The Wonder Warriors attack the Rangers on their ship in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #9.
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Previously – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #8
Captain Victory’s spaceship is struggling as it zooms through hyper-space. Victory heads to level 2 to visit with the strange, sentient dimensional creature that he talks to as if is female. “She” has apparently been transferred to a small device that they can communicate with.
Egghead stops in for a visit with Victory and Major Klavus. Egghead earns a promotion to private first class in exchange for some intelligence he has. Egghead reveals that the dimensional creature is from the 8th dimension and does not see people the same way we do.
The Galactic Rangers come across a cosmic junkyard of spaceships. Apparently, four felons that are wanted by Ranger Center are some kind of space pirates. They stole all valuables from the ships and murdered the crews.
We are then introduced to the Wonder Warriors as they attack Victory’s ship. We are then introduced to Finarkin the Fearless (Glory Hunter), Bloody Marrien, and we again see Ursan the Unclean. They claim they have the power of gods.
Ursan comes aboard Dreadnaught Tiger and seems eager to fight with the Galactic Rangers. Egghead is able to knock down Ursan with a hidden cartridge when they shake hands. It cleans Ursan of any bacteria in his system, making him harmless.
Quadrant X is again referenced in this issue. This time, it is by Egghead. He gives a little bit of information about it, but I’m not sure if he can be trusted.
The backup story this issue focuses on young Martius Klavus and “The Unseen World”. Klavus’ grandfather, Caesar, gives a history lesson on the background of their planet. The Sandurak version of the Roman Empire has lasted for more than 900 years. Apparently, the Roman Empire still lives on there.
The young Klavus backup story is interesting, but I’m not sure where Kirby is going with it. I enjoy learning about the culture of the people from Sandurak, especially because Klavus is such a key player. I’m just hoping the Roman Empire aspect of it ties in with the main story in future issues.
The cartridge that Egghead used on the ship to defeat Ursan on the ship was very reminiscent of a story in Forever People. In that series, Kirby often had the characters use cosmic cartridges when help was necessary. They could perform a variety of tasks. I’m not sure if Kirby used these in any other work, but it seems like a hint that these stories could be related.
The Wonder Warriors are an interesting collection of characters, but we still have a lot to learn about them. We have gotten brief glimpses of their origin, but we don’t know much about them or what they want. Are they just generic bad guys? I’m guessing I”ll find out within the next couple of issues.
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