The first part of Captain Victory’s origin is revealed in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #11.
This is the first of 3 issues that explore his origin. These tales also tell how Captain Victory could be considered a continuation of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga.
Where to read Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #11:
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- Captain Victory digital comics or reprints not yet available
Previously – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #10
All of the residents on the ship are celebrating the defeat of the Wonder Warriors. Captain Victory knows that he needs to tell them the story of his youth, as well as his family history.
This issue shows us a flashback to the 8 year old version of Captain Victory. We quickly meet his warrior cousin, Big Ugly. The warrior seems eager for war. Victory does not seem to be a fan, even though Big Ugly is fighting for the good. We are also introduced to more of Victory’s family, including Brother Pias.
We then see that aKing Zarid was taken prisoner by Big Ugly. The captive is given a compressed air pill and titanium tape is put over his mouth so he can’t spit it out. The pill causes him to literally blow up with air. He becomes so large that he flies away and then blows up. Big Ugly seems to enjoy this.
We then see Captain Victory when he is 15 years old. He has become a tactician for Big Ugly’s galactic force. Victory devises a plan that will wipe out an entire planet without using any ammunition. This plan is used to threaten the water people, Falarions, on that planet.
Captain Victory becomes very upset with Big Ugly’s ways of war. Big Ugly likes to perform a preemptive strike against any population that could emerge as a threat. Victory finds this to be a tremendous waste of life.
Victory wants to learn about the people of a population. He wants to make sure they are a threat before performing any violence against them. When Big Ugly is bragging one day about destroying the Falorians, Victory snaps. The issue ends with him apparently killing Big Ugly.
There are many more connections to Kirby’s Fourth World in the issue. The Voice continues to share similarities to The Source and there a few minor references that could be taken as connections.
We also get to see Captain Victory tell the tale of how the final New Gods battle may have ended. He references a “final struggle” between good and evil. I take this as referring to the “final battle” between Orion and Darkseid. It’s interesting that according to Victory, Darkseid defeated Orion and killed him. Obviously, those names weren’t used, but that seems to be what he is implying.
We also get our first mention of the Blackmass character. We don’t find out much about him, other than the fact that he is evil. I believe we will be seeing more of him in the next couple issues. There are 2 more issues remaining to wrap up Victory’s origin as well as a single issue special.
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