In 1994, Topps Comics brought back Captain Victory in Victory #1 for the first time since Jack Kirby’s final issue on the character 10 years earlier.
This issue featured the talents of writer Kurt Busiek, penciler Keith Giffen, and inker Jimmy Palmiotti. This is an impressive collection of talent, but with only a single issue to work with, it’s tough to tell where they are going.
This issue was part 1 of a 5 part mini-series. Unfortunately, the series was cancelled after a single issue.
According to Busiek, “Victory was a crossover, bringing together all the established Kirbyverse characters and reintroducing Captain Victory [of the 1981-1984 Pacific Comics series Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers]”.
Victory was part of a larger plan to use Kirbyverse characters, original creator-owned characters from Kirby. There were 9 titles in total, none of which lasted for more than 5 issues. Topps was out of the comic book business entirely by the end of 1998.
Where to read Victory #1:
- Search for back issues or
- Victory digital comics or reprints not available
Previously – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #13
Victory #1 seems like it is just setting up all of the major characters who were supposed to be in the mini-series. This includes Bombast, Captain Glory, Captain Victory, Nightglider, Satan’s Six, Silver Star, and the TeenAgents. That’s a lot of characters in one issue.
Because we meet so many characters – mostly ones that I wasn’t familiar with – it’s tough to get a handle on what the story. I’m certain we would have learned more about them in coming issues, but it’s tough to differentiate between them here.
There are a lot of big science fiction ideas included in this issue. There are robots and a whole lot of action that can be tough to keep up with. The writing and art are good, but I didn’t think it was beginner friendly for people who are new to these characters.
I specifically read this issue to see Captain Victory, who has loose ties to Kirby’s Fourth World from DC Comics. Unfortunatley, there isn’t much to go off of. He doesn’t show up until late in the story and only gets a couple of lines.
We do, however, get a good look at Captain Victory’s major villain Lightning Lady. It seems she was being set up for a big role in the future. Could she have been leading an invasion with her Insecton bugs?
Overall, there are a lot of interesting ideas and characters in this first issue, but it is challenging to actually review it. I would certainly have been willing to read more issues of it to see how it would play out, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.
Reviving Kirby’s creator-owned characters was a good idea by Topps Comics. However, for other reasons, these series were never given much of a chance for success. These characters still belong to the Kirby estate. Many of them have recently been used by Dynamite Entertainment as part of their Kirby: Genesis title and spin-offs.
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