Welcome to the second part of Balladeer’s Blog’s alternate way of handling the Marvel Comics character the Foolkiller. Marvel has changed and rebooted the character many times since his first appearance in 1974, but never in a way that has made Foolkiller click with the public the way other Marvel characters have.
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DEFENDERS Vol 1: Number 76 – LITTLE TRIGGERS (Oct 1979)
A. Synopsis of the “real” story – The Defenders (Valkyrie, Hellcat, Moondragon and the Wasp) get involved with Richard Rory, Amber Grant and the various unresolved plot threads left over from the premature cancellation of the comic book series Omega the Unknown. The Defenders search for precocious 13 year old James Michael Starling, who always had a link to Omega that not even he understood, and locate him at his old family home in Pennsylvania.
Foolkiller (Greg Salinger), with his Purification Gun.
The alien race of Protarians, who have been pursuing both Starling and Omega for months, arrive in spacecraft and try to nab the boy. The Defenders battle the aliens to protect Starling and his female friend Dian. Meanwhile in Las Vegas, the Defenders’ old foe Ruby (the orb-headed woman on the cover) and her monstrous creation she calls the Dibbuk steal the dead body of the superhero Omega. Ruby plans to dissect the corpse to see what she can learn for her various inhuman experiments on the living.
In unrelated subplots Nighthawk, in his civilian identity of millionaire Kyle Richmond, is served a restraining order forbidding him to go into action in costume until his legal problems are resolved, and the Hulk battles a shapeless creature who serves the Unnameable, a really boring villain the Defenders will fight in the near future.
Back in Pennsylvania the besieged Defenders drive off the Protarians only to see a blinding light, after which they see that Starling’s body has somehow been replaced by the late Omega’s. This odd development is the cliffhanger ending for this issue. +++
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