This Week in Comics — 2011/03/09

Heroes for Hire #4

The Pup­pet Mas­ter’s con­trol over Misty (only here did I see that her real name is Mer­cedes) Knight is quick­ly dete­ri­o­rat­ing, and despite his efforts, she is able to break free of his hold and emerge from the fan­ta­sy land dream state she was trapped in. The Pup­pet Mas­ter is in for a world of hurt, but he has a back­up plan, in the form of the Pun­ish­er (who knows Misty and has pro­vid­ed some mate­r­i­al assis­tance to her and her part­ner Colleen. which might the only way she could sur­vive.) It is assumed that he is also under the con­trol of the Pup­pet Master.

We also see that the Pup­pet Mas­ter is work­ing for a mys­te­ri­ous supe­ri­or, who sup­plied the advanced tech­nol­o­gy that inter­faced with her bion­ic arm that facil­i­tat­ed his con­trol over her. This is cer­tain­ly a far cry from the radioac­tive clay he nor­mal­ly uses to con­trol his vic­tims but it also demon­strates that he knows more about the mind and how to con­trol it than nor­mal­ly shown.

Legion of Super-Villains

Even though Sat­urn Queen is sup­pos­ed­ly safe­ly locked away on Tarkon-Gal­tos, held in a cell that should restrict her tele­path­ic pow­ers, she is some­how able to con­trol the war­den into releas­ing her. That is only the begin­ning, as she starts a gen­er­al riot to cov­er her own escape, along with a small, select group of fol­low­ers (includ­ing her fel­low LSV founder Light­ning Lord, who is not lik­ing her assump­tion of author­i­ty, but not Cos­mic King, inter­est­ing­ly enough.)

Her pur­pose? She has gone beyond the lim­it­ing scope of good and evil and has embraced chaos as the fun­da­men­tal right of exis­tence, and is will­ing to destroy the three worlds which sym­bol­ize law in the uni­verse. She is appar­ent­ly work­ing for a high­er pow­er, whose sym­bol is the blue flame that ris­es from her hand and binds her group to her purpose.

The first world she attempts is the strongest defend­ed, Oa, the for­mer home of the Guardians and the spon­sors of the Green Lanterns: even though the Green Lanterns were almost com­plet­ed destroyed, the Lantern Corps is now being rebuilt. But they aren’t need­ed to defend Oa, it has oth­er defens­es Sat­urn Queen is unable to pierce at this time. Instead, the pow­er that guides her directs her to anoth­er, stranger tar­get: the Rock of Infin­i­ty, the for­mer home of the wiz­ard Shaz­am and the source of mag­ic and the pow­ers of the Mar­vel fam­i­ly, as well as the cen­ter of belief in the uni­verse. Unable to dam­age it by nor­mal means, it is shat­tered when anoth­er mys­ti­cal plan­et (Gem­world, maybe?) is thrown against it. Sat­urn Queen and her entourage leave before they see that there was some­one trapped with­in it that oth­er world has now been released, most like­ly not the pow­er whose orders she is following.

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