A new threat emerges in the battle with the Insectons in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #3.
With her normal troops not enough against the Galactic Rangers, Lightning Lady creates Show-Stopper, a massive Insecton that only knows destruction.
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Previously – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #2
The Rangers have decided to stay on Earth, but are unsure how to advance in their battle with the Insectons. If they get to close to the Hive, they believe the Insectons will simply blow everything up.
Major Klavus wants to destroy all the Insectons, even if it means risking human life. Captain Victory stands up for the humans, as he believes they shouldn’t risk their lives in a battle.
The Rangers then discover what the Insectons had done with all of the human hostages they took in the previous episode. It appears they are all dead. This makes the Earth Sheriff want to destroy all the Insectons, doing whatever it takes to stop them.
The infantry from spaceship Tiger is released. Mister Mind believes he can help and wants to join in the battle. Captain Victory denies him, citing some strange cosmic law that he must follow.
We then see what Lightning Lady was working on in the previous issue. She has built “Show-Stopper”, a massive super-powered Insecton that knows only to destroy whatever is in it’s path.
The Rangers begin to attack, but none of the Insectons show up to battle. They quickly see the massive Show-Stopper and realize they are overmatched.
Mister Mind disobeyed Victory’s order and shows up to the battle anyway. He is able to use some wicked psychological power to get the Show-Stopper to stop. Mister Mind then suggests that he and Captain Victory go straight for Lightning Lady, as she is the source of all the trouble.
Finally, it appears the United States military has shown up to the battle. I was wondering what it would take in this small town to get anyone’s attention. Of course, we don’t know how much time has passed. The troops could have been mobilized within a couple of hours of the start of the invasion.
The fact that the military shows up makes me think that this is set in a universe without superheroes. If it was set, say in the DC Comics universe, you have to imagine an invasion like this would catch Superman and other’s attention.
I’m interested in seeing more of the backstory of the cosmic characters. There have been a few references to what their culture might be like, but it hasn’t been expanded on very much. I think there is good potential for some unique stories to come from this.
This series seems to be settling into it’s groove and is quite enjoyable. Kirby’s writing style is always full of energy, which makes it seem like you are going through it fast. The fact that there are only 14 total issues makes it feel like it is going fast as well.
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