles like Justice, D.P.7, and Nightmask.

The teenaged members of Psi-Force were gathered by rogue CIA agent Emmett Proudstar to protect them from his employers. Psychic himself, Emmett taught the kids to combine their abilities to form the Psi-Hawk. Unfortunately, he was killed soon after.

On their own, the team is confronted by Emmett’s cousin Michael, another CIA agent determined to recapture the runaways. Not surprisingly, Michael has powers of his own, and his mission soon becomes a deadly battle of Psi-Hawk vs. Psi-Hawk!

The original series, featuring early work by Danny Fingeroth, Fabian Nicieza and Ron Lim, was one of the few NU titles to last 32 issues before cancellation.

 

 

 

Sentinel Squad O*N*E

Considering the events of Marvel’s House of M, Avengers Disassembled, and Decimation storylines, it’s no wonder that the government wanted it’s own super-hero team. Of course, any government team should not only beat the snot out of everyone else, but be easily repaired when it doesn’t. Being 100 feet tall is always nice, too.

Funded by the Office of National Emergency (O*N*E), the Squad utilizes human-piloted Sentinel armor designed by Tony Stark (aka Iron Man)… his variation on the giant robots best known for giving the mutant X-Men so much trouble. With Valerie Cooper (from X-Factor, and numerous government-related stories) and James Rhodes (who, as both Iron Man and War Machine, is very comfortable with WMD-class suits) handling the leadership chores, Sentinel Squad O*N*E is ready to face any threat, from your average super-villain (or hero…) to the planet-devouring Galactus!

 

 

 

 

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at notestoself@msn.com.

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