Appearing in "...The Whites of Their Eyes"
Synopsis for "...The Whites of Their Eyes"
Mystery men of the 1940's, released from Pandora's Urn, are popping up all over the globe. A red-and-blue clad, boomerang wielding figure emerges from the fabled sewers of Paris in time to see a street riot in progress...
Meanwhile, in New York City, the Fighting Yank and the Green Lama fight for their lives against the robotic Dynamic Family and their mechanical hordes. The Black Terror claws his way back up the side of the skyscraper and rejoins the fray, but seems just as concerned with the fate of his kid sidekick Tim (Kid Terror) as he does with the struggle at hand. Now that they know their opponents are robots instead of flesh and blood, the heroes battle with furious abandon. With a massive rumbling, huge trees and vines suddenly sprout from the heart of the Dynamic Forces headquarters; the Green Lama is using his meta-natural abilities to transport himself and his allies away from the lopsided fight.
In Paris, the mysterious stranger saves a law enforcement officer from the rioters, taking down a few members of the mob in the process. After their escape it's revealed that the officer is a woman who identifies the mob as a group of terrorists and herself as Justine. The stranger remains ever silent.
Back in Shangri-La after their escape from the Dynamic Family, the heroes discuss what they've experienced. The American Spirit is of the belief that the urn's destruction has released the imprisoned mystery men who are likely to reappear randomly around the globe. The Black Terror continues to threaten Fighting Yank's life, while the ghostly Bruce Carter I continues to try to sway his descendant away from The American Spirit.
War is being waged in the Middle East. The United States has replaced its traditional human soldiers with the F-Troop: the reanimated corpses of soldiers killed in previous wars. The war's goal is to destroy the world's petroleum source, which will prompt industrialized nations to switch to a new synthetic fuel created and monopolized by Dynamic Forces. Not coincidentally, Dynamic Forces also controls the U.S. military and is fighting the war with the undead F-Troop soldiers which are also Dynamic's patented creation. Acting as a pair of thorns in Dynamic's side are the heroes Samson (possessed of superhuman strength and the ability to repel ballistic missles) and The Scarab (clad in powered stealth armor), who meet and join forces to battle the F-Troop.
The Flame appears in Hollywood, California; disoriented and frantic to find Flame Girl (Linda), he accidentally sets the famous “Hollywood” sign on fire with his flame pistol. In Shangri-La, Black Terror, also frantic to find his old sidekick, argues with The American Spirit and decks Fighting Yank. In New York, the Dynamic Family is unable to destroy the meta-natural greenery which has overrun their skyscraper; they've called on The Crusaders to deal with the returned heroes...
- Fighting Yank's War Journal entry for this issue:
- This issue also contains a two-page spread of full color character designs by Alex Ross.
- The Death Defying 'Devil (the silent mystery man from the Paris sequences) was originally named Daredevil back in the 1940's. He made his debut in Silver Streak Comics #6 in 1940, and later carried his own title until 1950 when he was dropped from his own book; his “sidekick team” The Little Wise Guys then became the title's main feature until the magazine was discontinued in 1956. Marvel Comics subsequently used (and trademarked) the name “Daredevil” for a somewhat similar character, making the name unavailable for use by Dynamite Entertainment. The original Daredevil was rechristened “The Death-Defying 'Devil”, acknowledging the shortened character name by the use of an apostrophe every time the moniker “'Devil” appears in the various Project Superpowers titles.
- Although it's stated in Issue #0 that The Scarab is a “new character” created by Alex Ross, he bears a close resemblance to the original Blue Beetle, who debuted in Fox Publications' 1939 Mystery Men Comics; much later the character was acquired by Charlton Comics and still later by DC Comics.
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