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We continue with Steel #39, in which the final player in the Jersey City saga arrives.

Our issue begins with a pictaresque tableau.

The only survivor is our narrator, Reggie, and it quickly becomes apparent that he's no ordinary suburban family man. One, how did he mysteriously survive the gunfire when everyone around him was slaughtered? Two, he has access to some top-of-the-line weaponry, which he equips himself with before heading to Washington, DC. There's a man he wants to see:

The inmate hints that this "Crash" fellow's original family could be next. Note Crash's blue longcoat. In a visual medium like comics, most characters have a visual trademark (not in the legal sense) to make them readily identifiable even in a crowd scene, and that coat's one of Crash's.

While all this is going down, Steel is in Zaire to rendezvous with his old pal -- the spy codenamed Double! He's a character from the Louise Simonson run on the book. I know next to nothing about him, but one or two of you have mentioned that you read some of Simonson's run. Maybe you could fill us in?

John wants Double to track down his old enemy Hazard, another Simonson character.

That's pretty much the theme of this issue: The connections to our past that remain even when we forge new lives, and our choice to let go or not.

By the way, you now have as much context for the elephants and spear-carriers as I do. We're just dropped in the middle of it, without anything in the way of explanation.

John calls Natasha to tell her he's going to be making a stop in Washington, DC before coming home. Colonel Weston (again, Simonson run), one of his suspects in the implant matter, is in prison there.

Meanwhile, "Reggie"/Crash is still in DC. He realizes his original family's in potential danger and he has to do something about that.

Perhaps you see where this is headed?

John and Crash stare at each other for a bit, then Crash walks off.

Okay, some background info: It was established during Simonson's run that Clay Irons, Nat's father and John's brother, was killed in a drive-by when Nat was young. But the events of this issue would seem to tell a different tale.

The issue ends with John ruling out his only two suspects for the implant. Both Weston and Hazard basically tell him, "I consider our rivalry over. I've moved on to new endeavors, and none of them involve you. I had nothing to do with any implant." The super-villains have moved on.

Date: 2010-11-10 03:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eightleggedbeast
I want to read this whole thing. Skorpio is my consolenspiration.

Random trivia

Date: 2010-11-10 05:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bewareofgeek
The person sitting on the step in DC is the "Candace" Natasha has been on the phone with in earlier issues.

She also happens to be Priest's real-life cousin (who was the basis for his take on Nat).

Date: 2010-11-10 06:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] omnipotent
I kind of dig the semi-sketchy quality to the art.

Date: 2010-11-11 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
See, 'Double' there is just what was wrong with the previous run. Why is he called Double? What's Double-ish about him? Why is he wearing Cable's spare belts? Who knows?
I'm not sure I really approve of Steel flying around sans armor. There's a REASON why so many flying people in comics wear goggles or masks or helmets - high-speed flying, I believe it has already been said, is like standing up in the back of a speeding pick-up truck - it blasts wind in your eyes, and makes it difficult to concentrate. Not to mention it's COLD. Steel's armor is designed for flying - I find it difficult to believe he'd do equally well with a pair of boot jets.

Date: 2010-11-11 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
From what little I remember, Double is a notable Shakespearian actor who suddenly had to become a spy for some reason. He'd received some sort of spy training, and all of a sudden he had to use it. It may have been a family emergency of some sort - I just remember him getting a letter or a phone call or something, and him going 'oh, blast! Looks like I've got to be a spy; what a bore' (or words to that affect). I dunno - I only read one isolated issue with him in it. It never says why he's called Double, he just IS.
Ah, a force field - OK, that makes sense. Perhaps he's got controls for them concealed in his cufflinks?


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