The origin of Captain Victory is complete in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #13, Jack Kirby’s final issue on the series.
Issue #13 continues the origin story that began in issue #11. We have seen a young Victory, and now we get to see him on his way to become a captain of the Galactic Ranger Corps.
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Previously – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #12
This issue opens up with a young Victory in training to become a Galactic Ranger. He is a lieutenant along with his training partner Alaria. The pair appear to be romantically involved.
Alaria discovers that Victory is not like the other beings on this planet. She think he may be one of the gods and could be thousands of years old. Victory doesn’t explain himself to her.
The duo returns from their training. Alaria is reassigned to a different department. Victory proves very skilled in commanding battle and quickly rises up the ranks. He even brings in the wanted criminal Randa, the Runner.
We continue to see Victory move forward in his Ranger training. As he rises up the ranks, he continues to see the horror of cosmic war and battle. One of the Rangers that he finds dead is Alaria, which seems to upset Victory. He is soon given control over his own ship, the Dreadnaught Tiger.
And with that, Kirby’s work on Captain Victory is completed. It was certainly an interesting series. There are plenty of fascinating ideas and great science fiction action, but the story doesn’t always come together. Many of the characters were very interesting and unique, but not given much time to develop.
I’ve enjoyed everything Kirby did with Captain Victory, but after 13 issues I still feel like I don’t know him that well. The origin issues gave a little bit of background on where he came from, but we didn’t learn all that much about his personality.
It may seem like I’m down on this comic book, but this is far from a bad series. However, I am reading it right after Kirby’s Fourth World run and it feels like there is a bit of a drop off in terms of storytelling. Of course, a drop off of Kirby’s standards still would have made him one of the best comic book writers and artists out there.
The Fourth World connections were a lot of fun, but they didn’t really get anywhere until issue #12. Seeing all the Kirby technology is always fun. I will wonder how this story would have been different if it could have connected directly to New Gods.
Overall, I’m definitely now a fan of Captain Victory, Major Klavus, Tarin, and Orca. I’m hoping to read more of them in the near future.
As a connection to the Fourth World? I wouldn’t consider this series absolutely necessary. I think fans of Orion, Darkseid, and New Gods would be very interested in the origin story that lasts from issues #11-13. In particular, issue #12 would be a lot of fun for those fans.
While this is the final issue of Kirby’s work on Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, I will next rewind a few months to the one-shot special issue of the series.
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